Monthly Archives: November 2013

White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade

With each passing album, White Denim sound more¬†confident in what they’re doing, and while for some artists that would be a bad thing, for these Texans it helps them to hone their grooves and provide a strategic punch. If there is an album to showcase both their musical prowess as well as their penchant for a tune, then Corsicana Lemonade is it.

This band has gone from a garage, experimental rock sound to the kind of psychedelic rock you’ll hear on ‘At Night in Dreams’. Where Workout Holiday and Fits had them tumbling end over end, this album flies a lot sharper and to the point. It won’t seem straight-forward if you’re a top 40 devotee but ‘New Blue Feeling’ is a far more reserved, short song with comforting lines.

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Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum

For a folk singer-songwriter from Wales, Cate Le Bon does a good job of avoiding being what you’d traditionally expect. Her third album, Mug Museum, a psychedelic pop record which blows between hazy wigouts and 60s Parisian pop, is an upwards move for her.

The last statement needs quantifying; take a listen to album opener ‘I Can’t Help You’ or it’s slinking follow up ‘Are You With Me Now?‘. You can just see her lounging outstretched in a hotel in Paris, taking a long drag on a cigarette. While her voice only seems to have one tone and level of volume, she can hold your attention just through the sheer originality of her accent. Tom Jones never actually sounds Welsh when he sings, so hearing Cate Le Bon feels much like she’s singing songs written by Serge Gainsbourg.

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Blitzen Trapper – VII

Blitzen Trapper have been a consistent band for many years now, the formula would have you believe that by their seventh album, aptly titled VII, they should be cashing in on that solidity. For now however they seem content to riff, shuffle and stomp their way onwards at an even pace.

That doesn’t mean that they haven’t evolved slightly though, with their previous two albums, American Goldwing and Destoryer Of The Void, had a slightly 70s FM friendly style of country rock, now they have taken a modern tact, using turntable scratches to that country blues. While it would be farfetched to say this album was rap or hip-hop it does borrow some of the ingenuity you might be more likely to find on an early¬†Gorillaz album. Perhaps it is the jump from Sub Pop to Vagrant Records (Lojinx in Europe) which has brought them to this point.

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