Friday, September 01, 2006

Electrodiscowonkpop at its finest

Little write-ups such as this one touch upon the way Flying Matchstick Men have come to polarize today's Glasgow music crowd. You either love 'em or you loathe 'em. Pick a side.

Of course, fellow Scots Bis are namedropped in that piece, a band known for its Powerpuff Girls-inspired pop and childish potterings, which -- much like Flying Matchstick Men -- staunchly divided fans in the mid-1990s. However, Flying Matchstick Men dislike such comparisons.

The Glasgow act prefers to travel its own path, one that curves and dips like the "electrodiscowonkpop" (their term, not ours) Flying Matchstick Men have become known for. That sound was showcased on the unsigned group's last single, "All Your Secrets," which was released back in February. It's a track that features sampled snatches of everything from Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" to Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" to the equally ubiquitous "Funkytown" by Lipps Inc. So playful it threatens to leap out of your headphones and do hopscotch across the room.

Hear it for yourself. Download: "All Your Secrets" by Flying Matchstick Men.