Tuesday, 3 November 2015

S Is For: Shirley Said - Seth Bogart

Shirley Said - Crash.

About Shirley Said (and we quote) - Shirley Said’s sophisticated, experimental take on alt.digitalism was born in the town of Latina, near Rome, inspired by artists ranging from Bjork to Portishead, Talk Talk to Sonic Youth, as well as auteur's such as David Lynch and Ingmar Bergman. Originally a four-piece, the band performed at a series of prestigious national festivals and live video-based events, which emphasised their dedication to the visual as well as the aural. Subsequently relocating to London, Shirley Said resized to a two-piece, comprising Giulia Scarantino (lead vocal, synth, piano, fx) and Simone Bozzato (backing vocal, guitars, programming, efx). Their sensual, minimalist techno has sound tracked French docu-dramas, Italian TV series and an exclusive fashion film for Vogue. Earlier in 2015, the band’s double-A sided single, ‘Merry-Go-Round’/’Salvation’ firmly established them as one of the English capital’s most coveted electronica acts – the duo’s atmospheric live performances justifying widespread acclaim from keynote reviewers both on line and in print.

Dreamy vocals above a minimalist and cleverly textured soundtrack, that oozes atmosphere. The sort of track that reduces stress levels and puts a smile on your face.

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Seth Bogart - Eating Makeup (featuring Kathleen Hanna).

And the promo succinctly says - Madonna isn't the only master of re-invention - Seth Bogart (Hunx & His Punx, Gravy Train !) has a new album coming early next year on Burger Records and it's a whole new look and sound from him - he's gone "pop".  

The first track "Eating Makeup" features the legendary Kathleen Hanna - album has features from Tavi Gevinson, Clem from Cherry Glazerr, Chela and co-written and produced by Cole MGN (Ariel Pink, Julia Holter, Dam Funk etc).

OK this can easily be described as quirky, breezy, fun, a little different, you get the picture. My serious head says, it's not quite Beehive Candy material, however my serious head is wrong. It's just got under my skin, I like it, music is surely about connecting with our emotions and for whatever reason this song has.

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