Albums Round-Up - 20th February 2012

Here is our NEW weekly section, the albums round up, purely made up from obscure bands that even we've just got to know of, under the radar albums and new releases.

Prinzhorn Dance School - Clay Class
Prinzhorn Dance School are a Brighton post-punk duo with a minimalist sound that has both alienated and attracted a lot of people to this project. The follow up to 2007's self-titled debut, 'Clay Class' is hardly an innovation in sound in comparison to their first effort, but their abrasive, industrial and stripped-back style is still effective on this LP. 'Happy In Bits' crashes in with it's thundering drums and stop/start bassline and an intricate guitar hook.

The vocals are barked with simplicity and a bitterness underpinned by the rest of Tobin and Suzi's music. Although they are mostly dark and gothic with a post-punk enamour, the duo delve into sweeter moments of alt-pop. 'Upsurper' is a call to arms while 'Your Fire Has Gone Out''s angular bassline is brilliant.
Out of 10: 8/10

Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
As the piano on ‘Awol Marine’ starts and synthesisers wrap around Michael Hadreas’ soft vocals it’s clear this album is only going to go one way. The simplistic and elegant piano rift chimes between the luscious soundscapes. ‘Hold my hand, I am afraid’ sings Hadreas on ‘Normal Song’ and it’s impossible not to believe him when he delivers the lyrics so earnestly.

Across the album ‘Put Your Back N 2 It’ is an exercise in beautifully poised melancholy somewhat reminiscent of Antony & The Johnsons, yet ‘Take Me Home’ feels defiant and triumphant. Piano-led ‘Dirge’ is desperately gloomy and sad, and on this track and across the LP the piano riffs are stark and haunting. On the title track Perfume Genius reaches the height of his powers with an absolutely spellbounding track; a great album.
Out of 10: 9/10

Django Django - Django Django
The debut LP from this group of oddball-pop enthusiasts is a fascinating listen from start to finish. The crackling crickets on ‘Introduction’ morph into ‘Hail Bop’, with tight vocal harmonies and squelching synth patterns. Sampled, hiccupping lyrics in the intro of ‘Default’ give way to pace-changing guitar for one of the album’s highlights.

Across the album Django Django continue with this wonderfully off-kilter take on electro-pop with great success. ‘Waveforms’ throbs and it’s afro-pop beat makes it danceable and grooving. This debut album deserves recognition for being brave and original in an excellent way.
Out of 10: 8/10

Written by - Connor Browne

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