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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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Lana Del Rey – Video Games/Blue Jeans (Interscope/Stranger, 2011 – Single)

BRIGITTE BARDOT OF THE INDIE WORLD

“She’s got Bardot’s eyes and Daffy Duck’s lips” is what Sam Leith wrote for The Guardian about Lizzy Grant aka Lana Del Rey, the new indie pop star. This beautiful American singer had an album completed a while back ago with producer David Kahne, but it was never released (reasons unknown). Several songs from those sessions were uploaded to YouTube and I must say that r’n’b really doesn’t suit her. So, maybe, the album being shelved is a good thing, because Lana Del Rey completely changed her style and reinvented herself as a diva from the Golden age of Hollywood.

Thanks to YouTube and the Internet, her video for “Video Games” launched her sky high. Both of her two new songs “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” are really stripped down and done so simple, but sound incredibly powerful. The suiting sound of harp, piano and string section in “Video games” leave enough space for her magnificent voice to echo out of the speakers and give you goose bumps. “Blue jeans” has the rhythm machine and guitar that once again let her voice be the emphasis of the song. Both tracks sing about some old relationship, where she was mistreated but she will “love till the end of time”. We also get the hint of the good girl that isn’t afraid to get dirty for her man.

Great songs, beautiful voice and big potential… Adele, watch out!

Video recommendations: Blue Jeans (Live At The Premises) & Video Games (Live on Jools Holland).

BRIŽIT BARDO IZ „INDI“ SVETA

Sem Lejt je za britanske novine Guardian opisao novu indi zvezdu Lanu Del Rej kao devojku sa očima Brižit Bardo i ustima Patak Dače. Ova lepa američka pevačica pre nekog vremena je snimila album sa producentom Dejvidom Kanom, ali on iz nepozantih razloga nije objavljen. Nekoliko pesama sa njega je postavljeno na YouTube i moram priznati da joj r’n’b baš i ne leži. Tako da je, to što je album zaboravljen, možda dobra stvar, jer je pevačica promenila svoj stil i pretvorila sebe u divu iz zlatnog perioda Holivuda (1920-1960 godine).

Zahvaljujući YouTube-u i Internetu, njen spot za pesmu „Video Games“ lansirao joj je karijeru. Pesme „Video games“ i „Blue Jeans“ su ogoljene i pojednostavljene, ali zvuče neverovatno moćno. Smirujući zvuk harfe, klavira i gudačke sekcije u „Video games“ ostavljaju dovoljno prostora da njen izuzetan glas odzvanja kroz zvučnike i naježi vas. „Blue Jeans“ sadrži ritam mašinu i gitaru, i još jednom daje prednost vokalnom izrazu. Obe pesme govore o staroj ljubavnoj vezi gde je ona bila zapostavljena ali će ga ipak „voleti do kraja vremena“. Takođe, Del Rejeva nagoveštava da je dobra devojka spremna da se iskvari za svog muškarca.

Odlične pesme, lep glas i veliki potencijal… Adel, čuvaj se!

Preporuka video klipova: Blue Jeans (Live At The Premises) i Video Games (Live on Jools Holland).


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Florence and The Machine – What The Water Gave Me (Universal, 2011- Single)

WATER GAVE HER POWER

“What the water gave me” is the first single from Florence and The Machine’s upcoming album. Once again, Florence Welch teamed up with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Kate Nash, Cee Lo Green, Friendly Fires…) and their new product didn’t fail us. From their first album we’ve learned about Florence’s strong attitude towards feminism, in the terms of independent and strong women. That also seems to be the case with the new song. The title comes from Frida Kahlo’s painting and the theme is inspired by Virginia Woolf‘s suicide by drowning.

Lyrics seem very mythical and spiritual, and with Welch’s specific vocals, they remind me of Kate Bush. Music starts very soft and tender, with organ and guitar setting the calm tone, but also adding to its depth. Once the drums kick in, backed up with the lightly distorted guitar riff, composition gains the power. Vocals are overdubbed so they create the illusion of choir music.

Compared to the songs from “Lungs” this one seems more layered and deeper. Vocals are better trained, and they really stick out (in the positive way). Orchestration is very rich and if the whole album turns out to be like this song, we will have ourselves a masterpiece. We’ll just have to wait for November the 7th and see.

MOĆNA FLORENS

„What the water gave me“ je prvi singl sa predstojećeg albuma Florence and The Machine. Florens Velč je ponovo udružila snage sa producentom Polom Epvortom (Adel, Kejt Neš, Si lo Grin, Friendly Fires…) i njihov novi proizvod nas nije izneverio. Sa njihovog prvog albuma smo saznali o Florensinim snažnim feminističkim stavovima u smislu jake i nezavisne žene. Kako se čini, to je slučaj i na novoj pesmi. Naslov je preuzet od slike Fride Kalo, a tematika je inspirisana samoubistvom Virdžinije Vulf koja se utopila u reci.

Stihovi se čine mitskim i duhovnim, i sa Velčovim specifičnim vokalima, podsećaju me na Kejt Buš. Muzika počinje lagano i nežno, sa ogruljama i gitarom koje diktiraju miran ton, ali i produbljuju pesmu. Kada se uključe bubnjevi, podržani blago distorziranim gitarskim rifom, numera dobija na snazi (moći). Preklapanje identičnih glasova, korišćenjem overdub tehnike, stvara iluziju horskog pevanja.

U poređenju sa pesmama sa albuma „Lungs“, nova kompozicija se čini dubljom i slojevitijom. Vokali su konkretniji, usmereniji i ističu se. Orkestracija je veoma bogata i ako ceo album ispadne u ovom stilu, očekuje nas remek-delo. Ostaje nam samo da sačekamo 7. novembar.

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