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Video of the Moment #2921: Julia Jacklin

 
By on Thursday, 7th February 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

I can tell I’m really going to love Julia Jacklin‘s new album out later this month. The Aussie singer/songwriter has tapped into feelings that come out strongly following a failed relationship, something we all can relate to. The previously revealed ‘Head Alone’ was an anthem for female empowerment. With ‘Pressure to Party’, Jacklin addresses the inevitable peer pressure you get to go out following a breakup, the kind of pressure levied by well-meaning friends who don’t realise the act of socialising has to be done only when you’re ready. ‘Crushing’, Jacklin’s sophomore effort, will be out on the 22nd of February on Transgressive Records. For all of our past coverage on Julia Jacklin, go here.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #412: Breathe Panel

 
By on Thursday, 7th February 2019 at 12:00 pm
 

I’ve admitted publicly more than a few times here on TGTF that shoegazer slacker rock isn’t my cup of tea. I can appreciate that some find it the music and disaffected vocals great to chill out to, while other gear heads actually like the mechanics behind creating that oozy woozy, lazy sound. I don’t know why it’s taken me so many years to come to this conclusion: As an East Coast American with a Type A, neurotic, impatient personality, the sounds of guitar notes that aren’t played quite that precisely are probably what set me off. I think I could be making major strides here, as when I was going through the bands who were given a shout to SXSW 2019, I actually liked a band from this subgenre of rock! Ladies and gents, I bring you Breathe Panel.

The band use Brighton as their home base, so while their signing to local legendary FatCat Records isn’t entirely unexpected, it is worth applauding since there are so many fledgling artists there. Taking their location into account – being never too far from the soothing sounds of the lapping waves and evocative days and nights by the beach – their choice of swirling guitars and vocals oh so diaphanous that you couldn’t stick a pin in them make total sense. So do their noted influences of American bands Real Estate and Deerhunter, as well as their choice of producer for their debut album, MJ of Hookworms. On said album released last summer, they do their genre contemporaries proud, balancing upbeat, more agile numbers (‘On My Way’, ‘Sunrise / Sunshine’) with slower-moving ones (‘Hue’, ‘Red Wine Glass’). In that way, they’ve proven the name of their band is appropriate: panels are known to be solid and reliable, while ‘breathe’ describes the dreamy nature of their music well. Under the mood lighting found in many venues in Austin come nightfall, there’s sure to be those mesmerised by them.

 

Video of the Moment #2920: FIDLAR

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

Punk band FIDLAR released their third album ‘Almost Free’ in January. Strange name for a band of their genre, eh? ‘Can’t You See’ is the latest video to come from the LP, and it’s definitely strange, too. In it, the band from Los Angeles go for a trip in a sweet ride, or so it seems. Watch the video for ‘Can’t You See’ below. You can nab ‘Almost Free’ for yourself from Wichita Recordings (UK), Mom + Pop (America) or Dine Alone (Canada). Our past articles featuring FIDLAR are through this link.

 

Live Gig Video: Stella Donnelly previews upcoming debut album with video tour diary for ‘Lunch’

 
By on Wednesday, 6th February 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

Welsh/Australian singer/songwriter Stella Donnelly is previewing her upcoming debut album out at the start of March. Just prior to a North American tour to support the new LP, ‘Beware of the Dogs’ will be out on the 8th of March on Secretly Canadian. ‘Lunch’ is an early taster of what’s to come: it’s a melancholic study of the disconnect from real life musicians feel being so far away from home when on tour. What saves this video from going into truly depressing territory are the visuals of Donnelly and her band hanging out and their shenanigans on tour, reminding us all that none of us are an island and human interaction is key to mentally keeping things together. Watch the promo for ‘Lunch’ below, and stay tuned for Donnelly’s big debut release in about a month. Past coverage here on TGTF on Stella Donnelly can be viewed through this link.

 

Single Review: Low Island – In Person

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

Header photo of Low Island by Dan Kendall

In the South of England, the lofty spires of University of Oxford loom above a city that consistently punches above its weight in the production of quality bands. You know them: Radiohead, Swervedriver, Foals, Stornoway, Glass Animals. Are Low Island next? They have named themselves after the geological term for a land mass surrounded by water but of the most unusual origin. You see, a low island is formed not from the activity of volcanoes (think Hawaii, Indonesia, etc.) but instead from the dirt and rocks that build up on top of a coral reef.

The band’s moniker is quite on the humble foundations on which they began: Jamie Jay and Carlos Posada used to DJ in Leeds back in the day and they’ve taken their first-hand knowledge of how to get people on the dance floor to influence their electronic-driven dance pop. The childhood friends’ music follows in the great tradition of Friendly Fires and Holy Ghost! and has been already been compared to the xx and Caribou. Last week, Low Island released their latest single, ‘In Person’, and it’s super.

The tune begins with 3 seconds of a sci-fi arc of sound, followed by a sexy, swaggery drum beat. Posada’s voice, as well as a bouncy synth line, come in to provide additional catchiness. It’s the kind of song with so many things going on at the same time, you know it would be amazing to watch live. That is, if you can stand still long enough not to groove along with them; I don’t think I could hold myself back. Lyrically, ‘In Person’ takes on the paradox of social media:. Despite our theoretical ability to keep in touch with each and every one of our friends on a multitude of platforms, and from a piece of metal in the palm of your hand to boot, keeping in touch as we get older doesn’t seem to get any easier. Technology has wreaked havoc on our ability to communicate and interact with each other. What’s the take home message? I think Low Island just want us to dance. I won’t argue with them. Check them out on their UK tour in March and April.

 

Video of the Moment #2919: The Killers

 
By on Tuesday, 5th February 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

It’s been a spell since we’ve had new music from The Killers. ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, the Las Vegas band’s fifth album, made its debut in autumn 2017. Brandon Flowers and co.’s latest offering is wholly welcome while sadly unsurprising, given the political turmoil America has been going through in the last few years. The words in the title of this one-off song from the Killers, ‘Land of the Free’, is of course taken from our national anthem, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’. To drive home Flowers’ primary point in this song, that the meaning of our freedom, as far as we understood it as children learning our national anthem, has been impinged on, the promo video was filmed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee at the American / Mexican border. Watch the video for ‘Land of the Free’ below. For more on TGTF on The Killers, go here.

 
 
 

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