Pretty much everyone likes listening to new music. The problem is actually getting to it, or being directed to what might be suitable for you. Blogs and music sites are good, but are by their very definition, completely impersonal, whilst word of mouth only really works when your friends share a similar musical outlook – and even then, you have to awkwardly sit through a couple of hours of Bombay Bicycle Club stuff just to make sure you don’t offend anyone. In a world where nobody really likes talking to anybody in real life anymore, it only makes sense that a program on the internet should be your best bet for finding stuff that you like. iTunes’ Genius service is one of the most renowned, just because of how ubiquitous the player itself has become. Whilst it’s probably great for the one album a year crowd, informing them that, seeing as they like that Amy Winehouse ‘Rehab’ song, they’d probably like some new stuff by a man called Plan B, for discovering unsigned acts it’s pretty much redundant.
Last.fm, however, isn’t restricted by the major label-heavy iTunes library for it’s recommendations, which is why it is free to inform listeners of Lester Brown and Weed Diamond that they should probably spend a little bit of time getting to know Fluker Love. Chillwave might have already finished it’s honeymoon with the hipsters, with all and sundry coming down on the faux-genre with some venom, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most definitive sounds of 2010, and one that is channelled in parts throughout the already impressive output of Andrew Goldspink. This is far from the jaded pop of Washed Out, however, drawing on some of shoegaze for inspiration, and offering a way that the genre could move away from the static, boring image that it has crafted for itself. There’s space in pretty much everything that has been committed to record, meaning that icy ambience becomes somewhat of a recurring theme.
Goldspink has already put out an EP and an entire full length album, and both are available for free download, a situation which seems more preposterous when you realise you’re on your fourth repeat listen of the eponymous album and it’s cost you absolutely nothing. If you’ve already fallen in love with the likes of Seams this year, this should be the next on your list. Dreamy and ridiclously spaced out, you could imagine these songs being the soundtrack to one of the most blissfully spaced out movies of all time – we can only hope that somebody makes the images to fit.
Fluker Love – In Love [download from last.fm]
Fluker Love – Lit Smoke [download from last.fm]