Good News!

My exams are basically dealt with. I shall be off on holiday as of next week, and will free for about three months. Of course, I’ll only be able to write during gaps in my busy social life, so in the end, I’ll only be able to write for about 99.9% of that time. I have a massive list of albums to review, and more keep getting released each week. I shall try to get all of them written, but seeing as my list extends back a few months, I’m not sure how many I can do. I also have a Slow Club review to finish, I think that will be the next post I will publish.

Last night, I manage to write about 500 words on very little. I think it probably coincides with my internet being turned off. The blog post is here.

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I will now attempt to write something deep and meaningful, I will probably end up sounding pretentious.

Music is often referred to as a drug; such a slogan is regularly written across t-shirts or other attire. I always have found this concept weird, so the ‘music = drug’ cliché has become one I don’t partially like. Yes, music is addictive and one can often feel like something is missing when going for a long time without it. Yet music can do little damage. One never reads of tragic stories like “A man’s life was ruined when he became addicted to reggae”, or “Teenager dies of dubstep overdose”. To me, music has nothing but positive implications; while I do think some music is rather unpleasant, it is never really harmful.

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This Week’s New Band: Pale Seas

I am just taking a quick break from my revision to write this post. I am still writing up the Slow Club gig, I am struggling a bit, but I am pleased so far. I only have about two weeks of exams left, so I should be back to full-time writing soon.

This week’s new band is called Pale Seas. They are so good! I had to take a break from important revision to write about them. I first heard them only about thirty minutes ago. I nearly didn’t press play, but clicking that button was the best decision of today. I heard them on Flying With Anna, and since then have listened to all the songs I can find (that number is still only six, but I have listened to several versions of some).  You can download their current single (released on March 8th) ‘Something or Nothing’ with its B-side ‘Amour’ for free of their Facebook page.

Their music is dreamy folk, with magical, glorious harmonics.  I am in awe a little now. The music is so beautiful; the acoustic guitars, vocals, and other little twinkly sounds just combine into something amazing. They give me that feeling inside, the one that great music gives you, almost a feeling of euphoria.

Slow Club’s UK Tour

Slow Club have announced the dates for their UK tour, and tickets will start to go on sale on the 3rd February, this Friday. The tour was rescheduled last year due to Rebecca Taylor falling ill, that also led to their second album, ‘Paradise’, being recorded and released later than expected. The tour is spread across April and May, concluding in Birmingham on the 10th of May.

APRIL

3rd – York (The Duchess)

4th – Glasgow (King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut)

5th – Aberdeen (The Lemon Tree)

6th – Stockton (The Georgian Theatre)

7th – Wakefield (The Hop)

8th – Manchester (The Ruby Lounge)

9th – Carlise (Brickyard)

11th – Hull (Fruit)

13th – Sheffield (Queens Social Club)

14th – Darlington (Inside Out)

29th – Portsmouth (Wedgewood Rooms)

30th – Southampton (Joiners)

 MAY

1st – Exeter (Cavern Club)

2nd – Brighton (The Haunt)

3rd – Guildford (Boileroom)

5th – Cambridge (St. Paul’s Church)

6th – Winchester (The Railway Tavern)

7th – Reading (Sub89)

8th – Bristol (The Fleece)

9th – Bath (Moles Club)

10th – Birmingham (Hare and Hounds)

Tickets for some of the venues will go on sale from 9:00AM on Friday 3rd March,  with others going on sale after then. As well as the tour, Slow Club have so far been conformed to play at two festivals this summer: No Direction Home and Green Man Festival.

Tokyo Police Club: The Two Albums That I Could Listen To Forever

If you have read my About page, you should know that I love Tokyo Police Club. I wrote a post about how much I love Slow Club a few days ago, but I love TPC just as much. Last year, I spent about three months listening to ‘Champ’ twice a day. Both of their most recent albums I can listen to non-stop without getting bored, and I’m always in the right mood to listen to them. They’re brilliant!

My love for Tokyo Police Club started at the end of 2010; ‘Champ’ had just been released and I couldn’t get enough of it. I had heard them before, but I never realised how good they were. I fell in love with them again a few months ago when I finally pulled out ‘Elephant Shell’, and, yet again, I listened to it about three times a day. They are writing material for a new album at the moment, and that also means a UK tour. That would make my year, if they release the album this year, and probably the majority of the next.

Choosing my favourite song would be a near-impossible task. I could tell you all the songs I really like, but I would just be handing you the track lists of their albums. To tell the truth, I would rather tell you which one of my parents I prefer.

Slow Club: It’s Beautiful

Slow Club have to be one of my favourite bands ever: ‘Paradise’ was my favourite album of 2011, ‘Christmas TV’ is my favourite festive song, and ‘Yeah So?’ is one of my favourite albums of all times. I can’t say that about any other band. If I went on Desert Island Disks, Slow Club would be the first band I’d talk about. It is hard to say how much I love them.

I first heard Slow Club only a few months ago. When I first slotted Paradise into the CD player, I couldn’t have realised how much it would affect me. My taste has been shaped by them, I have met new people because of my love of them, and I have found great bands owing to my new attitude towards music. I probably would have never started this blog if I never found out about Slow Club.

Both Rebecca and Charles have beautiful voices, and they write amazing songs. In short: Slow Club create perfect music.

Albums Of The Year 2011

I have finally got round to doing my albums of the year! I have given this a lot of thought, and it is a very hard task. I have listened to so many albums this year, lots of greatly anticipated albums, a few disappointments and some unexpected wonders. Overall, I think this was a very good year of music.

I could not bring myself to put them into a top ten, my taste changes slightly on a day-to-day basis, and what may be my favourite today could drop to third place in a few days. I have just selected some albums that I think I need to mention. I hope you agree with my choices, or you can at least see where I’m coming from.

Slow Club – Paradise

I had to mention this album. If I had to give it a rank there would be a large chance it would be at the top. This was the first Slow Club album I heard, and I was consumed with ecstasy straight away, it is such a great album. I normally judge an album by how many good songs there are on it, and whether the really good songs outweigh the bad songs. I can safely say that the really good songs outweigh the good songs, in other words: every song is amazing. This album is a must have, it has made 2011 a better year.

Chapel Club – Palace

Until a few months ago, I never gave this album much time. Then I saw Chapel Club at Latitude Festival and saw one of the best sets of my life, I’m only 15 but it is still quite an achievement. I have now made up any lost time with this album, yet again there is not a bad song on it. Chapel Club also earn extra brownie points because the lead singer, Lewis Bowman, commented on a post I wrote about them a couple of weeks ago.

Wye Oak – Civilian

Wye Oak were the first band I wrote about on this blog. At that point I had only heard one song, Holy Holy, and I had not really thought about them being a possible candidate for my albums of the year. Then a few days ago the Christian/Western world experienced a yearly phenomena called Christmas and I emerged from this event with a copy of Wye Oak’s current album called Civilian. I have listened to it non-stop so far and I can now say that it is defiantly one of my favourite albums to be released this year.

Alessi’s Ark – Time Travel

I have a soft spot for Alessi. She is so sweet and is a genuinely nice person. Adding to this, the song ‘Time Travel’, the title track of the album, was actually written because of a party that she attended in my nearest town. These are not the only reasons for her appearing my top albums of 2011. Alessi also happens to be a very talented musician and a great song writer, and she has produced an album that is well worth a spot on this post.

Veronica Falls – Veronica Falls

This is another album that I received this Christmas, and another band that I have previously written about. To me, Veronica Falls are more like a choir than a band; all of the singing is perfectly harmonised, with each member of the band playing a part in the overall effect. They create a heavenly sound that is backed by a 60s and 80s influenced instrumental. The end product just happens to be a truly brilliant album.

Big Deal – Lights Out
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I could use one word to describe this album, and that word would be beautiful, but I am not going to because this album deserves a longer description. It is a masterpiece, yet I haven’t seen it on one album of the year list. I can not put into words what this album can make you feel, but I can say that it is an awesome album that should be listened to by young and old, rich and poor, and all the other people in between. This album is a big deal, if you can pardon the pun.

That is my small selection of albums of the year. If you think I missed out anything then leave me a comment and I will explain my reasoning. I have put some of the other worthy albums that I did write about, either because they were not quite special enough or because I couldn’t think of what to write.


The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
Feist – Metals
Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
Summer Camp – Welcome to Condale
Cloud Control – Bliss Release
Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix
Real Estate – Days

and lots more

I probably won’t write a post tomorrow, so have a good New Year’s Eve and I will see you in 2012.