Velociraptor are an awesome garage-pop band from Brisbane, largely inspired by the sixties music scene. They take their love for times past one step further with this 8 song EP, with its clear 80s arcade-game themed cover art, not to mention this theme transferring into the video clips they’ve made for several songs off this short album. There’s a lot of energy here, and considering they’ve gone from a 3 piece to a 12 piece band, I can safely assume they would be amazing live. The song I’m including is a fun clip called “Riot” – even if you don’t like the music, it’s hard not to enjoy the film clip:
I’m not entirely sure if I even need to introduce these guys, considering their enormous success over the past year around the world (the clip I’m posting up has 50 million views on Youtube, to give you some clue as to the size of their popularity). The folk/pop/rock band from Iceland released an album that is at once catchy and quite intelligent, rarely becoming repetitive throughout (something which is an issue with some of these newer folk bands, not naming any names (oh okay, Mumford & Sons. There, I said it)). They have an enormous following in Australia, gaining number one status with their album, and almost topping the Triple J Hottest 100 list for last year (they came second). Their biggest single, “Little Talks”, has a pretty cool clip too:
Those who read my list of favourite albums from 2012 will remember me mentioning these guys then with their latest album. Variations, however, is one of their oldest albums, initially released in 2003. At this point their sound was much more progressive, and a lot less hard rock, with several songs on the album hovering between five and ten minutes in length, slowly building layer upon layer. There is something similar through all their albums though in the way that the songs are written, and there is always a certain beauty to them which has drawn me in (this was the first album of theirs I heard, and I was an instant fan). This song, “Part Zero”, while showing their influences quite clearly, is a good example of how the album sounds on the whole:
What have you been listening to this week? What do you think of the albums on my playlist this last few days?