Sunday, 21 October 2018

Ben Steiner - Stay

Ben Steiner's debut single is ready-made for your Sunday Evening wind-down. Soft tempered with a soothing touch, the Melbourne-based artist knows a thing or two about putting to use intimate yet all the while powerful songwriting, evident in his first outing with Stay. The new single will lead up a debut EP due for release in early 2019. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Cavern Company - Enough?

Oklahoma City trio Cavern Company returned last week with their vibrant new single Enough?. Their third in a series of releases, the track's infectious melodies and energetic delivery take them to a new height of euphoria as it slowly builds from a rather unassuming synth-line. Before you know it your swimming amongst layers of wonderfully uprising guitars and thriving percussion. "We wanted the third single of the year to step perfectly from Summer into Fall, while still being upbeat and driving" the band explain. "We wrote 'Enough?' while discussing the anxieties that can arise in us as we pursue our dream in music, with all of the unknowns that come with it". Take a listen for yourselves below.


Isaac Gracie - Show Me Love

Following on from his iconic debut album last year, Isaac Gracie returns with a brand new EP, 'Close Up – Looking Down', due for release next month. The first track to be lifted from it, Show Me Love, takes on a euphoric form through its rousing chorus and infectious melodies. "Coming out of the first record I was in a redemptive headspace and wanted to write songs with a more empowered tone, and record them in a more optimistic light." Isaac explains. Continuing on the conception for the video: "Some of my favourite music videos are the ones that don’t take themselves too seriously; the ones that bring a certain levity to an otherwise potentially over sincere tune.With this video I wanted to do something in my neighbourhood for the first time;  the idea came from the fact that I’d taken up skipping as a means to keep fit over summer and a desire to spoof upon my futile efforts, whilst the tennis game against myself loosely represents the somewhat melodramatic nature of the song, a kind of reflection of the inwardly conflicted state of the protagonist. Myself and my friend Jackson Ducasse worked on the idea together". The EP is set to be released on the 16th November. Take a watch at the clip below for yourselves where only one 'opponent' can come out on top!

Live Dates
19th November – YES (The Pink Room), Manchester
20th November – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
21st November – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
22nd November – Phoenix, Exeter
24th November – Amata, Falmouth
25th November – Komedia, Bath
26th November – Earth (Hackney Arts Centre), London


Tangerine - Local Mall / Cheery Red

Following on from sharing their upbeat, pop-centred effort Local Mall a few weeks back, LA-via-Seattle indie pop trio Tangerine returned over the weekend with the expansive Cherry Red. Making up their new EP 'White Dove', the two singles show off their diverse talents in fine form with a cross section of styles adorned in pulsating 80's basslines and swooning synth-pop melodies. Take a listen to both tracks streaming below.


Friday, 19 October 2018

Bessie Turner - Nino

Photo: Chris Driver

Taking mellow to a whole new level, Bessie Turner unveils her glistening new single, Nino. With a large helping of sun sprinkled charm, the Ipswich-based artist throws together giddying guitars and vocal harmonies that're so sweet they'd give even the Beach Boys a run for their money. "'Nino' is something my boyfriend calls me when I say I can't do something," Bessie explains, "like if I am feeling unconfident about a performance, or something else that I totally have the ability to do, but I feel like I'm not able to, purely because of my own brain". "The song has some well disguised personal references that relate to me... body image, boredom, sex, and that feeling like you want to go into self-destruct mode because of it all. Life can overwhelm and consume everybody and having someone there to give you a push or a boost is sometimes all it takes". Take a listen for yourselves below.

Live dates
24th  October    –  Brighton,  Sticky  Mikes 
25th  October    –  Bristol,  Thekla 
26th  October    –  Manchester,  Deaf  Institute 
28th  October    –  Glasgow,  King  Tuts 
30th  October    –  Leeds,  Brudenell  Social  Club 
31st  October    –  Nottingham,  Bodega 
1st  November   –  London,  Oslo


NANCY - Teenage Fantasy

Following on from a confident cover of Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made for Walkin', the elusive North-East England producer NANCY unveils debut single Teenage Fantasy. With its vibrancy and flamboyant melodies, the track's unmistakably powerful basslines and thumping percussion leave no stone unturned as the songwriter firmly welcomes themself to the scene, and we're happy to have them. Discussing the release Nancy stated: "Teenage Fantasy is your first glimpse into my world. A peak behind the curtain before the matinee begins. I am the pop culture that you all love, chewed up and spat out back onto the canvas. Teenage Fantasy is the song I hear when I dream. It wakes me up nostalgic for a time that never existed. It is the soundtrack to the childhood I never had and the road map to a future I can't predict. It's Nancy..." Take a listen for yourselves below. The single is taken a debut EP due Nov 9.


Palace - Heaven Up There

Credit: Thomas Jackson

Returning with their first new music in two years (has it really been that long already), Palace unveil their elegant and expansively moving single Heaven Up There. In true fashion, the track's meandering guitars carve out a pathway in their spacious percussion and glittered melodies to tell a thoughtful tale that will have you question your own existence. Take a listen for yourselves below. The band will head back out on tour in the new year throughout February.

Live Dates
18.02.19               The Exchange, Bristol
19.02.19               Bodega, Nottingham
20.02.19               Belgrave, Leeds
21.02.19               Mash House, Edinburgh
22.02.19               Band On The Wall, Manchester
23.02.19               Workman’s, Dublin
25.02.19               The Hope, Brighton
26.02.19               Village Underground, London


Thursday, 11 October 2018

Boniface - Fumbling (Official Video)

Currently out on tour with Blaenavon, Boniface returns with his brand new single, Fumbling. With his huge pop sensibilities, the Canadian-based artist sure knows a thing or two about creating big impacting choruses and catchy hooks and here's no different as his smooth delivery and subdued melodies come together in fine form. Boniface explains: "I wrote Fumbling when I was “falling in love” which is a nice feeling, but in my experience one that’s so terrifying it starts freaking you out to the point that it stops being positive. That makes it kind of halfway between being a declaration of love and a breakup song for me. I still can’t decide which side it’s on, but it’s well intentioned and about as honest as I can get." Take a listen for yourselves below along with the full list of upcoming tour dates.

Live Dates
12th October - The Mash House, Edinburgh*
13th October - The Welly, Hull*
14th October - The Live Rooms, Chester*
15th October - The Marrs Bar, Worcester*
16th October - Arches, Coventry*
18th October - Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich*
19th October - The Boileroom, Guildford*
20th October - Swn Festival
7th November - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London (Headline)
9th November - Iceland Airwaves

*w/ Blaenavon