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Steven Adams & The French Drops - Keep It Light
Steven Adams & The French Drops
Keep It Light
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Fika)
20,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
12" vinyl with download code and lyrics insert. Digipack CD. "Making this record was a joy," says Steven Adams of his latest album with his band the French Drops. He even let the positive mood around the making of it influence its title. "I love making records but sometimes time, money, or people - including me - fuck up my enjoyment of the process. So this time I kept saying to myself 'keep it light' whenever I was making decisions." The buoyant and relaxed mood can be heard across the album in its gloriously skipping tones, as it traverses across indie, pop, alt-rock and more tender acoustic and folk-leaning moments. It's a craft that Adams has been honing for years as the lead figure in outfits such as The Broken Family Band and Singing Adams, so much so that by now it oozes out of him with a seamless grace. Adams' aim was clear with this record. "I wanted to make a super personal, light-hearted and upbeat record," he says. "I wanted to do the whole write about what you know thing and keep it as light as possible." The lightness of the album was a guiding principle but it wasn't a rule set in stone, as Adams soon found out the deeper he plunged into himself. "We had a running joke about how we were making an album called Keep it Light that is full of songs about racists and panic attacks and existential angst," he says. "But it does you good to get that stuff out. Writing songs and making records keeps me sane." The album is one as full of joy and beauty as it is ink black humour and caustic revelation. On the gorgeous shuffle of "Oh Dear" - recalling the kind of stripped back beauty of Yo La Tengo at their finest - Adams sings: "and true love will not find you in the end." A knowing nod and a wink to Daniel Johnston's earnest refrain that indeed true love will find you in the end. It's such moments that fill the album with equal parts weight and lightness, a smart touch delivered with a deft hand. Of the broad range of the album and its wide-spanning lyrical content Adams simply says: "the upbeat stuff is...
Just Joans, The - The Private Memoirs And Confessions Of The Just Joans
Just Joans, The
The Private Memoirs And Confessions Of The Just Joans
2LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Fika)
13,99 €* 19,99 € -30%
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Acerbic yet winsome Scottish indiepoppers The Just Joans return with the dazzlingly maudlin collection of songs that hazily recall the past and contemplate the futility of the future. Follow-up to 2017's You Might Be Smiling Now_ and contains the kind of melodies and mockery that led Uncut to class the band as the point at which "Stephin Merritt lies down with The Vaselines." At the forefront remain the mischievous lyrics and heartfelt vocals of siblings David and Katie Pope, aided and abetted by Chris Elkin on lead guitar, Fraser Ford on bass guitar and Jason Sweeney on drums. Yet it is the recruitment of multi-instrumentalist Arion Xenos and guest appearance of Butcher Boy's Alison Eales to arrange strings that have helped elevate the band's music to new heights. Their progression is most noticeable on lead single "Dear Diary, I Died Again today", a painfully beautiful admission of everyday anxiety and "When Nietzsche Calls", the triumphant cry of a spurned lover revelling in the misery of their ex to a backdrop of trumpets and violins. The juxtaposition of the fragility shown in these tracks with the menace of "Wee Guys (Bobby's Got A Punctured Lung)" - an observation and understanding of the casual violence that once cast a shadow over the band's hometown - highlights The Just Joans' ability to seamlessly flip between sensitivity and danger, and sums up why Highway Queens described them as the "perfect Glasgow kiss." The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans is a veritable smorgasbord of misery, longing and unrequited love; stories of small town resentments, half-forgotten school friends, failing relationships and awkward workplace conversations.
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