Magistrates, Unkle Jam and the White Lies

Unkle Jam

I saw this band live a year and a half ago and although I am normally not into contemporary RnB, these guys were a lot of fun on stage. The reason is probably that they are actually not just RnB but a bit of 80s and a dash of 70s funk as well.

I don’t know how serious you can and should take their music because their videos alone look more like an ironic approach to RnB these days and the lyrics are not really what you could call imaginative but their music is a lot of fun, these guys can sing and the production is playful. You can see that these guys know what they are doing and add a lot of razzle dazzle (ha, always wanted to use that phrase) to such a worn out genre. In the end this is how I imagine a blooming future for RnB. I hope the majority of music listeners feel the same because I am sick and tired of Timbaland and P Diddy.

Love Ya

White Lies

Because of this band I can’t wait for summer to be over. White Lies are just too perfect for autumn and winter, their music is like a Jim Jarmusch movie or a book by Rick Moody. The melancholy of the songs is a nod towards Nick Cave and Echo & The Bunnymen and is covering your heart like oil. They could turn into the National of the year 2008 not only because singer Harry McVeigh will get you with this voice that drips of despair and lost opportunities. Amazing is, however, how they manage to avoid the kitsch as violin arrangements and this low bass guitar hum next to lyrics of failed characters that search for a light but never quite get close to it. Not many bands can pull that through without sounding like some emo-lookalike contestant from a casting-show.

You may not listen to them at the hot beachparty with limbo and sangria but if you need some heavy indie-hymnals for shuffling through fallen leaves and the first snowfall at night, you have just reached your goal.

Unfinished Business

The Magistrates

Yeah, there is a certain trend in this week’s blog. two thirds of my favourite bands are very funky indeed. The Magistrates are just groovy enough not to be too mainstream, although the first single “make this work” reminds (especially in terms of vocals) a little bit of Paolo Nutini, their other songs go more the direction of the Wombats or the Klaxons. And this voice is a saviour as it distinguishes the Magistrates from fore-mentioned bands in this unsettling high-pitched way that makes the music always a little bit restless and impatient. If Marvin Gaye would have been able to meet the Klaxons, it maybe would have sounded like The Magistrates and that is very nice indeed.

Make this work


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