Archive for October, 2008

Think, early 1990s. Think Heavens Gate. I imagine this song played at the beginning of the movie I am making (in my mind) about the cult heaven’s gate. It’s not distinctly 80s, but reminds me of galaxies and stars. Naturally I think of the UFO craze we had in the early 90s. College is coming out with a debut album in November. He is the brain-child behind Valerie the music blog spot. Basically it’s a bunch of European’s obsessed with 80s culture, especially music. My friend Bui told me about them about 2 years ago, and I have been exploring that whole connection (Anoraak, Russ Chimes) heavily since. 

I Think About It – College


I did a little experimenting myself with photoshop. I call this Evan’s Gate.


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I just like this album cover. Hot 80s girls, eccentric costumes, fall trees, woo woo.

and tights! and skinny black jeans! take notes lady(s)!

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I will begin with a shout-out to the awesome cover art. Honestly, If this art looked any different, the album itself would have gotten a lower great. Seriously, the artwork is an extension of the art presented by the artist (said ‘art’ 3 times, awesome). We are set up for a mildly cheese up epic of an adventure. I think of MST3K when I see the album cover. If your browse around, you see many awesome posters (link) for many very bad bad movies. I was transformed to late 80s early 90s, but was set up for disappointment. This however was a solid listen. Luke Steel basically sings with a constant puckering of his lips. It makes for strange arrangements, and even stranger successes. The album is definitely loaded for singles in the beginning giving way to more ambient and less hooky tunes at the end. Yes, some songs are not as tightly and awesomely packed as say “Walking on a Dream”, but I can handle it. “We are the People” naturally is the 2nd single worthy track on the album. “The World” is creepily helium-y. “Without You” feels more of a Spandau Ballet creation perfect for any late 80s high school dance. “Swordfish Hotkiss Night” makes me laugh. I was annoyed during my first listen to it, but I’m warm to it. Sexily Warm. It’s a satisfying and strange listen. I hear Supertramp, When In Rome’s “The Promise” (only because the chorus), and really, I can’t describe a lot of the other musical influences. 

Album Grade: B+

Album in a sentence: Meant for the late 80s, these Aussie’s create oddly accessible pop music tip-toeing the line of masterpiece and cheese. 

Album Artwork: A; best artwork for an album this year, hands down.

Empire of the Sun – Walking On A Dream

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Empire of the Sun – We are the People

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This is a bit more of a stretch. The Human League created cold pop music. No warm comfort in this stylish post-modern (you knew I was going to bring up that word) take on pop music. Let’s jump a few decades, and find a French man recreating similar styled pop but here is the difference. I know, I usually try to con my way into convincing you, the reader, that these artists are similar. Anoraak is much more warm and inviting. Like the song says, I want to go down to Miami and drive to this song. I want to look at any 1980s painting about the cold war when I listen to the Human League. Everyone was paranoid in the 80s! Too much cocaine.

The Things Dreams Are Made Of – The Human League

Anoraak – Nightdrive With You

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Tiger City is a small band out in Brooklyn. I saw them live in Madison with 15 other fans. Needless to say, the will probably not be back… at least like that. They recently finished a tour with VHS or Beta. Tiger City exists as a mesh of Steely Dan, Hall and Oates, and havin’ fun. Here is a demo of a new tune called “Mallory”. It begins with a deep synth, and ends 4:29 later (I couldn’t think of anything clever to say so this will have to do).

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Tiger City – Mallory

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I think I used that star background in some of my images. Anyways, the original by Van She is awesome. A fantastic throw back to perfected 80s pop. All you need is the bass to feel the grove, and this remix really doesn’t stray away from the goodies within the song. The bass is louder, and the swooning feeling is more prevalent. The remix really just enhances the songs dance tendencies. And isn’t that a good thing? Yes, it is.

Van She – Kelly (LIfeLike Remix) 

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Copeland writes solid music. As described by a friend earlier, their early material can easily be identified to high schoolers experiencing adult things with over-excitement for the first time. Their sound has progressed and finally realized with “Eat Sleep Repeat”. They release their least accessible album on Columbia records and naturally, they are dropped. Now, that takes courage to do. So they are back on a different label and their sound is more realized than over. 

The album starts with “Should You Return” and sets the stage awesomely. It’s a crooning track that almost feels like it was left off “Eat, Sleep, Repeat”. To be honest, this whole album could make that claim. Some tracks more then others, but their is not a great departure from the previous album. Just a much more focused effort. None of these songs scream single to me. “The Grey Man” could be one if it was reproduced and tinkered just a bit, maybe “The Day I Lost My Voice” but that is a stretch. That’s fine though. This record’s intentions are not to be picked and chosen from. “Strange and Unprepared” is naturally the most vulnerable track on the album. It succeeds greatly where “Not So Tough Found Out” well, just kinda panders. I do like the song, but at 10 minutes long, it doesn’t build the way most of these epic closers are supposed to. It’s kind of like a review of the album. It’s got everything from those Editor like guitar rifts, horn section (i think), the voice of Rae Cassidy (from Brookfield woo woo), and scattered drum beats, but it doesn’t really build. Regardless, it’s a solid album, yet again from Copeland. Releasing better and better albums. The songs as a individuals are not as good as “Eat, Sleep, Repeat”, but this is an album review. And a good album it be. 

In a sentence: “You Are My Sunshine” coo’s with not melancholy tunes but a certain restraint that appears throughout this fantastic arrangement of semi-forgettable music tinged with jazzy sensibilities.

Grade: B


Copeland – The Day I Lost My Voice (The Suitcase Song)


EDIT: I re did the review. I have heard the album 3-4 times now. I gotta say, 3 songs are making any sort of long lasting impression. “B+” becomes “B”. Sorry Copeland

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