17.10.06

Dance With Me


I've just been writing a diary entry on History Matters, where the idea is to get as many people as possible to document October 17th (chosen for it's distinct lack of association). I'm glad I don't write a blog which demands an epic of everyday life, quite literally every day. I don't think I'd be able to cope describing my life in specific detail: I like it, but on the face of it, it's pretty dull.

I did, however, finding myself lapsing into music, and once again it's a recommendation from Coxon le Woof. This morning on my trek to the Big Wide World Of Work I listened to Coal by Devastations. This is a Melbourne-derived band of whom I know little (nothing before the TDBYS post), and Coal is their second album after 03's eponymous debut, touted by none other than Karen O as the album of the year. Fairly high praise from a highly-respected figure this maybe, but do you trust rock stars' recommendations? Not me. Rock stars are fools, in the main.

The new album, Coal, has yet to garner such indie-credible celebrity backing yet, but it would be warranted every step of the way. It would be remiss of me (plus I'm sure the journalistic community would hunt me down for it) if I failed to compare Devastations to the Bad Seeds, and Conrad Standish's vocals to those of Nick Cave. But as appropriate as that may be, Devastations appear to take just a little of the sound, and a little of the ethic of Cave's troupe - it's dark, and romantic and occasionally somewhat Gothic in it's machinations, but it's not as arcane, or perverse as Cave: more apt are Stuart Staples resonant laments for Tindersticks. You could also look to Neil Hannon (my housemate did...) for a reference point.
But this sort of compare and categorise approach failed for me yesterday, and it falls short today. Many groups are derivative and it doesn't hurt them; not all can pull it off with the sort of flair and menacing panache that Devastations obtain. I heartily recommend Coal to you, as it's creeping it's way towards my years' top ten even as I write, and will no doubt benefit from further listening. If you are a fan of the Cave school of songwriting, the unconventionally romantic, the dark but beautiful, then Devastations might just tickle your fancy.
The Music
The 'fo
Artist: Devastations
Recommended: Devastations - Coal
Buy: Amazon
If you like this you might like: Tindersticks - Curtains

4 comments:

Leda said...

really liked those devastations tracks..they inspired me to go back and listen to Brightblack Morning Light which i overlooked yesterday - also worth a few listens - both those links however are to one and the same song (I think)

and in other news
October 17th is International Day for Eradication of Poverty, which is cited by the UN as the "single largest coordinated human movement against poverty (with over 23.5 million participants worldwide) in a period of 24 hours" wonder if anyone mentions it in history matters diary

Oh Simone said...

Thanks Leda, I stand corrected. And blame the Metro who said the day was chosen for having no prior affiliation.

Links should be fixed now, ta.

mjrc said...

hey, simon--thanks for the link! i just saw it. and great contrast podcast choice this week. i'm liking m ward more and more these days.

Oh Simone said...

Cheers Marcy, glad you enjoyed. Post-War is making serious claims on the top two for this year...