Just For Kicks – Miike Snow, Brazos & The Wooden Birds.

I love getting into new bands, it can really turn a shit day around! My love affair has started with Brazos and another new band The Wooden Birds are in line to become affair number 2.  Also praise worthy is Miike Snow‘s track which is the soundtrack to that hilarious video I’ve posted.

Friday

Miik Snow

‘Animal’ by Miike Snow is a gloriously upbeat bit of electro pop with some Police esque reggae tinged tones in there. Big lyrics, big synths and excellent production. A bit over the top but it works.

The band is three guys Andrew Wyatt, Christian Karlsson, and Pontus Winnberg. As you may guess from two of those last two names, there is Swedish pop genius at work here. The other is American by the way. Karlsson and Winnberg also work as production duo Bloodshy & Avant who have written and produced for Britney Spears, Kylie and Madonna and earned a Grammy for Spears’ ‘Toxic’ no less.

Wyatt has just shared production duties with Mark Ronson on Daniel Merriwaether’s album.
Also check out the ridiculous and slightly gross cut of the track to the 80s show Manimal which looks so funny!

For Fans Of: The Police, Starfucker, Little Boots.

Saturday

Brazos

Brazos is a 3-piece from Austin, Texas home to SXSW festival and one of the most vibrant music scenes on the planet. A place that seems to spawn more than its fair share of the best bands around including Trail Of Dead, Explosions In The Sky, Vega, Harlem, etc. Brazos it would seem are more than worthy of joining that list. Band leader and songwriter Martin Crane has a beautiful high voice, like an understated Jim James perhaps. Apparently NOT named after the River Brazos which flows through Texas all the way to the Gulf Of Mexico and NOT named after the street in Austin which IS named after the river and NOT the band!

‘Day Glow’ is an irresistible track with strings; maracas and a gorgeous piano line passing through it like a pulse. Crane’s lyrics are great too, lines like “I’ve got many people to thank but I can’t write letters’ and  ‘We sit on the wall of the old graveyard…watch foxes play and drink wine, the kind of wine that you don’t mind spilling’ fit the music perfectly and take the listener into his world wherever it may be and wherever its name comes from.

For Fans Of: Jim James, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective.

Sunday

The Wooden Birds

It’s by pure coincidence that The Wooden Birds are also from Austin Texas. Previous point made I guess! The track I’ve chosen, ‘Sugar’, is quite simply excellent. If it doesn’t get inside your head then well it isn’t much of a head. You may recognise the voice as that of Andrew Kenny of American Analog Set. According to their MySpace the lineup also includes: ‘Ola Podrida songwriter and David Gordon Green film score composer, David Wingo, along with co-producer, Chris Michaels, and vocalist, guitarist, and AmAnSet guest artist, Leslie Sisson. Sean Haskins (drums) and Jody Suarez (percussion) round out the live line-up.’

I can’t stop playing ‘Sugar’. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on their debut album Magnolia before I kill this track.

For Fans Of: American Analog Set, Neil Young, Vetiver, Great Lake Swimmers.

buy: Magnolia   CD / iTunes

mp3: Miike Snow – Animal

mp3: Brazos – Day Glow

mp3: The Wooden Birds – Sugar

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