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Video of the Moment #2875: Miles Kane

 
By on Wednesday, 25th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Miles Kane has announced details of his next album. ‘Coup De Grace’, his first since 2013’s ‘Don’t Forget Who We Are’, will out in mid-August. And here’s a taster from the upcoming LP, the single ‘Cry on My Guitar’. For the accompanying promo video, directed by Brook Linder, WWE wrestler Finn Bálor guest stars and in an odd twist of fate, gets into a hand-to-hand fight with Miles. Masochist much? Watch all the action unfold below. ‘Coup De Grace’ will drop on the 10th of August on Virgin EMI. For more of our coverage of Miles Kane on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2874: Pale Waves

 
By on Monday, 23rd July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Manchester band and friends of The 1975 Pale Waves have a new video out. It follows last month’s unveiling of the promo of ‘Kiss’, which was black and white, very much the band’s colour aesthetic. For ‘Noises’, there’s finally some colour: frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie and her trademark jet black locks are in stark contrast to the bright eye shadow, bright outfits and even a blonde wig is dons in some scenes. I still can’t shake off the feeling that I’ve heard this song (and really all their songs) before… In any event, however you feel about them, and I figure you must have come to this post if you do like them (!), watch the video for ‘Noises’ below. The group’s debut album is expected later this year. To read all of our past coverage on Pale Waves on TGTF, including my coverage of them at SXSW 2018 at the BBC Introducing / PRS Foundation-funded showcase Tuesday night, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2873: Bully

 
By on Thursday, 19th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Nashville’s Bully had an adorable idea of a music video. For ‘Guess There’, they chosen a garden-variety actor. Literally. That is, a snail. Really! It (he?) plods along as snails do, as the grungey guitars squeal and a tear-jerky story unfolds. ‘Guess There’ appears on the group’s second album ‘Losing’ released last year and available now from Sub Pop. Watch their newest, mesmerising, mollusk-themed video below. To read our past coverage here on TGTF on Bully, including Carrie’s catching of them at SXSW 2018, follow this link.

 

Album Review: Dentist – Night Swimming

 
By on Thursday, 19th July 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Dentist Night Swimming album coverAs the saying goes, timing is everything. Human beings tend to brood and get nostalgic around the winter holidays and as the year closes. In contrast, summer is when it feels most appropriate to brush the cobwebs out of one’s mind, let one’s hair down and kick the shoes off and all cares away. That’s the kind of thinking I’m assuming led to New Jersey band Dentist’s thinking to release their debut album ‘Night Swimming’ in the middle of July. Feeling at times like having an ice cream at the beach but never proving too cloying, it’s an upbeat LP that at times flirts with bubblegum pop territory.

In some ways similar to Katie Ellen’s ‘Cowgirl Blues’ that was released this time last year, ‘Night Swimming’ conveys the thoughts of an independent woman with an agile mind, bolstered by surf-y, lo-fi guitar chords that lend a scrappy, ‘skinned knees’ kind of quality to the proceedings. Most of the songs on this album are short – around the 3-minute mark or a good deal shorter – which means if you’re not a fan of frontwoman Emily Bornemann’s twee vocal pitch, it never stays around long enough to bother much during a collection of songs that, taken together, barely pass the 30-minute mark. The animated and simply fun rock guitars and drums throughout also provide a worthy distraction.

Things get off to an exuberant start with ‘Upset Words’, on which she asks cheekily, “do I make you proud?” On fun lead single ‘Corked’, Bornemann’s sweet and girly vocals are an asset here, providing an interesting juxtaposition to the introductory strummed guitar notes, scuzzy with feedback and audible clicks left in and not polished off the record. “Something’s wrong again ‘cos we’re still friends”, she wistfully scoffs in the first chorus before the muscular part of the song gets going. LP standout ‘Figure-Four’ should be our credo for the rest of 2018, with its suggestions to let it go and don’t sweat the small stuff. Bornemann sings, “it’s okay / every day / we’ll be fine / I’m sure, I’m sure” and its entreaties to “accept your fate”, it’s Dentist’s way of saying trust in the process of the Great Big Thing called Life. We need more of this thinking. Too many bad things are happening around us and to us that sometimes we all forget that we’re here to live.

On the simply titled ‘Oh’, she quips, “wish that I could turn my brain off / then that would mean that I am dead”. The instrumentation going with it is so peppy, you have to ask yourself if the lyrics are meant to be rhetorical to the listener or if they’re meant to be droll or even possibly cutting observations that hide her own anxiety about life and relationships, something the Crookes did so well. ‘All is Well (In Hell)’ sees Bornemann on a brief but lovely, slower, acoustic interlude; it’s a bit soppy and entails her begging her lover not to leave her because “that is worth than anything”. Dentist get down and dirtier for a brief moment on the minor key ‘Tight Spot’, with squealing, surf-y guitars and harder hit drums to go along with the existential lyrical musings.

In the rapid fire drumbeat-driving closer ‘The Latter’, Bornemann implores, “I have opened up to you / you have done the same / tell me now what I can do / to make this great escape”. With an album like ‘Night Swimming’, you are invited to give someone else control of the steering wheel. This is the kind of music to listen to on those long drives out to the coast by day and into the steamy summer evenings when there’s nothing to do. Or at least you’re pretending there isn’t. This is one Dentist that won’t make your teeth ache.

7.5/10

‘Night Swimming’, the debut album from New Jersey’s Dentist, is out tomorrow, the 20th of June, on Cleopatra Records. Read my review of them at SXSW 2018 through here; they were one of my unexpected finds in Austin this year.

 

Video of the Moment #2872: The Horrors

 
By on Wednesday, 18th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Late last year, Faris Badwan and The Horrors released their fifth album ‘V’ – get it? You can read Steven’s review of the long player through here. The claustrophobic track ‘Ghost’ from it has been given its own music video. Naturally, it’s as unsettling as the music that soundtracks it. Watch the video for ‘Ghost’ below. ‘V’ from the Horrors is available now on Wolf Tone / Caroline International. Our past articles here on TGTF on the group are through this link.

 

Live Gig Video: Mansionair share arresting live performance of single ‘Technicolour’

 
By on Wednesday, 18th July 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Sydneysiders Mansionair began July with another live performance video. Those boys really like the colour white: back in February, they unveiled this live video for single ‘Astronaut (Something About Your Love)’ filmed in Berlin and surrounded by white walls. In ‘Technicolour’, they’ve chosen to perform in a white room and in white clothes, with some short, darker, choice colour-swathed moments. It’s another feather in the cap for the Australian trio, sounding like what has become classic Mansionair: the driving melody and mesmerising percussion combine with frontman Jack Froggatt’s painfully emotional vocals in this arresting performance. ‘Technicolour’ is available now from Glassnote Records. For all of our past articles here on TGTF on the Aussie group, go here.

 
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