Sep 3, 2015
I downloaded some really disappointing LPs in May. Well, if I’m to be perfectly honest, quite disappointing would be a better description, but where’s the hyperbole in that‽
First there was the latest from Wire, Beatle-esquely entitled Wire, then LPs from The Mountain Goats, Best Coast and Joanna Gruesome, all artists who’ve graced these pages. It was deflating, which is probably taking the experience too seriously. But if you can’t invest emotion in music, where can you‽
[That’s too many interrobangs — ed.]
Thus it was something of a relief to discover that six months previously, while I’d been rapt and indeed wrapped by teacher training, Decoration had released their long-awaited fourth long player.
Put Me Back on My Bike was six years in the making, so to speak, and references the apocryphal last words of British cyclist Tommy Simpson. At which point it’s worth mentioning that William Fotheringham’s biography of Simpson — I bet you can guess the title — is well worth reading.
The LP was preceded by a single, featuring this track in all its unremixed beauty.
Decoration // Paul is Dead
I should also mention that, as we’ve already seen, May graced us with the first Cinerama release in a decade, so it really wasn’t all bad, not at all.
Still, fresh excitement was needed and it came, first of all, on a single that, like Decoration’s, bore a 2014 time stamp.
Lost Tapes are the first Barcelona band to feature here. I’d say they are the third from Spain, after the mighty When Nalda Became Punk and the recently mentioned Black Islands, but since they describe themselves as Catalonian they might not forgive me.
Lost Tapes // Rubber Bracelet
New Zealand doesn’t have a great musical legacy (Neil Finn fans may disagree, but they’re wrong). If you’d asked me a few months ago to name a New Zealand artist I liked I’d’ve said The Datsuns, but only on the back of a handful of songs. I couldn’t stretch to an LP. Then I heard the first solo work from Emily Edrosa. Then I heard Auckland’s Fazerdaze. This is the lovely second track from a hugely promising six-track, self-titled debut.
Fazerdaze // Jennifer
We come home for our final selection. In fact it’s just a short trip from here to Durham, home of Martha, who are a band. Though it may well also be the home of one or more women called Martha.
This is the band’s contribution to a split single with LA’s Benny The Jet Rodriguez.
Martha // The Historian
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