04 August 2007

Monster Bobby + bella

I've been digging a lot of electro-pop lately, but not your average, mindless genre offerings. Let me put it this way. There is something utterly fantastic about brilliant pulsing beats juxtaposed with melancholy lyrics. It's music that makes you want to dance to forget you want to cry. Here are tracks off two upcoming albums that fit the mood too well.

I first caught Monster Bobby playing an all-too-brief acoustic set opening for his pet project: the polka-dotted, retro-pop princesses that are the Pipettes (he is their "concept engineer" and lead guitar player of their backing band the Cassettes after all). But his debut solo album Gaps (out August 7) takes a different approach, as he nixes pristine studio production for fuzzy, lo-fi, electro-acoustic bliss.
Additionally, the album features some pretty damn quirky (yet never gimmicky) psychiatric-worthy song titles including the fabulous "Let's Check Into A Hopsital Together" and "The Closest Experience To That Of Being With You Is The Experience Of Taking Drugs." I can't recommend the album highly enough.

The Closest Experience To That Of Being With You Is The Experience Of Taking Drugs - Monster Bobby
The Postcard - Monster Bobby
Let's Check Into A Hospital Together - Monster Bobby

And then there's bella. The Canadian indie-pop trio feature some superb boy-girl vocals and spacey, synth beats. At once moody and melodic, their music could soundtrack a night on the dancefloor or a weepy, evening alone in the bedroom. No One Will Know is due out September 18. In the meantime, here's a preview:

Camelot - bella
We Said Goodbye - bella

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