I wasn't sure if it was the booze or not, but whatever the case my interest was piqued. What the hell was playing on the jukebox? And how the hell could I get my hands on it? Touch & Go is a project conceived and masterminded by David Lowe, who writes all of the material, produces, arranges, and plays drums, keyboards, and most of the bass, as well as doing some of the vocals. Most of the parts, however, are filled in by a cast of various musicians — none of them part of Touch and Go officially — contributing vocalists, brass, wind parts, guitar, and violin. Touch and Go's first album,I Find You Very Attractive
, combines retro-lounge jazz, swing, and Latin-Caribbean sounds with more modern dancebeats and samples/effects. Lyrically, the songs — sometimes sung, sometimes spoken, often with extended instrumental sections — are often constructed around the sort of come-on lines used at the social get-togethers of the well-heeled and fashionable. However you look at it though, it sure makes for an interesting spin. For your listening (dis)pleasure:Touch & Go: Would You Like To Go To Bed With Me?
Another band that completely fell off The Vicar's musical radar is Leaves
. I thoroughly enjoyed their debut album (even though at times it was so Coldplay-ish that I cringed). Here are two tracks off of their forthcoming sophmore release The Angela Test
. For your listening (dis)pleasure:Leaves: WhateverLeaves: As We Walk