Like a Politician I like to pretend to be democratic whilst at the same time stealing people's ideas and taking all the credit. So, here are two bands that I have discovered ALL BY MYSELF simply through trawling the internet, speaking to all the right people and generally just being a magnet for amazing music. Strangely, both bands have a connection to cats, see if you can spot it...
First up is a band called Cats In Paris. I know very little about them other then the fact that there's four of them and that this song 'Foxes' is ruddy brilliant, a great mix of Stereolab's keyboards and Belle & Sebastian's twee, er, ness.
They also have some other songs on their myspace: http://www.myspace.com/catsinparis
Next up is a band called Talkdemonic who have an album called Beat Romantic out now, and a new one out in September. The song below is called 'Mountain Cats'.
I don't use the word 'lush' very often, but it's appropriate in this instance. Unfairly, I have taken a snippet of the blurb from their myspace page (www.myspace.com/talkdemonicmusicmaking) in the hope of describing their sound:
"Like nothing the Pacific Northwest has seen before, Talkdemonic melds the primal, the classical and the modern to create songs that are as sweeping in scope as they are shattering in intensity"
I love record company speak. I prefer this though:
"Sounds kinda like an acoustic instrumental Radiohead playing fiddles and banjos in a forest" Christoff Spurr