Monday, December 17, 2018
Words: Linn Branson
"a groovy dream pop that will make u feel sooo freeakin goooood" is how new Russian duo LaMee describe their debut release 'All The Power' - and they have pretty much have it nailed there.
Chances are you won't have heard of Lina Valensky and partner Sergey Tyurin who both hail from St Petersburg. It would probably, however, be easy to mistake them for American, or possibly German, by the nature of their electronic sound.
"I sing in English and even one native label asked us if we had had any songs in Russian because English was not what they needed," Lina tells us. And it is her vocal, coolly delivered over the measured electro-pop beats, that gives 'All The Power' its hypnotically strong edge.
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Friday, December 14, 2018
Ahead of their last shows of 2018 (including their biggest headline show to date at St Luke’s, Glasgow), The Ninth Wave have released a cover of The Pogues’ ‘Love You ’Till The End’ accompanied by a stunning video.
Produced and recorded by the band in Glasgow, ‘Love You Till The End’ is a departure from their trademark sound of dark, introspective post-punk, instead leaning into their pop sensibilities and embracing euphoric electronic sounds.
Haydn Park-Patterson’s emotive vocals carry the track into a soaring hook, breathing new life into the poignant Pogues album cut. The cover’s accompanying video clip sees Haydn and bassist/vocalist Millie Kidd experiment with religious symbolism on the streets of Glasgow, reimagining classic Christmas visuals.
15 Year’s End Festival, Manchester
21 St Luke’s, Glasgow
09 Rough Trade, Bristol *
10 Deaf Institute, Manchester *
13 Electrowerkz, London *
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Amsterdam’s Pip Blom has shared the video for ‘The Shed’; a track from her recently released EP 'Paycheck', out now via Nice Swan Records.
Watch the Kris Rimmer-directed clip above.
Pip returns to the UK for an Independent Venue Week tour in the New Year.
28 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth
29 Moles, Bath
30 The Horn, St Albans
01 John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
02 Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
03 Birkenhead Library, Birkenhead
04 Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
Melbourne-via-Auckland post-punks Yukon Era have shared a short film for their 2017 single 'Tongue', ahead of next year's debut album.
Directed by Dylan Pharazyn, the five-minute clip, filmed in Auckland’s 'burbs, follows a woman (played by Tessa Mitchell) as she catches sight of her doppelgänger and gives chase.
"I wanted to create a film in which a woman has a strange encounter with another version of herself," says Pharazyn. "I love the layers of meaning in doppelgänger movies… the other self-representing a guilty past or a subconscious yearning for change or an inability to act... I’ve tried to create an emotional tale with a touch of the Twilight Zone weird."
Words: Sam Geary
Produced by Tim Andersson, and released at the end of last month, Bristol four-piece Lunarcy make their debut with this eponymously titled single.
The sub-four minute reverbed number switches between the experimental and shoegaze-esque, while fielding wiry guitars and and a lighter melodic chorus.
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Words: Sam Geary
Following 'Easy To Love', Southend-on-Sea alt-rockers The Collier have released new single ‘Easy To Love’.
Produced by Ali Staton (Madonna, Pulp, PJ Harvey) at Rockfield Studios in Wales, 'Falling Out Of Bed' sees the band touching lyrically on relationships woes, which they juxtapose with upbeat guitar riffs and instantly catchy melodies.
“We had a really clear idea of how we wanted the track to sound: a little bit raw, to the point and in your face," say the band. "‘Falling Out Of The Bed’ represents the feeling of instant shock, and sometimes panic, of relationships. Although we didn’t initially plan on taking the track to Rockfield, the excitement of it being a new song that was so fresh in our minds spurred us on to record it while we were there."
Listen below via Chris Lynch's video.