Off “Adventures in your own Backyard” out this week.
This is the guy that sung “To Build a Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra, and is still thoroughly underrated and below the radar for the music he puts out.
"Close to Paradise" was won the Polaris music prize in 2007, fighting off Arcade Fire's “Neon Bible” and Feist's “The Reminder” umong many others. The album's full of huge swinging rhythms with Watson's signiature falsetto tremble over the top.
3rd album “Wooden Arms” sees an expansion in rhythm, instrumentation and experimentation, but none of these hinder the overall quality of what is a stunning album. Nominated again for the Polaris but not successful, perhaps the only shortfall of the album is the lack of a standout big single like “Drifters” or “The Great Escape” that both feature on Close to Paradise.
So now we have his 4th. I’m halfway through it right now, so I’ll write it up later. But “Lighthouse” is an amazing piece of music, that I’m already sure of.
If you’re wondering why I havn’t spoken about “Just an Ordinary day”, it’s because I don’t think it’s close to the other 2 for quality. “Mary” is good though.
OK so they’re one of the biggest bands in the world - they don’t play very often - and they’re very good live. But £65 EACH? REALLY?
To me that’s taking the piss a little bit. 5 years ago at victoria park, the tickets were around £45. They had just released a huge album,for free.So maybe I’ll pay a little on top to see them in return…and it was great.
But when they’ve just released what can only be called the mediochreKing of Limbs, I don’t really fancy paying that kind of money.
Problem is, plenty of people will, so it’s kind of a no-brainer for Radiohead to charge this amount. Plus if they would charge 30, the touts would take over and the natural supply and demand would end up with them making the money, not Radiohead, who might at least give it to charity or something.
By the way, you could go to Bilbao BBK, pay 20 quid more, and see LOADS MORE BANDS. Just sayin’
Off their new album, the self-titled Portico Quartet
Quite different to both Knee Deep in the North Sea and Isla, especially this song. They’ve always said they’re influenced are contemporary electronic music (flying lotus is someone in particular I’ve heard them mention) but this album is the first time I really think they’ve embraced it. Also the first time (I think) that they’ve used a vocalist.
Off March of the Zapotec, half of the Dual EP (The other half being Realpeople Holland)
For me, this is Beirut’s peak sonically. Both albums prior to this (Gulug Orchestra, Flying club cup) I love to bits, but Zapotec has this gorgeous aged sound to it. The opening to “The Akara” is effortlessley grand, and in “La Llorona” above, the majesty of Beirut’s sound is optimised.
Whilst the production is nearly as good on his most recent, The Rip Tide, here the songs really aren’t there. Which is a shame, as the arrangements are as usual top notch.
We finally have dates for the upcoming album “Adventures in your own backyard”! AND the band gave us an amazing gift: the album recording of Into Giants. It’s so freaking amazing, so go have a good listen at http://www.adventuresinyourownbackyard.com/