TRACK OF THE DAY – LAURA JEAN – ‘Mechanical Friends’


After kicking off 2015 with quite a few psych/shoegazy Tracks Of the Day, we have of late been featuring what we feel are fine examples of pop music with perhaps a slight electronic hue.  And looking at our bulging in- box we can see that trend continuing this week.

We’ll kick off February with a new video from the divine Laura Jean (Marsh), regular visitors will perhaps remember Laura was something of a regular on the VPME when as ‘Laura Trouble’ she fronted glam pop punks Screaming Ballerinas, she also helped out on our hugely respected review panel pieces of yore and even dispensed a dose of scathing pop star fashion critique.  She most recently appeared on the site in 2013 with her debut single ‘Drum Roll’ a damn fine sexy, hedonistic slice of electro-pop.  Now she’s back with a brand new tune in the shape of ‘Mechanical Friends’ – a wistful, evocative starry eyed slice of pop goodness combining restraint and subtlety with a tune that positively glitters with endorphin-inducing melodic beauty.

It arrives with video that in all honesty we’ve managed to interpret differently every time we’ve viewed it.  For example, are Laura’s slow balletic movements perhaps a homage to ‘Coppélia’ – riffing on the ‘Mechanical Friends’ theme? Or was she perhaps a deranged albeit very attractive stalker who is about to shame her ex-lover via vintage camera technology after finding him in post coital slumber?  We felt perhaps we were getting a little ahead of ourselves and so we asked Laura to give us a clue and she explained thusIt’s really about feeling an outsider and seeking comfort in your own world.”  It also features animal masks, a tea party, fireworks, alfresco backgammon, and a collection of insanely good-looking people.  Enjoy!

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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