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Some talk of them on other threads but I think this band is great enough to warrant their own.

Elderflower Gimcrax Flores (admrl), Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:11 (eight years ago) link

Clearly a minority opinion but so what

Elderflower Gimcrax Flores (admrl), Thursday, 11 August 2011 21:53 (eight years ago) link

I like 'em. There's the kind of band that written up in magazines that I only ever see on hair salon coffee tables. Better than Celebration. Much better than the Kills. Rougher than Long Blondes. Glad to find out that they are carrying on after the death of a member.

bendy, Saturday, 13 August 2011 01:01 (eight years ago) link

people go nuts for them here. i thought their early stuff was pretty lame, but they've honed what they do to a pretty good extent that i have a reasonable respect for them these days. what i've heard of their latest recordings sound strong.

socktake (electricsound), Saturday, 13 August 2011 05:34 (eight years ago) link

I got this below in PR mail today and I read somewhere now that their bassist killed himself last year. Well.

HTRK COVERS SUICIDE’S “SWEETHEART” ON NEW 12-INCH SINGLE

ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER US TOUR DATES

NEW ALBUM ‘WORK (WORK, WORK)’ OUT SEPTEMBER 6 ON GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL

Listen to “Sweetheart” now:

http://soundcloud.com/ghostly/03-sweetheart-a-k-a-love-you/s-dG5Jw

Watch an “Eat Yr Heart” Release Promo Video now:

http://vimeo.com/ghostlyint/sweetheartteaser

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 16:34 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Listening to Work (Work, Work) now, my first exposure to this band. I like what I hear but somehow based on the samples I had heard I was assuming it was going to be a little more cohesive and song-y. I like every single sound on the album but the way the songs are put together irritates me.

fields of salmon, Sunday, 11 September 2011 19:03 (eight years ago) link

I like every single sound on the album but the way the songs are put together irritates me.

pretty much my feeling on the band in general. people are going completely apeshit here about the album and for me it's barely there

HRTX (electricsound), Sunday, 11 September 2011 22:43 (eight years ago) link

I'm starting to like this a bit.

fields of salmon, Sunday, 18 September 2011 19:20 (eight years ago) link

seven months pass...

Really think ILX should pay them more attention. Marry Me Tonight was a perfect soundtrack to a surreal late-night grocery run.

The Painter of Blight™ (Sanpaku), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:49 (seven years ago) link

Man, I don't think I've heard these guys since the mid-aughts - think they blurred together w/Fabulous Diamonds. Any individual recent tracks stand out to investigate?

etc, Monday, 23 April 2012 12:30 (seven years ago) link

I think they may in fact be good.

Hinklepicker, Monday, 23 April 2012 20:32 (seven years ago) link

"HA" (from Marry Me Tonight) is everything I love about The Birthday Party's Prayers on Fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c65YvppLlg

"Synthetik" is my favorite of the Work (Work, Work) set.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m93XcD7TDo

The Painter of Blight™ (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:30 (seven years ago) link

Good tracks, very underappreciated band.

fields of salmon, Friday, 27 April 2012 23:19 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

Any love for the compelling "Psychic 9-5 Club"?
I've been obsessing over its cool desperation since listening to the album stream that went up a few weeks ago. Such a great record.

MatthewK, Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:10 (five years ago) link

i'm definitely a fan of it

ricky don't lose that number nine shirt (NickB), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:40 (five years ago) link

yeah I was really into it and not a lot of stuff produced in that style does much for me these days. possibly lazy thinking here but could see a lot of ILM types liking it too

From Tha Crouuuch To Da Palacios (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 14:20 (five years ago) link

I had no idea there was a new album. Really love them. Last two albums were great.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 29 April 2014 15:41 (five years ago) link

Is that really the album cover they went with? Oh dear.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 29 April 2014 21:13 (five years ago) link

Not sure if this (nsfw), which was splashed over their online presence for a while, would be better.

The Cosey Fanni Tutti guest appearance "Feels Like Love" is a nice passing of the torch moment.

Congratulations! And my condolences. (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 21:43 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

There's a new EP - http://boomkat.com/vinyl/1190439-htrk-body-lotion

£13.99 for three tracks :/

paolo, Wednesday, 7 January 2015 17:35 (four years ago) link

yeah if it's a choice between that and the oake 2LP for the same price...

Ottbot jr (NickB), Wednesday, 7 January 2015 17:49 (four years ago) link

ahhhh I'm so glad you bumped this, I was trying to remember the name of this band the other day & for the life of me couldn't

I can just, like, YOLO with Uber (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 7 January 2015 17:58 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

Psychic 9-5 Club is the shit!

new 12" this month

brimstead, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:25 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Blast from the past this. Ten years ago, on the cusp of a cocaine addiction, I was into HTRK for a few weeks. Within no time at all I abandoned gloomy music for northern soul, rocksteady, whatever styles of music couldn't possibly be negative if they tried. 18 months clean I'll probably give this a go again.

fields of salmon, Friday, 10 August 2018 00:36 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

Finally listened to the Standish/Carlyon (a related band, but I'm not sure how related they are) album. Cant believe I seen them so long ago, 2012?

Great album, but I still have fond memories of the way "New People" was played live, sadly cant find any youtube live performances of that one. I'm sure the album ranked high on a big site's year end list. Hope they make another album but it's been a while.

Unfortunately two times I played the cd (out of maybe 10 or 12 times) it sounded flickery towards the end in a bad cd-r way. I'm afraid I'll play it years later and it wont even work. I had this problem with the Lush box set and I hate to think that this is becoming a real issue with labels using cheap cds (?) I love cds, don't do this to me, music labels.

Should get Psychic 9-5 Club soon.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 5 April 2019 18:08 (six months ago) link

it is the shit (noted above)

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Friday, 5 April 2019 19:07 (six months ago) link

I think Standish/Carlyon are over? But post-S/C solo vehicles Time For Dreams and CS + Kreme both worth checking out (and sonically thread-appropriate)

umsworth (emsworth), Friday, 5 April 2019 19:55 (six months ago) link

three months pass...

New album Venus in Leo coming next month - https://htrk.yourcomicbookfantasy.com/album/venus-in-leo

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 11 July 2019 06:08 (three months ago) link

preordered!

untuned mass damper (mh), Thursday, 11 July 2019 15:27 (three months ago) link

Cool.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 12 July 2019 18:20 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

hey this new album is really good - Nigel is playing guitar again so it feels more of a piece with their pre-"9-5" material - but the songwriting has changed up again - some more finely crafted song structures than previously? verging on proper pop at times, but in a veiled kind of way, and still retaining HTRK signature vibes

and (in keeping with the cover pic) a more suburban feel - for me a little bit Twin Peaks / Less Than Zero and a touch of The Cure

despite stanning hard for this group I wasn't particularly anticipating this release but very taken with this

umsworth (emsworth), Sunday, 18 August 2019 22:10 (one month ago) link

It's out (for those of us without advance access)

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 30 August 2019 04:25 (one month ago) link

holy shit the Missy cover!

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 30 August 2019 04:43 (one month ago) link

debating whether to listen now at work, or do so in the customary manner later today: lights really low or off, slumped in a chair in my living room

untuned mass damper (mh), Friday, 30 August 2019 14:23 (one month ago) link

as always it's a nocturnal creature
"New Year's Day / Eve" amazing, whole album amazing

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 30 August 2019 23:32 (one month ago) link

Yeah NYD a big highlight for me too

Saw them live a few weeks ago, that one and Mentions really stood amongst the new stuff

umsworth (emsworth), Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:51 (one month ago) link

Great to see a Pitchfork review apparently totally ignorant of Psychic 9-5 Club which they didn't review at all in 2014, talking about the contrasts between the new album and Work (Work, Work). What the hell.
https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/htrk-venus-in-leo/

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 5 September 2019 06:12 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

New film score - instrumental, lots of big analogue tones. Limited 500, vinyl only - https://boomkat.com/products/over-the-rainbow-b6bdbada-80a4-4912-af32-b146996b7187

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 3 October 2019 21:57 (one week ago) link

Well, vinyl and digital, he says after shelling out for an LP and getting a lossy MP3 before seeing the FLAC option.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 4 October 2019 08:13 (one week ago) link


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