By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 16th November 2010 at 10:00 am
I don’t know what’s up with my ears lately. Maybe it’s the cold weather and the darker days, but my musical tastes have run much darker lately. (I can’t get that Miles Kane single out of my head, for example.)
Enter Deadwax, a London band who deserves your attention. They just released their debut EP last week, and as a taster, they are offering up the track ‘The Rider’ as a free download. I’m a big fan of the down and dirty intro to this song, which then leads to singer Richard Power’s voice with all the attitude of great ’70s bands. Then there are the crashing guitars, especially near the end where a killer guitar solo awaits you.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 12th November 2010 at 10:00 am
Bear in Heaven‘s ‘Beast Rest Forth Mouth’ was one of the more intriguing releases of 2009, and the band were certainly one of the surprising live performances I saw this year. Check out Tropics‘s remix of Bear in Heaven’s ‘You Do You’ – Englishman Chris Ward has made the song spacier than the original. And I totally mean that in a good way. I love the vibe in this version. Have a great weekend!
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 10th November 2010 at 10:00 am
Here’s an mp3 from Manchester band Working for a Nuclear Free City, described on their press sheets as “the UK’s finest electronic post-rock band”. I’ll leave the superlatives up to you to decide. In case you haven’t heard their second album ‘The Jojo Burger Tempest’ released in September, have a listen to the decidedly wonderfully crunchy ‘Alphaville’ below as a taster, which you can also download.
By Mary Chang on Monday, 8th November 2010 at 10:00 am
Below is a widget from which you can grab a free track from the Wombats‘s forthcoming yet-to-be-titled album due out on 7th February 2011. ‘Jump into the Fog’ promises the new album is going to be one to watch in the new year.
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 2nd November 2010 at 10:00 am
Dutch Uncles just released their new single ‘Fragrant’ yesterday (you can read my review of the single here) and it’s very good. I was tipped off to this remix of the song done by Novo League, and you can download it below. It’s really interesting because it’s much darker than the original, with electronic beats playing off singer Duncan Wallis’s normally free spirit vocals and turning them…a bit sinister? Even the piano sounds a bit macabre.
While we’re on the subject of the quintet from Marple, I can give you some news. The band will be playing their biggest headlining gig to date, a Now Wave show on 29 November at St. Phillips Church in Manchester. Their new album is nearly complete, so expect the release on Memphis Industries next spring. Says Wallis, “We have been a lot more ambitious with the upcoming album and our next step is to try and represent this live, we have already been touring a handful of the new material but we are looking forward to unleashing the rest.” Rumour has it that by a backing choir, strings, electronics, percussion, glockenspiels and marimbas will join the band’s usual live setup while on tour. Pretty exciting.
I am pleased to announce we’ve been given the green light to offer one of these new songs, ’43 Degrees’ as a free download today. Like most of other S&D songs that have already come to light, it features Matt’s engaging vocals and best of all, it’s poppy as heck. (And you know I love that.)