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2009 MUSIC A-Z: B for Belle & Sebastian vs. Beirut


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It looks like the B of 2009 is going to be quite disputed, with two of our favourite chamber pop bands returning. The first of them, Beirut, is meant to release a new album in the autumn, but before that there’s a new record compiling two EPs that showcase Zach Condon’s two different musical directions: His usual, gypsy-flavoured, itinerant orchestra has carried on travelling the world, moving from turn of the century Paris to the Latin American latitudes of Oaxaca, Mexico in “March Of The Zapotec”; back to back with a return to the laptop electronica of his origins, under the moniker of Realpeople, in “Holland EP” .

The second, Glasgow Finest, Belle & Sebastian, will be following the steps of many of their heroes from the sixties and fulfilling another of their pop dreams with the release of their first musical movie, for which they have been auditioning in search of two new female vocalists. “God Help The Girl’s” soundtrack, scheduled to see the light by the end of the year, will include brand new versions of popular classics next to a whole lot of new tracks and could become one of the year’s most pleasant highlights.

Other noteworthy contenders for the B: Read the rest of this entry »

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REVIEW 2008: TOP 100 SINGLES (100-76)


101-RICARDO VILLALOBOS-Enfants

Our favourite tracks of 2008 also suffered from the overall quality clash, even when the new digital format threaten with turning the traditional album into a thing from the past, favouring the track as the ultimate choice. Even so, the highlighted singles pale in comparison with other years’ offer, showing a noticeable growth in the presence of guilty pleasures that wouldn’t have classified in better times; hardest sounds were also on the rise.
Not everything was negative, though. The EP, as a way of compromising between the track and the album, seemed to be the chosen format among new acts that wanted to launch themselves with something more substantial than a mere catchy tune; the quality and number of them made us raise our hopes for a better 2010.

Nuestras canciones favoritas del 2008 acusaban también el bajón cualitativo general, incluso cuando los nuevos formatos digitales amenazan con convertir al tradicional álbum en cosa del pasado, favoreciendo la canción como elección ultima. Incluso así los singles que destacamos palidecen si los comparamos con los de otras temporadas, con un considerable aumento en la presencia de “pecadillos comerciales” que no hubieran llegado a clasificarse en tiempos mejores; los sonidos más duros también incrementaban su presencia.
No todo era negativo: el formato EP, a modo de compromiso entre canción y álbum, parecía estar en auge entre nuevas bandas que se presentaban con algo más sólido que un mero tema pegadizo; en tal número y cantidad que nos hacían concebir esperanzas de mejora en el 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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