tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd / vinyl review

15/10/2019 : ARMSTRONG - Under Blue Skies

ARMSTRONG

Under Blue Skies

MusicCD / Vinyl
AcousticAlternative Rock

[90/100]   
15/10/2019, Kevin BURKE

There is a tradition of interesting bands, and sounds spilling out of Wales for the last few decades. Outfits such as Super Furry Animals, Manic Street Preachers, and this band Armstrong. I came across them a few years back, I find geographical locations can be at times a compass of quality. They certainly stood out then, and now as Under Blue Skies has resurfaced, with a beefed up track listing and updated artwork it has become a definite go-to release.

Originally a self-released concept in 2007, the twelve-tracks stood out then, and it seems as if time has caught up with Armstrong, along with their sound. Under Blue Skies fits in perfectly in 2019, more so than within its original incarnation, perhaps it one of those timeless albums. Certainly it is a vibrant album, with an effervescent feel good vibe that runs through each track. Opening with “Love Hate Passion And War”, a harmonious delivery that captures this vibe from the outset. The vocals of Julian Pitt are astounding, as if we are in the presence of a Welsh Gram Parsons.

“Crazy World” is straight from a sixties soundtrack, obviously an influence in structure similar to the late-Scott Walker is deep within the mix, as is the California smooth sounds of the counterculture. The acoustic “Gratitude” is poignancy in the flesh, the vocals galvanized by strings is heartbreakingly slick. “Ralph And Gustav”, again is performed to an acoustic backdrop, a nostalgic styled piece, perhaps the Kinks meet the Byrds may be more on the money.

Though Under Blue Skies does give up more up to date sounds, such as “Raise Your Head”. A more realistic setting, with a vocal line that sits on the border of nineties Britpop. The original album closer is still a piece of sculptured brilliance, “Try And Find Answers” is the type of track you could listen to on an endless loop, shimmering with the singalong chorus.

From here the bonus tracks take shape with “On A Clear Night You Can Stay Together”, the first of some very pleasant and fully formed four-track demos. A mournful piece of music, still flourishing with energy, followed by the demo of “Baby You Just Don’t Care”, which sounds closer to the Lighting Seeds than the album version. In contrast, the Loaded era Velvet Underground sound of “The World I Created” is an absolute peach, proving that at times extensions to albums via bonus tracks can produce jewels.

In the same instance the soft shoegaze of “October Song” offers another dynamic to the project, as does the closing track, the raw acoustic Underdog”. All dues to Armstrong and Julian Pitt, Under Blue Skies still remains an interesting piece of work, twelve years after it’s original release and it still holds delights, with this reissue comes further insights into their talent, they are as brilliant as they are elusive.

Tracklist;

1 Love Hate Passion And War

2 Crazy World

3 Baby You Just Don’t Care

4 Sorry About Lately

5 The Things That Pass You By

6 Gratitude

7 September Skies

8 Ralph And Gustav

9 Get Through This

10 Raise Your Head

11 Still Miss You

12 Try And Find Answers

Bonus Tracks:

13 On A Clear Night You Can Stay Together

14 Baby You Just Don’t Care

15 The World I Created

16 My Resistance

17 October Song

18 Perhaps It’s Time We Said Goodbye

19 Tired Of Losing People (In My Life)

20 Underdog

Kevin BURKE
15/10/2019


Music reviews

26
09
TRUE ZEBRA
Idiorhythmic
25
09
KMFDM
In Dub
03
09
SHERAPHIM SYSTEM
Phoenix
02
09
CAWATANA
In The Silver Light (7')
01
09
MIKE SOPKO, BILL LASWELL, TYSHAWN SOREY
On Common Ground
31
08
TUKT
Tukt

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

26
09
A CERTAIN RATIO are back with a new album, ACR Loco!
25
09
Today, exactly 33 years ago The Klinik released 'Plague'!
22
09
Today it’s been exactly 28 years since Nine Inch Nails released Broken (EP)
08
09
SUICIDE COMMANDO release a complete 'Dein herz, meine gier' lyric video for the release of the limited club single CD 'Dein herz, meine gier / Bunkerb!tc!
04
09
39 years ago, Soft Cell's version of ‘Tainted Love’ reached the number one position in the British hit parade!
28
08
43 years ago Iggy Pop released Lust for Life (29th August 1977)

Concert reviews

24
09
RED ZEBRA
29 augustus 2020 - Zarlarswing
31
12
EUFORIC EXISTENCE, ZYNIK 14, WULF7, DELERITAS, CAUSENATION
EBM is still alive (part 1) - Club 52, Eernegem
25
11
SUPER DRAGON PUNCH !! + AMBASSADOR 21 + SUICIDE COMMANDO
MAGASIN 4, NOV 8TH 2019, BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

26
09
THIS ETERNAL DECAY
In The Early Days We Spent More Time Drinking And Partying Rather Than Playing
19
09
MORTAR DEVOTIONS
Dystopia Is Just Around The Corner And Orwell Warned Us Already In 1948
16
09
MAT OSMAN (SUEDE)
'I’m always writing short stories...'
15
09
ERASURE
'Music certainly gives us hope' - Erasure talk about their new album 'The Neon'
14
09
WATA (BORIS)
'I will always feel like a rookie...'

PHOTOS

25
09
PETER HEPPNER
Strandkorb Open Air Mönchengladbach
20
09
STAR-INDUSTRY
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DEER DEAR
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LARVA
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LIZARD SMILE
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DELERITAS
Liège New Wave Festival
20
08
JUSTIN SULLIVAN & GASTONE
Kreisverwaltung Groß-Gerau

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

26
09
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY
Virus
25
09
HYPERMOND.
Paranoia
25
09
PSY'AVIAH
Aftermath
24
09
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO
Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence
23
09
ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF
The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra
22
09
BLACK LINE
Snap
21
09
ALPHAMAY
Silence Emotion