An epic pop opera surf rock concept album of such grandiose ambition and intricate execution that it washes away all other contemporary attempts at character and fidelity. This is a "Beatles on Ed Sullivan" moment for the modern age.
With their fourth album Queen of the Wave set to hit stores on January 31st, care of Asthmatic Kitty/Catskills, Pepe Deluxé invites you to experience one of the most brilliant pieces of genre-bending music ever created.
The year ahead looks to be an exciting one with the emergence of wealth of great new music waiting in the wings. Will Alabama Shakes be the toast of 2012? Will 2012 be a banner year for forward-thinking hip-hop and R&B? And let's not forget all the great new bands expected to break big in 2012.
The year 2010 saw two iconic music medium figures go out of production. Panasonic's Technics SL-1200 turntables, the primary tool of DJs since 1972, and Sony's cassette-based Walkman, which put mobile music in over 100 million ears since 1979. Both went the way of the dodo.
The day will come when Spare Time Machine is revered as the masterpiece it is by the crowd it deserves. Luckily, Tomi Paajaanen and James Spectrum have this happy pill to keep them sane until that day arrives.