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Single Review: Tourist feat. Ardyn – We Stayed Up All Night

 
By on Friday, 21st July 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Grammy Award-winning composer and producer Tourist has released his first new music since his critically acclaimed debut album ‘U’ dropped last year. London-based composer and producer William Phillips is widely known for his bittersweet dance tracks that often feature collaborations with guest vocalists. Some of his past tracks have included guest spots by Lianne La Havas and Will Heard. After releasing three EPs under the name Tourist, he cemented his status within the industry by winning a Grammy for cowriting the Sam Smith hit ‘Stay With Me’. 2016’s ‘U’ garnered support from the likes of Vice, Billboard and Rolling Stone Australia. Tourist is now back with his first single since the release of his debut.

‘We Stayed Up All Night’ is a hauntingly catchy song simmering with youthful optimism. Musically, it resembles College and Electric Youth’s ‘80s-tinged track ‘A Real Hero’. A punchy 8th note synth bass drives the low end over a relaxed four-on-the-floor drum groove. Both are topped with bright and breezy vocals, in this case provided by Gloucestershire siblings Ardyn. Now this is the sound Tourist has come to be known for. The laid-back instrumentation of ‘We Stayed Up All Night’ sets a carefree and trance-like foundation. The lyrics paint a picture of the beautiful moment of ecstasy shared between two people, where yesterday doesn’t matter, and tomorrow doesn’t exist: “So let’s pretend that we have no weight on our shoulders / No time for future, no time for the past”. A simple and catchy vocal melody repeats the title lyrics “we stayed up all night”, concluding the pre-established carefree picture.

The mix between the laid-back instrumentation and the youthful, carefree lyrics brings a sense of safety to the listener. Almost as if for the 4 minutes 25 seconds runtime, the listener is right there in the moment.

8.5/10

‘We Stayed Up All Night’ by Tourist featuring Ardyn, is out now via Monday Records. Philips’ live appearances for the rest of 2017 include an appearance at Boardmasters Festival on Sunday 13 August, plus 2 nights back-to-back at London Corsica Studios on the 22nd and 23rd of November. For our past TGTF coverage on Tourist, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxJAZLNkmnY[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Fenne Lily – What’s Good

 
By on Friday, 14th July 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Turn the lights off, hit play and pay attention to the first official music video release from Bristol-based singer/songwriter Fenne Lily. ‘What’s Good’ was self released back in March, but the heart-on-sleeve-influenced music video premiered just last week.

In 2016, Fenne embarked on her very first UK headline tour and also had a one-off support slot with Lucy Rose. The Bristolian has continued into 2017 with a tour supporting Charlie Cunningham in Europe and landed a slot on a co-headline tour with Siv Jakobson, Paul Thomas Saunders and Sivu this October, which you can read all about here. Fenne has since been working on new material, which is expected to drop later this year. And if it’s anything near as beautiful as ‘What’s Good’, we’re in for quite a treat.

‘What’s Good’ speaks directly from the fragile, painful side of love. Captured by a combination of raw production techniques, a simple yet captivating song and a collection of beautifully honest lyrics, Fenne’s vocals are front and centre throughout the whole track, making it impossible to ignore her sorrowing, self-pitying lyrics. With no sign of vocal processing or even hints of effects to soften the projection, the listener hears in full Lily’s soft, quivering tone as she tenderly makes her way through the deeply personal track. The development of the track seems ambiguous, as a single acoustic guitar softly provides harmonic context to the vocal melody. The song progresses through an empowering yet exposing pre-chorus. Her lyrics “And I know what I want/But I know what I’ll lose” hint at a fight-or-flight state of mind, in this case swaying more towards fight. Approaching the steadily rhythmic chorus, there’s a sense of relief, even though the lyrics continue to address Lily’s vulnerable state: “’cos I need this more than I knew / More than I like, more than you do”.

Following the success of previous singles ‘Bud’ and ‘Top to Toe’, which together have accumulated over 20 million Spotify streams, ‘What’s Good’ has only made Fenne Lily more accessible. With the release of a music video, we can now enjoy a visual representation of her painfully honest music.

8/10

‘What’s Good’ by Fenne Lily is out now, self released by Fenne herself. If you wish to catch Lily live this year, be sure to check out her tour dates through here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzCRcpOKUXs[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Simian Ghost – When You’re Ready

 
By on Thursday, 6th July 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

For the past 6 years, Swedish alt-pop four-piece Simian Ghost have been gaining constant attention from the likes of BBC Radio 2 and The Times. Keeping up appearances, they are back, bringing the Scandinavian summer to us with their current single ‘When You’re Ready’, via Heist or Hit.

The band started as a recording project for songwriter Sebastian Arnström, who released one LP and one EP as a solo artist in 2011. Since then, Simian Ghost have grown in both physical members and in popularity. ‘When You’re Ready’ Arnstsröm admits was originally written for fellow Swede and singer/songwriter Zara Larsson a few years ago. He and bandmate Mathias Zachrisson sat down to write the song, but eventually realised Larsson wouldn’t want a song from them. Instead, they decided to record it themselves, becoming their first truly pop record. Releasing this track themselves has proven to be the right decision, putting any uncertainty aside and developing their sound using their unique knack for hooky melodies.

‘When You’re Ready’ is the perfect happy-go-lucky indie pop hit, like the love child between Owl City and The 1975. With its glimmering guitar and synth sounds over a tight and bouncy groove, the instrumentation presents a carefree sense of innocence. The bass and drums act as one and the same. Every accent and musical flair is perfectly matched, which is great for the technically minded. This teamwork only strengthens the playful vibe of the track, making the listener want to do only one thing: dance. With help from producer Thomas Hedlund of Phoenix, ‘When You’re Ready’ creates its electric sound by layering buoyant and articulate parts on top of one another; each one as quirky as the last. And the sharp, lucid vocal melody, double-tracked in octave harmony decorates the song perfectly.

After three previous albums of music that sat on the brink of pop, ‘When You’re Ready’ gives Simian Ghost a new lease on life firmly in pop territory. The single is a perfect ‘begin to the summer’ song and one we’re glad the lads decided to record it themselves.

8/10

‘When You’re Ready’ is out now via Heist or Hit. Watch a live performance by the band of the single at a Sofar Sounds show in Stockholm below. To read TGTF’s previous coverage on Simian Ghost, including editor Mary’s coverage of the band performing at SXSW 2017, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T7CAnUxIro[/youtube]

 

Album Review: The Coronas – Trust the Wire

 
By on Thursday, 22nd June 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

The Coronas Trust the Wire album coverThe Coronas are back with their impressive fifth studio album ‘Trust the Wire’. After four previous albums, and a decade together as a band, The Coronas have made huge strides from their days at University College Dublin. A short stint on the major label Island Records, 4 years on and off touring and topping the bill at this year’s Sea Sessions in Bundoran. ‘Trust the Wire’ sees the band taking an interesting approach to their writing. Self-described as a “mature, atmospheric and understated sound”, the album shows more control within the slow building, reserved songs, whilst touching on ‘70s tinged electronic rock, sunshine soaked songs and of course a hint at the band’s indie folk roots.

There’s no better way to introduce fans to the band’s progression than album opener and first single ‘We Couldn’t Fake It’. So far from the band’s already established indie pop sound, a heavy use of electronic instruments seems a bit of a risky move in beginning the album with. However, it’s executed brilliantly, as the pulsating sound of the electric drum kit instantly draws attention before the beautiful amalgamation of swirling synths combined with the sharp texture of guitars captures a subtle nostalgia of old Coronas, as well as the excitement of their new direction. The single sets the mood for the album, which in a nutshell is about self-belief and trusting your instincts.

’A Bit Withdrawn’ continues the focus on electronic features. A simple drumbeat carries the song, creating space for the reverb-soaked accompaniment from the rest of the band. The introduction of a vocoder takes the track to a whole new level, its very careful use adding an ambient, dreamlike level to the track has never heard in The Coronas’ music before. Sandwiched between these two progressive tracks is a rousing, festival ready, summer anthem. ‘Real Feel’ contrasts brilliantly by producing a light-hearted, bouncy but driving, indie pop hit reminiscent of their earlier releases. In just the first three tracks, The Coronas prove how versatile they can be, by proving their newfound confidence in their musical maturity.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JqtIiKsMA[/youtube]

‘Give Me a Minute’ marks the midpoint of the album, a heartfelt song about singer O’Reilly feeling anti-social after some live shows. Although some of the lyrics might be misconstrued as an ode to a lover, the lyrics actually speak from a moment of vulnerability and introversion. The song is constructed on a slow build, which again feels unfamiliar for The Coronas and their back catalogue of big indie anthems. However, no matter what sound the band is aiming for, O’Reilly proves he can always deliver a punchy, hook-ridden vocal melody with a stunning tone.

LP ballad closer ‘Look at All the Lovers’ was inspired by O’Reilly feeling envious of important couples in his life, namely his parents and bassist Graham Knox and his wife. The track begins with the smooth sound of an electric piano and features double-tracked vocals, which could be symbolic of O’Reilly’s thoughts. The slow build structure of the song allows for the gradual progression into a full sound, allowing the rest of the band to join in very subtly to support O’Reilly, maybe in more than one way. A self-indulgent end to the album and a little unlikely when it comes to closing a Coronas album, but if we take their word for it, to “trust the wire and do it blind” it was definitely the right choice.

‘Trust the Wire’, oozes strength and emotion from start to finish. Brimming with self-belief and honesty, it preaches a message of hope from a place of despair, felt through the lyrics and the band’s attention to detail within its delicate, intricate arrangements. It’s safe to say The Coronas are back, with a sound fizzing with ambition, with a subtle yet stately grandeur.

8.5/10

‘Trust the Wire’ is available now in Ireland from the band’s own label So Far So Good; its UK release will be tomorrow, Friday, the 23rd of June. If you would like to catch the Coronas live either during a short list of Irish summer dates or their European Autumn tour, go here. To read more of our past coverage on The Coronas here on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2367: Ivy Nations

 
By on Sunday, 28th May 2017 at 10:00 am
 

Irish indie pop quartet Ivy Nations are setting the Dublin scene on fire. Only two singles into their career, the guys have graced radios as far as America and Australia, as well as securing them touring support slots with countrymen Kodaline. Going three for three with their new single and video ‘Live By Design’, Ivy Nations are coming up as one of Ireland’s hottest indie bands at the minute.

The video features a lonely man living and working in a very bare but structured world. Everything has a place outlined in white, from where he sleeps to the footsteps he takes. Like a machine with only one function, his job is to take white boxes from a stack, deliver them to doors and place them on the white squares as marked. After three or four of the same run, he finds a box slightly out of place, which sends him into malfunction, and he ultimately breaks free of the structure his life is built around. Check out the cryptic and somewhat existentialist video below. ‘Live by Design’ is out now.. If you fancy catching Ivy Nations live, go here for a list of their Irish dates.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pilKXXbemNY[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #2366: Velvet Two Stripes

 
By on Saturday, 27th May 2017 at 10:00 am
 

Scandinavian rock trio Velvet Two Stripes are set to release their 2nd EP, ahead of which they have put out the EP’s first single with a supporting video, and we at TGTF are here to tell you all about it. ‘Hey Boy’ is filled with everything that’s expected from a band dubbed on the press release as ‘the coolest Swiss band ever.’ Sonically, we’re met with a scorching guitar riff, pounding rhythm section and growling, visceral vocals, visually matched by a hectic music video, representing the trio’s riot grrrl mentality.

The promo video captures the lyrics in a literal sense by showing various items, including an animal skull and flowers, catching fire, melting and or exploding: a pyrotechnic frenzy set off by the lyric, “oh boy pull the trigger”. Captivating editing tricks, including the clever use of double exposure and bold overlapping colours, Velvet Two Stripes have created a menacing yet inviting visual effect that matches the music perfectly. ‘Hey Boy’ and the recent ‘Got Me Good’ EP are both out now on Snowhite Records.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIjQ21iJPtk[/youtube]

 
 
 

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