Layourbattleaxedown





Sometimes I wonder if TV is the new radio. With deregulation and the demise of alternative rock stations, where are the masses to turn to in order to find new music? Some bands (i.e. Astralwerks' beloved Concretes) are taking full advantage of the use of TV with marketing. Their US debut came out last summer and they already had a Target campaign. Good or bad, that is how a lot of people came to know them. Now, on July 26 The Concretes will return with Layyourbattleaxedown, a collection of singles and B-sides. If you are a purist hoping that they kept the same sound with those B-sides and are in touch with their roots, then you are just in luck. Layyourbattleaxedown proves itself to be a perfect collection for fans both old and new. Overall the mood is the same as the last album. Beautiful and pretty pop music that blends the best of Belle and Sebastian and The Pastels, but also encompasses the laid back warm feeling of summer. Which is something I am sure that Stockholm, where they hail from, loves to feel. Even the artwork on Layyourbattleaxedown is almost identical to Boy, You Better Run Now, their debut album that hosted their first two EPs. Songs like "Lady December", and "Forces" stand out on their own and sound like they could have been on the cutting room floor from The Concretes. Then there is "The Warrior" which has a little bit of a Rilo Kiley feel to it. While most of the tracks come off of various EPs from the band (Nationalgeographic, and Warm Night included) there is also a hidden gem that could be easy to miss if you are not paying attention. That gem is a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Miss You". It was originally on a tribute compilation called We Love You from 2002. So take a good listen to this album when it comes out in two weeks. It really goes without saying in the case of The Concretes, if it isn't broken then don't fix it. Simple, effective and true.

The Concretes
Astralwerks

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