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Video of the Moment #2427: Ardyn

 
By on Monday, 21st August 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Given how many times we tend to hear about competing artists dissing each other and having beefs, it’s nice to hear a positive story about collaborators staying friends and being involved with each other’s music. This has certainly happened between Gloucestershire sibling duo Ardyn, fraternal twins Rob and Katy Pearson, and their professional relationship with Tourist, aka London electronic artist and producer William Phillips. Earlier this summer, they unveiled their collaboration on Phillips’ ‘We Stayed Up All Night’, which you can read about through here.

It’s Ardyn’s turn now. For their new track ‘Throwing Stones’, Phillips did the honours of producing the track. One of the obvious motifs in the animated promo are flying birds, which came from a much more sinister point of inspiration, as Kate Pearson explains:

‘Throwing Stones’ was inspired by feeling very disillusioned, in particular with the current state of politics and unrest in the world. With everything seemingly going a bit haywire, I felt I needed to put that into words. We’d also recently watched The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock which definitely stuck with me, so the song party draws from that film.

Watch the video for ‘Throwing Stones’ from Ardyn below. For all of our past coverage here on TGTF on the sibling duo, use this link.

 

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]

 

Ardyn / November and December 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 at 10:00 am
 

Talk about momentous: Gloucestershire sibling duo Ardyn have announced their first-ever headline tour of the UK for this autumn. Twins Rob and Katy Pearson, whose beautiful harmonies caught our attention ahead of Dot to Dot 2016, released their EP ‘The Valley’ earlier this summer. They’ve also recorded a live session of the EP at London’s famed studio The Pool, including a performance of the title track. Watch the video of ‘The Valley’ live, which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Tickets for this tour are on sale now.

Thursday 10th November 2016 – Glasgow Nice n’ Sleazy
Friday 11th November 2016 – Manchester Castle Hotel
Saturday 12th November 2016 – Leeds Brudenell Games Room
Thursday 17th November 2016 – Brighton Green Door Store
Friday 18th November 2016 – Bristol Louisiana
Saturday 19th November 2016 – Nottingham Chameleon Arts Café
Thursday 1st December 2016 – London St. Pancras Old Church

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXZTFkhF-fg[/youtube]

 

Dot to Dot Festival 2016: writer Rebecca’s best band bets

 
By on Friday, 20th May 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Dot to Dot Festival 2016 will see a number of new and established acts descend on the cities of Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham during the second May bank holiday (27-29 May). The festival will be in each city for 1 day only and will showcase a number of the best acts from the surrounding area, as well as the likes of big names like Mystery Jets, The Temper Trap and Augustines who will play at each city over the weekend. For editor Mary’s preview of the weekend’s action at Dot to Dot, check out her post here.

I honestly found it tough picking out just a selection to recommend ahead of the festival, but here are some acts (in alphabetical order, mind) to catch if you find yourself heading to Dot to Dot:

Ardyn
Ardyn are a brother and sister duo from Gloucestershire whose atmospheric pop is otherworldly, with singer Katy Pearson showcasing her powerful vocals on the newest release ‘Over the River’. Their previous stuff is gentler and more stripped back, but no less impressive. They’re sure to be an act to catch.

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

Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers
With an unusual, old-world sound that feels more suited to bluegrass era, Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers is the touring name given to the folk singer/songwriter from Canada and his band. Caplan released his second album last year, ‘Birds With Broken Wings’, and will be touring throughout the summer in North America and Europe. With his eccentric look and his throaty drawl, Caplan is described as “a madman and an earnest poet” on his Web site. Sounds like the recipe for a fascinating performer.

EKKAH
EKKAH are Rebecca and Rebekah, a funky disco-pop duo from Birmingham. Their track ‘Last Chance to Dance’ feels a bit like Haim and Jamiroquai were merged together in some bizarre but highly successful experiment. They released single ‘Small Talk’ earlier this year, a bright, glittering synthpop number that is well worth a listen.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLpjPgn3nQs[/youtube]

Haus
Haus are a five-piece from London with an indie-synth sound, citing rock, hip-hop and electronic influences. They released two singles in 2015, ‘Haze’ and ‘Blinded’, and have a number of festival dates across the UK this summer, in addition to Dot to Dot.

Into the Ark
Into the Ark are for those that prefer something a little softer, with gently strumming acoustic guitars and soulful vocals. From south Wales, the singer/songwriter pair met through their love music and have an EP scheduled for release in August. Their debut ‘Right Track’ gives you a taste of what they have to offer.

King No-One
In a similar vein to Haus, King No-One are an indie rock group but from the North (York). Their music is bold, glitzy and punchy. The Northern group’s latest single ‘Stay Close’ has an addictive rhythm and is a great indie summer tune. The song also features an interesting break towards the end (with a pithy monologue!), before returning to the chorus once more.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5wq6i03THc[/youtube]

Palace Winter
Palace Winter are a synthpop duo from Copenhagen, whose latest single ‘H. W. Running’ is atmospheric and smooth, with a momentum layered with a pleasing synth composition: it’s very easy to get into and I can imagine it being a good accompaniment for a morning jog or a late night at the club.

The Rubens
The blues-rock band The Rubens have been around since 2011 and are signed to Ivy League Records back home in Australia. The band have a following on their native continent but will be appearing at both The Great Escape and Dot to Dot halfway across the world to share their music. The band released their second album ‘Hoops’ last year, and they released their third single from the album, ‘Hold Me Back’, earlier this year.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs58pcvDsXA[/youtube]

The Sherlocks (pictured at top)
The Sherlocks are a Northern foursome, who have recently been travelling further afield after building a loyal home support around Sheffield. Their latest single ‘Last Night’ is a punchy indie tune with a catchy chorus and guitar hooks aplenty!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bvg1rokCEA[/youtube]

Will Joseph Cook
Will Joseph Cook is a fresh-sounding singer whose single ‘Girls Like Me’ has an upbeat feeling that is positively contagious. From Tunbridge Wells, the singer is gaining momentum with a couple of his songs reaching a couple of million plays on Spotify. If you’re a fan of upbeat, sunshine pop that begs to be danced along to, Will Joseph Cook might be the one for you.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ66D7TcEWU[/youtube]

Regardless of which day you attend the festival you’ll be able to catch the above, plus a wide variety of up-and-coming regional acts too. Tickets are still available for each city of the festival, so head to Alt Tickets to purchase your own for this upcoming bank holiday weekend.

 
 
 

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