March 25, 2009

More WeLeftYouSleeping: "Caution! Vampires!" and "An Apology"

Johnny Foreigner
[Originally posted here Monday. -- Ed.] We thought today we'd bring you two tracks from Johnny Foreigner's WeLeftYouSleepingAndGoneNow, as you've already heard one if you've followed our sage advice and logged on to hear the tracks streaming at this ghosted MySpace outpost. So "Caution! Vampires!" will not be new to you, but we expect the track that follows it on the Birmingham, England-based noise pop titans' "lost" first album -- that is, "An Apology" -- will be. We described the former track here as "not dissimilar to many of the lesser known tracks populating the very rewarding demos collection I Like You Mostly Late At Never, with spirals of arpeggiated guitar, buried noise and spoken-word samples and even a bit of synth cropping up throughout underneath Mr. Berrow’s now-familiar rant and croon." The tune opens with a noise loop before tumbling into a swaying verse. The production on the drums is distant, but otherwise the track is recorded well and boasts a gripping arrangement of guitars and airy backing vocals.

At a minute-forty-five seconds in band fronter Alexei Berrow amplifies the tone of the song with an aggressive guitar figure that ultimately transforms into a dense crescendo of driven by cymbals to the brink. "Caution! Vampires!" closes with some drunken(-sounding) ranting that lays the groundwork for a neat seque into the quiet, solemn opening of the terrifically affecting "An Apology." Berrow's barrage of lyrics here is buried within a mix laden with high, spacey synths, acoustic guitar and a curtain of what sounds like accordion. Drumming at the end of the third minute lifts the entire proceedings to another plane entirely from elegy to strident head-bobber. Again, the production is imaginative and clever, but falls short of clear, making "An Apology" among the first tracks from WeLeftYouSleepingAndGoneNow that we'd beg Johnny Foreigner to re-record in a proper studio. Both "Caution! Vampires!" and "An Apology" are posted below. We'll continue exploring WeLeftYouSleepingAndGoneNow in future blog posts, so keep reading.

Johnny Foreigner -- "Caution! Vampires!" -- WeLeftYouSleepingAndGoneNow
Johnny Foreigner -- "An Apology" -- WeLeftYouSleepingAndGoneNow
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