Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hot, cool and where's the tune?

Some sage once said jazz comes in three broad categories: hot, cool and where's the tune? I'd argue the same applies to other music. iTunes UK's new additions for this week and there's a decidedly 80s feel. Bananarama are back with hot Hi-NRG disco stompers. Matt Bianco is all bossa-nova cool, while David Sylvian's new album Manafon is defiantly where's-the-tune?

Four tracks in and Manafon sounds more like recitative from the world's most depressing oratorio, or some bloke mumbling over the soundtrack for a Japanese horror film. Much as I enjoy Sylvian's more esoteric wibblings, I can't help pining for the occasional versus and chorus. Guess that's not where his head's at right now. Here's a video for the lead-off track, Small Metal Gods.

1 comment:

Grant, the Hipster Dad said...

Good grief. I was JUST AT Wuxtry and had no idea this was out this week.

On the other hand, it sounds like he's trying to make "Blemish" seem upbeat by comparison. I can wait a little while.