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Video of the Moment #1732: Zola Jesus

By on Friday, 30th January 2015 at 6:00 pm

Move over, Sia. Zola Jesus doesn’t need to hire celebrity stand-ins for her in-video dance performances. In the promo for ‘Hunger’, the third single from current album ‘Taiga’ out now, Nikita Danilova breaks out her avant-garde version of vogueing. If lying down is considered hip, we can all dream to be music video stars one day. Watch the video below, soundtracked by a newly mixed version of the track by Zola Jesus bandmate Alex DeGroot and Mute founder Daniel Miller.

All of our past coverage on Zola Jesus is this way. ‘Hunger’ will be released digitally on the 9th of February on Mute Records and will be backed with the track ‘Compass’.

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Bands to Watch #335: Beaty Heart

By on Friday, 30th January 2015 at 12:00 pm

Note: Beaty Heart were announced in November as part of the lineup for SXSW 2015. TGTF has recently been informed that the band will unfortunately not be making the trip to Austin this year.

South London trio Beaty Heart is one of an increasing number of bands whose music defies strict genre classification. Their loosely-defined pop sound has gravitates alternately toward world music and folk, and as you might guess from their name, Beaty Heart puts a heavy emphasis on rhythm and percussion. In fact, band members Josh Mitchell, Charlie Rotberg and James Moruzzi are all multi-instrumentalists, and their collective sonic repertoire includes electronic sampling, eclectic percussion and unusual instruments like the mbira, which I first encountered in listening to fellow folk-pop band Stornoway.

Beaty Heart released an early EP ‘Slush Puppy/Cola’ in 2011, but it was their debut LP ‘Mixed Blessings’, released in May 2014 on Nusic Sounds/Caroline International, that garnered them a wider range of attention. ‘Mixed Blessings’ opens with a brightly tropical theme on a sequence of three strong tracks, ‘Banana Bread’, ‘Kanute’s Comin’ Round’ and the trippy ‘Seafood’. The band members also identify themselves as visual artists, and as such they direct their own music videos, including the somewhat dizzying video for ‘Banana Bread’, below.

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After ‘Seafood’, the album begins to evolve into a darker, more downtempo sound with the first of two short instrumental interludes, ‘Opal Shred’, which is balanced later in the tracklisting with its counterpart, ‘Opal Loop’. ‘Kinder’ has a distorted, almost discordant echo, while the chill vibe of ‘Muti’ features chant-like backing vocals and light, sparkling keyboard melodies.

The first single from the album, ‘Lekka Freakout’, appears late in the tracklisting, providing a welcome moment of upbeat pop among the more experimental songs. Returning to the upbeat tribal dance sound, the track includes a cheeky and charming circle of lyrics: “he doesn’t play too well because he has no thumbs, but he sings in time when he hears those drums / he doesn’t sing too well, because he has no lungs, but if he really tries, he hears everyone.”

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After the release of ‘Mixed Blessings’, Beaty Heart spent the end of 2014 playing in America and Europe with Jungle, as well as joining Kishi Bashi for a tour of the UK and Europe. The band’s next move is unclear since the cancellation of their scheduled SXSW 2015 appearance, but while you wait for news on Beaty Heart, you can check out their live video from the 2012 In The Woods Festival, just below.

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Update: Liverpool Sound City 2015

By on Friday, 30th January 2015 at 9:00 am

They’ve been asking if they want to come back all these years, and this week it was confirmed that The Vaccines would indeed be coming back to Liverpool Sound City after a 2-year absence. They’ll be joining Belle and Sebastian and The Flaming Lips at the top of an already incredibly tantalising bill of talent.

The four-piece who shot to prominence of the back of their first album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ have barged their way back onto the scene in proper Vaccines fashion. That is, in the form of another 2-and-a-half minute banger, with guitars so fast you’ll miss them if you blink and a chorus as catchy as a cold at this time of year. The guitars are frantic, as they were on all of The Vaccines’ releases we’ve heard up to now, and the four-piece have undeniably stuck to the same formula that has worked so well for them over the last four years.

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‘Handsome’ may not have as killer a chorus as ‘Do You Wanna’, but it’s a fantastic pop song with wide appeal, there is no doubt. The new single is released on the 8th of March officially, but is already doing the rounds on social media and the radio, and all around it looks like everybody is pretty happy with what The Vaccines have produced. Will the album be on the same form? Well, from this evidence what can we expect from The Vaccines, more of the same…

As for who’s joining them on the bill at the rejuvenated Liverpool Sound City, which has been moved to pastures anew at the docks, there are some fantastic up and coming talents ready to catch the eye on Merseyside. Female four-piece Dum Dum Girls will bring a bit of shoegaze to the Sound City festival. Math rockers Dutch Uncles have also joined the bill and will be looking to move away from being a festival buzz band and to a group which can really excite people on a festival bill – is this festival the right platform? We shall see.

If overblown hipster chic is what you enjoy , eccentric duo The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger are certainly a feast for the eyes. Whether their off-colour take on psychedelic rock will captivate or confuse, they’re likely to be an interesting draw alongside Roni Size /Reprazent, The Thurston Moore Band, Gaz Coombes, F*cked Up, Evian Christ and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

But with a BBC Sound of 2015 nomination and countless plays of their new single on Radio 1, the act I’m undeniably the most excited about catching a glimpse of at Liverpool Sound City (barring the headliners anyway) are Slaves. Their no nonsense approach on indie rock and incredible tunes like ‘The Hunter’ and ‘Where’s Your Car Debbie’ are certain to draw a capacity crowd to their slot at the festival, and as it did with me at 2000 Trees 2014, they’re almost certain to leave you asking, “Debbie… Where is your car?”


Video of the Moment #1731: Avi Buffalo

By on Thursday, 29th January 2015 at 6:00 pm

So it turns out Avi Buffalo‘s second Sub Pop album ‘At Best Cuckold’ that came out in September 2014 will be their last. RIP. In what is probably their last video ever, the ‘Think It’s Gonna Happen Again’ promo is disorientingly filled with shot after shot of what appears to be regret for the wrong choices you make in life in 20/20 hindsight, as singer/songwriter Avi Zahnner-Isenberg is a traveler, taking us from one scene to the next as he mimes the words to the song, sometimes staring straight at the viewer. But I guess this is where his journey (with Avi Buffalo, at least) ends. Watch the video below.

Want more? TGTF’s Avi Buffalo coverage is this-a way.

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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: The Districts perform ‘Suburban Smell’ and ‘4th and Roebling’ for La Blogotheque

By on Thursday, 29th January 2015 at 4:00 pm

In this lovely Take Away show from those French masters La Blogotheque, Pennsylvania growly indies the Districts perform two cuts from their upcoming album for Fat Possum Records, ‘A Flourish and a Spoil’, which sees the light of day on the 9th of February. You’ll recognise ‘4th and Roebling’, the lead single from the upcoming LP, performed as the sun sets by a canal. ‘Suburban Smell’, performed acoustically alone by frontman Rob Grote, gets its first airing in this video as well. Watch the performances below.

Stay tuned for my review of ‘A Flourish and a Spoil’, which will post soon here on TGTF. For our past coverage on the Lititz band, go here. The Districts are scheduled to perform at this year’s SXSW.

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Single Review: Modest Mouse – Coyotes

By on Thursday, 29th January 2015 at 1:00 pm

It’s been some time since we’ve heard from Northwest American indie band Modest Mouse. The last time they released and toured a studio album – 2007’s concept album ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank’ – ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was one of their full members (Marr has since gone on to his own successful solo career). 2015 will see the release of ‘Strangers to Ourselves’, Modest Mouse’s sixth studio album, which will be released in early March on Epic Records. Prior to Christmas 2014, the band revealed the LP’s first single, the all over the place ‘Lampshades on Fire’ (stream here). Just this last week, they revealed second single ‘Coyotes’, a much more understated and thoughful affair that gives clues that ‘Strangers to Ourselves’ will have its introspective, melancholic moments.

The accompanying promo video for ‘Coyotes’ allows the listener to join what appears to be an urbanised coyote as he takes a light rail journey in an empty train car through Portland, Oregon. (Apparently the whole thing as reported by the Portland Mercury is a re-creation of actual events that happened on the town’s MAX Light Rail in 2002, starring what I assume is a very well-trained, Hollywood-type, coyote-looking dog.) The timing of the journey, in the wee hours of the morning, further lends a lonesome air that matches the song. After boarding, the coyote chooses to sit, then relax on a seat on the train, looking about as comfortable as any one of us might be spending a lazy Sunday afternoon on the sofa in front of the telly.

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As you’re watching this video, you can’t help but make the connection between the surprising content in a wild animal’s face and body language to our own overwhelming complacency about our changing environment, that it’s someone else’s problem to deal with. In the suburb of Washington, DC, where I born and raised, many deer and a whole host of other wildlife regularly feed on our gardens and build homes and nests in our trees and under our lawns, much to the chagrin of homeowners. From the animals’ perspective, they have had to make do while their own natural habitat and way of life have been encroached on. Who is wrong, who is right? The song is simple, beginning with an easy guitar melody, before it heads into a sweeping chorus with staccatoed notes and backing vocals. This is more of a thinking song.

Frontman Isaac Brock’s haunting lyrics – “Coyotes tiptoe in the snow after dark / at home with the ghosts in the national parks / mankind’s behavin’ like some serial killers / giant ol’ monsters afraid of the sharks” – point squarely to this moral conflict that developers and urban dwellers are challenged with. Going further, he shows how ridiculous we are in being all too often unwilling to find real solutions for our problems: “And we say: ‘We’re in love with all of it’ / and we say: ‘We’re in love with everything’ / and we say: ‘What can we say?'” Is there a one size fits all answer to the mess we find ourselves in, to habitats being destroyed, to global warming, to the destruction of our earth? No, but Modest Mouse deserve mad props for taking to their soapbox to shame us for our own complacency.


The new Modest Mouse single ‘Coyotes’ is out now. ‘Strangers to Ourselves’ will be released on Epic Records on the 2nd of March.

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