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The Naked And Famous: 2011’s Sonic BOOM!

New Zealand’s The Naked and Famous are, so far, my favourite new band of 2011. Their debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You pulls together everything that’s good about popular music at the moment, while at the same time not coming across as commercial. Whether you hear their first single “Young Blood” in a club, at a friend’s house or on 5FM, the track is the epitome of cool every time. Their sound is a mixture of dreamy dance-pop, dark sonic … Continue reading

Expect the unexpected: Iron & Wine’s “Kiss Each Other Clean”

“There’s no such thing as too much Iron & Wine” ~ myself, ages ago. The new Iron & Wine album, Kiss Each Other Clean is brilliant. To follow up from 2007’s The Shepard’s Dog, an album that’s so refined and rich with wide open spaces (basically, one of mankind’s finest moments), would take super-human skills. Consider it done. This is a brave new sound, and although it’s been a logical progression there’s clearly been a huge advancement in the band’s … Continue reading

The King is Dead. The Decemberists: Not So Much.

So the King is Dead, or so The Decemberists would have you believe in this melodic sixth release from one of the best folk-rock outfits in the business. It is laden with tributes and subtleties, some good, some bad. The album name is a tribute to The Smiths’ “The Queen is Dead” and at least three songs sound like they were composed by R.E.M. with lyrics being filled in by Colin Meloy. This is their first album to go to … Continue reading