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Single Review: The Riptide Movement – Animal

 
By on Monday, 26th October 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

If you’ve been wondering where the raucous Americana sound has been hiding, the answer is in Ireland. They have been gracious enough to let us hear how it’s doing in the form of The Riptide Movement. Due to release their latest single ‘Animal’ in November, The Riptide Movement are new to the rest of world but in Ireland and the UK, they’ve already been kicking up a storm. Consisting of Mal Tuohy (vocals and guitar), JP Dalton (guitar), Gerry McGarry (bass and harmonica) and Gar Byrne (drums and piano), together they create choruses that could rouse even the more stubborn amongst us. Think Mumford and Sons if they went to an Irish pub and ran into Bruce Springsteen.

Going back to ‘Animal’, which is also the first track on their critically acclaimed Irish gold-selling debut album ‘Getting Through’, is a perfect introduction for anyone to this band. It has heartfelt lyrics, choruses larger than the state of Texas and a horn section just in case you weren’t quite feeling happy after hearing everything else that’s going on in the song.

The musical backing suits beneath a story of a relationship on its last legs, with one party being considered the bad guy when he’s trying his best, but it’s falling on deaf ears. We’ve all been there, but fortunately we can all hear this song and it’s a message we can all relate to. The relation you create between a song and your personal life is the difference between just hearing a song and feeling a song. The Riptide Movement manage to formulate the latter into every song they create, and ‘Animal’ is just the beginning.

No matter if you’ve already heard of them or this is your first discovery, it’s only a matter of time until The Riptide Movement leave these safe European shores and make there way around the rest of the world, and once they do there will be no stopping them.

8/10

‘Animal’ is released on the 13th of November on Caroline International. ‘Getting Through’ is out now.

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Single Review: Savages – The Answer

 
By on Friday, 23rd October 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Words by Nick Roseblade

Comebacks are hard to do. You want to show that you’re still the same band, so you don’t lose your core fans. But at the same time, you want to show progression, so you can try and win new fans. Luckily, Savages have nailed it perfectly with their new single ‘The Answer’.

The song opens with trade mark crunching guitars and drums that hammer us into submission, while Jehnny Beth’s delicate vocals float above it all, adding an element of calm to the musical maelstrom created by Gemma Thompson, Ayse Hassan and Fay Milton. But one thing that separates this from previous Savages releases is it’s catchy as hell! The interplay of guitars and bass is hypnotic and will draw you in so much, that after listening to it on loop for an hour, it feels more like 3 minutes. TThe key change a quarter of the way through really ratchets things up nicely, especially when it drops back. The real star of the show is the solo half way through. I can’t do it justice, so you’ll have to listen to it yourself to find out how exquisite and skull-crushing it is.

There are only two downsides to ‘The Answer’. Firstly, Savages aren’t really breaking any new ground. But that’s perfectly fine, as this it’s a massive slab of drone rock and the genre doesn’t need fixing. Dirty riffs, coupled with a 4/4 beat, never goes out of style!. Secondly, we now have to wait until next year for their follow up album to their 2013 spectacular debut album ‘Silence Yourself’.

8/10

Savages’ new single ‘The Answer’ is available now. Their sophomore album ‘Adore Life’ is released on Matador Records on the 22nd of January 2016.

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Single Review: Boy & Bear – Walk the Wire

 
By on Wednesday, 30th September 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Words by Steven Loftin

Chances are Australian band Boy & Bear have escaped your radar, but their 2013 hit ‘Southern Sun’ hasn’t. It’s one of those tracks that to hear the name you would immediately take no recollection to hearing, but then you hear the chorus and it rushes back. That is what we have here with this leading single for the Australian band’s upcoming album ‘Limit of Love’, out at the end of October. ’Walk the Wire’ is a track so catchy and filled with melody, you’d be hard pressed to escape it even after half a listen.

We find the band at a new creative stage that has opened them into a new realm of possibilities. Boy & Bear comprises frontman/guitarist David Hosking, with Killian Gavin on backing vocals and guitar, Timothy Hart on drums, David Symes on bass and Jonathan Hart on everything else. Instead of having Hosking taking the reins, the band now write collaboratively. They’ve also teamed up with production extraordinaire Ethan Johns, who has most famously worked with Kings of Leon and Ryan Adams amongst others. This new creative outlet, coupled with Johns’ ear for sonic gold, can only mean big things for this band who are often overlooked outside of Australia and America.

‘Walk the Wire’ is as calming as it is inviting: there’s not a spot of pretentiousness. Everything has been calculated to give you the best listen possible, so it may be considered by some to be playing it safe. But then again, don’t we need the occasional easy listen?

There is no doubt that this band can write seriously good songs that have all the best features of great pop songs, whilst sticking true to the more conventional aspects of alternative music, such as heartfelt lyrics that strike true to even the toughest of hearts. Synthesisers are also utilised to really exaggerate what is already a satisfying chorus.

Ending with the words “’cause you’re dancing on the wire”, there hasn’t been a truer statement. If you aren’t at least tapping your feet, you’ll definitely be dancing on this wire. An honourable mention also goes to the promotional video they released for this new single. Featuring maniacal CGI versions of the band and green screen extras with some of the finest senses of humour known to man, it’s the perfect companion to this track, with the band showing they don’t take themselves too seriously.

8/10

Boy & Bear’s single ‘Walk the Wire’ single is out now on Nettwork Records. The band’s third album ‘Limit of Love’ drops the 30th of October.

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Single Review: The Crookes – I Wanna Waste My Time on You

 
By on Friday, 25th September 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

“Intelligent pop dreamers” the Crookes have just released the first new single from their upcoming fourth album, and it is, to say the least, a bit of a contrast from the lo-fi indie pop approach we’ve previously heard from Sheffield quartet. The Crookes certainly waste no time diving into ‘I Wanna Waste My Time on You’, opening with an expansive barrage of guitars and building to a chorus replete with sonorous backing vocals.

Some familiar elements of the Crookes’ style are still present, most notably the catchy melodicism in the guitar lines and George Waite’s exquisite vocal interpretations of lyricist Daniel Hopewell’s always elegant cynicism. But Hopewell’s lyrics here are markedly less brooding and introspective, describing instead “wanderlust and adventure […] seeing the world, [and] indulging in hedonistic pleasures without once feeling apologetic for it”. This newly extroverted and seemingly carefree thematic material has allowed the Crookes a bit of breathing room to develop their instrumental arrangements, and they have taken full advantage.

Noticably absent in ‘I Wanna Waste My Time on You’ is the heavy-handed and decidedly rebellious approach the band took with their third album ‘Soapbox’, as they begged to be taken seriously after the success of previous LP ‘Hold Fast’ and its unabashedly hooky single ‘Afterglow’. Since the release of ‘Soapbox’, the Crookes have undertaken some significant changes, including the departure of drummer Russell Bates and his replacement by Adam Crofts. That bit of business squared away and their seriousness firmly established, the Crookes have moved on to start their own record label, Anywhere Records, as our editor Mary reported in this Video of the Moment feature for the ‘Soapbox’ track ‘Before The Night Falls’.

The sense of freedom afforded by operating under their own label appears to have been exactly what the Crookes needed to re-energise their sound. ‘I Wanna Waste My Time on You’ delivers the jolt of excitement and enthusiasm that listeners might need to re-energise their faith in the Crookes.

9/10

‘I Wanna Waste My Time on You’ is available today on Anywhere Records in the UK and Modern Outsider in America. The Crookes’ fourth album ‘Lucky Ones’ will be released on the 29th of January 2016. The band will play a run of live dates in the UK this November supporting the Fratellis; you can find all the details here. All past coverage of the Crookes on TGTF is this way.

 

Single Review: Guy Garvey – Angela’s Eyes

 
By on Thursday, 24th September 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Elbow frontman and BBC 6Music radio presenter Guy Garvey has recently announced the details of his highly-anticipated debut solo album ‘Courting the Squall’. He describes the album as “purely a vanity project”, orchestrated with an assembly of his musician friends from outside the Elbow brotherhood. The result, at least on the album’s lead single ‘Angela’s Eyes’, is a very different sound to what Elbow fans have become accustomed to over the band’s 20-plus years, and a refreshing change of pace for Garvey himself.

Here, Garvey has removed himself from the self-conscious, classically-oriented subtlety of Elbow, displaying a raw visceral energy that carries through from the very beginning of the track straight through to the end. ‘Angela’s Eyes’ opens with a heavy, tribal sounding drum beat and a dirty guitar riff that are akin to the more rhythm-centered style adopted by Jez and Andy Williams when they separated from Doves to form side project Black Rivers. The song’s pounding beat is staggered and uneven, but in an organic and instinctual sort of way, as opposed to the deliberately off-kilter rhythm in Elbow’s recent track ‘And It Snowed’. The brash opening guitar riff punctuates the song’s aggressive lyrical tone, growing to a primitive wail between the verses and in the faintly jazz-tinged harmonies of the instrumental coda.

Along with shaking off the elegant self-restraint of Elbow’s typical fare, Garvey has apparently also shaken off the mantle of writing about his recent lost love, which was the thematic focus of Elbow’s 2014 LP ‘The Takeoff and Landing of Everything’ and continued onto their recent ‘Lost Worker Bee’ EP. ‘Angela’s Eyes’ speaks of salvation through a new love, as Garvey spits the rapid-fire lyrics of its first chorus, “tried faith in humanity, no no no no no / but it sure made a man of me, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah / I was headed for an early grave until I washed up on the tide / yes, I believe in Angela’s eyes”. His voice is as silky smooth and velvety soft as ever, but he seems less concerned with its lyricism as he delves into inspired improvisation near the end of the track.

With ‘Angela’s Eyes’, Garvey has shed the image of the scholarly composer, ripping his shirt open (figuratively!) and baring his unbridled passion in a way that he never could have done within the refined context of Elbow’s celebrated oeuvre. This track is a tantalising first taste of what has the potential to be a remarkable debut solo effort, albeit one more than 20 years in the making.

9.5/10

‘Angela’s Eyes’ is the lead single from Guy Garvey’s upcoming solo album ‘Courting the Squall’, which is due for release on the 30th of October via Polydor Records. Garvey will support the album release with a December tour of the UK and Ireland.

 

Single Review: Ellie Goulding – On My Mind

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

In 2014, Ed Sheeran sent the rumour mill rife with speculation with the release of ‘Don’t’, a controversial track about a cheating ex-popstar. Through a number of clues within the lyrics and a confession from the ginger-haired singer/songwriter himself, it soon emerged that the popstar in question was none other than Ellie Goulding, after a fling with One Direction’s Niall Horan in a swanky hotel (if the gossip magazines are to be believed). Fast forward a year, and Ellie Goulding has responded with a diss single of her own, ‘On My Mind’.

“Next thing that I know I’m in a hotel with you / you were talking deep like it was mad love to you / you wanted my heart but I just liked your tattoos,” Goulding’s delicate vocals sing in quick-fire lines over a syncopated guitar riff. The electro-pop/r&b sound, produced by Max Martin, is unfamiliar territory for Goulding, who built her career upon a series of indie-pop records and love anthems for soundtracks (‘Divergent’, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’), although the new approach works in her favour.

The unapologetic and bold nature of the lyrics – which point out faults in Ed Sheeran’s account of the events – reinforce Ellie Goulding’s robust songwriting credentials. It may not hook you immediately but, after a few repeat listens, you’ll find yourself humming along and bellowing out the chorus (a repetition of “why I got you on my mind”) at the top of your lungs.

Is the infectious, fresh pop perspective of ‘On My Mind’ a small taste of what to expect from Ellie Goulding’s impending third studio album? Hopefully. In the meantime, don’t be surprised to hear her latest single being overplayed on the airwaves ahead of its imminent chart success. This is a song that will be on your mind (pun intended) for some time.

9/10

Ellie Goulding’s ‘On My Mind’ is out now and is the first single to be taken from her third studio album ‘Delirium’, which will be released on the 6th of November. Watch the Las Vegas-themed promo for the single below.

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