Tag Archives: Retro-pop

Free Download: Children Of Pop – “I Know”

21 Aug


It’s been over two years since we heard from Children Of Pop when debut (and until now only) track ”Charge” was released online. A sublime piece of ethereal, languid and laidback chillwave, “Charge” was one of the most underrated and beautiful tracks of 2011. Now the Children (child?) are back at last with a brand new tune and the sound has evolved somewhat.

The sound may have changed, but the quality has not. We were really quite excited to learn there was a new Children Of Pop tune, and that excitement soon gave way to surprise about what we were hearing, but that too was replaced by excitement once more and delight about the all round awesomeness of the track.

“I Know” isn’t so much an icy mist like its predecessor, more a stop-motion animation made from techno-coloured, retro-modelling clay. The kind of clay that pre-dated safety regulations and could send you higher than Lucy in the Sky on a quick whiff of the fumes. ”take control of your body” the song urges, but that is easier said and done. Especially as psychedelic shapes and images flashing before your eyes as the groovy guitar riffs play amongst the plasticine soundscapes, gnawing on your funky bone (the one that makes your feet tap involuntarily).

Get “I Know” as a free download below or on ‘pay what you like’ from the Children Of Pop bandcamp and let your funky bone do it’s thing.

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Listen: TV Girl – “She Smokes In Bed”

31 May

TV Girl

UK readers of a certain age will no doubt have seen enough episodes of classic Saturday night hospital TV show, Casualty to know that smoking in bed can only lead to agony, anguish and melodrama. Despite coming from San Diego, the always wonderful TV Girl must have seen the odd episode or two as their latest release is a clearly a warning to all of the perils of late night smoking whilst snuggled up. It’s a hell of a lot more entertaining than an hour of Charlie and Duffy and the like getting worked up by a lack of bandages in the store cupboard.

Steeped in the lo fi, hazy throwback sounds of summers long since past that TV Girl do so well, “She Smokes In Bed” is a gloriously fuzzy piece of indie infused retro-pop. It brings to mind old cine-film of people enjoying a fun fair, candy floss on the carousel, laughing at the scares on the ghost train, that sort of thing, all captured on picture that is slightly wobbly and degraded around the edges. The song’s bright and breezy aural qualities are not matched by the tale it tells. No, much like you know exactly what will happen to the kid who plays on an abandoned building site (or whatever other set-up they are using this week) at the beginning of Casualty, it is all too clear what fate will befall Mary in this sardonic story of a woman who cares little for her own well being.

“She Smokes In Bed” is taken from the new TV Girl EP, Lonely Women, which will be out 18 June. You can pre-order the EP here and even get it on a limited edition (only 150) cassette if you so wish.

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