This Week in Discover Weekly: 11.04.16

In ‘This Week in Discover Weekly’, I listen to my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist and offer first impressions on each track in a line or so. I’ll then make a decision as to whether I KEEP it in ‘Songs’ or DISCARD it.

Bouquet’s Stacks on Stacks sounds a lot like Broadcast or Stereolab in their lowest respective gears. Vintage synthesisers and drum machines, light fuzzy crackle. Never quite kicks on though. DISCARD

As someone with a deep and abiding love for shoegaze, I’m often recommended post-“spooky era” Horrors. I don’t quite get it. Connan Mockasin’s “remix”  of Still Life however (which is basically a cover) re imagines the swaggery, lagery indie of the original as something… squelchier. KEEP

I am The Changer by Cotton Jones is a warm, burbling low-fi alt-country tune that I will skip back to as soon as I hit a track I don’t like. And fuck: I’m a liar, got a tongue on fire, I oughta cut it off […] and when I do I’m gonna let you know”… that’s good. KEEP

Savas and Savalas’ Te quiero pero por otro lado is ‘pleasant’ in the way a ‘nice candle’ or ‘cool soap’ is pleasant. DISCARD and play ‘I am The Changer’ again

Boxed In’s All Your Love is Gone passes mostly without incident. DISCARD

Fallin Rain by Karl Blau never really goes anywhere which I wouldn’t normally hold against it, except it’s over nine minutes long. So buckle in for some of that good ol’ whimsical, sweeping Country, I guess. DISCARD

Yamasuki Singers’ Yamma Yamma  apparently featured in the opening episode of season 2 of Fargo which I haven’t seen and have no strong feelings about. DISCARD

Naytronix is Nate Brenner who plays bass in tUnE-yArDs. So it’s surprising that I’m ok with Mister Divine. Despite my feelings on tUnE-yArDs, the Song Exploder episode about ‘Water Fountain’ is a great bit of podcasting and made me respect tUnE-yArDs without enjoying the music all that much. This is good though. KEEP

Slim Twig‘s Cannabis sees fit to suck all the charm out of the Serge Gainsbourg original and pretty much double the length. Don’t get it. DISCARD

Beautiful Gurrls is a short song by Ricky Eat Acid so it’s got that going for it. DISCARD

Martin Rev’s  Mari is cute, real cute. Rev was in Suicide who I know very little about. KEEP

Flying Saucer Attack’s My Dreaming Hill is kind of like Yo La Tengo’s murmured vocals beneath the crunchy guitars of Sonic Youth or Jesus and Mary Chain. I don’t need to tell you that that’s good. KEEP

I was always a big French Kicks fan but I’ve not heard much from them for a while. Said So What comes from 2008’s excellent Swimming and makes you wonder why they never got the props that The Walkmen did. KEEP

I have a lot of time for Ariel Pink and Put Your Number in my Phone offers up some of his usual wry psych-pop, but this time with added “voicemail spoken word break”. It isn’t new to me but KEEP anyway.

Cross Record’s Steady Waves is the kind of gloomy growling gloom folk that Wye Oak were so good at before they became good at what they do now. Also reminds me of the Microphones. So KEEP, naturally.

Tell you what I’m not hungry for, Marching Church’s Hungry for Love. DISCARD

If “Animal Collective doing ‘Get Lucky'” sounds like something you’d be on board with, play Golden Dawn Arkestra‘s Dimensions at your wedding or something. DISCARD

The sheer time it’s taken me to write this week’s ‘This Week in Discover Weekly’ has benefited Harriet’s Burbank, which sounded impossibly weedy on first listen. On repeated plays however, it’s grown on me thanks to its restrained, murky atmosphere and a really ominous chord change that I believe to be pretty cool. KEEP

Fog Wave’s Get Back is some spooky echoey slow-core-ish stuff, so it’s ok with me. KEEP

Sentiment by Better Person trades in the same slinky 80s RnB pop that Nicholas Krgovich discovered post No Kids, but it’s somehow slinkier. KEEP

The Mantles The Island sounds way familiar. It’s alright. Bit like Woods but in much the same way that the long writing time let Burbank grow on me, The Island has seemed less and less like a place I want to visit. And hey, those are both places. God damn, sometimes they just sit up for you, y’know? DISCARD

Bleep blurp dingle dingle doop… Yeah Hot Sugar, Sinkies is ok. KEEP

One of the many reasons that Catatonia’s ‘Mulder and Scully’ is better than ‘Road Rage’ is that Mulder and Scully’s chord progression (and its transition between verses, choruses and bridges) feels more natural. Road Rage on the other hand, lumps between seemingly disconnected Britpop blobs like “fuck how do we get to the ‘Rrrroaddrrrrrage!’ bit?”. George Harrison’s I’d Have You Any Time is like Road Rage. Sure, the bits are nice enough but they don’t fit. And actually are the bits even that nice? DISCARD

Merchandise’s Become What You Are is… urgh what a terrible title. Like the name of an Ocean Colour Scene album track. It’s alright though. It’s sort of bombastic and melodramatic in the way that a McAlmont and Butler song might be. But wait! There’s a tempo change and an organ freak out and it’s 10 minutes long! Yeah, no, fuck it. DISCARD

Widowspeak’s Dead Love (So Still) is whispy-voiced jangle pop by a band with a singer who has hair I quite like. Wild and voluminous. The hair that is. KEEP

TW Walsh’s Fundamental Ground is good, but even better is TW Walsh’s profile pic on Spotify in which he has cool silver fox hair and a cool beard and is holding a cool axe. KEEP

End Girl sees Cara Striker and John Kirby join forces for a skittish, juddering 80s disco pop thing that has a fucking great synthy bass sound. There’s even a male-female vocal switch which is one of my favourite things when done well. KEEP

I was once chastised in GCSE Music for turning in a piece of work that sounded “like it was recorded in a toilet”. I still don’t see how that’s a valid criticism to this day. I mean, Julia Holter is covering Roxy Music’s  2HB in what may or may not be a public restroom and it sounds great to me. KEEP

Smog’s Time for the Blues is wearying in the most tiresome way. DISCARD

Early Interpol EPs and demos sounded not dissimilar to Country TeasersGolden Apples; spiky, distant, kind of unknowable. I wouldn’t have minded waiting two hours for this to download on Limewire. KEEP

This week the algorithm scores a respectable 17 out of 30

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