A couple of weeks ago I stumbled onto Rainbow Arabia, and now they popped in my mail.
Like many before them, they grab onto “the Eastern influence” and.. you know, turn it into something new. I’m not going farther back in time thanMadlib, whose Beat Konducta in India should not be missed. If you want to chill, pick up Madlib’s nuggets.
For the more punk-minded, Rainbow Arabia go off the beaten path and frolic with the African, the Eastern, the sadness, the gladness in a dizzy genre-dismantling dance.
So this is psyche-rock! Psyche-rock, meet the people of eashfa.. Let us bow our heads from side to arrow in this marsupial pocket of a sound.. It sounds like it’s not there, actually it sounds like Air, what era, ah who cares. Great stuff from the LP Dandelion Gum
First off, here’s the Zutons. You can always check out their un-unnerving, eye-easy myspace for tour dates. Valerie I remember as the soundtrack to getting my passport, so I’m inclined to give them space here:
Next is a bunch of funtime-peddlers, featuring conspicuously stuffed animals during performances. Tiny Dancers are growing out their small-town roots into a musical role that might seem excessively zealous. There’s a touch of post or prog that wraps like a ribbon around a box of catchy guitar gems. The teeny bunch sound stamina-ridden and sprinkle their multitude of influences (around and over the Pond- The Flaming Lips for instance) like soy sauce on Basmati rice. Mmm.
Nellie McKay‘s latest LP has me mesmerized with her song There You Are In Me. It pianos and pleas in pure unsought-out Nellie style. Her sophomore recording has a playground of its own, and her grandfather did time in San Quentin.
I supp-hose I did miss out on Nightmares on Wax, I have been severely admonested by some people who I consider to be authorities on that front. But, hah, I did get a middle laugh (not last, mind, cos I missed the third festival day altogether) and scheduled my second day in Gdynia perfectly.