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(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) MP3(s) of the Day #800: Tourist

 
By on Thursday, 5th December 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Hailing from London, Tourist is the stage name of electronic artist William Phillips. You will no doubt be hearing more about him in the coming months, as he was one of many UK acts announced on the second SXSW 2014 band announcement list in mid-November. But first, to get acquainted with his style, why not download an EP of his for free? Noisetrade is offering up his debut EP ‘Placid Acid’ in exchange for your email address here.

 

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #275: Pure Love

 
By on Thursday, 28th November 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

2013 may have seen Pure Love unceremoniously dumped from their label and frontman Frank Carter grow a rather unsightly and incredibly hipster ginger beard. But Pure Love are nonetheless one of easiest to recommend live acts doing the rounds at the moment. (And quite nice in person too:read my interview with Carter and musical partner Jim Carroll from last year here.)

Anybody familiar with Mr Carter knows that any live show – whether it’s The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, The Engine Shed in Lincoln or the NME tent at Reading/Leeds Festival – carries with it a warning, that warning being “at any point Frank Carter may punch you in your face and make you look like a dick”. Yeah, so he is singing songs about being “sick of all the hate”, but that won’t stop the ex-Gallows man slugging you in the chops if you act like a mug in the crowd. Add in to that equation that he spends 90% of the gig in the crowd, singing, screaming and scrapping while also having his photo taken numerous times, and it’s a pretty volatile situation.

A volatile situation, but one that is at least 99% rock and roll.

I mean, for example he got the entire drum kit in the crowd, and started a circle pit around it. That’s fucking cool.

For the epitome of a total live experience, it’s difficult to look any further than Pure Love – and in the searing heat of Austin, Texas, Jonny and Frank are going to cause the kind of sweaty catastrophe of bodies that you would only really expect to find at a really good orgy.

That’s right: a Pure Love gig is like an orgy – sort of. [The kind of orgy that might involve inflatable dingeys; watch below – Ed.]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naK9Yj_J8RU[/youtube]

 

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #273: To Be Frank

 
By on Monday, 4th November 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

We continue our SXSW 2014 preview with Martin’s thoughts on a man who reinvented himself, to us music lovers’ delight…

To Be Frank is the pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Frank Pescod, who, after a period writing contract music for TV and film, and brands as prestigious as Louis Vuitton, found the desire for the limelight was too strong; To Be Frank was created as a platform to spread his music to a wider audience. Things kicked off with single ‘If You Love Her’, a tender piece of whimsical electronica that showcased Pescod’s delicate, soulful voice and neat way with a minimalist arrangement, but didn’t really go much further. Sophomore release ‘Nothing’ introduced glitchy beats and a more insistent groove, playing on urban r‘n’b stylings but still remaining resolutely downtempo.

Third single ‘Half the Man’ (video at the end of this post), out today, is the sound of Frank really hitting his stride. A more pacey number than previously, with jumpy synth stabs and handclaps keeping things moving, Frank’s dreamy vocal remains the primary attraction, along with a further helping of romantic, almost saccharine, lyrical sentiment. All in all, a tasteful slice of electronic soul. But all this synth-centricity belies a sneaking suspicion that, at heart, Frank is essentially a traditional songwriter, and some of his lesser-known pieces pay testament to his love of simpler instrumentation. ‘Big Frank’, in particular, is a delicate confection of distant acoustic piano and sombre violin, adorned with the just the lightest touches of ambient electronica; in many ways a more interesting listen than his more mainstream efforts.

It’s clear that this is a project in its early stages; the benefit of which is that every release tells us something new about the artist concerned. And with such an intriguing combination of chartbait and esoterica at his fingertips, To Be Frank really is one to keep an eye on.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4cpWpFltbI[/youtube]

 

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #272: Glass Animals

 
By on Thursday, 31st October 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Yes, you read that right. We may still only be in 2013, but we’re already looking ahead to SXSW 2014, which happens in less than 5 months. In addition to our normal Bands to Watch features, we’ll also be previewing the best bands who have received shouts for the big event. First up are a band from Oxford that Martin will tell you more about…

Glass Animals are experts at downtempo, atmospheric, bass-heavy songs – think Portishead having coffee with Morcheeba – while the coffee’s a tangy roast by James Blake. The Morcheeba comparison is most apt (don’t laugh at the back – Morcheeba survived Britpop, have just released their eighth album, and celebrate their 20th birthday in a couple of years – pretty impressive stuff): recent single ‘Black Mambo’ echoes their lazy drum sound, their melodic approach to a vocal line, and a raft of decent lyrical similes. Things are considerably darker here, however – this isn’t exactly party music, although there is a certain sleaziness in the snaking groove and massed crescendo, which could get a certain type of too-cool-for-school crowd in the mood for a gentle grind.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNygDLi9gb4[/youtube]

Fellow AA-side ‘Exxus’ kicks off with a menacing, oily bassline, overlaid with Dave Bayley’s smooth yet gently threatening vocals, electronica ebbing, flowing and bleeping around him. “Wake up with a hatchet over your head,” he warns, before mellifluous mellotron mixes with otherworldly, disembodied voices, as if Gyorgy Ligeti and Edgar Froese were having a bromance right there in one’s Eustachian tube. Recently signed to producer du jour Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label, surely a sign of approval in itself, Glass Animals are currently working on their début album, which, if it turns out as well as ‘Black Mambo’/’Exxus’ promise, should be an essential purchase of 2014.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7UsQIx14CE[/youtube]

 
 
 

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