Grand Pocket Orchestra – Make Happy War EP
The follow-up to their ‘Little Messy’ single and their other EP Odd Socks, finds GPO harnessing their talents into the unique sound suggested on those previous releases.
In the same way as similiarly foot-obsessed ‘Odd Socks’ opener ‘Ballet Shoes’ utilises the cuteness factor in just under two minutes. Xylophone solos and taut guitar riffs combine with the singer’s distinctive shrill voice which may annoy some (as we suggested before) but this is so playful (see ‘Bite the Head Off Italy’) that you could be playing with a Scalextric set.
Bring on the album.
Robert Doyle – Trasna na SlÃ EP
Released on D1 recordings, Doyle’s 16 minute EP is a trad-infused diversion into gentle acoustic-based songs for the normally, very dance-orientated Dublin label.
Doyle has a kind, considerate voice and his choice to sing in Irish roots the songs in a more traditional vein. This contains five lovingly composed songs that are perfect for a winter wind-down.
Cap Pas Cap – We Are Men
Cap Pas Cap return with a new 12″ release containing new song ‘We Are Men’ a fast-paced tune which zips out of the speaker with distorted bass and an urgency not heard from this band before. This really leaves us salivating for more and for bonus points, not a cowbell to be heard.
What really makes this a must-have release are the three remixes accompanying the tune. From the subtle driving remix by That Boy Tim, a banging electro workout from Jape (fast becoming the best Irish remixer going if this and his remixes for Fight Like Apes and SEBP are anything to go by) and an elongated and slowed down space-rock remix from Decal.
Release date to be confirmed.
The Dagger Lees – Stagger Stomp
The Dagger Lees first release under their new name after having to change their name from Stagger Lee to avoid potential legal difficulties. This single song taster is a nice reminder why Stagger Lee’s debut is much anticipated in garage rock quarters. They are due to record their debut with Detriot garage musician and engineer Jim Diamond.