It’s that time again kids, where the Monkey shares the spoils of his sonic adventuring to create a bite-size buffet of aural delights.
That or I just tell you what I have been listening to lately and say whether I liked the cut of its jib.
This week, it’s been my favourite post-hardcore hucksters Fucked Up; Ed motherfucking Sheeran (no shit) and The Ominous Order of Filthy Mongrels.
Fucked Up – Year of the Tiger
David Comes to Life may have been my #4 album of 2011 but I found it almost as frustrating as I did fascinating.
The uniformly standard-length songs, the rhyming couplets and the resolutely mid-tempo pace were no doubt deliberate formal restrictions.
Yet this was so at odds with the furious sprawl of previous albums: I just wanted them to spazz out.
Taking 37 minutes to complete two songs, Fucked Up’s follow-up EP Year of the Ox is the musical manifestation of Newton’s Third Law of Motion.
Where there was restraint, now there is unbridled wig-flipping. What once took 2 minutes, now takes 20.
Sound painfully pretentious doesn’t it? Given my love of the three-minute thrash, I should hate this but it’s a triumph.
The title track revisits melodic elements from David Comes to Life along with its gruff bark/pretty female vocal juxtapositions only to spin them out to dissolve the formality of that album.
The even lengthier instrumental Onno (22 minutes! That’s one-and-a-half Nails albums!) has more in common with krautrock or Orbital than Youth of Today or Chain of Strength.
It should drag but the washes of layered and FX-mangled guitar swirl and build around a chiming melody and dub-inflected bassline to reach a blissful, Balearic climax.
I swear I can half hear the ghost of a cheesy Ibiza house tune hiding among the guitar overdubs.
Ed Sheeran ft Mikill Pane – Little Lady
I can honestly say I never thought I would mention Ed bloody Sheeran on this blog.
Bland, coffee-table music that sends me into apoplexies of rage at how otherwise intelligent people are duped by its cheap, off-the-peg emotion. (You can substitute Adele, Coldplay or any number of muppets for Ed Sheeran and my feelings are the same).
So, this bedwetting cardigan-wearer teamed up with a UK rapper to subvert his biggest hit A-Team from an innocuous folk-pop song into a bleak and absolutely chilling musical narrative.
Listen all the way to end…
The Ominous Order of Filthy Mongrels – Bastards
Motörhead playing hardcore punk. That’s probably the only information you need to decide whether to investigate further. This 2010 demo is on Chainsaw Safety records and it’s pretty fun.