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(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #401: Febueder

 
By on Monday, 29th January 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Name any major population centre in Great Britain, and names of famous artists from the place roll of your tongue. Manchester. London. Bristol. Sheffield. Glasgow. There are so many more. The heritage of successful artists leads to the support system and the infrastructure that will foster the acts of tomorrow. Fans’ memory of artists past from a city can hurt up-and-coming acts, too. Febueder won’t have to worry about either. The duo are from Ascot, most famous for its racecourse and that famous week in June where the well-to-do turn up in their finery and watch their favourite ponies run.

Nothing could be further from watching racehorses than the music Kieran Godfrey and Samuel Keysell make. Well, unless equine champions happen to like r&b. Febueder are yet another entry into the most recent crop of English, blue-eyed soul acts. However, unlike similar-sounding artists like Tender, Honne and others who we’ve featured here on TGTF, electronics are not a cornerstone of their sound. They’ve been knocking around for the last few years, flying so far under the radar I’d never heard of them until I came across their name on the third SXSW 2018 shout list released earlier this month. Earliest EP ‘Soap Carve’, a product of Febeuder when they were still a trio in 2013, featured the experimental, alt-J-sounding single ‘Alligator’, on which the percussion and vocals fought for supremacy.

Fast forward to 2017, when as a duo they released ‘Morning Yawn’, a single from their most recent EP ‘From an Album’. Whatever they have done in the last 4 years, it’s translated to a more focused vision for their music. There’s a catchy groove underlying these tracks. Does ‘Stilts’ and its driving dance beat the best representation of Febueder? Or is it ‘Hence Worth’, where Godfrey’s voice exudes both yearning and confidence and you’re driven to move to the music with a slow, smooth undulation? I’m honestly curious how well this comes together live, and we’ll get that chance at SXSW 2018 in March.

As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, this act’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

 

Video of the Moment #2776: Sløtface

 
By on Friday, 26th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Last September, hotly tipped Norwegian punk band Sløtface released their debut album ‘Try Not to Freak Out’. The highly anticipated LP is available now from Propeller Recordings. More than 4 months out since the album became available, the band now have a pretty rad video for ‘Nancy Drew’, a firm fan favourite. Back in the day, the original Nancy Drew didn’t have a mobile phone, but Sløtface’s does! Watch the animated promo below. To read more on the Norwegians here on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2775: The Wombats

 
By on Thursday, 25th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

The Wombats are currently on the road in America and soon enough, they’ll have a new album out. In 2 weeks’ time, they’ll be releasing ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’, their fourth album and follow-up to 2015’s ‘Glitterbug’ (review through here), via Kobalt Music Recordings. Album single ‘Cheetah Tongue’ has a pulsating pop rhythm, and this week, they’ve unveiled its accompanying promo video. Laden in pastels, women getting on in years are having a dance party. It quickly becomes clear that these aren’t just little old ladies getting their groove on. This ain’t no Cocoon, no, sir! Watch the strangely captivating video for ‘Cheetah Tongue’ below. Stay tuned for ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’, which will be available starting the 9th of February. For more on The Wombats on TGTF, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2774: Young Fathers

 
By on Wednesday, 24th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Edinburgh’s Young Fathers will be releasing a new album in early March. ‘Cocoa Sugar’ will follow the 2014 Mercury Prize-winning album ‘DEAD’ and 20115’s ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’. LP single ‘In My View’ is an early taster of ‘Cocoa Sugar’, and it’s an uptempo scorcher with mad beats and lyrics. The accompanying promo video was directed by Jack Whiteley, who’s worked with names like Stealing Sheep and The Staves for their visuals. ‘Cocoa Sugar’ will be out on the 9th of March on Ninja Tune. To read more about Young Fathers on TGTF, go here.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Single Review: STAL – The Crime

 
By on Wednesday, 24th January 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Part of the excitement of an emerging music festival, whether it’s in Brisbane or Brighton, is that you never know what great talent might be behind those club doors, and sometimes the club next door down the street. Three years ago, I caught Frenchmen STAL at The Arch on the first night of The Great Escape 2015. At the time, surrounded by their screaming fans, I wondered, how did we miss them completely? To be fair, electronic has a hard time getting traction in most of America, so unless the electronic music a Continental band is making is fairly poppy, or you’re someone with a massive established following like M83, the music isn’t going to make it out of Europe.

Now based in Los Angeles, STAL are an electronic-driven act stars Pierre-Marie Maulini (guitar, synths, and vocals) and Renaud Rodier (drums), augmented live with Jeff Di Rienzo (guitar and synths). Since I saw them at the Great Escape, they’ve dropped two albums, 2015’s ‘Young Hearts’ and 2016’s ‘Cinephila’. Two singles last year, ‘Get Out’ and ‘Fresh Blood’, showed their potential for poppier and rockier edges, respectively. Their latest single unveiled last week, ‘The Crime’, sees the group flirt with r&b. On the band’s Facebook, they wrote, “We hope you guys will like it as much we do cause this sound is a brand new journey for us and we’re lovin’ it !” One commenter said in French that they’re sound a bit Justin Timberlake, and that’s a decently accurate description.

Maulini’s falsetto sounds like it’s been put through autotune. Oddly, when accompanied by a squealing guitar, it doesn’t feel that out of place. A seductive melody oozes along with crunches of electronic percussion, and with Maulini’s lyrics speaking of jealousy, restlessness and the pain of being dumped. These are all common pop song themes, and there’s no shame in that. While I, as a music editor, expect bands to evolve over time, STAL have made a great leap of faith from their popular in Europe, dreamy, uplifting electro sound from 2015 to one that mirrors what’s heating up the record charts here in America and in the UK. Is it a wise gamble? Will it pay off for them? Is it time to start shouting “Viva la France” from the rooftops? With the r&b field so crowded as it is, I’m cautiously sceptical. Still, I’m eager to see what STAL decide to pull out of the bag at SXSW 2018 in March.

7/10

STAL’s newest single ‘The Crime’ is out now; you can stream it below. The Los Angeles via Paris band are scheduled to showcast at SXSW 2018. As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, their appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2773: Hinds

 
By on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Spanish girl group Hinds is headed to their umpteenth SXSW in 2 months. It just so happens they’ll be in Austin the month before the release of their sophomore album. Imagine that? ‘I Don’t Run’, its existence only revealed last week, is the follow-up to their debut LP ‘Leave Me Alone’, which the gals made their name on in the UK and America. ‘New For You’ is the first taster from the upcoming record, and its accompanying video sees the band take to a football pitch for a friendly match. It doesn’t sound like the Hinds sound has evolved any since we last heard from them, but given their popularity with their fans, I suspect that their devoted wouldn’t have it any other way. ‘I Don’t Run’ will drop on the 6th of April on Mom+Pop Records. For more on Hinds on TGTF, go here.

 
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