Friday, 29 August 2014

Track Of The Day :: SOHN - The Chase

SOHN has just uploaded a new track, the gloriously cinematic 'The Chase'.

Fast becoming one of the most sought-after producers and mixers (he has worked with Banks, Kwabs and Disclosure, amongst others), the Vienna-based artist who released his debut album 'Tremors' earlier this year, now parades this latest work: a striking synth arranged, soulful R&B track that hovers in the gloomy shadows of pattering percussion and emotive lyrics. Why it didn't make the album is anyone's guess.


August 29 2014 - Hot Top Ten

Solo gnarly, synth clattering project of Ezana Edwards, ex-Brooklyn's lo-fi garage outfit Night Manager. Now San Francisco ensconced with members of Ganglians, The Mallard, and Warm Soda. Lead single from their self-titled debut EP out September 30.

We know Pt 1 is the single which dropped this week via Too Pure Singles Club from the London dream psych outfit, but this later addition ups the gears further on the off-kilter vibe. Catch them live tonight (August 29) when they play a free entry show at London's Shacklewell Arms.

A former Track Of The Day getting a little more love here as it draws near to release date on September 15. Catch them live at The Castle, Manchester on September 27.

Another band in the same vein as Royal Blood and Drenge who make a helluva good racket with just two members. This is the debut single from the Melbourne duo's self-titled EP out on September 21. They head to Europe next year - warn your ears.

The Perth (the Oz one, as opposed to the Scottish one)-based singer with one of the deepest, richest vocals you will have heard in a long time. This was released in July, but needs a push as this song is immense.

More swirling guitarscapes from the goth/dreamwave Thurlow sisters, on a new cut from their upcoming album 'The Other I', out November 10 via Bella Union.

Birmingham duo, Alan Clarke and Vin Parker, put out the second cut of 80s/90s-influenced indie electro pop songs from their forthcoming album 'Supermarionation' due out later this year.

Our Track Of The Day this week, the B-side to the Dublin grunge outfit's 'Da Bom Bom', out September 1. Irish boys go all out on this Beat Happening cover.

Brooklyn-based trio taking a post-punk, psych-goth-rocking stance on this track from their debut album, 'This Album Does Not Exist', released on November 18.

Beautiful lo-tempo follow-up to 'Blood' by the London outfit and another Track Of The Day from us.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Listen :: Modern Vices

Chicago's Modern Vices - the self-proclaimed “dirty doo-wop” fivesome - unveil their latest single, 'Taller In The Sunshine', taken from their self-titled debut LP, out on October 21 via Autumn Tone Records.

Following on from recent first full-length taster 'Cheap Style', there is enough urgent garage rock rawness in Alex Rebek's vocals, and enough swaggering guitar riffs to demand attention.

Listen :: Cult Choir

Former Pennsylvania frontman of The Grim Wilderness and Burial Grounds, Shane Graybill, now working on this current project as Cult Choir.

'Fantasy 6' is Shane's fourth album (produced by Andrew Rutter), and the track below,  'Nobody', is one of the highlights, as well as representative of the lo-fi, dreamwave style that also loosely taps into a folk/blues vein. It is one of a mighty 14 which form the full-length - which was released a few weeks ago - and washes over you in a lazy, carefree way - and hooks you full in with some pretty impressive high notes and a round of tune whistling towards the end.

Well worth a listen.

[Video] Literature - Kites

Philadelphians Literature unveil the new visuals for 60s stylee 'Kites', taken from their recently released debut 'Chorus' album, out on Slumberland Records.

The four-piece breeze their way through Technicolor images, while flying their warm and mellow, big indie pop kites.

Listen :: School

It is sometimes hard to keep up with all the many release formats that one record may have over its lifetime. School's debut single 'SoLong' being a case in point.

This track from the Swedish four-piece (who formed last year) gets its official UK release on September 1 via Gothenburg label Luxury - who soft released it earlier this year as well - and is already digitally available through iTunes in the US.

'SoLong' was apparently the first song written by the Gothenburg outfit's vocalist Alice Botéus - who originally scribbled the lyrics on the back of a receipt on her way home from IKEA - and completed and released in just seven days. The song is about a good farewell - make of that what you will.

Introducing :: Arc Waves

Formed last year in Brooklyn after meeting via Craigslist, the four-piece Arc Waves put out the first single, 'Half Dome', from their upcoming debut EP recently, and in response have been receiving a fair amount of glowing praise.

Alikened to the style of Beach House, Deerhunter and St. Vincent, they are fronted by the classically-trained Elaine Lachica, who provides somewhat ethereal vocals over a sonic guitar landscape and electronic and acoustic drums.

'Half Dome' captures an essence of their influences, Joy Division and Cocteau Twins (Lachica's voice having been compared to that of Elizabeth Fraser), with the result being a driving affair, governed by some sumptuous spacey guitar and Lachica's quite beautiful, high-soaring voice.

If you're about in Williamsburg tomorrow (August 30), you can catch Arc Waves live here. We understand ex-Smiths man Andy Rourke is also part of the show.

Arc Waves are: Elaine Lachica - vocals; Brandon Jaffe - guitar; William McCormack - bass; Mike Hodges - drums.


The 'Arc Waves' EP is out on September 30 via Ghost Station Records.

Watch :: Blossoms - Blow

Blossoms have become something of a Little Indie regular since we first caught the Stockport five-piece - and were the first site to write about, and introduce them here - nearly seven months ago when their penchant for psych-pop riffs and film noir 60s aesthetic caught our attention.

After building up a steady live reputation over the last months, the psych outfit follow up earlier offering ‘You Pulled A Gun on Me' with 'Blow', their official debut single which is released on October 20 via The Coral's James Skelly's label, Skeleton Key Records. Skelly and Rich Turvey produced the track at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool.

Check out the new video to 'Blow' above.

Blossoms embark on a raft of live dates over the coming months. Confirmed so far:

05. Blue Cat Cafe, Stockport
26. Blue Cat Cafe, Stockport
27. Sound Control, Manchester SOLD OUT

14. Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
15. Nice N Sleazys, Glasgow
16. The Brickyard, Carlisle
17. Think Tank?, Newcastle
18. Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
20. Fibbers, York
21. Alfie Birds, Birmingham
22. The Compass, Chester
24. The Cookie, Leicester
25. Lennons, Southampton
26. The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
28. The Boileroom, Guildford
29. Birdcage, Bristol
30. Bleach, Brighton
31. The Gatsby, Sheffield

01. Deaf Institute, Manchester

Track Of The Day :: Osca - Illume

Pretty darned gorgeous little number this, the second track now uploaded by south east London four-piece Osca.

With their Osca 'entrance' (the band were previously out as Kenworthy) being marked with 'Blood' last month - see our Track Of The Day -  they up the game still further with 'Illume'.

The track is about "simplicity and how that always means the most," says vocalist and writer, Jack Kenworthy. "I remember going to Glastonbury that year when I wrote it, and coming back remembering Rolling Stones set ender, 'Satisfaction', and the way everyone sang along to all the words. I came home and was messing around on the piano, and the chorus came quickly. I started singing 'Illume" for no reason. It's not a word you hear often but it fit the melody, feeling bright and colourful."

'Bright and colourful' it is, it is also a smoothly executed, bluesy vocalled four minute melody that ebbs and flows over tinkling piano notes and luminous drum textures - and with plenty of honey-dripping 'ooh-ooh-ooh-oohs'.

Catch Osca live on September 10 at Electrowerkz, London supporting Walking On Cars.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Listen :: Whistlejacket Return With New Track 'Swimming Lessons'

It's been a year since the London psych/shoegaze five-piece Whistlejacket first came to our attention with the stunning 'March Hare' (see here).

Now, after working on a new EP, and an unfortunate and long legal dispute involving "a case of mistaken identity, a Kiwi band with the same name, dodgy blazers and a copyright claim", they are back with a new track, 'Swimming Lessons'.

Sludgey, submerged vocals that sound like they are way in at the deep end, while guitars send in the lifeguard reinforcements. Not drowning, just shoe-waving. Take a listen below.

Catch Whistlejacket this Friday (August 29) at Shacklewell Arms, London, headlining the final night of the Label Mates Festival along with Dracula Legs and Sun Machine. The event is Free Entry.

They will also play Liverpool Psych Fest next month, as well as release their self-titled EP before Christmas via a limited edition run of self released cassettes.

Introducing :: Shadow Culture

New sextet Shadow Culture make a fine entrance with their debut track 'Demons', which was recorded live in the north London warehouse off Seven Sisters Road which acts as their base (as well as home to three of the band).

So far, having formed only in May of this year, there's not a lot of backstory, with the last few months being taken up with rehearsing and recording demo tracks. But having known each other since school, Amy and Ben (who had previously played together in other bands) joined forces with Jess and Facy (who they met while studying music at university), and were completed by Naif, an old college friend of Ben's and bassist in one of his previous bands, to join. As rehearsals then began, they were still without a drummer, until Naif suggested Matt, a friend he had played with in another band.

Shadow Culture uploaded their first track, 'Demons', last week, and so far they have been impressing those who have heard it. Led by Amy Wilson's captivating vocal, before joined by Ben Nash to work into done guitar and harmonising and then steadily broadening out and building over just under four minutes.

"It was a live take recorded in the warehouse just two weeks ago," Amy tells us. "This was shortly followed by an intimate, stripped-back live show for Sofar Sounds at said warehouse, which Ben curated and hosted."

Currently the band are continuing to write and demo more material in readiness for further live dates. From just one track it is hard to get much of a feel as to what Shadow Culture may or may not evolve into, but certainly worth keeping tabs on future work judging by their promising start.

Shadow Culture are: Amy Wilson (vocals, guitar); Benjamin Nash (vocals, guitar); Matt Facy (guitar); Jess Sawers-Warren (keys, synth, vocals); Naif Knowles (bass); Matt Noades (drums).


Track Of The Day :: Girl Band - I Love You

'I Love You' is probably an apt title for a track, given how these four guys from Dublin have ramped themselves up to become one of 2014's most lauded; impressing festival crowds at The Great Escape back in May, which followed hot on the heels of the seven-minute 'Lawman' marathon.

With new single 'De Bom Bom' imminent, they offload the other side of the 7": under two-and-a-half minutes of a riotous cover of Beat Happening’s 'I Love You'. Girl Band’s version of the 80s punks' original takes it to about as different a level as it could get, with guitar riffs slipping off easier than a pole dancer down a wet incline, and a bass line that whacks you full in the face.

And if you haven't yet seen them live, be sure to catch some craic at one of their upcoming dates:

29. Electric Picnic Festival
30. Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
31. The Dome (Raw Power Fest),
03. Lilla Hotellbaren, Stockholm
05. Bakken, Copenhagen
06. ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin
09. Dr Setltsam, Leipzig
10. Astra-Stube, Hamburg
11. Stroomhuisje, Eindhoven
12. Zeester Boat, Nijmegen
18. Clonakilty Guitar Festival, Cork
19. Joe Lee’s, Tullamore
26. Kasbah Social Club, Limerick
27. The Button Factory, Dublin
02. Waves Festival, Vienna
03. Waves Festival, Bratislava
04. Final Club, Praha
05. Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
09. Roisin Dubh, Galway
10: Spirit Store, Dundalk
18. Triskel Arts Centre, Triskel, Cork
31. Le Comfort Moderne, Poitiers
01. Soy Festival, Nantes
5-9.Iceland Airwaves

'De Bom Bom' / 'I Love You' is released on September 1 on Any Other City.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Brighton's Oslo Parks Air New Track & Announce Live Debut

After dropping their debut track ‘Twin’ online last month ahead of it's official release this week, the new Brighton-based songwriting and production duo Oslo Parks (Rob & Ian) now air ‘The Night’ via London label X Novo. This is X Novo’s second release following on from Phoria’s highly acclaimed ‘Display’ EP.

'The Night' (which any Parks fans or eagle-eared spotter will have heard aired, inadvertently, by John Kennedy on XFM some weeks ago....) may not be quite as instantaneous as 'Twin', but give it a few hearings and it will grab you as strongly as Ebola.

Stay tuned for a September ‘Twin’ remix by German electronic duo Vimes.

Oslo Parks make their live debut on October 2 at Brighton’s Green Door Store - as a six-piece.

Listen :: Laura Doggett - Phoenix (William Arcane Remix)

The new songstress with the soulful vocals, Laura Doggett, has now had her Sohn produced first single 'Phoenix' remixed by William Arcane.

The London producer has taken Doggett's jittery, fluctuating rhythm mixed with an electronic drum loop - and created something that is quite masterful.

Take a listen below.

Laura Doggett has also announced two live dates, opening for Sohn:
September 12 at London's Shepherd’s Bush Empire, followed by The Haunt, Brighton on September 13.


Palace Add Second London Show At St Pancras Church

Hotly tipped new outfit Palace have added an extra London date after their first night at St. Pancras Old Church sold out. They will now play October 19, in addition to the previously announced show on October 15.

Quickly establishing themselves on tastemakers' lists, their debut track ‘Veins,’ racked up almost 50,000 streams in its first two weeks online.

The band's  - Leo Wyndham (vocals, guitar), Rupert Turner (guitar), Will Dorey (bass), Matt Hodges (drums) - second ever gig was supporting James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins at the 2000 capacity Bush Hall. They were also handpicked to support Jamie T at his recent sold-out London show at the Dome in Tufnell Park.

With the unveiling of their second track 'Bitter', Palace have demonstrated their ability to straddle moments of broodiness with grand crescendos over Wyndham’s urgent vocals.

Their debut EP 'Lost In The Night' will be released via Beatnik Creative on October 20.