The fabulous debut album from airport girl marries their love of americana (Pavement, Sonic Youth) to with a dose of scottish pop (Pastels, Belle and Sebastian).
As played by John Peel and John Kennedy (XFM). Album of the month, scootering ”The Pastels, Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian all come to mind… a cool album from the genuinely and fiercely independent underground.”
“Airport Girl est à prendre beaucoup plus au sérieux, point de jonction idéal entre les go-betweens et hefner - autrement dit un ersatz complétement affriolant de l'icone Jonathan Richman.” (Les Inrockuptibles)
Tracklisting: 1. This Could Be The Start Of Something Small 2. Power Yr Trip 3. I'm Wrong, You're Right 4. Home On The Range 5. Frostbite 6. Hey! Crayola 7. Love Runs Clean 8. Between Delta And Delaware 9. The Foolishness That We Create Through Love Is The Closest We Come To Greatness 10. You Fill Me Up (I Lose) 11. Surf #7 Wave 12. Shine Like Stars
Some five years after their debut album “Honey, I’m An Artist” had the indie kids swooning in jangle-pop ecstasy, Airport Girl return with a radically altered sound, a glistening downbeat country-pop hybrid that is sure to win them at least as many new admirers as it will alienate existing fans. A brave move then, but one that’s more than justified by the rich seam of quality songwriting mined here and the luxuriant arrangements that set off singer-songwriter Rob Price’s sonorous, throaty vocals.
Here is a band finding a new level of maturity, growing and changing, the music reflecting the uncertainties and troubles of adult life.From the world-weary plea of the piano-led “Hold Me Through The Night” to the heartbreaking country sigh of “I’ve Seen Mexico” a sense of regret pervades the album, none more so than on the desperate, hurt-racked “How Long Can This Go On?”. More upbeat are the jazz-tinged “Don’t Let Me Down Again” and “The Weather Song”, its “Sketches Of Spain” intro belying its true nostalgic nature, while “Show Me The Way”, as pure a declaration of love as one could wish for, could have come straight from the Go-Betweens’ masterpiece “16 Lovers Lane”.
Throughout there is judicious use of violin, cello, trumpet, harmonica and melodica to subtly create moods and textures within the songs, along with a willingness to experiment, as the intro to “Ode To The City” and the sea shanty of “Twice Around The Bay” bear out, that lifts the album far beyond standard indie fare.The kids at the club may be momentarily fazed by Airport Girl’s new direction, but ultimately any listener will be rewarded by an album of great musical and emotional depth.
Tracklisting: 1. There's A Crisis In Your Past 2. Hold Me Through The Night 3. Don't Let Me Down Again 4. Ode To The City 5. I've Seen Mexico 6. The Weather Song 7. Twice Around The Bay 8. How Long Can This Go On? 9. Show Me The Way 10. Low Coin (Lullaby) 11. Bullfighting
Transparent Blue Vinyl Re-press available, includes Download Card.
Allo Darlin’s eponymous debut album runs the spectrum from joyous, breezy, punky, jump-around pop with fabulous harmonies to sparse ukulele and steel guitar heartbreakers.
Singer Elizabeth Morris and bassist Bill Botting form the Australian contingent of the band, and put the band’s sunny, optimistic sound down, in part, to the 365 straight days of sunshine they would enjoy back home in Queensland.
“There’s another band from Queensland called The Go-Betweens who talked about having a ‘striped sunlight sound’,” says Elizabeth. “That’s always been a quality that I’ve been chasing in songs.”
Tracklisting: 1. Dreaming 2. The Polaroid Song 3. Silver Dollars 4. Kiss Your Lips 5. Heartbeat Chilli 6. If Loneliness Was Art 7. Woody Allen 8. Let's Go Swimming 9. My Heart Is A Drummer 10. What Will Be Will Be