Tuesday Music Review: Sweet Harmony

Today is an exciting day. I’ve heard some good music and discovered with the first single today a whole new band to explore. 

Hunk Beach – The Walters

As soon as I heard this laid back, beach-y track, I knew it was for me. I’m a Beach Boys aficianado and the strain of garage rock/punk that floats into surf rock (Wavves, FIDLAR, Twin Peaks) is one of my favorite genres. These guys simultaneously use the 5 part harmonies to take us back in time while taking advantage of modern feelings. Sure, the “crush on the girl at the party” is a song that’s been written a million and one times, but the bittersweet nature of it feels even more poignant in today’s internet love era. This songs has a solid shuffle to it and check out more of their stuff for even more impressive harmonies. 

Future is Mine – DJ Cassidy feat. Chromeo

“Time is our best friend.” Indeed it is! “Future is Mine” is a near perfect retro dance song, which owes a debt to the past. I love Chromeo and DJ Cassidy seems to know what he’s doing in the throwback dance arena too. This lush, perfectly calibrated disco track should make Daft Punk sweat in their helmets. Straight from 1977 it’s got flutes, bells, vocoders, strings and shuffling drums. There’s little to say about this that can’t be gleaned from a listen…and then another listen and another…

Pointless Satisfaction – Twin Danger

This situation is a bizarre one for sure. In many ways, Twin Danger is a band tailor-made for a guy like me. It’s dark-tinged cocktail music. They’re self described as “Frank Sinatra meets The Clash” and “heroin music.” One of their members was a founding member of Sade, the 80s group with the achingly sexy espionage song “Smooth Operator” a true classic of smooth jazz. For some people it’s a bore – for me the noir angle is irresistible. Which brings me back to Twin Danger. They know how to hit the marks to and they’re seemingly self aware of their image. To wit, their first promotional single was their cocktail cover of “No One Knows” by desert rockers Queens of The  Stone Age. which is certainly an inspired choice. However, sometimes their image seems a little too good. Their “Sinatra/Clash” line is sourced from an NPR article of all places, and frankly despite the dangerous, sultry edge to their music, at least in this song I sense none of the blistering punk energy that the Clash reference bring up. They were punks who got funky, not the other way around. Unlike Mini Mansions, a dark ‘n groovy band that actually seems to sing about heroin (and an offshoot from QOTSA no less), Twin Danger seems a little clean for their purported image. As for the song, it’s very good. The sax work is flawless and the vocals satisfying. It’s all just a little uninspired, maybe even “pointless.”

 

 

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