from the listening nook

vinyl thoughts for an analogue life

Shasta Fay/Amorous Battle – Sulky Boys

January 8, 2018
fromthelisteningnook

Format: 7″ Black Vinyl

Side A: Shasta Fay – top-shelf lo-fi shoegazing brilliance, with ultra-low key feel and a ever-so-perfect hint of Beck. A 90s indie vibe swamped by delicious vocal harmonies and a simple yet truly effective funky storytelling core.

Side B: Amorous Battle – deeply thoughtful lyricism merged with stripped back production and a 90s guitar aesthetic. There’s the tiniest hint of the ghost of early Manic Street Preachers hidden within. A wonderful track that would fit perfectly in colleges, commutes or US drama TV!

Score: 8/10

Vinyl Thought: stripped back to the knotty core, revealing lyrical greatness and lo-fi perfection

Info: @sulkyboyband / Flying Vinyl

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LOOK THE OTHER WAY/I’M LIKE YOU – FAMILY FRIENDS

July 2, 2017
fromthelisteningnook

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Format: 7″ black vinyl

Side A: a glorified gluttony of wow & fluttery instrumentation, topped by lazy lo-fi vocals. A weirdly discordant indie pop pleasure palace drowning in an oddity of musicality. Toe-tapping rhythm hidden beneath strangely swirly sussurations of sound.

Side B: Tingly tangly twangly guitar slathered in reverberant 90s style vocals. A wide, laconic detuned eton mess of a track. Sharp and sweet detuned riffs wrestle against dreamy indie party shuffling vibes.

Score: 8/10

Vinyl Thought: a whole heap of swirly whirly music that grabs your attention then slaps your ears up and down

Info: @ffamilyfriends @flying_vinyl

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What It Feels Like – Bruising

April 13, 2017
fromthelisteningnook

Format: light pink 7″ vinyl

It’s back to early 90s angst with grungy bass underlying a soft female vocal and layered with steely guitar. Reminiscent of Weezer and Eels but in no bad way. Short sweet and full of life, Brusing have created a track that wouldn’t​ feel out of place on the Empire Records soundtrack or any of Kevin Smith’s early films.

Score: 9/10

Thought: time to dig out the old droopy cardigan and floppy hair wig and watch some Teachers on DVD

Info: TooPure

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