Melody’s Echo Chamber - Endless Shore
As you might be able to tell, Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala) produced this latest airy psychedelic gem from Parisian artist Melody’s Echo Chamber. Its entitled “Endless Shore”, and not only does it emanate one of the most addictive drum rhythms of the year, but also featured on one side of the recent Fat Possum-released split 7” single shared with rising Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It follows the previously-unveiled single “Crystallized” which in turn also anticipates the self-titled Melody’s Echo Chamber LP due out September 25th. Worth looking out for.

Melody’s Echo Chamber - Endless Shore

As you might be able to tell, Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala) produced this latest airy psychedelic gem from Parisian artist Melody’s Echo Chamber. Its entitled “Endless Shore”, and not only does it emanate one of the most addictive drum rhythms of the year, but also featured on one side of the recent Fat Possum-released split 7” single shared with rising Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It follows the previously-unveiled single “Crystallized” which in turn also anticipates the self-titled Melody’s Echo Chamber LP due out September 25th. Worth looking out for.


[DOWNLOAD MP3 OF SHOW / LISTEN TO RESONANCE]
Brighton indie rock band Twin Brother, second place in this year’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, at the BBC Introducing Stage at 12 noon on Friday.
1. Twin Brother - Lungs (MP3)
Norwich-based noise merchants (depicted above) Spotlight Kid, on the BBC Introducing Stage later that day (Friday @ 6.00pm)
2. Spotlight Kid - Haunting Me (MP3)
One of last year’s most blogged-about bands, this London 60s pop pairing Summer Camp take to the stage at Oxylers In West Friday at 1pm.
3. Summer Camp - Nobody Knows You (MP3)
Acoustic act Sea Of Bees is at the Park Stage on Sunday at 1.30.
4. Sea Of Bees - Willis (MP3)
Chilling post-punk of all-girl psychedelic rock band Warpaint, playing two sets this year. One is at The Park Stage at 4.45 on Friday, the other is at John Peel at 4.50 on Saturday.
5. Warpaint - Undertow (MP3)
Australian psychedelic rock three piece Tame Impala, apparently set for world domination following 2010’s phenomenal Innerspeaker, take to the Pyramid at 12.15 on Saturday, and The Park Stage at 18.15 Saturday.
6. Tame Impala - Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind? (MP3)
For the full line-up and times to Glastonbury Festival, click here.

[DOWNLOAD MP3 OF SHOW / LISTEN TO RESONANCE]

Brighton indie rock band Twin Brother, second place in this year’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, at the BBC Introducing Stage at 12 noon on Friday.

1. Twin Brother - Lungs (MP3)

Norwich-based noise merchants (depicted above) Spotlight Kid, on the BBC Introducing Stage later that day (Friday @ 6.00pm)

2. Spotlight Kid - Haunting Me (MP3)

One of last year’s most blogged-about bands, this London 60s pop pairing Summer Camp take to the stage at Oxylers In West Friday at 1pm.

3. Summer Camp - Nobody Knows You (MP3)

Acoustic act Sea Of Bees is at the Park Stage on Sunday at 1.30.

4. Sea Of Bees - Willis (MP3)

Chilling post-punk of all-girl psychedelic rock band Warpaint, playing two sets this year. One is at The Park Stage at 4.45 on Friday, the other is at John Peel at 4.50 on Saturday.

5. Warpaint - Undertow (MP3)

Australian psychedelic rock three piece Tame Impala, apparently set for world domination following 2010’s phenomenal Innerspeaker, take to the Pyramid at 12.15 on Saturday, and The Park Stage at 18.15 Saturday.

6. Tame Impala - Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind? (MP3)

For the full line-up and times to Glastonbury Festival, click here.


A series of Tame Impala EPs and singles over the past few years culminated in 2010’s ‘Innerspeaker’, the Australian psychedelic four-piece’s debut full length LP, and its already won them fans in exceedingly high places. Their debut London show was attended by Alison Mosshart, Alexa Chung (who also made an appearance at their Reading Festival set), and Tom Meighan amongst many others, and the corresponding album was included in countless end of year lists, including the Australian radio group Triple J’s #1 Album Of The Year 2010. They’ve also been nominated for four ARIA awards in Australia, opened for MGMT, and toured with my soon-to-be local favourites Cloud Control.
Erol Alkan on the other hand has been a little quiet with his remixes of late, choosing to break his silence with a rework of Tame Impala’s characteristically melancholy anthem ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?’.  What was once a processed a guitar track has had its low-dubbed beat traded for something a little more club, and once subtle analog effects are considerably hardened into something now, surprisingly, dancefloor-ready. I hereby present Erol Alkan’s rework of ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?’ from Tame Impala, a band few would have thought would be taking to the dancefloor in 2011.
Tame Impala - Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind? (Erol Alkan Rework) (MP3)

A series of Tame Impala EPs and singles over the past few years culminated in 2010’s ‘Innerspeaker’, the Australian psychedelic four-piece’s debut full length LP, and its already won them fans in exceedingly high places. Their debut London show was attended by Alison Mosshart, Alexa Chung (who also made an appearance at their Reading Festival set), and Tom Meighan amongst many others, and the corresponding album was included in countless end of year lists, including the Australian radio group Triple J’s #1 Album Of The Year 2010. They’ve also been nominated for four ARIA awards in Australia, opened for MGMT, and toured with my soon-to-be local favourites Cloud Control.

Erol Alkan on the other hand has been a little quiet with his remixes of late, choosing to break his silence with a rework of Tame Impala’s characteristically melancholy anthem ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?’.  What was once a processed a guitar track has had its low-dubbed beat traded for something a little more club, and once subtle analog effects are considerably hardened into something now, surprisingly, dancefloor-ready. I hereby present Erol Alkan’s rework of ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?’ from Tame Impala, a band few would have thought would be taking to the dancefloor in 2011.

Tame Impala - Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind? (Erol Alkan Rework) (MP3)


15. Glasser - Ring - Tremel (MP3) / Jamie XX Remix (MP3)
Glasser is the stage name of musician Cameron Mesirow, who worked with renowned producer Ariel Rechtshaid to create her debut album, ‘Ring’ for a September 2010 release. Her previous recordings had been rare and home recorded, initially with Apple’s Garage Band software. After dropping a UK only release on Young Turks in 2009, her track Tremel picked up a Jamie XX remix, and as I wrote in my short album preview from this August…

"The result is beautiful, almost spiritual synth pop, with balaeric house synths and brooding electronic strings… [which combined with]…the lack of direction or adjacence of the vocals to the music adds a strong tendency towards psychedelia which the recordings never quite escape"


14. Lissie - Catching A Tiger - In Sleep (MP3)
A bit of a guilty pleasure, and I know i’m not alone on that one - Lissie Maurus blends dreamy teenage Americana with 80s classic rock and soul for her uplifting and emotionally complex debut album ‘Catching A Tiger’. She’s completed a UK tour, done a famous duet at Great Escape Festival 2010 with British pop star Ellie Goulding, and won the hearts of many with her youthful and illustrious take on an unfashionable but nevertheless hugely accessible genre. Tracks like ‘In Sleep’ have a stadium rock touch in the bass and ballad ‘Everywhere I Go’ is stark and empty - showing off the incredible power behind this Rock Island singer-songwriter’s vocal. Paste Magazine named her their #1 New Solo Artist Of 2010, and This Music Wins blog had nothing but positive words to offer - read my June review here.

13. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker - Desire Be Desire Go (Early Alternate Version) (MP3) 
Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker is a monumental effort - the tracks are progressive and psychedelic, disorientating and 60s-inspired, finding comfort in lengthy and unpredictable surfer jams awash with jarring, effect-laden bass and guitar lines - all bound together with little more than loose percussion and ambient, drone-like soundscapes. Perfectly in keeping with the drug-induced psych effect, the songs are unmistakeably Beatles, and incorporate elements of incredibly challenging chord-sequences and timings without losing sight of the normalities of popular song-writing. Innerspeaker’s songs are near-epic in length, challenging, catchy and weaved within them is the unmistakeable murmur of psychedelic rock which never once departs. From the Rough Trade Bonus CD, i’ve included an early version of Desire Be Desire Go as well as album track ‘Expectations' (MP3) (if you’re reading) to fuel your listening habits.


12. Villagers - Becoming A Jackal - I Saw The Dead (MP3)
Villagers is the solo project of Irish acoustic musician Conor J O’Brien, who’s Mercury Prize Nominated debut album ‘Becoming A Jackal’ was released in 2010 to critical acclaim. Here’s what I had to say in my August album review:

“Opener “I Saw The Dead” is poetic as it is creepy, launching the listener into the midst of an eery piano arrangement before tempting further with almost theatrical lyricism – “Have you got just a minute? // are you easily led? // Let me show you the backroom // where I saw the dead // dancing like children”. Lyrics are not so much sung as tauntingly spoken (particularly in this song), and in more of the laboured instalments “Becoming A Jackal” showcases vocals occasionally close to a slightly more sinister version of namesake Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes)… Villagers’ long awaited debut sounds as if every minute they spent in the studio was thought out and agonised over, and as a result, “Becoming A Jackal” is worth every second of the time it took to create. Every track has its merits and drawbacks are few and far between; rarely is encountered such perfectly crafted songwriting and subtle development in folk music. Highly recommended.”


11. Cloud Nothings - Turning On - Hey Cool Kid (MP3)
Teenager Dylan Baldi’s Cloud Nothings project has emerged from one whirlwind of hype and shot straight into another one - since releasing his debut album Turning On he’s signed to Carpark Records, released a split EP with label Bridgetown Records’ Kevin Greenspon, and recently announced a split 7” and tour with chill-wave maestro Toro Y Moi (who also features on this list). There’s no denying that his scratchy bedroom pop, self-recorded effort has been making waves this year and its easy to see why - Hey Cool Kid is a laid-back guitar pop anthem which i’ve posted enough times already on the blog, once more can’t hurt.
The rest of the list will drop this week, and if you want to stay updated on its results then follow This Music Wins on Twitter,Tumblr, and Facebook and subscribe via email by putting yours in the box in the sidebar.. Tell me how much you disagree with me in the comment box below!
Read # 20-#16 here.
To read the final leg, (#10 - #1), click here.

15. Glasser - Ring - Tremel (MP3) / Jamie XX Remix (MP3)

Glasser is the stage name of musician Cameron Mesirow, who worked with renowned producer Ariel Rechtshaid to create her debut album, ‘Ring’ for a September 2010 release. Her previous recordings had been rare and home recorded, initially with Apple’s Garage Band software. After dropping a UK only release on Young Turks in 2009, her track Tremel picked up a Jamie XX remix, and as I wrote in my short album preview from this August…

"The result is beautiful, almost spiritual synth pop, with balaeric house synths and brooding electronic strings… [which combined with]…the lack of direction or adjacence of the vocals to the music adds a strong tendency towards psychedelia which the recordings never quite escape"

14. Lissie - Catching A Tiger - In Sleep (MP3)

A bit of a guilty pleasure, and I know i’m not alone on that one - Lissie Maurus blends dreamy teenage Americana with 80s classic rock and soul for her uplifting and emotionally complex debut album ‘Catching A Tiger’. She’s completed a UK tour, done a famous duet at Great Escape Festival 2010 with British pop star Ellie Goulding, and won the hearts of many with her youthful and illustrious take on an unfashionable but nevertheless hugely accessible genre. Tracks like ‘In Sleep’ have a stadium rock touch in the bass and ballad ‘Everywhere I Go’ is stark and empty - showing off the incredible power behind this Rock Island singer-songwriter’s vocal. Paste Magazine named her their #1 New Solo Artist Of 2010, and This Music Wins blog had nothing but positive words to offer - read my June review here.

13. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker - Desire Be Desire Go (Early Alternate Version) (MP3)

Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker is a monumental effort - the tracks are progressive and psychedelic, disorientating and 60s-inspired, finding comfort in lengthy and unpredictable surfer jams awash with jarring, effect-laden bass and guitar lines - all bound together with little more than loose percussion and ambient, drone-like soundscapes. Perfectly in keeping with the drug-induced psych effect, the songs are unmistakeably Beatles, and incorporate elements of incredibly challenging chord-sequences and timings without losing sight of the normalities of popular song-writing. Innerspeaker’s songs are near-epic in length, challenging, catchy and weaved within them is the unmistakeable murmur of psychedelic rock which never once departs. From the Rough Trade Bonus CD, i’ve included an early version of Desire Be Desire Go as well as album track ‘Expectations' (MP3) (if you’re reading) to fuel your listening habits.


12. Villagers - Becoming A Jackal - I Saw The Dead (MP3)

Villagers is the solo project of Irish acoustic musician Conor J O’Brien, who’s Mercury Prize Nominated debut album ‘Becoming A Jackal’ was released in 2010 to critical acclaim. Here’s what I had to say in my August album review:

Opener “I Saw The Dead” is poetic as it is creepy, launching the listener into the midst of an eery piano arrangement before tempting further with almost theatrical lyricism – “Have you got just a minute? // are you easily led? // Let me show you the backroom // where I saw the dead // dancing like children”. Lyrics are not so much sung as tauntingly spoken (particularly in this song), and in more of the laboured instalments “Becoming A Jackal” showcases vocals occasionally close to a slightly more sinister version of namesake Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes)… Villagers’ long awaited debut sounds as if every minute they spent in the studio was thought out and agonised over, and as a result, “Becoming A Jackal” is worth every second of the time it took to create. Every track has its merits and drawbacks are few and far between; rarely is encountered such perfectly crafted songwriting and subtle development in folk music. Highly recommended.”

11. Cloud Nothings - Turning On - Hey Cool Kid (MP3)

Teenager Dylan Baldi’s Cloud Nothings project has emerged from one whirlwind of hype and shot straight into another one - since releasing his debut album Turning On he’s signed to Carpark Records, released a split EP with label Bridgetown Records’ Kevin Greenspon, and recently announced a split 7” and tour with chill-wave maestro Toro Y Moi (who also features on this list). There’s no denying that his scratchy bedroom pop, self-recorded effort has been making waves this year and its easy to see why - Hey Cool Kid is a laid-back guitar pop anthem which i’ve posted enough times already on the blog, once more can’t hurt.

The rest of the list will drop this week, and if you want to stay updated on its results then follow This Music Wins on Twitter,Tumblr, and Facebook and subscribe via email by putting yours in the box in the sidebar.. Tell me how much you disagree with me in the comment box below!

Read # 20-#16 here.

To read the final leg, (#10 - #1), click here.


My radio debut, a musical review of the year, was first aired on Resonance 104.4 FM this New Years Eve 31st December 2010 at Midday, and is to be repeated 7th January at 10.30pm. You can download the show below, or listen to Resonance FM live on internet radio by clicking here. If you’d rather cut to the chase and miss out on my thoughts and ramblings, the songs are playlisted below.
Resonance 104.4 FM is an Arts Radio Station which broadcasts on London’s South Bank, it is not-for-profit (UK registered charity no. 290236) and is funded entirely by grants and voluntary donations. The Guardian calls it “the best radio station in London”; the Village Voice, “the best radio station in the world”. You can support the station’s continued growth with a secure donation via www.resonancefm.com, and tune in by clicking here.
My show will run from January 15th at 6.30 every Saturday evening. The format will be something close to a vocal version of the blog - new music, my thoughts, band introductions. I’ll keep the blog updated with MP3s of the show, so you never have to miss out - starting with 31st December 2010’s This Music Wins Review Of The Year.
Review Of The Year Show (MP3)
Tame Impala - Desire Be Desire Go
CocoRosie - Lemonade
The Powder Kegs - La Mariposa
Cloud Control - There’s Nothing In The Water
Gigi ft. Karl Blau - Strolling Past The Old Graveyard
Four Tet - Love Cry
Yuck - Georgia
The Tallest Man On Earth - King Of Spain
His Clancyness - Summer Majestic
The Besnard Lakes - Albatross
Milagres - Fifty Fourteeners
Villagers - Becoming A Jackal
Blackfeet - Sleep
Wild Nothing - Summer Holiday
Twin Sister - Lady Daydream
Baths - Hall

My radio debut, a musical review of the year, was first aired on Resonance 104.4 FM this New Years Eve 31st December 2010 at Midday, and is to be repeated 7th January at 10.30pm. You can download the show below, or listen to Resonance FM live on internet radio by clicking here. If you’d rather cut to the chase and miss out on my thoughts and ramblings, the songs are playlisted below.

Resonance 104.4 FM is an Arts Radio Station which broadcasts on London’s South Bank, it is not-for-profit (UK registered charity no. 290236) and is funded entirely by grants and voluntary donations. The Guardian calls it “the best radio station in London”; the Village Voice, “the best radio station in the world”. You can support the station’s continued growth with a secure donation via www.resonancefm.com, and tune in by clicking here.

My show will run from January 15th at 6.30 every Saturday evening. The format will be something close to a vocal version of the blog - new music, my thoughts, band introductions. I’ll keep the blog updated with MP3s of the show, so you never have to miss out - starting with 31st December 2010’s This Music Wins Review Of The Year.

Review Of The Year Show (MP3)

Tame Impala - Desire Be Desire Go

CocoRosie - Lemonade

The Powder Kegs - La Mariposa

Cloud Control - There’s Nothing In The Water

Gigi ft. Karl Blau - Strolling Past The Old Graveyard

Four Tet - Love Cry

Yuck - Georgia

The Tallest Man On Earth - King Of Spain

His Clancyness - Summer Majestic

The Besnard Lakes - Albatross

Milagres - Fifty Fourteeners

Villagers - Becoming A Jackal

Blackfeet - Sleep

Wild Nothing - Summer Holiday

Twin Sister - Lady Daydream

Baths - Hall