Wild Mercury Sound

Spider-Man meets The Flaming Lips and Black Mountain. The Arcade Fire and the Bible. And introducing Paul Duncan. . .

John Mulvey

Very quick post today, because the Uncut move has become rather pressing here . But a few things that you might be interested in. Firstly, the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack turned up this morning.

Now the film looks like hell on earth to me, and I must admit I haven't played the whole album: you'll excuse my antipathy towards Snow Patrol and The Killers, hopefully. There is, though, a nice new Flaming Lips track called "The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How To Be In Love", which is Wayne and Steven doing their Beach Boys-gone-electronica thing. Much better than some of the rather thin flams they churn out for these affairs usually. And my beloved Black Mountain also contribute a new one, "Stay Free", which is very dazed Neil Young. A great band, criminally undervalued.

Playing now is a recent favourite, "Above The Trees" by Paul Duncan. Duncan is a Texan based in Brooklyn whose last album didn't make much of an impression on me. This one, though (on the Hometapes label) is really lovely: impeccably arranged folk-pop with a lush and dreamy ambience and affinities with Will Oldham, especially with his last album. Duncan isn't as cranky, though, and this one deserves some love. Try before you buy at Paul's Myspace.

Finally, connoisseurs of, how shall we put this respectfully, intense Christian rhetoric might enjoy Arcade Fire: A Neon Bible Study, which parses the Arcade Fire's excellent album for every conceivable - and I have to say often inconceivable - reference to the Bible. The author also appears to have given the same treatment to Spongebob Squarepants. The bit where he derives religious significance in Mark Beaumont's NME review is classic. Maybe he can find the hidden messages from God in Wild Mercury Sound?


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