Friday, 17 February 2017

Talos - Odyssey

If you're anything like me, then you'll be a sucker for emotive songwriting, no matter what day of the week it falls on. At least it'll help if you are as Talos is on hand to provide a disconsolate alternative to your Friday night plans with his new single Odyssey. Following on from his recent single Reborn, the Irish born artist continues to pave the way with his unique ethereal productions so earthly and wholesome. Here's no different as the track's spacious intro gives way to a soaring finale filled with falsetto vocals and glittering synth notes. "In any endeavour we find ourselves at that point of doubt" explains Talos. "Those moments where you question yourself. That’s what the line, ‘In this odyssey, it’s hard to leave…’ refers to. It’s a beautiful and testing cycle. “I was asking myself some pretty big questions. Am I doing the right thing? Is this worth it? Am I deluding myself?! And I think in the end, the answer is yes to all three. These feelings come and go. The thoughts pass. Sometimes the delusions get realised. And we move on". Take a listen for yourselves below. 

Odyssey is taken from Talos' long awaited debut album ‘Wild Alee’, due out on April 21.

Live Dates
April 15 - Connolly’s, Leap  
April 21 - Button Factory, Dublin  
April 22 - Dolan’s, Limerick  
April 27 - Roisin Dubh, Galway  
April 28 - St Luke’s Church, Cork  
May 12 - St Patrick’s, Waterford (w/ Saint Sister)  
May 13 - The Set, Kilkenny  
May 25 - Voodoo, Belfast  
June 22 - Spirit Store, Dundalk


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Mt. Wolf - The Electric

Jump to any page here and chances are you'll find a Mt. Wolf track. To say I've fallen in love with everything they've released since first hearing their early work right through to their recent 'Hex' EP would be a very slight understatement. It's only right then for the track to introduce the news of their much awaited debut album is of such a built up profundity. Returning with The Electric, the London-based trio lead us in to to a six-and-a-half-minute compelling masterpiece winding its way towards another finely tuned cathartic crescendo. The band are currently in the studio working with Ken Thomas (Sigur Rós, M83, Daughter) on their long-awaited, as-yet-untitled debut record which is said to be due "shortly before summer". In the meantime take a listen to their latest single below.


The Rhythm Method - Cruel ft. Zoee

Following on from their recent single Home Sweet Home, London duo The Rhythm Method return with their latest effort, Cruel, featuring live collaborator and solo artist Zoee. Produced by Mike Skinner (formerly of The Streets) the track comes as a blissful modern day love tale filled with nostalgia and good old fashion britishism. Take a listen for yourselves below to the new single along with its accompanying pub-karaoke styled video.


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Amazons - Black Magic

As the week finally moved in to its final stages before the weekend, allow The Amazons to inject some much needed enthusiasm to get you through in one piece as they return with new single 'Black Magic'. Renown for their driving choruses and heart-stopping guitar lines, the band once more showcase their maturing sound and fine deliverance with another euphoric energised effort. “This song has been 3 years in the making. We had some of the parts floating around without any direction until I wrote the chorus, which gave the track focus.” Thomson explains, continuing “Black magic is about the helplessness you feel when you realise the feelings you have for someone are no longer reciprocated. The despair at the awareness that there is nothing you can do to change the way they feel”. Take a listen below.

16th - Amsterdam, Paradiso (SOLD OUT)
17th - Paris, La Mécanique Ondulatoire
19th - Sochaux, Festival GéNéRiQ
20th - Zurich, NEO
21st - Munich, Unter Deck
22nd - Vienna, Chelsea
24th - Haldern, Haldern Pop Bar UG
25th - Berlin, Musik und Frieden

2nd - Southampton, Joiners Arms (SOLD OUT)
3rd - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
4th - Coventry, Coventry Central Library
6th - Liverpool, Buyers Club
7th - Dublin, Whelan’s
8th - Belfast, Voodoo
10th - Nottingham, Bodega Social Club (SOLD OUT)
11th - Leicester, The Cookie (SOLD OUT)
12th - Leamington Spa, Zephyr Lounge
14th - Cambridge, Portland Arms
15th - Oxford, The Bullingdon
16th - Guildford, The Boileroom
17th - Brighton, Patterns

5th - Sheffield, The Plug
6th - Manchester, Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT)
7th - Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
8th - Newcastle, The Cluny
11th - Birmingham, Mama Roux’s
12th - London, Dingwalls (SOLD OUT)
13th - Reading, Sub89

The Amazons are: Matt Thomson (vocals and guitar), Chris Alderton (guitar), Elliott Briggs (bass) and Joe Emmett (drums).


Monday, 13 February 2017

Little Cub - Too Much Love

As Little Cub prepare the release of their debut album 'Still Life', out April 28th on Domino, the band return to share their latest cut, Too Much Love. Possibly my favourite track from them yet, Dominic Gore, Duncan Tootill and Adrian Acolatse deliver another pulsating synth-pop masterclass in creating commodious amounts of nostalgia through their warming melodies and poignant lyricism. From its emotive opening, beautifully captured by the Lily-Rose Thomas directed clip below, to the track's euphoric chorus, it draws elements from across the spectrum showcasing the band's diverse nature of sounds shaping the album in to something of spectacular stance. I can't wait to hear it in its final form. Listen to their latest effort below.

Still Life album track list
1. Too Much Love
2. My Nature
3. Breathing Space
4. Mulberry
5. Death Of A Football Manager
6. Hypnotise
7. Closing Time
8. October
9. Loveless
10. Snow
11. Television 

Pre-order 'Still Life' on deluxe 12” vinyl and CD via Domino Mart HERE

The band will celebrate the release with a London headline date at The Lexington on Tuesday 9th May.


NoMBe - Young Hearts

Returning with his latest single, NoMBe kicks off the week with his soothing new effort, Young Hearts. With out minds set on Valentine's day tomorrow the LA based artist lends his talents to a shimmering synth-pop ballad that aches to be played again and again. Speaking of the track NoMBe had the following to say: "Like the rest of us, the first time I was in love was the most pleasantly painful experience of my life. There was no point of reference for how to cope. When you are truly obsessed with another human, you are convinced that you have everything to offer to this significant one, but can only marinate in confusion over the fact that she (or he) just isn't able to see it. You may want to die for this person, you may want to abandon everything. This may even seem plausible in that given moment because you simply can't fathom life without them. This feeling evolves over time and I think love becomes more complex as we get older. Young Hearts is dedicated to that unadulterated feeling (pun intended) that we only get once. Raw, uncontrolled and unexpected". Take a listen for yourselves below.


Friday, 10 February 2017

The Night Café - Strange Clothes

Liverpool's The Night Café are the type of band who I could so confidently write about time and time again, even without the need to listen to beforehand. Since they first graced the pages here way back in '15 with Addicted, the group have continued to go from strength to strength, maturing their sound so effortlessly over the years. As they return on the cusp of the release of their debut EP the band share Strange Clothes, adding another fantastic and exhilarating notch to their impressive catalogue. Renown for ethereal guitars and sunshine soaked melodies the four-piece take giant strides towards perfection here as they toy with sliding harmonies and cathartic rhythms to great extent. Take a listen for yourselves below.

The Night Café will release their 'Get Away From The Feeling' EP 10 March 2017

Live Dates
February 11 | The Rainbow, Birmingham (with Sundara Karma)
February 12 | O2 Academy, Liverpool (with Sundara Karma)
February 13 | Leadmill, Sheffield (with Sundara Karma)
February 15 | Northumbria University, Newcastle (with Sundara Karma)
February 16 | Albert Hall, Manchester (with Sundara Karma)
February 17 | The Garage, Glasgow (with Sundara Karma)
March 24 | Komedia Studio, Brighton (with Blaenavon)
March 25 | Joiners, Southampton (with Blaenavon)
March 27 | The Louisiana, Bristol (with Blaenavon)
March 28 | The Bullingdon, Oxford (with Blaenavon)
March 30 | The Cookie, Leicester (with Blaenavon)
March 31 | The Deaf Institute, Manchester (with Blaenavon)
April 1 | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (with Blaenavon)
April 28 | Hit The North Festival, Newcastle
April 29 | Live at Leeds Festival, Leeds
May 1 | Hare and Hounds, Birmingham (Headline Tour)
May 2 | Bullingdon, Oxford (Headline Tour)
May 3 | Dingwalls, London (Headline Tour)
May 4 | Arts Centre, Norwich (Headline Tour)
May 5 | O2 Academy 2, Liverpool (Headline Tour)
May 25 | Stereo, Glasgow (Headline Tour)
May 26 | Manchester, Dot to Dot Festival
May 27 | Bristol, Dot to Dot Festival
May 28 | Nottingham, Dot to Dot Festival
August 6 | 110 Above Festival, Twycross


Prides - Away With The Night

Ending the year with their euphoric new single Are You Ready, Glasgow's Prides knew all too well what they had up their sleeves ready for the New Year ahead. "Away With the Night is a song that Callum started on a flight into New York, and has lived in our back pockets for a while now" explains Stewart. "Lyrically it's a track I wrote as a response to a certain someone, who put a lot of expectation onto what/where we were, and ended up writing a song about me. This is my version of events. Share it, love it, shout about it! And let me know if you've got any ex-fling stories, cause I bet I've got you beat". Passive and silent are two words non-existent in their vocabulary and here they go to show just why they're back bigger than ever before as we get struck down by the track's convulsing basslines and chest thumping percussion. Take a listen to the new single for yourselves below, available to purchase now.

Live Dates
20th March - The Flapper, Birmingham
21st March - Scala, London
22nd March - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester