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Tonight's Mixed Media edition is heavy on current British Synthpop, with my normal affection for Female-fronted acts, although not fitting entirely to the traditional Whiny Babe Music category.

Bat For Lashes. From Britain, I told you this was a story about Britpop, the standout single so far is Daniel. Somewhat ethereal, but not too, too dreamy, with heavily aspirated vocals, although I think the official video is unfortunate. Joe Bob sez Check it out!

The Good Natured (sorry for the MySpace link, Wikipedia is apparently running behind). More Britpop, and a hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] netik for turning me on to these people. Well, this nineteen-year-old performer from London, actually, brings a sound reminiscent of early Smiths and The Beautiful South. Stand out tracks are Skeleton and Tongue Tied.

The Bird and the Bee. Out of LA, but with a lot of collaboration with British Synthpop artists under the lead singer's belt, [livejournal.com profile] veevi introduced me to this duo a year or so back, and they're lovely. Their most recent albums include Rayguns Are Not Just The Future and a brilliant album of Hall & Oates covers. Check out Again & Again and Rich Girl. Again, sadly, the official video is a bit unfortunate.

Modernaire. A Britpop band that you can't find, [livejournal.com profile] kamileon turned me on to them a while back. They've only done one EP, that we've found, but it's tasty, tasty goodness. Check out Bloodshed in the Woodshed. They're apparently performing now as The Moulettes, but I haven't had occasion to listen to the new work yet.

Little Boots. British Synthpop and New Wave are not dead, one of her tracks has Philip Oakey providing vocals, my brother pointed me at her cover of Freddie Mercury's Love Kills from the 1984 Metropolis soundtrack. Also a bit of a Motels vibe on some of her tracks, and perhaps a touch of Terri Nunn, which again isn't surprising, given the crowd she's running with. Check out the single New In Town, my favorite track of hers is Meddle, but I can't find a good reference performance on the web to share.

Sleepthief. American Electronica, because this can't be just a story about Britpop. Hat tip to @water_of_fire for turning me on to them, Sleepthief are very much in the vein of Delerium and Conjure One, with a debut album from a couple of years ago including an amazing cover of Duran Duran's Chauffeur, which you should check out. The lovely vocal on that track is by Kirsty Hirkshaw of Opus III, who [livejournal.com profile] adsah_98 pointed me to so many years ago.

And with that, I bid you a Fine Night Tonight, with a raft of tasty britpop and electronica to guide your way.

Date: 2011-05-19 05:21 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] vito-excalibur.livejournal.com
Ooh! Hope to get a chance to check this out tomorrow!

Date: 2011-05-19 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lunaticsx.livejournal.com
I saw Little Boots do a free performance at Amoeba on Hight and became a big fan. She played at the Fillmore that night so I went to the show and it was really good (James Sime from Isotope Comics was there, too :).

Here's some streaming videos:

Little Boots - Earthquake.DVDRIP.XViD.2009-FEAR.avi

Little Boots - New In Town (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit).DVDRIP.XViD.2009-FEAR.avi

1. Meddle
2. (interview)
3. Stuck on Repeat

LB-CC.avi (Little Boots - Camden Crawl)
1. Mathematics
2. Symmetry
3. New in Town
4. Stuck on Repeat

(Hint: change "megavideo" to "megaupload" in the links above, and you can download higher quality versions. The first two are protected with the password "Fear Team Mvids," which is also in the "File Description" line.)

The only other video I have of her doing Meddle is from her Glastonbury appearance in 2009, which I had to download in six segments and reassemble. (It may be on YouTube, but once I got the full 25 minute performance at 720x576 in x264 I didn't bother looking.)

And here's Little Boots playing with Gary Numan in a BBC studio doing:
"Venus in Furs" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EETEv1Xt4WY
"Are 'Friends' Electric" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEQW4lnonno
"Stuck on Repeat" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWL6gsUoNFw

I've got a lot more than this, but it's all downloads of VOBs and RARs from sites that don't do streaming.

Date: 2011-05-19 08:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feyandstrange.livejournal.com
Huh. Do they also have the snappy lyrics of early Smiths and Beautiful South? If so, I'm there.

Not brit but still euro

Date: 2011-05-27 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kevinelong.livejournal.com
aka Fever Ray aka The Knife

I get the motels/missing-persons vibe from a few new bands.
Notably SantaGold.

Little Boots cover of HotChip was my intro to her in 2008
Fun to watch her program her Tenori-On as a build up
Cute Overload.

I'll second the Bat for Lashes pitch (PS she also has other bands).

Speaking of homages to the 80s check out all the tracks by these gals

Re: Not brit but still euro

Date: 2011-05-27 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xthread.livejournal.com
Little Boots cover of HotChip was my intro to her in 2008..

Yeah, that's what Michael shot to me first. Then I found that she'd covered Love Kills, and then that the Human League folks were working with her, and, yow.

Now if The Good Natured would just get her next EP out, I'd be able to give her money for doing it!


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