Monday, 24 October 2011

Collector Base Emitter - Peach Water

Collector Base Emitter - Peach Water (Wire Globe Recordings)
Pete reading his Collector Base Emitter press release.
This week I am reviewing Peach Water, a record by Collector Base Emitter, an Austrian duo who make very good heavy rock music. I was sent the Album over the internet as MP3 files which are songs that you listen to on the computer and not on a record player or a CD player. I was very happy to be sent this music because it's good to hear music i've not heard before. There have only been five hundred copies of this record made, which isn't many, so if you want one you will probably have to buy one quick because it is a very good record so it might sell out.
              The first song is called Dynamostraat and starts off quiet at first and a bit strange because it is quiet and not really like a rock group at all. It gets noisier and noisier though till the guitars and drums kick off and then it gets very rocking indeed. It is surprising that only two people made this music because it sounds like there are a lot more than two instruments. I liked this song very much.
             The second song; For Mother Russia starts off quietly again with just an ordinary guitar, and gets louder and louder until at the end it is very noisy. This track doesn't have vocals in it and instead has a long guitar solo and I can imagine a guitar player sitting at home on his bed playing along to it and having a good time. I'd like to play guitar and might start learning one day. I do sing though and am going to sing a song i've written about Soho at a show in December. The show is going to be a show to raise money to help people who haven't got enough to eat in Somalia.
            The next song is called Peach Water and starts off like Sandy Nelson's Let There Be Drums which came out around 1965, then the guitars start and it's quite slow and noisy, there are noises like a church bell in it and reminds me a bit of a Hey Colossus song that i've reviewed before that also had noises like bells and noisy guitars - I like Hey Colossus very much because they gave me a T-shirt.
           After Peach Water is a song called The Frog Butcher which starts off noisy but soon goes softer and more relaxed before getting all loud again with shouty singing but I couldn't make out what they are singing about. After this bit an organ comes in and some mad guitars and drums and it all finishes off with a sound like somebody with something wrong with their throat - I liked this song a lot because it changes all the time so is very interesting.
           The next song is called Estelle and is a short acoustic guitar track, it is very nice to listen to and I wish it were a bit longer. After this is another noisy and then quiet and then noisy rock song with lots of guitars and other noises some which sound like crickets talking to each other in the long quiet bit. I like this because it reminds me of the noises of crickets that I heard walking in the Portuguese countryside when I was on holiday there. I like the way this band moves from the quiet, relaxing bits to clashing heavy rock very much.
            The last song is called Light Bulbs and Wine and reminds me a bit of Santo and Johnny who made the song in the video below. I like this sort of music a lot and it's a very good way to end the record.
          Overall I would like to say that I enjoyed this record very much because there were lots of different, interesting things to listen to and I would give it 10 out of 10.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Dirty Projectors & Björk - Mount Wittenburg Orca

Dirty Projectors & Björk - Mount Wittenburg Orca (Domino)
This week I am reviewing a CD by The Dirty Projectors & Björk that I was sent by Bart from Domino Recordings who sent me 24 CDs to listen to; I was very pleased to have been sent all these CDs. The Dirty Projectors are a band from Brooklyn, New York City led by Dave Longstreth and Björk is a very good singer from Iceland who I like very much and this CD is a CD that they made together. 
           The first track on the CD is called Ocean and starts off with Björk howling a bit like a wolf in the middle of the night and then she starts singing sounds that sound a bit like like child softly crying. This is a very short song which leads into the next song On and Ever Onwards which has Bjork in the background singing "Ah, Ah, Ih, Ih" and singing on top about love being all around. It is a very happy song that i think would be good to play when you were a bit sad to cheer yourself up.
           The next song is called When the World Comes to an End and only has Björk in the background and instead has the man singing on it about the world ending and how he will love his girlfriend forever - he is a very good singer but not as good as Björk is. I don't reckon the world will come to an end and don't really worry about it too much but I do think it would be terrible if it did and I think we should do all we can to make sure it doesn't happen. 
            After When the World Comes to an End is a song called Beautiful Mother and is another happy sounding song with clapping in it and lots of strange voices on top of each other but very not many other instruments, this happens a lot on the songs on this record and sounds very nice, like a strange choir. A lot of the records I have reviewed lately have had lots of shouting in them so it makes a nice change to listen to listen to a record like this. The next song is a slow, relaxing song called Sharing Orb and this leads into another song No Embrace which mainly is sung by Dave Longstruth, this seems to be a sadder song than the rest of the record. I think it's alright to sing sad songs about sad things and as long as those things don't happen to you you don't need to be sad yourself. When i'm sad I listen to music and that makes me happier again - when my mother passed away in 2000 I was very sad and cried a lot but most of the time I'm quite happy because I don't really have any worries, I suppose I'm quite lucky really.
             The last song on this CD is called All We Are and is another sad sounding song and I think it is very interesting that this record started off very happy and ends up being quite sad but it's all still very nice to listen to and I would like to listen to more of Björk's music and also more Dirty Projectors. I would give this record 10 out of 10.