from the listening nook

vinyl thoughts for an analogue life

Knew You’d Never Been There / Secret Sister – Seize the ChairĀ 

August 19, 2017
fromthelisteningnook

Format: 7″ black vinyl 

Side A: a supreme slice of lo-fi melodic angst that channels the best of 90s indie poetry and mixes it into a tasty pie of glittery guitar and up front bass. A knowing mid to the Charlatans brings back happy 90s summertime. Melancholic but ever so melodic

Side B: a top tier punk indie stomper with oodles of ethereal floaty vocals and smashy crashy drums.  Toe tapping beach flavoured big hitting tune that never stops invading your brain

Score: 8/10

Final Thought: an oh so superior soup of super tasty indie poetry seasoned with delicious beats and an umami of 90s vibes

Info: Too Pure Singles Club 

WASTE OF TIME/JOHNNY – THE COSMICS

July 2, 2017
fromthelisteningnook

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Format: 7″ white vinyl

Side A: a gorgeous slice of pure garage punk, swimming in it’s early Blondie influences. Massive rolling drums and bright rhythmic guitars play happily with the raw attitude of the storming female vocals. Thrumming, slashing guitar work brings thoughts of 70s US punk bands. Modern punk-pop doing it old-school! Where are my DMs? I feel the need for some punk-club carousing!

Side B: extremely raw sounding punk-club vocals pogo their way around simple chord-progression guitars and stomping drums. A drastically short sharp pure-punk perspective, sadly dragged down by too-distorted and reverbed vocals. Trying so hard to be authentic 70s punk it comes off as retro-kitsch rather than required listening. Accomplished playing across the board, but just too close to the original punks to sound relevant.

Score: 7.5/10

Vinyl Thought: proper punk played to perfection, but maybe one too many feet in the past

Info: @cosmicsband @flying_vinyl

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LATE AT NIGHT/WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER – JOY ROOM

July 2, 2017
fromthelisteningnook

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Format: 7″ black vinyl

Side A: grungy loud guitars strike hard at the heart of this student punk-pop masterpiece. Fast and frenetic vocals sung with passion and real soul strutting style. A dichotomy at the soul of this track…it is so raw yet equally beautifully refined. An in-the-studio-with-the-band feeling grows with big drums pumping energy and fun out of the speakers.

Side B: a student-bar floor filler from start to finish, with grimy gritty guitar noise splattering across the soundscape. A Hard-Fi sound, a cold hard slap of lad-rock featuring super-tight playing and ‘we’ve found a new indie rock star’ vocals. Riff heavy anthem to stomp along to and bring the damn house down!

Score: 8/10

Vinyl Thought: its getting rowdy in here, but don’t worry, you’re invited to join the fun

Info: @joyroommusic @flying_vinyl

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WHAT YOU WANT/GET OFF – ZUZU

July 2, 2017
fromthelisteningnook

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Format: 7″ blue vinyl

Side A: a full-fat punk pudding of indie rhythmic gorgeousness. Super-powered female vocals slide effortlessly over upbeat, striking and solid instrumentation. Paramore meets Blondie, this easy-on-the-ear storytelling offers in-your-face honesty mixed with energetic passionate lyrics.

Side B: chow down on some countrified vibes as powerful & fun vocals slip and slide over the top. Pop stylings merged with slightly dirty guitars, there’s a hint of Mutt Lange production and Bryan Adams lyricism here, and a voice redolent of early Joan Osborne at her finest. Bouncy, insistent and just what you need to boost your day.

Score: 9/10

Vinyl Thought: astonishing vocals and thought-provoking lyrics with added glitz n glamour and bouncy-as-heck musicality

Info: @thisiszuzu @flying_vinyl

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TAKE ME BACK/LOVE YOU STILL – SEEING HANDS

July 2, 2017
fromthelisteningnook

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Format: 7″ black vinyl

Side A: slow driving beat underlines mystical esoteric vocals. A Tears For Fears sound excites as dreamy epic vistas are drawn before you. Beautifully picked guitar throw serious shapes as layered pads and harmonised vocals vie for attention on the bouncy castle of musical genius. Indie-rock-pop with a hazy lazy 80s vibe.

Side B: an ethereal layered Charlatans/Inspiral Carpets-esque tune. Distant misty vocals flirt with summery guitars and goth-like bass notes. It takes you underwater to a realm of North Eastern psychedelia. Swirly bubbly alt-pop at it’s very best.

Score: 9/10

Vinyl Thought: a seething cauldron of indie-pop brilliance and braggadocio

Info: @seeinghandsband @flying_vinyl

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Alternative Facts/Space Garbage – Mush

June 21, 2017
fromthelisteningnook

Format: 7″ purple vinyl

NB: even though this is a 7″ it is meant to be played at 33rpm…there’s no mention of this on the packaging so don’t make the mistake I made, initially playing it at 45rpm and getting the chipmunk version! Yes…I am an idiot, but then again I did think they were trying to be experimental and creative (that’s my defence…really!)

Side A: slow beat alt-indie with oodles of discordant picked guitar. The repetition starts to feel like a form of hypnosis or inculcation. Plinky plonky rhythmic devices offer a catchy alternative vibe, as the song builds to higher realms of psychedelia and pseudo Ramones distorted noise. Bizarrely the track continues onto the first half of side B where it continues to build and grow like an out of control noise monster, indoctrinating you with its repetitive call to arms!

Side B: once the first track finally leaves the room, Space Garbage takes over the party with its twanging phasing guitars and hard-to-hear vocals, lost in a galaxy of wibbly wobbly trashy noise. Upbeat alt-indie sliced through with a discordant mess of tortured guitars and heart-pounding drums. Throw in the chorused choir and you’ve got something uniquely weird but quite compelling. A band very much in love with the sound of wow and flutter!

Score: 8/10

Thought: experimental alt rock with side-orders of tub thumping and a smattering of psychedelic sauciness topped off with fluttering time oddities.

Info: www.toopure.com @toopuresingles

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