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Seerauber Jenny

Push It Away / Waste Of Time

Seerauber Jenny was founded by young Fran Barker in a leaky conservatory with a 4-track, a miscellany of instruments and a bag load of fuzzy influences like Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine and storms and mountains and adventures. At some point she packed up her 4-track and miscellany of instruments and bag load of fuzzy influences and moved from Wiltshire to Brighton. At another point her raw acoustic creations infiltrated the electropop ears of Neil Claxton in Manchester's Mint Royale. Despite living 150 miles away he managed to turn Fran's "hissy, vague musical ideas" into "fully realised and infinitely more enjoyable grown up songs". And here are two of them now, an A and a AA-side borne of the seaside and manipulated somewhere near Moss Side. "Push It Away" is Seerauber Jenny's first ever release. It is prickly and enigmatic, racy and rolling - a tense, nervous heartache. "Waste Of Time" meanwhile is lush and lonely and therefore a typically lovely, brooding Label Fandango flipside. Like Fran and Neil themselves it's a great double act.

In the true maverick spirit of being modern young men with modern young fringes and fresh open minds Rob The Rich say they are influenced by what they are currently listening to, which happens to be Rihanna, Beyonce, Yeasayer, Arcade Fire and Phoenix. More specifically Rob The Rich say, "We think Born Ruffians and Beirut are really good and like to think we have a wee bit of both in our quietly aggressive tropical pop music." Wise words indeed. And it is this very tropical pop music which has seen them nab support slots with Jack Penate, Pete & The Pirates, Everything Everything and other such fragrantly inventive spirits.


Elasticity / Tinman

    One sultry night in late summer four well-mannered men play a vivacious show to a few dozen friends and enthusiasts at the Purple Turtle in Camden Town. Two weeks later they entertain a crammed industry ratfest at the Hope & Anchor in Islington. In the few days in between they are snapped up by Virgin Records. It probably isn't the shortest A&R non-race of all time, but it isn't far off. Happily, before the ink has dried on the major contract Royworld agree to release a single on Label Fandango. And this is it. "Elasticity" is dead smart pop like they used to make in the olden days mixed with the sort of lovely modern melodramatics which have recently seen them lurking in the studio with Andy Green, Keane's producer. The flipside "Tinman", meanwhile, is a quietly brilliant hyperballad which will have them swooning in the aisles and sweeping fallen angels off the altar.

    Ra Ra Riot

    A Manner To Act / Each Year

      I was expecting this to be a shouty pop thing going off the name of the band (and the label to some extent) but it's actually nothing like that at all! Hailing from Syracuse, New York, Ra Ra Riot blend the fury of post punk with melodic orchestral sensibilities to create this sublime pop song full of gently distorted guitars and subtle violins topped with a vocal that swoops and soars beautifully. Very good indeed!

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