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The Flaming Lips and friends take a walk on the psych side
Rock oddballs The Flaming Lips have released more details about their upcoming charity album. It's a track-by-track tribute album to The Beatles' 1967 classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, regarded by many to be the most influential pop record ever released.
The Flaming Lips Credit George Salisbury
Entitled With A Little Help From My Fwends, the Lips bring their unique style to proceedings with assistance from a host of collaborators including members of MGMT, Moby, My Morning Jacket, Foxygen, Tegan & Sara, Phantogram, J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr.) and Miley Cyrus.
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Having released debut full length album 'Eyelid Movies' in 2009 along with a handful of EPs, New York duo (Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter) Phantogram are back with their second full length album 'Voices'.
'Nothing But Trouble' gets the album off to a great start with synths that display a great range of sounds, whether they're delicate or jarring. 'Fall in Love' has a bass-y synth that's strong yet quiet, and is very well-crafted. The dreamy bridge isn't foreseeable and feels like a powerful light shining through darkness. Something that is apparent early on is how good Barthel's vocals are. They have a tender moodiness to them, similar to Portishead's Beth Gibbons and some of the glam of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, which makes for a very good mixture and suits the music well. Carter's vocals make their first album appearance on 'Never Coming Home', arriving on top of gentle and brooding guitars. His voice feels more psychedelic on the colourful chorus as he croons, 'If this is love, I'm never going home'.
'The Day You Died' lightens the mood greatly with breezy, indie-style guitar, yet the song still flows with the previous songs due to underlying low synths. 'Bad Dreams' is an almost drum 'n' bass track with its fast drums, but it's used to power an otherwise mellow song with calm, soulful vocals and minimalist guitar. The album is full of songs like this with contrasting ideas working together in a great way. Another example of this is 'I Don't Blame You' which features skipping horn samples, before a tough drum track comes in accompanied by peaceful synths. Closer 'My Only Friend' is intense. The song is isolated for the first part, then the fast-pace comes out of nowhere and unexpectedly takes it into a new place. Throughout, Barthel sings of a relationship ending and fierce lines like, 'Believe the lies that people tell you, you've lost your battle' are effective whether the song is in a quiet moment or a more forceful one.
Continue reading: Phantogram - Voices Album Review
This year's CounterPoint Festival kicks off next weekend.
Next weekend's CounterPoint Festival will be the event's first year at a new 5000-acre site, featuring campgrounds, a food court, bars (including a draught house), carnival rides, free water stations and its very own arts village. Oh, and then there's the music line-up.
This year's bill is headed by hip-hop stars Outkast, who make their hugely anticipated hometown return. Elsewhere, we'd have to point you in the direction of the blu Freedom Stage on Saturday (April 26, 2014) which boasts a pretty fantastic line-up starting with Wild Cub and St Lucia. As evening approaches, Janelle Monae will take to the stage, followed by J. Cole and headliners Foster the People.
Continue reading: CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return Of Outkast
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