LAZY FUCKERS SHOP LOCAL
SNAYX "BODY LANGUAGE" (AUSTERITY RECORDS)
We live in Hastings, the one in East Sussex, it's a got every foible and conceit that every other town has and still believes itself to be unique. So when people talk to me about 'local' music I start twitching, when they start asserting that all local music is good music I slip the safety off because I have seen the beer-bellied folk-cum-blues botherers. Of course, there's always one, or two...
This time it's the very local Snayx who are the one. They can't spell, possibly exposed to Slade records in their infancy, but they can sidle around some genuinely punk-funk rawk and they are pushing all the right buttons at the right time and they're pretty smart, as you can hear.
DISOBEYING ORDERS CAN BE FUN
BAMBARA "SING ME TO THE STREET" (WHARF CAT RECORDS)
We are supposed to cover the current single, "Heat Lightning", but couldn't really get on with it, so we tooled around the rest of the album and found "Sing Me To The Street".
This is very good, being as it is, a kind of meeting between Nick Cave and some slow motion Sisters Of Mercy thing. The dumpster choir are moodily angelic and the way they resisted the common and easy option of making an anthem from this bruising brooder shows their class. Bambara are currently on tour and the album that this comes from is called "Stray" and it's out on the 14th February.
Bambara live here; https://www.facebook.com/BAMBARA.band/
WARNING: SHAPE SHIFTING AHEAD
OTTA "AFTER IT ALL BLEW OVER" (BOKKLE / PIAS)
We often make the case that budget and technical excellence is no substitute for sincerity, madness or even talent. Now, this ep has all of that and the bum notes are perfect and even the smoothly jazzed "Near Enough A Woman" is genuinely beautiful in it's coltish shapeshifting.
The most accessible and radio friendly thing here is "Everything You Wanted" and it's lyrically uplifting and uncomfortable in equal measure and is very good indeed. Still, "Small Hour's is the single and it scuffs, chimes and quirks a merry way through an Eels like relationship re-evaluation. The whole thing is very charming, way too clever for the lo-fi tag and may even be sincere as well.
"After It All Blows Over" is released on the 24th January and Otta lives here; https://www.facebook.com/ottamusicz
AT THE MERCY OF THE WINDOW
SUN KIN "PRIVATE TIME" (BANDCAMP)
Complex and beguiling alt-pop as Sun Kin takes lovely liberties with traditional pop song construction. The influences are all thinking pop royalty as shades of Edwyn Collins are rolled in sheets of Haircut 100 and that's just "Prince Of Intention". There are singles flagged up on the press release, but everything here is a single, take "Boyfriend's Car" a lush, pretty French floor filler that;s laden with up-spiced percussion and unashamedly swoonsome backing vox. Staying with swoonsome... we really like "IDKY".
We also like "Moon Crane" because it's a highly organised slice of sonic chaos that combines silken synth sheets with angry and tricky drumming, very much for those of us who enjoy missing every off set beat while not giving a shit. There is a whole whack of factual, actual information about the artist, the album, live dates and all that and you are directed to the link. Oh, you've gone already...
Sun Kin lives here; https://sunraykin.bandcamp.com/
MEANWHILE, EAST OF THE RIVER
THE RED PEARS "FLOWERS" (COSMICA)
Living in the real world, as you may well do, the concept of an 'Indie Directory' should mean nothing at all, but in America they love 'em and aspiring (indie) popsters and their pr, management and friends love them too. We have unsolicited listings in some of these directories and that's why The Red Pears earnestly invite us to their show at Ameoba, Hollywood on the 25th February. Obviously, we can't make it, but we can cover The Red Pears new single, "Flowers".
Bollocks, now we're regretting our flippancy and the distance to Hollywood. It turns out that "Flowers" is a mournfully spiked jangle and a rather good one as well. There's more about The Red Pears HERE