CURL – THIS IS NO ORDINARY LIFE
This is a band out of France I can't get enough of. On their new album, Exit Real Life, this track in particular stands out to me. The vocals are a mix between Garbage's Shirley Manson and Kelli Ali from The Sneaker Pimps - sexy and sweet at the same time. And, the guitars are unstoppable, pulsing, amazing. I've been playing this one over and over.
THE FOREIGN RESORT – FLUSHED
I would be surprised if I am the first person to pick this song for a “Five For Friday” I have to say New Frontiers has been one of my favorite albums of the past year. I am not sure I will ever tire of it. This track in particular is just the right mix of post-punk and newwave for me. I can hear that influence from The Chameleons, The Cure and many others yet it maintains its originality. The vocal melody in the chorus has an anthem-like quality I rather like. A great track. These Danes can rock.
SOFT METALS – NO TURNING BACK
I'm a sucker for some electronic music that can blend cold and warm sounds, and Soft Metals, currently based in Portland, always fits the bill. They are able to convey a dark and melancholic undertone while still keeping it delicate and poppy. On this track, I particularly like the melody and lyrics. Lush and velvety. It's very feminine, and very much to my taste. I wish I wrote it :-) ASH CODE – DRY YOUR EYES
This is a relatively new band out of Italy that has caught my attention lately. At some point, I was craving more stuff like The Soft Moon and Cold Cave and this band has fulfilled my need and added their own Italian new wave twist. They have a debut album out called “Oblivion” and so far I'm impressed. I look forward to seeing where they go from here.
ACTORS – JACKNIFE
This is a newer song from this band from Vancouver, Canada, but I could have easily written about any one of their songs. I have been enchanted by the Bowie-esque quality of the vocals on this track and in some of their other work. There's a bit of a New Romantic Era throwback in their style and attitude and it's blended perfectly with a traditional post punk flavor. I can't wait to hear the next track from this band.