Daily Archives: June 9, 2010

335. The Be Good Tanyas – “Blue Horse”

Lest I get irreversibly immersed in the rather obscure Rockwiz category of “Aussie shoegazer output of the 1990s” I’ve decided to break up my reviews with a “B” that I missed on the way through.

This is the first of a couple of download only albums in my collection that I’d forgotten I “owned”. They’d been residing on old memory stick since my days in Denmark when I got a bit desperate for some new tunes and was gifted a couple of free albums from some site.

I lumped for these Canadian country lasses on the back of some name recall from RRR show Twang. This debut treads the lovely line between folk and country, features some sweet harmonies and a nice selection of originals and surprising covers.

On the covers front, they manage to breathe life into the potentially cheesy Oh Susanna and nail an Gaelic chestnut called Lakes Of Pontchartrain. The latter features brief member and now pretty successful soloist (and non-Canuck) Jolie Holland. She certainly has a luscious voice and can also pen a tune as she displays on the single:

This is a perfect slow-paced but upbeat album for warming up a chilly, wet afternoon, which is what it did regularly in Copenhagen and has achieved here in Melbourne today.

File under: Buck those blues

334. Glide – “Open up and Croon”

It’s easy to overlook the enormous changes to the music scene wrought by the ubiquity of the world wide intertubes.

Back in the mid 1990s (and even earlier than that!) a band from outside the core US-Brit market with a great sound, live chops etc still struggled to make any headway in said markets without winning over the finicky Brit music press, major label support (or catching the eye of the few influential indie moguls), lengthy roadtrips crisscrossing the US, relocating to either country and/or blind luck.

I raise this because I find it hard to believe a band like Sydney’s Glide would so easily slip through the cracks nowadays.

They prowl around this CD like the floppy haired Brit-pop lookalikes I remember from numerous adulatory street press stories from the time.  They are in the same broad shoegazer genre that Gersey get lumped in, but this is more high energy and poppy stuff.  If anything it resembles the sound of House of Love or even early Oasis.

This debut should have been lauded by NME and these guys should have ended up on the main stage at Glastonbury swaying their moptops and jangling their guitars.

File under: Soaring singing