Days over a year ago we first wrote about Screaming Maldini's "free flowing melody and inventive layering", in a review that referenced Alphabeat. That was well before we heard Alphabeat's second album, you understand. The Sheffield band signed to Alcopop! at the start of 2010 and now bring out a five track, five quid EP, Screaming Maldini And The Kookaburra, on the 22nd, which adds all sorts of textures to the mix from manic yet lush pop with low budgetary Bacharach arrangements to post-punk borrowing power pop punchiness. This is a glorious track from it that both references shiny pop and something far more awkward - others have cited Mew, Bloc Party and Scritti Politti, we say a very British (and very late) take on Elephant 6 breezy psych-pop goodness. And yes, we did post this track when we first wrote about them, but we don't think it was in this form.
Screaming Maldini - Miniatures
There's a few dates coming up next week with previously STN-approved "soulmates" Stars And Sons: 21st February at Sheffield The Grapes, 22nd London Old Blue last, 23rd Brighton Albert, 24th Northampton Labour Club, 25th Oxford Cellar. Stars And Sons have a new single too, which sounds and looks like this: