Thursday, 30 October 2014

Corbu Light Up November Single Release

Out on November 3 is the new single from Brooklyn sextet Corbu: 'Promise Me' / 'Neon Hallway'.

Both tracks appear on their 'Everything You Imagine Is Real' EP which came out earlier this month. Having featured 'Neon Hallway' as our Track Of The Day in September, 'Promise Me' is no less a soundscape of chilled out, floating electronica.

Watch :: OK Go - I Won’t Let You Down

US alt-rock group OK Go have unveiled the show-stopping video for their new single ‘I Won’t Let You Down’, taken from the forthcoming album 'Hungry Ghosts', out on December 10.

Shot in Japan's Chiba Prefecture in August 2014, the video has already clocked up over 8 million YouTube views in just three days.

In preparation for the album's release, OK Go approached Honda through their friend, creative director Morihiro Harano (of Mori Inc.), with the idea to collaborate and produce a music video. The resulting clip was shot using a custom "multi-copter camera" developed for the project.

In OK Go's signature style, the action is captured in one single shot, although the five-minute video apparently required 50 or 60 takes
to get it perfect. Directed by OK Go's Damian Kulash and Kazuaki Seki, with creative direction by Morihiro Harano, Honda lent the band the futuristic UNI-CUBs seen in the video. The UNI-CUB is a unique omni-directional driving wheel system that is currently in the development stage.

OK Go will return to the UK for a one off show at London’s Koko on February 13 2015 ahead of the release of 'Hungry Ghosts' on February 26 2015 via Paracadute / BMG.

Spend A Few 'Moments' Listening To Kristafor Farrenkothen

Featured in our New Sounds From Australia#4 back in August, 19-year-old Kristafor Farrenkothen, is a singer songwriter based in Sydney, who, as he describes on his Facebook page is "Just me and my guitar".

A student at the Australian Institute of Music where he is doing a Bachelor of Music degree (majoring in Audio Engineering), music has long been a driving force since starting to learn classical piano at the age of six.

Developing his love and passion for music, and in particular, the guitar, over the last 3 years, he has been uploading to Soundcloud some rather delicately simple songs that are enriched by his own engaging vocal. This latest, 'Moments' the focus is on his piano ability, which makes for the piece along with the haunting harmonies. It's less than two minutes in length, but you will want to hear it again once its ended.

Listen to both 'Moments' and previous single 'This Fire' (which Kris: describes as being about "an individual’s inner struggle with the world and how they learn to cope and eventually move on and forward.") below.


Introducing :: FrontRegen

Whilst their name might leave a lot to be desired, frontRegen's sound does nothing of the sort. Forming six years ago in Vienna, the quartet has released a trio of EPs since their 2008 inception, culminating last month with 'Coming Home'. Whilst their sound hasn't changed too much in that space of time, it's clear that the band have become tighter, more refined and even somewhat more avant-garde.

Whilst the time between EPs might well be longer than some bands leave between albums, this can probably be attributed to the fact that singer/keys Katrin Kisza and drummer Siegfried Kröpfel both play in other acts, something which obviously imposes time constraints on frontRegen, but also brings both an impressive level of musicality and talent to the band, and a level of experimentalism only afford by side projects.

Indeed, it's on their latest effort, the aforementioned 'Coming Home' where such experimentalism is really brought to the fore; 'Dead Corner', for instance, features another of the band's trademark piano melodies, whilst a subtle, almost psychedelic hiss and crackle of synth loops behind join and offset the otherwise traditional percussion, Kisza's vocal an interesting combination of Bjork and Ellie Goulding, something which is present throughout 'Coming Home's six tracks.

Elsewhere on the record the band sound not dissimilar to recent Mercury nominees GoGo Penguin, something brought about in no uncertain terms by the emphasis on piano hooks and a live drum kit; the guitars taking a back-seat, occasionally almost to the point of non-existence. It's an interesting approach, one which certainly sets frontRegan apart from other bands, one which is most evident on closing track 'Two Steps. Where the guitars do come in to play, it's with rousing licks of distorted classical guitar, lingering long enough to make an impact but never outstaying their welcome.

By merging traditional instruments and aesthetics with those from the contemporary, frontRegan have created a fusion that is anything but typical. As a result there's plenty for people to dislike, but there's just as much for people to love as well, the hooks and melodies often proving irresistible despite the band's inherently off-kilter sound and often dark musings and as such frontRegan prove themselves  to be a band not to everyone's taste, but one with undeniable talent to match their penchant for theatrics.

Dave Beech

Listen :: Communions

The young Copenhagen four-piece Communions  release their 'So Long Sun'/'Love Stands Still' 7″ on November 10 thru Tough Love.

The single is their follow-up to the 'Cobblestones' EP from earlier in the year,  and while the four - brothers Martin and Mads Rehof, Jacob van Deurs Formann and Frederik Lind Köppen - share a rehearsal space with fellow Danes Iceage and Lower, that is seemingly as far as it goes sound-wise.

On A-side, 'So Long Sun' opens on a long instrumental laden with crashing drums, percussion and and spindly guitars before the psych vocals hit the rhythm, making ultimately for a kind of joyous upliftment quite unlike what the Scandinavians are best recognised for.

‘Love Stands Still’ in contrast feels fresh, catchy and deliciously upbeat to get you tapping feet along to.

Communions play a single launch show in London at Sebright Arms on release day, November 10.

Track Of The Day :: Field Division - To Innisfree Land

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, now Nashville-based, Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton are about to release their debut EP as Field Division.

'Reverie State', out this week (October 28), is a warmly produced - by Konrad Snyder (Kopecky Family Band, Neulore, Night Beds) and Benjamin Kaufman (Night Beds) - first outing from the folkwave duo, and the latest taster from it, the hauntingly beautiful  ‘To Innisfree Land‘, makes the waiting for the EP more than worthwhile.

Melding the essential vocal of Taylor against ethereal synth textures and reverb-laden guitar lines, its lo-fi iridescence capturing an intimacy, while painted on a wider soundscape.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Young Fathers Take The Prize

Despite FKA twigs, Kate Tempest and Royal Blood having figured highly in the betting odds, Scottish trio Young Fathers have scooped this year’s Mercury Prize for Album of the Year for ‘Dead’. The announcement was made by Nick Grimshaw at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show, which took place at the Roundhouse in London.

Simon Frith, Chair of Judges said, “Young Fathers have a unique take on urban British music, brimming with ideas – forceful, unexpected and moving.”

On collecting the winner’s trophy and cheque for £20,000, Young Fathers said, “Thank you, thank you. We love you all!” - while still managing to look woefully underwhelmed in the photo shoot that followed.

The Awards Show, which will be broadcast in full on Channel 4 at 11.40pm this coming Friday (October 31), saw each of the twelve shortlisted artists perform a track from their ‘Albums of the Year’:

Anna Calvi - Eliza from One Breath
Bombay Bicycle Club - Carry Me from So Long, See You Tomorrow
Damon Albarn - Hostiles from Everyday Robots
East India Youth - Looking For Someone from Total Strife Forever
FKA twigs - Two Weeks from LP1
GoGo Penguin - Hopopono from v2.0
Jungle - Busy Earnin’ from Jungle
Kate Tempest - Circles from Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey - Cucurucu from First Mind
Polar Bear - Be Free from In Each and Every One
Royal Blood - Figure It Out from Royal Blood
Young Fathers - Get Up from Dead

Jesus Fucking Christ...Excuse Our Language, It's Not Us - It's Him!

With a moniker like Jesus Fucking Christ, a debut EP entitled 'Homophobia Is Like Totally Gay', and tracks such as 'Pope On A Rope' and 'Imma Gonna Kick U In Da Face', you kind of think at least one body of outraged individuals will be mounting objections in a public outcry against....well, against quite a lot by the aforementioned.

Norwegian electropunk artist Jesus Fucking Christ (not to be confused, the other one) or Remi Semshaug Langseth, to give him his own name, has written, performed and produced all on this first work, which is released on November 3 via Venn Records on 12" vinyl.

Dubbed a 'one man wrecking crew', he integrates punk, electro, hip-hop and pop to create 'eclectic electric hardcore'.

Wonder how all that gels together? Check out the EP stream below.

Over in London this week, JFC will play Camden's Nightmare Festival on Saturday (November 1) at The Stillery (16:30), and on November 3 plays an in-store at Banquet Records, Kingston.

[Video] FKA Twigs - Video Girl

Shot in black-and-white by director Kahlil Joseph, the new FKA twigs video for 'Video Girl' - a track from her debut album 'LP1' is one very understandable by the American market, depicting the execution by lethal injection of a criminal as twigs looks on.

She also imagines herself being in the room, cavorting around the writhing body.  It's a strong visual, that's for sure.

Nominated for the 2014 Mercury prize, ahead of tonight's announcement FKA twigs and Kate Tempest are both leading favourites to win. According to the latest odds from Ladbrokes, FKA twigs has odds of 5/2 for 'LP1', followed by Tempest, whose 'Everybody Down' is 3/1.

FKA twigs plays two dates at the London Roundhouse next year: February 19 (sold out) and February 20.

[Video] Nick Mulvey - 'I Don't Want To Go Home'

Nick Mulvey concludes a breakthrough 2014 with the release of a new single 'I Don't Want To Go Home', taken from his critically acclaimed top 10, Mercury Prize nominated debut album, 'First Mind'.

'I Don’t Want To Go Home' is released on December 15 via Fiction Records, with a digital release (available now) backed by Nick’s Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of Drake’s 'Hold On, We’re Going Home'.

Watch the brand new video for 'I Don’t Want To Go Home' - shot during Nick’s summer tour of Australia and during the new studio recording of the single with Johnny Flynn - above.

Track Of The Day :: Kassassin Street - Centre Straight Atom

Southsea five-piece Kassassin Street have produced a big one here with new single 'Centre Straight Atom', set for release next month. If it is possible to have such a thing as danceable psych - they've got it nailed.

The follow-up to debut single 'The Royal Handkerchief Ballet' which appeared in May, and produced once again by Tristan Iverny (Frank Turner, The Holloways) at both Konk Studies in north London and the band's own studio, 'Centre Straight Atom' is a catchy, rousing guitar driven number with some hazy 60s psychedelia lurking in their instrumentation, along with some quasi Eastern influences thrown in; add a touch of electronica with and blazing guitar and it becomes the kind of thing you just have to get up and have a bit of a shuffle around to.

They've pulled out all the stops on this one, and if they can prove themselves as equally entertaining live, Kassassin Street must be headed for big time street next year.

Kassassin Street play The Rifle Club, Portsmouth on November 14 (SOLD OUT).

'Centre Straight Atom' is self-released as a digital single on November 10 via iTunes and Spotify.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Watch :: Allusondrugs - I Should Have Gone To Uni

After an October tour with Marmozets and Lonely The Brave, West Yorkshire’s Allusondrugs stop off briefly to release a brand new track and video, and to play Camden's Nightmare festival this Saturday.

‘I Should Have Gone To Uni’ is a stomping, retro-fuelled grunge single inspired by the anxiety of growing up and moving on. The track is available as a free download from Soundcloud.

Never ones to shy away from a spot of hard work, the band recorded and mixed the single themselves -  as well as producing, filming and editing the video too - entirely under their own steam in just two days on a break between their hectic touring schedule.

Watch the results below.

The band play The Hawley Arms, Camden this Saturday, November 1 at 5pm as part of the Nightmare On Camden High Street festival. Further dates below.

NOVEMBER 2014 (headline tour w/ Lyger + Forever Cult + Prom)
26. GLASGOW, 13th NOTE

DECEMBER 2014 (headline tour cont.)

EP Review :: The Brian Jonestown Massacre - + - EP

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

+ - EP

November 10 2014 (A Recordings)


Words: Leanne Crowley

Following on from their acclaimed 14th full-length release earlier this year, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the musical enigma that is Anton Newcombe, are now set to drop an EP. Recorded in Anton's Berlin studio it consists of a short and concise three-track vinyl, or four-track download offering.

Following the BJM pattern, it is melodic, mellow; swirling the focus in and out to thoroughly draw the listener's attention around the traditional - and much loved - BJM sound alongside Eastern influences which have recently captivated Anton.

Opener and leading track ‘Heat' offers Anton's characteristic drawl early doors, while the dual guitar sound is a key presence and the ever-present jangle of the tambourine marches on while thd low drum beat adds to make for a complimentary mix. ‘Everything Was Very Simple' offers Eastern inspired samples to a jangly musical accompaniment.

The strongest track, however, comes in the form of ‘Reconstruction' where melodious guitars and tambourines dominate in characteristic fashion, with the drums in keener focus. Overall a feeling of calm is prevalent and the fade to end offers a nice touch. Bonus track for the download, ‘Leave it Alone'  is louder, more raw, and more empowered than its predecessors and may explain why it didn't make the vinyl cut. Anton's vocal presence is felt strongest here and the middle section of the track offers a pleasant instrumental.

BJM are once more churning out album after album, much like in their early inception. ‘Revelation' was always going to be a tough act to follow given its success and this EP feels like a bridge and a teaser of what is to come next.

Alvvays Announce January European Headline Tour

Canada’s Alvvays will start 2015 with a headline European tour, beginning January 21. The band will play nine dates in England and Scotland, including a show at London’s Scala, before a further 11 shows across Europe.

Currently touring the UK with Real Estate, Alvvays have enjoyed an immensely successful year with the release of their self-titled debut album, and first two singles ‘Archie, Marry Me' and 'Next of Kin'.

Alvvays have the following shows left on their current tour:

28. Komedia, Brighton (w/ Real Estate)
29. Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (w/ Real Estate)
30. Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London (Transgressive Records ‘New Sounds’ Party w/ Gengahr, Blaenavon, FAMY, Spring King, Thumpers)

2015 headline tour dates

21. Deaf Institute, Manchester
22. Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
23. Think Tank, Newcastle
24. King Tuts, Glasgow
26. Bodega, Nottingham
27. Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
28. Scala, London
30. O2 Academy 2, Oxford
31. Thekla, Bristol

01. Point Ephemere, Paris
02. Trix, Antwerp
03. Paradiso, Amsterdam
05. John Dee, Oslo
06. Debaser Strand, Stockholm
07. Beta, Copenhagen
09. Molotow, Hamburg
10. Kantine Am Berghain, Berlin
12. B72, Vienna
13. Lo Fi, Milan
14. Bogen F, Zurich

Tenterhook Unveils First Taste Of Sophomore EP

After our first listen to the 19-year-old Archie Faulks back in February - see here - and following the release of his debut self-titled EP in August (rated 8/10 by us in our review) Tenterhook returns with the first taste from his second EP ‘Tenterhook 2’, out on November 24 via Cartoon Records.

New track, ‘Go Easy’ again highlights the distinctive Faulks falsetto and hus ability to craft warm, engaging melodies.

He will support Icelandic musician Ásgeir on his European tour in November and December, including UK dates below:

24. Komedia, Brighton
25. The Fleece, Bristol
26. O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London