Sorry / not sorry for not posting in forever. Featured above is the English musical 4some “Arthur Beatrice,” posed, it seems, to look a lot cooler than they probably are in life (note how half the band is too Gucci to face the camera at their own photo shoot). Whether Arthur Beatrice is the name or names of the musician(s), I don’t know. Their only EP to my knowledge, Carter, was released this July. Sorry / not sorry for posting a song that’s been out for more than three months. Listen.
What just happened? Why is Andrew VanWyngarden dressed like a cave man Elton John? Why is he smacking a giant cowbell? Why are they playing this boring and overly repetitive song on national television? Why does it suck so bad? Oh, that’s right, I forgot; I wouldn’t “get” it. Of course! Silly me! But let me give it my best shot nonetheless. Maybe the whole point of the song is to be mindless and droning, thereby illustrating that our lives are monotonous and unavailing. Clever enough. But here’s an idea; if you want to sell records, don’t make bad songs.
However, I really did enjoy that cringe-worthy pause after the end of the sone before the audience started to awkwardly clap.
The band famous for ’80s staples such as “Shout,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and nothing since then popped out of nowhere today with a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.” It’s not bad. But we think they would gain more notoriety if they next took on “Whip My Hair.”
I’m a bit behind on posting about this, but my internet access in Europe was limited the last 2 months. The Texas family band Eisley released their fourth full-length, Currents, late May. I’ve been a fan of theirs since high school, but I always thought of them as a band of great singles and OK records. I found Currents, however, surprisingly enjoyable as an album. Good bands further develop their sound with each new release, and Currents showcases a newfound melodic maturity in Eisley’s music. They have yet to release any music videos for the record, but you can find the audio from the title track below.
The Athens-based musical duo Marsheaux has been producing provocative synth-pop for almost a decade. I was introduced to them this summer when hearing their April 2013 album Inhale. Their recent work represents the most progressive trends in the genre. Below is the video for “Can You Stop Me?” from the same release. Also check out their single “Summer” which dropped this month.