Monday, 30 November 2009

I found more great music for you.

Chris told me to get the new Gallows albumcoz it was awesome. I remained sceptical because I did hear the first album and I don't think I was all that impressed. In fact, I'm pretty sure I wasn't. Still this:

Is incredible. There ain't no dystopia like a British dystopia, and Gallows have embraced this kind of concept-sound whole heartedly. They're laying on the suits, the boots and a kind of British punk sound that makes their new record sound like more than the sum of its parts. I'm a sucker for that mass-male-chanting shit too, and it's a shame that they cut the swearing from that video, because some of the expletive asides are my favourite bits. I mean, seriously, I want to hammer this home, because people have been flogging the dead horse of semi-mod wannabe-laahhhndan-gangster bad boy bullshit for years. But this new Gallows image (and yeah, despite their dislike of "hairstyles" this is as much an image as anything) is the first time I've actually found it in the slightest bit exciting. I'm sure it's been done before, but fuck it, they do it well.

The second St. Vincent album, from earlier in the year, is stranger and less catchy and better than her first, and this video:

...specifically the bit where the drums and synths kick in for the first time, is mesmerising. I mean, seriously, it starts off and I'm like: oh yeah, this is what St. Vincent sound like... ho hum... HOLY SHIT! Fuck yeah Annie Clark!