Talk about aiming straight for the counter culture bullseye. Museum Of Bellas Artes, a new three piece band from Sweden, officially released their initial single, ‘Watch The Glow’/'Who Do You Love‘, on October 11th, through the blog-friendly Transparent record label. This was immediately after doing a mixtape for Vice’s website, so with all these hipster boxes well and truly ticked, we witnessed the class of Shoreditch start their chattering, articles soon arrived on NME’s radar and the remainder of the blogosphere got scribbling.
We don’t think it will stop there either as Richard, best known to us from the exceptional blog, The Line Of Best Fit, who also works his PR magic at Ill Fit, is busy running campaigns with them. Future releases will arrive through the brilliantly-named label, Force Majeure, (literally translated from french as ‘greater force’, but is also commonly known as a legal term that’s attached to contracts where liability is removed in the event of an ‘Act of God’). At this point we should perhaps add in a few related phrases about “whipping up storms” and “flooding the market”, but we won’t. MOBA don’t need our fancy wit to break through – the encouraging backing they’re already receiving has the underground bulging enough already.
Next up will be a four track EP, ‘Days Ahead‘, due out on November 15th, which contains the aforementioned single, ‘Watch The Glow‘, minus the B-side cover of The Sapphires 1964 hit, but thankfully there’s some rather awesome, shiny, new tunes replacing it, such as the enjoyable ‘Days Ahead‘ and EP closer, ‘Paloma‘.
The music is something of a bridge between the light-grid disco floors of the 70s and that kind of echoing, sun-bleached, processed lo-fi music that’s been so popular throughout 2010. The mind and the feet will be equally absorbed, especially with the title track, which pairs four-beat handclaps with wood blocks, before introducing simple, but effective guitar riffs. The excellent beats remain as a dominant feature on ‘Watch The Glow‘, which are found pounding up the track like a heavy train, before the beautiful vocals follow it like a trail of drifting steam. Fans of Young Empires, or perhaps Trophy Wife, or any other band that melts disco pop beats over a set of authentic instruments, will lap it up.
There’s a Transparent showcase gig for the EP launch at Madame Jojos on Tuesday 9th November, bringing us their first ever UK appearance. For those living in Brighton they follow it up with a show at The Hope on the 11th November, so you will definitely catch us there – no doubt discussing lo-fi alternative music, whilst struggling to come to terms with an urge to dance our asses off. (MB)
MUSEUM OF BELLAS ARTES – WATCH THE GLOW
MUSEM OF BELLAS ARTES – WHO DO YOU LOVE