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14/04 2014

Monday Music – 14 April 2014

Monday Music’s the one post where Some Of It Was True! drops its London-only rule.

Wilsen – Magnolia
Last featured on these pages for a wondrous Grimes cover, Wilsen return with this, the title track from a new four-track EP.  It’s sweet and soulful dream pop, as comforting as a hot water bottle or favourite jumper.  Catch the NYC trio at Dingwalls on 30 April, supporting Matthew & The Atlas.

Shunkan – Wash You Away
Shunkan’s a 20-year-old New Zealand singer; this song’s being put out by Art is Hard.   It’s appealingly raw and pared down, but infectious at the same time.  (via Sexbeat)

William Fitzsimmons – Lions
Excellent beard, sweet song.

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WIFE – Heart Is A Far Light
James Kelly was the frontman of former acclaimed death metal act Altar Of Plagues, but you sure wouldn’t know it here.  Taken from (and exemplifying) What’s Between Us, a debut solo album produced with fellow London extremist The Haxan Cloak, Heart Is A Far Light is an echoey affair in which splinters of noirish pop interact with Benedictine, industrial and techno sounds.  The album’s out 0n 9 June via Tri Angle.

Winston & Goldstein – Ode To A Massive Obsession
This is darkwave, this is trip-hop, this is avant-garde electro-pop, this is mad and this is excellent.  W&G is Jacqueline Collyer (formerly of KINS), a Dutch-Australian now based over here. After a series of well-received candlelit shows in Brighton, she’s now hiding away on a Wiltshire farm to produce debut album In the Eyes of the Other, due this summer.  The above is an appetizer.  (via Happy)

Posted in Music
10/04 2014

TĀLĀ – The Duchess

When it happened, I was asked to clear my desk and hand in my keys, like a rogue policeman who gives over his badge and gun before wedging a framed photo of his wife down the side of a cardboard box.  Then, nothing: just a heartbroken walk down a quiet staircase, and the cacophony of a Soho street.

Afterwards I didn’t know what to do.  I wandered in a sad daze, desperately delving into my memory for a explanation and coming up empty.  I phoned my Mum, smoked some cigarettes.  I stumbled past pram-pushers and dog-walkers in Regent’s Park, glaringly out of place in my work clothes.  I sat down on a bench and tried not to cry.  I listened to TĀLĀ.  I did nothing wrong, I kept thinking, I did nothing wrong.  It was all surreal: a ghastly dream, the sort of thing which happens to other people, which happens only in films.  The afternoon stretched ahead and I didn’t have a clue what to do with it.

Posted in Music
9/04 2014

Solomon Grey – Glas/Green

Did you know that Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest coast road?  No?  Me neither!  But you see, that’s the point, that’s the blessed point!  Having extensively recorded on the Emerald Isle before, London duo Solomon Grey were recently commissioned by Tourism Ireland to produce songs capturing the sounds, essence and so on of said scenic throughfare, and thus help promote it.  And look, by jove it’s working – even this London music blog is turning into a bloody travel agent.

The free EP, which is called Dathanna, is headed by the suitably atmospheric track above.  There’s also a video documenting Dathanna‘s creation on, including a Galway songstress performing a traditional Oirish love song.  For more on the artists themselves, check out this previous post on Solomon Grey.

Posted in Music
8/04 2014

Gold Spectacles – Steal You Away

by sergey neamoscou

You know how sometimes you don’t realise how much you’re unexpectedly enjoying something until it’s almost over?  A book, a walk beside a river, a coffee you can no longer buy.  That’s the way it is for me with this oh-so-pleasant debut release by ‘baroque-pop’ duo Gold Spectacles.

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7/04 2014

Monday Music – 7 April 2014

Monday Music’s the one post where Some Of It Was True! drops its London-only rule.

Liphemra – Bandaid
‘Rip me like a bandaid, its okay, cos you’re a heavyweight, and I can’t feel much else anyway.’  Awesome.  Liphemra is an LA-based vocalist/drummer; Bandaid comes from mixtape Part 3, all self-produced bedroom recordings.

Roosevelt – Small Hours (John Martyn cover)
I hate it when people make you feel bad for being busy, for not having much free time when they know it’s genuine.  They’re just hurting.  Fuck that, that’s not cool.

Craft Spells – Breaking The Angle Against The Tide
Craft Spells’ long-awaited return, triumphant thanks to this joyous, sweeping single.  An album‘s due in June.

Warpaint – Disco/Very
Warpaint are wonderful because they don’t keep to the book; they don’t even own the book, know it exists.  Disco/Very, from their second, self-titled album, proves the point with its strange structure and off-kilter melodies.  It sounds mad, bad, brilliant.  The song’s now accompanied by a great video which sees the girls in stomping gang mode; in fact, it’s a double video, with the softer Keep It Healthy tacked on for good measure.
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Stacey – Calling Me (YDID remix)
Earlier tonight there was loads of blood in my mouth, like I’d been punched.  But I hadn’t been punched and nothing hurt and nothing seemed to be bleeding.  It just started and then it stopped, like a lot of things in my life at the moment.  It came and went.  It happened, and then it stopped happening.  It was and then it wasn’t.

(This remix is part of the STACEY (Reconstruction) EP, in which the Toronto singer allows her previous effort to be remixed by YDID and Style of Tigers)