Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
Simian : Watch It Glow
Simian are the latest to take the Beta formula...
The Simian sound is a gorgeous midnight carnival fandango, and six track mini-album 'Watch It Glow' brims with spasmodic pocket-epics full of glowering organ and echoing electronica glitches. Bolstered by perfect four-part harmonies and frontman Simon Lord's downbeat melodies, they're not afraid to go baroque, 'In Siam' especially sounding like some mad space-rock hymn. 'The Wisp', meanwhile, takes slick '70s prog vocals and underpins them with loping, DJ Shadow breaks and Aphex FX - and it's awesome, like Alpinestars if they'd fixated on the Beach Boys instead of Air.
They can do scuffed-up pop too, 'Grey' coming on like Elliott Smith put through a Warp pedal. But it's opener 'Drop & Roll' that best showcases their visionary technique - it's their 'Dry The Rain', a heady, heaving mantra. It suggests that, come 2010, we could see Simian on that sacred list too.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin