This week’s fresh batch of noteworthy artists currently blazing a trail include Aussie groups, Miami Horror and Transvaal Diamond Syndicate together with a notable French adversary Koudlam.
After a strong couple of years on the local gig circuit, winning the hearts and minds of blogger’s and music lover across alike Miami Horror have delivered a brand new long player that seems to have split the online community straight down the middle. Synth drenched, French influenced, horned up, electro pop is offered up on every track. Our favourite is probably Holidays (above) which features the poly-personaed artist Alan Palomo in a percussion heavy groove. Love it, or hate what can’t be denied is the band are quickly moving up the ranks of the pop hierarchy. Divisions seem to stem from the current band setup. Growing from solo producer/performer to full on live band set… We think it’s a wining combo and can’t wait to see them live. The guy’s are currently in the musical hotbed that is Austin Texas but are sure to be a firm fixture on many of the upcoming summer festivals this year.
French Symphonic composer Koudlam followed with a tracked named Eagles for Africa. Reminding us all why the French remain the leaders in this field. With possibly the vaguest description of any MySpace act I’ve ever seen koudlam describes himself as being “young and beautiful, his lips smell the ocean, his eyes are like dolphin ones” which lets face it, is all bollocks but his music is amazing so we’ll let it go. Unmistakable French, stunning in it’s sublimity and ability to sound good pitched at 100 or up to 150bpm. Similar to Air, but more adventurous, sounding equally at home in an underground club at 4am or on a beach just as the new day breaks come 7 or 8am. Expect to hear a lot more from this monsieur.
Moving on from the electro fueled polyphonic choices of late we’ve gone back to basics with Transvaal Diamond Syndicate. A tip off that was featured on Who the hell last week. A raw tub-thumping band from Brisbane. Dirty, foot stomping, swamp shakin’ blues at it’s best is delivered in the track Swamptdance. Live these guys sound like they brew up a right old moonshine of a storm inviting fans to jump up and play all manner of instruments to join in the party. Their music has more hooks than a pirate convention paired up with plenty of sax and some down right nasty drums packaged together by Tryhorn’s growling vocals. Grab a bottle of JD and throw down some straw… These guys are just dirty! We played Swampdance, you should too! It’s available as a free mp3 download at the ‘fore mentioned blog. The brand spanking new EP ‘Diamonds and Dust’ is out now so feel free to purchase a copy.
There will be no Walk of Shame next week as we’re heading of to Melbourne but if you’re really missing us you can tune into our Last.fm page or just bliss out to the sounds of Holly on Bondi FM… We’ve a brand new promo in store for our return which involves a free breakfast to the first person to come in whilst on their very own Walk of Shame, more details later!