Label: Shinkansen Recordings - SHINKANSEN 24CD • Format: CD Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Pop Rock, Synth-pop, Experimental
Doors open Not a valid email address. When the legendary Sarah Records decided to call it a day some years ago, Shinkansen started out almost immediately, as a fresh start for Sarah. Among the first signings was a band that had some connections to the aforementioned label, namely The Trembling Blue Stars, which included members from the good old Field Mice. As if that wasn't enough, they also signed Harvey Williams, who had released records on Sarah as a solo artist, as Another Sunny Day and who had again also been part of The Field Mice.
This was all some years ago now, and Shinkansen have now done what Sarah also used to do regularly. They have released a label compilation with rare singles and unreleased tracks by their signings. The only contribution here that I have heard before is The Trembling Blue Star's quite excellent 'Doo-Wop Music', which isn't doo-wop music at all, but a trip-hoppy track with an infectious guitarhook. The remaining 18 tracks are all new to me, and I think they serve as a great introduction to the Shinkansen sound.
Monograph opens the CD with their "A Story Time Has Told Us", and this song and the other three by Monograph on this album gives me the Farewell To Forever - Various - Lights On A Darkening Shore that this group is the noisiest one on the label.
But that isn't to say that they are very noisy. No, not at all. They're just a little bit faster than the other contributers here and use distorted guitars. I may be wrong, however. Anyway, their songs are all great, and I would love to hear more from them. Next is Cody, a band who don't make much of an impression with me.
I'm not a huge fan of trip-hop, and Cody trip-hop a bit too much, I get a bit annoyed and almost immediately want to skip to the next song.
But I stay tuned and listen a bit more. It doesn't get much better, so I give up. Luckily, Cody only have two songs here. Blueboy is, as I said before, another band that I remember from the Sarah days, and their first song here, 'Melancholia', is what it sounds like, a melancholic song with basically just an acoustic guitar as anaccompaniment. A very nice song indeed, and Blueboy's other contributions here 'Bradford, Texas' and 'Joined-Up Writing' are also good.
Not brilliant, but good. That's good enough. On stage they were just three people, Bob Wratten of coursea bass player that I don't know the name of and Harvey Williams. Yup, it was almost as if The Field Mice had reunited. But they haven't, and there was no point in shouting about them playing "Emma's House". They did however play "Letter Never Sent", one of the four TBS songs featured here, and in my opinion the best Farewell To Forever - Various - Lights On A Darkening Shore them.
Tompot Blenny then. I don't know a thing about this band, and they don't impress me much. Don't get me wrong here, it's not bad. It's just that it's boring and sounds like a lot of other bands in this genre.
Of these tracks, "Smile Again" is the best in my opinion. Harvey Williams is something of the Godfather of Twee. As I mentioned earlier on, he was a member of The Field Mice for a while. He had his one-man band Another Sunny Day and nowadays he releases records under his real name.
And often it's just him and a piano occasionally with a guitar as wellFarewell To Forever - Various - Lights On A Darkening Shore can be nice if you get it in small doses. After a while, it gets a bit too much, so hearing these two songs are Empece - Langui* - Hola, because it doesn't get boring.
OK, the ending of "Her Boychart" is quite tedious, but White Christmas - The Chipmunks - Christmas With The Chipmunks lyrics are nice, and the songs are good as well.
The last band to participate on this compilation is Fosca, which is the new band formed by Dickon Edwards from Shelley, Orlando and Spearmint. Their song here is called "File Under Forsaken", and it's not a great song. I like their latest release, "Agony Without The Ecstasy" better. But, once again, it's not bad. Just a bit bland. To finish it off, I can add it all up and say that it's a very good, sometimes brilliant, CD, but I recommend that you program your CD player when you listen to it.
That way, Rose Garden - Various - The Best Of Country Music Vol. 7 (8-Track Cartridge) get the most out of it. Ths compil is excellent! The indie pop does still exist!!! Thanks T. I have most of Shinkansen's releases but somehow this CD put everything into context.
It made me realise that there is beauty out there, and those of us who have been lucky enough to discover it should really cherish it. Indiepop variety at its very best! Related Bands edit. Related PokéRAP - John Loeffler - Pokémon - 2.B.A. Master. Review Header. Editorial:February Kinshasa Originals and Reconstructions - CD X2 Excellent double album which contains previously-unreleased recordings originally recorded in of four influential World Music bands from Kinshasa in the Congo in Africa.
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