Song of the day: The Sparkling Arrest – "A Midsummer Night"

August 5, 2010

Yay! Someone emailed me to play their music! Extra Yay! But they emailed me two months ago! And I completely forgot about it until now! Non-yay!

I’m extremely pleased to announce* that, after a pretty long time where no-one contacted me about promoting them, a band has emailed me and asked if I could give their music a bit of a plug on this here blog.

No problem at all, chaps. (Apart from the problem of forgetting about you for two months, that is.)

Incidentally, I’ll try not go on and on about my awfulness in the forgetting department, but when I agree to play a band’s music so long after I first heard it, what kind of host does that make me? (Answer: the kind of host that would agree to meet a friend at the cinema to watch a movie, go to the cinema, and watch a different movie.)

I’ll do my darnedest to steer this post back in the direction of the band, and away from my dull personality flaws.

OK, to the band…

The band is called The Sparkling Arrest. It’s comprised of three brothers – Anand, Bharat, and Dhyan Chalmers – who were born in New Zealand but live in Australia. They’ve completed a debut album that I didn’t tell you about two months ago. (Stop it, Peter. Get back to the music.)

The album is called Live In The White Room (2010), and the lads have done a fairly unique thing in that they’re releasing the album as two EPs. The first is available over at Bandcamp. I’m guessing that the second will be released, er, sometime. Hopefully they weren’t waiting for me to mention the first EP before releasing the second one. (Look, Peter, I won’t warn you again. Just stop it.)

Now, to the music itself.

I had a listen to the first EP a few times and have come to the conclusion that, well, er, um, er…

Can I say that I didn’t love it? And that it isn’t terribly power-poppy? That it sounds more 80’s-and-moody instead? And will the guys in the band hate my guts for saying that I found the singing a little too melodramatic for my liking?

Despite how I felt about the music, I’d much rather you hear some of it for yourself and you can make up your own mind:

The Sparkling Arrest – “A Midsummer Night” (2010)


You can also watch videos of the entire album being performed live on Vimeo.

I have to say that overall the EP didn’t really float my boat. However, it may float yours. It just depends on what you like, I suppose. Ah, the beauty of variety and personal taste…

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(*”Announce”? Really? Isn’t that just a tad pretentious, Peter?)