Friday, 4 September 2015
GIRL FRIEND - ELECTRIC BLUE
The Manchester outfit are back with a new track - "the soundtrack to a bittersweet romantic failure". Sounds a winner to us, and the sensual vocals over synth lined rhythm will help these boys go far. Possibly their strongest track to date.
FRIDA - SLOWLY
Dark, lo-fi alt-indie single, out September 18 via Wyall Style Records, an imprint label from Australia’s HopeStreet Recordings, from the Melbourne six-piece outfit.
GHOSTS IN POCKET - BARBERTON
Title track from Los Angeles five-piece's self-released EP out October 9. The National meets Interpol meets Killers sound.
WE CAME AS STRANGERS - EYEDOM
Subdued, atmospheric title track from the third album released this week by part LA-based, half UK-based alt-pop quartet.
STEALING - LAST CALL
Getting its official release thats week, ex-Drive By Night frontman Jake Germain's solo debut that we featured here last month.
THE WHALES - MARGUERITE
In advance of their EP out shortly via Tip Top Recordings, check out demo taster about French writer Marguerite Yourcenar. After making their live debut in July, catch them play The Corner House, Cambridge on September 6.
SLUM SOCIABLE - ALL NIGHT
Lo-fi jazz-hop-electronica sampled first cut from debut EP 'TQ', out October 9, by the duo (Edward Quinn and Miller Upchurch) from the Mordialloc 'burbs of Melbourne.
THE KING'S PARADE - SILHOUETTE
Latest single - released last week and taken from upcoming EP out, September 11 - from the Cricklewood, north-west London four-piece who sound like they've been wafted over from Detroit. Pop-blues with Olly Corpe's vocal prowess sealing the deal. See them live tonight (September 4) at an EP launch show at Oslo, London.
NOVA HEART - WE ARE GOLDEN
Following their 'Lackluster No.', this new track - out last week - from the Beijing electro-pop trio's self-titled debut album due for release on October 2. In Europe in October, they stop off for one UK date at London's RoughTrade East on the 6th.
NORTH ARM - THE BOYS
Chiming, chilled vibes on this second single released last week from the forthcoming self-titled debut LP from the five Sydney dreampop boys, out in October.
Words: Ellie Ward
Younghusband have a busy few months ahead. After airing new single 'Waverly Street' this week, the second single from their upcoming second album - the follow-up to their 2013 debut 'Dromes - 'Dissolver' (out next month via ATP Recordings), the band are on the road through September supporting Jacco Gardner, as well as having a UK headline tour lined up in November. See dates below.
'Waverly Street' fields the London quartet's trademark harmonies and fuzzy psych guitars that fit just on the shoegaze fringe, with vocalist Euan Hinshelwood and bassist Joe Chilton leading the way on resonant melody and riffs.
UK SUPPORT DATES w/ JACCO GARDNER:
15 Brighton, Sticky Mike's
16 Bristol, Louisiana
17 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
18 Coventry, The Tin Music & Arts
19 Sheffield, Leadmill
20 Nottingham, Bodega
22 Leeds, Brudenell Games Room
23 Stockton, Georgian Theatre
24 Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Club
UK HEADLINE TOUR w/ GRIMM GRIMM:
10 Glasgow, The Hug and Pint
11 York, The Basement
12 Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
13 Leicester, The Cookie Jar
14 Sheffield, Cornershop
15 Manchester, Eagle Inn
16 London, The Moth Club
17 Cambridge, The Portland Arms
Thursday, 3 September 2015
What has to be one of our favourite psych dreams so far this year, Green Buzzard's 'Slow It Down Now', has now got itself a hugely cool and watchable visual treatment.
Directed by Matthew Dempsey, the Sydney outfit look indie hip in the black and white clip to their recently released double A-side single, which is out now through I OH YOU / Mermaid Avenue / Mom+Pop.
Check it out above.
Words: Ellie Ward
Seems you can never have too much of Danish post-punks Yung.
In advance of their next EP, 'These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores', they have shared a new track 'God'. In a change to previous drop, the six-and-a-half minute epic 'Blue Uniforms', 'God' goes straight in with a raft of squally guitars and big hooky chorus in a sub three-minute blast.
'These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores' is released on September 18 via Fat Possum/Tough Love.
Yung play London's Sebright Arms on September 23.
Words: Linn Branson
A touch of Turkish delight with one track from the recent two-track 'EP': 'My Con' by an Istanbul-based outfit called In Hoodies. Now it may make sense in Turkish, but despite being a little confused by their name (no, it's not rap, hip hop or a genre you may more associate with hoodies; and to be honest, not sure they even wear them), and the song title (is it a 'big con'? Air con?), we are going to go with this as a Track Of The Day.
We may not be all that sure if 'they' even are a 'they', or more just a one-man project - with hoodie helpers - from Murat Kılıkçıer, who is on vocals, guitars and keys here and seems to be the main man in the hood.
He tells us he "made some sessions in London with Chris Potter" (Rolling Stones, U2, Richard Ashcroft, The Verve) a short time ago, of which 'My Con', an alt-pop-rock refrain, is one of the results. Nice and smooth, softly lilting, and as you would only expect from a producer of Potter's ilk, superbly helmed. The last 30 seconds are rather Ashcroft-like, too.
Appears to be an album upcoming in October, so will be interesting to hear more from the boy/s in the hood.
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
The first in our semi-regular series where we round up some of the great, good, mediocre - and bloody awful - new tracks we have been listening to in our Little Indie tent.
THE SHANKLINS - STRANGE
From whence do The Shanklins hail? Was their name lifted from Belfast maybe? Or wafted on a sea breeze from the Isle of Wight? Their smooth indie sound could be the former, or a Philly/New York East Coaster. But no, they're Black Country/Staffies folk! Now you listen below. What do you think? Star Rating: ***.5/5
JAMES FAUNTLEROY - COLD FIRE
Californian James Edward Fauntleroy II may not be a real 'Lord' (as in the 'Little Lord...' one) but he can kick a tune (twiddle the electronics, what have you) - as you might expect from a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer. Go him. Star rating: ****/5
DORIAN ALLEN - WALKING ON FIRE
Dorian Allen is "embark[ing] on a journey to achieving his musical dreams..." so the promo goes anyway. It may sound all a bit X Factor-ish, but the New Yorker's latest single is easy enough in alt-rock-cum-folk way. At times on the harmonies it sounds like he's in pain, which is probably about right if you're walking on fire...Nice voice though. Could be promising. Star rating: ***/5
THE COAT - TRUST
Moscow-based Leo Vasilets is Russian, but never fear as he is singing in English on this latest of tracks uploaded as The Coat. Strong Eurovision contender perhaps, but not unpalatable. Furs and muffs on. Star rating: **.5/5
LEVEL & TYSON - NO FUN IN MY HEAD
You might not want to be sharing L&T's head space in that case, but you will enjoy having your earbuds ticked with this latest banger from the Norwegian fuzz-pop quintet, the second single and from their upcoming album, 'Gruesome Twosome', out September 4. Star rating: ****/5