Taking a break from vacation unpacking and laundry (yes, I’m back!!) to listen to the newest sneak peaks from the upcoming Making Patterns Rhyme album (August 2014).
Up first is Soko’s version of Girls on Film. According to Paul Beahan (Manimal), this version is “downbeat and goth-y”. I definitely get that “slightly The Cure” flavor from the very beginning, and I have to admit – the song is quickly growing on me. I like the subdued nature of the melody – it’s not quite as frenetic as the original, and my feet definitely start finding the beat during the chorus. My ears are happy. It’s different, but recognizable. I think this is liable to become one of my favorites off of the album.
Love for Girls on Film aside, I will openly admit I’m having a lot more trouble with Barbarian’s Late Bar. Here’s the real deal: the song is one of my all time favorites from the band, and I really love that the original is dark and obscure. It’s tough to hear it done more upbeat…and up to date. That said, even here, I can find things I really like, such as the middle 8 (between verses). I think the one attribute I like least is that they’ve changed the rhythm of the song. It may grow on me, but right now I just want to grab the drumsticks out of the hands of the drummer, take the microphone away…and teach them how it should be done. I’m starting to sound like an old woman yelling at the kids to stop playing ball on my lawn, which is never good. I don’t want to completely pan the work, because let’s face it – this probably has far more to do with what I’m used to as a fan than it does the song. I’m curious to hear what others think.
This is the last day to take a listen…so hurry and check it out, then shoot me a comment with your thoughts!
Back to unpacking for me….