Storm the Charts listening 3


Cogs – Music Fan
He describes it as Experimental/Electronica/Pop and I have to agree. It opens with a really cool intro loop and then the singing comes in and I like it, and… the song doesn’t go anywhere from there. It’s not an intro loop at all, it’s the same four bars looped throughout the entire song, and the only addition is more vocal layers. It could have been a really excellent song, too.

Jonny C Goode – The Politician and the City Spy
A modern nod to the 50’s? This song is pretty good, the production is tight, the chords are nice and the instrumentation is a perfect accompaniment to the singer with the drums and bass coming in at exactly the right time. That’s all rounded off with well thought-out lyrics and some good singing.

Steve Shadforth – Wonderland
Not many songs start with a full-band fade-in! That’s a lovely synth pad, and there are some good vocal harmonies later. This one isn’t exceptional, the song could do more than it does (especially considering its length), and the vocal is a bit homogenous – but I think it’s a keeper nonetheless.

Golden Section – Sleep Eaters
This is my kind of music! It’s heavier than these other songs, and more electronic. I’m not sure if it’s just because it’s on myspace, but it sounds a bit rough and I’d love to hear it with some better production. Also it’s a little short. But it’s heavy and it’s catchy, and it mixes guitars and electronics in the right way.
For those who enjoy mixing Latin and Greek, somnophagi means “sleep eaters”.

The Banana Sessions – Jukebox
Scottish female singers are a rarity on the radio, which is a shame. I’d love to select this one for that reason, but unfortunately there isn’t anything else that stands out about it; the tuba is nice (and the organ playing Zombie Nation near the end is frankly amusing) but try as they might, that hook is not going to stick in my head. That said, I think if I went with some friends to a bar where these guys were playing, it would be a good night!

In my infinite wisdom, my vote goes to Golden Section. I think Jonny C Goode‘s song is objectively better, but damn, I just love heavy electronic music. Listen to Steve Shadforth‘s song too. Oh, go on, here’s a link to The Banana Sessions‘ website while I’m at it.


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