singles by choice
(albums when it's necessary)
27 April 2007
(listening through speakers)Linn LP12
Linn Ittok LVII
Linn Arkiv
TAG McLaren CDT20R / Chord DAC64
TEAD Microgroove Plus
Linn Exotik
Linn LK140 (x3)
Linn Espek

Lavender Diamond go ROCK! Seriously. Compared to form, this is kind of like Konnie off Blue Peter doing porn. Although it might be appealing, and even enjoyable, it’s just wrong, and not what they should be doing. When scored on fey tweeness and plain sissy-boy weakness, this is very disappointing. Camera Obscura have made weaker shit than this. Hopefully the album will be the kind of thing that makes makes Open Your Heart sound like Penthouse.

3

When Let’s Get Out of This Country came out, I felt it was a bit of a let-down. I’m still not sure I like the way it sounds, but after many listens, all the songs have grown on me.

This, I think, is the fourteenth single off the album, and to my ears the weakest so far. It’s cool though, typically retro, and not a little bachelor-pad lounge-y. The reading of Super Trouper is good as well, though it does sound exactly how you expect it to. Unusually for Elefant, it comes on boring black vinyl, but the sleeve is excellent. Indie needs more cleavage. That’s what’s always been wrong with it.

3

Something to do with Sheffield, but then isn’t everything these days? Bonkers French stuff. Is it serious, is it parody? I don’t care, and neither should you. It has a xylophone, a theremin, and guiro. Loses one point for not having a vibraslap, and another for not going the whole hog on the “cha cha cha” ending. I’ll be putting the b-side on next time the girlfriend comes round.

3

One of those looped going-nowhere electronic things, but with lots of interesting noise to keep it, well, interesting. Great end.

3