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Live Review: Teleman with C.A.R. at Bristol Thekla – 27th September 2018

 
By on Monday, 8th October 2018 at 2:00 pm
 

It took nearly a decade, but I finally made it to arguably the most unusual venue in the UK. It’s not a 19th century Scottish church turned venue, that’s Oran Mor in Glasgow, or a treatment centre for the hearing impaired turned venue, that’s Manchester’s Deaf Institute. No, last Thursday night, I found myself on a decommissioned cargo ship moored in Bristol Harbour to see one of my favourite live bands. The show at Thekla marked the start of a 2-and-a-half week UK tour in support of their latest album ‘Family of Aliens’, released in early September. (Read my review of the album through here.) In a previous interview with Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music, Teleman mentioned Bristol was always a good place to gig. The city didn’t disappoint them, being the first date on the tour to sell out.

C.A.R. Bristol 1

Chloé Raunet is the one-woman show C.A.R. She’s a French-Canadian based in London and a singer and synth and keyboard player. While she was likely unknown to the majority of the crowd – I know I didn’t know anything about her – her mix of driving beats and oft yelping voice was just the right amount of subversiveness in sound just above the headliners’ own. Her 2014 debut ‘My Friend’ was described by Dummy magazine as “an electro pop album that’s quite self-consciously weird.” Her follow-up, this year’s ‘Pinned’, stars oddly catchy tunes like ‘Growing Pains’ and the live standout of her set ‘This City’, rich with metallic clanks and her disaffected vocals. Keen on grabbing a free remix of ‘This City’ done by Teleman drummer Hiro? Right through here.

Teleman Bristol 2

As one might expect, the set list for Teleman’s inaugural night for the ‘Family of Aliens’ tour was heavy on tunes from the new LP. Of the three singles that previewed the official release of the album, early calls for ‘Song for a Seagull’ from the audience proved it’s clearly the fan favourite. Bemused but seemingly prepared for this response, frontman Thomas Sanders was quick to quip that we’d get it soon enough. When the moment finally arrived in the set, time seemed to pause: the song has become quite personal to me, and not just because I’m named early on in its promo video. I have been on both sides, having been the untouchable seagull and having been in love with one. There are equal parts of wonderment and bewilderment when you fall in love with someone you can’t fully connect with on an emotional level. I suppose you could argue the song sounds way too happy, but I look at it as an acknowledgement of the essence of love: it’s beguiling and frustrating but ultimately wonderful.

Teleman Bristol 1

The delightful synth bounce in their tunes comes across even better in a live setting. A song like ‘Fun Destruction’ – an examination on the struggle between having a fun, messy night out and then confronting your hungover self in the morning – is ideal for a gig, the ordered and anarchic bits of the song at odds but in a way that works flawlessly. Sanders admitted anxiously before ‘Twisted Heart’ that we were the first people to ever hear it live. While it’s definitely chaotic, it was all too easy and wonderfully so to give in to the chaos and revelry of the night that continued into now perennial live favourite ‘Dusseldorf’. Older beloved tracks ‘Tangerine’, ‘Cristina’ and one-off Speedy Wunderground single ‘Strange Combination’ joined the party, too. When the band finally had to sadly say goodbye, they ended with ‘Not in Control’, its motorik beat and droney nature acting as perfect sendoff. Until next time, Teleman, thank you.

Teleman Bristol 5


After the cut: Teleman’s set list from the night.

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Video of the Moment #2894: Julia Jacklin

 
By on Thursday, 4th October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

While we haven’t heard new music from singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin in quite a while, the Aussie hasn’t been exactly resting and plotting her next move. She’s been busy with another side project, Phantastic Ferniture, a garage band starring Jacklin and two old friends and who released their eponymous debut album this summer. The LP is available now through Polyvinyl if you fancy seeking it out.

Prior to that, Jacklin’s only solo material available besides her 2016 Transgressive debut album ‘Don’t Let the Kids Win’ was last year’s 7″, double-A sided single ‘Eastwick’/’Cold Caller’. This week, she surprises us with new single ‘Body’, accompanied with a promo video filmed as a long drive and jaunt out in the Australian wilderness with no particular destination. Watch it below. We hope this signals a future LP-length release in the near future for the Aussie. For more on Julia Jacklin here on TGTF, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2893: Warbly Jets

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Allister Ann

Just shy of a year past the release of their debut self-titled LP, Los Angeles alt-rock band Warbly Jets have released a new single from that album, and a shiny new promo video to go along with it. ‘Shapeshifter’ has strong elements of punk and psych rock that combine to produce a deliberately nebulous overall musical effect, both compelling and conveniently apropos to its title.

The visual treatment for ‘Shapeshifter’, directed by Laura Lynn Petrick, is equally and suitably dichotomous, and its two visual loci are presented simultaneously and in combination with one another. On one hand, we see lo-fi black and white images in the rough style of analog film, softened and slightly out of focus. These are juxtaposed with a mix of brightly hallucinogenic colors and highly sharpened digital effects that might inspire you to reach for your sunnies as you watch.

As it turns out, the timing of the ‘Shapeshifter’ release might not be entirely accidental. It coincides with Warbly Jets’ return to the studio to record the follow up to last year’s debut, and true to their own previous form, the band are setting out to defy any preconceived notions of what they should sound like. Lead singer Samuel Shea explains in the press release for ‘Shapeshifter’: “As an artist, I believe it’s extremely important to make drastic differences as you transition through phases. That was something that Julien [O’Neill] and I talked about from the conception of this band. I hope you always hear what you’re not expecting when you listen to a new release from us.” Though it’s very early days for the new recording project, ‘Shapeshifter’ effectively serves a dual purpose, as a bold reminder of Warbly Jets’ sonic milieu and as a departure point for their upcoming flight of rock ‘n’ roll fancy.

Keep an eye on TGTF for further news about Warbly Jets as their new project progresses. Our previous coverage of Warbly Jets, including a review of early single ‘4th Coming Bomb’, is collected right through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2892: The Dodos

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Next month will see the release of the latest LP from San Franciscan duo The Dodos. The latest preview of the upcoming album, their seventh from the studio, makes a grand impression as presented in its promo video. ‘SW3’ – which, sadly, does not have anything to do with the London postcode – takes us to a martial arts studio, where we get to see some youngsters showing off their physical prowess. It stars Shaolin teenager Queena Tran and friends in what became an impromptu showcase that even surprised and wowed director Ryan Daniel Browne. Watch it all enfold below. ‘Certainly Waves’ will drop on the 12th of October on Polyvinyl Records. To read our past coverage on the Dodos here on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2891: Metric

 
By on Tuesday, 25th September 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Canadian electropop band Metric have taken a different tack for the theme in their new music video than their contemporaries would have. Their intent for the new promo was to be as realistic as possible: ‘Now or Never Now’ was filmed in environments both musicians and music lovers are very familiar with: within the small hours in a nightclub and in a city where most of the revelers have gone and the only people left are those who have to be there. As provided on the press release:

“Many music videos take place in night clubs,” notes Nicholson [director Lorraine Nicholson], “very few depict them as they so often are: pensive, dark and depressing.” Metric frontwoman Emily Haines adds, “This was a night shoot leading to dawn, as Lorraine wanted to place the video in those most questionable hours of the morning…I’m profoundly lost and alone with random uncaring strangers…the rest of the band is on an urgent quest to find me and rescue me from this sad existence, but they always arrive too late.”

‘Now or Never Now’ appears on the band’s newest record ‘Art of Doubt’, available now from MMI/Crystal Math Music. The group will begin their world tour in support of the new album on the 25th of October in Moscow. The four UK dates on the tour are listed below and are on sale now. North American dates are expected to be announced soon, and you can check back periodically on the band’s official Web site for more details. Itching to read further in our archive on Metric? Right this way.

Saturday 17th November 2018 – Birmingham Academy 2
Sunday 18th November 2018 – Glasgow Queen Margaret Union
Monday 19th November 2018 – Manchester Ritz
Tuesday 20th November 2018 – London Kentish Town Forum

 

In the Post #163: Ben Howard follows his ‘Noonday Dream’ with three new tracks, including a surprise collaboration with alt-pop duo Sylvan Esso

 
By on Tuesday, 25th September 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Summer may be drawing to a close, but reminiscences of warm and sunny days are still fresh in our collective memory. With this in mind, singer/songwriter Ben Howard has just released a handful of new singles hot on the heels of his summer LP ‘Noonday Dream’, which was released back in June. As often happens, the recording sessions for the album were overly prolific, but in a fortunate sort of way. Howard himself says, “The recording sessions for ‘Noonday Dream’ were so varied and over quite a period of time. There were little gems that we didn’t know what to do with, but it felt right to put these three together, both separate and a part of the album, so to speak.”

One of those so-called gems is a surprise collaboration between Howard and American electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso. Called ‘Hot Heavy Summer’, the track does indeed feel tangentially related to the ephemeral vignettes on ‘Noonday Dream’. The addition of Amelia Meath’s backing vocals keeps the soundscape brighter and more buoyant than the title might imply, while the rounded hollow of the percussion beat lends a very definite substance to Howard’s otherwise evanescent arrangement. Apropos to the song’s title, ‘Hot Heavy Summer’ was featured as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World last Thursday, 13th September. Speaking on BBC Radio 1, Howard related that Meath’s lilting voice came immediately to mind for this song: “Amelia is just incredible, fortune prevailed, and we managed to get in the studio. I had it in the back of my mind as soon as we initially recorded ‘Hot Heavy Summer’ that the track just felt right for her.” If you’re interested in the full radio clip, you can listen back to it for a limited time on the BBC Radio 1 iPlayer.

‘Hot Heavy Summer’ is accompanied by two other tracks leftover from the ‘Noonday Dream’ sessions, a dark narrative called ‘Another Friday Night’ and the electronically experimental ‘Sister’. While these tracks don’t quite fit into the artistically cinematic nature of ‘Noonday Dream’, Howard is right in saying that they’re too good to go unheard. You can take a listen to all three tracks via Spotify, just below.

8.5/10

Ben Howard has a run of live dates in the UK planned for this winter, including two nights at the Manchester Apollo in December and three nights at London’s Brixton Academy after the start of the new year. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Friday 7th December – Glasgow Hydro Arena
Saturday 8th December – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Monday 10th December – Manchester Apollo
Tuesday 11th December – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 16th January 2019 – London Brixton Academy
Thursday 17th January 2019 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 18th January 2019 – London Brixton Academy

You can read TGTF’s past coverage of Ben Howard right back here, and our coverage of Sylvan Esso is collected through here.

 
 
 

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