By Mary Chang
on Saturday, 12th July 2014 at 10:00 am
Placebo‘s current single ‘A Million Little Pieces’ now has a promo video. Set in the year 3046 “long after a technological Armageddon where humans have reverted to a tribal society”, the visual from the song from latest album ‘Loud Like Love’ comes across as a kooky look ahead into what might be in our future. Does the song itself, with its sombre piano notes and Brian Molko’s usual moody yet always nasal lyrics, predict a terrible future for us? Watch the video below.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 11th July 2014 at 6:00 pm
Canadian band White Lung have a new promo out for ‘In Your Home’. While it’s black and white, it features some pretty comedic Photoshop-esque effects to keep things interesting while the band thrashes out the song. Watch the video below.
The song appears on the band’s third album ‘Deep Fantasy’, now out on Domino Records. Read John’s review of the LP here.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 11th July 2014 at 4:00 pm
Last month, TGTF favourites Teleman (pictured at top) and Tom Vek appeared at a Sofar Sounds session in London and the fine folks from the living room gig organisers have released some great video from the night. Watch below as Teleman perform single ’23 Floors Up’ from their amazing debut album ‘Breakfast’ (reviewed here) and Vek breaks out ‘Trying to Do Better’ from his latest album ‘Luck’ (reviewed here).
Sheffield neo-folk duo Slow Club are set to release their steamy third album ‘Complete Surrender’ just in time for the heat of the summer. ‘Complete Surrender’ is a deliciously refreshing blend of uptempo pop, emotional balladry and r&b groove. The individual tracks are a study in contrasts, with a mix of radio-friendly dance tunes, bluesy torch songs and introspective acoustic numbers, maintaining variety and momentum through the pleasantly relaxed vibe that permeates the album.
The recent trend of juxtaposing male and female lead vocals is almost always a winner in my book, and ‘Complete Surrender’ is no exception. The real star of the album is Rebecca Taylor’s singing voice. It’s rare in pop music to find a female voice that is both powerful and sensitive to dynamic without being rough or raspy. Taylor maintains a pleasant tone quality on both ends of the dynamic spectrum, and she executes a wide range in terms of pitch and emotional quality. By contrast, Charles Watson’s smooth, even vocal tone plays nicely off of Taylor’s flashy flexibility.
The album’s opening track ‘Tears of Joy’ eases in with a slow jam, which is perhaps an unusual choice on a record containing crisply upbeat tracks like the eponymous ‘Complete Surrender’ (featured as Video of the Moment here). But it’s those exquisite slow burning moments that make this album stand out as something special among the blitz of typical mainstream dance pop.
The bluesy ‘Suffering You, Suffering Me’ (also featured in a recent Video of the Moment) is a surefire radio hit, with its lush brass instrumentation and Taylor’s sultry vocals. ‘Not Mine to Love’ takes the blues influence even further, featuring wailing guitars and forlorn lyrics about lost love; Taylor’s perfectly executed vocal improvisation in the final chorus is not to be missed. She shows the deeper, softer side of her voice on the theatrical torch song ‘Dependable People and Things That I’m Sure Of’, and country-folk waltz ‘The Queen’s Nose’.
Watson’s lead vocals are featured in a variety of musical contexts as well, including rhythmic groovy track ‘The Pieces’, piano ballad ‘Number One’ and the expansive final track ‘Wanderer Wandering’. But his singing is at its most effective on acoustic folk tune ‘Paraguay and Panama’, where he gently croons through the lilting melody and misty lyrics, “Painted girl upon the wall, covered carefully in Paraguay and Panama, you were the hourglass beauty queen, just flick your hair and move your lips around, in the shape of words that you knew before all of this”.
‘Complete Surrender’ is one of those rare albums that experiments with a variety of musical styles and somehow manages to combine them into a cohesive unit. In this case, Slow Club use their refined lyrical expression and emotional sensitivity, not to mention some brilliant singing, to unify the songs and keep the energy flowing through all 11 tracks. (Insider tip: Don’t miss the sneaky hidden track at the end).
‘Complete Surrender’, the third album from Sheffield’s Slow Club, will be released on Monday (the 14th of July) on Caroline International. It can be streamed at The Guardian, here.
Marika Hackman has just announced her largest ever headline tour of the UK for November of this year. Tickets for the following shows are on sale today at 9 AM. Below the tour date listing, check out the recently recorded session video for ‘Wolf’ filmed at Toe Rag Studios.
Check out our previous coverage on Marika here.
Monday 3rd November 2014 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Carlisle Brickyard
Wednesday 5th November 2014 – Sheffield Harley
Thursday 6th November 2014 – Liverpool East Village Art Club
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Manchester Gullivers
Sunday 9th November 2014 – Leeds Wardrobe
Monday 10th November 2014- Leicester Musician
Tuesday 11th November 2014 – York Duchess
Thursday 13th November 2014 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Friday 14th November 2014 – Nottingham Bodega
Sunday 16th November 2014 – Bristol Birdcage
Monday 17th November 2014 – Norwich Epic Studios
Tuesday 18th November 2014 – London XOYO
Wednesday 19th November 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 20th November 2014 – Brighton Green Door Store
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 10th July 2014 at 6:00 pm
Fresh off the back of their blistering set on the John Peel Stage on the Saturday of Glastonbury 2014, Royal Blood have a brand new video out for ‘Figure It Out’, their next single out on the 18th of August. Interesting use of red and blue lighting throughout and a surprise ending punctuate this rather intriguing promo. It’s a little gruesome, yes, but frankly, it’s not as bad (I think anyway) as the parental advisory sticker makes it out to be. Watch it below.