Keeping abreast of the hottest New York bands can be difficult and often pointless, considering that the enthusiasts get so frothy so regularly that its difficult to distinguish between the good and the great. Much like Cork bands, or bands from Coolock for that matter, New York bands are usually big in their borough without ever making it out into the wider world before the debut album bombs and the label drop them. So, rather than keeping up who could blame you for simply going back to youâ€™re old Sonic Youth and Velvet Underground records safe in the knowledge that at least they were cool once.
Iâ€™ve the attention span of underage ADHD afflicted goldfish when it comes to music so I love pretty much everything I hear for about ten minutes before I forget the name of the act that Iâ€™m trying to express my love for â€“ usually to someone who simply doesnâ€™t want to know about it in the first place.
As a result Iâ€™m writing this now before I forget all about it.
New Yorkers (with a French inflection*) Mancino are a three piece that make infectious pop melodies with a genuine sparkle. Modern pop canâ€™t help but refer constantly back to a time when tunes mattered and that is what this little group seem to be all about. The tunes are kind of catchy and I really like them although Iâ€™ve only been listening to them for about 10 minutes.
* Keyboardist Nadim Issa and drummer Jonathan Mason grew up in France
I guess I’m floating have been sent an album by the band Zach Condon was in before forming Beirut. They were called The Real People and considering that the band was formed in 2001 it seems startling that it should sound so together.
Attached to the mail sent to IGIF was following:
“This album has never been released, is not available for sale, and has never been seen or heard by anyone other than a handful of people who have personally received a copy of this record. It pre-dates all of his work with Beirut and does not bear any influence of the Balkan/Eastern Gypsy sound that he has become reknowned and critically acclaimed for; however, it’s a highly precocious album that’s steeped in amazing melodies draped against a backdrop of synthesized electronica: imagine an entire electronic/experimental album in the style of Scenic World with Zach’s distinctive vocals and the occasional appearance of his famous brass instrumentation.”
And finally, after all that music, a little respite.
John Cage “4′33″
Via the book of joe