There's every chance nobody else will tell
you about these bands, so it's up to the Spaceman to let you
into these secret treasures. Watch them fly this year.
Since it seems I'm in love with all things Swedish, here's
another. immanu el are working as we speak to finish their
debut long player and follow-up to the beautiful Killerwhale EP.
(Go and listen to Panda on their
MySpace page right
now). Inhabiting a landscape somewhere between Sigur
The Bends. Lovely. Expect a Spring 2007 release.
favourite secret doom-laden indie rockers could beat up Interpol with
one hand tied behind their back. 2007 will see a 4th long player
and see the band back in more familiar angst-ridden, effect-laden
territory. Imagine an early New
with some Stone Roses attitude. Mancs doing what they're best
at –- being miserable and proud of it. Hopeful
too of a US compilation release showcasing the best of the
previous 3 albums. Get your dollars and cents ready, my lovely
people. Not to mention your raincoats.
Remix kings of the North East finally ready to unveil
their own long player. Can't wait.
loved their Flares album
at Evilsponge HQ. Can their sophomore effort match up?
2006's Progress Reform mini
album was something of a mild surprise, mixing Explosions
In the Sky dynamics with wry, art-rock posturing. I'm hoping
that their full length can fulfill some of the promise glimpsed
on tracks such as Rook House for Bobby.
If they can throw off the limitations and shackles of gimmicky
Uniforms and eccentric tales of doomed explorers, chess masters,
etc. (done to death already by bands such as British
and add some much needed variety to their set, they could be
looking at one of the most significant works of the year.
Swede has a voice every bit as haunting as Antony (of the Johnsons)
yet with an ultra-modern, electronic approach to composition.
These songs are at once eerie and life-affirming. The long
Is On My Side out soon on n5MD
expect their 4th album toward the end of 2007. Considering
the progresses this band usually makes between releases coupled
with the astonishing quality of Alligator,
the betting on 2007 Album of the Year might already be off.