Posted in Music
10/11 2014

Monday Music – 10/11/2014

For stuff what is not of London.
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Lyon and Lowe Girlfriend

Music created simultaneously in the UK and USA, apparently. They must have some super fun Skype sessions. Girlfriend is trip-hoppy-electro-future-pop (?!?!), with someone having a load of fun flicking the faders up and down. There’s so much sampled, and distorted in this track that you’ll have a job trying to put your finger on anything, but there’s definitely a guitar break towards the end. I think Pigeons and Planes have got it right likening it to Animal Collective, although perhaps not as in your face.

Mordecai Jones Fast Nights

Sleazy, electronic funk rock (his words) from Toronto. It’s quite Nightmares on Wax, with guitar that sounds like it’s being played in a swimming pool, and steady hip-hop rhythms and ‘heeeeeey’-ing. Oh what’s this? At 2:24, it slows down for a little happy clappy piano section. Was not expecting that. His voice is gruff, more the kind that you associate with harder-edge indie – because the track didn’t cover enough genres already…

RHEYA

Scandinavia seems to be a dream pop hotbed – must be the cold. And the…hills? Who knows. What I do know, is that something right is happening over there, and RHEYA of Swedish fame is producing some really emotive, electronica. It’s as tender as you can get with synths.

Posted in Music
9/11 2014

Fantastic Fantastic

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According to NME Fantastic Fantastic are so named because, I quote “we are fantastic”. The duo have dipped into some chunky electro pop, reminiscent of the kind of stuff I would have listened to as a wee (and I really mean wee) bopper. It has a Metronomy sheen with funky bass underlying both Houses and Never Enough, but with soft girly vocals that are more like another instrumental layer than a really catchy melody. Keep an ear to the ground for their next release The Night, hopefully coming to their Soundcloud account soon…

Posted in Music
6/11 2014

HONNE

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London duo HONNE have the perfect formula – soul / R’n'b, without the cliché over-melismatic style of singing that, for me, is an instant turn off. They have all the ingenuity of Prince, but with slightly grubby overtones. The sentiment behind All in the Value is incredibly endearing – a post-split-up song, with the yearning for rekindled romance, but based aroudn ‘value’ rather than slushy abstracts. Lidl love. Warm on a Cold Night is a bit more slushy, but has some great 90s pop drums with some brilliant organ writing in the layers. Baby Please is just magic.
Taken under the wing of Eat Your Own Ears, they’ve sold out the Sebright this arms, so if you want to see them live, get yo self along to the Electrowerkz in February.
(via Urban Outfitters blog)

Posted in Music
4/11 2014

Twin Hidden – Join Hands

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If Enid Blyton wrote indie pop songs…and wasn’t dead. I give you Twin Hidden Join Hands- it’s very lovely. And not rubbish lovely, actual lovely. The choirboy vocals are incredibly charming, and with such delicate piano accompaniment, it’s all quite moving. I particularly enjoy the minimalist-inspired second verse, contrasting arpeggios with jabby chords – it’s a nice contrast before some swelling.
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Posted in Music
3/11 2014

Monday Music – 3/11/2014

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Casper Cult Industrial Love
Bedroom-produced synth magic from Melbourne, Australasia. Like the review on their facebook page, I have to agree that there’s some really good vocal sampling and tampering with in this track. IT’S FUN TO EXPERIMENT.

Colony House Silhouettes
Alt-rock on a bouncy castle. It’s nowt groundbreaking, but it’s done well – nice balance between silky guitars, subtle synth underlays and creamy (yes, creamy, like a Werther’s Orginal) vocals. It has that American soft focus to it, so don’t expect any grit or grime.

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Julius Ohhbaby
Most musicians start off with the classic band format, exhaust that, THEN go into orchestra stuff (c.f. Damon Albarn, Jonny Greenwood, Freddy Mercury). Julius has gone the other way, only recently getting into pop and realising the endless possibilities of the format. Unorthodox, sure, and apart from a military drumbeat, there’s nothing to give away his background. He’s from New York, but he’s got a sort of huskiness that is quite common to Antipodean singers. I’ll be following this chap to see what he comes up with next, but would be interested to see if he brings more of his orchestral writing into his pop.