The sun’s out (in London, at least) – celebrate with another great Track of the Day.
Today’s offering is a neat companion piece to yesterday’s ‘Howhere’s Nigh’ by Brooklyn rockers Parts & Labor – click HERE for the track – as Canadian quartet Women share a label with the New York foursome, namely Jagjaguwar.
Women’s self-titled debut album, already a firm favourite on the US underground, was recorded over four months on tape machines and ghetto blasters in the basement of Sub Pop artist Chad VanGaalen’s house. The result is a beautifully lo-fo indie-pop record, that flits between the purest melodies and the rawest noise. Think Swell Maps, or Guided By Voices, or even the Velvet Underground.
But don’t just take our word for their brilliance; here’s what Pitchfork had to say:
"…straddles the 1960s' divide between the Warhol crowd's speed-addled New York cynicism and the echoes of psychedelic San Francisco that bubbled up across the pond in the fey, catchy pop of UK groups like the Zombies."
That quote’s about the below track, ‘Black Rice’, taken from the band’s debut (out now stateside, and due for release in the UK on January 19).
25 London Borderline
26 Bristol Cooler
27 Glasgow Captain’s Rest
28 Belfast Limelight
29 Galway Roisin Dubh
30 Dublin Crawdaddy
2 Manchester Night & Day
3 London Brixton Windmill (no Chad VanGaalen)