Tweet Tweet!

HOME 
REVIEWS
albums
singles/downloads
gigs
demos
NEWS
INTERVIEWS
FREE MP3s
STREAMED MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
FORUM
LINKS
ABOUT US
CONTACT US
SEARCH
Follow SXP on Twitter
- RSS Feed
 
SoundsXP Presents
Next show:

Friday 29th June
ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY FOR DIGNAN PORCH
Feturing:
Dignan Porch
Great Ytene
Pop Strangers.
+ SoundsXP DJs

Venue: The Victoria, Dalston, E8 3AS

Buy tickets (£4 in adv) from here

On Our iPod

Latest Forum Posts
Album Review

Morton Valence
Me & Home James Bastard Recordings

Article written by Matt H - May 27, 2011

mv_home_james.jpg
Morton Valence - The South (London) will rise again...
The cathode ray portion of the Confederate flag behind the neon lettering is a bit of a clue. Morton Valence have taken their louche electronic pop and ‘done a Piney Gir’ (well, partly), giving themselves something of a country makeover and reanimating a few old songs in the process.

Not that you’ll suddenly start a hoedown to it any time soon. Since their time as Florida (from which time they revisit the excellent Man on the Corner and this album’s title track) they’ve excelled at literate, heavy-lidded hungover pop, with a sound akin to that bit of a great party where the sun is coming up and you start to get a second (or third) wind. And, for all the steel guitar and loping clip-clop rhythms, that’s still the dominant feel. It’s more an urbanites dream of country music than the real thing and none the worse for it. Indeed for every twang and slide there’s a song augmented by a bit of clashing (even flamencoised) guitar and Hammond, or even old single Sailors, which survives with its Bowie-like electronics pretty much intact.

There’s a risk, as with their previous records, that the careful, mannered construction of the record could put some off. But you’d be daft to let it. Morton Valence are too classy, their songs simply too good to let them pass you by.

Links:
http://mortonvalence.com/index.html
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001269744026

LATEST FEATURES
The Punk Singer (ICA Film Review)
Never Mind The Pixies – Here’s Frank Black Francis
LATEST NEWS
Pre-festival Indietracks comp for you to choo over
Firestations burn brightly this summer
On his Jack but it'll still be all White on the night
Chills... they're multiplying... more gigs and new 7
Time running out for trip to Manchester Psych Fest
Dignan Porch prepare to go intergalactic with new LP
Sleaford Mods on target for new LP
Double documentary delight with British Sea Power
You can't keep a Goodman down... La Sera return to UK
What's indie store for you this Record Store Day? Large list announced
LATEST FREE MP3s
Gold Light "True Love Never Dies"
Paradise "Born and Bound"
Unicycle Loves You "Face Tattoo"
Earl Boykins "LEGGY BLONDES"
C O L L E C T R E S S "Spell"
The Rich Hands "Teenager"
Violet Swells "Jupiters Garden"
The Crayon Set "Attack"
PASTEL GHOST "PRISM"
Reveries "Rows"

 

© Sounds XP Design by Darren O'Connor and Adam Walker