Seven Songs // Perfume Genius

Tuesday, 13 July 2010, 16:54 | Category : Seven Songs
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It’s been much publiclised lately that the songs on the Perfume Genius debut album Learning come from a dark place. And certainly, the simple beauty of these piano ballads is underscored by raw emotion and pain, but that’s what makes them so compelling and no doubt why the album has been so acclaimed. When I [...]

Seven Songs: Darwin Deez

Friday, 28 May 2010, 23:46 | Category : Seven Songs
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I’m a bit sheepish about this one. Mainly because Darwin Deez is a star and answered by seven silly questions super-quick and it’s taken me a month to post them up. So apologies to the curly haired one. Although I’m a slowcoach, speed is the order of the Deez game right now - you have [...]

Seven Songs: Matthew and the Atlas

Thursday, 20 May 2010, 21:58 | Category : Seven Songs
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Let’s not have any mention about Mumford & Sons here. OK, I’ve just mentioned them, but only to make the point that in the wake of the success of Marcus Mumford & Co, there’s the danger that any young man wielding a banjo is going to be compared to his more famous peers. I’ve not [...]

Seven Songs: Spirit Spine

Friday, 30 April 2010, 22:04 | Category : Seven Songs
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I was lucky enough to get Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music as a present a few years back. It’s an amazing collection and in particular, volume two may just be the greatest item of music I own. Supreme among the songs on that volume is Rocky Road by The Alabama Sacred Harp Singers, [...]

Seven Songs: Caitlin Rose

Wednesday, 28 April 2010, 22:00 | Category : Seven Songs
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Caitlin Rose is back. After a brief sojourn in London at the end of last year into which she managed to cram in a good number of gigs, she’s back in the capital for three shows next week, starting at The Black Heart next Tuesday. The most interesting one of the trio though has to [...]

Seven Songs - Lucky Soul

Tuesday, 20 April 2010, 23:19 | Category : Seven Songs
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When Lucky Soul released their debut album The Great Unwanted in 2007, it got a lot of critical acclaim, but criminally it lived up to is title. Not long afterwards, songwriter Andrew Laidlaw found himself broke and living inside the band’s studio, then a draught-ridden converted fire station on the gloomier side of Greenwich. Some [...]

Seven (Christmas) Songs: Slow Club

Thursday, 17 December 2009, 17:13 | Category : Seven Songs
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The last ever Seven Songs takes on a festive theme, which is particularly relevant to Slow Club. Since they’ve just released a Christmas EP, where they take on a couple of Darlene Love classics, as well as their own seasonal tunes, it seemed appropriate to ask them for seven Christmas songs. So Charles has kindly [...]

Seven Songs: The Wave Pictures

Tuesday, 8 December 2009, 13:30 | Category : Seven Songs
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Although I’ve spent a lot of time bigging up The Wave Pictures in the past, I’m afraid I’ve been a bit lax this year. It’s not like East London’s kings of scruffy lo-fi pop haven’t been busy, they’re still plying their excellent trade in the capital’s seedier venues, and they had an album - If [...]

Seven Songs: Jesca Hoop

Thursday, 3 December 2009, 23:56 | Category : Seven Songs
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Jesca Hoop has come with celebrity endorsements, from none less than Tom Waits himself, for whom she apparently used to work as a nanny. Well, if she not only comes with the great man’s seal of musical approval, but has been trusted to look after his kids, that’s good enough for me to give her [...]

Seven Songs: Alan Pownall

Friday, 27 November 2009, 22:35 | Category : Seven Songs
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Alan Pownall doesn’t give too much away about himself. Do a Google search and see what you find. But although there may not be very much info out there just now, expect more to come your way soon. When all the press and blogs get in a tizzy about their tips for 2010, expect Alan’s [...]