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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Blog round-up - Modisti / Vital Weekly

Another missive from the mainland, this time from Madrid and the online Modisti magazine. This glowing review appears in the Vital Weekly 746 list:

THE DISTRACTIONS – BLACK VELVET (mp3 by Occultation)

True, we don’t review MP3 only releases, but the promo for this comes pressed on a real CD, so who knows: if you ask maybe you can buy one too. Now The Distractions should not belong in Vital Weekly. The three pieces show the come-back of a band that did a great 7″ on Factory Records in 1979 – and that’s perhaps the reason why I am reviewing this. For my birthday last month I bought James Nice’s new book on Factory Records, which sits nicely among all the other books I have on this subject. The Distractions were the anti-thesis of Joy Division – post punk versus pop, although both bands played together. But The Distractions left Factory for Island Records and imploded shortly after that. Now there are back, and Occultation will release a compilation of all the old material and new songs recorded this year. As a teaser the label releases these three tracks from a mid 90s recording session. Three melancholic songs. Rock music with a burning passion. Mike Finney’s voice is still great.

‘Black Velvet’ is a blues like song, while ‘Still It Doesn’t Ring’ is a catchy as hell pop song, while ‘If You Were Mine’ is again a heartbreaking blues piece. Nothing for Vital Weekly, but the more I play this, the more I like it. Absolute great popmusic. (FdW)

Address: http://www.occultation.co.uk.

http://www.vitalweekly.net/.

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