Monday, 5 October 2015

Track Of The Day :: Lea Porcelain - A Year From Here

Words: Linn Branson

We had our first taste of Frankfurt electronic duo Lea Porcelain back in February when they emerged as a semi-'mystery' band with their debut 'Similar Familiar'. Well, at least, they were - until Little Indie were first to enlighten you as to who the pair behind the Porcelain veneer were!

Now the duo, Julien Bracht and Markus Nikolaus, have just released ‘A Year From Here’, taken from their self-titled debut EP, out on November 6. And this is a really cool ear-grabber of a song - and not just for the use of a ukulele, but soaring strings and synth-like laid-back percussion all add to make it something a bit special that stands apart from probably any other track you'll hear this week.

The band say of the song: "As humans we tend to romanticize experience, hovering in nostalgia and we therefore often fall into this gentle melancholy of remembrance. The song is about not shedding tears trying to recall the past, but to realise the beauty of the present."

And you can check out all the beauty in this track right now by hitting the little arrow in the circle below.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Listen :: Oscar - Breaking My Phone

Words: Ellie Ward

Oscar Scheller debuted his new single ‘Breaking My Phone’ last week on Huw Stephens' Radio 1 show. The track, out on November 20 via Wichita, is the latest from the 22-year-old Londoner and follows his 'Beautiful Words' EP, released in June.

‘Breaking My Phone’, with a nod to Britpop, scratches a chugging bassline with jangly pop chords, and of course, his familiar baritone, in a chilled ode to lovelorn frustration and shattered mobile screens.

Over in the US for a run of dates, including CMJ, Oscar returns to the UK for a short tour next month.

Live dates

05 Seattle, WA Barboza
08 Los Angeles Bootleg Theater
09 San Francisco, CA Popscene at Rickshaw Stop
14 New York, NY Pianos (Dr. Martens Showcase – CMJ)
14 New York, NY Baby’s All Right (Windish Party – CMJ)

11 London, Moth Club
16 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
17 St Albans, The Horn
18 Newcastle, Head of Steam
19 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
20 Manchester, Fallow Cafe
22 London, Scala (w/ Los Campesinos!)

Introducing :: Kasakela

Words: Linn Branson

Yet another young band hailing from the wilds of Essex. This time late teens - all five of them just 19 - outfit from Southend-On-Sea, Kasakela. If you happened to be at Raleigh's Mill Arts Centre last night (October 3) you may have caught them opening for another Essex lad, Ratboy.

To quote the band, for the last couple of years they have just been "milling along", playing the odd gig here and there, "but with the addition of our latest member, Kieran, we've really picked up and started to take the band seriously."

The first taste of their 'seriousness' can be gleaned with their debut single 'Peachy' - released late last month - below, which was recorded in Southend with Rees Broomfield, the drummer of local band Youth Club. It's synth undercurrent lends a nice feel to the grungy-alt-pop top layer of rumbling bass and Joel Costi-Mouyia's vocal, that opens out effectively in the last half.

Would it be trite to say it sounds rather peachy to us?

Kasakela are: Joel Costi-Mouyia (vocals/guitar), Ben Lomax (lead guitar), Henry Quick (bass), Kieran Telford (synth/rhythm guitar), Connor Jennings (drums).

More info: FACEBOOK

Listen :: Kindling - Blinding Wave

Words: Sam Geary

Massachusetts' noise-gaze band Kindling - that includes Stephen Pierce and Andy Skelly of Ampere - deliver their second EP 'Galaxies' on November 6 via No Idea Records. Before that they offer a taster with 'Blinding Wave'. A sort of sonic trip within a wall of reverbed guitars and driving melodic fuzz rhythms.

Stream it for an idea here.

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Album Review :: Chain Of Flowers - Chain Of Flowers

Chain Of Flowers

Chain Of Flowers

October 16 2015 (Alter)


Words: Dave Beech

Contrary to their name, Chain Of Flowers don't harbour the sunniest of dispositions, but that doesn't mean to say they're all about the doom and gloom either. Instead, the band tread the murky waters somewhere between post-punk and shoegaze; a cloying urban cynicism juxtaposed against shimmering otherworldly elation.

Having cut their teeth on a steady stream of releases over the last three years, as well as a slew of impressive support slots, the Cardiff six-piece finally had both the confidence and means to lay down their long-awaited debut LP.

Encompassing and often oppressive, there's very little in the way of silence, the record's eight tracks seemingly melting in to one another through feedback and drawn out chords, adding to both the urgency of the record, and the pervading sense of claustrophobia brought about on the heavier tracks.

Take the duality of opening tracks 'Nail Me To Your Cross' and 'Crisis' for instance. Best heard as a pair, the tracks throb with the same foreboding sense of paranoia that Eagulls' debut did. Unlike Eagulls, however, there's a definite sense of melody and optimism that runs through even the record's darkest moments.

The half-way point sees the band's more melodious side become fully realised in the form of  'Glimmers of Joy'. Bristling with Cure-like guitar jangles and percussion, it's easily the record's softest track, and one which alleviates the despondency of those it follows. Interestingly enough, it's this point that marks the introduction of an almost-groove to the record, both 'Bury My Love (Beyond the Sun)' and 'Colour/Blind' feeling far more frenetic than the encompassing walls of noise and ephemeral haze of guitars exhibited earlier.

What makes this album so beguiling, so irresistible, is its constantly shifting textures and changing form, often within a single track. From crushing weight to riffs in danger of floating away on their own weightlessness, the record feels like an exploration of dynamics; the soft/heavy dichotomy mirroring the fragile state brought about by the 96 hours of sleep deprivation the band suffered from during the four-day recording session. It's dark, and it's paradoxically optimistic, but most importantly it's a record that's difficult to shake off, even after several hours.

Track Of The Day :: City Calm Down - Son

Words: Linn Branson

They say you can tell whether you are going to get along with someone within the first minutes of meeting. So it can equally be applied to listening to a new song: if it hasn't grabbed you within the first 60 seconds, it's probably not going to. Fortunately for City Calm Down, 'Son' is just one big addictive grab right from the very off.

The track is taken from the Melbourne four-piece's upcoming 11-track debut album 'In A Restless House', out via Australian label I OH YOU on November 6, and follows singles 'Rabbit Run' and 'Wandering' which brought them early attention.

Little Indie featured 'Rabbit Run' back in June and July, in which we made much of the quality of Jack Bourke’s voice. He's no less effective here on 'Son': his deep and affecting baritone fitting alongside an organ opening that broadens out into an expansive melody that builds on a vibrant driving rhythm and big hooky choruses.