By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 3rd September 2015 at 6:00 pm
Scotland’s percussion / synth-based wonders Django Django have a new promo out for ‘Pause Repeat’, which appears on their sophomore album ‘Born Under Saturn’, which was released back in the spring and is now available on Ribbon Music. Colours, shapes, sporting equipment and fruit and veg (yes, fruit and veg) feature in this colourful video that continues their tradition of weird and out there videos. But even the parade of citrus and broccoli doesn’t detract from the infectious beats of the song. Watch the video below.
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By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 3rd September 2015 at 4:00 pm
Everything Everything released their third album ‘Get to Heaven’ back in June (read my review of the LP here), and they wowed crowds at Reading / Leeds 2015 this past weekend. Below is footage of the Manchester band performing current single ‘Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread’ on the Radio 1 NME Stage Saturday at Richfield Avenue.
To watch the promo video for ‘Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread’ that was released in early August, head here. To read more on Everything Everything on TGTF, go here.
If you live in the UK, until the 29th of September you have access to over 40 full sets of action from Reading/Leeds 2015 through the BBC’s Web site for the festival weekend. For full details, go here. If you like outside the UK, you’ll be able to enjoy selected highlights from the weekend on BBC’s YouTube channel, including coverage from the BBC Introducing stage.
Header photo by Shawn Brackbill
Despite my family connection to the Baltimore area, I haven’t until now taken the opportunity to listen to the Charm City-based band Beach House, and I was surprised to learn that their latest album ‘Depression Cherry’ is the fifth in their discography. Comprising French-born Victoria Legrand on vocals and keys and Baltimore native Alex Scally on guitar, the pair have been on the music scene for over 10 years. They released their self-titled debut album to critical acclaim in 2006 and their output has been regular ever since, with ‘Devotion’ in 2008, ‘Teen Dream’ in 2010 and ‘Bloom’ in 2012.
The wait for ‘Depression Cherry’ has been slightly longer, as a carefully considered result of Beach House’s stated desire to “let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.” The press release for the album continues, “With the growing success of ‘Teen Dream’ and ‘Bloom’, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies.”
‘Depression Cherry’ marks a deliberate “return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role.” This quote is an important footnote in the context of the album. While the songs’ central guitar and keyboard melodies are allowed to take precedence and evolve in their own natural sort of way, the rhythm of the songs and their underlying structures remain quite nebulous. Legrand’s breathy vocal lines fall somewhere in between, like a helium balloon tied to a child’s finger, safely anchored in place but floating blissfully above.
The band describe ‘Depression Cherry’ as “a color, a place, a feeling, an energy that describes the place you arrive as you move through the endlessly varied trips of existence.” Opening track ‘Levitation’ immediately alludes to that statement with shimmering, slowly moving keyboard harmonies and Legrand’s enticing repeated invitation, “there’s a place I want to take you.” From that starting point, Beach House take on the concept of energy with the harder-edge and slightly discordant guitar sound of ‘Sparks’. The heavily distorted and disorienting instrumentation plays perfectly into the second verse lyrics, “hallucination comes / think of everyone / that never shared before / from my mouth to yours / and then it’s dark again / just like a spark”.
The buoyant, weightless feeling of ‘Space Song’ is energized by a woozy guitar melody, which provides a foundation for its unresolved lyrical reverie: “tender is the night for a broken heart / who will dry your eyes when it falls apart? / what makes this fragile world go ‘round? / were you ever lost, was she ever found?” ‘Beyond Love’ is shaped by another piercing guitar melody, but gradually progresses into something more ethereal ahead of the atmospheric track ’10:37′. ‘PPP’ has a more prominent swaying rhythm, with the organic sound of live drums bookending the gentle interlude of ‘Wildflower’ on one side. On the other side, ‘Bluebird’ has a tapping percussion intro that sounds more like a woodpecker, but is softened by a beautiful keyboard melody and an easy, flowing harmonic progression.
The album closes with artfully layered choral vocals in ‘Days of Candy’. The wistful lyrical lines “I know it comes too soon, the universe is riding off with you / I want to know you there, the universe is riding off with you” take the imagination full circle, back to the elusive place described earlier in the album’s press release.
With only nine tracks and a concise 45-minute duration, ‘Depression Cherry’ focuses on Beach House’s cerebral artistic purpose without becoming self-indulgent or excessive. Each track works to evoke its own feeling and ambience as well as blending into the hazy, dreamy soundscape of the overall sequence. Opaque and shadowy around the edges, ‘Depression Cherry’ isn’t a precisely defined colour, but rather a delicately balanced continuum of dark and light.
Beach House’s fifth studio album ‘Depression Cherry’ is available now via Sub Pop. Previous TGTF coverage of Beach House can be found right back here.
Sheffield quintet Bring Me the Horizon have announced a short run of live shows for this November, including a date at London’s Alexandra Palace on the 28th of the month. The band’s fifth album ‘That’s the Spirit’ is due out on the 11th of September, and the video for their latest single ‘Throne’ was featured right here back in July.
Tickets for the following shows go on general sale tomorrow, Friday the 4th of September, at 9 AM. TGTF’s previous coverage of Bring Me the Horizon is back this way.
Wednesday 25th November 2015 – Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Thursday 26th November 2015 – Doncaster Dome
Friday 27th November 2015 – Cardiff Arena
Saturday 28th November 2015 – London Alexandra Palace
Following on a relentless 2 years of touring, Novello Award-winning singer/songwriter Hozier has announced a list of live dates in the UK for early next year. This will be Hozier’s last run of shows in the UK before he heads back into the studio to work on his second album, the follow up to his self-titled debut from last October.
Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale tomorrow, Friday, the 4th of September, at 9 AM. Our extensive previous coverage of Hozier, including a live review from the 9:30 Club in Washington DC, can be found right back here.
Friday 8th January 2016 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Saturday 9th January 2016 – Manchester Apollo
Monday 11th January 2016 – Sheffield Academy
Tuesday 12th January 2016 – Liverpool Empire
Friday 29th January 2016 – London Brixton Academy
Tuesday 2nd February 2016 – Birmingham Academy
Thursday 4th February 2016 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Friday 5th February 2016 – Cardiff St. David’s Hall
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 2nd September 2015 at 6:00 pm
The fourth single from Zola Jesus‘ latest album ‘Taiga’, ‘Nail’, now has its own promo video. In contrast to the smooth moves and shapes Nikita Danilova was cutting in the video for ‘Hunger’, there’s a lot of sensual writhing in imprisoning latex this time around to match the imagery of Danilova’s repeated refrain “set me free”. Watch it below.
‘Nail’ is the title track of an EP to be released on Mute Records on the 18th of September. The EP will include at the yet unreleased track ‘Circles’ and Xanopticon‘s remix of ‘Taiga’ track ‘Go’. Our TGTF archive on Zola Jesus is this way.