Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Eliza Shaddad - My Body

Eliza Shaddad shares her sprawling new single My Body, taken from her upcoming debut album 'Future' due out in the Autumn. Accompanied by the Joe McCrae directed video the track tackles the concept of challenging your innermost thoughts. In Eliza's words, a song about "Being betrayed by your body. Knowing full well that you need to be alone, but doubting it every night". Take a listen for yourselves below.


ONR. - Love In Suburbia

Whilst Glasgow has its own quirks and deep rooted culture, ONR.'s music conjures imagery so far away from its concrete surroundings it's a surprise to learn of his nationality. Born and raised between the Highlands and Southern Scotland, ONR. spent his early years influenced strongly by the likes of Elton John, Kate Bush, Freddie Mercury and Bruce Springsteen and this still holds a big impact in his sound. Take Love In Suburbia for instance, a vibrant high energy single that would not look out of place sound-tracking the Californian coast or skylines of New York. "Love In Suburbia is probably the most energetic track I’ve released so far - in the few times I’ve played it live, it always gets such a big reaction" He explains. "It’s essentially a love song set both in and about the suburban or small-town upbringing, the comforts and the limitations of that, the safety and the monotony - that’s something very close to me". Take a listen for yourselves below and get lost in its soaring choruses and dazzling production.


Sunday, 17 June 2018

The Riptide Movement - Plastic Oceans

The Riptide Movement on Friday returned with their brand new single, Plastic Oceans. Recorded in London with producer Chris Coady (Future Islands, Slowdive), the Irish four-piece provide an alluring taste of their new sound, encased in anthemic qualities and scintilating synth-work. Having long proved themselves in their native homeland, the band begin to branch out to the UK and beyond and I'm sure will have no issues creating equal success. Speaking on the track, lead singer Mal Tuohy states: "We're honoured that our music will help raise awareness of one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Our reliance on single use plastics is destroying our oceans, so well highlighted by David Attenborough in Blue Planet 2. As the saying goes, ‘there are plenty more fish in the sea’ but if we can’t stem the tide of plastic, by 2050 there'll be more plastic than fish in our oceans. The future is in our hands".


Friday, 15 June 2018

ORKID - Obvious

Having massively impressed with her debut single released back in March, Swedish pop-wunderkind Orkid returns with her stunning new single, Obvious. Listen below.


Thursday, 14 June 2018

Sam Fender - Leave Fast

"Leave Fast is an archetypal song about growing up in a small town, and the frustrations that are often felt by those who feel trapped within them" Sam Fender explains of his latest single. Having grown up in Swansea, whilst not the complete middle of nowhere (though, some would disagree), I can relate all too well. Dubbed an an ugly, lovely town by Dylan Thomas, better phrased as a pretty shitty city by cult Welsh film Twin Town, it's a place I've found myself stuck in for the last 27 years. That feeling of claustrophobia gets perfectly dictated through Fender's disconsolate vocals and echoing guitar strings. It's a raw and enlightened vision in to the way small towns often leave you feeling trapped with the resonating words "Leave fast or stay forever" being all too true. The track was released today and comes backed with a wonderfully shot clip filmed on 16mm film that candidly follows Sam around his hometown of North Shields. Take a watch for yourselves below.

Live Dates
23rd June – Bushstock, London
24th June – Traumzeit Festival, Germany
29th June – TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow
1st July – Community Festival, London
6th July – Rock Werchter, Belgium
8th July – Barn on the Farm, Gloucestershire
14th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold, Suffolk
15th July – Citadel Festival, London
27th July – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire
28th July – Kendal Calling, Penrith
29th July – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
4th August – Indiependence, Cork
12th August – Boardmasters, Newquay
18th August – Lowlands, Netherlands
19th August – Dockville, Festival Hamburg
24th August – Leeds Festival,
26th August – Reading Festival,
8th September – DCODE Festival, Madrid


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Elke - Without the I

Still catching up on emails since I let things slide whilst at Primavera, at the tail end of April Elke dropped this massive single and accompanying video. Taken from her recently released debut EP 'Bad Mettaphors', the track's vivacious melodies and raucous energy gets the vibrant video it so deserves. "We filmed it at Rhys’ house upstate that his dad built and planted all the trees there in ‘69" explains Kayla. "It was an excuse to be in a magical place with my friends". Take a watch for yourselves below.

Photo credit: Bérénice Eveno

Boy Bjorn - Anchorage

Communion’s latest signee Boy Bjorn recently shared the visuals for his debut single Anchorage. With the project set up to 'capture moments lost', with delicately pieced together clips of childhood home-videos, Brian Holl's latest single delivers all the warmth and emotion you'd expect it to. "This song started when I woke in the dead of morning from a dream about my Grandma Bernita. She's been gone for some time now and I was never able to talk with her in my adult year" Holl explains. Explaining further: "But dreaming sometimes affords you the impossible. She told me she liked Michael Jordan – thought he was the greatest basketball player she’d ever seen. We talked like we were never given the chance to. That dream led me to thinking about all of the other relationships in my life that haven't deepened with people who are still here. Missed connections we all live with when the walls between each other are too large to break down over occasional visits". Take a watch/listen below.

Boy Bjorn’s Anchorage is out via Communion Records.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Swn Festival Announces initial 2018 line-up

Swn Festival 2018

Following last year's month long celebration of new music and sound, Cardiff's esteemed multi-day/venue festival returns to its original format this autumn. Now in it's mighty fine twelfth year, Swn Festival will take place on Wednesday 17 through to Saturday 20 October and tickets go on sale for this Friday (15 June) at 9am from the website here:

In anticipation the festival have this week announced the first initial wave of artists and it's packed with plenty of choice. Check out the line-up as it stands below.

Guto Brychan, Chief Executive of Clwb said, "Many people think of us just as a live music venue, but more recently we’ve been putting on events in other venues and locations around Wales. Providing a showcase for emerging artists and developing new ways to nurture them is core to what we do. When John suggested they wanted to handover Sŵn, it was the obvious next step for us to continue to grow and we are excited to be taking the helm and continuing its legacy."

Continuing, Jon Rostron adds "When we established Sŵn we always envisaged that at some point we would hand it over to the music community and step away, and we now have the right opportunity to do this. It’s thrilling and exhilarating to step away yet know that Sŵn will continue to develop in new hands. Without doubt it will be weird to go and not have any work to do, but I’m looking forward to being free to see as many bands as humanly possible that week"

Sŵn, founded by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and John Rostron in 2007, was the first multi-venue music festival in the UK outside of London, inspired by trips to SXSW in Austin, Texas and Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik. This year it falls under new management from the team behind Clwb Ifor Bach.

"Swn Festival 2018 line-up"

Ticket Prices

Gwenno / Adwaith / Audiobooks / Halo Maud
Wednesday 17 October

Drenge / Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever / more to be announced
Thursday 18 October
The Great Hall

Four-day Early Bird Golden Tickets
£50.00 (very limited)

Weekend (Friday & Saturday) Early Bird