Thursday, 1 November 2012


Tea : JIM NOIR : From the album Jimmy's Show
Hailing from Manchester, England, Jim Noir is the nom de plume of Alan Roberts. He chose the name as a homage to comedian Vic Reeves. Confused?  Well, Vic's real name is Jim Moir. 
He's had a couple of albums previously, but this collection of  songs, mixing obscure British psych and bedroom pop, spiced with loopy lyrics and sticky sweet melodies, is undoubtedly his best.
Bones : MS MR : From the EP Candy Bar Creep Show
From New York, this mysterious duo (they are known as just Ms and Mr but they are, in fact, Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow) have found a sound somewhere between Lana Del Ray and Florence and The Machine.  Less hystrionic than the latter, and funkier than the former, this EP bodes well for their full-length debut next year
Dirty Paws: OF MONSTERS AND MEN : From the album My Head Is An Animal
This Icelandic band have been called "the new Arcade Fire" by the media but they are better than that. If I was going to compare them to anyone, I'd say they have the same uncomplicated melodies and simple songs favouredby The XX

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