By Mary Chang
on Saturday, 13th September 2014 at 10:00 am
The 1975‘s newest video is for new single ‘Heart Out’. A preteen version of the band plays a school talent show, recalling Wolf Alice‘s ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’. See what I mean by watch the video below. Frontman Matt Healy describes what you’re watching as follows:
With the video for ‘Heart Out’ I wanted to return to the classic performance scene. I love a good performance video and wanted to try my hand at creating something that represented my grandeur and slightly deluded sense of self, whilst also adhering to the simplistic rules of a performance. The video is about narcissism, belief and delusion in equal measure. It represents how antiquated and romanticised visions of past and future shed a blazing light on the present and in turn provoke a self-analysis that soon shifts from the material to the ideological. It was in this state of excitement and obsession where the ‘Heart Out’ video was born. Obviously i can delve into the artistic vision of the video – what it means to me, the subtext and my own emotional investment within it – but in doing so I fear defacing what the video truly is about, at face value. It’s a bunch of kids who think they’re rockstars. And…they are x
In 2 weeks’ time, the 1975 are on tour in the UK.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 12th September 2014 at 6:00 pm
A raucous favorite at festivals this summer, Slaves‘ song ‘Hey’ now has a promo. The video reminds us all how important it is to keep an eye on your drinks or strange things will happen. You have been warned. Watch the video below.
We gave away ‘Hey’ in this previous MP3 of the Day post. Catch them on tour supporting Jamie T in October and November; all the details are here.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 6:00 pm
Niall Galvin, better known by his stage name Only Real, has a new promo for his single ‘Pass the Pain’. The man “waxes poetic from a bathtub of Fruit Loops, builds a small tower of Big Macs and cruises with the top down in his red convertible.” All in one video. Trippy, yeah?
If you dig his sound, you’re in luck; he’s been working with producers Ben Allen and Dan Carey on his debut album, which is due out in early 2015. Watch the video for ‘Pass the Pain’ below.
Withered Hand, the band project of Scottish singer/songwriter Dan Willson, will tour the UK next month in support of their album ‘New Gods’, which was released back in March, just before SXSW 2014. I had the pleasure of a quick chat with Willson as part of TGTF’s SXSW coverage, and you can read my review of ‘New Gods’ here.
The upcoming single from ‘New Gods’, called ‘Black Tambourine’, is due out on the 15th of September on Fortuna Pop! Records. The animated video for the song, which you can view just below the tour date listing, was created and directed by visual artist Cameron Watt.
Friday 10 October 2014 – Paisley Arts Centre
Saturday 11 October 2014 – Newcastle Mining Institute
Sunday 12 October 2014 – Wakefield Hop
Tuesday 14 October 2014 – London Scala
Wednesday 15 October 2014 – Nottingham Maze
Thursday 16 October 2014 – Coventry Tin
Friday 17 October 2014 – Manchester Kraak
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 10th September 2014 at 6:00 pm
‘Month of Sundays’ is Metronomy‘s fourth single from their current album ‘Love Letters’, which was released earlier this year. I don’t think I would have known this song was theirs if it hadn’t been labelled as such; it’s pretty understated as Metronomy hits go. Watch the promo below.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 10th September 2014 at 12:00 pm
This week sees the release of London band Duologue‘s second album. Their 2012 debut ‘Song & Dance’ featured the epic ‘Cut and Run’ and the wholly mesmerising ‘Machine Stop’, so the question was always going to be, in what direction would the band going to go for album #2? Even having listened to ‘Never Get Lost’ a couple times, I’m still not sure myself, as the songs contained within it vary from track to track in tempo and mood. The best description I can come up with so far is that like some of Broken Bells‘ music, it sounds like Duologue were trying to make a record that sounded like it had come from another world or at the very least by seriously unconventional means, which I realise could be take either as a compliment or insult, depending on the company.
The two early teasers from the band this summer were certainly intriguing. The suitably electronic geek-titled ‘Drag & Drop’ shows off singer Tim Digby-Bell’s soulful yet at times nearly desperate vocals, while the glitchy wub wub wubs and big beats go on as if in indifference to his emotions. It’s pretty brilliant. ‘Forests’, which we gave away in mid-June in this previous MP3 of the Day post, features a catchy, shuffling electronic rhythm that draws you in. Important to note are Digby-Bell’s expansive vocals in its chorus, in addition to the overall feel of the song, is much gentler than those of ‘Drag & Drop’. But what of the other tracks on ‘Never Get Lost’?
The album begins rather darkly and in a brooding way with ‘Memex’. The electronics are minimised on this track, presumably to invite the listener in slowly but surely into the world that Duologue has woven so carefully. Shortly after the 3 and a half minute mark, the song is thrown into urgency, as electronics essentially take over the album. ‘This is Happening’, with its sardonic synth line and its all-pervading sinisterness, it is one of the album’s standouts as a memorable slow groove. Whoever decided to place ‘Drag & Drop’ after it deserves a gold star, as the pair of songs sound perfect one after another.
Going back to that alien feeling, ‘All Night Shows’ in the middle of the LP is the most otherworldly of the bunch. If you’re an electro head, I can see you digging this. I couldn’t imagine myself listening to it often, only when I was in the mood, but I can appreciate the effort. But for anyone else, I suspect it sounds overdone, overwrought and over the top and in some ways, entirely inhuman as it squeaks and squeals its way to its end. Rhythmically engaging ‘Traps’ also falls into this alien music category. Contrast these songs with the album’s last two tracks and most of ‘Departures’ and the first third of ‘Parts of the Blame’, which showcase more conventional pop songwriting structures. Are we still listening to the same album?
The schizophrenic ‘Siblings’ is a good example of where this album falls flat: it’s admirable with its many layers of textures but nevertheless, it lacks focus. For sure, there are some great electronic beat heights and some truly wonderful moments on ‘Never Get Lost’. But if one looks at the sum of its parts, it feels like this album might have done better with a case of less is more. Any electronic artist will tell you the most difficult part of creating music is self-editing.
Duologue’s second album ‘Never Get Lost’ is out now on Wild Game Records.