This month’s Music Alliance Pact comes to you complete with 21 tracks, not least up and coming movie-inspired electro-poppers Florence Olivier from right here in Dublin. Come for the bounce, stay for the variety…
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IRELAND: Hendicott Writing
Florence Olivier – Portals
Ambitious conceptual Dublin electro-pop act Florence Olivier channel their namesake – the inventor of the modern synth – and add a twist in basing every track on a deconstructed movie plot. Second single Portals comes complete with a video crammed with the dumbest jokes the three-piece could come up with, but the infectious, summery bent of the slow-building track and its delicate vocals is worth taking seriously. Oh, and which movie is Portals? Well, that’s part of the fun…
Los Gongs – Suicidas
Suicidas is a brand new track from Los Gongs’ sophomore album, Volumen 2. This young, promising band from Buenos Aires takes us back to the folk-rock, kraut and psychedelic sounds of the 60s and 70s. It was recorded at Ion, one of the few studios in Argentina that still offers a completely analog recording environment.
AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Foreign/National – Life Tourist
Five-piece Foreign/National was formed by brothers Mark and Sean Gage in their hometown on the Mornington Peninsula, a short drive south of Melbourne. The band has released three singles since November last year, attracting their fair share of attention from the music blogosphere. On latest offering Life Tourist, the lyrics offer a harsh counterpoint (“What’s your motherfuckin’ problem?”) to the band’s signature blend of psych-pop and tropicalia. It’s a cheerful, off-kilter sound that falls somewhere on the spectrum between Django Django and Os Mutantes. Foreign/National’s debut EP will be out on Downtime later this month.