The purpose of these compilations, I have to be honest, does kind of allude me – I guess, at best, viewers of the show might spin the compilation, find tracks that they remember hearing on the show and loved but didn’t know who it was by, and thus, from here springboard off to a discovery of that act. But at worse, I imagine people who don’t really like music just buying this CD as an impulse buy because it’s simple and requires no thought on their part to decide what music to play. But, here’s the rub, surely people who watch and enjoy GIRLS, the tv show, actually do give a f–k? I mean, I really like to think that they do. But then again, the second track on here is the god-awful Sight of the Sun by Fun. It’s terrible. Why the heck-balls?!?
But the compilation does open with the brilliant, and frankly, series appropriate Dancing On My Own by Robyn – so y’know, that’s cool. Also Satigold’s minimal beated Girls makes an appearance as does Fleet Foxes’ Montezuma and the annoy-pop of Icona Pop “I Love It” (which I actually do love). But then the wet limp “indie” of the likes of Harper Simon, White Sea, Grouplove, Lia Ices, and Oh Land over-bear the compilation to make it practically unlistenable without wanting to smack a smug self absorbed young “Laneways fest-y” attender* wearing a scoop-neck t-shirt, rolled up chinos and no socks in the face. But, I suppose, in a way, watching the show makes you want to do that too; in a really good way.
Mildly interesting discovery which I might go explore is The Echo-Friendly with their dark-pop of Same Mistakes.
RATING : PRETTY BAD, ACTUALLY
I have always struggled with a numerical scale; it feels so finite and arbitrary.
So the CHEESE ON TOAST scale looks a little something like this :
FREAKIN’ AWESOME / JUST AWESOME / REALLY GREAT / GREAT / GOOD / PRETTY COOL / NOT BAD / COULD BE BETTER / PRETTY BAD, ACTUALLY / NOT RECOMMENDED FOR EARS
* to add some clarity – my wrath is aimed at people who attended the “Laneways festie” as opposed to people who attended the “St Jerome’s Laneway Festival” – same event / different type of attendee.