When The Pop Cop launched in a blizzard of buy-one-get-one-free fireworks and 17 frowning pipers marching down our pot-holed neighbourhood, we deliberately made this website a platform to showcase Scotland’s music scene.
In a way, though, we are preaching to a willing and predominantly good-looking audience. You love Scottish music. You want to hear more of it.
So the question we asked ourselves was this: How could we force this nation’s mighty tunes down the ears of those who didn’t want it, need it or even give a toss about it?
Then one evening at home, it was a Thursday, while staring at tiny droplets of rain racing down the window, we had an idea… but it was shit so we scrapped it.
A few weeks later we had another idea. There are foreign music blogs who have a similar ethos toThe Pop Cop when it comes to representing their own country’s interests, so each of us should pick our favourite song every month and unite to give our our readers the greatest soundtrack on the planet.
And today – after six years of trying to find one music blog from every single nation in the world (damn your silence, Vatican City) – that is precisely what is happening for the first time under the grand name of the Music Alliance Pact, or MAP for short.
The Pop Cop has persuaded 12 of the best blogs in four continents to share their favourite song of the month and simultaneously post the entire collection on their own sites on October 15. And they will continue to do so on the 15th of every month until they die (seriously, we have it in writing).
Ladies and gentlemen, we present you with the chosen songs of the Music Alliance Pact – October 2008:
SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
4 Roddy Hart – Dead Of The Night
Roddy Hart made the folk-rock masterpiece Bookmarks, arguably one of the best albums to have come out of Scotland. Dead Of The Night is the first fruits from its follow-up due out in 2009. It’s a live favourite and easily the most immediate pop song the Glaswegian has ever written.
AMERICA: I Guess I’m Floating
4 Arizona – The Glowing Bird
The title track from their sophomore album which came out on October 14 on Echo Mountain. One of Arizona’s biggest strengths has always been the tension they create in each one of their songs. Riffs explode from quiet, acoustic melodies, noise falls flat for subtle re-beautification, and genres bounce in and out, as if each track is a medley showcasing Arizona’s best musical traits.
4 Brian Storming – France
France is the new single by Brian Storming, a psychedelic pop orchestra from Buenos Aires. This band was the support act for Coldplay and Björk when they performed in Argentina. The song is included on their new EP, Brian Storming Avec L’Enchanting Device.
AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
4 Miami Horror – Don’t Be On With Her
Miami Horror, a producer from Melbourne, cemented the name he had made for himself with unapologetically synth-heavy remixes – bootleg and official – of a crazy-wide array of artists from Perth’s The Dirty Secrets to France’s Stardust. And now here he is with the official release of his first single.
DENMARK: Pastries, Peppers And Canals
4 Diefenbach – On The Move
Diefenbach have been long-time stalwarts of the Danish indie scene, starting out as a post-rock band and gradually evolving into what they are today. Think Beach Boys meets Mogwai meets… well, Diefenbach actually. The new album, Dark Spinner, is due in late October but the track we’re presenting is from 2005’s Set And Drift.
ENGLAND: The Daily Growl
4 Absentee – Bitchstealer
Absentee’s debut album proper Schmotime was one of The Daily Growl’s favourites of 2006, and new record Victory Shorts is a direct continuation of what the Londoners do best. Singer Dan Michaelson’s ravaged drawl, the sweet boy-girl vocal play-offs with keyboardist Melinda Bronstein and hugely pleasing riffs from Babak Ganjei all call to mind a much less polished Teenage Fanclub or a poppier Pavement.
ICELAND: I Love Icelandic Music
4 Plúseinn – Shake
The man behind the band Plúseinn is Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson also known as Árni Plúseinn (a.k.a. Árni +1). He recently released an album called Lettuce And Tomato, made in his apartment in Brooklyn, New York under the name Hungry And The Burger. Árni Rúnar is and was involved in a lot of Icelandic bands and projects (e.g. Hairdoctor, Motion Boys) and is a founding member of the band FM Belfast.
4 Fight Like Apes – Digifucker
The band have just released their debut Fight Like Apes And The Mystery Of The Golden Medallion in Ireland and the UK. The album was produced by John Goodmanson in Seattle over the summer. They are currently touring the UK with The Ting Tings.
4 Le Man Avec Les Lunettes – The Happy Birth Of You And Me
LMALL’s new album Plaskaplaskabombelibom is free to download from their website. They’ve clearly grown up listening to The Beatles.
SPAIN: El Blog De La Nadadora
4 Blacanova – Los Remedios
Blacanova is a band from Seville and this song is from their second demo, Perro EP. They are influenced by Joy Division, Seefeel, The Cure, Spanish band Sr Chinarro, David Lynch and Tod Browning films, and the writer Alejandra Pizarnik. Their music is a cross between dark pop, IDM and shoegaze.
4 Tvärvägen – September
Tvärvägen is an eclectic one-man orchestra from Gustavsburg, Sweden. Notice both the clattering instrumentation and hummable melody. It’s that dichotomy that makes Tvärvägen so unforgettable. The band’s debut record is out on November 6 on the small label Knoppar.
- If you would prefer to download all 12 songs in one go, click here