Divided We Stand
THE VIVIANS: A Human Angle/Divided We Stand
For the first few seconds I think I've put the wrong CD
in the player and I'm listening to Boy Kill Boy, which may be no bad
thing but that sums up my experience of The Vivians who, whilst they
may not be quite as soft as their name suggests, are not quite as edgy
as their press release would lead you to believe either.
KAT FLINT: Christopher, You're a Soldier Now/Shadow Boxing
Christopher, You're a Soldier Now begins with the gentle strumming of an acoustic guitar before the voice of Scottish singer/songwriter Kat Flint picks it up and takes the listener on a musical march. It is a protest song born from Kat's inability to understand her brother's decision to enlist in the Navy in the midst of a war. Although he changed his mind at the last minute the plucky singer still dedicates this "to all the others, other people's brothers" and takes us on a poignant journey of modern politics and hypocrisy - "and if you're breathing in the morning, make your bed again."
Gradually the track builds with military drums dictating
the pace and bugles acting as a wake-up call to all those listening.
Like the pied piper Kat pulls us in and we all start to march with her
as one by one more vocalists enter the fray until by the end everyone
chants the words in unison. The image of thousands of protestors marching
toward London forms in my head until suddenly the song stops, as if
with the blow of a bullet, and we are left awake and thinking.
LEVELLOAD: I Know You Know/Domino Astronomo
Just looking at the retro pink and yellow packaging I know what to expect from Levelload before I even hear a note but effective market isn't necessarily a bad thing. The first few synth beats of I Know You Know don't disappoint either and lead into three and a half minutes of electro rock/lo-fi pop. Think of the cross nation/gender/genre pollination of acts such as CSS, The Ting Tings and The Kills that is becoming increasingly more prevalent and you'll get somewhere close to the mark.