By Mary Chang on Friday, 29th October 2010 at 10:00 am
Never heard of Welsh duo Toy Horses? You soon will. Triumphant turns at America’s South by Southwest emerging music festival in 2009 (where they were featured in a showcase at the festival by Nic Harcourt, who championed Coldplay in their early days) and again in 2010 plus playing a gig at Los Angeles’s famed venue Spaceland…phew. That all says to me this act is no one-trick pony. (Sorry, I had to get an equine-flavoured joke in here somehow.)
Further investigation of these Welshmen makes for an interesting read: the duo comprises Adam Franklin and Tom Williams, who are stepson and stepfather. The family dynamic would not make you think immediately songwriting harmony’, yet listen to Toy Horses’s track ‘Interrupt’. It is a beautiful, expansive piece with gorgeous strings that makes me think of the beauty of the current season (autumn). It’s Friday. Let yourself fall in love. Listen, download, and enjoy the magic that is Toy Horses below.
By Mary Chang on Thursday, 28th October 2010 at 10:00 am
Manchester’s Answering Machine just released a new single, ‘Animals’, on Monday, and we’re happy to be able to give it to you this morning. And one better, their buddies Dutch Uncles had a go with remixing the tune as well (and it’s suitably maths-poppy as can be expected). Listen, download and enjoy both tracks below.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 22nd October 2010 at 10:00 am
By now I’m sure you’ve heard the superb ‘Girls and Boys’ by Bristol band Wilder, and today we have for you another song by them, ‘Skyful of Rainbows’, for download below. We’ve even got the video linked up too for your viewing pleasure.
The word on the street that the band’s debut album will be out in the new year. (Yes!)
By Mary Chang on Thursday, 21st October 2010 at 10:00 am
Winter might be fast approaching for us in the Northern Hemisphere, but you will be happy to know that our friends down under are keeping the beats hot as they get geared for summer. Check out this right corker from New South Wales outfit Slow Down Honey. Called ‘One I Know’, it’s got the vibe of Phoenix, but somehow manages to be even sunnier than those lovable Frenchmen. And if that wasn’t enough, we also have an even dancier version of ‘One I Know’ remixed by Sydney’s Redial. Sceptical? Have a listen to and download both below.
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 20th October 2010 at 10:00 am
Freelance Whales are giving away a new track, ‘Enzymes’. It starts out with militant drumming – a little different than what I expected from this eclectic folk/pop/rock band – but then synths and heavenly vocals come in and remind you it’s Freelance Whales. I really like this one, and I think you will too.