Sunday, November 12th, 2006
Sunday Cleaning – Volume 55
|Camp Radio / Camp Radio (Kelp)
I think I said once the best way to get me to listen to something cold was to send me it on a lovely slab of vinyl – Ottawa’s Camp Radio got the message, loud and clear! I got their self-titled debut on a nice and thick 180g pressing, packaged in a gorgeous full-colour, matte-finish gatefold sleeve… whew. Easily some of the nicest packaging of anything I’ve gotten my hands on lately. But, of course, not even the prettiest dress can help the homely girls so it’s lucky that Camp Radio – a trio of veterans of the Ottawa indie scene – have filled the album with sharp, tight and hooky guitar pop that would still be every bit as melodic and terrific if you dressed it up in a paper bag and scotch-taped banana peels and peanut shells to it. Muchos recommended. And if you buy the vinyl (which you should) it comes with a CD version of the album as well. You can’t beat that with a stick.
|Tralala / Is That The Tralala (Audika)
I get the feeling that Brooklyn’s Tralala prefer to have their band name spelled with all caps. I refuse to indulge them this. On their second full-length, out Tuesday, the seven-piece girl-group/power-pop fusion experiment boasts four lead singers who opt to sing in unison, chorus-style, rather than swap moments in the spotlight (much of the time, anyway). This wall of voices, coupled with the simple and punkish musical accompaniment, makes for an exhilarating sugar-rush, if one that risks a serious come-down before the 39-minute running length of the album is over. Tailor-made for indie-night DJ mixes, Tralala are best prescribed in short doses but definitely good fun. And I would love to see them in a knife fight with Tilly & The Wall.