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Fraser McAlpine | 10:47 UK time, Saturday, 15 May 2010

Vika Jigulina

When it comes to instruments which polarize listeners, the accordion must rank just behind the didgeridoo and just ahead of the human voice (all down to personal taste, y'see) as one of the single most divisive noises of all time. If not quite the full Marmite*, it is certainly a roll-mop herring, dipped in semolina, and sprinkled with sprouts.

Some people love them, and will claim that it is possible to create a whole one-man orchestra of tones and melody from the wheezing beasts. Others simply hear the sound of dying sheep, doing a polka, in hell. And there is no convincing either side that they've got the wrong end of the stick.

This is going to do nothing to change matters.

(Here's the video. Skegness has never looked so colourful.)

Now, it's important for impartiality that I explain that I quite like accordions. I don't LOVE them, even though I once got sent a free one as part of the publicity for Samim's similarly bellows-heavy 'Heater', but I quite like them. My friend's dad used to play one, and he even rigged it up so you could put it through an amp. This made him officially the Matt Bellamy of the squeezebox and therefore automatically cool...or cooler than other accordianists...which isn't saying a lot...but STILL.

This, on the whole, is not as chirpy a tune as Samim's. It's mournful, carrying a boomy, cavernous sense of weight around the heartal area, pierced through by Vika's icy sobs. She's sad and wants her loved one to know about it, by sighing pointedly and pointing at her own tears. TEARS OF SADNESS, YOU UNCARING DOLT!

But that frosty cool can't stand up to a thawing blast of the dreaded squeezebox. No sooner has she struck the perfect anguished pose, but some busker chips in with a jaunty air, smashing the cymbals on his knees together and nodding eagerly towards the upturned hat full of coins on the pavement.

As mixed messages go, it's like finding morris dancers in full regalia, jigging around the South Pole, next to an empty tent, surrounded by polar bear footprints, and signs of a struggle.

Still could be worse. It could've been played on bagpipes.

Two starsDownload: Out now
CD Released: May 24th
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(Fraser McAlpine)


  • Comment number 1.

    This song is kicking up a sandstorm in the Uk's clubs , and there are thousands of people who are positive about this little gem of a "sunshine holiday " hit.

    It has a sunny disposition , and will no doubt be a hit all around Europe.

    The accordian riff is so memorable , and is the huge hook of the song.

    The first 30 seconds are very subtlely hypnotic , and the chemistry between human voice and electronica throughout this track, works perfectly , to produce a likeable , upbeat "summer " smash .

    Should be a top 10 hit .

  • Comment number 2.

    There's nothing special here, apart from maybe the fact it contains an accordian, it just dance music by numbers. Maybe if this was the 90s I could see it be successful but why now? It sounds like something out of Eurovision. 2 Stars

  • Comment number 3.

    Aren't there two versions of this song? I checked the Irish charts and these guys and a group called DJ Team have both got into the charts with this one. Weird.

  • Comment number 4.

    Wow Euro-mess! a bit of that faux Parisian awful noise..Ala Sash! Not good I am all for EU but there are a lot of these kind of techno-light stuff. I don't think it does music any good - long term

  • Comment number 5.

    I am convinced that many of the so-called experts are "idiots". Remember two/three years ago not one of the 10,000 or so economists and analysts even hinted at the coming recession? When the Irish Prime Minister said that the "boom was becoming boomier"? Remember everyone was telling how good the England football team was with several "world class" players and almost immediately we saw "world class" Ashley Cole being made to look an "idiot" by a German teenager?

    Well everyone knows that "pop" these days means a video of some girl, of mixed race, "performing", ie showing knickers or thongs with spangles, fish-net thights and high heels. Which obviously one prefers to ugly rappers jumping about.

    But this song? Well on YouTube I can see that it got 105 million hits. And another 8 million, and another video of same song 13 million and a dozen others with 2 million or so, each.

    Obviously quite a few people do not af=gree with this "review"


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