Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Electro-pop Wednesday

First of all, make sure to take a look at Monday's Scissorkick update- he's posted a couple of tracks from Home Video's forthcoming Citizen EP on Warp, and they're quite nice, especially "In A Submarine."

Today's mp3s:

Hood, "You Show No Emotion At All"


R3mote, "Freefall"


R3mote are an electro-pop duo on Andrew Weatherall's Rotters Golf Club label, and have released a lone EP (R3motion), which is very good. And is it just me, or does "Freefall" co-opt the synth sound from the Nails' "88 Lines About 44 Women"? Not that I'm complaining, though; it's a great song.

As for the Hood track, it's from 2001's brilliant Cold House on Aesthetics Records, on which Hood collaborate with Anticon MC's Doseone and Why? and, surprisingly make their sometimes grating delivery work in an indie-pop context.

Also, Interpol's first single from Antics, "Slow Hands," is available on the iTunes music store, and it's possibly the best thing they've yet released. They sound less like Joy Division than ever, thankfully, but there's a clever little nod to Ian Curtis in the lyrics. Fun stuff, if you like that kind of thing.



Hood, with downloadable outtakes and radio mix

R3mote

Hood mp3 page, with live tracks and rarities

Hood, "You Show No Emotion At All" video (via Domino Records; Realmedia)

10 Comments:

At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Hood. They're my favourite band of all time. I discovered them last year - I downloaded 'They Removed All Trace' from the official website and I was blown away - the best thing I've heard in years (link here : http://www.hoodmusic.net/av/removed.mp3 ) Thanks for publicising them - they truly are the music scene's best kept secret - I'm sure they can be much more popular. Some songs on 'Cold House'- like 'You Show No Emotion'- I can imagine being played on national radio - it's like glitch-pop-hip hop from the future - when I listen to that album I hear the future of music - they're capable of starting a musical revolution, if only they werent so under-publicised. I hope in the future they'll be rediscovered if nothing comes their way and they disband, like Talk Talk and Can were (other important bands who were shunned before disbanding). Hood make most folktronica and electronica redundant in my eyes - they manage to merge emotion with electronica like no other artist or band. That's why I believe they're capable of popularity - because most electronica is cold and pretentious and irrelevant. Hood are none of these things - 'Branches Bare', for example, has to be one of the most beautiful songs in existence - it nearly made me cry the first time I heard it.

As 'Kid A' is played on national radio and has achieved much acclaim, then surely Hood have some chance of breaking into the mainstream? 'Cold House' is the next level compared to 'Kid A', seeing as Hood have been experimenting with electronica for years, long before Radiohead.

Anyone else like the track posted? Someone has to be out there....

Thanks again Ryan - come join the Hood forum!

http://www.hoodmusic.net/forum/index.php

 
At 9:17 PM, Blogger Spoilt Victorian Child said...

Yep...
I love hood too...
I can see your comparison with Kid A, but sadly the only reason that that period Radiohead got any airplay or reviews etc was that it was coming off the back of The Bends... (one of the best selling albums of the 90's)
so they already had a massive audience that was willing to buy the next album purely because it was radiohead...
if that had been their first album it would have been a different story i'm afraid.
For a relatively unknown band to get the same coverage for recording a similar style of music without the massive fanbase is virtualy unheard of... Sadly.
If radiohead had recorded lets say "Structured Disasters" then it would have sold millions....
But even though it's better than anything radiohead have ever recorded it sold bugger all compared to Kid A...
Tis a shame...
Bloody good band.

Cheers Telephone Thing for posting Hood (one of the greatest unrecognised bands around)

Simon
x

 
At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi SVC - have you heard 'You Shins Break My Heart' and 'The Negatives' by Hood yet? Both are amazing, the latter being quite a departure for the band. It's a very summery and - dare I say it - 'poppy' song. Excellent as usual.

 
At 10:39 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

SVC- while I'm not totally behind your dismissal of Kid A*, I agree that Hood is one of the most underrated bands in the current indie scene. Really, why they don't have a massive crossover audience with IDM geeks or Elliott Smith/(Smog)/folk fans or Anticon heads- I'm all three, to differing degrees- is beyond me.

That being said, I'm only slightly familiar with their music- the only album I own is Cold House, and while I plan to pick up the Home Is Where The Hurt Is EP soon, I have no idea where to start with their (intimidatingly large) back catalog. Any recommendations?


*I think Kid A is a fine album, though one that (along with Amnesiac) will probably be remembered more for its self-consciously "experimental" window dressing than for the actual songs.

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger Spoilt Victorian Child said...

God, completely forgot to check on the comments here!!! sorry.
I also think Kid A and Amnesiac are really good... my two favourite Radiohead albums, reading my comment above makes it sound like i don't like them... but i do.
As for some Hood to buy... tough one.
I'd probably start with "Singles Compiled"... does exactly what it says on the tin, a double cd of all their singles... brilliant.
Then of coure theres "The Cycle Of Days And Seasons", possibly my favourite Hood studio album...
And as you mentioned in the post "Cold House" is excellent too...
but to be honest you could buy any album and not be dissapointed.
Good luck and happy listening Ryan.

Simon
X

 
At 1:03 PM, Blogger Spoilt Victorian Child said...

Damn..
just noticed I haven't got a link to you in my side bar...
could have sworn i put one there ages ago...
Ill get right on it.

Simon
x

 
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