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Abraham’s Daughter – Arcade Fire

21 Mar

New Music!

Hi! Sorry for the lack of … anything recently. My life has been completely taken over by The Hunger Games. Everyone probably thinks they are the most extreme fans but I regularly exhibit worrying signs of addiction. Stephen Fry still reads HP to me to sleep and I save my HP stationary paper for really, really special people. Anyway, 3 books, 1 soundtrack and 7 hours browsing The Hunger Games Tumblr page and I’ve come back down to Earth. Or as close to Earth as one can be while listening to the audiobook. Anyway, as the film is released on Friday (Friday! So close! And on a side note: my local cinema is one of the only ones to show prreviews on the Thursday. I’m busy unfortunately, which has made me about as happy as a trackerjacked Glimmer) I thought I’d pull some notable songs from the soundtrack. Which is really, really good. Behold:

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Keep The Car Running – Arcade Fire

14 Dec

This is a sweeping, beautiful tune that reminds me a little of Doctor Who. Does that sound crazy? One too many gingerbread lattes, perhaps. A nice break from Christmas music, anyway. Take a listen:

Continue for an awesome live video:

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Summer Time And The Listening Is Easy: Can You Hear This Writers’ Summer Playlists

3 Aug

From Left: Drake, you’re a firework; Zooey and M Ward in the sun; The Drums go surfing.

At our blog, we experience a seasonal change as music shifts from a calmer spring to the head- rush, soaring pop choruses that symbolise summer music. It’s true that in summer, there’s a tendency for the music industry to churn out ‘up-beat,’ ‘easy-going,’ tracks even more than usual. The Top 40 quickly becomes dominated by pop starlets singing about their varied, sweaty experiences in night-clubs whilst boy bands whine about their summer romances, more Grease and less Sex, Sun and Suspicious Parents. I don’t have a huge problem with this because this decade alone we’ve seen the likes of Umbrella, Jerk It Out and Dance Wiv Me. The problem, like many others, starts with Jennifer Lopez. When her ‘party-people’ infect the chart, they start proclaiming:

‘All I need is some vodka and some coke

And watch, she gon’ get donkey konged.’

This, I think we can all appreciate is a acquired branch of music; a branch anyone who doesn’t use ‘donkey konged’ in normal conversation would find difficult to listen to. With that in mind, we decided to compile some summer playlists that we’d actually want to listen to. And without a single California Gurl in sight.

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Happy Birthday To Us: Our Favourite Songs Of The Year

2 Aug

Birthday Wishes: It’s been an action packed year for us and the music world.

As you will now know, Can You Hear This is now a year old; congratulations once more to Devan Carlton for winning our competition and choosing a great album as a prize. Nowadays a year in music is a long time, different reviews, news and music-related scandals becoming a daily occurrence thanks to the Internet. I’m not complaining because as a music blog we contribute to this, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at the music and events that have really made a different to the industry, and more importantly to ourselves. It’s been a year of exciting collaborations with Jay-Z and Kanye exciting us with news of their own royal wedding. It’s been fantastic year once more for up and coming artists from Britain and internationally. We chose to vest our pop music interests in Jessie J, while more alternative acts (Two Door Cinema Club, The xx) have also flourished. Recently, we’ve been saddened by the loss of a fantastic female artist, Amy Winehouse whose loss will be felt for years to come. Having created such stirring singles such as Love Is A Losing Game, Back To Black and Rehab, that rare example of a candid, open pop song that achieves massive commercial success, Winehouse was truly inspiring. I hope her wonderful female presence continues to influence new artists and live on.

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Rococo – Arcade Fire

9 Aug

Cover art for "The Suburbs"

Hello I’m Ricochet a friend of Happy who is joining Can You Hear This after deciding that it was going to be more fun than my old music blog, Arcade Fire is the first band on my hit list, which includes most genres, so buckle up.

Arcade Fire is unique in many ways since bursting onto the scene in 2003 the creation of  husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne from Montreal, in Canada. the band its self boasts 7 current members and 6 former members. That and an impressive array of instrumental talent, with memebers able to play the guitar, drums and bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass,  xylophone,  glockenspiel,  keyboard,  French horn,  accordion,  harp,  mandolin and hurdy-gurdy often rotating through instruments on live sets.

The first two albums from this band made serious waves, the slightly dark tone of the first album, Funeral, came from the death of several relatives of band members. The album came top of MTV’s album of 2005 list and second on NME’s. It also won thier first nomination for the Best Alternative Music Album Grammy in 2005. They built on this with neon bible, which won them the Meteors 2008 Best International Album award and the Juno Awards 2008 Alternative Album of the Year.

So we can be sure these guys know what they are doing with their latest album The Suburbs, released on 2nd August. and sure enough they deliver the result is a grand display of ambition and strikes the nail on the head.

The track we are focusing on is Rococo its a very beat dependent tune that draws on the bands ability to use so many instruments, a firm beats leads the ambition this album decides to spell out and while devoid of a lot of complex vocals it makes up to that by applying a mix of well thought out melody and strong lyrics that stick to the inside of your skull.

The whole album flows organically between tracks, there is so much to appreciate and indulge in. Its ability to switch between epically grand ensemble tracks and then flow to smaller and quieter guitar melodies that draw you in and bring the track in. Not many bands have this ability to master and combine both styles in an album, each track is thought out and well excuted musically, using guitar rifts and piano tunes to create something unique and personal to the listener. If i was to pick a album of the year so far I think this one might just clinch it, definitely watch out for them at the award ceremonies.


Arcade fire  at the Reading festival in 2007, with Rebellion (lies):