Thursday 19 September 2013

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete - What’s Holding You?

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Things don't become obsolete any more, they simply vanish for a while, get occasional derision from those horrible nostalgia programs that Channel 4 persist with, and then make a resurgence when you don't expect, and in many cases, don't want them to. Like '80s synth-pop, cassette tapes and the Tories. It hasn't been long since we last featured Mexicans Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, whose tune 'Medicine To Cure Medicine Sickness' we covered earlier this year and which you can now purchase on the back of a lovely slab of blue vinyl with this track. The prolific pair have released two albums this year, but the new single is yet more brand new material.

It'll be difficult to avoid using the word "buzz" when talking about this track, as that's the very first noise you hear before they set sail in Wooden Shjips with affected female vocals adding a little contrast to the drones. When the guitar is allowed to sit in the driving seat for a while then the fuzz gets amped up even more, to the level of (insert reference to MBV, JAMC or similar) and makes the song sound as though it's actually on fire. That repetitive bass doesn't succumb to the flames and they reach the end of their journey through rattling percussion and several effects pedals totally intact. Obsolete? With this quality and work rate it's likely this coalition will go the distance.

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete's website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

September 22 Incubate Festival, Tilburg
September 25 Shacklewell Arms, London (with Yeti Lane)
September 26 Corsica Studios, London (with Psychic Ills & White Manna)
September 27 International Festival Of Psychedelia, Liverpool
September 29 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
September 30 Soup Kitchen, Manchester (with Yeti Lane)
October 4 Druckluft, Oberhausen
October 5 About Blank, Berlin
October 6 Loppen, Copenhagen
October 7 Molotow Bar, Hamburg
October 8 Glocksee, Hannover
October 11 Kiff, Aarau

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