The return of Epitonic


Twin Shadow, one of many artists featured on epitonic

Nearly ten years ago, when I first got a broadband connection, one of the main reasons was so that I could download music quickly, and (mostly) legally. There are those who will tell you that downloads spelt the death of the music industry – well, seeing as there have been more singles so far sold this year than last year (which was the record year for sales), that suggests that’s false. Yes, it may have had a devastating effect on record shops, but the savvy ones adapted (and some of the old dinosaurs had been ripping people off for years).

Two sites, insound and epitonichad masses of free downloads and they were – and are legal, too. epitonic has been rebooted, and I have to say with awesome music included. This should not stand as a way of giving up buying from record shops but a way of well, not sucking and see (yes, yes, ha ha) but certainly to hear something and go and try it out for yourselves. Also, I like the ‘like this? try this’ approach

Here’s some of what I’ve picked up this evening from epitonic (NB left click!)

Fleetwood Mac -‘Dreams (Walter Sobcek mix).’ mp3

Dykehouse -‘Chainsmoking.’ mp3

Twin Shadow -‘Five Seconds.’ mp3

And if any of the DMCA Nasiz turn up: these are legal. Why not put your energies into looking for people who destroy lives on the internet. Eh?

Does there have to be a reason?

Fleetwood Mac

It’s funny how some records get re-evaluated over time.

Some albums, like Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Don’t Stand Me Down and The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique are now frequently held up as great albums.

And I am more than happy to agree. BUT: There was a time when these were held up as failures. And another album that comes into that list is Tusk by Fleetwood Mac, from 1979, their follow-up to ridiculously successful Rumours.

Why are these records re-evaluated? Were the critics wrong, the bands too ahead of their time, the public not ready?

Whatever – the title track alone of Tusk is worth the price of admission…

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I first encountered Fleetwood Mac via a tape my Dad often played in the car which featured entirely instrumental tracks, entitled Reflections, about 1983. Thus ‘Albratross’ by ver Mac cosied up to the likes of ‘Chariots Of Fire’, Abba’s ‘Arrival’ and Santana’s ‘Samba Pa Ti.’

I next encountered them on Top Of The Pops in 1987-8, when ‘Big Love,’ ‘Little Lies’ and ‘Everywhere’ became massive hits, along with parent album Tango In The Night. Quite frankly, if you love music, then you should own a copy of Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Tusk and Tango In The Night. Telling that acts as diverse as Eva Cassidy and Hole have covered their songs.

And now, this:

Death Rattle have yet to release their cover of ‘The Chain’ (which misses out the bass part and still sounds brilliant), but we are told it will be on their debut EP later this year. Check it out below:

This was their latest single, released last month:

Death Rattle describe themselves as being electronic doom pop, and list Depeche Mode and Fever Ray amongst their influences. The two-piece act are made up of two members, Death and, um, Rattle.