Magical Music Roundabout, vol. 3

Swirling round on a carousel of confounded sight and sound this week on the figurative decks within the Dots & Dashes MacBook and my brain itself, the following acts and artists, breaking, broken and bone-bashing have been doing their utmost in a desperate effort not to upchuck Coco Pops.

Distancing himself from the now-expired electro undulations of Justice, Ed Banger affiliate Kavinsky, aka Vincent Belorgey returns with a fuzzy throwback foray into the shimmering disco dust of the Human League and vociferous vocoders of fellow Francophones Daft Punk. Nightcall reeks of Grand Theft Auto soundtracks, whilst Klaxons' favouritest love cub Lovefoxxx seductively shows off her most intoxicating La Roux impersonation. Brimming with extraneous nostalgia for faded photos, Belorgey's swelling synths may well have had the Brat Pack welling up in the wake of Night Fever yet its progression from the abrasive house attitude of yesteryear's electro is as refreshing as sea breeze soaked in ocean spray of the fruitful variety.
Nightcall by Kavinsky

Kavinsky's Myspace

Robert Smith
Forgiving a somewhat wayward reinterpretation all to often straying superfluously from CS Lewis' quite splendid scribblings and Tim Burton's substantial surrender to the haughty heirlooms of Hollywood, Alice In Wonderland brought flinching fear and frolics to cinemas across the globe to obscenely emphatic acclaim of late. Whilst the somewhat atypically sombre soundtrack of Danny Elfman swathes in a sea of disaffection throughout, the track listing for spin-off record Almost Alice is treacherously terrifying. In amongst the screeching saccharine shite of Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz, alongside Avril Lavigne however lies a diamond in the rough from a true goth-like genius, the musical incarnation of Burton himself almost; Robert Smith. Producing a presumptuously peculiar nursery rhyme rhythm reminiscent of The Glove's lethargic Blue Sunshine LP, whilst this cover of Kathryn Beaumont's Very Good Advice could never sandwich itself sumptuously amongst these lavish layers of 3D, it provides the sort of kaleidoscopic stumble through simplistic sonic adventures that the bizarre and beautiful of Burton longs to feast upon.

Erland and The Carnival

Whilst a certain cartoon clan of pop primates sun themselves in the worthiest of genre-refracted spotlights, a sidekick prone to slumping in the shadows speaks silent volumes once again. Simon Tong's CV straddles Britpop like a bewildered behemoth-turned-dignified gent of modern music, having platonically played his harmonically resolute guitar lines through the allegorical amps of Coxon for Blur following Graham's Think Tank exile, as well as providing the pacified plectrum plucks behind Gorillaz' Demon Days and Damon's The Good, The Bad & The Queen. Tong is a Fender-wielding fellow as exquisitely understated as Daniel Johnston at a dinner party. His latest outfit Erland and the Carnival draw dizzying dots between the Orange Juice-inspired junk pop of early Franz Ferdinand, mutated circus folk and the Summer Solstice. Could the sun dawn on his stone henge this time around?
Erland And The Carnival - My Name Is Carnival by inertiamusic

Erland and The Carnival's Myspace

And So I Watch You From Afar

It's a truly sad day when new musical knowledge slips from your subconscious and substantially smaller siblings inform you of the internal organs of your iPod you should have had transplanted two years ago. The prog-meets-early Biffy Clyro-meets Ratatat of And So I Watch You From Afar apparently is a more valuable and viable aural option than Ja Rule's Always On Time. And whilst it's all self-indulgent, almost lacks vocals and drips with a maddening melancholy that recalls Broken Summer Soundtrack at their most bleak, and sounds something along the lines of ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, it's all rather magnificent. And they're a far better Irish export alternative to Two Door Cinema Club.
1. Set Guitars To Kill - And So I Watch you From Afar by TOOLBOX ROCKS

And So I Watch You From Afar's Myspace