Posts tagged as "pop"
  • Teleman – 23 Floors Up

    The best compliment I can pay Teleman is that they already sound like a classic band; like one of the greats.  A glorious, giddy stomp of euphoria – all chant-along verses and soaring choruses – this is the song of the year so far.

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    23 Floors Up is the flag-waving lead single for Teleman’s debut album – produced by Bernard Butler, called Breakfast and due on 2 June via Moshi Moshi (pre-order here).  It features former singles CristinaSteam Train Girl and In Your Fur, the latter of which featured in SOIWT’s Top 30 Songs of 2013 chart.  Catch the quartet at Islington Assembly Hall on 20 May.

  • Secret Company – Saviour

    Like your POP to be BIG and LOUD and INFECTIOUS and HIGH-OCTANE, with ANTHEMIC choruses and lots of ENERGY?  And all that jazz (pop)?  Then I reckon I’ve found the perfect little something for you…

    Produced by James Yuill – a folktronica ledge signed to Moshi Moshi – Saviour is Secret Company‘s debut single.  Secret Company are a London-via-Chelmsford quartet.

  • Solomon Grey – Last Century Man

    I owe my colleague and chum, the marvellous Meadows, thanks for this one.  Despite a boozy lunch, he tipped me off this afternoon to Solomon Grey, a pair of London-via-Oxford dudes who emerged last August (eek).  They announced themselves then with two singles – Gen V, the one which Meadows adores, and Firechild (video starring Andre Royo from The Wire, no less)…

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    But just recently has arrived Last Century Man, part of Kitsuné’s New Faces Compilation for February.  Like what came before, it’s a dense, multi-faceted track, one which picks up pace from a sparse cowbell beginning and multiplies into something busy and boisterous; like what came before, it’s structureless and ungoverned by convention or genre.  A debut album is due in autumn.

  • Fifi Rong

    Sunday night, sleepy.  Slumped on the bed in a curl.  Lamps on low, a candle burning.  To-do list shoved away – another time, another day.  Head heavy.  Legs weary.  Clothes heaped over the chair.  Phone off; not now, not now.  Big glass of water.  Fifi Rong playing.  Eyes closing.

    Originating from Beijing, Fifi Rong sings in a dreamy, last-light-of-the-day way, infusing it with a very Chinese mystique.  She’s collaborated with Tricky (second below) and has an album called Wrong, out now (above).  A new six-track EP is due on 4 April.

  • Arthur Beatrice – Working Out

    Long-time faves of this blog (despite never so much as replying to an email, how poor), alt-pop quartet Arthur Beatrice have finally released their debut album, and you can currently stream it in full, below.  It’s a solid collection of ‘growers’, and the yo-yoing between Orlando and Ella in terms of lead vocals works well. The track Grand Union featured in SOIWT’s top 30 songs of 2013 countdown.