Thursday, 22 January 2009

the hundred in the hands : dressed in dresden

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Inandout. Out and in. Inandout. Out and in.

Dressed in Dresden is the debut single from Brooklyn based The Hundred in the Hands. It's going to come all over your ears with jagged angular guitars not so dissimilar to a banquet at the start of the century. Chuck in some innocent smoothie sweet vocals and a scuzzy beat and you've got a party going on. But wait, I thought it was 2009. As if that fucking matters, the powers that be are trying to pump us with female vocalists and scuzzy electro Kitsuné influenced grooves this year, so you might as well party. Some lovely ambiguous lyrics perfect for the ambiguous relationship that will invariably occur as you get down to this. Coming across as assured and uncertain at the same time. Hollowing out each other's hearts is one way of putting a one night stand. I just don't know. Read my first sentence repeatedly whilst listening to this song.

The refrain will get stuck in your head like some toffee between the molars. It's gorgeous and gives me hope for the future of this group. It's layered, slowly building up into three parts which fit together perfectly like American Apparel clothes and other American Apparel clothes. I can't wait to hear this in some secret Shoreditch warehouse location that isn't actually that secret. It's on Hearn Street kids.

The Hundred in the Hands - Dressed in Dresden

It's the debut release on Pure Groove Records as well, which is pretty special. Why? Because they've been going for fucking ages (nearly my whole life) and they've never deigned to put anything out with their name splattered on it that heavily. I've been assured that all the releases under this moniker are going to be uber limited and special and hand-drawn, hand-made, hand-crafted, hand-carried to your door. It's all part of their strategy to be more than a record shop, to offer something different to the discerning new music fan. This seven inch comes backed with a tasty remix by Jacques Renault that slows things down. A nice alternative to the breakneck pace of the original.

Pure Groove are currently closed for refurbishments until the end of the month. They are putting in a bar/cafe to entice more people in. But they don't want to compete with the other record stores in having a huge stock because online people do it better, and for less money. Fair enough.

I wouldn't stock everything under the sun, but I was in Rough Trade yesterday and picked up the Animal Collective album, The Dodos album and the Crystal Antlers EP. Pure Groove don't stock any of them and they aren't exactly what you would call mainstream records are they?

Sensible? I can't decide and I'd probably have a little more stock but if the maths work for them, it's not for me to pass judgement. I don't run a record shop. I like Pure Groove more than Rough Trade anyway because everybody in there is really quite friendly in a way that Rough Trade don't really try to be. And they do tend to be the most innovative and their instores are just better. The old shop was amazing and the new one is still figuring out what it wants to do, which is fair enough. In a few years, it really could have developed into a place of cultural worth to the new music fan. It seems like there's a lot more to come from them. All I ask for is good rum at the bar when Passion Pit play.

Pre-order Dressed in Dresden from Pure Groove.

Sébastien Tellier feature coming tomorrow....exclusssive insight


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