BRAND NEW: Phoenix – “1901”

This is one of those songs that I’d heard people talking about, though I thought I’d never heard. Turns out, I had actually heard it on the radio, but never realised this was it. I don’t think I’d heard of Phoenix before this song, but it doesn’t matter, because if their other stuff is as good as this then they’ve got quite a good repertoire.

This is a track off their unreleased 4th studio album, “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” (due for release on the 25th of May).

The song starts with synthesizers (and what could be a guitar with some kind of soft effect?) and a catchy simple drum rhythm, before the vocals come in with seemingly no regard for amount of syllables in a line and almost an off-beat effect. But who cares? They sound great. It builds up to the chorus with the synths continuing and creating a danceable atmosphere for the song, that other bands strive to achieve. Basically, this song is catchy.

You can download “1901” for free from the bands official site, but I got the mp3 for free from this triple j page. I don’t know how long the mp3’s will be available for on each site either.

Photo found on Phoenix Wikipedia page , is by Rama and is licenced under the Creative CommonsAttribution ShareAlike 2.0 France” Licence, and CeCILL.

BRAND NEW: Placebo – “Battle For The Sun”

This relatively new (shuddup, I’m only 12 days slow…) song from the alternative rockers known as Placebo is the title track from their soon-to-be-released 6th album.

To tell the truth, I’ve only listed to “Meds” and “Once More With Feeling: Singles 1996-2004” before, and some fans would consider this a crime. But from what I’ve heard of this new track (and also from other comments on the song), this is a return to some of their harder stuff. It sounds pretty good too.
Featuring an off-beat guitar riff at the start, it moves onto an intense chorus featuring a powerful string section. The tapping drums add a different sound to what I’ve previously heard, but in a good way. Molko’s vocals are, as usual, slightly droning, but that’s good. Some vocalists have a very distinctive sound and I like his. Overall, a pretty good track.
“Battle For The Sun” is scheduled for release on the 8th of June this year.

Luckily, the track “Battle For The Sun” was made available for free at after it’s premiere, so you can go and grab it now if you want. Not sure how long it’ll be up there for though.

Photo found onĀ Placebo Wikipedia page, is by Marcelo Teson and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.