A critque of songs I’ve been listening to that have gone straight to the top of my itunes top 20.
Nellie McKay – Clonie
Ah Nellie, the polarizer of music listeners everywhere. Is she a jazz artist or a rapper? My definition of her is a New Yorker. Will she be the biggest thing since fucking Eminem? Probably not, but this xylophone infused ode to a genetically created twin is extremely funny, and immediately brightens your day. If you felt like commiting suicide, play this and suddenly you will be dancing and singing like elmo. The genius lines are these:
Oh clonie how I love you
I’m the only person I ever loved
Gee, that’s swell
I guess you’re just my fatal attraction-y
You’re my clonie
I also love the little japanese xylophone ending. Every day should begin or end with this song.
Bloc Party – Helicopter
The story goes that they sent their album to the singer of Franz Ferdinand because there were similarities in their music. He assisted in gaining them a record deal and now we can all enjoy them. Yeah, there are similarities between the two but the thing that sets Bloc Party apart from the rest of the indie disco pop crowd is the drumming. The beats just propel the entire album along and are sometimes more interesting than the words. I haven’t stopped listening to this album for over a week and although “This Modern Love” and “The Pioneers” are my favourites at the moment, Helicopter was the first song I made a connection with. There are pauses in the song that are timed differently to most pauses and I can’t get the hang of it. As if to say he doesn’t like chocolate! I play this loud on the train and always get sly looks from teenagers.
The Knife – Heartbeats
She sort of sounds like Bjork singing over the top of an 80s synth band but without being contrived. This swedish band were introduced to me by Jeremy and has been a complete revelation. The album is a few years old now but maybe it took so long to do the rounds because the public wasn’t quite ready for it. I’m not sure many 80s hits had synth Jamacian drums in it but this works incredibly well. The bridge at 2.33 minutes is probably the best moment and the bit where she goes “Yeah”. The whole thing has unexpected moments in it which makes it easy to listen to over and over again.
!!! – Hello, is this thing on?
Sort of electronic, sort of punk, sort of excellent. It goes for 7 minutes with jangly guitars, words about being a nigel at a nightclub and some confused screaming at the end. The dancy bass is what draws you in, but don’t ask me to pronounce the artist. (I think it is Chk. Chk. Chk)