So Tories have been mollycoddling patriotism, what with the death of OUR GREATEST LEADER, and it’s getting tedious. Politics shouldn’t come into it. Especially when the sun’s out and the seeds of summer have been sown. So fuck anyone who tells you that you can’t be passionate about your own country.
England’s great, and whenever I think about moving somewhere for a bit of a change I always have to reconsider. Mainly for the music. I just don’t think I could keep up if I was isolated from the UK’s live music and art culture. Music blogs are often criticised for ‘devaluing’ music, as we churn out so much about so many bands and then move on – the ‘Hype Factor’. Yet this can be a great thing too. Browsing blogs you can capture a sense of the great variety of music across the world or specific locations, and as long as the music’s written sincerely (although not necessarily seriously) then what’s the bother?
Swim Deep have burst out of Brum with a cool summer breeze flowing behind them. The aquatic tremolo of the guitars is on of my favourite guitar effects, and a lot of these hazy surf rock bands use it to great effect. This track reminds me a lot of Fixers, not for its use of timbres or melody, but for the general progressional feel of the song. Maybe it’s just my blue sky thinking getting in the way of my ears…
A collaboration which I’m sure has been around for a few years now has come to light. We were lucky enough to hear it played a few months ago when Mala came to play Exeter. I was excited enough just to see the dredlocked wonder spin, but he dropped James Blake’s remix of his seismic Changes. A beautiful fusion of two of England’s greatest current producers.
Happy St Georges Day kids!