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Video of the Moment #1500: Cherry Ghost

 
By on Thursday, 17th April 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

The dulcet tones of Manchester’s Cherry Ghost have returned, as evidenced by the reveal of ‘Clear Skies Ever Closer’. The band will be releasing their third album ‘Herd Runners’ on the 12th May on 2014 on Heavenly Recordings. Watch the black and white, tear-jerking video about separated lovers below.

Hope you all have a nice Easter and are surrounded by the ones you love.

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Live Gig Video: Spring Offensive cover Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’

 
By on Thursday, 17th April 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Sometimes the best results come out of spontaneous activity. Such is the case with Oxford band Spring Offensive‘s impromptu decision to tackle Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Coming Home’ and film it last minute on their smartphones. I really like this cover. Watch it below.

Earlier this month, we posted the band’s latest promo video for ‘Bodylifting’, which you can watch here.

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Album Review: Daniel Pearson – Escape Acts EP

 
By on Thursday, 17th April 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Escape Acts EP CoverEnglish singer/songwriter Daniel Pearson has just released a new EP, ‘Escape Acts’, leading into his appearance at Live at Leeds next month. In his recent interview with us, Pearson described ‘Escape Acts’ as an intermediate step between albums and an opportunity to fine tune a couple of his previous recordings. Along with two reworked tracks, the EP is bookended by two new tracks intended to whet the appetites of his growing audience.

The songs on ‘Escape Acts’ are somewhat varied in terms of musical style, but Pearson has pointed to the lyrical theme of “escaping or wanting to escape” as a unifying factor on the EP. Opening track ‘Lost My Way’ (video below) is a fairly straightforward rock number with a punchy “na-na-na” chorus. The lyrics in its verses reflect Pearson’s struggles as an indie artist, “Tell me I’ll never eat lunch in this town again / I need to be told everything twice / Keep your enemies closer than your friends / I got sick of taking bad advice”.

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‘Promises Promises’ is a tighter, cleaner version of the guitar-driven, blues rock-flavored track ‘Promises’, from 2012 release ‘Mercury State’. The vocals are featured more prominently in the sound mix of the new version, which I felt was a step in the right direction for a writer whose lyrics are really the distinguishing factor in his music. Pearson similarly focuses on the poignant lyrics of ‘Satellite Town’, giving it a little more space and vocal expression here than in the original version from 2011’s ‘Satellites’. New track ‘I Dug Myself a Hole’ has a bit of a country twang behind its electric guitar riff and a haunting backing vocal in the final chorus, which finally hits Pearson’s emotional mark at the very end of the EP.

‘Escape Acts’ is a solid group of songs that gives a nice taste of what Pearson is capable of as a songwriter. The simplicity and emotional value of the lyrics is appealing, but the unadorned melodies and sparse instrumental arrangements left me wanting more from Pearson’s rather detached vocal delivery. In spite of that, his lyrics do strike an emotional chord, and the raw authenticity of these songs is certainly the strong point of both the new and revised recordings.

7.5/10

‘Escape Acts’ is out now on Saint In The City Records.

 

(TGTF Exclusive!) MP3 of the Day #821: Glass Caves

 
By on Thursday, 17th April 2014 at 10:00 am
 

So you’re telling me you want 1) charismatic vocals, 2) mesmerising synths and 3) equally mesmerising guitars, all in one song? Glass Caves must just be the one for you today. There’s not a whole lot of information on the band’s Web site – I don’t even know where they’re from – but on the strength of this song they’re giving away for free, ‘Out of Control’, I am intrigued enough to post it here on TGTF. Listen to and grab it for your very own below.

Oh, and if epic hair is your thing, this band has the very high likelihood of knocking Temples off their pedestal. Just saying.

 

Video of the Moment #1459: The Wytches

 
By on Wednesday, 16th April 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Trust the rebellious lads of The Wytches to film a video on a $200 budget and make it strangely compelling. ‘Robe for Juda’ shows off the Peterborough band’s cross of screamo with psych pop, and given the song’s down and dirty nature, a sparkling, bright video just wouldn’t do. So in that respect, this promo in which the band are messing about like kids in a school auditorium makes sense. Watch it below.

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Live Gig Video: Bipolar Sunshine relives SXSW 2014 through Austin behind the scenes documentary

 
By on Wednesday, 16th April 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

I don’t know about you, but in DC this morning, we had sub zero temperatures. So this new documentary-style video via Adio Marchant – better known at the moment under his solo stage name Bipolar Sunshine – from his time at SXSW 2014 couldn’t have come along at a better time. Sun, shades, good tunes…man I miss Austin!

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