Archive for the ‘Rock’ Category

Dreamy shoegaze

September 10, 2009

the airfields

I have been a big fan of The Airfields from Toronto, Canada since their laneways EP (great EP!) release days. Their debut album which is entitled Up All Night came out last year ,but I didn’t aquire it until some weeks ago. I must say I was a bit disapointed with the overall quality of the album, but sometime in the future I’ll try to write a fair review. I dare to say I prefer their EP if you are to compare the value you are getting here, even if the debut has clearly more gems.

Don’t get me wrong its not necessary a bad album, but the lack of a consistent quality through all of the album tracks is what manages to drag it down here. The dull and forgettable songs manage to ruin the overall experience, but eventhough that may be the case they still make one of the greatest and most beautiful shoegaze/dream pop music I have ever heard.

It is rare for me in general to find an album with a consistent almost perfect song selection, so they aren’t alone in this.
Their inspiration from the 80s is very obvious ,and they truly shine when complimenting that with comptemorary music and their own unique sound. The debut has been praised by many blogs which isn’t unwarranted either as I tend to be a very strict selective person.

The purpose of this post is to showcase their talent and hopefully be able to create more fans. As I already stated I will give the debut a few more goes and a final proper verdict in the future. For now enjoy these sweet well crafted melodies.

The Airfields – Prisoners of Our Love

The Airfields – The Long Way Home

The Airfields – Rock Flare

If this sounds like the music for you:

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get their debut here

A Wisconsin band of amazing delight

August 29, 2009

pale young gentlemen 2

This band is hardly news as they dropped their second album last year, but their talent is hypeworth despite time and place. It is almost unmatched I would say.

I stumbled upon them through a blog some years ago and started listening to Fraulein and was amazed by this unique playful style of theirs. Blending elements from pop, folk and rock accompanied by a beautiful Cello. If there is a band with style I would suggest Pale Young Gentlemen which is the bands name. You can hear noticably differences with the style between their debut and their second record by listening to these songs from both albums. Which showcases a band that manages to mature over time than what most musicians do today. Their second album Black Forest (tra la la) was produced by Beau Sorenson who is credited as a producer for Death Cab For Cutie and Sparklehorse.

Black Forest (tra la la)

Pale Young Gentlemen – The Crook

Pale Young Gentlemen – Kettle Drum (I Left a Note)

Self Titled Debut

Pale Young Gentlemen – Fraulein

Pale Young Gentlemen – Saturday Night

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