In no way to decry the eighteen previous pieces you've written, all of which have been first class and thanks for your feedback, but we've taken a flexible approach with the form of the guest-laden feature - while most would frontload with the best known people, we've backloaded ours. That is to say there'll be a few people you've possibly heard of coming up over this last week and a half, not least today's volunteer. Talking up the very band he's gigging with tonight in Cambridge (coincidence, we assure you), the very excellent singer-songwriter Jeremy Warmsley:
AfterChristmas - Burn The Bungalow
I get a lot of myspace adds from bands. Mostly I ignore them but sometimes, when they have an AMAZING photo of a donkey as their profile picture, I check them out. That's how I came to hear this song, over a year ago. I was listening to a lot of Animal Collective at the time, and something about this song makes me think of that band; probably just the melody and Cammy's voice rather than any particular shared aesthetic (ooh, pretentious) but it certainly endeared the song to me.
The production is precisely messy - I love the "keysurf" sound (when they play live, Cammy plays a crappy Yamaha learner's keyboard on an ironing board and just mashes the keys, apparently at random - although he's actually one of the most precise keyboardists I've ever seen). I think Cammy must be one of the last bedroom 4-track heroes, but I can't wait to hear what happens when he gets into a real studio.
The song itself is ridiculously upbeat. Although there is a slight sense of uneasiness in some of the lyrics, in classic wrong-pop stylee. It can cure hangovers and will make your life better.
Many thanks to Cammy from AfterChristmas for passing this mp3 on to us