18/12 1 comment
There’s an appealingly old-fashioned element to Hackney trio H Grimace‘s song Lands Of Gold & Green; it feels like a sort of sundowner surf-pop, such are its chiming guitars and battle-scarred vocals. The outdoorsy video below, shot in Andalucia and Corsica according to Sexbeat, adds to that worldly vibe. Meanwhile, Strange Love, a broodier, older tune, plots a sort of downtrodden post-grunge path, before finally resembling an experimental Sunday jam.
17/12 0 comments
Monday Music’s the one weekly post wherein Some Of It Was True! drops its London-only rule
Torkelsen – Travels (mp3)
90 seconds into this, and I reckon I’ve got 22yo Norwegian producer Kristian Torkelsen pegged: he makes a fine, fleet version of the atmospheric, minimalist electronica found fairly routinely these days. Only, suddenly, what the what? Where did those vocals come from? What’s that faintly soul-tinged psychedelia doing here? Where did the nice, simple tempo go? How the…? But? Huh? Shit, this is excellent. Sorry, Kristian Torkelsen, I got you wrong, man. My bad.
Roosevelt – Sea
Newly-signed to Greco-Roman, the German’s indie trooper mixes blissed-out vocals and pauses lined only with down-tempo guitar sounds. It feels like a lament to summer, to those balmy days I can barely even recall now.
Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
Guy Garvey played this on 6 Music last night, a magical, appropriate end to a magical evening of carols, mulled everything, good company and the Union Chapel, where Goldfrapp once played; an appropriate end to all warm Christmas nights, perhaps. It remains one of the most delicate, dainty songs I’ve ever heard.
16/12 2 comments
Deptford Goth‘s latest piece of baleful chillwave – the first gold from his debut album, due next spring on Merok - makes me think of a rare wine; one so good that I sip it with extreme slowness, to prolong the wonder as much as possible. Or of a perfect pair of shoes I mustn’t over-wear for fear of scuffs; an ancient parchment or love letter that’ll crumble if I hold it too often; or a precious scent that I’ve trapped in an air-tight box. Like exposing the scent to CO2, I know that if I listen to the soft music of this song too often, and thus taint it with reality, I’ll have the magic float away. I don’t want that: I don’t want to ever expect the giddying tone-changes, to not shake at the goosebumpy lyrics, to get used to the gently-eddying electronics. So I’ll strictly ration myself, and save Union for those highest of times, for the very greatest of days.
The video above, with excellent balloons, was premiered on i-D, whose writer Dean Kissick penned some gorgeous words about both artist and song. Recommended.
15/12 0 comments
Arlissa‘s late-2012 rise has been positively meteoric: some online hype, a song with Nas, some festivals, a Sound of 2013 longlisting, the world… I don’t feel wholly convinced, though: sure, she has a fabulous voice, but so do 5,000 other singers up and down the country. And tellingly, an acoustic version of Hard To Love Somebody – stripped of the production, urgency and Nas’ typically serious-sounding rhymes – feels a bit plain; pretty but plain. It’s just another soul ballad, right?… (continues below)
Wrong, Richard. In a Guardian.co.uk story on Arlissa, Paul Lester calls the tune ”something of a red herring. Arlissa’s other songs are in a completely different vein, positing her, if anything, as a black Florence. Her album tracks, due for release next year, are percussive, but not in a club/R&B way – more in an indie/tribal way that bears out her fondness for Crystal Fighters, London’s premier Basque folk-techno band.”
Whoa. I wasn’t expecting that, and nor currently are, I suspect, many people; one glossy hip-hop tie-up and it can be see-you-later time, change-the-channel o’clock. But such decisions may eventually lead to a lot of red faces, like mine, because Lester’s acutely right. The tracks might not be released (her Soundcloud instead has approximately 534 remixes of the Nas song), but videoed live versions are online (the below are from Bestival), and they provide ample evidence of a much-more-exciting-than-anticipated star, even without any studio enhancement. How thrilling it is to be wrong sometimes!
14/12 0 comments
If you still haven’t sorted a Christmas present for that pesky new-music lover you know, here’s some scope for inspiration: recent videos by a pair of exciting, brand-new London-based acts:
Roxie LS - Go
Over a medley of amazing feats and moments in the worlds of sport, society and nature comes the latest song by Roxie LS, an unsigned singer who, along with two acolytes, apparently controls over ten separate pieces of music technology kit when playing live, and whose series of self-released YouTube videos have already earned her a devoted following. Moving forward, it won’t hurt that she’s pretty as hell, too, not that this should overshadow the definite musical talent. Such is this tune – euphoric: but a gentle euphoria; a sort of exhausted, morning-after, god-that-was-good euphoria – that it’s ideal for such an uplifting highlights collection. I suspect that – but hope not – it might soon be soundtracking a TV commercial near you…
Lizzie & The Yes Men – Deserts
Shot in a decrepit Victorian-era industrial warehouse, Laurence Tarquin Von Thomas‘ Deserts video claims to be a Lynch-inspired tableau viviant. It certainly echoes the maverick director’s dreamier movies by delivering an apparently-plotless-yet-highly-alluring swirl of exotic characters (all played by lead singer Lizzie Holdforth) and off-camber camera angles. Such glamour perfectly suits the lustrous surf-pop guitar refrains of Deserts, the hotly-tipped fourpiece’s second single after The Broadwalk.
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