Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Listen :: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Share New Bonus Track

After releasing the 'Poison Touch' B-side from latest and third album 'Days Of Abandon', The Pains of Being Pure At Heart now share another of the bonus tracks found on the forthcoming deluxe edition, out digitally today (September 23).

'Summer of Dreams', one of five bonus tracks, is a warm, jangly pop affair. "All the dreams are you/Tell me they are gonna come,” trills frontman Kip Berman.

Take a listen below.

'Days of Abandon – Deluxe Edition' Tracklisting:
01. Art Smock
02. Simple And Sure
03. Kelly
04. Beautiful You
05. Coral And Gold
06. Eurydice
07. Masokissed
08. Until The Sun Explodes
09. Life After Life
10. The Asp At My Chest
Bonus tracks:
11. Impossible
12. Summer Of Dreams
13. The Real World
14. Poison Touch
15. Kelly (Winter Station Demo)

Track Of The Day :: JacksonsWarehouse - Right Here, Right Now

Basildon-based JacksonsWarehouse are not newcomers. Originally formed a decade ago, they went on to make their debut release, 'Hotel By The Sea' with SX Records in 2006, receiving a respectable amount of airplay on XFM and Radio 1, and favourable reviews.

Since that time JacksonsWarehouse have written for other bands, have had sync experience with music supplied for Adario Strange's film 'NYU Suicides', and in 2012 released the album 'Homes Next To Houses'.

Now the five-piece are back with a new single, the six-minuter 'Right Here Right Now', which is out on October 13 as a digital download via iTunes, Spotify and other online stores. Although their previous work has traversed a range of genres from indie rock to grungy folk, they seem to have narrowed down their spec to jangly guitar melodies of Marc Barnacle and lead vocalist Stuart Brown - the latter also providing an engaging rawness on vocals - with a highlight midway guitar instrumental section.

Monday, 22 September 2014

[Video] The Antlers - Refuge

The Antlers, the Brooklyn outfit headed up by Pete Silberman, have released the latest video to accompany a track from 'Familiars', their fifth full-length studio album which came out in June.

Following the minimalist visuals for 'Palace' and 'Hotel', the band now delve into dreamy wispsw of smoke and colours for 'Refuge'. The video was produced by Morgan Beringer and utilises an aqueous solution that looks like cloudy dye and light slowly moving through water.

The Antlers embark on a lengthy touring schedule from next month, taking in Europe and the UK.

Live dates:

01. Brussels - AB Club*
03. Amsterdam - Paradiso*
04. Cologne - Gebaude 9*
06. Copenhagen - Vega*
07. Oslo - Rockefeller*
09. Stockholm - Debaser Strand*
10. Gothenburg - Pustervik*
11. Aarhus - Voxhall*
12. Hamburg - Knust*
14. Berlin - Lido*
15. Prague - Lucerna Music Bar*
16. Vienna - Flex*
18. Zurich - Komplex*
19. Fribourg - Fri-Son*
20. Paris - Café de la Danse*
22. Brighton - Old Market*
23. Birmingham - Oobleck*
24. London - Hackney Empire*
27. Bristol - Trinity*
28. Liverpool - Kazimier
30. Dublin - Olympia +
31. Manchester - Ritz*
01. Glasgow - Oran Mor*
02. Leeds - Belgrave Music Hall*

* with Marika Hackman
+ with Enemies

Listen :: The Vestals - Life Without Love

The Vestals, the Welsh five-piece we first came across early last year - see our One To Watch - have not made as much of an impact as we would have expected.

Following their double A-sider 'Perfect Pain'/'Seventeen' which came out a whopping 19 months ago, and their live cover of College's 'A Real Hero' last October, we have not heard a great deal from them, bar a recent London show with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart.

Now the lads return with a slice of indie pop in 'Life Without Love', the title track from their debut four-track EP out on October 20 thru Drawing Board Recordings. Once again they provide some rich hooks, catchy melody and Adam's vocals will certainly keep your attention.

Track Of The Day :: Wnter - Salt Lake City

The 18-year-old Merseyside producer Bill Nickson we introduced here a few weeks ago, has now unveiled his debut four-track EP 'Falls'.

Available to stream and buy via Bandcamp, we love this psychy little gem 'Salt Lake City'.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Introducing :: Captivves

On first hearing these two debut online tracks from new Reading band Captivves, it felt like listening to drills driving against a stone wall. The opening to 'Dive In', particularly, felt initially grating on the ears and nerves. However, a quick listen to 'Don't Defy Us' - and then quite a few more hearings - made us soon decide that we really were rather enjoying these 'drillers'.

The post punk three-piece (whose influences include The Wytches, Slowdive and The Garden) are releasing both tracks as a double A-side single, and when they describe their sound as "winding reverb and thunderous bass lines to coincide with rhythmic percussion", they are not wrong. While 'Don't Defy Us' may be the stronger of the two sides, the lyrics if both - "words of lust, hunger and disorder" - are astringent in their delivery by vocalist Daniel Haylock.

Captivves are: Daniel Haylock (vocals / bass), Phil Howell (guitar), Kieran Phillips (drums).


'Dive In' / 'Don't Defy Us' is released tomorrow (September 22).

First Listen :: PROM

Brooklyn synthpop duo Ella Zoller and Gabriel Stanley, collectively known as PROM, release their second single, 'Flickers' - the first release to appear on Ghost Beach's newly formed Crazy Heart Records.

A long gap in between this and last year's debut 'Darlin', but one worth it with a swathe of lush drum beats wrapped around a dreampop melody, swooning harmonies and sharp production courtesy of Dave Weingarten (Ghost Beach).

Watch out for PROM's October EP, released through Crazy Heart.

Listen :: Laurel Canyons

We know little about Laurel Canyons, other than they are a four-piece who hail from Sheffield.

The latter was a surprise perhaps given the sound of new single 'Owe Nothing'. The one-two beat, the quasi-American sound and the somewhat curious vocal inflections by singer Jake Cope will either hold you gripped to the end of its four-minutes-plus. Or not. It has grown on us, that's for sure.

Laurel Canyons (Cope, Paul Burdett, Arv Teeroovengadum and France Lahmar) have picked up again after parting ways with their record label, and now produced 'The ‘Now We’re Rebuilding’, their debut EP - recorded in one weekend at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studios with Colin Elliot (Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Paul Weller).

“The ugly and the overfed, have taken all my songs,” Cope intones on 'Owe Nothing', their new single, before rising to a haunting falsetto of "You’re a fraud/and I owe you… nothing."

'Owe Nothing' is out on September 22.

Track Of The Day :: Mwansa - The Kid Has Issues

Featured last month in our Australia Round-Up #5, Mwansa has now released a video to accompany 'The Kid Has Issues'. And if you've never heard this guy's voice, do it now. You don't come by many as nut brown rich as this one.

Driven by the death of his brother, Mwansa turned to music as a form of catharsis, releasing his first single in January 2014, and creating a groundswell of interest while garnering fans around the globe. One such fan being Grammy nominated and multi- platinum mix engineer Ariel Chobaz who mixed the 'The Kid Has Issues'.

“I just had to get 'The Kid Has Issues' out. Ariel got what I was trying to do! He had this vision of creating a fresh new sonic palette. He was a big fan of ‘Burn this House’ and brought a great wealth of experience to the process. We both had this feeling that the two of us working together would create something special,”  says the Zambia born, Perth, Australia raised Mwansa.

'The Kid Has Issues' was the last song Mwansa wrote in the body of work he calls ‘The Age of Disbelief’ - which he hopes to release as an EP next year.

“At first I drank a lot. That didn’t work. And so the only other way I knew to lose myself was to write. What started as an hour here and there turned into sometimes days.... At the time I didn’t realise that I was purging; the disillusion, the heartache. And then I had these six songs and I thought....’YOU CAN NEVER SHOW THEM TO ANYONE!’ It was only after a friend of mine emailed them to a few people that I decided to release ‘Burn this House’. 'The Kid Has Issues' was the last song I wrote. It’s acceptance. It’s the broken vase you’ve tried to glue back together that doesn’t quite look right. But you have no choice but to live with it.”

Like his previous song, 'The Kid Has Issues' was written and performed solely by Mwansa with one microphone and some old recording gear in the garage of his home in Perth.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Track Of The Day :: Porches - Prism

New Yorker Aaron Maine, sometimes trading as Ronald Paris (under this alias he put out an EP in May) and sometimes Porches, makes music under both that can stop you in your tracks; the kind of understated DIY that spins the edges just a little differently.

Maine has released eight records so far over the last years, with Porches bringing out a debut full-length 'Slow Dance In The Cosmos' last year. Downbeat, yet captivating, it's no surprise that fans Sylvan Esso elected to cover Porches' 'The Cosmos' on Sirius Radio’s XMU Sessions.

Having now partnered up with Terrible Records, Porches release a new single, 'Prism' - as well as just having embarked on a coast-to-coast US tour.

Seductively low-key, with just the right level of poetic melancholy, alongside some dreamy chord structures and a Stephen Malkmus feel to it, 'Prism' is delectable listening fare.

'Prism' b/w 'Forgive' is digitally released on October 14 via Terrible Records, with a physical release to follow.

Live dates:

19. The Great Outdoors, Philadelphia
20. The Smiling Moose, Pittsburgh
21. Double Happiness, Columbus, OH 22. Culture Clash Records, Toledo, OH
23. Subterranean, Chicago
25. Gabe's Oasis (free show) Iowa City, IA
26. Carleton College, Northfield, MN
27. 7th St Entry (matinee show) Minneapolis, MN
28. The Aquarium, Fargo, ND
30. Ole Beck VFW Post, Missoula, MT

01. Vera Project, Seattle, WA
03. TBD, Portland, OR
04. Third Space, Davis, CA
06. 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, Oakland, CA
07. Los Globos, Los Angeles, CA
09. Trunk Space, Phoenix, AZ
10. Lowbrow Palace, El Paso, TX
11. Mohawk Inside07, Austin, TX
12. City Tavern, Dallas
14. GA Aisle 5, Atlanta
15. Duke University Coffeehouse, Durham, NC
16. Comet Ping Pong, Washington, DC
17. Baby's All Right, Brooklyn, NY
18. Baby's All Right, Brooklyn, NY

Friday, 19 September 2014

Listen :: SALES Are 'Getting It On' For EP Release

After our first listen back in May to Florida duo SALES - see here - Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih are now about to release their debut six track EP.

The self-titled EP is a collection of singles, including the newly revealed 'Getting It On', which you can hear below.

Also included is a remix of 'Toto' by Marcel Everett (XXYYXX), as well as 'Renee', 'Vow' and 'Chinese New Year'.

“How could I be so wrong?” is the question Lauren Morgan is asking herself, on this masterfully restrained and mellow track that relies on nothing more than a simple guitar backing to carry its weight.

SALES play an EP release show in Brooklyn, New York on September 24 with Salt Cathedral + Mitski at Baby's All Right.

The SALES’ self-titled debut EP is out digitally and physically on September 22.

Track Review :: CryBabyCry - Go Go

Rating: 7/10

Words: James Bishop

CryBabyCry...hmm, I'm not sure if this is a nod to their peers, or just a catchy band name, but they are a three-piece band from Wakefield, made up of Jonny Firth (a.k.a Jonny the Firth, Wakefield's one-man band), ex-White Parade drummer Nici Todd, and singer/songwriter Rosie Doonan. According to the press release all of whom started off on different musical journeys, but whose paths have joined along the way to form CryBabyCry.

So, all well and good so far. They are what I would call a working-class band, and don't get me wrong, that is not said with any disrespect in anyway: just what you see is what you get. 'Go Go' is the lead but from their debut EP, and while I'm a great believer in first impressions being crucial, with this it was, unfortunately, forgettable. It's a well-written song right enough, and the arrangement and production are fine, but I think my issue is more with how it is delivered.

'Go Go', purportedly, is a song of lust and passion - a relationship that's so wrong, it's right -  but as soon as Rosie and Jonny start singing, there appears little conceivable passion, and it is hard to be convinced when they seem to be merely going through the motions. This singing partnership can work, but they need to start believing in what they do, in order that this transfers to the listener. In saying that, I'm reviewing a track is always a subjective experience, so take the time to make up your own mind as well. There have been around 40,000 Soundcloud plays of 'Go Go' so far to date, so I may be alone in the merits of this one. If you're in London on September 30 check CryBabyCry out live at The Social and decide for yourself.

All We Are Announce Debut Album / Listen To New Single 'I Wear You'

Liverpool's "Bee Gees on diazepam", All We Are, have announced their self-titled debut album will kick off their 2015 with a January release.

The three-piece will drop the package - recorded and produced in London by Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, MIA, Hot Chip) - on January 5 via Double Six Records, but before that they have unveiled new single 'I Wear You'.

The band are on the road in Europe next month opening London Grammar, and will also play their own headline shows at Liverpool, Kazimier on October 15, and London's Oslo on October 21.

'All We Are' Tracklisting:
'Feel Safe'
'I Wear You'
'Keep Me Alive'
'Utmost Good'
'Something About You'
'Life Of Seven'


Watch :: Holy Holy Get On The Kitchen Drums For 'History' Video

Holy Holy - featured here in our Australian new music bulletin #6 - have now revealed the video for new single 'History'.

The video was directed by film-maker Anthony Salsone, and was shot over a sleepless 48 hour period in Brisbane. The clip distorts feelings of time and space, placing band members in and out of the frame and repeating them throughout the clip. Shot using a robotic 'motion control' camera rig, the clip blurs perception and memory, whilst keeping the viewer situated in the domestic comfort of an apartment.

Drums in the kitchen, guitars all over...hope they have nice neighbours.

Track Of The Day :: Memory Maze - Depth Of Field

London producer Gavin Ellis, or Memory Maze, being the name he works under, follows up the success of his June single, 'Like A Mirage', with 'Depth of Field'.

Out on October 13 via Infinite Jest Records, where 'Like A Mirage' was leaned towards a more laid-back, pop-tinged melancholia, 'Depth of Field' strides to the fore on driving guitar lines that balance out Ellis' washed out vocals, creating a contrast to the psych strains of synths and drums

Memory Maze’s debut album 'From The Outside In' follows in early 2015.