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Ego – Rats, Snakes & Spiders (2011)

EgoSMELL LIKE THE ‘90S

Serbia, internationally better known for wars and Novak Djokovic than its music scene, is the place where this blog originates. Surprise, surprise, we have good rock bands (but poor music industry). One of the bright young bands comes from south of Serbia, a city called Nis.

I heard EGO for the first time over a year ago. It was their debut gig and it was a part of a benefit concert. Their own songs sounded great and it was the first time for me to hear a band that’s from Nis and is playing mainstream alternative rock inspired by Muse and Kings of Leon. But they also have that powerful ‘90s vibe and female vocal, so I like to compare them to Garbage and The Cardigans.

“Rats, snakes & spiders” is their fourth published song (online, without label) that represents the band members’ personal phobias of the animals mentioned. Main riff sounds spooky and sets the dark ambiance throughout the whole song. Unlike their previous tracks, “Rats, snakes & spiders” has a more advanced solo guitar and main vocals sound better than ever.

Ego is just three girls, two guys and really close friends that make their music in the basement and wait for their big break. Well, they have the potential and I wish them all the best.

MIRIŠE NA DEVEDESETE

Srbija, u svetu više poznata po ratovima i Novaku Đokoviću nego po muzičkoj sceni, je mesto iz kog potiče blog. Gle, iznenađenja, i mi imamo dobre rok bendove (ali oskudnu muzičku industriju). Jedan od primamljivih mladih bendova dolazi sa juga Srbije, iz Niša.

Ego sam prvi put čuo pre više od godinu dana. Bila je to njihova debi svirka i to kao deo humanitarnog koncerta. Autorske pesme su im zvučale odlično i bilo je to prvi put za mene da čujem bend koji je iz Niša a svira mejnstrim alternativni rok inspirisan bendovima Muse i Kings of Leon. Ali oni imaju i moćan vajb devedesetih i ženski vokal, pa stoga volim da ih poredim sa Garbage i The Cardigans.

“Rats, snakes & spiders“ je njihova četvrta objavljena pesma (onlajn, bez izdavača) koja predstavlja lične strahove članova bendova od pomenutih životinja. Glavni rif zvuči jezivo i daje mračan ton celoj pesmi. Za razliku od njihovih prethodnih numera, “Rats, snakes & spiders“ ima napredniju solo gitaru i glavni vokal zvuči nikad bolje.

Ego su samo tri devojke, dva momka i bliski prijatelji koji stvaraju muziku u podrumčetu i čekaju svoju veliku šansu. Imaju potencijal i ja im želim sve najbolje.

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Categories: Singles - Singlovi

Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials (Island, 2011)

CELEBRATION OF PERFECTION

Imagine: You enter some old, rustic cathedral. You see the full orchestra and choir. In front of them there is only one woman. Red-haired, mystical Florence Welch whose voice and stature is a combination of Kate Bush, Annie Lennox and PJ Harvey. That mixture cannot fail. And for an hour of “Ceremonials” it doesn’t.

Very rich orchestration, deep, layered and spiritual lyrics, amazing production etc. deliver an album that is probably the best one in the year 2011. Florence and the Machine managed to transfer chamber music into beautiful mainstream pop. So, it’s not hard to see why she is being labeled as an art/baroque pop musician. As I already wrote when reviewing her single “What the water gave me”, she confirms strong feminist attitude, starting from the first album, but less obvious and better shaped. Aside from the mentioned female musicians, Welch is heavily influenced by Virginia Wolf, Frida Kahlo and many more.

It’s really hard to find enough words to describe an album as good as this one, and not make it sound like pure praises. So… to cut the long story short: “Ceremonials” is a masterpiece.

Recommended songs: “Shake it out”, “What the water gave”, “Never let me go”, “Heartlines”, ” Leave my body”, “Strangeness and charm”…

SLAVLJENJE SAVRŠENOG

Zamislite sledeće: Ulazite u neke staru katedralu. Vidite orkestar i hor. Ispred njih stoji samo jedna žena. Crvenokosa, mistična Florens Velč čiji su glas i stas kombinacija Kejt Buš, Eni Lenoks i Pi Džej Harvi. Ta mešavina ne može izneveriti što celočasovni „Ceremonials“ upravo potvrđuje.

Veoma bogata orkestracija, duboki, slojeviti i duhovni stihovi, sjajna produkcija i drugo, predstavljaju jedan od verovatno najboljih albuma u 2011. godini. Florens je uspela da pretopi kamernu muziku u lep mejnstrim pop. Tako da nije teško razumeti zašto je etiketirana kao izvođač umetničkog/baroknog popa. Kao što sam već pisao kada sam recenzirao njen singl “What the water gave me“, ona potvrđuje čvrste feminističke stavove, počevši od njenog prvog albuma, ali manje očigledno i bolje oblikovano. Pored pomenutih muzičarki, Velčova je dosta inspirisana Virdžinijom Vulf, Fridom Kalo i mnogim drugima.

Vrlo je teško pronaći prave reči koje mogu opisati album ovoliko dobar kao ovaj, a da ne ispadne kao puki hvalospev. Dakle… da skratimo, “Ceremonials“ je remek-delo.

Preporučujem: “Shake it out”, “What the water gave”, “Never let me go”, “Heartlines”, ” Leave my body”, “Strangeness and charm”…

Categories: Albums - Albumi

Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto (Parlophone, 2011)

SYNTH ME UP

I put the new Coldplay record on, turn the volume up and I go to the Internet, trying to learn more about “Mylo Xyloto” background. There was a mention of the intellectual anti-Nazi movement called White rose, and while reading about it, at first I couldn’t hear it, but I start detail reading about the movement’s history, and suddenly it gets so hard. The story is sad and something is amplifying those feelings. I realize it’s the music in the background, it was the fifth song on the album – “Us against the World”, and it just made perfect sense.

Chris Martin also mentions that album is a concept one with the love story in the center, but it’s a bit far-fetched. Every album has a concept or some kind of story that follows through, but I wouldn’t go and compare it to likes of David Bowie or Pink Floyd which wrote a book on concept albums.

“Mylo Xyloto” is so much different than its predecessors. It is heavily synth oriented, probably that’s what the band was trying to imply with Xylo(phone) in the album’s title. As a shock came a guest appearance of pop diva Rihanna on the song “Princess of China”, but it’s one of the best songs on the record. This new Coldplay sounds very odd and unusual, but it sends a powerful message. Like it’s reaching out to the audience and telling them: “Go! Move!  Change the world!“

Recommended songs: “Paradise”, “Us Against The World”, “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”, “Princess of China”, ”Major Minus”, ”Charlie Brown”…

POTPUNA SINTIZACIJA

Puštam novi Coldplay, pojačavam i odlazim na Internet, pokušavajući da saznam što više o pozadini “Mylo Xyloto“-a. Pominje se intelektualni anti-Nacistički pokret Bela ruža i dok sam čitao o njemu, u početku nisam mogao to da čujem na albumu. Ali sam nastavio sa detaljnim čitanjem o istorijatu pokreta i odjednom je postajalo sve teže. Priča je tužna, ali je nešto pojačavalo te emocije. Shvatio sam da je to muzika u pozadini, bila je to peta pesma na albumu – “Us Against The World“, i jednostavno je imalo savršen smisao.

Kris Martin je takođe pominjao da je album konceptualan sa temom ljubavi u centru, ali je to možda olako rečeno. Svaki album ima koncept ili priču neke vrste koja ga prati, ali ne bih išao toliko daleko i poredio ga sa delima Dejvida Bouvija ili Pink Floyd-a koji su „napisali knjigu“ o konceptualnim albumima.

“Mylo Xyloto“ se dosta razlikuje od svojih prethodnika. Dosta je sintisajzerski orijentisan, verovatno je to bend i pokušavao da sugeriše sa „Xylo“ (ksilofon) u naslovu diska. Kao šok je došla saradnja sa pop divom Rijanom na pesmi “Princess of China“, ali je jedna od najboljih na ploči. Novi Coldplay zvuči veoma čudno i neuobičajno, ali šalje jaku poruku. Kao da se okreće publici i govori joj: „Pokreni se! Promeni svet!“

Pesme za preporuku: “Paradise”, “Us Against The World”, “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”, “Princess of China”, ”Major Minus”, ”Charlie Brown”…

Categories: Albums - Albumi