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Alvvays / January and September 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 22nd December 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Canadian alt-pop quintet Alvvays have had an impressive year in 2014, with their self-titled debut album listed among NME’s Albums of the Year and their singles ‘Archie, Marry Me’ and ‘Next of Kin’ making the A-list on BBC 6music. You can watch the video for ‘Next of Kin’ at the bottom of the page; the full album is out now via Transgressive Records.

Alvvays are set to begin 2015 with a tour of the UK and have already sold out their January shows in Manchester and London. But if you missed out, have no fear, as the band have just announced a second show in each of those cities for next September. Tickets for the following dates are available now.

Wednesday 21st January 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute (sold out)
Thursday 22nd January 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 23rd January 2015 – Newcastle Think Tank
Saturday 24th January 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Monday 26th January 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Tuesday 27th January 2015 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Wednesday 28th January 2015 – London Scala (sold out)
Friday 30th January 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Saturday 31st January 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 10th September 2015 – Manchester Academy 2
Friday 11th September 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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Video of the Moment #1708: Amber Run

 
By on Friday, 19th December 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Nottingham’s Amber Run have a new promo video out for ‘Just My Soul Responding’. The single drops in the new year on the 19th of January on RCA Victor. As ot seems in so many videos we’ve seen in the past, the action in this one centres around an underdog fighting for his honour (so be forewarned, it’s violent), but with a couple surprising twists. This is a part 1 of 2, so we’ll be hanging in there to see the conclusion of the story soon, then.

As previously announced on TGTF, the band will be touring the UK in February 2015.

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Live Gig Video: Marina and the Diamonds perform new song ‘Happy’ from upcoming LP ‘FROOT’

 
By on Friday, 19th December 2014 at 4:15 pm
 

The next Marina and the Diamonds album ‘FROOT’ will be released on the 6th of April 2015, and ahead of that, she’s already released two songs from it. The first was the title track, whose promo video was revealed in November (see our previous Video of the Moment for it). Now second track ‘Happy’ has been unveiled, coming to us in acoustic form. Watch it below.

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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #318: Jay Prince

 
By on Friday, 19th December 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

East London-born Jay Prince is an unsigned hip hop artist and producer. The 21-year-old’s style has been described as a “chilled and mellow nostalgic vibe”, which is largely influenced by early hip hop combined with today’s modern sound.

Balancing his university life with his music career, Prince self-released a number of albums and mixtapes including ‘Lounge in Paris’, ‘Tokyo Dreams’, ‘Her High’ and the ‘Voyage’ EP, all of which were fairly successful. However, it wasn’t until the release of his mixtape ‘Mellow Vation’ that the hip hop artist began to get recognised, as ‘Summer Breeze’ (ft. Emmavie) (one of the tracks from the mixtape) gained support from the likes of Annie Mac and DJ Semtex on BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra respectively.

Prince returned in August 2014 with a brand new single entitled ‘Polaroids’. Since its release, the track has accumulated over 400,000 plays on SoundCloud and has been greeted to positive reviews from critics and listeners alike. The same can also be said for the Chloe Martini remix. The single was the start of a new direction for the hip hop artist, who told The 405 that it wouldn’t have made it on to ‘Mellow Vation’, adding: “I’ve got more of a complete sound now.”

This was closely followed by the IAMNOBODI produced track ‘Feel It’, which has a summer vibe that is largely reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Section 80’. Both ‘Polaroids’ and ‘Feel It’ are set to feature on his new EP ‘BeFor Our Time’, which is set for a release early next year. In between the release of his singles, Prince produced ‘The Garden Party’ for Kojey Radical – another London-born hip hop artist.

Based on the success of his recent projects, Jay Prince is certainly a name to keep an eye out for in 2015. He’s pencilled in for an appearance at SXSW 2015 in March.

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Single Review: Marika Hackman – Drown

 
By on Friday, 19th December 2014 at 11:00 am
 

Singer/songwriter Marika Hackman has recently announced the release of her debut LP ‘We Slept At Last’, which is due in February. Looking back at her prior collection of EP releases, including her seven-track outing ‘That Iron Taste’ from early 2013, it’s difficult to imagine why she hasn’t put together a full album before now. However, if the LP’s first single ‘Drown’ is any indication, the time she’s spent mulling over the details might translate into a set of songs well worth the long wait. Released on the 8th of December, ‘Drown’ immediately announces itself as being more complex and multi-faceted than standard singer/songwriter material. Despite her young age, Hackman has here displayed an already mature talent, lacing her darkly brooding lyrics with richly intricate and often unexpected musical elements.

Hackman’s lyrics are rife with metaphor and symbolism but nebulous enough to leave any concrete interpretation to the imagination of the listener. She sets up a clear rhyme scheme in the first verse, only to blur it in the second verse, and though the choruses are clearly stated, the song’s overall feeling is ethereal and elusive. The second verse in particular implies a hopelessly unrequited longing: “and I was born with a healthy appetite / for all that glisters white and pure in the night / I had to find your words, your heart / well, where can I start?”

The ambient sound of the song’s introduction is at clear odds with the gentle rocking of the acoustic guitar entrance, providing an early hint of the internal conflict that will play out in the lyrics. The lugubrious, deliberately lethargic vocal melody has an interesting chromatic flavor that clearly suggests an intricate art or folk song aesthetic rather than the usual straightforward tonality of singer/songwriter fare. Open harmonies between the double-tracked vocal parts give an impression of vast emptiness, and the dramatic gradual layering of the instrumental arrangement builds to an unavoidable sense of doom when the low strings come in at the end.

8.5/10

The disturbingly literal, yet somehow graceful video for ‘Drown’ by Marika Hackman can be viewed below. The single version of the track is available now via Dirty Hit Records, or you can receive it as an instant download when you pre-order ‘We Slept At Last’, which drops the 16th of February 2015.

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Aquilo / March 2015 English Tour

 
By on Friday, 19th December 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Lancashire electronica duo Aquilo have just announced a short list of live dates for next March, following the release of their single ‘Losing You’ on the 9th of February. ‘Losing You’ is the second in a two-part video narrative depicting the end of a youthful first love. The song in the narrative’s first part, ‘I Gave It All’, appears with ‘Losing You’ on Aquilo’s current EP, titled ‘Human’. You can watch the videos for both tracks below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following live shows are available now.

Sunday 1st March 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 2nd March 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – Oxford Bullingdon
Thursday 5th March 2015 – London Wilton’s Music Hall

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