Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Track Of The Day :: Affairs - Brothers

Words: Linn Branson

Back in January we featured Manchester-based Affairs as a band to Keep On Track after hearing 'Blood Science' at the end of last year. Even XFM's John Kennedy was amongst those tipping the quintet for big things in 2015.

Since forming back when all were at Hull University, and garnering live support slots with the likes of Alt-J, Coasts, Young Kato, The 1975 and The Family Rain, they have spent much this year working on new material for an EP set for release later this year.

As a first taste of the fruits of their creativity, their new single is now unveiled - and a pretty blinding one it is, at that. Produced once again by Ed Buller (White Lies, Suede), and recorded between Konk studios in London and Buller's home studio, 'Brothers' is as crisp and sweet in both production as it is its synth flow and chiming guitar riffs. James Robinson just nails the vocal element, dipping occasionally into a higher octave, but mainly kept in a glorious lower register of richness that draws the attention, even if the melody itself were rubbish, which this is certainly not. Lyrically, where 'Blood Science' was based on literary influences from Dan Brown’s ‘Angels and Demons’, on 'Brothers', guitarist Liam Grindell tells us, there is another literary theme.

"The song gives literary reference to Gavin O'Connor's American sports drama 'Warrior'. The lyrics reflect the struggle of two brothers growing up with separating parents and the frightening effect it had on the children. The song explores themes of violence, alcohol addiction and family growing apart. 'Brothers' is about the strength of brotherly love and how it will always prevail, even through the hardest times."

Listening to early tracks from Affairs like 'Cressida' and 'Contact' from 18 months almost ago and the 'Muscle' EP, it's easy to see how much they have refined and matured in their sound in that time, with the synth side toned down to focus more on guitar and drums; still, however, focussed on the contrasting harmonies between Robinson and Grindell, one playing yang to the other's yin.

'Brothers' is released on September 4 via Yellow Brick Records.

Affairs play Humber Street Sesh Festival, Hull on August 1. A single launch show for 'Brothers' will be at Night & Day in Manchester on September 4. (Other dates are in the process of being confirmed.)

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

[Video] Lisbon - Khaleesi

Whitley Bay alt-poppers Lisbon have unveiled the video for their new single 'Khaleesi', which comes from their upcoming EP 'Life Is Good' which is released on August 7.

The video is a humorous take on 'Game of Thrones' - to the point of including a cameo appearance from man of the Night's Watch - Ben Crompton - but if you are one of the minority who has never watched the cult hit American drama series, while the meaning may elude you, the Lisbon guys have still come up with a snazzy clip for their new track. Check it out, above.

New Order Share First Single From Upcoming Album - Listen

New Order have aired the first track from their upcoming new album, 'Music Complete', which is released on September 25, and which also features The Killers' Brandon Flowers guesting on 'Superheated', La Roux and Iggy Pop.

'Restless' is the band's first single in a decade, and their first work since bass player Peter Hook left in 2007. It also features the return of keyboard player Gillian Gilbert.

'Music Complete' was produced by New Order with Stuart Price ('Superheated') and the Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands ('Singularity' and 'Unlearn This Hatred').

New Order embark on a series of European and UK dates later this year.

04. Paris Casino de Paris
06. Brussels Ancienne Belgique SOLD OUT
08. Stockholm Annexet
11. Berlin Tempodrom
16. London Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
17. London Bruxton Academy
19. Glasgow Academy
21. Liverpool Olympia SOLD OUT
24. Wolverhampton Civic Hall
05. Manchester Warehouse Project SOLD OUT
06. Manchester Warehouse Project

'Music Complete' Tracklisting

'Tutti Frutti'
'People On The High Line'
'Stray Dog'
'Nothing But a Fool'
'Unlearn This Hatred'
'The Game'

Listen :: Big Scary - Organism

Words: Ellie Ward

It may be all of two years since they put out 'Not Art', but Melbourne duo Big Scary are finally back with a new single.

The stripped back 'Organism' is the lead single from songwriter/producer Tom Iansek's and Jo Syme's upcoming third album. In a press release, Iansek says the track is "moving back towards Jo and I as a band and the dynamic between us. It's refocusing on the duo. With this has come a lot of stripping back of the non-essential, using less to create more. Using new and unfamiliar textures but keeping the performance firmly grounded in that of two people playing."

For 'Organism', the pair broaden our their more usual minimalist piano/drums style, employing sax, bass and synths to fill out the drum line, while Iansek’s vocals take on a darker tone on the three-minute pop track.

Big Scary head out of Oz in September for a headlining North American tour, before playing several live dates in Europe and the UK at the end of the year.

Track Of The Day :: Orange Vision - Dark Around The Eyes

Words: Linn Branson

Oxford quartet Orange Vision mix that line of shoegaze that melds with a 60s psych/noughties dreamwave with reverb-drenched melodic pop.

'Dark Around The Eyes' is one side of their AA-side upcoming single with 'Wish You Were Orange', out on August 31, that follows up the recent 'How You Feel'. Ed Quigley, sounding mature beyond his 19 years, delivers an eerily vintage vocal over the sub-five-minute duration of twanging guitars and building guitar rolls.


Orange Vision play London's Camden Barfly tonight (July 28) with Venice Trip.

Monday, 27 July 2015

LA Priest Announces UK Tour // Shares Video For Album Track 'Occasion'

Sam Eastgate - aka Dust, aka LA Priest - has announced a UK headline tour for this autumn, after the release of his recent debut album 'Inji'. Read our review here.

The former Late of the Pier vocalist has also put out a video for ‘Occasion’ - which is ‘Inji’s lead track - directed by brother Isaac Eastgate.

LA Priest’s upcoming UK and Ireland dates are as follows:

04 Ireland, County Laois, Electric Picnic Festival
06 Portmeirion, Festival No. 6
13 Isle of Wight, Bestival
10 Brighton, Patterns
11 Birmingham, Hare V2
14 Manchester, Soup Kitchen
15 Leeds, Headrow House
17 Glasgow, Broadcast
19 London, Heaven
20 Nottingham, Contemporary

Watch :: Palace - Head Above The Water

Directed by Oliver Hadlee Perch (best known for his work with Jungle), Palace have unveiled the visuals for new EP single cut, 'Head Above The Water'.

The track, released on September 7 and which comes from the 'Chase The Light' EP, is a sensual, sun-streaked love song and the video, described by the director here, is in perfect tune:

"When you are swept up by a wave, you are caught underwater. Not knowing which way is up or down, left or right. This was sort of the starting point for this video. This idea of confusion. Concussion even. Dreams played a big part in this film. How many different scenes can sit side by side harmoniously. I wanted to try and create mini narratives which all lead the same way yet are completely removed from each other. Tied together. Across the video we want the audience to be hypnotized, drawn in yet not knowing why or how.”

Watch below.