Thursday, 29 January 2015

American Wrestlers | Kelly

There's something undeniably wonderfully about recording on basic equipment. I don't care what anyone says it's just better and marks a refreshing change from the over-produced road many artists take. Being a case in point, American Wrestlers latest single Kelly is a fuzzy lo-fi masterpiece with its hazy vocals skittering over clanging guitars and a hazy percussive backdrop. The Scotland born now Missouri based artist picked up a Tascam 8-track recorder, the cheapest pawnshop instruments he could afford and got to work, the results being quite terrific. Take a listen above for yourselves. Kelly is taken from the self-titled debut full-length, set for release in the UK via Fat Possum on April 27th.


New Motion | She Said

Following on from debut single, Anyway, Hertfordshire's New Motion return with their latest effort, She Said. Having already demonstrated their unique use of fluttering crystallised synth notes and jangly guitars, the band take things to a more sensual level as their 80's influence shines through greater than ever before. Through airy strummed melodies and elevated synths and percussion comes another breathtaking track that's paving the way for many great things to come. Take a listen above. You can pick up the EP on March 30th released through Tidal Recordings.

Anyway Tracklist
1. Anyway   2. She Said  3. Honestly  4. Caught In The Middle


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Two Cartoons | Lost Boys Club

Having already blissfully demonstrated their innate layering talents in previous single Horizon Approaching, London-based New Zealand duo Two Cartoons return with their latest effort, Lost Boys Club. Taken from the pair's forthcoming EP of the same name, the track's rather unassuming intro is quickly lost to its rising crescendo of jubilant guitars and euphoric vocals. Built upon the solid foundations of their stellar songwriting abilities, Bradley Craig and Isaac McFarlane showcase once more another wondrous blend of choppy melodies and singalong choruses all fuelled on their youthful vitality. Check it out above. One for the diaries - the band's 'Lost Boys Club' EP is due to for release mid-March.


Matt Woods | In The Dark

Contrary to its title, 'In The Dark' is anything but. Through a warming backdrop of minimalistic percussive hits and soulfully hummed backing vocals comes a wondrous new effort form London-via-Cornwall based artist Matt Woods. Beautifully afflicting and making incredible use of its devastating space, In The Dark is a perfectly pieced together work of art that just aches to be played again and again. "It's an intimate moment, when you feel really close to someone" explain Matt "And about how just as soon as it happens it has gone. It’s sort of pleading with that someone to not wake you up from this brief moment". Take a listen above.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Hearts | Celebrate

Following on from sharing Lips, the first of two tracks from their recently released EP, Newport South Wales trio The Hearts return with their latest single and video 'Celebrate'. With its stadium heavy melodies and euphoric choruses, the band inject an IV shot of adrenalin straight to your veins when you need it most. Not for the faint-hearted, Celebrate captures everything the the three-piece project with its sleek vocals and convulsing guitars, delivering it with their symbolic hair-raising attitude. Take a watch of their homemade-hometown video streaming above. You can pick up the new EP from iTunes here. Check out a full list of live dates below as the band head out on the road to co-headline a tour with fellow Welsh group Pretty Vicious.

Live Dates
Fri 30th Jan - Blackwood Miners Institute
Sun 1st Feb – Sin City, Swansea
Weds 4th Feb - Wrexham Central Station
Thurs 5th Feb - Chester Live Rooms
Sun 8th Feb - Ebbw Vale Institute
Mon 9th Feb - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff


Monday, 26 January 2015

Pink Gloves | 80s Girls

Cloaked in a mystical array of sparkling synth-pop melodies, Prague newcomer Petr Pliska aka Pink Gloves marks a wondrous return with his second single 80s Girls. Drawing influence from movies by John Hughes that made up his childhood, its hazy vocals and swooshing synth-work delivers an uplifting nostalgic backwash as you become lost in its funk-driven sounds. Take a listen above for yourselves - 80s Girls is available now through Opening Light. You can pick up a copy from iTunes here.


Audego | Feral

In a scene so over-populated with similarity, making a stand for change is Australian duo Audego. Through their experimental blend of tribal-esque percussion and soulful synth-work comes the pair's latest single Feral, and what a wonderful breath of fresh air it is. Take the journey above as its modulated beat full up on meandering electronic claps and chimes bubbles beneath Carolyn Tariq's softly hushed vocals. Having already been on two Australian tours and tapped to perform at Canadian Music Week last year, it looks like the two-some have plenty more to offer, this just being the start. Check it out for yourselves above.


Friday, 23 January 2015

Alex Vargas | Solid Ground (Mahogany Session)

It normally it takes me a lot of effort to sit through a full acoustic performance video. Whilst I'm definitely more a fan of fuller instrumentation, I think it's okay to make an exception every once in a while, especially when it's of this quality. Alex Vargas is that anomaly as he shares this wonderfully endearing clip of himself performing 'Solid Ground' for the Mahogany Sessions. Take a listen above as his commandeering vocals soar above the track's hauntingly beautiful rhythms echoing from the dejectedly plucked guitar strings. This might just be one of the best voices in the game.