mercredi 27 février 2013
samedi 23 février 2013
Belfast-based four-piece girls names return with a bleak and brilliant adventure into doom-laden goth pop. the album's title track, and the first single to be taken from the album, is an ideal entry point. just shy of 8 minutes long, it rotates around a hypnotic bass line, and in cully's evocation of renaissance, offers a perfect metaphor for the album as a whole. 'hypnotic regression' reflects another side to the record. the reverb-heavy guitars and compelling melody are immediately memorable, but there are signs of experimentation, too; the white squall of the lead break; the uneasiness in the vocal echoes that furnish the verses. as such, 'the new life', stands as a brave statement; the mark of the band untying themselves from the past and easing forth into the unknown. on tough love in the uk and slumberland stateside.
One of the most highly anticipated debut albums of the year, comes in the shape of the Palma Violets '180' via Rough Trade Records. They kick things off with last years 7" debut 'Best Friend' - a burst of raw hook-filled energy which sets a general template for the entire album. The tempo fluctuates throughout, but there's always that energy bubbling away. I've read a couple of reviews that have said it sounds a little rough around the edges, but I don't think it's any worse for it. It has an urgency and exhuberance that goes some way to matching that of their live performances.
‘180’ is also the number of the Lambeth house that the four-piece have become known for regularly throwing parties and impromptu gigs for friends and fans in. The album artwork features the band stood outside the building.
'180' was recorded in London at RAK Studios (produced by Steve Mackey), and also at The Lightship (produced by Rory Attwell).