Posts tagged as "“london music blog”"
  • Orlando Seale and the Swell

    Sorry for the silence new music fans, I have been ill. But I am alive.

    The troupe that is Orlando Seale and the Swell are back in action, launching a live recorded album at the Lexington this Sunday. Now, having seen these chaps perform on a number of occasions, I can say with conviction that this gig will most likely be a big music explosion in your face. Why? Take your standard band set up, get them making some intoxicating indie. That’s great, but what really packs the punch (and is probably a bastard to fit on stage) is the orchestral instrumentation – seeing so many musicians diving in and out with their individual lines adds to already dramatic music, led by its charismatic thespian frontman Orlando Seale. The latest offerings from the troupe are a lot darker and dirtier than their formative work, with some Near Eastern hues – it’s very chilly chocolate.

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  • Honours – Bulletproof


    Before I go on to say how I think this is a catchy, nay, a good song, I must acknowledge how much effort must’ve gone into the video…So I feel a touch bad when I say it’s a bit like an out-of-sync Peter Gabriel rip-off, with everyone’s new favourite shape, triangles (Sesame Street could really cash-in on that crowd). On a serious note, there are hexagons and cuboids.

    But yes, it’s something to dance to, and I imagine that hearing it live, you would struggle to keep very still…not a track to play sleeping lions to. I imagine that’s why it’s recorded to sound very much like a live performance. My ears are pricked, and interested to hear what’s yet to come…

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  • Projected Images – Ellie


    This one…it has boyband potential, but ruddy hell it’s catchy, and there’s some great guitar / bass riffing about 3/4 way through. I’m also loving the usage of tubular bells (not Mike Oldfield, he’s nowhere to be seen). This is Projected Images and they launched their self-titled EP…Projected Images…at the Sebright Arms over the Summer. They describe themselves as ‘an alternative rock outfit, but one that springs from someplace between present day London and the college towns of late eighties USA’. Which fits. They’re not doing anything new, but it’s likeable.

  • Glassmaps – My Head My Heart


    A great new electro-spiritual (new genre) from Glassmaps. Originally from Australia, now resident in London, this new song from Joel Stein is plaintive and stark to start, building to Radiohead-esque massiveness in the refrain. You can catch him in the Islington area next month at Buffalo Bar, where he appears to be residing for a while…

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  • Some of it was over…? Or was it?! It wasn’t…


    Wipe away those tears now, SOIWT fans, this blog has life in it yet. Richard, Some Of It Was True!’s founder and editor has hung up his blogging shoes for now, but I, Harrie, will continue bringing you stuff on the London new music scene. Keeping up Richard’s legacy, you can expect a similar range of electronica, beeps and bleats, and shoegaze. So don’t be a stranger now, if you love the SOIWT! formula, pop back soon for more new musics.

    Your humble(ish) new music monkey


    p.s. the Radio show is dead. Sorry.