Friday, August 07, 2020

Watch :: Tame Impala share video for 'Is It True'

Tame Impala have released an official music video for 'Is It True', a track from newest album, 'The Slow Rush', released earlier this year via Interscope.

The psychedelic lyric visual shows Kevin Parker singing in the retro style clip, reminiscent of old VHS tape graphics and effects.

Watch below.

Track Of The Day :: Dribble - Taking Off

Words: Linn Branson 

That the newly formed Dribble should call their debut release 'Taking Off' might be deemed somewhat ironic. Already they seem to have fallen foul of the Twitter police with their account currently suspended for violating rules (the reprobates!), and there is littie to be had on any of their other socials. So maybe not quite taking off as stalling a bit.

The pair behind the Dribble project which set up just a few few months ago, will be familiar to some as two-thirds of the West Midlands band Afterbloom, Luke Morgan and Thomas Hadley, with Morgan also previously the bassist with Heavy Waves. Where they are based now, could be either Newcastle as given on their silent Bandcamp, or London as stated on an email sent out. They obviously get around!

But everything aside, 'Taking Off' - out now via Pantherburn Records - is a decent start. Written at the beginning of lockdown, it was "born out of the paranoia of Covid and the desire to get away from it all," they say. "We thought it would be ironic to write a song about taking off somewhere in a global lockdown.”

Meeting halfway between Morgan's penchant for punk/doom and Tom's grunge/garage-rock, the result is a hybrid encapsulating the elements in a dark and heavy two-minute burn that is without restraint as its guitars thunder and the vocals smoulder in a foreboding intonation.

“We wanted to capture that big, fat doom sound, but condense things into a more accessible structure," the two add. "Essentially heavy, dirty, gritty hooks that rip through into your head and set up shop. Lyrically speaking, we wanted to talk about current events and modern life in general.”

Which just about sums it all up.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

'Suddenly' Brighton's Psychic Shakes returns with new dark-pop delight

Words: Ellie Ward 

Coming after he dropped 'Wage Slave' back in June, 'Suddenly' is the second single off of Brighton-based Psychic Shakes' new EP 'Unsaid', out September 25 via Good Eye Records.

"'Suddenly' talks about the outsider mentality of not wanting to be part of a society obsessed with social media," explains Max McLellan, the main man of the Psychic Shakes moniker. "The way humans are now connected in an unnatural way is incredible, and there are many benefits to our newfound connectivity. But sharing, posting, and talking to people online is a weird liminal state that I don’t like being a part of, but in some ways it’s crucial to be part of the machine in order to stay relevant and in touch with people."

Leaving aside much of the jangle-surf rock of its predecessor, 'Suddenly' sees McLellan pull in some deliciously shimmering guitar tones, helmed by a more laid-back vocal approach on the dark-pop track.

joan ‘try again’ with new video

Words: Sam Geary 

Arkansas duo joan have just released their new dreampop EP, 'cloudy' via Photo Finish Records, and the follow up to their debut EP, 2018’s 'portra'.

Along with the EP is the video for one of its tracks. ‘try again’, a visual journey of self-reflection (literally) through the looking glass, with the guys pleading for a past love to come back and give it another go.

'cloudy', say joan, is “an ep about seasons. created in the fall, introduced live in the winter, finished in the spring, released in the summer. we made “cloudy” to tell a story of one relationship and the fact that love can be messy but so beautiful. you know you shouldn’t be with them right now, but you *have* to be with them, right now.

"as we were finishing the record, we were forced to be in quarantine and spend more time at home. we both took to walking every evening, and would text each other pictures of the sky while doing it. it felt like the name for the ep had fallen in our laps after talking about it one day. clouds can create a beautiful or terrifying scene, they can bring refreshing rain or a destructive storm. when you see clouds, it’s probably not great at the moment, but it will get better. that’s what this ep is about - getting better, growth, loving harder, and learning from mistakes.”

Irish newcomer Kynsy launches debut single, 'Cold Blue Light'

Words: Sam Geary 

Dublin singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Ciara Lindsey, aka Kynsy, arrives in fine style with debut single, 'Cold Blue Light'.

The Irish newcomer also directed the visual for the track, out now, a four and a half minute, distorted haze of indie rock-pop.

“‘Cold Blue Light’ is about the bullies we all encounter in life and looking for meaning in the darkness they create," explains Kynsy. "I wanted to write a song that held some sort of balance between destruction and hope. It’s based on an encounter I had at a new year’s eve party where there was a guy spouting racist remarks at people and it was quite upsetting and stuck with me. The result was a rowdy pop song truck full of sticky anger and synth pop goo. The video was filmed just with a camera on a tripod in my back garden, I wanted it to be direct and simple so people could focus on the music.”

Listen here.

It's the new sound of 'Forever' from Sea Girls

Credit: Danny North 

Words: Ellie Ward

Following the release of ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’, Sea Girls are back with euphoric new single ‘Forever’.

The Larry Hibbert-produced, festival ready track is the final taster from their debut album 'Open Up Your Head', out on August 14 via Polydor.

“Playing ‘Forever' feels incredible," says frontman Henry Camamile. "It kinda carries you and feels super important and I love singing that last line, ‘I'm never gonna live forever and I don't want to!' One of the first times we played it was in Manchester, and I remember singing the chorus standing on a speaker stack just thinking in that moment: we’re in the best band in the world. It’s pretty cool when a song makes you feel like that."