Friday, 19 September 2014
Whilst Australia isn't new to having some seriously heavy hitting musical exports, hell, I've featured countless ones on here, there's no denying Little May being one of - if not their best yet. Displaying stark vulnerability in their intricate and exquisitely pieced together compositions, the Sydney based trio bring a refreshing sound to our ears as we embark on their journey of self-discovery. Taken from the bands self titled debut EP which is released in October 2014 they return with an official video to their single, Dust. Through its turbulent tempo shifts and achingly raw percussion comes a gorgeous record that continues to give long after the final notes bleed out, its crescendoing finale raising us to dizzying heights. Documenting every stage of grief one goes through when the loss of a pet becomes a sad reality, from denial and anger to the awakening acceptance, the official video acts as the perfect accompaniment to the track's home-hitting lyrics. Describing the video the band go on to say “Oh Yeah Wow were intrigued by the concept of how we, as viewers, are often more affected by the loss of an animal than of a human on screen. They wanted to explore the power in this, which we immediately connected to. There is a real purity and simplicity in the story. We felt like it was the best fit for this song”. Take a watch above.
Little May are: Hannah Field, Liz Drummond and Annie Hamilton
Thursday, 18 September 2014
It didn't take a whole lot of persuading to be instantly won over by Liverpudlian trio All We Are. With their elevating laid-back jam Feel Safe doing more than enough to whet my apatite for things to come back in March it's great to learn of the band returning with a debut album alongside a new single release. Capturing a true sense of their presence, natively from Brazil, Norway and Ireland respectively, the three piece put forward a gorgeously perfective representation of what they're all about, their multi-cultural backgrounds shining in the most wonderful of lights. Infusing tropical indie-pop melodies with what can only be described as cosmic levels of indulgent RnB-tinged riffs, I Wear You teeters along with a grandeur finesse, the end result described by the band as "psychedelic boogie", and who are we to argue with that! Take a watch of the Kate Moross directed clip above (artwork designed by Leif Podhajsky).
'All We Are' Tracklisting:
1 – Intro 2 – Ebb/Flow 3 – Stone 4 – Feel Safe 5 - Honey 6 – I Wear You 7 - Keep Me Alive
8 - Go 9 - Utmost Good 10 – Something About You 11 – Life Of Seven
The band's debut self-titled album 'All We Are' will be released on 5th January 2015 through Double Six / Domino Records (pre-order it HERE). The new single I Wear You will preceed on 3rd November 2014.
30/09/14: France: Dijon – Zenith *
01/10/14: France: Rennes – Liberte *
05/10/14: Germany: Berlin – Columbiahalle *
07/10/14: Belgium: Brussels – Forest National *
08/10/14: Holland: Amsterdam – Heineken Music Hall *
15/10/14: UK: Liverpool - Kazimier
17/10/14: Switzerland: Zurich – Maag Hale *
21/10/14: UK: London – Oslo
22/10/14: France: Paris – Palais Des Sports *
25/10/14: UK: Bristol - Simple Things at the Birdcage
*with London Grammar
The way a certain artist can evoke such an undying nostalgia through their music alone never fails to amaze me. Ben Howard being one of the greats. Having kept fans eager since gracing us with 2011's BRIT Award wining album, 'Every Kingdom', the Devonshire resident returns once more with another aguishly driven single. Any keen fans will have already heard this floating around on a number of live YouTube clips but nothing really compares to hearing it in studio quality. Engulfed with the kind of emotive tenderness we've become accustomed to from Howard, ever present in previous offerings End Of The Affair and more recently the new record's title track I Forget Where We Were, Conrad further demonstrates his immersive talents in fine detail, each guitar string drawing you further and further inwards. Take a listen above.
'I Forget Where We Were' will be released on 20th October 2014 through Island Record. You can Pre-Order the record from the official store here.
'I Forget Where We Were' Tracklisting
1. Small Things 2. Rivers In Your Mouth 3. I Forget Where We Were 4. In Dreams 5. She Treats Me Well
6. Time Is Dancing 7. Evergreen 8. End Of The Affair 9. Conrad 10. All Is Now Harmed
Ben Howard Live (UK/Ireland)
03 December – The Apollo, Manchester
04 December – Civic, Wolverhampton
06 December – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
07 December – Olympia, Dublin
10 December – Brixton Academy, London
11 December – Brixton Academy, London
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Having hardly left my stereo since first casting my aural pleasures on to Broncho's Class Historian, the band return with an official video to coincide with the release of their new album 'Just Enough Hip To Be Woman'. What first appears to be a simple cut and paste job of clips lifted straight from an 80's info-commercial, the George Salisbury (Delo Creative) directed video offers a lot more intricacy with its originality. Hazy and quite frankly indulgent it perfectly encapsulates everything Broncho set out to achieve as we're transported back to a smoky VHS-tinged past. Take a watch above. You can stream the new album in full below.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
What's now becoming a continual theme with Beaty Heart, the band return once more with another weird and wonderful visual accompaniment to their latest single, Banana Bread. Perfectly encapsulating their madcap eccentric sounds the clip sees the band jam out, each member in their own little world, described by the band as "An intro into the world of Beaty Heart, a fruity fresh array of colour adorned with the possessions they choose to surround themselves with and is a rounded overview perspective of what makes up the album. The instruments that were used to record it and the objects that inspired it". Have a watch for yourselves above.
Banana Bread is taken from the band's acclaimed debut 'Mixed Blessings', available now through Nusic Sounds / Caroline.
Beaty Heart Tour Dates: - ∞ With Jungle ¢With Kishi Bashi
19 THE FONDA THEATRE Los Angeles CA ∞
20 BELLY UP TAVERN Solana Beach CA ∞
22 THE CRESCENT BALLROOM Phoenix AZ ∞
24 THE MOHAWK Austin TX ∞
25 FITZGERALD'S Housten TX ∞
26 REPUBLIC New Orleans LA ∞
27 TERMINAL WEST Atlanta GA ∞
28 EXIT IN Nashville TN ∞
30 BLACK CAT Washington DC ∞
01 WARSAW Brooklyn NY ∞
02 IRVING PLAZA New York NY ∞
03 THE SINCLAIR Boston MA ∞
11 WHEELANS Dublin IE ¢
13 CLUNY 2 Newcastle UK ¢
14 BROADCAST Glasgow UK ¢
15 DEAF INSTITUE Manchester UK ¢
16 THEKLA Bristol UK ¢
17 BUSH HALL London UK ¢
18 THE HOPE Brighton UK ¢
20 HARE AND HOUNDS Birmingham UK ¢
23 POINT EPHEREMERE Paris FR ¢
24 LA PENICHE Lille FR ¢
28 STUDIO 672 Cologne DE ¢
29 ROCK CAFE Hamburg DE ¢
30 COMET Berlin DE ¢
31 AMPERE Munich DE ¢
01 KIFF Aarau SUI ¢
Ahead of their forthcoming 'Pilot' EP, released September 21st through RCA Victor, Amber Run return with the third and final single to be lifted from it entitled Thank You. Following on from their captivating 2-part video series with previous tracks 'I Found' and the EP's title song 'Pilot', Thank You continues to deliver on everything we've grown to love about the London via Nottingham based band as once more we see tender vocals cascade over a shimmering backdrop of aspirant guitars and driving percussion. Take a listen above. You can Pre-Order the release from iTunes here.
Amber Run are currently at work on their debut album being produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Two Door Cinema Club, Foals, Jake Bugg), due for release early next year. You can catch them out on the road this Autumn with a full run of dates listed below.
September w / Lewis Watson
Saturday 20 Phoenix Exeter
Sunday 21 Talking Heads Southampton
Monday 22 Trinity Bristol
Tuesday 23 Glee Club Cardiff
Thursday 25 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London
Saturday 27 O2 Academy 2 Newcastle
Sunday 28 Garage Glasgow
Monday 29 Academy 3 Manchester
Wednesday 1 Cockpit Leeds
Thursday 2 Rescue Rooms Nottingham
Friday 3 Institute Birmingham
Consistently proving to be one of the most endearing acts to emerge in recent times, Berlin's Niklas Kramer, more familiar known as Still Parade returns once more to capture hearts and souls alike with the gorgeously arranged, emotively charged Beach. Making up the final track from his 'Fields' EP, nothing quite prepares you for the tempo shift around its midway point as the softly swaying intro breaks away in to its percussively rising finale. Said to be the fusing of four different songs Beach takes us on a journey of the most magical, each twist and turn unveiling more intricate layering's with a tale of their own. Produced over the last three years alongside Co-Producer Thomas Harsem and Master-Engineer Joe Lambert (Washed Out, Animal Collective, Wild Nothing) 'Fields' will see a re-release on vinyl through Serve & Volley Records in collaboration with Day By Day Records. Take a listen to Beach above now.
Perfectly encapsulating their high strung guitar leads amongst propelled percussion, Circa Waves return with a jaunty new video to coincide with the release of their latest single So Long. Watch on above as the band take to performing throughout a quaintly decorative house, of which gets a true rock style thrashing. Check it out above. You can see a full list of the newly announced tour dates below. So Long will be released through Virgin on 20th October 2014.
28th London Alexandra Palace (with The Libertines)
2nd Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall (with The Libertines)
4th Berlin Arena Treptow (with The Libertines)
5th Dussledorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle (with The Libertines)
6th Glasgow Oran Mor
7th Manchester Gorilla
8th Leeds Cockpit 2
11th Nottingham The Bodega
12th Birmingham Temple
13th Bristol Thekla
14th Oxford Academy 2
17th Southampton Joiners
18th Brighton The Haunt
19th London Heaven
20th Liverpool Kazimier
Tickets for the November shows are priced at £8 (£10 in London) via www.gigsandtours.com. Support on the November tour comes from Public Access TV.
Circa Waves are: Kieran Shudall (guitar / vocals), Joe Falconer (guitar), Sam Rourke (bass) & Sian Plummer (drums).