Saturday 16 April 2011

St Deluxe and Afternoon Naps single reviews

St Deluxe - After The Fire EP

EP review by KevW

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Glaswegians St Deluxe have already received plaudits from such luminaries as Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub, Sonic Boom and Alan Mcgee, and fingerprints of these indie deities can be found all over this new 10” only release for Record Store Day.

Opener 'After The Fire' is produced by Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite and mines a similar vein to the recent Yuck LP. There's Mary Chain fuzz, Sonic Youth lo-fi and My Bloody Valentine guitars.

'I Know How You Feel' slowly builds the distortion to create a quite beautiful broken-hearted epic, akin to other alternative 90s titans such as Deus and Sebadoh. 'Please Be Gentle' takes early Teenage Fanclub and gives them a grunge makeover.

Nothing here is clean, layers of dirty guitar envelop the whole EP, adding extra depth and passion rather than making the record sound sludgy. Scottish bands have always done US alt. rock better than the rest of the UK. What would you rather listen to – the debut album by The Delgados or the debut album by Bush? It's a no-brainer. St Deluxe are the heirs to Glasgow's scuzz-rock throne, and long may they reign.

St Deluxe website

Buy the single.

Afternoon Naps - Summer Gang

I heard about this recent summery, indie-pop single from Cleveland's Afternoon Naps from the guys at indie-mp3 - have a look at their site for a full review.

You can stream both tracks from the single here

Afternoon Naps on Myspace

Buy the single.

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