It’s easy to forget, but people are quite nice, on the whole at least. For every nasty person, there are about 10 that would happily make you a cup of tea and give you a biscuit when you are feeling a bit down. And the same goes for musicians, really. So for every horrible band with disasterous haircuts and terrible music, there’s a load who are plugging away, doing what they love. And some of them are even good, too. This playlist aims to showcase some of the better bands around at the minute, bubbling under the radar – hopefully, you’ll have heard of some of them, and it’d be good if you liked them too, and maybe it’ll help you find a band that you like.
The last Pigeon Playlist was centred around artists located in the Manchester area – this one is far from that. There’s a Greek man living in Barcelona, a set of twins from New York and… well, some lads from Manchester, too (but even then, they’re remixing a critically acclaimed London band). In short, it’s 9 artists that have really made writing this blog for the past couple of months worthwhile thanks to their music. I e-mailed them all, begging for a track to use and they sent me some tracks in order to compile this. Obviously, this wouldn’t have been able to happen without the bands themselves, firstly on the most literal way imaginable (they’re their tracks) and also without their immense kindness. Anyway, enough talking, here are the tracks. They’re all wonderful, and as well as being able to stream, it’s all available as one big downloadable .rar file below:
1 IS TROPICAL – THE GREEKS
It’s almost insulting how much potential Is Tropical have. Their debut single is out on Hit Club records next year and it’s a dead cert. to be a collectors item in years to come. Their unique brand of laid back, fuzz layered pop is, for want of a better word, tropical. It makes your feet tap and your body sway, in the way that all music should. This track is more thumping that other tracks, but equally catchy and amazing
2 ZAMBRI – BANG FOR CHANGES
Like HEALTH having a fight with a really good pop song or the Disney Channel having a harrowing nightmare, Zambri are the perfect crossover between the end of the world and sugary sweet vocals. It’s so blindingly obviously brilliant that the main shock is that no-one has thought to do this before. Taken from their EP of the same name, it’d be a massive shame if these aren’t all over 2010.
3 INTERNET FOREVER – GEMINI BIRTHDAY
Probably the best band ever found by blindly searching blogs and crossing fingers on myspace, they’ve recently finished supporting Johnny Foreigner on tour, which was likely the highlight of anyone who saw it’s life. They’ve also just released their debut single, Cover the Walls, which showcases their lo-fi power-pop to perfection, and this track should haunt your dreams in a similar manor.
4 SPARKY DEATHCAP – COSMIC LOVE INFECTION
He might be a Campesinos! in waiting (financial restrictions permitting), but his solo work is some of the most touching, personal and all round wonderful stuff about at the minute. This recently renamed track is perfect for walking in the rain with your hood up and feeling slightly in love with the world. Maybe give this a miss if you’re on your way out of a long term relationship.
5 THIS MANY BOYFRIENDS – THAT’S WHAT DIARIES ARE FOR
If you’re named after a Beat Happening song, then you’re already halfway to being a good band, though This Many Boyfriends hardly need the bonus kudos that such a moniker brings. That’s what diaries are for is the perfect reposté to all your fashionable friends who think they’re cool, being witty and anthemic in equal measure. And Anthemic in a good way, not like Hard Fi or whatever
6 BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – MAGNET (DUTCH UNCLES REMIX)
We’ve all heard Bombay Bicycle Club. They’re lovely and have been brightening our stereos for the past few years now. If the BBC Sounds of 2010 was being polled a few months later, it wouldn’t have been a suprise to have seen Dutch Uncles in there, and whilst their brand of indie-pop is bound to excite in the next 12 months, we can wait for it to unfold whilst listening to what they’ve done to Magnet. (Labelled ‘Walking Backwards’ on the download due to e-mail errors. Sorry)
7 NEDRY – A42
After originally putting out their debut themselves, Nedry have earnt themselves the distribution deal that their talent rightly deserves. A heady mix of trip-hop and dubstep, it’s like if Portishead were more into grime. The amount of exposure they’ve getting at the moment is miniscule compared to the amount they deserve, but Huw Stephens is a long time fan, and the group have even done a session for his show. They’re touring next year – you should do all you can to be there
8 FICTION – TO STICK TO
Usually noted for their dark, sinister music, this track shows a different side of Fiction. Of course, they’re stick the hint of danger, like the haunted woods in a children’s morality tale, but it’s nice to hear a slightly lighter side to the London foursome. Recently played Dummy Mag’s party and have been recieving rave reviews from ArtRocker magazine amongst others, whilst their choatic drum set up (in which each member of the band plays) is the perfect antidote the usual, predictable band set-up
9 LARRY GUS – Tailbone Blues (H.O.P.E. Radio Session)
I’m actually convinced that Larry Gus is a genius. The alter-ego of Panagiotis Melidis, his debut album was awarded the ‘record of the month’ award by Vice Magazine’s Greek edition, and it’s easy top see why. Now living in Barcelona and writing jingles for adverts, this is taken rom a session he did for local radio. Almost unclassifiable, it’s mind-boggling and slightly frightening, but overwhelmingly wonderful.
So, there are the tracks. You can get ahold of them all as a download from mediafire below. If you’d like to be a part of the next Pigeon Playlist, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments are always appreciated too.