There are a lot of shoegaze bands around at the minute and they all sound alright, really. Whilst The Pains of being pure at heart have recieved a lot of coverage, it’s a shame that Moscow Olympics haven’t been afforded the same luxury. The problem may lay in the fundamental differences between the bands – whilst the New Yorkers make something that’s identifiabley pop music, Moscow Olympics create a song more on the dreamy side of the genre. 2008’s Cut the World was one of the better records of the year, and with better marketing and distribution, it would’ve undoubtedly have earnt the sales that the songs deserved. However, it’s probably difficult being a band from the Phillipines that make interesting, slow burning songs. In fact, operating outside of any traditional music hubs is probably difficult. I don’t know, this is all guesswork. I have as much working knowledge of the music industry industry as I do of operating a forklift truck.
Anyway, Beko DSL have done their bit in giving the band a little bit more exposure by making Moscow Olympics their free single for the week. I hate to witter on again about the label, but I feel I need to – every Monday, they put out a two-track digital single by an ace band for you to download, free of charge. This duo of songs shows a deeper, slightly more experimental side to the band, and it should act as an interesting precursor to their second album, which we can only hope is on it’s way soon. If you’re a fan of beautiful, melodic and eerily perfect shoegaze songs, then there’s no excuse not to download the single from Beko:
Moscow Olympics – Beko DSL (link)
And here’s one of their older tracks, probably my favourite:
Moscow Olympics – Still