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Just listened to their first album "The Witch". Spectacular stuff. The female singer has a voice that can carry the whole universe. I don't know who to compare her to. Her singing is a little over the top, she intonates almost like an opera singer. Kate Bush, Dolores O'Riordan, Sinéad O'Connor, Radiohead? Not really. There was this late new wave band Xmal Deutschland. Maybe them. Anyways this was a nice surprise tonight. The music is extremely eclectic but in the end it is her voice which makes the album fly.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 19 May 2017 22:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Listening to "Dragonfly" now, she is very reminiscent of Emma Ruth Rundle on this song IMO

PJD PDJ DPJ (DJP), Friday, 19 May 2017 22:10 (six months ago) Permalink

I've been waiting quite a while for this record. It does not disappoint in any way.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 19 May 2017 23:01 (six months ago) Permalink

"Honey", this was the song which enchanted me last night. The way music should be. Intense, captivating, beautiful, hypnotic, melancholic, deep.
https://youtu.be/jgTwmLe9hV4

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 20 May 2017 13:32 (six months ago) Permalink

I's a pity they didn't put Cecile on the album.

Black Arkestra, Sunday, 21 May 2017 00:08 (six months ago) Permalink

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Black Arkestra, Sunday, 21 May 2017 00:09 (six months ago) Permalink

It's true the singer Isabel Munez-Newsome sounds a lot like early Björk when she was still in the Sugarcubes. Not as quicksilvery maybe but like Björk Munez-Newsome hits very high registers and she sings in a slightly theatrical way. Live she totally burns herself out.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 22 May 2017 19:20 (six months ago) Permalink

These are pretty cool songs but I am not hearing what is so distinctive about the lead singer. She is definitely good but I am not getting "singular voice" vibes from her, nor do I think she sounds even remotely like an opera singer, Bjork, Kate Bush, Dolores O'Riordan, Sinead O'Connor, or Thom Yorke. She does, however, sound a lot like Emma Ruth Rundle and Chelsea Wolfe.

PJD PDJ DPJ (DJP), Monday, 22 May 2017 20:39 (six months ago) Permalink

(She also sounds a little bit like Sky Ferreira)

PJD PDJ DPJ (DJP), Monday, 22 May 2017 20:40 (six months ago) Permalink

she intonates almost like an opera singer.

yo you know when you invoke opera, Inspectah DJP gonna sit there, let u play yourself.......then take ya to court

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 22 May 2017 20:45 (six months ago) Permalink

i am digging this so far!

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 22 May 2017 20:46 (six months ago) Permalink

Did you listen to the album's opener Dragonfly? That is a dramatic cinematic song where she sounds exactly like young Björk. She even cuts the syllables in a similar way. I didn't say that she had a singular voice but I'd say she puts everything into her delivery, she merges into her voice. I haven't listened to Emma Ruth Rundle yet. Something I will cotrect soon. Anyways there is also the music surrounding the voice which is quite amazing. There are quite jazzy and noisy passages and there are parts where the melody is in the centre. I am surprised that ILM except two or three people has more or less slept on this. It is about the most exciting music I have heard for five years. Though probably in the end it will turn out that it was just another firecracker.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EDJnlFKqoE

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 22 May 2017 21:40 (six months ago) Permalink

ILM has stronger factions now than it's probably ever had. Remember when Susanne Sundfor did so well in the year end polls for 2015 and several people had no idea at all who she even was or where she came from?

That said—and I love Pumarosa and have since I first heard Priestess at the tail end of 2015—the singer's voice doesn't leap out to me as anything that deserves to overshadow the songs themselves.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 22 May 2017 21:53 (six months ago) Permalink

As I posted earlier in the thread, I listened to "Dragonfly" first. I stand by my assertion that she does not sound like Bjork.

PJD PDJ DPJ (DJP), Monday, 22 May 2017 22:15 (six months ago) Permalink

Did you ever listen to the Sugarcubes? I doubt it. Anyways I just listened to an Emma Ruth Rundle song and she sounded like someone who tried to sing like Hope Sandoval but failed completely. Sexiness factor equal to zero. Falling Asleep factor equal to 100. Munez-Newsome on the other hand has found a way of singing which may not be singular but it is her own which is a lot these days. By the way most of the ILM hype has always been pure hype, there were exceptions though, Kaputt being one.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 22 May 2017 22:25 (six months ago) Permalink

Did you ever listen to the Sugarcubes? I doubt it.

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 22 May 2017 22:27 (six months ago) Permalink

I'm glad this thread exists. It's just a pity who started it.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 22 May 2017 22:28 (six months ago) Permalink

That question was directed to djp not to you.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 22 May 2017 22:33 (six months ago) Permalink

I know, but considering I've had at least two conversations with DJP about the Sugarcubes in the past, I'm HAHAing on his behalf.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 22 May 2017 22:38 (six months ago) Permalink

But don't you hear Björk in the beginning of Dragonfly? Especially on good headphones the simiarity is very obvious.

X-p
Talking of hype there was a lot of it around Haim a while ago. Which was justified from my pov. But Pumarosa deserves about as much hype as Haim if you ask me.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 22 May 2017 22:44 (six months ago) Permalink

similarity

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 22 May 2017 22:45 (six months ago) Permalink

I don't even know where hype comes from anymore. Blogs are dead, and they weren't in 2011/12 when Haim started getting a big push. I guess it's from the landing pages of things like Apple Music and Spotify, which I know Pumarosa has already been on. Maybe it will be sustained, maybe it won't. I used to be pretty good at predicting these things, both for artists I like and ones I don't, but I really can't anymore.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 22 May 2017 22:52 (six months ago) Permalink

I mean, I am certain I've talked to Alex about a Joel/The Sugarcubes before

PJD PDJ DPJ (DJP), Monday, 22 May 2017 23:55 (six months ago) Permalink

I don't think I have ever discussed about the Sugarcubes on ILM and if I have it must have been 15 years ago. Do you mean Alex in NYC, DJP?

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:55 (six months ago) Permalink

I mean, it probably happened 15 years ago.

PJD PDJ DPJ (DJP), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 13:38 (six months ago) Permalink

hey DJP check out the Sugarcubes they are kinda like B52s meets Goldmember, cool shit

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 14:49 (six months ago) Permalink

I will look them up on Napster and download some tracks to my Zune

PJD PDJ DPJ (DJP), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 16:38 (six months ago) Permalink

i see, so you really know the sugarcubes very well...

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 17:18 (six months ago) Permalink

i'm really digging this
but at the same time it's kind of hipster evanescence

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 19:08 (six months ago) Permalink

With the caveat that Amy Lee is a much stronger singer.

PJD PDJ DPJ (DJP), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 19:11 (six months ago) Permalink

But does Amy Lee sound like Bjork?

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 19:21 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Enjoying this. The album meanders a bit, but there's a lot of good stuff on it. I also don't hear Bjork, but a little PJ and Sinead, sure. It's not all about her, tho -- they're a good band all the way around, there are a lot of ideas in the arrangements and writing.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 12 June 2017 03:07 (five months ago) Permalink

Man, I've had this on repeat all week. Really strong record. Good drummer, among other things -- there are real, sinuous grooves.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Friday, 16 June 2017 13:42 (five months ago) Permalink

i had an epiphany about this record. i thought it was just ok, kinda patchy. what i realized is that i just really hate the song 'my gruesome loving friend', somehow actually worse than its title. now i skip tracks 6 and 7 and it excises 10 minutes that was just killing the album for me, and now i love it.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 16 June 2017 13:52 (five months ago) Permalink

MGLF is kinda meh, but I like the groove on Red.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Friday, 16 June 2017 13:55 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah i like red just fine, i just found i could do without it in the context of the album. i prob wouldn't skip it if i wasn't already skipping at that point.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 16 June 2017 13:58 (five months ago) Permalink

Especially on good headphones

All music reviews should end with this phrase.

sbahnhof, Friday, 16 June 2017 20:55 (five months ago) Permalink


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