Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Night Café - Turn

After a short absence away, Liverpool's The Night Café make their very welcomed return with new single Turn. Filled with an exuberant energy, one we've come to expect from the young four-piece, we get a fresh taste of the band's forthcoming second EP due out early next year with plenty more head-rushing guitars and highly strung melodies. Take a listen for yourselves below including a full list of upcoming tour dates.

Live Dates
November 20 | Sheffield, Leadmill (with Blaenavon)
November 21 | Leeds, Wardrobe (with Blaenavon)
November 22 | Manchester, Gorilla (with Blaenavon)
November 24 | London, Shepherds Bush Empire (with Blaenavon)
November 26 | Newcastle, O2 Academy 2 (with Blaenavon)
November 27 | Glasgow, St Lukes (with Blaenavon)
November 28 | Nottingham, Rescue Rooms (with Blaenavon)
November 30 | Birmingham, Mama Roux (with Blaenavon)
December 1 | Bristol, Thekla (with Blaenavon)January 23 | Leeds, The Chapel
January 24 | Nottingham, Bodega
January 25 | Oxford, The Bullingdon
January 27 | Bristol, SXW 2
January 28 | Norwich, Waterfront
January 29 | Manchester, Academy 3
January 31 | London, The Borderline
February 1 | Hull, Polar Bear
February 3 | Liverpool, Arts Club
February 4 | Glasgow, King Tuts
February 5 | Newcastle, Think Tank


The Academic - Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Following on from last months fantastic return, The Academic are back with their latest effort, Why Can't We Be Friends?. Taken from their long awaited debut album 'Tales From The Backseat', due for release January 12th 2018, the band tackle the subject of a love-hate relationship head-on in their chirpy highly energetic way. With a backdrop spearheaded with a vast concoction of sprawling guitars and their signature punchy basslines, the track serves as further ammunition in their catalogue of songs that "take aim at the turbulence of growing into your twenties". Take a listen to the new single below along with their recently revealed tracklist.

'Tales From The Backseat' Tracklist
1) Permanent Vacation  2) Bear Claws  3) Different  4) I Feel It Too  5) Bite My Tongue
6) Fake ID  7) Northern Boy  8) Television  9) Why Can't We Be Friends?  10) Girlfriends 

The Academic are Craig Fitzgerald (vox/guitar), Dean Gavin (drums) and brothers Matt (lead guitar) and Stephen Murtagh (bass).

Live Dates:
16 Nov – Cirque Royal, Brussels*
18 Nov – Nobelberget, Stockholm*
19 Nov – Sentrum Scene, Oslo*
20 Nov – Store Vega, Copenhagen*

*supporting The Kooks


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Anna Leone - My Soul I - Unplugged Session #1

One listen to Anna Leone's My Soul I and I knew I would hooked. It's not often I'm lost for words when writing a post yet the piercingly sharp honesty and raw emotion in the 23-year old's vocals hits home with a resounding brilliance. Live, her sound becomes all the more profound. Shot on location in France the one-take cut video captures her songwriting in stark detail as you become drawn ever more in to her spellbinding aura. Take a listen and get lost for yourselves below. Here's to hoping the '#1' denotes there's be further videos in the series.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Someone - Forget Forgive

There's something so pure and true about the intimacy within music. Perhaps a bias due to the nature of this site, but I feel very few art forms come close to the expression of word. With vulnerabilities often laid bare for the world to pick at and relate to, It's a risky forte but one Dutch artist Tessa Rose Jackson achieves with pin-point accuracy. Recorded in one night between the hours of 11pm to 4am at home, Forget Forgive serves as a wondrous all encompassing work of art that goes to show how endearing simplicity can be. "Playing the song to other people actually always feels a bit icky" Someone explains "like reading an excerpt from my diary out in public. It’s super naked, about battling some pretty nasty demons and, in overcoming them, figuring out the kind of person you want to be. Some songs take ages to fine-tune and hone, but this one felt like I was just solidifying a strain of thought that had been flowing around inside my head for ages". Take a listen for yourselves below.


Monday, 13 November 2017

RYD - Plans

'Now There's Nowhere' is an ominous title to say the least. Bereft of optimism and hope. A statement left to say you've searched everywhere and there's now nowhere else to turn. Thankfully we can find solace in RYD's mesmerising softly ushered tones. Returning with his follow up to September's single, Work It Out, the enigmatic artist delivers another pristine effort, enriched in his unique ethereal talents. Plans is taken from RYD's recently released debut EP. "Plans is about how unpredictable life can be and how easily one can get caught up in wishful thinking". shares RYD, "It was written after a break-up about how things felt at a certain point in the relationship and the way the future suddenly felt different." Speaking about his debut EP, he goes on to say, "It's crazy because I was never certain I'd get to this stage, yet it's happening and I'm really excited. For me it's loosely based on a previous relationship but it's supposed to address feelings of isolation and disdain, and a question of one’s identity". Take a listen for yourselves below. The full EP can be heard on SoundCloud here.


Friday, 10 November 2017

Ella Vos - I Know You Care

Having quickly found her niche, Ella Vos has gone from strength to strength with her unique and instantaneously recognisable electronic pop sound. Renown for working the space in her music, I Know You Care's vast pulsating bassline backdrop gets set alight in fine detail with her icy vocal touch. "I am my father’s child. We don’t always talk openly about our feelings or often say, ‘I care about you.’" explains Vos on the track's conception. Continuing "We assume that the people who need to know already know. I have felt my dad’s love, pride and encouragement in all that I do. But since I’ve become a mother, I’ve felt the need to say these things out loud every day, as well as a desire to hear them myself". Take a listen below.

Ella Vos will release her debut album 'Words I Never Said' on November 17th.


Slum Sociable - A Hearing

With their impending debut album set for release this month, Australia's Slum Sociable return to share their latest single, A Hearing. For anyone searching in need of some laid back, sun-soaked guitar music for your Friday evening, these guys will have the answer. "A Hearing was the hardest song to get right on the record" explain the band. "We originally wanted to release it as our first ever single, but couldn't make it sit as well as we wanted it over numerous recording sessions. Whilst recording our album, producer Russell Fawcus really pushed us to explore the post chorus in this track, which ended up being that missing link we were looking for for over three years." Take a listen to the kaleidoscopic number below for yourselves.


Sigrid - Strangers

There's a very fine line I draw when it comes to good pop music. There's the real good kind, the one that gets right in to your head. Then there's also the repetitive badly written drivel that gets force-fed down our throats by the likes of the BBC and other various music channels. Thankfully artists like Sigrid exist to break the mould (sitting firmly in the former) with their exquisite fresh take on a genre that has so little distinction. Lucky enough to catch her at Glastonbury this year, live she's just as much of a catch with her instantaneously lovable melodies and high energy, all bundled together with her unique Norwegian charm. New single Strangers encapsulates this in perfect detail with its massive in your face synths melodies and infectious sounds. Hot on the heels of her recent 'Don't Kill My Vibe' EP, Sigrid is back bigger than ever before. Let's hope an album isn't too far away in the distance.