In Heavy Rotation: “Endless Flowers” – Crocodiles
Endless Flowers has been out for a while now, but I’ve only just gotten around to listening to it in the last week or so. The main reason for my delay is that it isn’t streaming on Rdio in my country (New Zealand). It’s interesting how this factor really influences my listening habits these days – if it’s not available for streaming, I am a lot less likely to give it a spin. It seems so silly in 2012 that regional restrictions are still applied to a fully digital medium – why would you not want every possible person listening to your music?
Another recent example was The Only Place by Best Coast, an album that I really like, but is still – several months after its release – not available to me. I even tried purchasing it on vinyl via their website, and was met with a regional restriction there too – they literally would not let me give them my money for their music. As a result, despite Best Coast being one of my favorite recent bands, I’ve barely touched the new album.
So anyway, Endless Flowers – it’s fantastic. Right from the opening chords, you know you’re in for something special. The title track and opener kicks things off with distorted and muddy chords over a dancefloor-ready beat – you know you’re in for a treat. Equal parts Jesus & Mary Chain and New Order, guitar pop versus indie dance. It’s the kind of album where you know from the first few chords that you’re going to love it. Highlights include the aforementioned opener, Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9), and the My Bloody Valentine influenced “My Surfing Lucifer”. Top shelf.
And since it’s not available everywhere on streaming services here’s a stream of the full album at Rolling Stone that they don’t get any money for. Doesn’t make much sense, does it?