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The Submarines feature Hazard’s authentic singing and plenty of infectious indie pop tunes. The vocals are still strong and clear, but Hazard’s sonic footing seems a bit unsure in these new songs without John Dragonetti.
On BEACH’s new record her electric violin fronts the sound full of electro beats. “O, Packaging” is a cynical but right-on-target look at commodification and modern urban life featuring a simple yet hook-filled melody with spare vocals and ukulele giving way to majestic choruses.
In case you are at work, I’ll put this right out there. “Global Concepts” has the line “Did I make you fucking dance?”, so if you’re gonna listen to the energetic song with loud volume, you might want to do so with headphones on. Robert DeLong had to censor himself when he performed on Letterman, but even without the expletive DeLong made this party anthem work. This song is one that’s gonna get you on your feet with its frantic beats. Just part of the 50-minute album Just Movement, “Global Concepts” has similar elements to the rest of the album, leading one to believe the multi-talented singer, producer and Wii-mote slinger DeLong will continue to release his buoyant dance hits onto audiences around the world.
The hounds that terrorize Kanye West’s song “Black Skinheads” videos will show you no mercy as they ravish your flesh in an instant. By comparison, the “Hounds” in the Valleys song are a more persistent, menacing threat that remain on your tail. The song is taken from Valleys’ album on Kanine Records Are You Going to Stand There and Talk Weird All Night? and the vocals are reminiscent of the haunting cover songs done by Belgian women’s Choir Scala and the Kolacny Brothers. The album itself is more varied leaving it to sometimes feel like a collection and there are other gems on it like “Absolutely Everything All the Time”, but it’s this one song that I can’t get out of my head and so, have to share with PopMatters’ readers.