Pandering And the Golddiggers-Early Album review

Like a rare star that falls out of the sky this album is unique and utterly amazing. Even though its in demo form, its already dressed in the finest fabrics sound has ever produced. It is beautiful, ground-breaking and revolutionary. The album, lets call it “Pandering” for it is yet to be given a name is glorious. This is pop music but I’ve heard no other act release a debut of this refined brilliance. There is amazing and there is amazing. And the “Pandering” falls squarely within in the latter slot. In fact they create their own slots. They are beyond categories, labels and genres. Into the beyond they fly and it is amazing to watch and hear them cruise into the hinterland of a revolutionary soundscape.

Pandering Theme

They have their own theme. How many acts construct these days? Not many. As they ply their name over and over the listener becomes ever aware that they’re listening to something out of this world.

The first proper full-length song on the album. Let me just say its incredibly hard to review something that is so unique and so new for its so in a field of its own that it refuses any comparison to anything. Anymore ignores all of my attempts to say “it sounds like this” as there is nothing that comes close. In the UK there is this award called the Mercury Music Prize that always goes to acts I’d call pretty distant and disconnected. Especially from the realm of pop! In fact, it is never given to a pop act. Ever. Well, Anymore could be the track that secures that that could change.
The Tower One

This is a radical overview of Snaps "The Power". The vocals are so impressive, the sample barely grapples with the bands massive capacity to own the original mix of the song. Slowly but surely this cover stamps out any memory of the classic house hit single.

Come Play

A beautiful break in the album that illustrates the wonderful vocals of the three. The singers own voices are as desired, distinct and glistening as Cinderella’s glass slipper. It also fits together as neatly and naturally.

Disco Bloodbath

You can already hear this on their myspace. This is what I previously said of Disco Bloodbath: Its an utter polemic of pop songs. How camp is the line "pump up your shot gut and douse me with glitter"? These are what pop dreams are made of.


This starts with a single piano and absolutely beautiful vocals from all the three of them. Riddle is about the “King of all neon lights, who can look you in the eyes” and leans itself to a post-modern choral chant. This could be a pop version of Umberto Eco’s breakout book In The Name Of The Rose. Riddle haunts and promises something deliverance. Its finished off with a unrelenting cello. Freaky.
Stone Cold Lover

Backed with a tribal beat and organic drums, the stripped tension of “Stone Cold Lover” emerges as a soulful wander into stories about the Other who refuses to recognize you. As such, you desire the one thing that refuses to witness your requisite need. Scarce in its production one hears the vulnerability which drives home the message of the song.

Parisian Café

You can already hear this on their myspace. This is what I previously said of Parisian Café: Their myspace player leads into the song Parisian Cafe. Now, ahem. This is glorious. Its like a beautiful drop of sheer eternal happiness. In Parisian Cafe, the group provide one of the most amazing artifacts of music available on myspace. Parisian Cafe is blissfully camp without throwing down electro baselines. It is magically Mozart, beautifully Bach, and of course totally Tchaikovsky! Right until the end. What is most striking is the fact that the songs are demo's. One is gobsmacked.

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. For some reason Sundrops takes me back to the summers of my teenage years. When it was all GSCE’s, Grange Hill, Smash Hits, Betty Boo (“Let Me Take You There”) and holidays to Spain. Despite being slightly retro Pandering serves up a slice of rnb and post-modern pop garage that secures this band as the most groundbreaking band to come out of the UK in recent years. Sundrops is like winter sunrise over the coasts of Spain, Portugal and Italy; nothing but pure warmth.

You can already hear this on their myspace. Here, Pandering and the Golddiggers construct a folk song made for the tribal population of Saturn. Probably. Subdued, guitar driven and a subtle release compared to the other tracks on the demo album. I’d love to hear Galileo re-emerge as another epic like that of Parisian Café. I just think it deserves more. Its beautiful as it stands but the tension that remains so contained, so deep and so stoic that you sort of wish some of that to be come undone by a massive string section.

Bite Down Hard

Wow. This is rude. Very rude. The garage sound of Sundrops returns on Bite Down Hard. Everything in the title explains what this track is truly about. I like it though. There is a beautiful clarity and control to Bite Down Hard which is a total contradiction to the message of songs. Nothing short of a climax! When she eventually does ‘arrive’, the beats go wild and suddenly a 2008 rival to Je T' Aime Moi Non Plus emerges. Excellent!

And, in conclusion

“Pandering” is a collection of songs that might change, alter and so forth on its eventual release. However as is stands, it emerges as a real contender for all the music prizes come 2009-10. Yes, the really serious ones. This is an album that refuses catagorization and boldly forces its way into the future despite being created very much in the present. There is no one out there doing something like Pandering and the Golddiggers-pop has never sounded so good or groundbreaking. Amazing!

The Pandering and the Golddiggers are currently on tour with Alphabeat. You can catch them in London tomorrow night and Wednesday 29th of October at the Shepherds Bush Empire.


Anonymous said...

DSTP is becoming a bit too unpop for my liking. You should be reviewing the Agnes album :-( Not acts like these.

Lance said...

Sadly I agree. File this one under trying too hard.

Anonymous said...

Ditto (sadly).

Anonymous said...

When are you gonna post that Biff interview! I wanna know all the Kylie details.

Myfizzypop said...

well i enjoyed your review :) pop embraces many forms and sounds and shouldn't be categorised! But hell yeah bring on part two of Biff :)

Robpop said...


Part two with the interview is on its way.

Paul you're right. Lance and Mark I'm sure you'll love the Pandering LP on its release. Its not that fluffy but its neither takes itself too seriously.

Poster Girl said...

(This is a late comment--read the post at the time, but didn't see the comments.)

Oh, I love their song "Disco Bloodbath" and I actually think that's very very pop. I mean, I don't think it's a million miles away from, say, Alcazar's "Inhibitions" (though way way better than that song, which I thought was a very disappointing follow-up to the EXCELLENT "We Keep On Rockin'"). Maybe with a bit of glam or just the tiniest tad of Nu Pagadi's "Sweetest Poison" thrown in.

...and "Inhibitions," if I'm remembering correctly, was created by the guy behind this latest Agnes album, no?

Anonymous said...

i dont know wot ur all chattin about! these guys are amazing. i saw them support alphabeat and i love them! really nice people too, i met them afterward!!! amazing hair!!!!! x x x

Anonymous said...

i am so in love with parisian cafe i want to have its babies

Anonymous said...

成人電影,情色,本土自拍, 免費A片, AV女優, 美女視訊, 情色交友, 免費AV, 色情網站, 辣妹視訊, 美女交友, 色情影片 成人影片, 成人網站, A片,H漫, 18成人, 成人圖片, 成人漫畫, 情色網, 日本A片, 愛情公寓, 情色, 舊情人, 情色貼圖, 情色文學, 情色交友, 色情聊天室, 色情小說, 一葉情貼圖片區, 情色小說, 色情, 色情遊戲, 情色視訊, 情色電影, aio交友愛情館, 色情a片, 一夜情, 辣妹視訊, 視訊聊天室, 免費視訊聊天, 免費視訊, 視訊, 視訊美女, 美女視訊, 視訊交友, 視訊聊天, 免費視訊聊天室, 情人視訊網影音視訊聊天室, 視訊交友90739, 成人影片, 成人交友, 本土自拍, 免費A片下載, 性愛,

美女交友, 嘟嘟成人網, 成人貼圖, 成人電影, A片, 豆豆聊天室, 聊天室, UT聊天室, 尋夢園聊天室, 男同志聊天室, UT男同志聊天室, 聊天室尋夢園, 080聊天室, 080苗栗人聊天室, 6K聊天室, 女同志聊天室, 小高聊天室, 情色論壇, 色情網站, 成人網站, 成人論壇, 免費A片, 上班族聊天室, 成人聊天室, 成人小說, 微風成人區, 色美媚部落格, 成人文章, 成人圖片區, 免費成人影片, 成人論壇, 情色聊天室, 寄情築園小遊戲, AV女優,成人電影,情色,本土自拍, A片下載, 日本A片, 麗的色遊戲, 色色網, ,嘟嘟情人色網, 色情網站, 成人網站, 正妹牆, 正妹百人斬, aio,伊莉, 伊莉討論區, 成人遊戲, 成人影城,

嘟嘟成人網, 成人電影, 成人, 成人貼圖, 成人小說, 成人文章, 成人圖片區, 免費成人影片, 成人遊戲, 微風成人, 愛情公寓, 情色, 情色貼圖, 情色文學, 做愛, 色情聊天室, 色情小說, 一葉情貼圖片區, 情色小說, 色情, 寄情築園小遊戲, 色情遊戲情色視訊, 情色電影, aio交友愛情館, 言情小說, 愛情小說, 色情A片, 情色論壇, 色情影片, 視訊聊天室, 免費視訊聊天, 免費視訊, 視訊美女, 視訊交友, 視訊聊天, 免費視訊聊天室, a片下載, aV, av片, A漫, av dvd, av成人網, 聊天室, 成人論壇, 本土自拍, 自拍, A片,成人電影,情色,本土自拍,