Thursday, November 18, 2010
One of the great surprises this year is a debut album by a three piece indie rock band from Northern Ireland. Two Door Cinema Club have been quietly picking up steam after their spring release of Tourist History, which combines the usually indie rock sound but uses synth beats instead of drums. Fans would call the results solid, critics would call it repetitive. They both can agree though that the record shows great displays of incredibly catchy rhythm, as seen in their first single, Something Good Can Work.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
How do you take a mediocre 80s rock song and make it almost perfect? Maybe adding one of, if not the the best frontmen of the 80s (who is actually still awesome) to a great 80s synth-pop beat. Almost sounds redundant, yet somehow an incredibly creative collaboration is born here. One piece of the puzzle here is Crystal Castles, the incredibly loud, incredible energetic experimental electronic group who earlier this year covered Platinum Blonde's Not In Love. The results were interesting. Good, but not great. Then you add the other ingredient. The always awesome, perpetually sad sounding Robert Smith. It's almost not fair to say that he's featured in this song, as he completely takes it over and makes it his. He sings every lyrics with the same melancholy that made him famous in such a convincing fashion, you'll almost start to wonder if he penned the words himself. This song was an experiment gone awesome, one that'll make you yearn for the synth beats of the past.