Ladies (Step Aside) – Guys

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I know nothing about Guys beyond the fact that they are from Camden, U.K. and that their only song happens to be really interesting. Ladies (Step Aside) establishes its peculiar ora from the modulated vocal chant that starts the song. It is very reminiscent of Animal Collective’s more chaotic album cuts, but without the elegance. The synth part is in complete disarray, but wouldn’t feel out of place in a traditional electronic song. This compliments the slightly off key folky vocals in a manner which can only be described as unthinkably functional. In theory (and by extension in writing) this duality seems really unappealing, but it works. Despite the fact that the synthesizer is sonically as far from natural as a sound can get, Ladies has a very personal and human element that is often missing or intentionally avoided in electronic music. The production reminds me a lot of John Maus, but also feels much more inherently vulnerable. While not immediately palatable, something about this song is very addictive and unavoidably fascinating.


Ladies (Step Aside) – Guys

Blow It Up – The Vaccines

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The Vaccines have a very produced sound. Their website is: http://thevaccines.co.uk/ which looks very professional but still feels whimsical. In many ways, this encapsulates how The Islander feels about the group. They appear to be naive and inspired, yet they are extremely polished. The highlight of their debut single is “Blow It Up”, which starts off very noisily, but turns into a fun pop song that is enjoyable. The only minor issue with this song is that it doesn’t have a particularly¬†strong point of view, but despite this it is absolutely worth a listen or two.

Blow It Up – The Vaccines