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We Are Scientists – TV en Francais

Given the fact that their single ‘After Hours’ from album Brain Trust Mastery did so well, getting them to number 15 in the charts, you’d think that their label might put a bit more behind We Are Scientists now. Whether it was a one-off or not is still a question up in the air, but their latest effort TV en Francais proves that they’re still happily doing what they do best.

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Broken Bells – After The Disco

The unlikely pairing of James Mercer and Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) has yielded yet another understated album. Most partnerships of this ilk are very sink-or-swim, but this follow up to Mercer and Burton’s self-titled release, aptly named After The Disco, sees the pairing hit a nice, smooth breast-stroke.

With such prestigious previous work under their belts from their own projects, you could probably throw a lot of waffle around about how this doesn’t match up to the indie-cool of The Shins or that this is just another mainstream vessel for Burton. But that wouldn’t do justice to these guys as a band. With a second album release, there is obviously some intent from them to be seen as such, and so they must be judged as such.

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The Shins – Simple Song Review

For some it has been a long wait, for others, agonising. Finally The Shins are back with a new line-up and a slightly new direction.

The first single from their new album Port of Morrow is ‘Simple Song’. According to James Mercer it is a much more personal effort than their previous work. It still contains Mercers unique voice, like sunshine through black clouds.

Trademark wordsmith lyrics such as “My life in an upturned boat, marooned on a cliff, you brought me a great big flood, and gave me a lift” and “this is a simple song, to say what you’ve done” bring joy to the ears as Mercer sings the praises of his wife. Continue reading

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White Denim ‘Last Day Of Summer’ Review

Television advertisers must explode in their underwear every time White Denim release a new album. They produce fun, accessible music while remaining an obscure band (the perfect combination) and have already had several songs used for promoting cars and washing up detergents.

 Having only just released their third full album, D, this year another one might already seem odd. This, however, is a collection of odds and ends which was released in 2010 originally as a download only. Lucky for us then that it is now available in physical format.

Although these songs are meant to be scraps they stand up well as an album. The band once again pile together itchy, restless drumming with hooky melodies and jazzy jams. How these guys aren’t bigger is a mystery…and also something of a blessing. ‘Tony Fatti’ is the perfect example of what these guys do so well in terms of rock, and yet it doesn’t cover all of their bases. Continue reading

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