Thursday, 26 November 2009

Sonic Suggestions

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. -Charlie Parker

Punk and Mariachi music are two genres with very, very, very little crossover possibility. Yet The Bronx have decided to blast that out of the water by renaming themselves as Mariachi El Bronx and releasing an album of Mexicano ditties. And it bloody works. The music is upbeat, catchy and holds a sway and kick that a punk background may have helped spur. Current single 'Cell Mates' claps and hops along aboard a heap of trumpets and joy, with a vocal performance quite distant from the usual screech of The Bronx frontman Matt Caughthran. The video is equally brilliant with flashing suits galore. (Cell Mates on Youtube)

The Bronx Myspace

The past few months of my life have been soundtracked by The Drums brand of Brian Wilson-infused beach indie pop. Although summer has long since evaporated into rain and wind, the likes of 'Let's Go Surfing' and 'I Felt Stupid' summon such imagery of sand, sea and surf, the sun comes out with each whistle, yelp and foot stomp. Perfectly danceable indie pop to stop the rain, if only in your head.

The Drums Myspace

Whilst I am here, I shall mention some current fantastic singles from established artists that are well worth a listen. Firstly, Lighspeed Champion (aka Dev Hynes) sidles alongside Basement Jaxx on 'My Turn', a top notch fusion of Lightspeed's lyrical delicacy and the dance band's bells and bounce style. Also check out the colourful video HERE! [Includes dancing bright bears!]

I have mentioned Passion Pit about a year ago and they are only JUST hitting the big time (another scoop just for you New Narcotics readers), with 'Little Secrets' all over BBC Radio now. Still perfectly synthed and sultry indietronica for the ears. Live for good ol' Myspazz

Christmas is creeping slowly upon us and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes has released a cover of an SNL christmas ditty alongside his brand new solo album 'Phrazes For The Young' which ain't half bad (even if it is just The Strokes goes solo). Anyway here is his festive attempt...

I shall be back very soon with Winter Warmers to keep your ears toasty as we enter the cold December month....

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