Monday, 29 September 2014

Magic Man | Out Of Mind

As synth-pop purveyors Magic Man prepare their debut UK single release with 'Texas' on October 20th, the band return with news of an instant track download for any Pre-Order's of their album. Take a listen above to Out Of Mind which can be downloaded instantly with purchase of the record from iTunes here. The single is taken from the band's debut album 'Before The Waves', out now in the US with a UK release pencilled in for early 2015. You can catch Magic Man undertake their 1st ever UK show at the Notting Hill Arts Club on October 1st.


Flyte | Light Me Up

Anyone who's frequented the pages here in the last year will know just how far my love for Flyte extends. So much so I think I've covered everything they've released thus far since splashing on to the scene last summer with their balmy single 'Over And Out'. Flyte have (for lack of a better pun) well and truly taken off, the selling out of headline shows, debut 'Live' EP and triumphant support slots on Bombay Bicycle Club's recent UK tour only going to show just what they're capable of. New single Light Me Up follows in suit nicely from their previous aforementioned release, yet with this new found maturity we gain a greater sense of achievement, each swirling layer acquainting us ever more with their heartwarming character. From jangly, tropically infused melodies to funky new-wave troubadour's, Flyte really seem to be on to something great here. Speaking of the new single the band go on to say: 
“Light Me Up is about someone wrenching you out of a depressive state, it's about first love. When you're in a period of feeling low you feel like a tree that that's covered in vines, stopping the air and the light from getting to you. It stops you writing or being creative and nothing moves you to get up and go anywhere or experience anything. Falling in love makes all of that go away, you can see colours properly again and hear songs in your head and write them down. It's about shade into light, black and white into technicolor.”
Light Me Up will be released 17th Novemeber through Turned Out Nice / Island Records. You can catch the band out on the road this Autmn as they headline the ‘DIY Presents Tour 2014’. Check out the full list of dates below.

21st Brighton, The Hope, Headline show
22nd Bristol, Start The Bus, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature
23rd Reading, Oakford Social Club, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature
24th Bournemouth, Sixty Million Postcards, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature
25th Birmingham, Alfie Birds, Headline show
26th Manchester, Gullivers, Headline show
28th Edinburgh, Electric Circus, Headline show
29th Leeds, Nation of Shopkeepers, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature
30th Nottingham, Spanky Van Dykes, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature
31st Banbury, Also Known As, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature

1st London, The Laundry, DIY All-Dayer w. Shy Nature, Telegram, Blessa & Menace Beach
4th London, Oslo, Headline show
5th Leicester, Academy 3, Headline show
6th Sheffield, Bungalows and Bears, Headline show
7th Liverpool, Shipping Forecast, Headline show

Låpsley | Falling Short

There's no denying, an unrivalled beauty in creating such depth within a minimalistic ocean of sound is no easy feat, yet it's something Liverpool's Låpsley crafts ever so well. Following on from Station and Painter (Valentine) the emotive songstress returns once more with even further demonstration of her talents. Falling Short is another painstakingly sparse effort, each delicate piano key striking a newfound grace. Take a listen above. Falling Short is taken from the Annie Mac Presents 2014 compilation, due out October 2014.


Friday, 26 September 2014

James Vincent McMorrow | You Know

As if 'Post Tropical' didn't provide us with enough heart-wrenched feeling, James Vincent McMorrow returns with news of a deluxe edition of the album, due out November 10th. Set to include previously unreleased material, remixes and solo recordings he shares with us the first cut, You Know. Demonstrating how blisteringly powerful his falsetto can be, the track's subtle sways over its stuttering melodies and perforated basslines is enough to move even the hardest of hearts. Albeit not the perfect Friday party starter, music this real needs no time and place to be fully appreciated. Take a listen above.


Fiancé | Climb The Stairs

Following on from the dreamy Era and woozy new single, Ivy Newark Delaware natives Fiancé share another fresh track from their forthcoming 'EP1' set to be released on October 7th in the UK. Take a listen above. Fiancé - 'EP1' Track List:  1. Era  2. July  3. Climb The Stairs  4. Ivy  5. Another Year

Stream Climb The Stairs above now. The EP will be released 7th October 2014 through SQE Music.

UK Live Dates
Oct 7th @ Old Blue Last 
Oct 10th @ KOKO (Club NME)


Video: The Preatures - Somebody's Talking

If there's anyone who knows anything about a funky bass riff it's Australia's The Preatures. Last years 'Is This How You Feel' was more than enough proof. Here the band return with their brand new single, Somebody's Talking, taken from their album 'Blue Planet Eyes', currently sitting at #1 in the Australian charts. Take a watch of the new clip above.

Somebody's Talking will be available in the UK December 14 with the album set to follow early 2015.


Thursday, 25 September 2014

RHEYA | Alone on the rope

First to be picked for the team. First to win the race. First to wear the freshest new shoes. First to comment. First to post about an artist. The need for being first has evolved over the years, and blogging's no different. Whilst you've always had the 'tastemakers' breaking news, in recent times, as the number of blogs increase so does the need for challenge, all in the name of being first. Sometimes it's nice to take a backseat. Time to reflect and remind ourselves (or at least in my case anyway) why I even started this blog. It wasn't to be first. Or to take on any of these big sites who have a whole team of writers behind them. At the end of the day, I'm just one guy. I started Scientists of Sound in order to share music I like, as simple as that. And here's one of those very tracks. A random discovery whilst browsing Soundcloud. I don't know too much about Rheya. Hell I don't know anything at all except they (him/her/machine) reside in Sweden and make some of the sleekest minimalistic synth work I've heard. Drowned in sea of swirling pads Alone On The Rope reflects the kind of Nordic scenery we often associate with Scandinavia as thumping electronic percussion throbs beneath its hazy lead vocals. Lose yourself above and below.

Rheya currently have a free 3-track EP available to download from their Bandcamp here. Whether we'll hear form them again, we can only hope.


Video: The Mercy Beat | An Act of Mercy

With The Mercy Beat planning the release of their self-titled EP in the UK this month, the band return with an official video to their latest single An Act of Mercy. Having floated around the Internet for quite some time it's quite shameful to say the least that this is my very first encounter with the band's effervescent melodies. I guess better late than never though, and in perfect time to pick-me-up from the miserable weather that's currently descended on the city. You can check out the official clip above featuring explosive scenes perfectly encapsulating the colourful rhythms and upbeat nature of the band's music.

'The Mercy Beat' EP will be released September 29th on French indie label OSKAR Recordings. You can stream the record in full below.