Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Let There Be Hope (Sleigh Bells)

Sleigh Bells: Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller
2010 was supposed to be the best year for music ever what with almost everyone of note releasing an album, but we’re almost halfway through the year and we’ve had nothing but lackluster albums with a couple bitch’in tracks. Spoon, The New Pornographers, Los Campesinos!, Gorillaz, David Byrne/Fatboy Slim: all of their efforts have left me sad and crying in a dark corner of my basement, and I’m not talking about that awesome kind of music that actually makes you weep from its sheer sadness, but the kind that makes you just want to go put on one of the bands older records.

But as I look upon the approaching horizon of summer music calendar, my heart swells with a hope that I’ve never felt before, a hope that makes me think that maybe, just maybe, the world won’t be lost to the douchebaggary of Will.I.Am, Owl City, and Train.

Yesterday, I discovered Sleigh Bells full length Treats was officially out and streaming in its complete entirety over at NPR Music blog ( Sleigh Bells got kidnapped by M.I.A after they took the internet by storm with a couple tracks that I heard they made in a basement. Everyone fawned over them with pure delight back then, and everyone better damn do it again. Every single track on Treats is completely awesome raw pop music. The overbearing Brooklyn beats trash and bash any sound waves that dare challenge their insanely intoxicating and booming audacity. It’s got the energy of Iggy Pop’s Raw Power coupled with the producing sensibilities of M.I.A. filtered through Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller (Sleigh Bells) raw power to create extraordinaire electro-clash pop music. It’s just pure freaking delight.

Also, the new The Black Key’s Brothers is looking like it’s going to be another blow out success. I even forgive them for having the same album name as my band. (I know we haven’t even practiced but right now it’s just a concept and the concept name was Brothers). LCD Soundsystem’s This Is Happening comes out in five days. And M.I.A. has a brand spankin new album coming in July, as does Big Boi, which takes home best album title of the year Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. In a bit of side news, Big Boi actually guested on Martha Stewart: The link is now proving to go to the page and say “false” after a flash. I don’t know what’s up with that, but hopefully that’ll get fix real soon.

You like pictures, right? Cause I sure do.

Joel Samson Berntsen (Rill Rill – Sleigh Bells)

1 comment:

Raconteur said...

I'm glad someone else understands the worthlessness of Will.I.Am. Ever heard The Black Eyed Peas live? If you haven't, don't.