Friday, 23 March 2018

HANA2K - Pretty Enough

Considering I'm based in Wales, the amount of music I post from my home town is slim to none. That's not to say there's not much on offer, because there most certainly is. It's more so on the fact that I'm too lazy to find it, which is a crying shame because artists like HANA2K would go amiss if it wasn't for PR's kindly notifying me to their existence. Based in Cardiff, the 18-year old pop star has been steadily making a name for herself since the subdued and moody Jealousy went live online last year. Now she's back with a double single release that tears up the rulebook on pop as she re-writes the blueprint taking a stand against what others may think. "This song’s about not needing gratification from others as to whether you’re pretty enough for that" explains HANA2K, "I want people to feel empowered by their own self-worth, not from the praise of others. I can relate, as I kept getting people tell me their opinion about certain things about me, such as; "you looked prettier without a fringe" or "I think you have too many piercings." Although the comments were not getting me down, they just confused me, because I didn't remember asking them for their opinion, but the comments just kept on coming, almost relentless sometimes, especially when you put pics up on Insta, it sort of makes people think that it's a plea for feedback!" Take a listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
Wed 04 April 2018 - Speaker Hire, Cardiff


Thursday, 22 March 2018

Whales - Ghost

You can normally judge a song's worth on just how many times you have it on repeat before depleting it of any value. I'm yet to reach that stage, despite having has this on loop for most of the evening. Portugal's Whales make some pretty exciting, experimental electronic music, their latest single Ghost is a prime example of the trio's work and comes backed with an arresting clip courtesy of art collective Casota. Take a watch for yourselves below.


Exitmusic - Iowa

Dream-pop duo Exitmusic return with their ethereally pleasing new single, Iowa, taken from the pair's forthcoming album 'The Recognitions' out April 20 on felte. It's the second track they've shared from the upcoming LP and features a stunning backdrop of wide-spanning vocals and exhilarating synth-pad textures. "The word 'recognition' has a lot of associations for me. I remember when I first came to New York City and fell in love with Aleksa; I told her I felt like I 'recognized' her" explains Devon Church. "Then of course there was the recognitions implied by the breakup, and the unravelling of a story we've been telling each other for 12 years". "Recognitions has always meant the realization of painful truths for me," adds Palladino. "I thought releasing the record was the only way to let it all go—the final act, the last thing we made together. This album captures that change, the lapse of time in leaving one life to the next, which is what Exitmusic always represented." Take a listen below.


Fuzzy Sun - Want Love

Taking the helms on Blossom's debut record label's release, North West five-piece Fuzzy Sun unveil their glittering psych-pop sound with lead single, Want Love. Think shiny disco balls and dazzling light displays, the Stockport-based outfit make their entrance in remarkable style with a full EP streaming now, each track giving a broad dissection of their work. Take a listen to Want Love below with the full EP streaming on Spotify here.

Speaking about the label Blossoms Tom Ogden goes on to say: "We’ve always had real admiration for the likes of legendary independent record labels Factory, Creation, Rough Trade, Heavenly and, more recently, James Skelly’s Skeleton Key records. We want to bring something more back to our hometown and set up a proper record company here in Stockport. Fuzzy Sun are the perfect debut release for Very Clever Records not just because they hail from our home town but because they’re brilliant".

Live Dates
Sat 24 March Jimmys Manchester – headline show – SOLD OUT
Fri 6th Apr 18 Jimmys Manchester – headline show – SOLD OUT
Fri 04 May 18 Stockport Town Hall – w/Blossoms
Sat 05 May 18 Stockport Town Hall – w/Blossoms
Mon 07 May 18 Leeds O2 Academy – w/Blossoms
Tue 08 May 18 Newcastle O2 Academy – w/Blossoms
Thur 10 May 18 London O2 Forum Kentish Town – w/Blossoms
Fri 11 May 18 Manchester O2 Apollo – w/Blossoms


Vancouver Sleep Clinic - In The End

Having shone light recently on his issues with a major record label deal that left him feeling trapped, Vancouver Sleep Clinic has been releasing new music thick and fast now he has no constraints. Returning in quick concession,Tim Bettinson is back with his latest single In The End, taken from forthcoming new EP 'Therapy 01' due out 23rd March 2018. Take a listen for yourselves below as he blends his glass-like vocals with a backdrop of scintillating electronica.


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Kios - Be Loved

They say never judge a book by it's cover? How wrong were they. It's the exact circumstance that led to my discovery of Kios, their aesthetically pleasing artwork catching my eye on a recent Soundcloud browse. I knew from the photo alone it would be right up my street and I most certainly wasn't misinformed. There's not a whole lot of information around about the Nashville-based outfit but what I do know is the trio make some incredibly catchy music, their jangly guitar melodies and sun-kissed tones will leave us all longing for the summer nights that lay ahead on the other side of Spring. Take a listen to their first single Be Loved below.


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

bdrmm - kare

Hull based five-piece bdrmm have today unveiled their kaleidoscopic brand new single, Kare. “Kare was written inevitably after a night out,” explains vocalist Ryan Smith, “I had gotten the wrong impression from somebody and it turned out my feelings were being taken advantage of just so they didn’t have to stay in on a Saturday night”. A shitty place to be in yet one that's influenced one of my favourite track's of the year so far. From its unassuming guitar strummed intro, right through to the climatic layering of crashing percussion and serrated melodies, the band's latest effort delivers far more than its worth. Working with producer Alex Greaves (Seeing Hands, PLAZA) their sound retains an overcast haze yet prides itself on a joyous underlying that's itching to get out and that's evidently on display throughout here. Listen below.


Chad Valley - Impartial

Chad Valley was probably one of the first artist's I ever blogged about here. Searching back through the archives it brings up a post from almost 8 years ago in 2010 with his single Up and Down; a track that's long established his uniquely identifiable blend of synth-pop, launching his career across the blogosphere. The Oxfordshire based producer, singer and all around wunderkind now returns with news of his third studio album 'Imaginary Music', set for release on May 25th through his long-serving partnership with Cascine.

What was a solitary process in comparison to his previous LP that featured a host of guests, 'Imaginary Music' was recorded from scratch following a sad turn of events whilst on tour in the US where Hugo's laptop was stolen that featured all the original demos and recordings. On returning home he began work again, completely afresh. Impartial is its first cut and displays a sound and tone we've come to love, backed with glistening synths and intricate sampled vocal layers ft. Katherine Robertson's vaporous touch. Take a listen for yourselves above.

UK Live Dates
March 21 @ Patterns (formerly Audio)- Brighton, UK*
March 22 @ Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK*
March 23 @ The Jazz Cafe - London, UK*
May 16 @ Castle Hotel - Manchester, UK
May 17 @ Broadcast - Glasgow, UK
May 18 @ The Lexington - London, UK

*w/ Baths