THE FIVE BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLES OF 2007 (SO FAR)

Posted: May 22, 2007 by dillion in Uncategorized

Continuing in my guest post week, which is mirrored at Break Thru Radio (just go there and click on “articles”), with another list assessing the year thus far.

THE BEST INDIE SINGLES OF ’07, SO FAR . . .

1. THE CHILD BALLADS-Cheekbone Hollows

This January release begins with a strum and a chkachkachk. Cool. Then it goes on to tell of . . . Of . . . Actually, I have no idea what the song is about. But it mentions the comfort of a George Jones album and features a vocal track that recalls the best of Mark Bolan and old Stones. Fantastic.

Cheekbone Hollows.

2. SATURNA-Pop Rocks

It’s not Oasis. It’s not even British. It’s a shoegazey anthem that’s neither pretentious, nor dull, and that real musical chops and hot licks, to boot. It’s a single off of Saturna’s long awaited (by me, at least) full-length, Some Delicious Enemy. It’s great.

Saturna: Pop Rocks.

3. BIG BUILDINGS-Alaska

The slow grind of the Replacements used with Americana sensibilities. This is a demo, and sounds a little like it was recorded through gauze, but it’s still fantastic. Big Buildings are probably my favorite band you’ve never heard of, but you can get some of their stuff on emusic so you no longer have any excuses.

Breaking news: The band just lost a founding member. That sucks. Hope they can find a replacement and keep it going.

4. BLOC PARTY-Sunday

I wanted not to list the same band twice during this week of guest posting, but this song compels me to. (You can guess what list BP will also appear on, later this week). Just this once. Musically, it’s standard Bloc Party—crawling drums, distant background vocals, and a chorus that kicks up both the volume and the energy. But the lyrics are affecting on a personal level, not something I usually get out of BP. “I love you in the morning, when you’re still hung over. I love you in the morning, when you’re still strung out.” It’s the kind of song that makes you wish you could be loved that much. And all that goes double for the acoustic version, which breaks me.

Sunday (acoustic version).

5. PHONTE FEATURING CARLITTA DURAND-Take on Me.

Who would expect one of the members of North Carolina’s rap ensemble, Little Brother, to do what is basically a retooling, revamping, remaking (and improving) of an ‘80s pop song? It’s so beyond the original that it can’t even be called a cover. But the true genius is in the last 30 seconds where he eschews the typical rap break in favor of a fade out ramble justifying what he’s just done. Brilliant.

Take On Me.

Comments
  1. joe frazier says:

    THE CHILD BALLADS WERE THE MOST COMPELLING PHENOMENA I HAVE SEEN SINCE GIVING BIRTH. IF THERE IS ANYONE ALIVE TODAY ON THIS COLD ROCK HURLING THROUGH SPACE THAT HAS INHERITED THE MANTLE OF LORD BYRON ( COMPLETE WITH THE GLORY, HUMOUR , SUFFERING, HUMOUR MADE FROM SAID SUFFERING, AND HEART STOPPING-SHOW STOPPING, GOD GIVEN TALENT, AS WELL AS INNER SENSE OF DAMNATION AND A FACE SO BEAUTIFUL TO BLOCK OUT THE SUN) IT IS STEWART LUPTON. SURE, HE’S AN EASY TARGET. A HISTORY OF SELF DESTRUCTION, POETRY AWARDS AND A CERTAIN, INIMITABLE ‘ TOUCHED’ WAY ABOUT HIM , COMBINED WITH HIT OR MISS SHOWS, HAVE MADE HIM A POPULAR CHAT ROOM RELIGIOUS FIGURE /PUNCHLINE. NEVERTHELESS, THE MAN HAS “IT.” WATCHING LUPTON ON A BAD NIGHT IS LIKE WATCHING ALI LOOSE A FIGHT. IT STILL BEATS THE LIVING S H I Tut OF 80% OF THE PROPHETS OF MEDIOCRITY THAT ARE CLOGGING THE ARTERIES OF ROCK AND ROLL. SCREW ALL THE NAYSAYERS, THEY ARE LOWERE THAN THE PEPPER SPRAY LISTON PUT ON HIS GLOVES TO BLIND HIS OPPONENTS. THEY FORGET THAT LUPTON CAN DANCE. THE MAN CAN DANCE MOST FRONTMEN IN CIRCLES WHILE RECITING ‘CHILDE HAROLDE’ PT.S 3 AND 4. HE TRULY TRULY HAS IT. ALL HE WANTS TO DO IS PASS IT ON, GIVE IT TO YOU, GIVE YOU A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. HE IS BACK. MANY HAVE FELT A RECENT DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE. THE MAN IS BACK AND HIS DANCING SHOES ARE SHINED. I THINK HE MIGHT LOVE US. LET HIM
    JOE FRAZIER | 05.05.08 – 1:28 am

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