This Feeling

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Track Of The Day :: Semantics - Acid Test

Credit: Bryony Williams

Words: Sam Geary

Don't expect a barrel of pop frivolity with Semantics. The title of this cut, 'Acid Test', accompanied by a dark and moody black-and-white video, sort of give a clue before you get any further.

'Acid Test' is the first single from the Birmingham post-punk band's upcoming second EP of the same name, produced by Ryan Pinson and released on September 9.

Following last year's 'My Detainer' and 'Games', this latest treads the same brooding path as its predecessors, giving vocalist Rob Lilley a vehicle in which to drive his downcast voice, against disturbingly eerie guitars.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nathan Hewitt returns as Hypnotic Kingdom with first track ‘Would You Be There For Me?’

Words: Sam Geary

Ex-Cheatahs vocalist Nathan Hewitt has returned after leaving the band early last year, under the name Hypnotic Kingdom, and just dropped his first track - ‘Would You Be There For Me?’

Released at the end of July, the self-recorded song has a refreshing melodic ease, helmed by the familiar vocals of Londoner Hewitt over a catchy beat and guitars, and later harmonies adding a dreamy edge.

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Listen :: HAARM share new single 'Valentine'

Words: Leah Raymond

Premiered by Dave Monks on BBC Introducing Merseyside earlier in the week, Liverpool's own, HAARM, return with their latest slice of indie pop finesse on new single ‘Valentine’.

Sharp and shimmering, who cares if it's August and not February when you get a ‘Valentine’ this good!

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Listen :: Deep City Diver - Everyone Is Alone

Words: Sam Geary

Indie guitar pop from Deep City Diver on new single 'Everyone Is Alone'.

Described as an "indie disco dancefloor filler for solo dancing in the bedroom mirror", the Hackney, East London-based trio - Ryan Nicolussi (vocals/guitar), Joe Macmillan (bass) and Ryan Kalkman (drums) - combine the melodic sensibilities of new wave, but aren't afraid to rock up the indie side and create some big sounds as they do here on 'Everyone Is Alone'.

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Watch :: New York's Bohemians get in colourful mode on 'Hints' video

Words: Leah Raymond

Bohemians, a Long Island, New York-based alt-pop-rock four-piece have just unveiled the Sean Brown-directed lyric video to their newest single, 'Hints', taken from the album 'Settle Down, Carry On'.

Not just any bland lyric treatment, this is a cleverly worked colourful array of stop-motion confetti pieces which form to represent the lyrics to the upbeat track. It's kinda interesting and engaging, and you can't help nodding along to the tune either.

Watch below.

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Track Of The Day :: Samoans - Future Ghost

Words: Ellie Ward

Their second album 'Laika’ is out on September 29 via their own label Apres Vous Records, but before that, Wales’ Samoans offer a new track from the album, ‘Future Ghost’.

The first track penned for the record, vocalist Dan Barnett says: "The lyrics were written during the 'Rescue' [their 2014 debut full-length] sessions but I never quite got the music right until much later. I was starting to play more piano and writing on a different instrument opened up a whole new pool of ideas. I wanted to do something that sounded like Nine Inch Nails meets Oceansize. I think we got it.”

We think they have. 'Future Ghost' fuses a metronome and ponderous piano opening with expansive atmospherics, while Dan's sotto voce delivery and percussion add a hypnotic touch - before it all changes pace and kicks off around 2:14.


22 London Notting Hill Arts Centre
23 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
29 Swansea Fringe Horizons Stage
09 Bristol Hy-Brasil Music Club
13 Brighton The Green Door Store
14 London The Old Blue Last
16 Birmingham The Flapper

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