Archive for March, 2010

Chinese Christmas Cards

07/03/2010

Before talking about these guys, I just want to say that I wish all the best to Mark Linkous’ family, and that his contribution to the musicsphere through Sparklehorse will never be forgotten.

So, anyways. I still haven’t been able to update myself enough – my weekend was just as busy as my week! But my friend over at Soundheard showed me something I loved today, and it’s definitely what I’m going to share here.

Chinese Christmas Cards hail from Barcelona and they’re pretty much unknown and unsigned – only 185 listeners in last.fm so far! Though they only have one serious hit, they make music out of passion for it, writing and composing tunes in a little room filled with guitars, synths and computers. They claim to mix song-writing and electronic qualities in their songs, and you can single out both details in Welcome to Life, where the feel-good lyrics, the Postal Service-ish (in my humble opinion) beat, and the incredibly catchy guitar can seriously make you dance out in your room. It’s a stereotypical mood-lifting gem; “welcome to life, welcome to feelings, everything is beautiful…”

(mp3) Welcome to Life – Chinese Christmas Cards

[EDIT] Their second song, an amazing 5-minute joyride:

(mp3) No Radar no Phone – Chinese Christmas Cards

the pressure de-pressure depression

04/03/2010

I haven’t blogged for about a week and I’ve been having serious issues with this. I haven’t even checked Pitchfork in a week; the situation’s that bad. Today’s been the first time I could even breathe before having to go to sleep, or the first time I’m going to be able to afford sleeping at all – I couldn’t even write about something I wanted to since sunday.

For obvious school/pressure/depression reasons, I have no songs to share, at least for today; friday’s probably promising to be an all-updating music day. I’m thinking about putting together the songs I’ve most been listening to and compiling them, perhaps.

Meanwhile, I’d just like to share with whoever still reads this that I went to the Coldplay concert here Sunday. I’m not the biggest Coldplay fan, though I do think Chris Martin is really adorable when he’s alone embracing the piano. Nonetheless, it was one of the most beautiful concerts I’ve ever attended. I’m not saying it was better than Radiohead or anything of the kind, but it was truly a breathtaking performance. I’ve never seen something as gorgeous as the explosion of neon-coloured plastic butterflies that were exploded through multiple air tunnels, allowing them to hover all over our heads – regardless of where in the audience we were. Everything was pink, the screen images were amazingly touching, all was in sync. And, of course, there was the naturally lovely Yellow performance with gigantic yellow balloons being thrown around and deep-yellow lights enveloping us in a hypnotic environment that I wish I had never left. Especially when they moved to the little stage to the right to play Shiver and, well, I was right in front of it.

I miss this blog and I miss new music… Tomorrow?