Monday, 17 October 2011

DOUBLE REVIEW! Garden- Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs AND Everybody Looks Better (In The Right Light)- Frankie & the Heartstrings

Garden- Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs maybe one of the worst artist names ever, but you can never judge a book by his cover. Or indeed on his home-made dinosaur stage costume or head-dresses. The name makes him sound like a poor 90's pop-punk band aimed at small girls, but TEED (real name Orlando Higginbottom) is anything but. He's remixed a lot of large chart hits recently (making Katy Perry's 'Firework' actually fun) but the solo stuff is much better. After you hear the first few bars of 'Garden' it does sound like a synth line from a chart smashing pop song, but it stays very minimalist and very simple. His vocals (both from him and guest vocalist Luisa from 'Lulu and Lampshade') are very soft and turn the song into something more than just a sparse House track. The emotion given from them and their simplicity is brilliant. 'Garden' sounds a lot like a more synth driven 'Metronomy' and that is definitely not a bad comparison. Now all TEED needs is a good album. And better name.


Everybody Looks Better (In the Right Light)- Frankie & the Heartstrings

This was only announced today and hasn't actually been released yet, but you can stream it from the link below. F&TH have been playing this live for quite a while now (I've seen it twice, not that I'm bragging) and it sounds a lot better properly recorded. It's more in the vein of 'Hunger' or 'Possibilities' than their more downbeat songs, but just don't pack the same punch as the others. The chorus is lost in the verses, and the weird time change throws you after the first few listens. It sounds a bit too much like a B side really. Having said that, it is still a pretty good song, just no where near the standard of their album. Maybe the B side will be better...

6/10 (Sorry Frankie, I do love you)

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