Posts tagged as "“2012 new bands”"
  • Only Real

    He’s from West London – or is it West Jamaica?  Sunkissed, rum-soaked, parasol-friendly… all these adjectives and more suit Only Real, aka 21-year-old Niall Galvin – although he prefers ‘baby music for babies”.  Either way, his debut single Backseat Kissers (out now on ASL), following on from his rougher, earlier-2012 efforts Cadillac Girl and Cinnamon Toast, is the daydreamiest number you’ll hear for months.  It’s the hazy trop-pop equivalent of a winter-sun break t0 Barbados.  Or West Jamaica.  (via Little Indie Blogs and Vice)

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  • Best of 2012

    Here’s SOIWT’s annual playlist of the year, with 30 of the best songs from 2012  All have been featured on this very blog at some point.

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    Nostalgia freaks: for the Best of 2011 playlist, go here.

  • Mato Ica

    Once the family awkwardness was surmounted and the presents opened, Christmas gradually descended into slumber; a two-day slumber of wine, books, brandy butter, new jumpers, jigsaws, jokes, sandwiches, sitcoms, snoozes, scarves, endless cups of tea, hugs and more wine.  Somewhere in this sea of somnolence (I forget exactly when) I listened to Mato Ica‘s new EP, And So We Drove On Towards Death Through The Cooling Twilight, and noted that the title track, in which the  17-year-old teams up with Bristol’s equally prodigious /please/ for a ghost-folk road-trip, perfectly mirrored my mood, or at least the thing which faintly resembled a mood, if only it could be bothered. The second, more irony song less so; the swoony, croony third spot on, again.

  • Filthy Boy

    Signed to Stranger (with a debut due in April), Filthy Boy earlier this year directed the superlative video for King Krule‘s Rock Bottom.  But, if that was good, they’ve now excelled themselves with a hell-raising album track all about wearing pyjamas.  Slightly reminiscent of Nick Cave, Jimmy Jammies (mp3) combines gothic guitars and hair-thrashing choruses with a pantomime-villain feel.  All in all, perfect yuletide fare!

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  • Monday Music – 24 December 2012

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

    Here’s the plan: nip into town for those pesky last presents (damn that fifth cousin, twice-removed), then, back home, commence the Great Wrapathon with these musical accompaniments…

    Solar Year – Magic Idea
    Quite simply, one of the most seductive songs I’ve ever heard. The Montreal duo linked up with Grimes over summer, but this is a down-tempo world away from those electro-pop highs: instead, Magic Ideas is sleek, subdued, soulful and beautiful.

    Leopard Of Honour – 13th Day
    A seriously exciting new talent, Manchester’s Leopard Of Honour has produced an entirely original Christmas track: and, newsflash, it’s not shit.  In fact, quite the opposite: using trop-pop, hand-waving electronics and grunged-up vocals, he’s made a tune I’d quite happily wig out to in the middle of summer, let alone right now.  He calls it – accurately – “the best Christmas song Ace of Base never wrote.”  It’s available on a name-your-price basis at LOH’s Bandcamp.  (via The Line Of Best Fit)

    IYES – Lighthouse
    One of the best around, the Philadelphia-based blogger yvynyl announced on Friday that he’s off on a sabbatical.  That shell-shocker came only two days after he posted this hypnotic track by new Brighton duo IYES, a song he rightly likened to The xx (although I disagree with him about Coexist).  The bastard.  This is the music-blog equivalent of a girlfriend going to the effort of looking her absolute best for a date, and then dumping you after dessert.  That, or it’s just a marvellous way to sign off for a while.  I’m just grumpy because I miss him already…

    Arbeia – Umbrella
    Tyneside bands aren’t meant to sound like this: they’re supposed to be high-octane indie rabbles, big on racket, low on subtlety.  But South Shields back that trend, and then some; Umbrella includes haunted cries, fiddly digitalism, soft clicks and a classic guitar finish that would delight Gary Moore.  It’s similar to Wu Lyf in the atmospherics and invention, but more substantial.  File under Gets Better With Every Listen.  (via Neighbourhood Tapes)

    Gems – All I Ever
    “Am I dreaming?” I gasped, unable suddenly to believe it was real, that things could actually be this good.  ”Nope,” she replied, touching my forehead with her hand to prove the point.