Ghostsmut’s Final Thoughts Before Eurovision Malmö 2013

18 May

France

It’s the Black Keys but with a female singer. It’s 200 – 1 to win.

Opposite of everything Eurovision and it starts the competition. Chorus has a great stomp. Just voted in gay marriage so bonus points for France.

Ghostsmut advice: Worth an each way punt at those odds.

Lithuania 200-1

It’s about parasitic brain worms. Or love.

For me the chorus feels a little A-Ha and not enough punch. However, a great performance might change that.

Ghostsmut advice: It’s Lithuania and they have no friends so who cares?

Moldova 100-1

YES! The first ballad. It’s rather lovely and builds very well. But no chance and I think she’ll mess up the high notes.

Finland 40-1
It’s a fucking war crime of a song. But has a lesbian kiss in it so let’s accept it.

Ghostsmut advice: Follow my advice and report it as a war crime like I did.

Spain 250-1

At least the song before it is terrible in a 90s pop way. This song is awful in a holy fuck you wrote that and thought it was worth sharing with other people? No wonder your fucking economy is fucking fucked.

Ghostsmut advice: PUT MONEY ON THIS FOR LAST PLACE.

Belgium 100-1

I like this one. The chorus is lovely and has a great vibe. But the singer has the charisma of David Cameron’s dead kid.

Ghostsmut advice: Each way punt for me.

Estonia 250-1

You’ll be asleep by the second chorus.

Ghostsmut advice: Have a nap.

Belarus 150-1

Good stomp feel after that awful ballad from Estonia. It’s about Solero ice lollies.

Ghostsmut advice: You will be sick of it after 30 seconds. Feels like a jingle for an advert.

Malta 66-1

This is Scouting For Girls. Might go down well with some people. I can’t swallow it personally.

Ghostsmut advice: If you like it then consider an each way. I can’t stand it to even consider that option.

Russia 16-1

Russia get votes from EVERYONE.

When I first heard it I described it as JIZZPUKE. I still stand by that. However, it’s the kind of JIZZPUKE that gets lots of votes. Urgh.

Ghostsmut advice: Reluctant each way bet.

Cascada – 40-1

Yes, it really is Cascada. Instead of them entering something poppy and cheesy they have enetered something lazy as fuck. Chorus is dull. No one cares.

Ghostsmut advice: Ignore

Armenia 250-1

Trivia: It’s written by Tony Iommi’ from Black fucking Sabbath. But it can’t stand out even after Cascada. And it’s FUCKING AWFUL.

Ghostsmut advice: Likely to be last place or as close to Spain as possible.

Netherlands 25-1

A real game changer this one. No one has entered something this different in a while. I really LOVE it. And most fan boys of Eurovision seem to HATE it.

Ghostsmut advice: Each way bet certainty for me.

Romania 50-1

Get ready for a shock. His balls get amputated half way through. Comedy fucking gold. I tell you.

Ghostsmut advice: Just laugh. Don’t bet on it FFS.

United Kingdom 50-1

Song is shit. She looks like a chewed scrotum that’s now infected.

Ghostsmut advice: UK is hated. We’re trying to pull out of Europe and being generally dicks everywhere. Expect close to nul points as possible. Bottom 3 with Spain and Armenia.

Sweden 80-1

This is the home nation. They will get points from everyone being kind. I like the chorus but it feels like it doesn’t go awesome enough. Maybe they’ve changed it in practise. let’s hope it.

Ghostsmut advice: Home nations usually always do well. Each way bet if you think he performs it well on the night.

Hungary 100-1

Sounds like dEUS. Rather like it.

Ghostsmut advice: After the home nation song before it this song will bomb.

Denmark 8/13 (!!!)

This will win. As soon as you hear it you’re like Oh, a song that is good after a song that is weird.

Ghostsmut advice: Win by fucking miles. Listen to the crowd cheer after it ends.

Iceland 100-1

It’s a Cliff Richard xmas song. Putrid. After Denmark no one will care.

Ghostsmut advice: Toilet break.

Azerbaijan 12-1

Something different. Balkan music craziness. Love it.

Ghostsmut advice: Only song like this in the competition. Top 5 easy.

Ukraine 10-1

Why is this 10-1? It’s a dildo thrown at a fucking spaceship. Does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Must get points from Russia and their buddies. Maybe she’s hot. Not checked.

Ghostsmut advice: I hate it so it will win or something.

Italy 25-1

As hopeless as the Pope.

Ghostsmut advice: The least exciting ballad of the competition so again wouldn’t surprise me if it fucking wins.

Norway 5-1

HOLY FUCK. This is amazing.

Ghostsmut advice: Modern music in Eurovision? Deserves to win. For me, it’s this or Denmark.

Georgia 33-1

It’s the only duet this year so never ignore them. Bollocks though.

Ghostsmut advice: Go have a poop.

Ireland 25-1

Last song always does well. Sounds nice. Super gay drumming boys in it too. Fan boys seem to dislike it so let’s assume it will do well.

Ghostsmut advice: Each way bet again for me.

Eurovision Song Contest – Malmö 2013

14 Apr

Eurovision 2013

Eurovision time again cunts!

I don’t think there is an order to the semi-finals yet so shut your face and take it like a man. Will I offend your Cuntry this year? That all depends on what you’ve entered fuckheads.

Shall we begin then?

SEMI-FINAL 1

1. AUSTRIA – Natalia Kelly – Shine

So we start off with an unreleased Girls Aloud track. Except the writers were sent to us via a time machine from a time before music was any good. I find her voice on the side of annoying in that awful poppy Country Western crossover way we had about a decade ago. The way it falls into the final chorus is haplessly arranged and doesn’t deliver the cod-soft rock emotion that it’s clearly aiming for. Regardless, the whole song feels like it’s missing something and the chorus is just too ploddy and feels built entirely on a Lars Ulrich drumbeat.

Qualify

2. ESTONIA – Birgit – Et uus saaks alguse

Yay! A piano ballad. Everyone’s favourite. Joke – you know the drill – absolute bare-minimum effort from Estonia here. More frustrating is the way the piano is played – every note is exactly the same volume level so there’s no subtle texture. The chorus is lovely but it’s difficult to judge as the verse is absolute nothing. Typical pop music really: awful verse, good chorus. Mind you, saying that, when it did the chorus the second time I was asleep so I missed it.

Qualify

3. SLOVENIA – Hannah – Straight Into Love

The influence of Skrillex is over this like a fucking virus. Worse, it feels as falsely provided as a free handjob from your bank manager after you take out a loan with high APR. The reason it feels so fake is that the song’s verse is a standard makes-me-piss-blood ballad. Ergo, the writer went okay, we’ve done our silly noises now we have to put a proper song in. Which of course goes against everything the dubstep/brostep genre is actually about. If this was 3 minutes of unlistenable garbage – like Skrillex – it would be a game changer for Eurovision. No vocals or any of that poofy stuff. Just 3 minutes of what they alluded to in this song’s introduction. Hannah’s song is the audio equivalent of a 40 year old wearing a Justin Bieber t-shirt. The sound of cancer growth in my bowels is better than this.

On second listen. The chorus is fantastic. I revoke the above opinion and leave it there as it’s quite funny.

Qualify

4. CROATIA – Klapa s Mora – Mižerja

Well, I hate it. It’s poisonously vapid and the kind of music you imagine those weird freaks who go to see things at the theatre listen to.

Qualify

5. DENMARK – Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops

Ooh, it has a recognisable panpipe refrain. Something about that takes me back to a film soundtrack maybe? I can feel it tugging away at my brain. This song totally makes me think of something else – not Titanic. Oh, this is excellent. Really great chorus, love the big drums in the middle section. A wash of synth is buried underneath but never goes full on cheesy dance. Yep, impressed with this one.

Qualify/Win

6. RUSSIA – Dina Garipova – What If

A nice slice of Evanescence at the start. Remember them? If you looked up STANDARD EUROVISION SONG the definition would be this song. Coincidently if you looked up JIZZPUKE this song would also be there. I absolutely fucking hate it. From the “give up our guns” line to the key change end section it’s just so formulaic. It’s as fake as Putin’s denial that he’s a mass murdering turd hound.

However, it’s the kind of regurgitated anal pus you cunts lap up. So it will win.

Qualify/Win

7. UKRAINE – Zlata Ognevich – Gravity

I’m loving the way loads of these songs start with a “LOOK AT ME” 20-second intro then collapse back into a dull piano ballad and then begin to build themselves up again. This track made no impact on me whatsoever. It made me feel nothing. Not bad, not good, just nothing.

It’s a dildo thrown at a fucking spaceship.

Will not qualify

8. NETHERLANDS – Anouk – Birds

Urgh. No, sorry – that was my first impression of the song. But then something in me changed. There is something hypnotic about this. I’m quite surprised by this one. It’s subtle. And Eurovision is NEVER subtle. You keep expecting it to explode but it never does. That’s what makes me like it so much – it builds in a better and cleverer way. It has absolutely no chance of course but I respect it and liked it.

Will not qualify

9. MONTENEGRO – Who See – Igranka

Ah, congratulations worst song ever. Juno Reactor-esque, which is already 10 years out of date. However, they have nailed the Skrillex-chorus. This is how you do it. Take note Slovenia. So yeah, the chorus is great but the verses are like being strangled by an aborted baby’s umbilical cord.

Qualify

10. LITHUANIA – Andrius Pojavis – Something

This man has something to tell us. In fact the entire verse is him building up to tell us something. Oh, it’s about love. And it’s about as interesting as a recent A-ha song.

Oh right, this song is amazing! It’s all about being in someone’s head and heart, etc. It’s about parasitic worms! It’s about the war he is in with the victim as they battle the medication to destroy the worms. Powerful stuff. Weird thing to sing about but hey, they prob don’t have anything to do in Lithuania but chat about worms and how to make sandals.

Not qualify

11. BELARUS – Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh

Solayoh?

Solayoh?

This is a hungover entry from last year. It has that “did I hear this in 2012?” feel about it. Also, it’s about a Solero lolly. It’s nicely done but just sounds far too serious to be any fun. A live performance can of course change this, but on record this is as stern faced as a North Korean military training exercise.

Qualify

12. MOLDOVA – Aliona Moon – O mie

Ballads in foreign are always much better. I can’t bash my head off an iron spike over how ham-fisted the lyrics are. Really lovely chorus and the way the second verse follows on is excellent. Love the constant building of layering throughout. And yeah, I’m sure this all about love or something pitiful but I like to think it’s about microwaving hamsters.

Qualify

13. IRELAND – Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives

Oh, this is like Hurts. Very well arranged. Was amused to see it build up a chorus then collapse but then explode on a random bit further on. I know you’ll all hate me for saying it as you all hate it when Ireland win. But this will win. It’s everything all the others have been in one song. Mind you, it feels like it falls down near the end. It just runs out of steam and should probably have been 2.30 instead of 3.00. Never mind.

Qualify and WIN

14. CYPRUS – Despina Olympiou – An me thimasai

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Look, I liked Moldova. Is that not enough? This is stupendously hideous. Like someone put a human voice output onto a set of bagppes and played them with their bum. Just dull. On a side note, I looked her up on Google and jerked myself off to her picture just to pass the time. Glad the song was only 3 minutes long.

De-spoiled Olympiou

De-spoiled Olympiou

Will not qualify

15. BELGIUM – Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills

Argh, accidental gayness. I’m covered in jizz from the last one and then a man’s voice comes on.

Anyway, this is a nice little song. It’s driving and although it has a poor man’s dubstep breakdown in the middle it moves past that and straight back into the most retro pop & rock chorus I’ve heard in a while. I very much liked it. Just don’t shine a UV light over my keyboard.

Not qualify

16. SERBIA – Moje 3 – Ljubav je svuda

Awesome cheese synth with delay. Drums are non-existent and the balance of the whole song is wrong. It’s clap your hands, point and laugh type of awful. As unwanted as someone turning a hand-dryer vent around so that it dries your face but then pooping in it thereby leaving a horrific faecal trap for the next unfortunate user. (I HAVE DONE THIS).

Not qualify

SEMI-FINAL 2

1. LATVIA – PeR – Here We Go

What the actual fuck? Is this a Chumbawumba football song? Oh my, that is a bad snare sound. And awful rap. Faux DJ scratches too? Dubstep middle bit? Horn section. Jesus fuck-me-in-the ass Christ. This is ticking every worst idea of the 90s in one fell swoop. Fucking congratulations you mad fucking Latvians. Top marks. Awful and astounding at the same time. Best worst thing ever.

Not a fucking chance of qualifying.

2. SAN MARINO – Valentina Monetta – Crisalide (Vola)

It’s safe to say no one cares about San Marino. They won’t qualify as this is just elevator music with some forgettable vocals on top. Unforgivable because the chorus is as dull as the verse. It also has a terrible tempo change which isn’t done very well. Then speeds up and puts an Abba-type disco beat on. Genuinely the worst song I’ve heard yet. Emotionally, it makes me visualise someone painting their newborn kid’s bedroom beige.

Will not qualify

3. MACEDONIA – Esma & Lozano – Pred da se razdeni

Halfway decent ballad here. When all you’ve got is a chorus, just keep doing the chorus. Oh no. Then it goes a bit crazy and it appears some unfortunate person got their genitals trapped in a door because there is a lot of “urrrgaghagahaaaaaaaa” nonsense before the 2nd verse happens. Awful for every second it exists.

Will not qualify

4. AZERBAIJAN – Farid Mammadov – Hold Me

Ah, finally. This is the kind of poop I wanted to hear. Not anything special but the production feels like it adds to the song rather than making it a dated knob-twiddling, look-at-how-many-plugins-I-can-use cripplefight. Nothing remarkable but based on how bad the last three have been this is much better. Pish ending tho.

Qualify

5. FINLAND – Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me

Ah, Finland. Another embarrassing entry. Oh hang on. It’s worse than that. Eyebrow raise alert when she sings “I’m your slave and you’re my master”. Since it’s called Marry Me and you don’t have gay marriage in Finland I assume you are saying this to a man. Combined with your dyed blonde hair Samantha Janus, I don’t think you are setting a very good example for girls.

Luckily, the song is an audible warfare ender. You play this and everyone in a 100-mile radius prolapses immediately and dies of anal asphyxiation. We should bomb the fuck out of Finland for this act of atrocity. In fact, I better fucking report it.

You need to report this kind of stuff.

You need to report this kind of stuff.

Qualify

6. MALTA – Gianluca – Tomorrow

Scouting For Girls pointlessness. Accent pop gubbins. Doesn’t make much of an impact on me but at least it sounds different from everything else. Chorus just isn’t strong enough – just kinda jaunty all the way through. Don’t think that’ll be enough.

Not qualify

7. BULGARIA – Elitsa & Stoyan – Samo shampioni

You know, I need to do some shopping today. I do need some shampoo and when I saw that title it reminded me. My mind wandered, I opened up a new tab and started my online shop. The song ended and I realised I had not heard any of it. I went back and listened to it again and my mind wandered off again. It is just a ghost of a song. It has to be the most boring song yet which, considering it is up-tempo and quite lively, is an astonishing achievement. Bland in a trans-dimensional way.

Not qualify

8. ICELAND – Eythor Ingi – Ég á líf

Folk seem to like Iceland in Eurovision. I don’t find anything remotely worthwhile in this. It sounds like a Cliff Richard Christmas song. At the end a whole load of backing singers come in and I can just imagine it on the stage. I don’t like this track but I think it will do well.

Qualify

9. GREECE – Koza Mostra feat. Agathonas Iakovidis – Alcohol Is Free

Yay. Balkan music. Love this shit. It’s up-tempo and fun in an honest way. The chorus appears to say “Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol is sweet” and this is an absolute truth. Oh, just looked at the title. It says “free”. Either way, it’s great. It sounds like it was an entry for last year but it’s still fun. I’m assuming they all look bonkers too.

Qualify

10. ISRAEL – Moran Mazor – Rak bishvilo

Urgh. She sounds like she’s hawking up phlegm. Oh man, whoever produced this should have done something about it. The whole track makes me nauseous & I can feel my balls retreating into my body in disgust. Once some more instrumentation comes in this hawking phlegm sound is masked but, like hearing Lady Gaga’s penis plop out of Mr T’s eyesocket, you can’t unhear it. Great potential for a disastrous high note calamity here too. Just plain awful.

Qualify

11. ARMENIA – Dorians – Lonely Planet

This sounds like Lemar doing some kind of soft rock. Its heart is in the right place but I’m not finding the chorus is enough to raise the hairs on the back of my neck like it should. I like the copy and pasted 80s guitar solo too. This won’t do well as everyone hates Armenians cos they steal everyone’s jobs. They need to put some backing vocals on it though, as currently it sounds like one man battling a very loud guitar.

Not Qualify

12. HUNGARY – ByeAlex – Kedvesem

What the hell is this? Similar to Holland’s entry - it’s interesting and subtle. I’m quite fond of it and can’t think of anything harsh to say. It has a kind of dEUS feel and absolutely will bomb as it’s not bum nuggets masquerading as sequins.

Qualify

13. NORWAY – Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love

This fucking better be about sucking cock. Stunning synth over the opening. OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. This is amazing. Yes, this is another nul pointer from Norway and I adore it. This is music that actually sounds from this decade as opposed to every other entry. If Rihanna sang this it would be number 1. Great drops, great arrangement. Fucking flawless. Would listen to this outside of Eurovision. Fantastic.

Qualify and win.

14. ALBANIA – Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko – Identitet

How to make the worst music ever tutorial:

Step 1. Be Albanian.
Step 2. There is no Step 2.

Qualify

15. GEORGIA – Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani – Waterfall

Never ignore duets. However lame they are. Never ignore them. They always do well. This is like listening to someone with haemorrhoids raping themselves with a toilet brush. Similarly, it explodes at the end. I imagine I was supposed to feel something but I just visualised a man exploding and a toilet brush covered with torn anal tract.

Qualify

16. SWITZERLAND – Takasa – You And Me

I’m still not sure Switzerland actually really exists. I think it’s a made-up place. This could be the national anthem for a country that didn’t exist. And it just won’t quit with it’s fucking atrocious chorus. It must be a solid minute of the same fucking thing. ARGHhhh. Fuck you Switzerland.

Not qualify

17. ROMANIA – Cezar – It’s My Life

Cheesy trance mixed with Peter and the Wolf. I-

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What is this? His voice goes all high and silly. Hahah. This is great. Oh but another dubstep drop. Come on. Either make the whole song like that or don’t do it at all. Don’t use it for a “look at us being down with the kids” section. Shocking ending. Wastes its time at the beginning and comes across as a novelty castration act.

Qualify

FINALISTS

FRANCE – Amandine Bourgeois – L’enfer et moi

Very Black Keys this one. Great stomp and overdriven guitars. This is the type of music that’s doing well in hipster circles and is the opposite of everything Eurovision exists for. Really, really like it.

Will come 2nd last

GERMANY – Cascada – Glorious

Wait. Cascada? Really? This is what Germany have entered? A song from another decade? It sounds as old as Allo Allo and is filled with just as many thoughtless words. This isn’t good at all. I was expecting a 2012 Swedish level of trancey dance cracking chorus but this doesn’t grab me at all. Fucking dire ending too.

MILF I AM DISAPPOINT.

ITALY – Marco Mengoni – L’essenziale

This is another one of those forgettable bits of fluff. It’s as effective as brushing your teeth with a toothbrush with no bristles. Amongst the final songs this might stand out but I doubt it as there are better ballads in this contest.

As hopeless as the Pope

SPAIN – ESDM – Contigo hasta el final

30 seconds are taken up with warbling. Then an early Taylor Swift song emerges which very weakly builds to a sheepish peak 2 minutes in. Not much to talk about here. What was I going to say…? Oh right, yeah, so imagine you’re fucking Taylor Swift, right, and I know she’s been holed more times than a golf course, so you’d have to wrap your dick in a face flannel just to give you a bit more girth so you could get any traction on the poor girl. Anyway, imagine you did that and you’re pummelling away, I wonder if her face shows any sign of cognitive thought? I imagine when she’s being filled out like an application her face still looks like she’s just bitten into a Cadbury’s Flake like in an advert from 1980. Pure floaty incomprehension like she looks most of the time. Anyway, the important bit is this: when you’re done does Taylor Swift make a goat noise when she cums? Based on all those Taylor Swift goat memes on the internet I think she does.

Oh yes, Spain. Shite.

SWEDEN – Robin Stjernberg – You

Come on – taking a full minute of dirge to get to the chorus and then only letting it play for 10 seconds! That’s pretty fucking cheeky pal. This is a pretty decent chorus and I don’t think it’s being used enough. It does the chorus ONCE at the end. Shocking. So much of the 3 minutes is WASTED here with boring guff. Writing a good chorus and then not going nuts with it is an abhorrent waste – especially in a song competition like this where there are next to no good songs.

FAIL

UNITED KINGDOM – Bonnie Tyler – Believe In Me

“No one likes us and we don’t care.” Fair enough UK, but I don’t like you either and I live here. This song has already been done better by other countries this year. Gah, there’s nothing to do but listen to it. I thought about another wank but I googled her and she looks like a chewed scrotum.

NUL POINTS

Summary

Well that’s it. The first semi-final seems to be filled with female vocal safe stuff which is very hit and miss. The second semi-final is filled with diverse and mostly terrible examples of how not to write a song. What’s noticeable is that a lot of the songs sound like they are longer than 3 minutes and end far too abruptly. Maybe it’s always been like that but it’s really noticeable this year.

Countries I will put money on:

Norway
Denmark
Holland
Russia
Ireland
Latvia

Curators – The Cold In The Walls

27 Mar

Curators - The Cold In The Walls

Following on from their debut release Is This A Private Flight? Curators have huddled together, perfected their sound and delivered one of the finest eps I’ve heard in a while.

Whilst the cover is a little Led Zeppelin IV for my taste the music contained within is nothing like that – thank God. I would have preferred a photo of the terrible band Cold stuffed into the walls of someone’s house like a horrific Fred West tribute but ce la vie, you can’t have everything.

The opener, Sunk reminds me of classic Get Up Kids. It’s a flawless up-tempo track with some pretty zingy lyrics that sidestep cliché and come across honest and heartfelt. It’s perfect. Ghost in the Attic sounds like a cross between early Placebo and Glasvegas which makes it particularly striking.

Every time I see the phrase “Loose Lips Sink Ships” I think of Shout Out Out Out Out’s “Guilt Trips, Sink Ships” which is a damn hard tune to beat so it’s with great relief that the Curators track of similar name is just as superb. I especially liked the Idlewild When I Argue I See Shapes-type vocal play end bit. Although I would have put a huge dubstep drop in before the last chorus because I’m a terrible person. If anything, sometimes Curators don’t allow themselves to revel in the joyous crescendos they architect – but that’s a selfish critiscm really. As Flight of The Conchords said “2 minutes in heaven is better than 1 minute in heaven”.

North Star is the beacon of the ep: providing not only a shiver down the spine moment on the delivery of the first chorus but building on its repetition and making it stronger each time. Thankfully, it bears no relation to Mel C’s Northern Star either. It might have but they stopped their producer Guy Perchard adding bells and xmas tones to it according to the inlay credits. Sometimes a band knows best.

In what I’d only consider to be a minor flaw with the record is that on Bones & Scars the lead vocals sound slightly less enthusiastic on their delivery than the backing vocalists which dampens the experience the song deserves. The ep closes on the thunderous Dinosaurs which although starts off a little Slowasaurus it quickly evolves into a fucking T-Rex and stomps the shit out of everything. Which is a lovely way to round things off.

The album is available to stream on Bandcamp at the moment with download coming soon or you can go buy the cd from Big Cartel right now. Go check it out.

9/10

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!

8 Oct

Track 1: Mladic

0 -4 mins: some feedback
5 mins: crap drumming
6-7 mins: un-progressive instrumentation
8 mins: a riff – oh, the splendour of a poorly constructed song
9 – 10 mins: repeat riff until unbearable to pompously demand that the listener think it’s meaningful
11 mins: bass section about as memorable as a Nick Clegg speech
12 mins: slow bit
13 – 16 mins: An actual bit of composition. A lovely swirling section. Very reminiscent of My Dying Bride doom metal from the 90s.
16-17 mins: some more feedback
17-19 mins: Back to the swirling section again
19 – 20 mins: some feedback

Wow. Well that was worth waiting for. I can’t WAIT to listen to the rest of this album. Oh hang on, I can. Maybe give it another ten fucking years.

This type of music is dead.

Sleep Party People – We Were Drifting On A Sad Song

20 Apr


Earlier this year I received an email from Blood & Biscuits (an indie record label who distribute some of my favourite bands: Three Trapped Tigers, Gallops, Tall Ships, etc) introducing me to Sleep Party People. As is usually the case anything that is distributed by Blood & Biscuits is awesome so I promptly went off hunting for their work.

I found I’m Not Human At All and immediately fell in love with them.

Now this is the part of the music industry I don’t like. The only way to get their debut album was to get it from iTunes. I don’t use iTunes. In the past I’ve bought things then had to convert them into MP3s or wavs just to get them onto my non-Apple mp3 players. Now though, I’ve uninstallled iTunes and will not be using it again. It is terrible.

So, I’m sorry to say I had to illegally download their debut album Sleep Party People. I then listened to nothing else for a good couple of months. It was brilliant.

Now though, I get to pay the artist back as they’ve released a new cd. It’s available in the shops and I could buy it directly from Blood & Biscuits. Thank god.

It turned up a fortnight ago and I’ve been playing it over and over. And also wearing the awesome t-shirt I got in the bundle pack.

I hate to say what an artist sounds like by comparing them to other bands but if I had to I’d say something like Sigur Ros crossed with shoegaze. So if you like Sigur Ros you will like Sleep Party People. If that still hasn’t sold you then continue reading…

The album starts with A Dark God Heart which is a straight continuation of the last album. Beautiful piano blended with his weird vocal – all I have come to expect from Sleep Party People. But no, he has a surprise for us. Midway through the track explodes like Explosions in the Sky and by Jove, it is glorious!

The majority of the album is immediate, bright, and beautifully constructed. Often it changes direction suddenly, not content to sound the same as a previous track and frequently emerges sounding different from anything I’ve heard them do before. Specifically the title track We Were Drifting On A Sad Song which has a much more synthesised arrangement and sounds incredible.

The only problem I have with the album is Chin. This is the single and I have to be honest – I just don’t get it. It’s good but after several listens I still can’t shake the feeling that this is an amazing song that has an ill-judged looped drum beat dropped over the top. It’s like when you mix down a song and leave the metronome on. Oh well. Maybe it’ll grow on me!

I love the end of Things Will Disappear Like Tears In The Rain which turns into something off Nine Inch Nails’ The Fragile. The end guitar/synth just reminds me so heavily of that. Stunning.

Overall, for me, this is one of the best things released in 2012 so far alongside Burial’s Kindred EP.

Finally: I live in Edinburgh but work has taken me down South for the week so will be lucky enough to see Sleep Party People at their Brighton gig on 21st April. Should be amazing.

Standout Tracks: A Dark God Heart, We Were Drifting On A Sad Song, Heavy Burden

Eurovision 2012 – The Reviews

19 Apr

Hello again my little chicadees! Glad to see you have returned for another wonderful journey through the unwavering constant awfulness of Foreign Musak. My name is Don and I’ll be your guide. Right then, let’s get to it.

Montenegro: Rambo Amadeus – Euro-Neuro

Oh lord. You have wasted 30 seconds of your song with some blurb and a bad soap opera laugh. All I can think of is “in soviet Russia music makes you” kind of voice. This is genuinely bad. Not even in a funny way. Just random instruments parping out poops of sound while some Russian IT support technician speaks a load of bollocks.

Good part: He is called Rambo Amadeus
Bad part: Vocals and music. No chorus. Instantly forgettable.
Verdict: Will not qualify

Iceland: Greta Salóme & Jónsi – Never Forget

Ah, yes. Hello Eurovision. Ooh, nice female backing. A duet too! I misjudged duets last year. If it’s a duet it’ll usually do well. Okay, maybe later I’ll think this is terrible but I quite like this right now. Mostly cos that first song was FUCKING AWFUL and this is the first proper song I’ve heard today. It ticks all the cheesy boxes, with a funny little violin solo.

Good part: Nice dual vocals. Really good arrangement.
Bad part: Could have come from any Eurovision contest previously.
Verdict: Qualify

Greece: Eleftheria Eleftheriou – Aphrodisiac

Interestingly, this song is about how aroused Greece get when they squander all of the bail-out money Europe gives them. Apart from this clearly being a song sounding like it was dialled in by someone requesting “uptempo Greek song” it’s quite good. Love the dirty synth on it and her vocals are very karaoke. – too loud in the mix for my liking.

Good part: Chorus is strong, like the maniac/aphrodisiac line.
Bad part: Thinks it is modern but sounds like it’s 20 years old.
Verdict: Qualify & Top 5

Latvia: Anmary – Beautiful Song

Awful. Terrible backing sounds. Ironically, this song is about a beautiful song and all it does is reinforce everything that this song isn’t. Lyrics are so bad. It’s like someone wrote random words on a piece of glass then stuffed it up their anus and shat out the broken bleeding pieces into a poop libretti.

Good part: I still have my health
Bad part: Every cell-killing second
Verdict: Not qualify

Albania: Rona Nishliu – Suus

Yay! Piano ballad. Jk. It’s shit. It better not just be this gutter waste of emotive exploitation for the whole song. Oh. This is ghastly. Fucking shut up with your wailing screechy noise, you boring cow. A badly realised instrumental break is the only let up before her banshee shriek comes in again. This is the worst type of music. If I was in the audience I would throw rocks. Or dirty nappies. It’s just an adult baby wailing for their toys for 3 minutes over a badly arranged orchestra.

Good part: I’m 3 minutes closer to death.
Bad part: Sounds like a baby crying for 3 minutes
Verdict: Cot death.

Romania: Mandinga – Zaleilah

Oh cool. I like this Balkan flavoured stuff. Big fan of gypsy folk, etc. This is very silly sounding but you know what? They sound like they’re having fun. And after that last one I’m willing to forgive them for anything. Don’t expect this mood to last long. But yeah, like this.

Good part: Made me move the razor away from my wrist
Bad part: Was probably entered last year
Verdict: Qualify

Switzerland: Sinplus – Unbreakable

Snow patrol/Goo Goo Dolls, etc, and all the guitar bands that don’t matter anymore. Whoa. This sounds like Andreas Johnson. Remember that Glorious song from years ago? These vocals do not sit well on this song. I think there is a better vocal melody for this song. Sounds a bit arrogant and “I could do better” but I think I could.

Good part: Sounds like he says “wrecking ball” and not Unbreakable. Haha.
Bad part: Crap chorus
Verdict: Won’t qualify

Belgium: Iris – Would You?

NUL POINTS. Only kidding. Her vocals are lovely. Is she hot?

A mouth for sucking penis

ARGRGHGRGHRHGRG. This one has taken me by surprise. I think it’s brilliant. Yep, all I can say.

Good part: I love the chorus. It is beautiful.
Bad part: See photo.
Verdict: Win.

Finland: Pernilla Karlsson – När jag blunder

Ooh, unfortunate that this comes after that last one. Quite similar. Last one in English, this one is jabbawookie. Chorus is unremarkable, not enough instrumentation and not dynamic enough. Verse is better actually. Big mistake.

Good part: Pretty verse.
Bad part: Ugly chorus. Too kooky for my taste.
Verdict: Not qualify

Israel: Izabo – Time

Funny hearing people from Israel saying they’ll “obey”. Not from my experience. (Palestine, ceasefires, not massacring people, etc). Although a different style this feels very much to me like a T-Rex song for some reason. Bit of glam stomp on the drums and the chorus vocals and all daft. Yeah, this one is amusing enough. And after too slower ones will of course do well.

Good part: Reminds me of T-Rex.
Bad part: Sounds like it was stitched together from spare pieces. Badly produced/edited.
Verdict: Qualify

San Marino: Valentina Monetta – The Social Network Song – Oh Oh-Uh-Oh Oh

WUT? It appears that San Marino have just got the internet and Facebook. Other countries will laugh out fucking loud at this one. I know I am. Expect a fucking train wreck.

Good part: So you wanna make love to me. Am I really your cup of tea? Is the best lyric of all time.
Bad part: Every. Fucking. Second.
Verdict: Not qualify.

Cyprus: Ivi Adamou – La La Love

Whoa. This is basically Rihanna. Yep, a toned down Eurovision version. Not as filthy or cum-slurping as a Rihanna song but very like S&M, etc. Cheesy synth but used in a way that still sounds like current musical trends. Who wrote this? Bastard.

Yeah, if a ballad/duet doesn’t win and they go for an uptempo one. Then this will do very well.

Good part: Music is dead.
Bad part: Well of course it’s awful. But it sounds like trending pop music so it will do well.
Verdict: Top four.

Denmark: Soluna Samay – Should’ve Known Better

Review writes itself. Oh it makes me think of another song. Gah! Can’t think what… Nice little pop song. SEAL! It sounds like Crazy by Seal! Well then it will do pretty good.

Good part: Familiarity breeds points.
Bad part: Lyrics are hilariously bad.
Verdict: Qualify

Russia: Buranovskiye Babushki – Party For Everybody

WELL JUST FUCKING LISTEN TO IT. DISTRACT EUROPE WHILE MILLIONS OF COMRADES STARVE TO DEATH OR GET PUT IN DEATH CAMPS. SMILE AND DANCE OR WE WILL KILL YOU.

EVERYTHING IS FINE.

Good part: False entertainment is quite amusing
Bad part: Putin is a mass murdering cunt.
Verdict: Qualify as no one will fuck with Russia.

Hungary: Compact Disco – Sound Of Our Hearts

Really nice drum programming. Wowey! A glorious chorus. GLORIOUS MOTHERFUCKER. Good bit of glitch and dubstep synth but not overly reliant on it. Song stands strong on its own and it is beautifuckingful.

I love you Hungary. Also, thank you for Sziget last year. I had the best time ever.

Good part: Makes me reminisces an extraordinary orgasm. The chorus is me cumming.
Bad part:It is not 2 hours long.
Verdict: Qualify

Austria: Trackshittaz – Woki mit deim Popo

Whoa. For a second there seeing Austria and Trackshittaz made me do a doubletake and I thought it said Auschwitz.

Well, maybe not such a bad double-take. This is about as enjoyable. Joyless, soulless and really badly produced.

Good part: It sounds like they’re saying “poo poo.”
Bad part: The more I hear it the more catchy it gets. ARGH, By the night I’ll probably think it’s ace.
Verdict: More fun would be had at Auschwitz.

Moldova: Pasha Parfeny – Lautar

I can’t give you an opinion on this. It could be good. It might be diarrhoea clinging to a smelly bottom. I’ve just been too bombarded with stuff that sounds like this. Feels too long even for 3 minutes. Not enough changes, is boring by the end, just kinda stops. Needed a grand stand finish but instead limps home like a rapist with terminal cancer.

Good part: It is quite jolly.
Bad part: Just feels dead inside.
Verdict: Not qualify

Ireland: Jedward – Waterline

Everyone’s favourite. Still a huge fan of Lipstick insanely. Great pop song. This is much more middle of the road. Not as fun. Feels too serious and not as exciting melody wise. Sounds like it was written for a boy band and then given – inexplicably – to Jedward. Chrous is good but not much else about it does it for me.

Oh and they are still, very much, absolute twats.

Good part: They are ridiculous and hopeless.
Bad part: Not as good as Lipstick.
Verdict: They are on last in the semi final, They will qualify. They will come Top 5.

Serbia: Željko Joksimovic – Nije ljubav stvar

Shit.

Verdict: Sounds like a Lord of the Rings theme with a paedophile singing. Not qualify.

Macedonia: Kaliopi – Crno i belo

Same song as Serbia with a woman singing. Finally gets lively halfway through. I like how it builds all the way through. Yeah, okay. Terrible guitar solo though. Doesn’t fit but will be fun for the audience so can’t see it not doing okay.

Verdict: Qualify.

Netherlands: Joan Franka – You And Me

It’s a Joanna Newsom song. Can’t see anyone taking to this. Not a Eurovison song at all and wonderfully ignorable. Crap ending.

Verdict: Not qualify.

Malta: Kurt Calleja – This Is The Night

Most obvious song ever. Love it when they put a huge dance beat on and it falls massively flat on stage. Music not loud enough. None of the music sits against the vocals or compliments it. Hugely underwhelming. Hated it.

Verdict: Qualify

Belarus: Litesound – We Are The Heroes

Sounds like the last one. Fuck me, I have to say the second semi final is absolutely conventional shitty Eurovision. This is just like anything else. Music I would never listen to.

HAhahAHhahHAhAH. He said “We are the wieners” on the chorus. HahahAHa. You stupid Belarus dildo chomper. THIS SONG SHOULD BE CALLED WE ARE THE WEINERS.

Chorus is winning/wiening me over.

Verdict: Will qualify will not wien though.

Portugal: Filipa Sousa – Vida minha

Ah yes, what we needed was another pathetic sludgefest of accordion. So patronisingly void it’s an empty coffin or a uterus after an abortion.

Verdict: Will not qualify

Ukraine: Gaitana – Be My Guest

Ooh, after a shaky start I quite like the disco/90s dance vibe. Vocal is too FX’d. Shame they tried to do a dubstep wub bass. It is an octave too high. Song is pleasant enough but really it’s just a tune written for Reikartz Hotel adverts or some shit.

Verdict: Will def qualify

Bulgaria: Sofi Marinova – Love Unlimited

Limited amount of love for this one. Vocals are too nice for a song like this. Very Faithless sounding. Nice bit of shuffle going on with rhythm. Pretty sure it doesn’t work. Definitely sure an audience will not understand it. Feels too stressful for the listener. Nice but try harder.

Verdict: Will not qualify.

Slovenia: Eva Boto – Verjamem

A ballad, per chance? Not much going for it. Very much a film score piece of music. Imagine horses riding into the sunset, or a man and woman in love dancing in a circle. All those clichés. Yep, it’s every Eurovision ballad ever. And while not awful it doesn’t endear itself to me.

Verdict: Top Five.

Croatia: Nina Badric – Nebo

Nah, not feeling anything for this. Absolute nothing of worth here.

Verdict: Will qualify

Sweden: Loreen – Euphoria

Their production is always flawless. Dicks. Again we’re in 90s dance music territory but the arrangement is incredible. Great dynamics. Not sure about change from chorus to verse or middle. A bit cobbled together. That “up-up-up-up” bit reminds me again of Rihanna of course.

Verdict: Qualify and top 3

Georgia: Anri Jokhadze – I’m A Joker

Catastrophic fail after Sweden. None of this song works. Has one thing and does it over and over a fucking gain. Bends space and time to make 3 of your minutes as hellishly repulsive as foreignly possible,

Verdict: Comes last.

Turkey: Can Bonomo – Love Me Back

What I hate most about this is the rapist revealed in the lyrics. We all know stories about Turkish waiters fucking our girlfriends on their summer holidays. This is very much a song about that. It’s very much a “I know you don’t want to but I AM GOING TO FUCK YOU. Later, when you’re crying with cum and blood are dripping out of all your holes and you beg me not to kill you I find some way of reasoning that what I have done was forgivable. After all it was you that lead me on in the first place, wasn’t it?

Disgustingly evil, unrepentantly arrogant and gloatingly sexist. On a level par with Chris Brown and a notch up from Anders Behring Breivik.

Verdict: Aids.

Estonia: Ott Lepland – Kuula

Well. I am listening. And nothing is happening. (1.15)

I suppose that was a chorus. (2:05)

Oh, drums. (2.10)

Don’t care.

Verdict. Qualify.

Slovakia: Max Jason Mai – Don’t Close Your Eyes

Bon Jovi. Middle of the road rock. As unimaginative as you can picture. Like when the Sterophonics thought they were being rock and roll. Lots of guitar flourishes.

Terrible ending too.

Verdict: Qualify as it’s the only rock song so far.

Norway: Tooji – Stay

Oh yes. Much better. Adore that synth hook. Massive chorus. Ticks all the fucking boxes, If they go for an up tempo one this will win by a billion points.

Verdict: Win (uptempo vote)

Bosnia & Herzegovina: MayaSar – Korake ti znam

So, testicle cancer. If you’re a guy you need to be thinking about it. We’re all getting older and you need to check your balls. I myself had a scare earlier this year and it was a seriously daunting time before the scan turned out fine.

Waiting for results and being haunted by your life potentially being changed instantly while putting on a brave face and pretending everything is okay is summed up perfectly by this disease of a song.

Verdict: Malignant.

Lithuania: Donny Montell – Love Is Blind

Very similar to the last one but vocally more engaging I guess. Sounds like someone remixed this and added lots of badness halfway through. Typical funk bass and four to the floor beat. Shame it didn’t go the full way and include sidechained synths.

Verdict: last song in the semi? Qualify then lose heavily in final

United Kingdom: Engelbert Humperdinck – Love Will Set You Free

What can you say about this? Quite downbeat and melancholy but with little sparks of tenderness. Totally bumsexual and music even your mum wouldn’t listen to. But Engelbert will nail the performance so no worries about that. Could do very well.

Verdict: Top five

France: Anggun – Echo (You and I)

Makes no sense. Muddled beginning. Just plain shit opening to be fair,

Not enough for me to get into. Too skittery and all over the place. Needs to settle and let what they’re trying to express breathe. Too messy.

Verdict: Poked down the plughole with a big toe.

Italy: Nina Zilli – L’amore è femmina (Out Of Love)

Very like Lena’s song from two years ago. Very like Amy Winehouse/Duffy 60s sound. As cheap and obvious as a Berlusconi chat up line. And as dull as one of his scandals.

Verdict: Flushed away.

Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva – When The Music Dies

Bad and boring.

Verdict: Mega amount of points.

Spain: Pastora Soler – Quédate conmigo

EXACTLY the same as Azerbanjo for first minute. Chorus is better than Azerbaijans but in the same way a sandwich made out of your dad’s poo would be better than a sandwich made out of David Cameron’s.

Verdict: Awful Awful awful. Probably win for no good reason.

Germany: Roman Lob – Standing Still

Very nice. In fact quite a shock. Usually something I wouldn’t like but overall quite pleasant. Germany always do well so this can’t go too badly wrong. Can’t be harsh about it really.

Verdict: Top five

Top 6 Verdicts in no particular order.
Norway, Sweden, Germany, UK, Hungary, Iceland

The Worst Songs Of 2011

18 Dec

Okay cunts. Been quiet on here for a while but it’s the end of the year and I’ve heard some fucking terrible shit. Couldn’t be arsed to review the albums as I was too busy fucking.

SHIT THAT SHOULD BE DESTROYED:

Skrillex – First of the Year

As with all Skrillex this sounds like a 2 year old made it. Not only that but it also sounds 2 years old. No new ideas, obvious and heard-before techniques. Look you prick you’ve managed to kill dubstep – which is probably a good thing – but you need to evolve now. You have a stereotyped sound which comes across as uninspired – much in the same way as when you hear a new Nickelback tune you go “oh god”. Oh and your video is basically 20 years out of date. Didn’t Aphex Twin do this with Come To Daddy? Shut the fuck up and get your hair sorted pissface.

Jay Z and Kanye West – Otis

Look, if you guys had really been Watching the (porcelain)  Throne this turd of a song wouldn’t have crawled out.

Jessie J – Who You Are

(as per my review earlier this year:) A fake. A charlatan dressed as an Emo princess. The cover suggests a strong female, potentially transgender, dark and mysterious. Instead I appear to be listening to an unreleased Girls Aloud album. No, that’s not fair on Girls Aloud. They at least knew pop tunes and had killer hooks. This has NO FUCKING HOOKS. It’s fucking godawful sphincter clenching trash. Cheesy like a teenager’s unwashed bellend and as musically clumsy as a virgin trying to stick it in.

*edit* Also, you can’t sing.

Battles – Ice Cream

(from my review earlier this year:) Allegedly a single; however, no one still knows who the fuck they are. Basically starts like the music to Willy Wonka at his most paedophilic. Nice riff when it gets going though. Anything past the verse is unbearably messy though. Like a turd bakesale. Just an incoherent mess like Scrappy Doo playing the guitar after getting trashed with Shaggy.

*edit* Interesting to note based on how much attention and “OMG this is amazing” reviews it got when it came out that it does not appear on anyone’s best of 2011 list. I was correct. Fuck you, Battles.

Fucked Up – Queen Of Hearts

Keep hearing loads of chatter about these guys and it appears that all of it is nonsense. It’s like someone telling you The Fall are good – you know to ignore everything they ever say. Basically, Fucked Up are a grim bunch of broken coke vials that someone menstruated on. A speculum of Worzel Gummidge politics and loud dumb noises. Five-year olds being hit with articulated lorries make better sounds.

Lady Gaga - Yoü And I

What can I say? I’ve already reviewed the album and didn’t think this one was so bad. However, I did state I hate this kind of music, but, as a troll myself, enjoyed this regurgitated Shania Twain vomit being spewed onto the Madonna cover album that Born This Way is. Just to fuck with people. You forget however that people who buy Lady Gaga albums buy music based on music videos or celebrity magazines. The rest of their album collection will be X Factor winners or Now That’s What I Call Music. So they all lapped it up.

Just to confirm, I actually don’t have an issue with Now albums and X Factor winners. That stuff is pure shit (usually) but you have your music and I’ll have mine. I’m just saying this song is an infected gash.

Black Eyed Peas – The Time (Dirty Bit)

Okay, except this and the next one where it would appear I do have a problem with that Now album shit. Do I even need to talk about this one? Apart from sampling the worst song from the most overrated film this side of Twilight it’s a mixture of heard-it-before production sounds and another swagger/Jagger rhyme. The fact it was number one says all you need to know about how many people buy singles anymore. Cancerous.

Pitbull (featuring Chris Brown) – International Love

One of the main things we learned in 2011 is that if your name is Pitbull you will appear on everyone’s songs at the drop of a hat. Pitbull reminds me of Brick from Anchorman. You know, the retarded one? His chat on songs fades away and all I hear is “I love lamp” or “I ate a big red candle”. A furious, pouting fountain of inane words tumble out across each song while you look around at other people’s faces to see if they’re also going “are you hearing this?”.

Also, this song has Chris Brown on – the female-hating cunt – who I hope dies soon.

The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love?

Okay, so I liked The Rapture’s last album. Was silly and fun so Pitchfork and other neon-glasses wearing abortions hated it. They loved this though as it was a twee snoozefest. Like Fleet Foxes or BonfuckingIver. I checked it out and just came out of the coma last week. Fuck me, six minutes of this? Who do you think you are? Porcupine Tree?

Bon Iver – Holocene

Bon Iver are basically a hipster version of the goth two-step movement. Dressed up in their scratch and sniff clothing I can see their fans holding the back of their hands against their foreheads and pretending to mock-faint. Seriously, this insipid virus corrodes your ear canals and their vocals are like a nappy rash.

The pause between plugging in a usb device and your computer recognising it has more dynamics.

James Blake – The Wilhelms Scream

(from my review earlier this year:) It’s like Radiohead on Kid A without any melody or rhythm. Like the bit you get after a song is finishing after its crescendo and this is the section that fades out, and if you listened carefully enough you may catch your favourite artist cough or laugh or something before it disappears. Bit of beat came in. May have been hearing my own pulse though.

In a nutshell, it’s the sound of someone prolapsing at 20bpm.

And lastly, if I missed anyone, if you do somehow have the same opinion as me and agree with all of that then I still think you’re an idiot.

Click HERE for the Spotify playlist containing this awful shit.

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