Thursday, 28 May 2015

Track Of The Day :: MXMS - RX



Singer Ariel Levitan and keyboards player Jeremy Dawson together comprise Los Angeles duo MXMS, released their dark pop single 'OMG' this week - followed by a vinyl release on July 24 via Grand Jury.

MXMS - “me and my shadow" - also have a banger of a track on the B-side: 'Rx'. Taking its time on a piano opening, it builds into four minutes of Levitan delivering sultry vocals over a smattering of beats that sink into the senses.



And check out the video to the haunting 'OMG' A-side as well.



Communions Stream New EP In Full - Listen



Out on June 1, the young Copenhagen quartet Communions are streaming their self-titled debut EP on Soundcloud.

Marking  the second release on Tough Love Records, following the release of AA-side single 'So Long Sun'/'Love Stands Still' at the end of last year, brothers Martin and Mads Rehof, Jacob van Deurs Formann and Frederik Lind Köppen, previously shared lead cut 'Out Of My World' and 'Summer’s Oath', both containing their trademark sound of reverb-laced angular guitar riffs and hazy
vocals via Martin Rehof.

Listen to all five EP tracks below.

Communions return to the UK in September, playing London's Electrowerkz on September 9. Before that, they play the following summer festivals:  July 1 Roskilde Festival, July 21 Valkhof Festival – Nijmegen, August 8 Wastelands Festival – Ghent.

Listen :: Panama - Jungle



The Panama two, otherwise known as Sydney duo Jarrah McCleary and Tim Commandeur, are about to release their new single, produced by ARIA Award-winning Eric J. Dubowsky .

'Jungle', out on June 5 via the Future Classic label, is the follow-up to 'Always'

Check out the sunny vibed track via the band's video below.

Ahead of playing Reading and Leeds festivals, Panama stop off in London next week to play a single date at Oslo during their current European run.

May
30 - Berlin Festival, Berlin
31 - Paris Social Club, Paris

June
02 - Oslo, London

July
26 - Metro Theatre, Sydney *
30 - Max Watt's, Melbourne *

* w/Years & Years

[Video] The Cribs - Orange Star Rattle



With their latest single 'Different Angle' imminent in June, The Cribs have shared the B-side, 'Orange Star Rattle'.

This will be the second single ftom the Wakefield four's last album, 'For All My Sisters', released in March.

'Different Angle'/'Orange Star Rattle' is released on June 1 via Sonic Blew/Sony RED.

BLOSSOMS ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR THIS OCTOBER





Blossoms will embark on a 13-date UK headline tour this autumn. The tour will open at King Tuts in Glasgow on October 2 and includes a show at London's Village Underground on October 15.

Watch the video below for the bands single 'Cut Me And I'll Bleed'.

Since releasing their debut single 'Blow' at the end of 2014, Blossoms have gone from strength to strength - selling out London's Barfly and adding a third Manchester date due to popular demand and playing the BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Stage at SXSW. The band even reached No.7 in the UK's first ever Vinyl Chart.

The band are due to appear at a raft of festivals over the summer - including T in the Park, Festival No.6, Kendal Calling - before embarking on their own headline tour in October.

OCTOBER 2015

02. GLASGOW KING TUTS
03. NEWCASTLE RIVERSIDE
07. LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
08. SHEFFIELD THE LEADMILL
09. LIVERPOOL 02 ACADEMY 2
10. NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS
14. YORK FIBBERS
15. LONDON VILLAGE UNDERGROUND
16. NORWICH ARTS CENTRE
17. BIRMINGHAM THE INSTITUTE
21. PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS
22. BRISTOL THEKLA
23. MANCHESTER RITZ

Watch :: Gengahr - Heroine





With the release of their debut album 'A Dream Outside' out on June 15 via Transgressive Records, North London's Gengahr have shared the video to single, ‘Heroine’.

The Connor Gilhooly-directed clip sees the band make an appearance in one of their videos for the first time, whilst being inter-spliced with footage of a young troubadour chasing after his heroine.

Explaining the concept behind the video, Gilhooly says: "With 'Heroine', we wanted create a modern take on a classic story using a unique and visually striking aesthetic. It was also very important to highlight the energy of the track and we got the band to appear in one of their videos for the first time and really go for it - they're usually all behind the camera!"

Full Gengahr live dates: († w/ The Strokes)

June
12. Rio Cinema, London - ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
18. British Summer Time Hyde Park †
19. Hurricane Festival
20. Southside Festival
21. Best Kept Secret Festival
July
03. Blissfields Festival
07. Festival de la Cite, Lausanne
17. Latitude Festival
18. Longitude Festival
19. Melt! Festiva
26. Splendour In The Grass
August
02. Y Not Festival
28-30. Reading & Leeds Festival
September
05. Soundrive Festival

Headline dates:
October
06. Brighton Komedia
07. Bristol Exchange
08. London Scala
09. Nottingham Bodega
10. Oxford The Bullingdon
12. Birmingham Hare & Hounds
13. Norwich Arts Centre
14. Cambridge Portland Arms
16. Manchester Deaf Institute
17. Leeds Wardrobe
19. Glasgow King Tuts
20. Newcastle Think Tank
21. Sheffield The Harley

Live Review :: Doldrums + Silver Waves + Body Clocks :: The Louisiana, Bristol - May 22 2015





Live Review: Doldrums + Silver Waves + Body Clocks

The Louisiana, Bristol

May 22 2015

Words/Photos: Pollyanna Sheehan



Hailing all the way from Canada, Doldrums played a night at Bristol’s Louisiana as part of their European tour in support of their second album ‘An Air Conditioned Nightmare’. The three - Eric Woodhead on vocals, Steve Foster on drums, and Alex Ja on synths - formed the headliners for the latest Chiverin showcase and support came from two relatively new acts: Silver Waves and Body Clocks. These showcases have a reputation for promoting exciting new talent from the local area, and this night proved no disappointment. Despite having to compete with the multitude of live music opportunities through the likes of Love Saves the Day and Dot to Dot that were happening over the Bank Holiday weekend, The Louisiana was fairly busy and the majority of the crowd saw all three acts perform as an exciting start to the extended weekend.  

First on was the Stroud-based duo Body Clocks. If it weren’t for speaking with Joe Craven and Josef Kašpar - the incredibly talented two that make up the band - I would never have guessed this was their first proper gig. Having previously played a ‘warm-up’ at a friend’s house, the intimate crowd were enjoying their offering, and if they hadn’t have confessed halfway through their set as to their novice status, it's probable no-one would have guessed. Through layering lively beats and ambient electronic tones, with a live double bass for extra onstage intrigue, Body Clocks delivered one of the most exciting performances from a new artist I’ve seen in some time.


Silver Waves, aka Dylan Mallett, cut a small and unsuspecting presence on stage but went on to unleash an intense, electronic-heavy, apocalyptic sounding set. He was just one young man positioned in front of a microphone and behind a makeshift board that held a cacophony of pedals and other devices. Silver Waves delivered a visionary set that unfortunately seemed to bypass some of the crowd, who probably weren’t expecting such an intensity of sound. A standout moment was the performance of the raucous ‘III’ taken from his EP2. After gradually building, this track emanated darkness through the walls of heavily distorted effects and eerie chanting. Yet this set provided a good segue into Doldrums’ set, which was laden with their experimental electronic sounds, light vocals and innovative drumming.


Starting their set with ‘Funeral for Lightening’ taken from their most recent album ‘The Air Conditioned Nightmare’, Doldrums set the tone for the rest of their performance that had the crowd dancing and intrigued with their sound. Early tracks like ‘HOTFOOT’ and ‘Blow Away’ in particular, allowed Foster to deliver astounding performances on the drums with Ja and Woodhead providing the heavy electronic and bass elements to the show. Displaying an electric onstage energy that the crowd reflected, Doldrums’ set continued to deliver an incredibly energetic and dynamic array of tracks from earlier work ‘Lesser Evil’ too. Towards the end, the swirling electronic textures underneath Woodhead’s vocal contrasted with the punctuated drumming and melodic bass interjections of ‘We Awake’, had the crowd dancing and enjoying the many dimensions of their sound. The immensely infectious staccato melody of their falsely proclaimed last song ‘Loops’ continued to build on this, before Doldrums lulled us with the atmospheric waves of synths of set closer ‘Closer 2 U’.

All in all, this showcase was a loud but incredibly energetic and enjoyable affair, leaving my ears ringing in the best way possible.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Final Names Added To Visions Festival



East London's Visions festival, which takes place on August 8, has announces its final names for the line-up.

Amongst the already announced acts, the festival will now host Blanck Mass, the electronic solo project of Benjamin John Power, one of the founding members of critically acclaimed duo Fuck Buttons.

Also on the bill is Canada’s Holy Fuck for an exclusive UK festival appearance ahead of their new album - and their first UK live show in five years.

Other additions include Gazelle Twin and LA hip-hop punk-band Ho99o9, South London rapper Loyle Carner, hotly tipped London four-piece girl group The Big Moon, Brighton thrasher Theo Verney and noisy punks Claw Marks.

Tickets on sale now (£30) from: www.visionsfestival.com

The line-up so far announced:

CAMERA OBSCURA - HOLY FUCK - THE ANTLERS - FAT WHITE FAMILY - TOY - JENS LEKMAN - SON LUX - HINDS - SHAMIR - GAZELLE TWIN - ANDY STOTT - CEREMONY - MERCHANDISE - PEAKING LIGHTS  - LUKE ABBOTT - Ho99o9 - JJ - TORN HAWK - LOYLE CARNER - GIRL BAND - OSCAR - JONES - PIX - THE BIG MOON - CLAW MARKS

Track Of The Day :: Wovoka Gentle - Seventh Day




Words: Ellie Ward

London-based newcomers, Wovoka Gentle have given us a very nice little track in 'Seventh Day', taken from their self-titled debut EP 'Wovoka Gentle [Yellow]', which is released on July 13 via Yucatan Records. [Subsequent EPs will also be self-titled, but feature different colours - we're not sure why, but what the hell!]

The experimental folk three-piece, comprised of William Stokes and twins Imogen and Ellie Mason, may have their roots in folk and Americana, but they also draw upon the psych soundscapes of the late 60s, as well as jazz and collage music; combining an array of classic instrumentation with electronic sampling and sound manipulation.

‘Seventh Day’ is something pretty special, both beautiful and bewitching;  harnessing sparkling synths and vocal harmonies against a more traditional folk soundscape.

From what they say (in a recent interview with Consequence of Sound), a key element of their sound comes via, "trying to play our instruments in relatively unconventional ways. For example, hitting guitars with drum sticks, using noisy synth modulation or heavily affecting acoustic instrument sounds until they’re pretty unrecognizable."

It may be unusual, but it sounds like Wovoka Gentle may have hit on a winning formula here.

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Track Of The Day :: Lakeway - Late




Words: Linn Branson

Wasn't sure Dima Plakhotnii's vocals did much for me on first listen to this new track 'Late' from the synthpop trio Lakeway from Kiev, though strangely engaging they have become over the course of quite a few viewings now of this video below, and the song itself is one that is irresistibly catchy.

Given English is not the Ukrainian band's (with Max Greben, drums, and Sasha Gulenko, guitar/synths) first language, it's probably all in the accent. Listen for when he sings the word 'streets'...which very much sounds like 'tweets'.

Should be Ukraine's next Eurovision entry.

Anyway, Lakeway - who formed two years ago - have put out two EPs, 'Beginning', and the recently released 'Heartbeat' - where, as they say on their website: "The melodies have become more powerful, gained a special tenderness, softness, atmosphere of desperate love and hate in one jar." [Bet they did a Google translation for that sentence.]

Now go take a listen to 'Late'. If you like it, you know what to do: tweet.