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Metronomy – Summer 08

Summer 08If we disregard the brilliant accident of The English Riviera, then Summer 08 is arguably Metronomy’s best album to date. It’s no use comparing anything in Metronomy’s discography to the anomaly of their third album. It wasn’t fair calling Love Letters (2014) a huge disappointment and I won’t make the same again. Summer 08 is a retrospect on Joseph Mount’s live around the time of recording Nights Out (2008). The album is also new manifestation of Mount’s desire to sound like a black funk musician from Tennessee instead of a stark white New Waver from Devon. On Summer 08 he does a much better job at failing to fulfill this desire than on Love Letters.

Mount himself thinks that many will consider Summer 08 a return to form because Love Letters was a breather from dancey, upbeat, fun music. But these are terms that I never associate with Metronomy in the first place. Sure, you can dance on Summer 08, better than on Love Letters. But it’s a moody, stand-offish and sometimes vitriolic dance that invites distant admiration more than it does joining in. It’s a dance that allows Mount to incorporate anything from silly Andre 3000 type dialogues to Mick Karn’s trademark singing bass lines into his Wonky pop parade without sounding..eh..wonky.

Another big improvement compared to the analogue mistake of Love Letter is the sound quality of Summer 08. Mount, who recorded the album on his own in three weeks, is a man of detail and they are all perfectly audible on this good old-fashioned DDD album. Most importantly the songwriting is some of the best that Mount has done so-far. Opening song Back Together evolves from a cartoonesque dating song into. Miami Logic and Hang Me Out To Dry, with vocals by Robyn are catchy and brisk and definitely single material. 16 Beat is an animated dance track about writing dance tracks. Mick Slow, a tribute to the aforementioned  Japan bass player, who died in 2011, is a highlight. At the end of the song we hear a manic side of Mount that for the first time drown my feelings of nostalgia for The English Riviera in anticipation of what the man might have in store for us in the future.

Wild Beasts – Boy King

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It's been a while and I can't promise that this post isn't the last convulsion of Indiefuzz. What I can promise is that it will be a lot shorter than earlier posts. People only read the first six sentences of Internet articles anyway and being the … [Continue reading]

6 tips for Eurosonic 2016

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In order of appearance: 1. Aosoon (A Lot of Something Out of Nothing) (UK) Boy-girl duo that sounds like The XX having a Bed-in with Lianne La Havas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvLRS9Jgp4U WO 13 JAN, VERA 19:30 - 20:00 DO 14 JAN, … [Continue reading]

K-Man’s Top 20 Albums of 2015

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After Manou published his Top 20 earlier, here are my favorite records of 2015. Bask in its glorious magnificence and enjoy these great tunes with the Spotify embeds! 20. Kid Wave - Wonderlust (UK) 19. Foals - What Went Down … [Continue reading]

Manou’s Top 20 albums of 2015

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The Fuzz hasn't been very active in 2015. You won't hear me say that there's more to life than music. But there is more to life than writing about music. That doesn't mean we didn't search or listen as intensely as we did in the years before. We just … [Continue reading]

Live review: China Crisis at De Boerderij

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I had a choice between Zoetermeer, generally viewed as the least enjoyable city in our part of the country and Hengelo, a cozy little town very close to the middle of nowhere. Because attending my first China Crisis gig in Holland was going to be an … [Continue reading]

Django Django – Born Under Saturn

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I'm afraid that Django Django's self-titled debut (2012) might be one of those albums that were hailed in the year of their release, but viewed in a larger time frame will be forgotten/ignored. The band's follow-up album will undergo no such fate … [Continue reading]

Field Music – Music For Drifters

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Field Music are in the process of recording their fifth long player to be released sometime in 2016. In the meantime they've released an instrumental album titled Music For Drifters which is by no means a casse-cro?te. The Brewis brothers were … [Continue reading]

Dutch Uncles – O Shudder

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The seventh half year recap album involves a band whose relative success keeps surprising me. I can't think of a fan profile other than my own, suited to appreciate Dutch Uncles: growing up with Japan, admiring XTC, ?delighting in falsettos, … [Continue reading]

Tame Impala – Currents

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Staying Alive has never been more alive. All We Are, the first band whose album we reviewed for this half year recap, called themselves 'the Bee Gees on diazepam'. The third album by Tame Impala was dreamt up by Kevin Parker while listening to the … [Continue reading]