11/08 0 comments
Here’s something unusual for a Sunday morning. For over two minutes, Encore involves slow, snoozy swirls of guitar noise: astro-pop as Groves themselves call it. Then suddenly, after a yawny lull, a full vocal kicks in, remembering an isolated moment in a maudlin tone, and the fivepiece take us off into shoegaze or mumblecore territory, Deptford Goth with grunt, a bottom-of-the-barrel blues dirge. How wonderful to hear something so inventive.
16/07 0 comments
I thought I was seeing Arthur Beatrice play tonight… only to find out the gig’s next Tuesday instead. Nevermind: it gives me more time to fall for this gentle new song, which, rather like a The xx song that’s not fronted by Romy, feels strange and foreign with Ella consigned to second vocalist. The week’s delay also means I can turn up to the show having purchased Carter, for the EP – which this song hails from – comes out on Monday.
11/07 0 comments
…and nor is Monument Valley‘s latest, once again featuring Kerry Leatham’s vocals…
11/05 0 comments
Gently-whirring synths, whispery vocals, an underlining pop melody and a generally groggy air – all quite Veronica Falls, all perfect for those times where sitting still is the best medicine. Alternatively, A Grave With No Name‘s new single is also the perfect soundtrack for kicking leaves around on a slow Sunday, or daydreamy bus rides home after unremarkable pints in an unremarkable pub.
Aurora comes from the new album, Whirlpool, released through new London label Stare Records (currently no website that I can find) on 1 July. A Grave With No Name is essentially Alexander Shields plus, in this current existence, a rotating line-up including Echo Lake‘s Linda Jarvis, Akiko Matsuura of Comanechi and singer-songwriter Alanna McArdle from Ides and Joanna Gruesome. All, some or none of those will join Alex at AGWNN’s headline, album-launch show at Birthdays on 17 July. It’s McArdle who features on Aurora. (via Sexbeat / Deerlodge / The Line of Best Fit)
9/05 0 comments
Time for a long-overdue Cloud Boat catch-up. Purveyors of eternally bleak, but generally rather beautiful, shoegaze soul, the dup have a new double-A single coming on 20 May via Apollo, featuring the songs Youthern and the surprisingly-fast, surprisingly-trancy Hammerspace. My advice would be to wait a week, though, for then comes a debut LP, Book Of Hours, featuring those two songs, other recent singles like Dréan and Wanderlust, and extra tunes beside. That one’s also out via Apollo.
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