Sunday, 27 July 2014

First Listen :: Honne

Do you ever, on listening to a track without knowing what the artist looks like, conjure up your own image? Well, we did with Honne, and although we can't give an exact description of what we had in mind, a baseball cap might have been involved.

It was, as you can see from above photo, an image quite wide of the mark we were to realise.


"Ok, it's 3.17 AM. You're tuned in with your main man, Tommy Inglethorpe. This next song's gonna keep you warm on a cold, cold night. So if you don't got a lover, just close your eyes. And listen, to Honne."

No, that's not us getting all late night smoochy but the opening to this debut single 'Warm On A Cold Night' from the aforementioned Honne, as introduced on the track by a late-night US radio DJ. The duo work a deep and seductive vocalled Frank Ocean style with that kind of James Blake electronic style that feeds through a R n B filter.

Honne are a soulful electronic duo who hail from Somerset and Wiltshire - via London's Bow. Vocalist Andy met producer James on their first day of university in the capital, where they immediately hit it off. From there they gradually began to develop their sound and production skills, before a trip to Japan instilled the idea of Honne: a Japanese word for "True Feelings" with no Western equivalent, describing the contrast between what one really thinks, and what they project to others - which they felt summed them up.

So far, Honne seem to be projecting an accomplished, polished sound. What we think is that Honne could just be on the verge of hitting the big time...even if they don't wear baseball caps.

'Warm On A Cold Night' is released on September 1 via Super Recordings.

Introducing :: Real Life Charm

East Anglia's Real Life Charm made their first appearance last autumn with their debut single 'Freud'. which was followed soon after by an EP. After spending the last months writing and recording their next EP, the first taste is new track 'Khor Ba' - scroll down to the end to stream.

Drawing comparisons to alt-J and Youth Lagoon, the eight-piece collective are hands-on in creating all aspects of their music in-house from their Norwich hub: writing, recording / production / mixing through to directing / shooting / editing videos. Even their visuals and illustrations are taken care of by member Adam Avery, a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in the Guardian, Sunday Times and WIRED.

Real Life Charm was founded by T P Hyland and Adam Avery while both were studying at Norwich University of the Arts and, frustrated at looking at fine artists taking themselves so seriously, they both set out to create something unique, highly visual and a project akin to their favourite conceptual records and art rock peers.

T P set out asking friends and friends of friends who played instruments: Frank, the piano playing producer; Narayan, the multi-instrumental genius; Dan, the guitarist who makes the guitar sound like anything but; Scott, the tall and handsome bassist, and George and Jason, two best friends who both play electronic and acoustic drums respectively. They locked themselves away in a studio for a year and began to write...which is where we came in.

Real Life Charm are: T P Hyland - vocals;  Adam Avery - illustration & visuals; Frank Walker - keys & production; Narayan O Hanlon - samples, violins, co-production; Dan Fretwell - guitar, Scott Aldridge - bass, George Welsh - electronic drums; Jason Naylor - acoustic drums

'Khor Ba' was digitally released on July 25 and will be available to download from Monday.


Listen :: Eyedress Streams New EP

After announcing a few days ago that he was having to cancel his upcoming European tour, Filipino musician Eyedress has shared a new six-track EP online.

'Egyptian Night Club' follows his debut EP release, 'Supernatural', last December 2013.  A full-length work is expected later in the year.

Eyedress - Idris Vacuna - was set to embark on a series of European dates, including UK, in the coming weeks due to being denied a visa had no other option than to cancel. Posting on Facebook, he said: "Looks like I won't be going on tour this month. I was denied of a visa so I'm afraid that I'm going to have to cancel all my upcoming shows in Europe and the UK. My sincerest apologies to my fans and promoters. I feel terrible but there is nothing I can do now."

Stream New Track From Birmingham's Lovats

Birmingham's Lovats will be a familiar name to Little Indie regulars, having mentioned them on several occasions since we first introduced them here in April last year.

The five-piece, who have been steadily carving ouf a name fir themselves in the West Midlands, have now released a new version of the first demo they put out under their old band moniker Quayside back in 2012. The demo of  ‘Fiction’ quickly became a popular track with the band's followers, as well as picking up airplay from several local radio stations.

Produced by Tom Gittins (Pixel Fix), 'Fiction' will be given a digital release later this year - followed by their debut EP - but in the meantime you can stream the track below.

Track Of The Day :: The Black Angels - Sunday Evening

Texas psych-rocking fivesome The Black Angels returned with their latest EP (or mini-album, given all seven tracks worth) 'Clear Lake Forest' earlier this week. After a limited 10" vinyl release on Record Store Day, it is now available thru Blue Horizon in a variety of formats.

‘Sunday Evening’, the work's opening track is perfect if you like your psych filled with a moody drone-riff melody - courtesy Christian Bland - and a vocal like that of Alex Maas’ asking, “What if I told you everything you know isn’t even really true?/ What if I told you nothing matters in the end?”, plenty of reverb and enough tempo changes to fulfill your rhythmic needs.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Track Of The Day :: High Contrast & Claire Maguire - Who's Loving You (Part 2)

Judging by the number of Soundcloud plays this has received in the last week (26,000) and the phenomenal amount of love it has been given, there is not a lot to dislike in this big staged drum n bass track.

Welsh DJ/producer High Contrast - probably better known to his mum as Lincoln Barrett - follows his 2012 EP 'The Road Goes On Forever' with what is an undoubtedly looking like a hit long before its official release date.

'Who’s Loving You (Part 2)' - upstaging Part 1 which is apparently coming later -  also features the oustanding vocals of singer-songwriter Clare Maguire, known in her own right for her debut album 'Light After Dark', released in 2011, and lead single 'The Last Dance'.

Barrett is not afraid to explore, and step over, boundaries, with his music frequently incorporating elements from hip hop to samba, from jazz to funk. Here he has produced something of a quite epic quality.

‘Who’s Loving You (Part 2)' is out on September 29.

Friday, 25 July 2014

July 25 2014 - Hot Top Ten

A visceral three minutes of propulsive, rhythmic noise from the Dublin four, out September 1 via Any Other City. Not only did they write and record it, but produced and mixed it themselves too. There's multi-tasking.

Former frontman with The Bravery, Sam Endicott, leads new LA-based outfit with self-titled debut getting UK release on September 1 via French label Oskar. Aptly titled track, dripping with synths and falsetto harmonies.

Birmingham drum n guitar duo Scott Vincent Abbott and Poppy Twist release this 90 seconds of energy fuzz debut on August 11 via their own Hell's Teeth label.

Four Essex lads from Southend, still all in their late teens. This is the third demo they have put out and as with their earlier work they strike some sharp guitar lines, and vocalist Ben Rotherham always manages to provide a heartache vocal.

Kiwi band who we had a listen to last weekend here and brought back as it may be winter currently in NZ, but across this side if the ocean they're sounding pretty hot. And this is a fun vid to boot.

An almost seven-minute cut of dark and symphonic electronica from the mini-album 'Omar 1' which came out this week by the Manchester-based duo - Rob Gregg and Ian Breen. Judging by this, we will be hearing much more of this pair, in a big way.

Don't be fooled by the title, this is no weepy but a full on punch of power pop from the Brooklyn three-piece, taken from '77', released on October 21 thru Don Giovanni Records.

We shall say no more than these are a pair of 22-year-old New Yorkers, Matt Walsh and Jesse Aicher; the track has had over 180,000 plays so far; oh, and the chorus lyrics are: "And my dick takes over / And I'm thinking about your lips / But we're too damn sober / For mistakes like this." Say no more...though looking at the picture here, why does David Beckham spring to mind...?

Lead track from the Brumsters' - who we first featured here over a year ago - forthcoming EP 'Chew Me Up, Spit Me Out', released on 12" vinyl and DL on August 18. Still edgy, still watchable. And no chickens were harmed in the making of this song.

A former Track Of The Day with their last single, the Brighton outfit return with this latest - once again produced by Huey Morgan, and drops on August 22.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Listen :: Twin Peaks

The Chicago quartet Twin Peaks release their new album in a few weeks' time under the title 'Wild Onion'.

Check out two tasters by way of 'Flavor' and the good enough to eat, 'Strawberry Smoothie'.

'Wild Onion' is out on August 5 thru Grand Jury.

[Video] The Drums - Magic Mountain

After releasing their first new track in more than two years last week, The Drums now produce their self-directed visuals to 'Magic Mountain'.

Watch the black and white shot film by Gorjan Lauseger above.

'Magic Mountain' is taken from The Drums' third studio album 'Encyclopedia' which is out on September 24 on Minor Records. They play a 17 date North American tour the same month/early October in support of the release.

15. Philadelphia, First Unitarian
16. Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of
17. Washington, DC, 9:30
20. New York, Bowery Ballroom
22. Boston, Brighton Music Hall
24. Montreal, Cabaret Mile-End
25. Toronto, Danforth Music Hall
27. Chicago, Bottom Lounge
29. Minneapolis, Triple Rock
01. Denver, Gothic Theatre
02. Salt Lake City, Urban Lounge
03. Sacramento, CA, TBD Festival
05. Los Angeles, Mayan Theatre
06. San Francisco, Great American
Music Hall
08. Portland, Portland Star
09. Seattle, Neumo’s
10. Vancouver, Fortune

First Listen :: Palace

London four-piece Palace unveil the first cut via 'Veins’ from their forthcoming debut EP.

Although this is their first 'official' release, you may have been fortunate enough to catch the few tracks they uploaded to Soundcloud at the end of last year such as 'Blackheath' and 'Lost in The Night'. If you didn't, then sadly you won't now as they have been removed.

If you did, however, you will have some idea of the Palace sound, which can now be evidenced on 'Veins'. Smooth guitar strains, an arresting vocal from Leo Wyndham, resourceful percussion and fuelled by a blues-rich...'vein'.

'Lost In The Night' is out on October 20 via Beatnik Creative.

Veins have an EP launch show at St
Pancras Old Church, London on October 15. Before that they play this Sunday (July 27) at the Secret Garden Party,  followed by The Boilershop, Newcastle Upon Tyne on August 30.


Joanna Gruesome Air Split Release Track

Cardiff's Joanna Gruesome will release a split 12-inch with Bristol's Trust Fund featuring three songs from each band.

Stream Joanna Gruesome’s 'Jerome (Liar)' -  a short fuzzy number in typical JG style - below.

This will be the five-piece's first original output since debut album 'Weird Sister' - excluding their Galaxie 500 cover.

The Trust Fund/Joanna Gruesome split is out on September 21 (UK; 22 in US) thru the band's own Reeks Of Effort label.

Joanna Gruesome Live

26. Indietracks Festival
29. Brighton, Green Door Store (w/
Perfect Pussy)
30. Leeds, Wharf Chambers (w/ Perfect Pussy)
31. Glasgow, Mono (w/ Perfect Pussy)
01. Manchester, Deaf Institute (w/ Perfect Pussy)
02. London, Shacklewell Arms (Fortuna POP! all-dayer)
7-10. Beacons Festival
8-10. Supernormal Festival
16. London, ATP Jabberwocky Festival
17. Green Man Festival
20. Oakland, CA, 1234 Go Records
21. San Francisco, CA. Rickshaw Stop
22. Los Angeles, The Smell
24. Los Angeles, FYF Fest
26. Brooklyn, NY, Shea Stadium
27. Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair
28. Philadelphia, First Unitarian Church
29. New York, South Street Seaport
30. Washington, DC, Rock & Roll Hotel

Watch :: CuT - Let's Go

Following the announcement of their new single 'Let's Go', CuT have also now 'let go' the visual works - watch below.

Inspired by the beatnik and DIY punk ethos of days past, the East End four-piece - who we tipped as one to watch in 2014 in our end year forecast - have spent the past year carving out a niche as one of the most exciting new London bands to arise out of the underground. An effortless blend of heavy fuzz and pop melodies, CuT have already earned a reputation for putting on some of the most wildly chaotic and seamlessly fun shows in the capital.

Produced by Joe Foster of Creation Records fame, 'Let’s Go' marks a landmark collaboration between the 'space punk' foursome who are also managed by the ex-Food Records head honcho Andy Ross.

'Let’s Go' will be released on limited edition 12” vinyl and for digital download on Ra-Ra Rok Records on July 28.


July 28. LONDON - The Victoria
Aug 09. NEWQUAY - Boardmasters Festival

Emperor Yes Set Date For Debut Album - Hear New Track

Power-trio Emperor Yes - comprising London producer Ash Gardner, Adam Betts of Three Trapped Tigers and Hugo Sheppard - are set to release a new single, along with their debut album.

Produced by Summer Camp's Jeremy Warmsley, ‘An Island Called Earth’ was recorded at Ash Gardner's House of Strange Studios in London and mixed at Tim Wheeler's studio in NYC by the legendary Claudius Mittendorfer.

Check out the single from the album, 'Paramesse To Tanis', below.

‘An Island Called Earth' is out on September 21 thru Alcopop! Records.

Listen :: Graveyard Club

Fresh out of Minneapolis, Graveyard Club unveil the first single from their debut album 'Nightingale'.

Formed last year, the quartet wrotd and recorded their first EP 'Sleepwalk' in the basement of a 19th-century mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota. Working with Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, the band's full-length continues the sound established on
'Sleepwalk', while also moving further into atmospheric dream pop.

'The Night is Mine', which came out on July 9, has some strong Brit sound inflections - and indeed, the band cite as influences 80s New Wave style as much as from today's dream pop artists such as Wild Nothing, and Youth Lagoon.

Graveyard Club are: Matthew Schufman (vocals, keys); Michael Wojtalewicz (guitar); Cory Jacobs (drums); Amanda Zimmerman (bass, backing vocals).


Dope Body Announce October Album Release

The four-piece Baltimore noise punks Dope Body have announced a new album for release this autumn.

'Lifer' is out on October 21 thru Drag City and will be the full-length follow-up to 2012′s 'Natural History and last year's 'Saturday' EP.

The band are now streaming first single 'Hired Gun', which you can hear below. As you would expect from Dope Body, there are plenty of ear-shakingly screeching guitars, the blistering vocals of Andrew Laumann sounding as Rae ad ever, and a mid-section that comes as a psych-tripping surprise.

Lifer Tracklist:
01. Intro
02. Repo Man
03. Hired Gun
04. Echo
05. AOL
06. Rare Air
07. Day by Day
08. Toy
09. Nu Sensation
10. I'd Say to You
11. Even in the End

Dope Body will play a series of US dates in October, preceded by a free show on August 29 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Single Mothers, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Vulture Shit.

Dope Body Live:

29. Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Night Bazaar

26. College Park, MD - University of Maryland @ WMUC Third Rail

16. New York - Studio at Webster Hall
17. Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
18. Ithaca, NY - Cornell University
19. Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
21. Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
22. Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
24. Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
25. Philadelphia - Johnny Brenda’s