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(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #411: APRE

 
By on Tuesday, 5th February 2019 at 12:00 pm
 

In case you somehow missed the meteoric rise of Brighton’s Royal Blood and Tunbridge Wells’ Slaves, musical duos have proven you can make it in the UK music world without having what we used to consider a necessary full band. Ahead of their scheduled appearance Austin, I’d like you to meet another talented pair, APRE. Legend has it that Charlie Brown (yes, really) and Jules Konieczny first met durng a chance meeting at Ealing Chess Club. You’ll have to wait until I meet them one day for us to find out who’s head is better in the game. Maybe they’ll teach me?

My first impression of their sound was how similar it is to another London duo we introduced you all to last year, Kawala. I’m not the only one to have noticed this sameness: late last year, the two acts were tapped for the Hopscotch tour powered by Utilita, an extension of Radio 1’s Jack Saunders’ club night. A feather in APRE’s cap that I don’t think Kawala have managed is to have a #1 single on Hype Machine. This fateful event occurred in spring 2018, and the song that got them there was ‘All Yours’, which also appeared on their later EP ‘The Movement of Time’. A jaunty guitar line plays over a smooth backdrop of keyboards on ‘All Yours’, and the syncopated vocals live in that sweet spot between pop and hip-hop. The vocals are echoey, too, and along with its accompanying video that must have been shot from high up by a drone. The overall effect brings you to the lazy days of summer. And who doesn’t love that in the middle of winter as I write this?

A more pronounced r&b edge has been introduced in their latest single, ‘Backstreet’. With an insistent tropical beat making the song super catchy, this sure ain’t your momma’s Backstreet Boys. This is also where APRE diverge from Kawala. The falsetto vocals and r&b groove are reminiscent of that of Jungle’s, but how the keyboards are employed here will remind you of the feel good moments of Hurts. Ultimately, APRE are the kind of act you’d expect to find in 2019, having taken the best bits from those who came before and having seen what works in today’s pop and what doesn’t. While their red jackets and sunglasses may get them confused for Nancy Pelosi in Austin, I reckon as soon as their music begins, any potential mix-up should soon fade away.

 

Live Gig Video: Lucy Rose shares shadowy promo for single ‘Conversation’ from upcoming fourth album

 
By on Wednesday, 16th January 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

The uncompromising Lucy Rose will be releasing a new album this March. The follow-up to 2017’s ‘Something’s Changing’ and its associated 2018 remix album, ‘No Words Left’ will be with us in March. (I wonder if she’ll be appearing at SXSW 2019 to promote the new LP?) Speaking about the upcoming release, she said, “…sincerity really is the key to this record. It’s my truth. Sincerity is the truth of a person, not just the good but the bad: the flaws, the realness, which can never be ‘perfect’. This album reflects the reality of my life, the toughness life throws at you, and for a period of time it did become too much for me to handle alone.”

An early taster, the single ‘Conversation’ is a song about – yup, you guessed it – the words you longed to say to someone but couldn’t. She goes through the conflicting feelings of love and hate for someone she clearly adores but who has also hurt her deeply. (I’m so intrigued by Lucy’s word choices here, I’m considering doing a full analysis over on my other site Music in Notes.) The treatment given to the song, with her emotive voice and acoustic guitar, augmented by a sweetly gentle orchestration in the background, is sheer perfection. If this is Lucy Rose being honest and beautifully so, then ‘No Words Left’ should be an incredible record indeed. Watch the monochromatic, beguilingly shadowy performance video for ‘Conversation’ below. It’s scheduled for release on the 22nd of March on Communion Records. She has announced UK tour dates for mid-April and Continental ones for early May. Past coverage on TGTF on Lucy Rose can be read through here.

 

Live Gig Video: The Twilight Sad perform single ‘VTr’ from upcoming fifth album and some other places

 
By on Tuesday, 15th January 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

In case you’ve somehow missed this, Friday sees the release of The Twilight Sad‘s fifth album. The band have previewed several tracks from ‘It Won/t Be Like This All the Time’ as singles in their own right and in session, notably for Seattle’s KEXP during their North American tour in October, then BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway in December. In the official video for single ‘VTr’, the Scottish band rock out in what has become their characteristic sombre color tones. Then I thought, why the heck would I not post the BBC Scotland live session for the song, as well as KEXP’s full performance recording in all its glory? You can never have *too* much Twilight Sad, am I right? Enjoy all of the tuneage in visual form below.

Stay tuned for ‘It Won/t Be Like This All the Time’ to be released on Rock Action Records this very Friday, the 18th of January. The group will be making live appearances this week and next in record shops; actual full gigs in the UK will be taking place in Edinburgh (29th of January), Manchester (27th of February), London (28th of February) and Glasgow (2nd of March). Details of all their scheduled live appearances can be viewed on the band’s official Web site. All of our past coverage of The Twilight Sad, including my review of their autumn 2018 North American tour-closing gig in Washington, DC, can be read through here.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2918: Abjects

 
By on Thursday, 10th January 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Girl group Abjects will be releasing their debut album next month. Premiering on the 15th of February on Yippee Ki Yay Records, an Austin label, ‘Never Give Up’ by Jim Riley at London’s Ranscombe Studios, home of ‘The Famous Medway Sound’. The band will no doubt be playing tracks off their forthcoming LP in their record label’s city soon enough: the band have been given a shout for SXSW 2019 in March. Check out the LP title track’s promo video, which stars the three ladies starting their day in their flat, rocking out for a bit, then going on to their some decidedly less interesting work to pay the bills, before they end up preparing for a gig. I covered one of Abjects’ appearances at SXSW 2016; I reckon I’ll be likely to see them perform live again in 2 months.

 

Video of the Moment #2917: Slaves

 
By on Wednesday, 9th January 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

I think at some point in our lives, we’ve all imagined what our musical heroes must have been like as children. Slaves decided to take this very idea and make a music video for their song ‘Photo Opportunity’ of their younger alter-egos carousing Tunbridge Wells as we might have dreamt of them doing. Or at least this what Isaac and Laurie thought they should be doing as best buddies. As I mentioned in my review from last summer, ‘Photo Opportunity’ is one of the more intriguing songs on their third album ‘Acts of Fear and Love’ because it provides surprising snapshots into their feelings of insecurity and lack of direction that you don’t expect from two blokes from Kent who have so many fans. Watch the heart-tugging promo video below; the single officially drops on the 22nd of February on Virgin EMI. Slaves’ third album ‘Acts of Fear and Love’ is available now. We’ve written quite a bit on Slaves over the years; the full archive can be accessed starting from here.

 

Video of the Moment #2916: Chemical Brothers

 
By on Tuesday, 8th January 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Have you been wondering what happened to Chemical Brothers? I did. Apparently, I completely missed ‘Free Yourself’ unveiled last autumn. Or maybe I just wiped it out of my consciousness? No matter. This first full week of 2019, they have for us another tune to whet our whistles. ‘MAH’, which allegedly stands for ‘mad at hell’, has a disconcerting music video to go with it, filled with masked men and a room crammed full of dancers under a strobing light show. Word on the street is that the single appears on the electronic pioneers’ new album ‘No Geography’, expected to drop later this year. For now, you can grab ‘MAH’ from Astralwerks and groove with it in the comfort of your own home; stay tuned for more from the Chems. Past articles on the Chemical Brothers on TGTF are through here.

 
 
 

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