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Archive | December, 2011

Cœur De Pirate ‘Saint-Laurent’

Recently I’ve discovered that I really like French pop music. Or rather, that I really like one French-Canadian pop singer in particular. Her name is Cœur de Pirate, which is French for Pirate Heart, and you might have heard of her through her vocals contribution to a Bedouin Soundclash track.

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Inspired And The Sleep ‘Running’

A while ago I posted about Inspired And The Sleep, a project involving Californian resident Max Greenhalgh and his aptitude for making pretty summer music. The band’s first single, ‘While We’re Young’, has received plenty of blog lovin’, and now the band have released their second single, ‘Running’, including giving it the music video treatment.

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Oliver Tank ‘Last Night I Heard Everything’

Syndey electro artist Oliver Tank has been receiving a bit of attention lately. His debut EP ‘Deams’ was recently featured on NPR’s prestigious Top 5 Bandcamp Releases Of The Year list, the EP’s first single, Last Night I Heard Everything, is being used in a Get Up ad campaign in support of gay marriage which has been viewed over three million times on Youtube, and he has been nominated for a whole host of awards. It’s taken me a while to check him out, but it was well worth the wait.

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Colour Coding ‘Perfect’

Like a lot of people I’m suffering a bit from shimmery-indie-summer-electro-pop over-saturation as of late. It seems like half of the new Australian bands I hear about fit into this caricature, and even though they may be perfectly capable bands, there can certainly be too much of a good thing. But I guess that means that, when a new artist who plays that type of music stands out at me, they must be really, really good. Such is the case with Sydney duo Colour Coding, who have just released their first single, ‘Perfect’.

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The Tiger And Me ‘The Smoke’

Melbourne band The Tiger And Me recently released the second in their series of three recordings, ‘The Silent City’, following from part one ‘The Howling Fire’, which was released in July of this year. ‘The Smoke’ is the first single taken from ‘The Silent City’, and it makes for enthralling listening. At once restrained and grandiose, with orchestral elements that threaten to explode and take over the song but never do as well as gorgeous interplay between male and female vocals, this is a must listen song.

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The Top 20 Albums Of 2011

Because this is a personal site there are bound to be a few great albums missing from this list that I probably love, I just don’t know it. What I can say however is that many of the albums I did listen to properly I absolutely loved. It may not have been the best year ever in terms of new albums, but it certainly was a pretty good one. Anyway, now that I’m feeling suitably defensive, here are my favourite albums of the year. Set to shit haiku. Because why not?

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