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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Burning like a soul singer - Vital Weekly

Great review of the Come Home EP by Frans de Waard at Vital Weekly and Modisti, who also feature Lost on their Vital Weekly 755 podcast:


THE DISTRACTIONS - COME HOME (12" by Occultation)

Only a few moments ago we reviewed 'Black Velvet', a MP3 release by The Distractions, one of the lost bands from the post punk era, being the proud owner of a 7" on Factory Records.  Their story is perhaps known: following Factory came Island Records and then nothing.  Followed by 'Black Velvet'  which had three songs from the quiet mid 90s period, but 'Come Home' (which comes as a 12", although copies exist on real CD - which is what I have in front of me) is the true resurrection of the group, as this contains the very fresh 2010 recordings.  You could wonder what this lot does in Vital Weekly - even I have no clue.  Three rock songs, pop even (I never know the difference I guess), passionate songs with Mike Finney's voice burning like a soul singer.  'Lost' is a great rocking song with a catchy as hell tune, 'Nicole' is a true ballad and the perfect sentimental Distractions song.  But is to say until 'Oil Painting', another ballad of great gestures.

I like to be distracted from the world of microsound, ambient, improvisation and all such like, when it comes to The Distractions.  The perfect antidote to any regular listening and yes, sometimes I do play something entirely different than what you read about here.  And yes, The Distractions are just what I sometimes want. Excellent and more to come. (FdW)

Frans de Waard at Vital Weekly


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