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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Llovers - Coming Loose




Llovers - Coming Loose

Returning with their latest effort, North East's Llovers today share their glittering new single, Coming Loose. With the sheer amount of music I deal with, It's easy to forget I featured them back in 2017 so it's great to hear they've been far from quiet supporting the likes of Sundara Karma, Dream Wife and VANT on tour, in addition to an upcoming slot at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend. The band's sound has always been a combustion of buoyant infectious melodies and effervescent pop nuances, and here serves no different with its gleaming guitars and swirling synth lines. Speaking ahead of the release, co-frontman Jack Brooks stated: “Coming Loose deals with the anxieties that can come from being in a relationship, specifically one in which there’s little affection given from a paramour on the surface. It describes these feelings while also establishing which is used as a form of comfort within the narrative of the track”. Take a listen for yourselves below.



26 May –Radio’s 1 Big Weekend
09 June –Music Box Festival, Darlington
14 July –Wasteland Festival, Newcastle 
13 Sept –The Georgian Theatre, Stockton

Llovers is Jack Brooks (vocals/guitar), David Macnab (vocals/guitar), Joe Connor (bass/backing vocals), Matthew Jenkinson (drums), Ben Connor (synths)

f: https://www.facebook.com/wearellovers

Pelicandy - White Sky




Rich in glacial, synth-melody textures, London based alt-pop duo Pelicandy return with their latest effort, White Sky. Following on from their previous single Silent Treatment, shared earlier this Spring, the pair dish up another tasty treat for fans with spacious breezy melodies and some killer guitar riffs. "White Sky is about realising the ability to focus and reframe your own thoughts and perception of reality." explains vocalist TC Beecham. "Choosing what world you want to live in depending more on your mind-setthan your surrounding environment, it’s like a superpower that anyone can learn. Depending on how we direct our thoughts we can even change our body’s own biology. It sounds like science fiction or new-age spirituality but it’s legit psychology and neuroscience". Take a listen for yourselves below.



f: https://www.facebook.com/pelicandyband

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Sonia Stein - London Used To Feel So Cool



London-based artist Sonia Stein recently shared her brand new single ‘London Used To Feel So Cool’, accompanied by an official video shot by Sonia over two weeks by taking her i-phone everywhere she went. In her own words,  ‘’London Used To Feel So Cool’ is essentially, ‘….a love song about being swept away. About pretending I’m making a decision to be invested when in fact it was completely out of my control. At the time I was still fairly new to London and everything felt exciting and fun, but in this context I felt like it had lost its magic or at least the magic has been overshadowed by the excitement of this new relationship". Take a listen to the uplifting number below for yourselves below.



f: https://www.facebook.com/soniasteinmusic/?fref=ts

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Kitt Philippa - You




Kitt Philippa - You

Making exceptional use of its space, Kitt Philippa's latest single You is about as indulgent as they come. Released on May 17th through Paragon Records in conjunction with the EP of the same name, their latest effort slowly builds in to a gorgeous crescendo of thundering percussion and softly laid vocals, all the while its circling strings adding further texture to an already dynamic mix. Speaking about the new single, Kitt says “'You' is a combination of thoughts but its output is a love that is not obviously tangible; love can seem distant but still be present; it can almost be imaginary, or like a memory. It was from that context 'You' was written. Some of the lyrics circulate around the idea of space, alluding at times to a perceived 'emptiness'; but love flows between and through us and leaves its trail.” Take a listen to their latest single below.



f: https://www.facebook.com/kittphilippa/

Don Vail - On The Wire (Official Video)




With their new album 'Stand Of Tide' due to be released on May 31st, last week saw Don Vail share their latest single On The Wire. Through its contrasting lead vocals of Mitch Bowden and keyboardist/vocalist Kori Pop, the track's engaging melodies and uplifting guitar sections make for a glorious combination. Having been a solo project for some time, Mitch enlisted the help of longtime drummer Victor Malang, as well as guitarist Matthew Fleming before completing the quartet. Take a listen to their latest offering below with its accompanying video.



f: https://www.facebook.com/donvailmusic

Safe To Swim - Why Does He Wanna Know?




Safe To Swim - Why Does He Wanna Know?

Brighton-based newcomers Safe To Swim ramp up their energy to euphoric levels on their latest single Why Does He Wanna Know?. Unveiled last Friday (also known as the New Music Apocalypse in my eyes as I play catch up to the hundreds of emails) the band's new effort tackles the manipulative behaviours in young relationships, something that often goes unnoticed. Once more they show a fine trend for catchy melodies and vibrant vigour as they blast out jangly guitars and hook laden choruses - all before the track's triumphant finale. Take a listen for yourselves below. The new single Why Does He Wanna Know? is taken from their forthcoming debut EP 'Boyhood, due out July 5th. 



f: www.facebook.com/safetoswimband

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Olive B - Playmate

Olive B - Playmate

Having not posted for a while due to frustration from lack of good new music, Olive B comes as a breath of fresh air - turns out ditching the inbox for a dig around Soundcloud once more can pay big in rewards. Another perfect recommendation, Playmate is my first taste of music by Toronto's Olive B. It appears she already has quite the following having amassed plays in their thousands online, and it's clear to hear why. Her latest effort takes influence from the darkened pop blueprint with plenty of subdued melodies and murky basslines. Throw in her effortlessly cool vocals and some contrasting instrumentation and you have a winner. Take a listen to Playmate for yourselves below.



f: https://www.facebook.com/olivebmusic

Bengal Lancers - Last Orders




There's always two sides to the story. And London-based four-piece Bengal Lancers know this all too well as they return with their latest single, Last Orders. The track comes off the back of them realising that not all of coping mechanisms will remain as efficient as they once were. "In honesty there was a point around last year where I realised that I was using drinking as a coping mechanism around stress.” explains guitarist Harry Sullivan “The hangovers started to become more of a battle and the party wasn't that fun any more. My mindset had slipped a bit, but I picked myself up and went “right, I’m better than this” and Last Orders is the result of that. It’s such a simple sentiment” he continues “but there’s always something to make you feel alright if you look for it. That’s not to say I don’t still love a drink, but my mindset has changed - Rather than drinking to forget, I’m drinking to celebrate everything that's happening in life.” Listen for yourselves below below as the track's ignited guitars and soaring vocals set alight a backdrop of colour through their infectious energy.



f: https://www.facebook.com/bengallancers