Posts Tagged ‘Indie’

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“I’m Less Here” is a stand-alone single released by alternative rock band Mazzy Star for Record Store Day 2014, and was the band’s first release of new material since their previous album, “Seasons of Your Day”. The track had previously been performed live under the name “It Speaks of Distance,” with its first known performance dating back to March 1994. The A-side was backed by another previously unreleased song, titled “Things”. The day before the single’s release, the band posted a music video for the track on their official Vevo account. The single was pressed on coke bottle-clear 7″ vinyl and was limited to 3,000 copies worldwide.  In the United States, “I’m Less Here” was listed as a ‘Record Store Day First‘; it was exclusive to independent retailers on the day of release, and was made available to other retailers at a later date

released as a 7″ vinyl single for record store day

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Kassassin Street is a band definitely on the way up, having already gathered a very strong local following. Their brand of psychedelic pop-rock is a very likeable cocktail indeed, and judging by the reaction of the crowds from their recent small UK tour, they continue to keep serving it up to the highest standard. the boys are from near Portsmouth
Nathan and Ryan have the same Mum and Dad, often referred to as brothers. Andy and Tom were at college with us, and we’ve been best friends ever since. We have always been into the same music, so it just made sense to start a band together. We were spread all over England doing different degrees, but we always came together to jam.

Kassassin Street – To Be Young Second track from the forthcoming Radio Silence EP, available to download and stream from 2nd October 2015

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Of the most crucial factors in attaining success is carrying yourself as though you’ve already conquered the world, something which Hidden Charms are no strangers to doing. With a brash, commanding sound which takes influence from several different periods in Britain’s rich rock ‘n’ roll heritage, the London based four piece have received endorsement from sources such as Zane Lowe, XFM and Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green. Set to hit the road this month alongside YAK, the band have unveiled the video for the swaggering ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’. Kicking off with a understated yet incredibly catchy riff that Ray Davies would be proud of, ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ is a torrid affair which plays to the band’s ability to hark back to a bygone era and drag it into uncharted waters. Opting for subtlety over bombast until the track’s midway point when a barrage of squalling guitars soon make their presence felt, the track sees the band exercise restraint in order to make its eventual surge of adrenaline all the more captivating. A grand effort which borrows heartily from 1970’s cinematography, it’s accompanying video is presented as an action packed trailer for a fictional film that features all manner of deceit, violence and general hedonism. Check out its visuals and get the full details of their upcoming tour with the hotly tipped YAK

TOUR DATES

24th November- Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
25th November- Broadcast, Glasgow 
26th November- Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
27th November- Head Of Steam, Newcastle
28th November- The Cookie, Leicester

available on their second Limited 10″ vinyl. Blossoms release their brand new EP ‘Charlemagne’ through Virgin EMI. It’s effortlessly catchy and cements Blossoms’ ability to lead the way for the new generation of British indie guitar pop taking off from where greats such as The Coral and The La’s left off. They even have The Coral’s approval and was produced by frequent collaborator James Skelly who worked at the controls alongside up-and-coming producer Rich Turvey at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool on the EP.

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The music of British songwriter Novo Amor, AKA Ali Lacey, has always felt mystical. His whispery voice and dreamy production give his work an otherworldly quality, creating lush and immerse atmospheres with every track. It doesn’t matter if he’s performing solo material or covering Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle”, a supernatural sense of peace permeates every track he touches.

His latest song, “Anchor”, is the epitome of this delicateness and craft. The strings on his acoustic guitar buzz sorrowfully as he fingerpicks, singing above it all at a hushed volume. Soft electric guitar tones float in the background, drifting like slow waves crashing on a shore. The track feels enchanting, so much so that it only makes sense that the music video would take on the mythical.
“The inspiration for the video comes from Gaelic folklore of the Selkie,” Lacey says “Selkies live as Seals in the sea but shed their skin to live as human on land. If a man steals a Selkie’s skin she is to live in his power and become his wife, but because her true home will always be the sea, she will always be longing for the ocean and often caught gazing at the horizon. The underlying concept of the song is about wanting and waiting for something/someone to return, so this video was naturally a perfect fit.”

Lacey’s version of the legend isn’t as gruesome as shedding skin or overtly concerned with domination. Instead, it features a lonesome fisherman finding a woman in the ocean and bringing her back home. Things seem okay at first until her distance from the water starts to take a physical a toll. The video aptly captures the feeling of longing, both in the legend and within the song.

MOURN – ” Pitchfork “

Posted: December 18, 2015 in MUSIC
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The young indie rockers of Mourn give a tour of Gràcia, talk about touring with their parents and play “Gertrudis, Get Through This!” and “Silver Gold”. When talking about these teenage Barcelona punks, PJ Harvey’s name is always going to be the first one that comes up. That owes to frontwoman Jazz Rodriguez Bueno’s strident, gut-ripping howl, one of the few voices on the indie rock landscape that could merit such a comparison. But while Mourn may challenge Ms. Harvey’s elemental ferocity, they also play with a sloppily simple basement-hardcore urgency that’s just overwhelmingly endearing. That voice, combined with the band’s juvenile bash-it-out force, makes for a potent combination.

3rd single off MOURN’s self-titled debut due out February 17th on Captured Tracks Records

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There must be something in the water in Brighton as they seem to be producing new bands faster than we can write about them.

The latest are Our Girl will release their debut single “Sleeper” through Cannibal Hymns on Friday December 11th. The single, which features “Level” on the flipside, is a luscious array of sounds: rhythmic drum and guitar hooks make dynamic jumps to thick garage-rock riffs then cut suddenly to beautiful, intimate moments of just guitar and reverb hugged vocals.

When talking about these teenage Barcelona punks, PJ Harvey’s name is always going to be the first one that comes up. That owes to frontwoman Jazz Rodriguez Bueno’s strident, gut-ripping howl, one of the few voices on the indie rock landscape that could merit such a comparison. But while Mourn may challenge Ms. Harvey’s elemental ferocity, they also play with a sloppily simple basement-hardcore urgency that’s just overwhelmingly endearing. That voice, combined with the band’s juvenile bash-it-out force, makes for a potent combination.

Copenhagen’s Communions are inextricably tangled up with the Danish scene that spawned bands like Iceage, Lower, Vår, and Lust For Youth: Communions share a rehearsal space with the former two bands (among others), and they have released music on Posh Isolation, the label owned by Loke Rahbek, who is a member of the latter two bands. But Communions do not sound anything like any of those bands. For my money, they are so much better! When I listen to Communions, I can hear some early Real Estate, some La’s, some Go-Betweens, but it reminds me of nothing so much as the Stone Roses’ 1989 debut — which is about the highest praise I can think of. The band’s self-titled debut EP (following a pair of 7″ singles) is full of warm gusts of spindly, spider-y guitars and heavy-lidded, heavenly vocals, all soaked in good LSD and set to bubbling, effortless, joyous rhythms. Very Manc for a band from Copenhagen.Watch the music video from Communions for ‘Forget It’s a Dream’ of their latest record ‘Communions EP‘ out worldwide on Tough Love Records and in Japan on Big Love Records.

Music by Field Studies with Lyrics written by Chris Bailey, Fear on the Rise is released on 30th October 2015.

“Brilliant and beautiful. They have a massive future ahead for them” BBC Introducing

“Another shining example of why this band is held in such regard” Drowned In Sound

Hotly-tipped Nottingham four-piece Field Studies released ‘Money of America’ on June 22nd 2015, ahead of a performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival in the same month. The rising stars have been rapidly winning over both fans and tastemakers with their elegantly crafted soundscapes, set against a collage of cascading melodies and textures, and a series of stand-out live performances.

Defying their tender years, Field Studies display a maturity in their music far beyond their age, and have already found their way into the ears of smitten tastemakers such as Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, 6Music’s Tom Robinson and XFM. Support shows with Girl Band, a widely acclaimed set at this year’s Dot To Dot Festival, and a BBC slot at this year’s Glastonbury Festival has only brought the band further to the forefront of their bubbling hometown scene.