Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Vanilla Swingers

Vanilla Swingers exist in a lineage of sophisticated, imaginative and slightly leftfield British pop music that has been overly neglected for about fifteen years in favour of dumbed-down alternatives. Think Pet Shop Boys, ABC, and The The; literate, eclectic, auteur-ish popstars, slick and professional. Probably their closest contemporary reference point, if you’re desperate for one, is Stephen Merritt’s Magnetic Fields. Other named influences include Blonde Redhead and the book Straw Dogs by John Gray.

Their eponymous debut album is a concept affair about two people who meet, run away together, go back in time, lose each other, and meet again in 2015. But it’s also just a bunch of songs. Good ones. There are genuine pop hooks and riffs in “I’ll Stay Next To You” and the deliberately catchy but repetition-avoiding prog-pop experiment of “The Hive”, a successful attempt to write a song that stitches together multiple pop moments into a prog template. If you’re following the concept, it’s during “The Hive” that the time-travelling bit happens. More importantly, some ace music happens too.

Johny Brown, of near legendary punk folkers the Band Of Holy Joy, provides lyrics and vocals on “The Way She Walked Out The Door”. The album is, importantly, mastered by Kramer, who has produced the likes of Galaxie 500, Low, Dot Allison, Daniel Johnston, and Urge Overkill (of “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” fame, and little else), as well as played bass for Butthole Surfers and Ween, and who knows how to bring the best out of a woozy melody and dreamy arrangement. It was recorded and mixed with Ian Catt, who has worked with St Etienne, Stars, and Kylie Minogue.

The upcoming release from Vanilla Swingers is deep, emotional, chilly... A perfect music to make love by. The album comes out at 28th July. Recommended!

Vanilla Swingers - Danger In The Past
Vanilla Swingers @ MySpace

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Blogger Ziggy said...

No Age - Nouns (2008) !!!
Clinic - Do It! (2008) !!!
Black Keys - Attack & Release (2008) !!!
Sun Kil Moon - April (2008) !!!
Nick Cave - Dig Lazarus Dig (2008) !!!
The Black Angels - Directions To See A Ghost (2008) !!!
The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia (2008) !!!
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges (2008)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - My Bloody Underground (2008)
Grails - Burning Off Impurities (2007) !!!

Once - OST (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova) !!!
Spring Awakening - OST

Coldplay - Viva La Vida (2008)
+ The Fray, Mika, Bloc Party, Muse, etc.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Albums !!!

Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile

Coldplay - Live In Koko 2005

50 Cent - The Massacre
Akon - Trouble

Hard-Fi - Once Upon A Time
Morcheeba - Albums
Stereo MCs - Albums

CSS - Cansei De Ser Sexy
Björk - Volta
The Kooks - Inside In, Inside Out

Simian - Never Be Alone [EP]
Justice - D.A.N.C.E. Remixes [EP]
Uffie - Pop The Glow [EP]
David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust


The Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Black Planet
+ Sodom, The Oath, etc.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks man!

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot!

3:35 AM  
Anonymous Roberto Zamora said...

Hello There
Brief Explain
I am a boy from chile that has always been following the bands that are posted in this blog, i have to say i am a fan for this corner, because thanks to it, i have found so many great indie bands...

But tonight i want to talk about MummRa, and ask for a petition because this amazing band has disolve in Abril, i just knowed it.

It will be very cool if you do a post to remember them...

"Always introducing new band, why do not say goodbye to one of the best"

with no more to say, because my english its real bad hahaha.


Atte. Roberto Zamora

THANKs again for the MUSIC.

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the jams!

The Brianjones Town Massacre requires passwords for some of the zip files. Is there anyway you can provide the password?

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fyi it looks like we sucked the first link dry, might want to take it down for a while.

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey cool! i really like the vanilla swingers! i've never heard of them before and their tracks on myspace are really nice.

2:47 AM  
Blogger Susana said...

i love this band, sounds very cool.
thank you for doing such a great job on this blog;)
u rock!

9:06 PM  

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