MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds

“Pop music is a platform to say something. You don’t have to only talk about parties.”

Interesting quote from ex-noise artist now shiny electropop-idol-in-waiting, Amanda Warner. Pop music has always been a platform to say something, but this shouldn’t make you believe that Warner is positing herself as Lady Bono or worse, Lady Gaga.

Trying to impart pop music with some kind of message in this day and age is redundant, unless you spell it out in easy to digest pieces. The only message spelt out on Warner’s debut Feed Me Diamonds is about going to the club. Messages about governments and banks and whatever else motivates MNDR is buried under the weight of synths and sequenced parts.… Read the rest

Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

Divine Fits
A Thing Called Divine Fits
Merge
★★★★★★★★½☆

The concept of the ‘supergroup’ is relative and often abused. The formation itself is prone to suspicion, akin to selling out your bandmates in favour of some fresh thrills. Often it’s the point in a band’s career when the chief songwriter hits a stalemate or a stale state — ie: the last record didn’t do so well. Could you point that finger in the direction of anybody in Divine Fits? Perhaps, but I wouldn’t succumb to that kind of Transference.

Divine Fits is comprised of Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks.… Read the rest

Cat Power – Sun

Cat Power
Sun
Matador
★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Time and distance, be it geographical or emotional, have always been great assets to a songwriter. The ability to cease all activity, to step off the treadmill and get his/her shit straight, to let real life take precedence.

In a career that’s had its share of ups and downs, Chan Marshall has certainly had her reasons. The 6 years preceding her last album of original material, gave way to her second covers album Jukebox and several years of touring with her Delta Blues band, allowing Marshall to lend full weight to her love of blues and soul.… Read the rest