VanderVecken (xthread) wrote,

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Hey, Youse! Don't Watch Dat, Watch Dis!

Tonight's Mixed Media edition is heavy on current British Synthpop, with my normal affection for Female-fronted acts, although not fitting entirely to the traditional Whiny Babe Music category.

Bat For Lashes. From Britain, I told you this was a story about Britpop, the standout single so far is Daniel. Somewhat ethereal, but not too, too dreamy, with heavily aspirated vocals, although I think the official video is unfortunate. Joe Bob sez Check it out!

The Good Natured (sorry for the MySpace link, Wikipedia is apparently running behind). More Britpop, and a hat tip to netik for turning me on to these people. Well, this nineteen-year-old performer from London, actually, brings a sound reminiscent of early Smiths and The Beautiful South. Stand out tracks are Skeleton and Tongue Tied.

The Bird and the Bee. Out of LA, but with a lot of collaboration with British Synthpop artists under the lead singer's belt, veevi introduced me to this duo a year or so back, and they're lovely. Their most recent albums include Rayguns Are Not Just The Future and a brilliant album of Hall & Oates covers. Check out Again & Again and Rich Girl. Again, sadly, the official video is a bit unfortunate.

Modernaire. A Britpop band that you can't find, kamileon turned me on to them a while back. They've only done one EP, that we've found, but it's tasty, tasty goodness. Check out Bloodshed in the Woodshed. They're apparently performing now as The Moulettes, but I haven't had occasion to listen to the new work yet.

Little Boots. British Synthpop and New Wave are not dead, one of her tracks has Philip Oakey providing vocals, my brother pointed me at her cover of Freddie Mercury's Love Kills from the 1984 Metropolis soundtrack. Also a bit of a Motels vibe on some of her tracks, and perhaps a touch of Terri Nunn, which again isn't surprising, given the crowd she's running with. Check out the single New In Town, my favorite track of hers is Meddle, but I can't find a good reference performance on the web to share.

Sleepthief. American Electronica, because this can't be just a story about Britpop. Hat tip to @water_of_fire for turning me on to them, Sleepthief are very much in the vein of Delerium and Conjure One, with a debut album from a couple of years ago including an amazing cover of Duran Duran's Chauffeur, which you should check out. The lovely vocal on that track is by Kirsty Hirkshaw of Opus III, who adsah_98 pointed me to so many years ago.

And with that, I bid you a Fine Night Tonight, with a raft of tasty britpop and electronica to guide your way.
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