Song of the day – 468: Boyz & Girl
Yes. Beautiful Chinese dream-gaze. No, NOT shoegaze – that music is bludgeoning and veers into Coldplay territory or the fucking Horrors (great review here) or someone. This music is much too delicate, positioned. Shoegaze could not exist without the amplifiers. Boyz & Girl clearly can. Maybe I should mention Skip Skip Benben here, as a reference to the side of Boyz & Girl I really like? This holds the Valentines and Sonic Youth in regard, clearly: but there’s also something other. A tenderness and sly humour at the heart of the darkness.
Yes. Boyz & Girl. Oddly, much of the album Tenzenmen is putting out in July doesn’t sound anything like the above, or below. The first track on that could be the fucking Telescopes or someone. Not that there’s anything wrong with the fucking Telescopes or someone, you understand: but I was expecting a little less immolation, a little more femininity:
Yes. This is just great. Maybe I haven’t been exposed to this music for so long I’m finding my fondness for it all over again: love the way the vocals are so down in the mix, the way Boyz & Girl revel in the sound. I guess, hand on heart, there’s some Mary Chain in all this somewhere (I’m referencing the album here, not the videos) but it’s mixed in with electronic weirdness separated from the feedback squalls that could be Can or wombats mating in wet weather. And doubtless there’s a bunch of Chinese influences present I know nothing about. (Love to, though.)
The other band recommended in the email press release below is a cracker too. Check them out here.