Throw Me The Statue – Moonbeams

There are two words that immediately jumped into my head the first time I listened to the debut album by Throw Me The Statue.  The first word is giddy.  Giddy because that’s how this music makes me feel.  It’s heartfelt, genuine, indie pop.  At times they’re acoustic Weezer, at times they spark like The Anniversary, and in other moments they are Band of Horses.  Overall they’re a solid band with interesting music.

The second word is disbelief.  This album, Moonbeams (amazon) (itunes), is solid from opening to close.  Every song has something of interest, some little slice of creativity that you’ll find you enjoy.  I’m going with disbelif because I honestly can’t belive it took me two years to finally hear this album.  It was released/recorded in 2007 and I’m just now, finally, hearing it.  Where have all my music loving friends gone?  Why was I not force fed this album years ago?

mp3 : Throw Me The Statue – Young Sensualists
mp3 : Throw Me The Statue – About To Walk

These tracks are but a taste of how great this album is.  I can’t wait to hear their latest effort (which dropped just last week, August 4th 2009, so I’m not that far behind anymore).  Trust me though, this is an album to add to your collection.

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The Raveonettes – Lust, Lust, Lust

Lately I’ve been listening to a load of bands that I had never heard of before I got a job that keeps me sitting down for the better part of the day; parked behind a computer screen.  Internet radio is a lifesaver after lunch and it’s been quite a treat to get to listen to loads of new music (none of which I actively have to pursue).

This album, Lust Lust Lust (amazon) (itunes), was released in 2007 by The Raveonettes.  It starts off moody, packs in a lot of guitar fuzz and distorted wall of sound, and honestly feels a bit depressing by the end.  But it’s the good sort of depressing.  Ok, so that sounds a bit awkward, but that’s honestly how this album feels.  Moody, somewhat depressing, solid throughout the entire album, and drenched in a melancholic haze of guitars and lo-fi distortion.  It’s almost as if you’re standing at the back of the bar after a long night of drinking and music and this is the last act on stage for the night.

mp3 : The Raveonettes – Hallucinations
mp3 : The Raveonettes – Sad Transmission

Hallucinations is the second track off of the album and I’m leaning towards admitting it’s my favorite song by The Raveonettes.  Sad Transmission, however, comes in a close second for two reasons.  First of all even the title sounds depressing.  Secondly it sounds as if they sample the bass line from Duke of Earl throughout the entire track.  Brilliant.  And they’re from Denmark too.

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Vetiver – Tight Knit

I’ve been listening all night to the latest album by Vetiver which is a breezy trip through slow down modern American indie folk.  I know that sounds like a mouthful of adjectives, but that is really what this album is.  Think of Vetiver as an even more chilled out version of Kings of Convenience that sometimes plays with Devendra Banhart.  So yes, to answer your question, they are the quintessential band to relax to late at night after watching movies and television with the boys (or ladies).

mp3 : Vetiver – Everyday

Everyday is possibly the most upbeat and catchy track of this album, Tight Knit (amazon) (itunes), which was released in February by Sub Pop.  The remainder of the album is filled with songs that make you want to curl up on a hammock somewhere and watch the wind blow through the grass.

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The Joy Formidable – A Balloon Called Moaning

I first wrote about The Joy Formidable about 14 full months ago and back then I had nothing but words of praise for their clever indie rock sound.  And although my words of praise haven’t change, at all, I would like to change the bands I think they sound like.  At fist I thought they were a bit like The Dodos mashed up with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but now I must drop those parallels and say that their full length debut reminds me a lot of a now defunct band The Anniversary.  And that is a good thing.

mp3 : The Joy Formidable – While The Flies
mp3 : The Joy Formidable – Whirring

There’s not much else for me to say other than that the entire album is solid from start to finish.  I’ve been so addicted to it that I’ve probably listened to A Balloon Called Moaning at least fifteen times all the way through in the last week alone.  Give em a listen, and if you’re in the Kilburn area of London then make sure you hit up the nightclub that they operate called Club Joie De Vivre.

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Fields – Everything Last Winter

How I haven’t yet posted a proper little spot about Fields is beyond me.  I really must apologize to everyone who reads this blog because I feel as if I’ve let you down.  Let you down hard.  Honestly, where has my head been?  I know I’ve been consumed with moving to a new city and starting a new job {from where I currently am blogging – don’t worry, it’s after hours}, but that in no way excuses how I let the past full year go by without mention this band.  I mean seriously.

Anyway, in 2007, yes ages ago now, Fields released the first studio full length entitled Everything Last Winter (amazon) (itunes).  I’ve had a promo copy kicking around my abode for at least nine months {mad props to the PR folks who send me schwag, I promise I listen to every album I get}, but it didn’t really hit me until I purchased a new car.  My car, at least during the past two weeks, has had only this album on constant rotation.  Every time I think about putting in a new album the next track kicks in and I just can’t stop my addiction.

mp3 : Fields – You Brought This On Yourself
mp3 : Fields – Skulls And Flesh And More

On March 10th of 2007, over eighteen months ago, I wrote that Fields were the one band I had heard in ages that accurately lived up to the hype of “the next Arcade Fire.”  I still hold that sentiment to be true.  Honestly I feel ashamed these kids haven’t been given a more proper review here on TWF before today.  What I can tell you is that from the opening track to the end of the album every second of Everything Last Winter is worth listening to.  And, to be quite blunt, there are moments in almost every song that will take you completely by surprise.  For a good example take a trip through Skulls And Flesh And More; the last ninety seconds is brilliant.  Just brilliant.

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