the 2007-12-13 Roundtable Round-up


Dez 13 2007, 19h27


(Those stupidly–brief-and-to-the-point intros are really much easier to write—there are only so many sensible ways of introducing a round-up of this week's Roundtable. (Hey, look what happened there: meta-intro.))

Homecoming was on Roundtable before. I wrote things about it then, a month ago. It's still by Kanye West, still features Captain Coldplay & still sounds a bit daft. It sounds like Noddy playing the piano—it's a bit too plinky to avoid making Kanye sound ridiculous. And Chris Martin's “oggy-oggy-oh!”s make me laugh. So, giggle-worthy once or twice, but nowhere near on a par with DVDA's Jungle Bookleg of If I Can't in terms of comedy rap. ...& I'm fairly certain this is sincere—!

The last time Those Dancing Days were on Roundtable they were playing their self-titled song from their self-titled album. The self-titledness of the song made me not like it. This time, though, the song is called Hitten, and is thus not self-titled. This is better. The vocals remind me very much of Tegan & Sara—very earnest; sweet, but still with a bit of force. The instruments' synth stylings are fairly simple and quiet and light: in my mind they're a light, slightly-faded lemonny yellow. The tune, though, isn't that memorable, so it doesn't really stand out from other Swedish pop.

Wax Simulacra by The Mars Volta is a big splurge of loud rockiness. Very spandexy, playing-one's-leg-like-a-guitar–y, hair-flinging and screaming. Sounds a bit like a record of ten thousand screeching cats scratching loudly.

Ghosts by Laura Marling is a piano-and-vocals–led singer-songwriter–type song. Though I didn't catch most of the lyrics, those I did hear seemed to be intricately constructed. A kit of drums joins in towards the end, as the song grows to its climax. I think this is one of those that'll require several listens, during which period I'll be slightly ambivalent about the song, but thereafter will immediately be an old favourite.

here come the girls by Ernie K Doe is off an advert. I thought it was a little-known 1960s Motown-type soul song that had been–rightly–forgotten due to being pretty mediocre. Maybe it actually is.

Jack Johnson's song If I Had Eyes isn't strictly about that eventuality—it's about if he had eyes in the back of his head. This much I garnered from the first few lyrics. The rest of the song is a moderately-paced—actually it's just a little bit ploddy-slow—anyway, it's an only-slightly–jaunty piano-and-singing–along. Like Paul McCartney, only crap.

Do You Like Rock Music? is the featured album this week, by British Sea Power. Now, Steve played a song on the programme, and I heard it. But I wasn't really listening, and it didn't make me. (I even forgot to check what the title of the song was.) It washed over me: generic “alternative” “indie” rock music with very little to differentiate it from other similar bands. I think I thought it sounded like some The Killers song, but I forget which one.

Waving Flags was also played, and I paid a little bit more attention to this. It certainly is “anthemic”, and the singer's voice is distinctive—kinda breathy—but I wasn't moved. Maybe it's because despite the amount of musical noise going on behind him, the singer still seems separate from it: his voice floats over the top, or in front of the wall of sound, if you will.

Though I failed to do a proper review of either of the last two Roundtables, I did listen to the one from two weeks ago. There was little of note, except that I wanted to mention We're All Going to Die by Malcolm Middleton (who I've recently realised is not Malcolm McLaren), which has been bouncing around my head for the last two weeks. Maybe it's Malcolm's strong, distinctive and sardonic Scottish accent. Or that combined with the chugging electro-rock backing, much like—in fact near-identical to—Wig. Its bouncy refrain “you're going to die / you're going to die / you're going to die alone / all alone” seems particularly prone to popping up immediately after a piece of forced-seasonal-jollity–imbued commercial dross; it would hardly be insightful of me to label “We're All Going To Die” the antidote to such things, but it does seem to be fitting. Stay tuned.
Envios aceitos
La Group Randome


  • Dero

    Hmm, I think you should give No Lucifer another listen, it's definitely not boring typical 'indy' shite.

    Dez 17 2007, 12h55
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