This one should up the hit rate for the site. NB: no actual teenage girls feature in this beat combo. Rather, Ohioan duo Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi’s Google-unfriendly alter-ego is all warm airconditioned drones, fluttering synths and slow-building disco bliss well suited to admirers of the organic lo-fi collages of High Places, Ariel Pink’s warped 8-track warblings, the sun-dappled heat-haze electro-pop of Toro Y Moi and the cosmic prog-disco epics of Lindstrom alike. The opiated basslines and raw-throated, recontextualised 70s soul vocals of former single ‘Cheaters’ stand out a mile in an album (last year’s 7AM) that takes its time to fully reveal its charms, but their live set should stir things up a little more with greater emphasis on the clean, deliberate 4/4 pulses and glitchy rhythmic hooks. Support comes from Foreign Office, allegedly NME-favoured and toting a familiar-sounding electropop-with-African-bits hybrid, and Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby. Lengthy biogs below, if you should want to know more.
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TEENGIRL FANTASY is Logan and Nick, two friends at Oberlin College in Ohio. It’s tough to classify Teengirl Fantasy’s music within one genre–both Harmonia and Cece Peniston serve as equal reference points. Teengirl Fantasy’s love of drone, 4/4, and warm gating synths force new classifications of electronic music. Cosmic Disco-Noise, diving videos in reverse, Booty-Pop, and dancing in slow motion could all describe the band’s sound but don’t really make any sense. And how do they have a fansite on Angelfire created by a real teen girl?
Since forming less than a year ago, Teengirl Fantasy have toured the US coasts opening for acts such as Lucky Dragons, Pictureplane, Dan Deacon, THE GZA, and Blues Control in addition to premiering a video installation/performance with Jacob Ciocci of Paper Rad. After touring from Tijuana, MX to Olympia, WA with bliss-noise artist Kixly this past summer, Teengirl Fantasy performed at Wham City’s Whartscape Festival 2008 in Baltimore.
Teengirl Fantasy likes to keep it real for everyone: they support DIY venues with all ages shows, and their live set is constantly evolving without the use of laptops or backing tracks. Fantasize about kissing and holding Teengirl Fantasy.
If you like funky electronic pop then you will love Foreign Office. Waves of post-punk vibes and rhythmic beats, over heady electronic grooves; they are hard not to like.
The melodies that Foreign Office bring to the table can feel slightly indulgent. With their nods in the direction of the great pop of the ’80s, the phrase ‘anything in moderation’ just wont do. Tiny infectious phrases run past and I find myself wanting to hear that ‘one bit’ again and again. It then, of course, figures that their current (and second) single is called ‘On Repeat’…”Sst sst stuck on repeat”
The four-piece band are from Hackney, London, which when you hear the African influenced rhythms and jazzy funk bass lines, torn up by the disturbance of what they sing about, their heritage seems completely appropriate. Edgy lyrics, even somewhat unsettling at times, but in it’s entirety, understated with elements of being beautifully dark and vibrantly bright, strangely, at the same time.
Their appeal lies in that there is a sense of alienation, their music does, at first, seem unfamiliar. Listening once more the unease frays because you realise that, in fact, it is not too dissimilar overall. There are definitely splashes of other influences. The band have been named beside Roxy Music and Talking Heads; it makes sense. However, Foreign Office, for me, sound far more linear, which in this case, is nothing but good. They have been praised for their energetic performances as well as their conscious music, so Foreign Office are definitely worth looking out for; the excitement factor being that they are new so surely the only way is up.
In this time when most music seems clouded in lackluster synthesizers (because apparently it is ‘the thing to do’), it is refreshing to come across a group of musicians who actually know how to use them and move you with their sound. More over, their newly launched label ‘Quiet Life’ (were you at the launch party?) means that there is zero room for the enforcements that turn great bands into mainstream muck. Foreign Office seem like the kind of band that, in an albums time could be the bench mark, a stand up, applaud, take note, as this is how splashes of electronic should be done, “you better get used to it”.
At just 19 years old, Matt Corby’s talent is one that stretches far beyond his age. Matt’s angelically haunting voice has proven capable of captivating entire audiences wherever he performs.
Matt’s musical journey has been a unique one; having developed a love for Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley as a young boy, Matt quit school aged 13 to go on tour with a musical group for two years before infamously finding himself in the final of a tv talent contest aged 16 years old. He continued to follow a path less travelled and turned down numerous major label record deals to focus on developing his craft and sound.
Three years later and Matt has developed into a truly unique talent. He has spent the past year writing and recording both at home in Australia as well as London following the release of his EP ‘Song For…’ last June.
Matt spent the UK summer of 2010 recording his new EP ‘Transition to Colour’ with indie label and production team Communion; Communion is the birth-child of Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons) and Kev Jones (Cherbourg) and is fast becoming the place to go for the most special new talent in Europe. Matt has been welcomed in to what can only be described as the ‘Communion family’ and the relationship has seen Matt support Mumford & Sons in Australia as well as Communion artists Marcus Foster and Foy Vance in UK.
Matt’s relationship with Communion began when his track ‘Light Home’ was featured on their widely acclaimed Communion Compilation; the track was also featured as the prestigious Q Music ‘Song of the Day’. He has since given spellbinding performances at Communion nights across the UK, as well as recently playing Brighton’s Great Escape festival and Ronnie Scotts with a much anticipated headline show in Soho, London this October.
‘Transition to Colour’ is Communion’s first Australian release. It is a haunting and ethereal collection of songs that display a remarkable maturity for a young man of 19 years. Recorded over a three week period in a London studio with Ian Grimble (The Libertines, Seasick Steve), the process was described by all as a ‘magical time’.
Matt is currently back in the studio with Communion where he is recording his debut LP scheduled for release in both Australia and UK in 2010.
Matt returns to Australia in October where he will showcase his new material in two EP launch shows in Sydney and Melbourne. In November and December, be sure to catch a truly unique live performer in a National Australian tour.