I’ve known this french band Cheap Star for some years, because of their The Posies connections, but only found out today that they’ve released an album a couple of months ago. It’s called Speaking Like an Elephant and half of it was produced by Jon Auer and the other half was produced by Ken Stringfellow. So The Posies connections are still there and it’s certainly not a bad thing, because for me The Posies is the greatest band ever. Still just the fact it was produced by Ken & Jon wouldn’t make one love them if the songs weren’t as great as they are. Okay, so far I’ve only heard these four songs that are on their myspace, but based on those I really like them and will order the album tonight.
This is definitely my kind of music and brings back the golden age of music. Because for me this dearest era and golden age of music is the 90’s power pop, guitar pop, indie rock etc. The stuff finnish indie freaks heard on Räkärodeo and fell in love with it. There’s a lot of that The Lemonheads, TFC, The Posies thing going on in here. Wonderful melodic guitar pop with beautiful mellow harmonies. The title track on the other hand sounds almost exactly like the great Guided By Voices. I’m definitely hooked and convinced enough to order the album.
I still miss ultrasport, but perhaps the griefing time should finally be over and it’s better to be overjoyed about things like Future Gravity. This is the new project of ex-ultrasport Juho Kosunen and the first samples sounds damn good to me. Juho’s own description “A bit like Jens Lekman with stereoids and off the antidepressants” gives you a hint about the style. Make up your own mind by downloading the first two songs from his website or listen to them on Future Gravity’s myspace.
Future Gravity Website
Future Gravity at myspace
A while ago Double D Records released a tribute cd to The Lemonheads entitled Drug Buddies. Excellent finnish band The Phonies features on this tribute with their wonderful take on The Great Big No and at the moment you can listen to it on the myspace page dedicated to this tribute. Obviously I have no clue how long it will stay there, but it’s there now. And because we don’t own mountain bikes and are not outdoor types, could there be a better way to spend an evening than to sit in front of a computer listening to a great finnish band covering one of the greatest bands ever several times in a row.
The Lemonheads Tribute at myspace
The Lemonheads Tribute Website
Double D Records Website
The Phonies Website
The Phonies at myspace