Saturday, April 29, 2017
April 28 2017 (Parlophone)
Words: Alison Mack
Damon Albarn's animated Gorillaz project arrives with 'Humanz', their fifth album in their 17-year existence. For this effort they line up a masterclass of collaborations from De La Soul on the effervescent 'Momentz', to Kelela helping fix some sinous R& on 'Submission', Grace Jones dominating on the hypnotic 'Charger', to Mavis Staples' chorus wails on the Pusha T-led 'Let Me Out' and Savages' Jehnny Beth and Noel Gallagher on 'We Got the Power'. It almost gets to a point of where you want to say "enough!" over its weighty 20 track length (in its deluxe version) and six dialogue interludes that compartmentalize songs.
While fans and sycophants may love it, amidst its series of electronic soundscapes that incorporate club, dancehall, R&B and hip-hop textures, many will still be left at the end of the day feeling it overblown; from 'Ascension's kick off with Vince Staples' repeated, "The sky's falling baby / Drop that ass 'fore it crash", to the synth outing refrain of “I am a satellite, and I can’t get back without you” on Albarn's synth syphoned 'Busted and Blue', it shows nonetheless a large amount of eclectic and impressive ombré.
Directed by the band's Toto Vivian, watch the new Splashh music video for 'See Through' off of their second just released album 'Waiting a Lifetime', which is out now via Cinematic Music Group, which was recorded at the Rare Book Room Studio in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (War on Drugs, Deerhunter, Animal Collective).
The video is a realistic depiction of love in all of it's complicated ups and downs from the London-based garage-psych Australians.
Splashh play London's Bussey Building on May 26.
Words: Linn Branson
It's not often you get a band whose name pronunciation eludes you, as does the title of their song - and what they're singing about!
Unless you happen to be Welsh, of course, with an ear for the native tongue, it's unlikely most will have much of a clue either.
Yr Eira - who we think may roughly translate as Snow - are a North Wales alt indie pop quartet from Gwynedd who sing in their native Welsh. 'Dros y Bont' ('Over The Bridge') is the first single from their upcoming debut album which is due in July through Welsh independent label, Recordiau IKAChing Records.
With fluid guitars and rippling melodies there's a touch of Two Door Cinema Club to Yr Eira, and don't be lulled into a false impression of 'Welsh folky' on the opening seconds of 'Dros y Bont' as it's not long before it picks up apace and you'll be humming along.
Yr Eira are: Lewys Wyn Jones (vocals, guitar), Ifan Sion Davies (guitar), Trystan Huw Thomas (bass), Guto Gwyn Howells (drums).
Friday, April 28, 2017
From the Planned Parenthood 7″ series, Chvrches have contributed a live version of 'Down Side Of Me', a track off their 2015 album 'Every Open Eye'.
Watch the video accompaniment, directed by Kristen Stewart, above.
Lauren Mayberry says of the song in a press release:
“'Down Side Of Me' was not written specifically for this project but I really like how the lyrics can be interpreted in a way that supports the goal of the project as a whole. We should all be able to have faith that our governments are working in our best interests – and if they aren’t then, they should be challenged and held to account. “I’ll believe that you’re all that you said you would be.
"We have always tried to be socially aware and to link in with organisations whose work we support. Planned Parenthood is an incredibly important resource for so many women (and men) in America and the fact that Planned Parenthood has come under so much fire in the current political climate does not sit well with us. Now is not the time to stay quiet, and if artists want to help by raising money or awareness for causes that we believe in, then I think that they should."
Words: Sam Geary
We have recently heard 'On Letting Go' from Indiana’s Hoops. The track is taken from their imminent 'Routines' full-length out on May 5 through Fat Possum.
But you can take an advance listen to the 11-track record now, via the stream below.
And the band bring their melodic power-pop to the UK next week too.
02 Glasgow, The Hug and Pint
03 Leeds, Headrow House
04 Manchester, Soup Kitchen
07 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
08 Bristol, The Louisiana
09 Brighton, Green Door Store
10 London, The Lexington
Words: Sam Geary
Playing today (April 28) at Hit The North in Newcastle, Hull's LIFE have a new video for latest single 'In Your Hands'. The clip offers a glimpse into theraucous and heavily political nature of the LIFE live show.
“Real life sounds like panic. Real life is anxious. Real life bleeds out fast like a social media feed. This is our take on popular music,” says vociferous frontman Mez Sanders-Green.
28 Newcastle – Hit The North
29 Live At Leeds
30 Leicester – Handmade Festival
18 The Great Escape
19 Amsterdam – Cinetol
14 Paris – Supersonic
16 London – The Macbeth