Thursday, September 2, 2010

[Posh British accent] Extraordinary Record [/Posh British accent]

"Sometimes I feel like they [Radiohead] cleared a path with a machete, and we came afterward and put up a strip mall."
–Chris Martin

Air Traffic is your girlfriend's next favorite band. They're infectiously poppy and fall into the Radiohead-lite category along with Keane, Coldplay, Muse, and the like. Honestly, they're probably just one Twilight soundtrack or Stephenie Meyer cosign away from American teenybopper hysteria. And if you know anything about me, you know of my unabashed Radiohead elitism and general music snobbery. Hell, I own a shirt that reads "I listen to bands that don't even exist yet." So, why the hell am I posting this?

I'll admit it: Air Traffic is my guilty pleasure. I've been spinning their 2007 debut, Fractured Life, on the regular for the past three years now. In fact, the Bournemouth four-piece occupies two spots in my top 20 most played songs in iTunes. I guess you could say that Air Traffic fills that soft spot I have for Brits who sing with their native accent and proudly wear their indebtedness to The Great Thom Yorke on their sleeves.

Don't expect anything terribly groundbreaking or progressive here, but do prepare yourself from some catchy britpop, memorable melodies, and a band whose material you'll probably find yourself coming back to for the foreseeable future...

No More Running Away [alt]
Shooting Star [alt]
Charlotte [alt]


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