Monday, January 22, 2018

The Shalfonts – Totem Power, Totem Life (2016)


  • Indie pop/rock 
  • Alternative pop/rock 
  • Art pop/rock 
  • Post-rock 
  • Drone pop 
  • Jangle pop 
  • Organcore

Comment: Birmingham, UK-based The Shalfonts have much to say because given that 25-notch issue otherwise it could be a merciless failure. These compositions are exquisite and witty drawing comparisons with ensembles of the C86 movement/jangle pop and on the other side there are up hints at the jazz influenced Chicago post-rock scene, especially to the like of Sea And The Cake. Indeed, a listener can perceive some kind of sophisticated easiness in The Shalfonts' music. With regard to the just written words The Shalfonts do create a coherent sonic bound between the USA, and Great Britain. Yet eventually I shall have to admit the US influence is even stronger and more remarkable. Strumming guitars are wrapped up by miscellaneous sonic effects and electronic sounds. Imagine it is a sort of jangle pop (or post-jangle pop) being influenced by an exquisite sort of jazz rock. It burrows its way through minimal changes and by adding a rewarding amount of new elements to the mix. I recommend listening to it because it is immensely more worth hearing rather than following some NHL team while these teams are as changeable as the brothels by its members. Do you think you are following Montrèal Canadiens, for instance? What sort of phenomenon do you follow exactly if the next season at least a third of the team is renewed? Is it worth to waste your time on nonsense? It is a crooked self-deception. The nowadays world is seriously fucked up. Only music does still have something worthy to say. The Shalfonts has also something worthy to say.
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