Friday, December 15, 2017

CloseUp Festival announces first wave of bands for 2018

Set to take place on May 12 2018, CloseUp Festival has announced its first names for the event.

The one-day festival will will include some of the UK's biggest emerging indie/electronic artists, and takes place at London"s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen across two stages: the 300 capacity main stage, and a new 120 capacity electronic stage.

First artists to be revealed:

Little Cub, CHILDCARE, FOURS, Arcade Hearts, Dextric and Little Indie favourites, SPINN. Check out their latest single - and a previous Track Of The Day - 'She Takes Her Time' here.

The second wave of artists will be out in January, with the third announcement in March.

[Video] Future Islands - Beauty Of The Road

Tken from their latest album 'The Far Field', Baltimore's synthpop outfit Future Islands have dropped a new video for 'Beauty Of The Road', a track about living life on tour.

Directed by Jay Buim, the simple tour video shows Samuel T. Herring and his band performing the track at various live shows - just a few of the 117 they have played this year.

Watch above.

Pale Waves keep their Best New Band profile high with My Obsession

Words: Sam Geary

Pale Waves continue their advance as one of the best new bands to emerge in the last year, with a new track ‘My Obsession’ which was premiered by Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show as his World Record.

Following ‘New Year’s Eve’, ‘There’s A Honey’ and ‘Television Romance’, it is the latest track to emerge from their forthcoming debut EP, out on January 18 2018 on transparent red 12” vinyl.

Listen :: Purling Hiss - My Dreams

Words: Sam Geary

Philadelphia psych-rockers Purling Hiss, the project of Mike Polizze, have released a new eight track EP this week called 'Breeze', the follow up to last year’s album, 'High Bias'.

Check out the dreamy pop of 'My Dreams' below from the record.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Track Of The Day :: Bright Music - Splash

Words: Izzy B

Showing that it's not just the UK and Europe that have a handle on EDM, Wellington, New Zealand duo Nik Brinkman (Physical, Over The Atlantic) and Bevan Smith's (Signer, Introverted Dancefloor) project Bright Music, have just unveiled their debut single ’Splash’.

Taken from their forthcoming (as-yet-untitled) album, this feels like a warm summer burn, blending a Caribbean-styled tangy lime and melon cocktail of beats, electronic congas, and zingy vocals that guarantee its 80 degree summery sound, even if it's 0 degrees outside (if you're in the UK right now, at least).

Watch :: Hundred Waters release video to 'Wave To Anchor'

Words: Ellie Ward

From their recent album, 'Communicating', synth folk outfit Hundred Waters now share a video to single cut 'Wave To Anchor'.

Directed by Allie Avital, the clip features the group's Nicole Miglis interacting with dancers - and a few dozen goats - in a what looks like some East European village.

You can stream the album in full here.