It’s that time of the month again, and the little bundle of happiness that is Flying Vinyl has dropped through my door. Featuring not only five new and exciting artists, but also a brand new packaging design, the Flying Vinyl brand seems to be flourishing, and no wonder, with thousands more people becoming addicted to vinyl everyday.
The first artist of the bunch is Sweat, tricking you into thinking that you need to turn up your volume with the subdued intro to ‘Be Complete’ before increasing volume massively themselves, and resonating around your room. I’m not complaining (although perhaps my neighbours are); I’ve always been a firm believer in the idea that a higher volume just unlocks the quality of music. ‘Tambourine’ is more consistent, swaying throughout in a smoky haze of effects, wailing guitars and teasing lyrics, although the track’s centre-section, where the sound dies back slightly, did surprisingly remind me of the drug-fuelled aspect of The Beatles work.
Island give brilliant first impressions, hinting at great emotion with every note, undulating between cathartic outbursts at each chorus, and easy-listening, soft guitar music during the verses on A side ‘Spotless Mind’. ‘Come With Me’ maintains this attitude, drifting along at a pace similar to the verses of the previous track, this time un-broken, and left to roam un-impeded. Island’s sound is one which can very easily connect with large amounts of people; it seems as though most of us could take something from the emotive displays.
‘Elodie’ by Ten Fé resonates with me as less ‘brooding’ as Flying Vinyl put it, and more upbeat and feel-good. Perhaps this is the ‘spark of romance’ they talk about, I am unsure, but whatever it is Ten Fé are skilled at manipulating synths in such a way as to produce a sound which can be interpreted so differently by different people. B side ‘Make Me Better’ initially reminds me of ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ by The Verve, possibly due to the similar way in which the string sounds are used to create a powerful atmosphere. However, it is without doubt a track of its own, spelling that good things lay ahead for Ben and Leo.
Straight forward, no-nonsense indie which has the very real potential of a rapid rise in popularity, seen so many times by bands of this type recently, Weekend Wars provide the riffs and funky drum beats that you need to make an indie dance floor filler. ‘She’ could be just that,featuring hi-hat rhythms taken straight from the handbook of disco, coupled with simple guitar patterns and brilliant vocals; all the ingredients are there. Despite this, I think that B-side ‘Easy’ is the better of the two, bringing a wider musical spectrum to the table, highlighting even more skillful songwriting, both lyrically and instrumentally.
The diversity between Telegram’s two tracks is incredible. ‘Jigsaw’ is rough edged rock and roll; driven, powerful and loud. ‘Mr Dan’s Inside Out Dub’ however is odd; the prominent guitar is left on the outskirts, and psychedelia takes the forefront. Whilst ‘Jigsaw’ is by no means weak at home, you can tell it is a live song, and I would love to hear it in such an environment. ‘Mr Dan’s Inside Out Dub’ meanwhile is possibly more fitting played from a turntable, away from other influences, where you can lose yourself in the music. Telegram are an unpredictable entity; free from the beginning from label restrictions, they have grown wild, and we love them for it.
At a time right now where I have too little money to buy records regularly, my delivery from this affordable and great value for money ‘record club’ is something for me to look forward to every month, and, in my opinion, is much more valuable than a magazine subscription, if more expensive. Helping my vinyl collection to grow, and my musical taste to widen at the same time, I won’t be cancelling my membership any time soon.