Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Like the Cocteau Twins at Christmas


That's what The Wolfmen's new single Jackie, Is It My Birthday? sounds like to me.

A swirling dervish of ghostly notes, Marco's guitars arpeggiating like the midnight chimes of church bells and snowfalls of slow-shifting synth washes swaddling Sinéad O'Connor and Chris Constantinou as they waltz-in-black through this dark duet like ghost-dancers at the Overlook Hotel.

But don't just take my word for it, have a blast below. The 2 min's(half of the single) you'll hear is ripped from my own copy of Jackie - but you can get your own copy on 7 inch , CD or digital download



And don't you think Jackie would make a perfect Christmas single? A fresh airing and alternative to the overplayed Pogues, that Wham song or some one-shot winner from a TV 'talent' show

13 comments:

lil said...

I’m with you PM;
I just love that track!
Would be great to hear some different tunes this Xmas…

Davy H said...

Interesting. Have to say I like the Sineadiness of it, mostly.

You are familiar with ver actual Cocteau Twins at Chr*****s I take it PM?

Furtheron said...

Like that - all a bit backwards tape sound to it... smart

Mondo said...

I've just googled Lil and noticed some other reviews mention the Christmas vibe, so not just my twitchy ears - and I never understood why that East 17 tune get's wheeled out every year. It's just ABSOs in skiwear.

I think I've got one song on A Very Special Christmas comp or summat Davy - but have just seen they've made an entire album of the buggers though. Trust me it's a grower - just a few plays and it'll be haunting your head before you know it. (speaking of ghosts - have you heard Sinead's team-up with Shane McGowan )

I've faded at the solo, but it's sort of Fripp and Enoish F-Ron. Did you hear the 2nd single 'Cat Green Eyes' on the last Podrophenia worra rocker?

Keith said...

Very cool. I like it a lot. Thanks for posting.

Isn't there always some big deal about songs at Christmas in the UK? I know in movies they always seem to make a big deal about it.

Piley said...

Big fan of this Mondo... and the Wolfies in general. I'm sure it could have beena Crimbo contender too.

Can't wait for that new album either, played the last one to death now!

P

Mondo said...

Christmas number ones were a big tradition for years over here Keith but it's all gone a bit random since they based it on downloads..

I've heard a few sneaky peaks and it's quite diff P, more summery and poppy rather than Modernity's grit and glam

Cocktails said...

It doesn't sound like Christmas, it sounds like early 90s shoegazing/dreampop!

Not that there is anything wrong with that of course.

Gabbi said...

Wonderful song and recommendation dear Mondo and your description paints quite an eerie and intriguing picture... great job!! :)

Mondo said...

Good point Cocktails it wouldn't sound out of place on this - one of my fave early 90s comps picked up for something silly at Woolworths back then.

Thanks Gabbi you should grab a copy of Jackie - guarantee you'll love it. Oh, and I forgot to mention it's mixed by Courtney Taylor-Taylor of the Dandy Warhols

Keith said...

I had wondered about that. I know a few movies mentioned it. I think there was something about it in "Love Actually."

lil said...

The festive season is steeped in traditions, sure would be refreshing to replace some of the naff tunes we hear everywhere, every year, with some new quality sounds…

Ps I love that “Cocteau Twins” rendition of “Frosty the Snowman” it’s dreamy!
I've never heard it before now, thanks for sharing Davy…

Davy H said...

Hey! You're welcome lil! I'm bound to post them round my place come Chr*****s, pop in, do.