Club Contact

The new MP3 blog from London's club Contact. The idea is to allow people to hear new music they wouldn't have otherwise found but, if anyone has any copyright issues with a particular song, i'll take the link down. Songs are only available for a limited amount of time.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Much as i like The Pipettes, their jolly-hockey-sticks version of the Sixties girl-group sound can't really compare to the dark teenage melodrama of the almighty Shangri-Las. In truth, little can. I find much more in common between the latter and the likes of Tatu than any number of groups borrowing more heavily from their signature style. There are rare occassions when it all comes together and Bat For Lashes' What's A Girl To Do is one of them. No relation to the Cristina song of the same name, it's a wonderfully atmospheric pop song full of melancholy and tambourines. Fur & Gold is one of the best British albums of 2006 so far - combining English folk traditions and Natasha Khan's cut-glass accent with American influences (Laura Veirs / Cat Power / Mary Timony) and a vaguely Eastern sense of mysticism apparently developed in her youth in Pakistan. The fact that she was born into the country's legendary squash-playing family makes me love her even more. She's picking up critical acclaim from sources as unlikely as notoriously wretched British tabloid The Sun.

Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do

And, if you're feeling nostalgic:

The Shangri-Las - Out In The Streets

2 Comments:

  • At 5:24 pm, Blogger Diego said…

    You're on the money re: tATu being more an equivalent of Shangri-Las et al, than The Pipettes or similar efforts.

     
  • At 9:05 pm, Anonymous maarten said…

    Hi there, I'd like to exchange links with your blog..
    Mine is www.maartel.nl.. take a look at it and mail me if you're interested ;)

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