I was so late in posting my February vinyl box that my March one has already arrived- sorry about that!
If you like Her’s, you might also like: Mac Demarco, Trudy & The Romance
Side A: Being Around/ No Big Deal | Side B: Sad Fuzz (Ty Segall cover)
The inclusion of Our Girl’s record marks Flying Vinyl’s first ever three-track release. The second project from The Big Moon’s guitarist, Soph Nathan, it includes two original songs, as well as a cover of Ty Segall’s song, Sad Fuzz.
There’s a lot of music going on in this one, which is a stark contrast to the singer’s relatively soft, hazy sounding voice. In a good way.
If you like Our Girl, you might also like: The Big Moon
Side A: You Can’t Lose | Side B: All Or Nothing
Van Zeller- notoriously difficult to find on the internet, they’re not on Spotify, or Youtube. So if you like, you can listen to them on Soundcloud.
They’re very punk, with their catchy shouty-style of singing, paired with incredibly catchy riffs. I wasn’t sure punk would really be my kind of thing, but that’s the whole point of the Flying Vinyl subscription, to open your eyes to bands (or in this case genres) that you might never have listened to otherwise. So basically, I enjoyed this one even though I wasn’t sure I would. It’s nice to listen to something a bit different from the norm once in a while.
If you like Van Zeller, you might also like: The Amazons
Side A: Reykjavik | Side B: Sandcastle
I had no idea what to expect, but what I got still defied my expectations. For a start, Reykjavic is a whopping 7:18 long, and switches genres constantly. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cool concept, but confusing. It goes from psychedelic synths, to standard guitar riffs, back to synth. I do really like his voice though, so the bits that are consistent genres for more than 20 seconds are great. Sandcastle makes more sense, and is a bit more ‘mainstream’ sounding, but still keeps those bursts of creativity which keep Mantis Opera sounding unique. I’ve definitely never heard another band doing the same thing. Very interesting.
If you like Mantis Opera, you might also like: Alt-J, Muse.