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2009 - Kitsuné Maison Compilation Vol 8

I had a hard time looking around the web to put my hands on the new eighth kitsuné compilation release.
Kistuné is a french label, famous for shooting new stars on the dance/electro scene. So their compilations are (or should be) hot.

First two tracks and the record label got me down. Are the teenager-sounding French Horn Rebellion and The Drums is IMO the perfect disastrous way to start anything. People must know that the childish Los Campesinos! was a mistake and that should never be repeated.

But Siriusmo saved the compilation in time. The german guy has a nice track. It sounds to me like the Health‘s album, more polished. The bass is so cool.

Le Corps Mince de Francoise is lame R&B in atari mode.
At this point it looks like Kitsuné is emphasizing chiptune-oriented electro.

Do the Midnight Juggernauts have a new vocalist? The New Technology sounds strange and weak compared to their debut album. Not only musically but technically as well.

The compilation proceeds with the weak Heartsrevollution, and the OK Logo.

Two Door Cinema is catchy but haven’t everybody listened enough of this kind of stuff?
The same goes for Beni, except the catchy part.

Slagsmalsklubben brings back chiptune sound with the Yello-like Brutal Weapon.

I wonder why the 2007’s distorted synths of Amwe is fooling around…

And Jolie Cherie scores for chiptunes again. But the vocals sucks SO BAD. I cannot stand that. ouch.

Chew Lips remixed by Alex Kapranos is not bad, but we all know why this track is here…

The next contender is Delphic. Successfuly inspired -again- by the Health‘s remixes album. Nice track.

Memory Tapes is already known by people around the Disco Dust blog. Not my cup of tea.

Still around the Disco Dust people is Parallels. Looks like they put their shit together, which resulted in a more concise track. And still not my cup of… tea.

The compilation goes on with Notes and Crystal Fighters. They’re nothing. Skip both.

My Tiger, My Timing closes the Kitsuné Maison Compilation Vol 8 with a simple, solid structured pop song.

The conclusion is, if you’re already a Kitsuné fan you’ll probably like it just because it’s Kitsuné. Otherwise I don’t think this edition is a relevant realease about newcomers rocking out now.

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2008-antony-and-thr-johnsons-the-crying-light

I’m not an expert on Antony and the Johnsons‘ discography, but The Crying Light sounds relatively more acoustic – natural for today’s fashion.
Intimate and focused on Antony’s voice, The Crying Light is pleasurable for Antony’s fans.

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Nice and mellow alt-country. But it’s so country that requires the right mood in me. Which happens rarely.

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The Be Good Tanyas are an alternative country trio from Vancouver, Canada.
Blue Horse is traditional country music with delightful influences of pop and rock music.
The first track, The Littlest Birds, showcases marking bass and percussion that remind me of swing.

Altough Blue Horse‘s mix of influences, the only track I think doesn’t fit too well is Light Enough to Travel.

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His Name Is Alive - XMMER

XMMER  has a little bit of a lot of things. But I think His Name is Alive didn’t manage to hit any of these things deep enough.

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PJ Harvey - White Chalk

White Chalk is the first album by PJ Harvey I listen to from the first to the last track.

It’s absolutely different from her previous albums, that’s why I decided to give it a try.

And she sounds acoustic. Lots of pianos and odd instruments. There’s an ethereal mood all over the album.
It hasn’t called my attention on the first listening but it’s a kind of album that requires some time.

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Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet

I’ve never really got into Porcupine Tree simply because none of the tracks I heard called my attention.

But you know, everybody says their sound change so much from album to album, and I saw a very hight rating specially about their last album, Fear of a Blank Planet. I just gave it a try, properly.

Well, the first thing I have to say is that Porcupine Tree still hasn’t caught my attention.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re good. The sound is fine and even pleasuring, but I feel it has nothing new, authentic or peculiar.
Steve Wilson is very capable as the mastermind behind Porcupine Tree, but I can just think Fear of a Blank Planet is a mix of Tool, The Flower Kings and Marillion .

The sound is very good, but in my humble opinion it’s just a collection of clichés.
(If you’re a Porcupine Tree fan and think that I don’t know the band enough to say such things, feel free to recommend me their essential stuff 😀 )

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