By Tom Fake
August 28, 2013
The Hot Five – My views on five tracks that have attracted my interest in any given week, usually with an older track thrown in the mix for something a bit different. Tracks usually concentrate on guitar-based releases, but really focusing on anything and everything that comes to my attention.
Track of the week: Tears For Fears – ‘Ready To Start’
Tears For Fears are back with a cover of Arcade Fire’s ‘Ready To Start’, their first release since 2004’s ‘Everybody Loves A Happy Ending’. This contrasting electro version of the original was posted on the band’s website last week, and was a way for the duo to “kickstart the recording process again”, according to Roland Orzabal. There is no further information on this new album yet, clearly it is in its very early stages, but it is good to see the duo back in the studio.
The Family Rain – ‘Carnival’
I’ve said it before and I’ll definitely say it again, The Family Rain are a band to watch. ‘Friction’ is one of my favourite tracks of the year, along with ‘Reasons To Die’. It’s just nice to see some balls-y music about at the moment. You can hear elements of The White Stripes in their sound, as well as some heavier rock sounds that come together intelligently to create a polished sound. I may have already said, but the band are touring in November, so if you like their stuff get to see them if you can. You can download this track for free from the band’s official website.
Tape Deck Mountain – ‘Pretend Friends’
This is moody shoegazing music at its best. It utilises light and shade with atmospheric verses and heavier sections of fuzz guitar and cymbal heavy drums that contrast so well. This track is taken from Tape Deck Mountain’s new LP Sway, which is to be released on October 1. If you’re into this kind of thing it might be worth checking out, hopefully the quality of the track is extended through the album too. You can also download this via the soundcloud link.
Newton Faulkner – ‘Losing Ground’
Newton Faulkner recorded his new album, Studio Zoo, in just 5 weeks and streamed that entire process online for his fans to see. He’s also a fantastic act to see live, I distinctly remember a very clever rendition of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. ‘Losing Ground’ proves that, despite a lower profile in the last few years, Faulkner can still write. This catchy, up-beat folk track shows off his guitar playing and harmonies well and is a great advertisement for the new album, which was released on Monday.
Hidden track of the week: William Fitzsimmons – ‘I Don’t Feel It Anymore (Song of the Sparrow)’
Of a similar style to one of my favourite artists Peter Bradley Adams, I stumbled across this 2009 track earlier today. William Fitzsimmons has a fantastic singing voice as well as a fantastic beard. Described as equal parts songwriter and psychotherapist, Fitzsimmons has released three full-length albums since 2005 but has gone quiet on the music front in the last 18 months.
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