Ennui in January

January 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Cults-Go Outside




You’ve got to love those glockenspiels.

Hurry along summer, hurry along…



South American Thrills.

January 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Icarus Himself-Digging Holes

This song really makes me want to dance a tango with a peruvian lady.

Perhaps it’s my disposition towards such spectacular trumpet interventions as at 2:36.


Large Unsettling Spaceship.

January 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Akron/Family-So It Goes

It is an unpleasant feeling knowing that work is looming over your head, horrid essay questions featuring disgusting words such as ‘pyschoanalytic interpretation’ ‘comic devices’ and ‘deadline’. Its that point in sci-fi films where an unsettlingly sized spaceship is hovering over the earth, thus far dormant but still unnerving enough to make people stare dramatically into the sky for inordinate amounts of time.

During this time of mounting fear I unearthed a gem from Akron/Family. It appealed to me because the song really does not give a shit. It is a strange concept for the song not to give a shit but it seems somewhat appropriate. Guitars sprawling around Seth Olinsky’s laissez-faire vocal, appropriate considering the track’s title then after 2 minutes of blues clash and clatter you get a Beach Boys-esque outro complete with lullaby harmonies and tingling keyboards.

It made me sit back and relax, the music isn’t particularly relaxing but it is the notion of the song which made me noticeably calmer about that dreaded spaceship in the sky.

Simply Does It.

January 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lower Dens-I Get Nervous

Perhaps I should be ashamed that my first post is a remnant of a year past but it nevertheless felt essential to bring it to anyone’s attention. I was introduced to Lower Dens’ music through a friend and then whilst scanning the Bella Union website I discovered that their album made every staff member’s top 10 albums list. This track is swamped in that kind of ethereal reverb and guitar swell which induces a melancholy introspection that makes me reflect on one year and look towards the next.  A man once said perfection is achieved when there is nothing left to take away; a notion which, one must feel, Lower Dens are very much aware of.

Happy first post


Evergreen Seeds Pt I

December 13, 2010 § 1 Comment

So winter is well and truly under way and so we have decided to put another mix together to celebrate how cold it is.

So we have 1 song a day courtesy of Marcus, George and some other new faces and at the end of the week we will put the mixtape together into a lovely package for dwonlaod.

OK here is Dan.

Beach House – Master Of None

When I was asked to think of a song which reminded me of Winter, there were 2 songs which immediately fit my description. Department of Eagles with No One Does It Like You and Beach House Master of None. The links between the two are documented and it is perhaps of little coincidence that the two both evoke, for me, the winter-like quality which I was searching for. On the contrary of suggesting their music is cold, rather that their music is something you can wrap yourself up in, an attractive proposition under the ‘heating on for 2 hours a day’ routine we currently maintain in this house.

So why Beach House and not Department of Eagles? No concrete reason, more of a whim but possibly because Victoria Legrand’s voice possesses a hollow almost tragic trait which is in perfect contrast to music which seems to promise warmth and understanding. Emerging from a near festive scattered organ riff the song then slowly gains structure as the drums chug in like a steam train to the platform. The guitar lies somewhere between novelty Hawaiian and Mazzy Star punctuating the organ drone perfectly. If this is all sounding a bit too ‘look a vintage shop with bikes!’ or ‘look a delightful tea room!’ then the lyrics are deliciously dark (You always come to the parties/to pluck the feathers of all the birds) and possess depth beyond any twee preconceptions you might ascribe to them.

King and Queen of the contemporary Dream pop genre for good reason the song certainly makes me think of Winter, night-time and more specifically the opportunity to observe it from the comfort of my own house, as with reality part of the fun of winter is being able to escape it and I couldn’t think of any more perfect a soundtrack.
(P.s Toro Y Moi also does a cover, louder, brasher and still pretty fantastic).


Another friend of mine drunkenly interviewing an EXCELLENT band

October 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Having read and heard all about Sparrow And The Workshop on Song, By Toad, I was super keen to catch their show at The Cavern but had already booked my ticket to Leeds to see Maps & Atlases.
So I entrusted Dan with a pen and paper. Smart move indeed.
Sparrow and The Workshop – Blame It On Me
A little over a week ago I had no knowledge whatsoever of Sparrow and the Workshop. Usually, this is less than beneficial when conducting an interview. An hour before our scheduled chat, I had not broadened my spectrum of interesting facts beyond their intriguing name and an enjoyment of their music. I had never done an interview before. I saw the only way rectify the situation was an evening with our age old friend alcohol.

Surprisingly this worked a charm, we covered many many things noteably the lead singer’s stone-skimming ability and The Mercury Music Prize. Their favourite band to support was Brian Jonestown Massacre and they tip Fists as a band for the future. They were less complimentary of Mumford and Sons which I found quite easy to understand. They were friendly and even didn’t dislike my most ill fated comparison of ‘Bringing It all Back Home-esque’ Dylan. Upon reflection, they are darker, more brooding and the dramatic vocals are much more reminiscent of Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane.

Lead singer Jill O’Sullivan invokes maturity, fragility, atmosphere and pagan imagery skipping like a record from a haunting siren to a boudica-esque battle cry. It’s folk/rock at it’s most thought provoking, the clatter and crash of the drums from Gregor Donaldson provides depth and a stirring rhythm to what feels a medieval barndance upon occasion, aided somewhat by The Cavern and its lighting, or lack of it. Gregor’s backing vocals were also excellent and matched the character of O’Sullivan. Nick Parker on bass is certainly worthy of mention, all number of words are used to describe the bass guitar these days, it’s quite excessive. With Parker the bass growled angrily but I appreciated more how well the basslines were fit for purpose and tailored perfectly to the guitar whether it snarled, howled or whispered, it was a most willing adversary to the pulsing rhythm section.

Great gig, great people (they even gave me a free copy of their LP!), I wonder if all interviews run so smoothly? Gratitude offered towards the support of George and Alex who filled in the blanks when I slurred as opposed to interviewed.


LCD Soundsystem Live at Manchester Academy

May 13, 2010 § 3 Comments

Hopefully this will be the first in a successful line of guest writers on APFOS.

We present to you… Dan!

Considering I’ve never written for a blog I approach the task with some trepidation especially considering I’m invading on a perfectly decent sibling partnership whose franchise is growing in success. Yet here goes, I saw LCD Soundsystem live in Manchester. Due to unforeseen circumstances we missed the support act which seemed fairly unimportant considering the standard of LCD’s performance. There’s an art to playing dance music without turntables and LCD Soundystem are close to perfecting it, the presence of an infallibly large disco ball whipped the crowd into an already studio 54 circa 78 style groove frenzy.

Playing a combination of Sound Of Silver and their new, yet to be released record, they delivered on a grand scale. Bass crunching and pounding where necessary, drums impressively carrying a thoroughly danceable rhythm and an impressive array of synth gadgetry being meticulously prepared to deliver the drones and harmony of one of the most compelling live shows I’ve witnessed in a long time. What also comes across was the rock element to LCD Soundystem, they were loud, not necessarily aggressive but certainly made more of an impact than I expected. They even caused some particularly vivacious dancers to explode into an unashamed teenage mash amongst the polite bouncing heads and shuffling feet. For all my efforts of conciseness I feel I’ve outstayed my welcome so here’s the music…

LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends

LCD Soundsystem vs The Beatle vs The Kinks

Im guessing you have been bombarded with the latest LCD tracks so here’s a few others!



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