Various Artists - TankFarm Future Sounds 30
Record Label: TankFarm Future Sounds
Release Date: October 2007
Larry Little’s monthly compilation discs TankFarm Future Sounds have reached their 30th edition, which features tracks from Sweden’s Shout Out Louds, Dublin, Ireland’s The Minutes, and many others. Little, who is a San Francisco-based music manager and DJ, began these compilation discs back in March 2003 with the mission to profile new independent rock artists from the US and around the world that are under the music industry’s radar but show promise in the marketplace. TankFarm Future Sound 30 has a wide scope providing artists in the indie and prog-rock regime as well as tapping into urban-rock and gypsy-punk spectrums. The track selection has artists that are both rough and raw and melodically decorated.
The disc opens with Shout Out Louds' “Tonight I Have to Leave It,” nursing springy synth mosaics with fun-filled vocals and bouncy guitar chords. The track has a vitality that has never been heard from Shout Out Louds on their previous tracks. The disc proceeds with a peppy acoustic rock number by Stockholm, Sweden’s duo Johnossi on “Man Must Dance” and the urban rock trimmings and exuberant vocal thrusts of Austin, Texas’ White Denim on “Mess Your Hair.” The raw, rough tone of the guitars has an edgy punk feel. The percussive punk grooves and acoustic-rock quivers of “Mrs. Virginia” by Austin, Texas’ Brazos are reminiscent of The Kooks and Rooney. The disc takes a dive into techno-pop landscapes with Scotland’s Calvin Harris on “The Girls,” and then melds into a series of pliable soft-pop psychedelics with Sugar & Gold’s melody “Neighborhood” and The Noises 10’s easy-going strides on “X’s On Your Eyes,” which carry angelic hues in the string assortment.
The album is jacked up with caressing harmonies and malleable vocals by Aushua’s “Sister Saves” and the stardusted tones and midtempo beats of The Blacks' “Elegant Walk” with the fluid movements and dusky mists are liken to Keane. TankFarm Future Sound 30 slips into a softly streamed synth-pop blissfulness with Likke Li’s “Little Bit” and some jazzy horns and spicy piano keys on Nathan & Stephen’s “Going Home.” The alternative-pop breeziness and acoustic guitar braiding on Shannon Wright’s “Everybody’s Got Their Own Part to Play” and Castledon’s “Dove” are reflective of Colbie Caillat and the latter barges jangly keyboards that awaken the tottering rhythms. Dublin, Ireland’s The Minutes furnish catchy beats through their pop confectioner “Ukraine,” and Glasgow, Scotland’s Make Model stylize punk-pronged vocals with bushels of party-punk rhythms and spikes of prog-rock hydraulics on their number “The L.S.B.” The song rolls all the advantages of energetic rock and Brit-punk into one.
TankFarm Future Sounds' 30th edition preserves the indie rock spirit and delivers a lot of percussive-rock sprints and sprigs of pop shimmies in the mix. Some of the artists that really stood out from the mainstream of alternative-pop/rock frames are Scotland’s Make Model, Charlotte, North Carolina’s The Noises 10, and Denver, Colorado’s Nathan & Stephen. This edition introduces many new artists who move to a modern beat and belong in the main marketplace.