Thursday, 16 January 2020

Luke De-Sciscio - R.O.B.Y.N.

Following on from his recently shared single, I'm a Dream Fighting Out of a Man, Luke De-Sciscio returns with the elegantly pleasing R.O.B.Y.N. Taken from his forthcoming EP “Good Bye Folk Boy”, released on the 14th March 2020, we get a further insight in to the intricate workings of his artistic world. An ode to his partner, the track's striking guitar line and falsetto vocals come together in magnetising force and sets the precedent for what lays ahead. "It just wouldn't have been the same if she wasn't in the room," Luke explains. "I know Robyn is a vital part of the process. It's like having a mirror, and music isn't a solitary thing. People share external spaces and internal spaces. Robyn and I reflect each other. That's what love is". Take a listen for yourselves below.

7th February 2020 – The Globe at Hay, Hay-On-Wye.
11th February 2020 – Antigel Festivala, Geneva, Switzerland
March 2020 – The New Colossus Festival, New York
March 2020 – SXSW, Austin Texas2nd April – SET, Dalston London


The 1975 - Me & You Together Song

The 1975 - Me & You Together Song

Following its premiere this evening on Radio 1, The 1975 have unveiled their latest single from 'Notes on a Conditional Form' entitled Me & You Together Song. Having took to Instagram live this week to announce the album being pushed back until April 24th, the single comes as some consolation as we get a heart-on-sleeve love song. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Album Review: Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong

Album Review: Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong

Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong Tracklist
01 Get Up 02 Is It Real 03 Everything Else Has Gone Wrong  
04 I Can Hardly Speak 05 Good Day 06 Eat, Sleep, Wake  
07 I Worry ‘Bout You 08 People People
09 Do You Feel Loved? 10 Let You Go 11 Racing Stripes 

Everything Else Has Gone Wrong is released on 17 January 2020 via Caroline International/Island Records.

The difficult.... fifth album. Or so it might first seem following the band's three year hiatus. Fool us not though, there's nothing stale here as they emerge from hibernation with a fresh batch of tracks set to heal the indie heart-break of 2016.

Softly opening with Get Up, Bombay Bicycle Club create a mood like no other with hazy tones kickstarting in to life as you wipe the sleep from your eyes and stretch in to motion. Limbered up, Is It Real is the first taste we get of their playful indie melodies as upbeat chord changes and snappy percussion take centre stage. The record's title track Everything Else Has Gone Wrong comes from a cathartic release of self expression and of one that allows you to find safety and comfort in familiarisation, something that's deeply invested in to a band that so many people have fallen in love with so many years ago.

Across the album there's a redefining depth, evident in I Can Hardly Speak which croons smoothly in to existence alongside Good Day's dynamic instrumentation. With Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You) it feels only right the band revert to their distinguishably infectious lyrics and driving emotions. "We felt it was recognisably us, while also sounding fresh and new," says Suren. "I remember playing the demo to a mate of mine, in my car, and as soon as it came on, he had a big smile on his face. It felt like we were back."

Elsewhere on the LP, Worry 'Bout You draws inspiration from Jack's solo adventure as tribal percussion amalgamates with electronic elements seamlessly, where People People, co written by Ed Nash, offers further charisma as they're joined by long time collaborator Liz Lawrence. In its final stages, Do You Feel Loved sways in to action before the softly played Let You Go melts in to its playfulness realised through an energising synth-explosive finale.

Rounding up on the beautifully poignant lament that is Racing Stripes, the band show their tenderness is far from lost as its airy vocals and plonky bassline set the backdrop to an imaginary (soon to be real) crowd, adorned with lighters and phones raised in the air. "It's a good example of the emotional roller-coaster you go through," explains Jack after finishing the single following a spell of writing difficulty. "I was like, this is it, I can't do this any more, and then the next morning you're like, ah, this is a really good song. The relief!"

Re-emerging at a time where our country is crumbling, the grounding "I guess I've found my peace again, and yes, I've found my second wind," plays truer than ever. 'Everything Else Has Gone Wrong' is everything we could have wanted and more from a band who have soundtracked the last decade and still manage to remain as fresh as the day I first heard them.



Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Sea Girls - Ready For More

Kicking off the new decade in their grandeur way, Sea Girls make their welcomed return with their first single of 2020 unveiling Ready For More. Taken from their forthcoming new EP ‘Under Exit Lights’ - out March 6th on Polydor, the track takes form through its anthemic choruses and infectious high energy melodies. A head rush of emotion, it doesn't take long to get hooked. "‘Ready For More’ is the bad apple of the EP" explains singer Henry Camamile. "It looks and sounds sweet, but it's basically staring into this abyss of nihilistic behaviour and being scared that I couldn't change it. This song practically embraces the slippery slope I was on." Take a listen for yourselves below.

Tues 21st BELGIUM, ANTWERP, Twix
Tues 28th DENMARK, COPENHAGEN, Hotel Cecil
Thurs 30th GERMANY, BERLIN, Privatclub
Fri 31st GERMANY, MUNICH, Strom

Sun 2nd ITALY, MILAN, Circolo Magnolia
Wed 5th FRANCE, PARIS, Point Ephemere

Thu 16TH BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute
Thu 23rd LONDON, The Roundhouse

Sea Girls are: Henry Camamile (vocals/guitar), Rory Young (guitar), Andrew Dawson (bass)
and Oli Khan (drums)


The Districts - Cheap Regrets

With the announcement of their new album "You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere", out March 13, 2020 via Fat Possum, The Districts have today unveiled their latest single Cheap Regrets. Switching crashing percussion for a pivotal dance-inspired melody the track takes on a brand new dynamic as we continue to reveal brand new sounds in the band's line-up. "Cheap Regrets’ is some late capitalist nihilism channelled into a Districts dance party. It's about the extremes of American culture constantly reinforcing the self," explains singer/guitarist Rob Grote of the kinetic track. "The mirror reconfirms you. It's all iPhone, selfies, and mirrors. Sell yourself baby. The consumer gets consumed. I wanted people to dance together to a song about alienation to find some collective transcendence in that". Listen for yourselves below.


Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Borg - Scuba Diving

Taken from her recently released debut EP, 'Honest and Cool', Amanda Ingeborg Runestam unveils the gorgeous Scuba Diving. Delving as deep as the name would suggest, the Swedish-based artist makes exceptional use of space as the track opens up to its swelling temperament. Speaking about the single she shares "Scuba Diving' is a song very close to my heart. Its about putting the safety suit on, and plunge into the depths of time and space. About realizing that everything moves, everything changes and that nothing ever stays the same. And perhaps a bit about realizing that even though it scares the shit out of me, its okay…". Take a listen for yourselves below.

Boniface shares 'Oh My God' ahead of Debut Album

Photo Credit: Ally Gonzalo

Ahead of Boniface's much anticipated debut album due next month, the Canadian-based outfit headed up by Micah Visser today returns with their latest single, Oh My God. Capturing the heart-racing moment when you step in to the unknown, divulging your feelings to someone special, the track brings together everything we've come accustomed to with soaring synth instrumentation, infectious choruses and a melody line like no other. Of the new single, Visser explains: “Oh My God is about letting someone know how you feel emphatically but without expectation. Love can feel big and scary and complicated but mostly I think it's just about speaking your truth and letting it lie. With Oh My God, I'm speaking my truth and letting it lie.” Take a listen for yourselves below. The album “Boniface” is out on the 14th February 2020 via Transgressive Records and can be pre-ordered now.


Guest Singer - Think Face

In what's weirdly almost exactly a year to the day since I last shared any music from Doncaster-based outfit Guest Singer, today the five-piece unveil their superlative new effort, Think Face. Built on a hot-bed of synth pop melodies and arpeggiated tones, the kaleidoscopic deliverance tackles the elephant in the room head on, attacking the complex digitalised lives we lead. Jump right in for yourselves below. Think Face is taken from the band's forthcoming 'Limbo Days' EP due on 14th February 2020 through tastemaker label Heist or Hit.