Thursday, 17 April 2014

[Video] The Horrors - So Now You Know

In the run-up to the release of their new album next month, The Horrors have unveiled the video for 'So Now You Know', the second track to be taken from it after 'I See You'.

The video, shot in the outskirts of Los Angeles, offers Faris Badwan roaming a remote town in the desert on a theme "about the loneliness of teenage life".

The band head to the US shortly for a series of live dates, before returning to the UK for summer appearances including Field Day, Isle Of Wight Festival and Lovebox 2014.

'Luminous', the band's first album in four years, is released on May 6 via XL Recordings.

EP Review :: Elastic Sleep - Leave You

Elastic Sleep

Leave You

April 28 2014 (Big Tea Records)


Words: Dave Beech

When I first heard Cork-based dream-poppers Elastic Sleep last year, they only had one song - 'Anywhere' - uploaded online at the time, but it was one that left me clamouring to hear more.

Thankfully, forthcoming EP 'Leave You' not only sees Elastic Sleep having built upon their sound somewhat, but also having managed to pique the interest of the likes of BBC 6 Music it suggests that 'Leave You' might very well be the release that the lifts the band up a league.

I described 'Anywhere' as being the “tip of the iceberg” when it came down to the depth and musicianship at the disposal of Elastic Sleep, and for those not familiar with the band, that's very much the impression one would take from the eponymous first track, and lead single, 'Leave You'. Floating along on a bed of shimmering guitars and keys, the track isn't particularly indicative of what's to follow, but it does wear its influences firmly on its sleeve; a woozy, heady affair that's steeped in the alternative rock acts of the 1990s, 'Leave You' could easily find a place soundtracking this year's festival season and leaves listeners with a paradoxical sense of optimism.

If 'Leave You' was the dreamy soundtrack to a pleasant night's sleep, 'I Found Love' is straight up sleep paralysis by comparison. Exuding a paranoid post-punk vibe, rumbling bass and crashing percussion make up the meat of this track whilst reverb-soaked vocals and ethereal harmonies are a stark comparison to male/female dichotomy at play across 'Leave You though allow the track to flow perfectly in to the ever-mounting 'Deep and Blue'.

Rather than dissect 'Leave You' track by track, however, it's best that those interested just allow its intricacies to wash over them. From angular post-punk, to shimmering shoegaze - sometimes within the space of a single track - it's a record built wholly around dynamics and the way which the difference in a male/female vocal can make something feel completely different. It's not the easiest of EPs to listen to, but it does begin to draw listeners in from the word go before revealing a wealth of subtle nuances that impress more with each and every one. With the exception of the aforementioned 'Leave You' you can't imagine Elastic Sleep being played on mainstream radio, but it's easy to imagine those over at Q Magazine getting themselves worked up over them. Expect to be hearing a lot more of Elastic Sleep.

Track Of The Day :: Lovats - White Fire

It was a year ago we first came across LOVATS the Birmingham five-piece (formerly known as Quayside - until they got somewhat pissed off that it was constantly mispronounced ‘Qwayside’ and opted for a change) who caught our ear with the deliciously infectious 'Over'. They then went on to upload 'Golden', 'Respite' and an earlier demo version of 'White Fire' just before Christmas, all of which demonstrating they were a band with bright prospects.

Now 'White Fire' is to get its official release on May 18 thru Morky Beat Records - which of course gives us a good excuse for another burst of it here.

Lovats make their London live debut at Camden Proud Galleries on May 22.

Listen :: Wild Smiles

Winchester's threesome Wild Smiles have announced their signing to Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best Recordings and in a separate publishing deal with Sunday Best / Domino Publishing Co that sees the two publishers come together in a joint venture for the first time.

The first result of the union comes with 'Fool For You' - stream below - with a full length in the pipeline for later this year.

Wild Smiles are set to play the following live shows in the next weeks:

April 19. SHEFFIELD, Destival
April 20. LONDON, Brixton Windmill
May 01.  LONDON, The Monarch
May 20.  LONDON, White Heat Club @ Madame Jo Jo’s
May 22.  LONDON, Old Blue Last
May 28.  LONDON, Barfly        

Watch :: Roku Music

Brisbane’s shoegaze quartet Roku Music has had a meteoric rise since its inception last year. Blossoming from the core duo of Donovan Miller (No Anchor/Butcher Birds) and Innez Tulloch (Tiny Spiders/Pastel Blaze), this at-home experiment has, with the addition of Tom Roche (Rational Academy/O) on drums and Jody Gleeson (The Madisons) on bass, seen Roku Music mine the depths of resonant noise.

Take a listen to new single 'You', taken from their debut album 'Collider', out on Sonic Masala Records.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Track Of The Day :: Loom - Yosoko

Okay, it sort of had to be, didn't it. Could we here at Little Indie really let a track from Loom pass by without so much as a mention? Had it not been this particular one, unveiled today by the band as their next single, it would have been slightly easier, that's for sure. However, 'Yosoko' is, in our books, one of the best - and most commercial - things they have done so far.

Loom in their 18-month-or-so existence, have come to personify the post punk  in the angry growls from vocalist Tarik Badwan, and loud thrashing ferocious whacks of their instruments from the two guitarists and drum maestro - and sometimes at the expense of showing that they are a band who are about a lot more than being just all about the show with little substance when you break it all apart.

'Yosoko' - produced by the band in conjunction with John Coxon and Mark Ralph - whilst retaining the integral Loom spirit, goes a step further in being not just a track with a real melody, but one in which Badwan fully comes into his own as vocalist. But real credit goes to the twin whirling dervishes of Matt Marsh and Josh Fitzgerald who too often are overlooked in their role as the vital back-up to the forceful presence of their frontman. Here they give the track the essential essence of some quite ear-ripping quality riffage, with third musketeer Neil Byrne packing in the solid drums to gel it all together.

A blistering belter of a track.

'Yosoko' is out on May 5.

Talk In Colour Share New Video Single

Talk In Colour, the London based five-piece who have created a mix of electronica, folk and indie, now further what they have described as 'cinematic future pop' with the announcement of a new single.

'The Cell' is fuelled with Talk In Colour’s characteristic blend of raw sound, quirky electronics, off-kilter percussion and distorted guitars. With a hint of Portishead and Lamb, they softly intertwine their trademark gentle lead vocals into the intricate production, which together creates a futuristic sound of now.

Watch the video for Telegrams' remix, directed by Tinge Krishnan, below, which features Tony Pitts (War Horse, Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord) and Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinner Ladies).

Talk In Colour play live on April 27 at The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, London.

'The Cell' is released this Sunday (April 20).

Listen :: Buchanan

Buchanan are an Australian four-piece alternative indie-rock band who decided to up sticks and move up to the UK from Down Under in September last year.

After releasing their debut album, 'Human Spring' on their own label in 2013 to critical acclaim, they are now focusing their next onslaught on Europe with a September planned album, prior to which they will be putting out a new track every three weeks, starting with first single ‘Temperamentally’.

The track was produced by Catherine Marks (Foals, Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers) and co-written by Luke Fitton (Gossip, Girls Aloud).

Buchanan are: is Josh Simons (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Luke Shields (guitar), Miles de Carteret (bass), Tom Crimmins (drums).

‘Temperamentally’ is will be available from iTunes from tomorrow (April 17).


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

[Video] Courtney Barnett - Anonymous Club

Singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett has debuted her animated video to accompany 'Anonymous Club', a track from  last year's 'The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas'.

Watch the black and white video, produced by Celeste Potter, above.

Barnett returns to the UK next month for a number of live dates, and she and her band, The Courtney Barnetts, will also make perform at Field Day, Liverpool Sound City, Live At Leeds and The Great Escape.

Live dates

May 06. Newcastle Cluny 2
May 07. St Albans The Horn
May 12. Cambridge Portland Arms
May 13. Norwich Waterfront Studio
May 14. York The Duchess
May 15. Hull The Adelphi
May 17. Sheffield The Harley
May 18. Birmingham Hare & Hounds
May 19. Leicester Musician
May 39. Southampton Joiners

Peace Give Up The Money

Peace have today (April 15) unveiled the video to 'Money', the second track to be lifted from the band's forthcoming second album.

Recorded at London's Dean Street Studios, the track's highlight is vocalist Harry Koisser turned his vocal talents to rap.

Watch the video below.

Peace will be on tour during May and June, with dates as follows:

27. Keele University Ballroom
28. Warrington Parr Hall
29. Kendal Brewery Arts Centre
31. Dundee Fat Sams
01. Inverness Ironworks
02. Middlesbrough Empire
04. Wrexham Central Station
05. Aberystwyth Arts Centre
09. Leamington Spa The Assembly
10. Bath Komedia
11. Falmouth Princess Pavilion
12. Swansea Sin City
13. Worthing Pavillion