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Video of the Moment #2924: Rainbrother

 
By on Thursday, 14th February 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Danish group Rainbrother have a new promo video out for their new single. ‘The Master’ is an early taster of their upcoming album ‘Island’, out the 29th of March. The press release I received described the LP as an exploration of “voluntary isolation, lost love and self-acceptance”. In the video for ‘The Master’, director Jesper Helbo took the idea of four characters symbolising natural elements and embraced them as disparate elements that ultimately come together towards a united direction. He says of the video, “as the costumes was laid out one by one, with their own separate colour scheme and identity, I felt eager and excited to bring them all to life. Slowly they came to be, engulfed by the hauntingly beautiful woods; Fire, Water, Earth and Metal. Separate but united, and slowly walking along an invisible path towards a mysterious destination. Each of them in a quiet conversation with “The Master” pushing them up and down, left and right, and with increasing force to the point of no return.” Filmed in the woodlands outside of Copenhagen, the music that mixes experimental rock with the band’s noted vocal harmonies fits well with Helbo’s treatment of both the beguiling mysterious as well as creepy. Watch the music video for ‘The Master’ below. Our past coverage on TGTF on Rainbrother is through here.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #414: Glass Caves

 
By on Thursday, 14th February 2019 at 12:00 pm
 

Part of the metropolitan area of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Pontefract is a town that has been around for a long time. I mean, a really long time: try AD 1086 or thereabouts. The town’s name comes from the Latin for ‘broken bridge’. The band from Pontefract I introduce you to today are sure to want to build bridges with their American cousins instead while they’re in Austin for SXSW next month. Glass Caves began humbly, initially trying their luck with street busking to see if they could make enough money to survive post-uni. As money came in slowly but steadily from interested passersby drawn in by their catchy pop-tinged rock, then came the requests for CDs. For a band without a label, the only option was to burn the CDs themselves in the middle of the night and at their own expense. Earlier material like the title track of their 2014 debut album, ‘Alive’, bears favourable comparison to stadium rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Other unsigned bands have relied on social media and various music platforms to spread the word on their music, but this was not the route Glass Caves wanted to take. The Yorkshire group made the decision to do things more organically, pounding the pavement, developing relationships with music fans and independent music venue staff through precious face time and not through the less personable approaches through a computer or mobile phone screen. It’s paid off: what unsigned band do you know of who’s headlined a Club NME show at London Koko? As of late, their sound has evolved to become more keyboard-driven, sounding more like fellow Northerners Blossoms. Have a watch and listen to ‘Bad Liar’ below and see what you think. Quite a few bands from Britain have used their SXSW shout as a springboard to bigger things. With Glass Caves, just you wait.

 

Video of the Moment #2923: Savoir Adore

 
By on Wednesday, 13th February 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Savoir Adore will be releasing their fourth album in April. ‘Full Bloom’, scheduled for release in early April, is the second half of two albums, following the unveiling of ‘First Bloom’ last autumn. A preview of the upcoming album is, confusingly, a single itself called ‘Bloom’. The song’s accompanying promo was filmed in Boston in a small club called Jacques Cabaret. It follows the transformation of a young man into a drag queen, taking the song’s title literally. Watch the video for ‘Bloom’ below. Stay tuned for ‘Full Bloom’ on the 5th of April on Nettwerk Music Group. Interested in reading all of our past coverage on Savoir Adore on TGTF? Come this way.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Joshua Burnside shares acoustic version of ‘Desert Wine’, set to short video clips from his phone

 
By on Wednesday, 13th February 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

I wasn’t sure where to put this video on TGTF, as it doesn’t fit neatly into any of our normal feature type. Since we often put acoustic live versions in the Live Gig Video section, I’ve decided to stick this here. Now that I’ve got your attention, I’ll tell you more about the video. We all have photos and videos that we’ve taken randomly and saved on our phones, right? But how many of us actually do anything useful – or creative – with them? Northern Irish singer/songwriter Joshua Burnside had been collecting video clips, taking the advice to do so from his friend and fellow artist Emily McIlwaine.

To celebrate the recent release of a new album, he has set one of the album tracks to a collection of his video clips. ‘Wear Bluebells in Your Hat If You’re Goin’ That Way’, available now from Quiet Arch Records, is a 2019 updated version of the 2017 Northern Irish Music Prize winner’s 2013 EP ‘If You’re Going That Way’, which had only five tracks. The ‘Wear Bluebells…’ version now is 10 tracks strong, including an acoustic single version of the previously released studio version of ‘Desert Wine’. Watch and listen to the new version of the song below. Joshua Burnside is scheduled to perform next month at SXSW 2019; to date, his only official appearance on the official SXSW schedule is on Friday night, 15 March, at the Victorian Room at the Driskill. All of our coverage on TGTF on Burnside can be accessed through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2922: Teleman

 
By on Tuesday, 12th February 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

I’m pretty opinionated about live videos filmed at gigs that are hawked around as promo videos. I’m a smidge less critical about the karaoke-style lyric videos. Trust Teleman, on the top of my favourite bands of the moment, to make a very special lyric video for ‘Between the Rain’. Resident artist and keyboardist Jonny Sanders must have spent a lot of time coordinating the clips and editing together the unusual lyric video, which you can watch below. The song appears on ‘Family of Aliens’, the third album from Teleman that was released at the start of September 2018. (You can read my thoughts on the LP in my review here. ‘Between the Rain’ is available now as a digital download. ‘Family of Aliens’ is also out now on Moshi Moshi Records. I’ve written quite a lot about Teleman over the years; you can catch up on all my writing on them through this link.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #413: Elder Island

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

When I first started blogging 10 years ago, bands with the word ‘bear’ in their name was a thing. Now it seems that the buzz word is ‘island’. (See my review last week of Low Island’s ‘In Person’.) The word ‘island’ conjures up individuality, but at the expense of isolation. Elder Island, named after a real place in Canada, are an electronic-driven trio who prove that isolation used as a means for indie bands to carefully create their art can be successful. The like-minded friends who were all studying art in Bristol have been steadily moving forward with their experimental music side gig over the last 6 years. 2019 is set to be Elder Island’s year, their time in the limelight, and congratulations are in order, and not just for their all-important shout to SXSW 2019. Last Friday, they self-released their debut album ‘The Omnitone Collection’.

They showed early promise on ‘Golden’, appearing on their 2016 ‘Seeds in Sand’ EP. You can understand the track’s origin, used as a transitional, loose point in our set where we could just let go a little”, as you get caught up in its beguiling vibrations. Katy Sargent’s vocals, stretched and echoey, act more like another electronic part layered on top of synthesisers. From the new LP, the first taster revealed to the wild was the rhythmically-mesmerising ‘Don’t Lose’. On it, their ability to pen a catchy tune is written all over it, and Sargent’s vocals have less effects put on it than on the EP, which make them more human. The accompanying promo video is a playful visual of how deft they are in transforming what could be techie electronic elements into parts totally accessible once incorporated into a pop song. Electronics aren’t just for nerds who that love them. These days, those who can use them in tandem with good songwriting are in good position indeed.

 
 
 

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