Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Is the pop revival going to happen?

If we're to believe the pundits, electro-pop is going to be the big thing in 2009. Roisin Murphy must be hopping mad. Goldfrapp have thrown away their lutes. Kylie is thinking "maybe someone will buy my records again".

Personally, I remain to be convinced. A lot of the hotly-tipped artists are making anaemic, tinny synth pop with incredibly slight melodies. Imagine a weedier version of Hot Chip, and you're in the right ballpark (nb: these artists would not be seen in a ballpark as it would "play havoc with their allergies").

Here are three of the aforementioned hot tips. They're definitely cool, I'll almost certainly load them onto my iPod, but I just can't see them in the top 10. What do you reckon?

La Roux - In For The Kill

  • La Roux is Elly Jackson and co-writer and co-producer Ben Langmaid
  • Elly has a trendy haircut
  • On second thoughts, it's a terrible haircut
  • We're not in France, you know.
    Official website

    Cocknbull Kid - I'm Not Sorry

  • Cocknbull Kid is 22-year-old Anita Blay
  • She's "the lovechild of Morissey and Neneh Cherry" (Nenissey??)
  • She DJ'd at the Sugababes album launch, which was terrible
    Official website

    Ladytron - Tomorrow

  • This lot have been around for a decade
  • If they can't have a hit, why should any of these other bands?
  • But we still like Little Boots
    Official website
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