Psyched…!

TSDOSmirror-200x300Probably no Green Man or End of the Road for me this year, but I have “splashed out” on a ticket for Liverpool Psychfest this September, mainly because last year’s line-up looked so brilliant, and so many of my buddies went last year, immediately buying up return tickets for this year. There’s also the added bonus that I’m unlikely to be staring miserably at the rain from the entrance of a poorly-erected tent…

The Psychfest twitter feed is also proving to be an invaluable source of new bands to chase up…

The Sudden Death of Stars

Sudden Death of Stars are a French group who’ve just released their first rekkid on Ample Play Records. It’s called Getting Up Going Down and I’m really enjoying it. Sounds a bit like the Byrds or the Elevators at times, and at others a bit shoe-gazey. Whereas the Elevators’ signature sound was the quirky sound of the electric jug, someone within SDoS clearly plays the sitar, and is reluctant to set it down. To be fair, it’s not so much Eastern mysticism as plinking-plonking mail-train rhythm sitar. You’ll either love it…

You can read more about them at the Ample Play site, and there’s an interview with them here but I’m particularly hoping their inclusion in the Psychfest 2014 Congregation tweets means that I’ll be seeing them in September.

A bit of talk about a French band and Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, gives me an excuse to mention the Limiñanas, whose new record Costa Brava I’ve also been listening to this week. It’s another squeaker, with all the same VU / Melodie Nelson references as the first, in fact they’ve managed to sound even more Limiñana than last time…

Here they are at last year’s Psychfest.

I’ve got a trouble in mind…

las-piranas-toma-tu-jabon-kapax{Tenuous link coming up…)

In an attempt to divert me from the galumphing rhythms of Latin America and generally wean me off the Chicha (so to speak) this post is going to  group two bands together who have pretty much nothing to unite them, apart from a common tilde…

Los Pirañas

Surely the most dissonant noise I’ve heard in a fair while, and there’s certainly nothing like it in the rest of South America. Los Pirañas are a sort of scrap yard assembly of Colombian musicians who take basic Cumbia and other Latin styles and pass it through a sort of post-punk mincer.

It’s all quite a resolutely abnormal listen. If I was a musician, I’d be able to pick out all the clever things they’re doing but all I can say is that to these non-muso ears it sounds as if they’ve taken fairly straight forward Latin melodies and shifted each note one-up and one-across. It’s odd, weirdly compelling fare but definitely worth a good old listen (and perhaps an awkward shuffle around the kitchen to).

The bass is chipper, sprightly stuff, the guitars discordant and mutated further through various phasers and laptops, but the real star of the show is the relentless and relentlessly inventive rhythms of Pedro Ojeda on drums.

Great stuff…

Watch!

 

The album, Toma Tu Jabón Kapax, is absolutely wild and all the more notable for the fact that it appears to have been recorded live.

 

 

LP_Jacket_11073[I don’t often mention my other great enthusiasm on these pages, but last Saturday saw Gloucester Rugby narrowly edging out Perpignan in the Heineken Cup in a tense affair at the ‘Holm. In the pub afterwards I got to musing about the only other thing I know about the French Catalans…]

Limiñanas

I’ve written about Perpignan’s finest before (Crystal Anis is a great little record), but someone on Twitter (I forget who, sorry!) pointed me towards a WFMU session recorded in 2011 but available for download on the Free Music Archive, here.

I’m still listening to it at the moment, but there’s very little crossover between these ten songs and the Crystal Anis album, although it has all the same reedy organ sounds and tambourine-driven Bonny & Clyde reference points that made me like them so much in the first place (plus a version of I’m Dead with lyrics…). It’s a very handy stop over until the new album comes out (next month, I think I read?)

I’ve a feeling that if I was a little more skilful with WordPress, I’d be able to embed the player for the tracks here. I’m not, so I can’t. You’ll have to go along to the link above and grab it yourself.

And why wouldn’t you?

Here’s Trouble in Mind…

Elle est rouge et piquante

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I’ve a feeling that as a responsible member of the Blogging community, I probably should be working on my End of the Year lists, beavering away at reviews and making sure I’ve not missed any 2012 classics that are going to come back and haunt me. I definitely shouldn’t be using up my last Emusic credits on new stuff like this…

The Limiñanas

The Limiñanas are French, and are the project of Lio and Marie  Limiñana . They’re also another band in an exclusive line of acts whose PP Instant Classic credentials are so impeccable that I can only presume that they’ve spent many long nights studying these pages.

Reedy sixties organs fight it out with feisty banjos and mighty fuzz tone guitars in a feast of all that is good and right, before respectfully making way for breathy Gallic vocals. In fact, the special, charming something that floats from every shuddering, fuzzy chord, is that the Limiñanas are really very French indeed. Not your studied, gitanes-infused cool, but more your quirky Serge Gainsbourg / Melodie Nelson goofiness. And maybe a little erotic too…

The band’s second album, Crystal Anis, has been belting out from the car speakers all week, and I guess I’m going to tire of it soon. It’s not got a 2012 Classic quality, and won’t be featuring in many end of year lists, I’m imagining, but right now for this week, and probably the next, I’m finding it damn irresistible. There’s a first, self-titled record to track down as well, and if the YouTube clips are reliable, that’s pretty good too.

Here’s a YouTube clip of Longanisse, not a proper video, I’m afraid…

 

And, I know this is going to make the Liminañas look like pale copy-cats, but I’m powerless to resist this…