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2013 Tracks Of The Year – #10 – 6

10 Dec

Tracks of 2013 - 10-6

Over the last couple of days, we’ve looked at the tracks that we ranked 25 – 11 in our list of favourites for the year (previous posts can be found by clicking these links, 25 – 21, 20 – 16, 15 – 11) and now it’s Top 10 time.

We’re not going to bother reminding you of the rules at this stage, if you’ve been with us for the other posts you will already know them and if you are only just joining us, we bet you’d rather just get to the songs yeah?

Ok then, here they are, our favourite tracks of the year, places 10 – 6.


#10 Brooke Annibale – “Tragically Beautiful”

Taken from the sublime Words In Your Eyes EP, Brooke Annibale’s “Tragically Beautiful” was, to start with, just one of six wonderful tunes that we loved. Then, bit by bit, like a gradual frost creeping silently across the fields and countryside, we suddenly found ourselves consumed, covered entirely by the fragile, pristine and picturesque loveliness that is “Tragically Beautiful”. It is delicate and evocative; it swoops, soars and glides effortlessly across the winter sky as the clouds turn pink with the sun. Heartfelt and poignant, Annibale’s lyrics and winters breath vocals hang in the air, resonating with the listener before dissipating into a swirl of guitar and strings.



#9 Pawws – “Slow Love”

We’ve not exactly been shy about declaring our love for Pawws and for the immensely poptacular “Slow Love”. It is a glorious tune, everything that good pop should be and then some. If skittles let you “taste the rainbow” then “Slow Love” makes you “see, hear, feel, and surf the rainbow”. With influences from the likes of Robyn, Annie and Kylie it’s a spin around during the chorus piece of electro-pop fantasticness. Lucy Taylor’s beautifully sweet and heartfelt vocals blend perfectly with its full on grooveability.



#8 Empress Of – “Hat Trick”

We may have been alone in this, but one thing we took from Empress Of’s “Hat Trick” was how damn sexy it sounded. Just listen as Lorely gets all sweet, sultry and breathy and sings, “Lay my cards on the table / Tell me my future / Tell me I’ll make it move”. See what we mean? Sexy. Wrapped around her seductive tones is an addictive track of swirling beauty that draws you in, Siren like, for play after play after play. Bookended by twinkling, almost shrill, synths the beat and melody swoon and sway along like cavorting partners, clinging to each other in the low light of a slow dance. It is a gloriously misty piece of electro-pop and one we couldn’t get enough of since its release.



#7 Public Service Broadcasting – “Night Mail”

Built around words from the 1936 documentary film of the same name, and the W.H. Auden poem, also of the same name, “Night Mail” is a prime example of what makes Public Service Broadcasting so damn special and why we love them so much. It’s how they use these samples and create and arrange music to complement and enhance it, rather than just sit underneath it. Auden’s poem itself clatters along with the rhythm, tempo and cadence of a steam train charging through the countryside so it is only right that “Night Mail” does the same. It moves relentlessly, excitingly forwards with majestic, rolling scenery all around it. It’s fantastic and as the conductor yells “now” and the train whistle blares out, guitars and drums meet in a perfect storm of controlled energy and ambition as the track steams along.



#6 Avec Sans – “Shiver”

Back when we originally posted Avec Sans’ “Shiver” we rather succinctly stated that it was “fucking fantastic”. We could easily just say the same and leave it at that, but you deserve more and so does the song. It’s just a superb piece of light, dazzling electro pop that teases and tingles. If it was a weapon it would be deadly because it is not a giant in your face kaboom, it’s subtle and delicate and it gets under your skin, into your head as you open yourself up to accept it willingly. It’s so glorious and catchy; it’s a proper earworm tune. If they could find a way to weaponise it, this would be how Avec Sans took over the world. We don’t think anyone would mind too much though.



We’re almost there, come back tomorrow morning to find out who made the Top 5 and which track is our absolute favourite of the year.

2014 Preview: Listen Out For #7 – Pawws

3 Dec

Pawws

A couple of months back, a friend of ours said of Pawws incredibly infectious “Slow Love”, “I can’t decide if it is a guilty pleasure or not”. Our response was simple, “there’s nothing guilty about it [name redacted to protect the mostly innocent], it’s just pure pleasure”.

And that is what the music of Lucy Taylor brings, pleasure. Even when it is the slower, more introspective and contemplative sounds of “Time To Say Goodbye” you are left buoyed by the synths and the confidence within. On “Outside”, despite its melancholic tone and the subject of a failing/filed relationship, the coolness of the delicate pop feels refreshed and optimistic, ready to stand tall and step out into a world of hope and positivity. Surrounded by synths, electronic beats and flourishes, her lyrics are decidedly human and relatable. They stir your heart as well as your feet.

Our love for the music of Pawws was immediate and full on, an infatuation. Her music is instantly accessible and enjoyable with influences from the likes of Robyn, Annie and Madonna and vocals that are beautifully sweet and heartfelt. She can do big vibrant rainbows of sound, all danceable and bright and she can do genteel and calm as well. With any luck, and the support of the cracking ASL Records, she’ll be doing much more of it over the next 12 months and beyond.

”Slow Love” is, alongside “Time To Say Goodbye”, out now on limited to 300 copies 7” vinyl and can be ordered here.


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Listen: Pawws – “Outside”

25 Sep

Pawws Outside

How long ago was July? It feels like no time at all as that was when we (finally) first heard the wonderfully uplifting poptacularness of Pawws and her utterly fantastic ”Slow Love”. Time has flown by since then with the track on repeat and our frantic attempts to work out if we can host a gig and see her perform (without missing any of our acts) at a different venue on the same evening at Norwich Sound and Vision, and now (with that dilemma as yet unresolved) we have more Pawws music to fall in love with.

Vocally Lucy Taylor is sounding quite Madonna-ry and “Outside” sees her embracing a darker side, a beautiful melancholy even. The beat is gentle but unrelenting, like a nagging realisation waiting to burst forth, something you can feel but can’t quite articulate. A heartbeat pulsing softly as the blood of love slowly stops flowing. It’s like watching the midnight of a relationship with perfect star-speckled clarity, there is hope in Taylor’s voice despite the uncertainty of her future, ”Will I ever get love again” she wonders. But in the end, being left on the outside of a dying relationship is better than being trapped on the inside and the coolness of the delicate pop feels refreshed and optimistic, freed at last and able to look in and see all that previously had been hidden.

”Slow Love” (released alongside “Time To Say Goodbye”) is out now on (limited to 300 copies) 7” vinyl single via ASL Records and can be ordered here. Pawws live dates can be found here.


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Listen: Pawws – “Slow Love”

19 Jun

Pawws

Given that “Slow Love” first appeared online a couple of months back now, it is fair to say we are a little late to the party. We like to think of it as being fashionably late mind you, long after all the people you invite just to fill it out have turned up but still before the booze has run out, Whigfield is on repeat on the stereo (even if the party is on a Thursday) and all your fish have mysteriously vanished from their tank.

Yep, we turned up at exactly the right moment for this stupendous piece of pop music from Pawws, as the video will be unveiled at any moment and the single is now up for pre-order (more on that later). There was nothing slow about our love for it at all, it was immediate and rather overwhelming actually. We were infatuated (still are) and it has been played a rather ridiculous amount of times and at volumes that tend to result in the police turning up at your house asking if you ‘wouldn’t mind turning it down please’ and ‘why is there a guy running around outside with a plastic bag filled with water singing, I’m going to eat you little fishy?’.

If skittles let you “taste the rainbow” then “Slow Love” makes you “see, hear, feel, and surf the rainbow”. With influences from the likes of Robyn, Annie and Kylie it’s a spin around during the chorus piece of electro-pop fantasticness. Lucy Taylor’s beautifully sweet and heartfelt vocals blend perfectly with its full on grooveability. Alongside Chvrches, Pawws is showing that there is still a lot of life in the pop-dog yet.

”Slow Love” is released alongside “Time To Say Goodbye” on limited to 300 copies 7” vinyl single on 15 July via. ASL Records and can be pre-ordered here.


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