“If Mosquito serves any purpose, it’s to remind the listener just how morbidly adrift they are from currents of vogue. Where once, around the time that Parallel Lines was released, we could trail our hands in the waters and feel the warmth of momentum, now we sit isolated in our unsatisfactory digs, knowing above anything else that we can never be a part of what plays out beyond our mildewed walls”.
I was planning to do something a little different for today’s words, rather than composing uncomplimentary sentences around the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album. So once I’d come to terms with having pre-ordered the 12” of ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ by Paul McCartney & Wings, then asked myself what would it feel like to crank the volume up high when playing The Cure’s Pornography whilst prancing around the living room in a cape (answer = a medieval wizard), all that was left to do was hit upon this something a little different, then run with whatever concept until words occurred.
Today’s review of a random track found on Soundcloud – selected by borrowing a phrase from whatever happens to be at the summit of my Twitter timeline when typing hour rolls around – comes courtesy of Billy Bragg, who apparently “Just woke in up chilly Winnipeg and found an anarchist coffee shop”. Oh, Billy – you of all people.
According to the pseudish blurb on their website, Canadian duo The Blackwood Two are “known for their uncanny ability to make new sounds comfortably familiar” – which I guess precludes an Einstürzende Neubauten influence to their “modern mash-up of folk, old-time and bluegrass music”. And whilst that description demonstrates why bands should task the writing of the press puff to a pro, I can actually see where they’re coming from on a track such as ‘Winnipeg’. There’s a subtle, gentle undercurrent to this. An instrumental narrative, perhaps, snuggling up to the lyrics. Obviously not the kind of thing that I’d nudge toward the LGM turntable – it’s a little too earnestly saccharine, regardless of genre – but during these visits to random sound, I know that I’m going to hear tracks far less endearing than this (preferred, incidentally, to the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album).
The Blackwood Two / Winnipeg
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