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MP3 of the Day #863: Marmozets

 
By on Wednesday, 10th December 2014 at 10:00 am
 

Marmozets are getting into the holiday spirit by giving their fans a free download of their previously unreleased track ‘Broken Reflection’, which was recorded during the studio sessions for their debut album ‘The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets’. The free download is available at Marmozets’ Web site until the 21st of December, in exchange for adding your e-mail address to their subscription list.

As announced yesterday, Marmozets will be touring the UK in February 2015.

 

MP3(s) of the Day #862: Sivu

 
By on Thursday, 4th December 2014 at 10:00 am
 

Your Thursday just got better. Sivu‘s debut album ‘Something on High’, released in October, was a brilliant LP. (Don’t believe me? Read my review of it here.) While he’s on tour this month supporting Bombay Bicycle Club – whose own Jack Steadman remixed his single ‘Can’t Stop Now’, which you can listen to below – you can enjoy the five-track ‘Sivu’ EP for free by simply signing up for his mailing list on his official Web site. He’s a sweet guy, isn’t he?

 

Bands to Watch #309: Braves

 
By on Monday, 1st December 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

If you’ve ever visited Australia like I have – or perhaps you’ve looked at one of those rotating physical globes all of our social studies teachers had back in the day, because my guess is that teachers today don’t have them (?) – you will notice that the country down under is about the same size as the continental United States. Meaning it’s a Very Big Place. Despite their country’s size, it’s a lot harder for bands there to get noticed globally. My last Bands to Watch feature was on High Highs, a duo from Sydney who now called Brooklyn home. Drum ‘n’ bass gods Pendulum moved from Perth in Western Australia to make a go of it in London; after Pendulum called it quits, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen’s new electronic vehicle Knife Party is doing extremely well. Today’s Band to Watch are from the same Australian town as them; however, I wonder what would happen to today’s Band to Watch if they decided to leave the sunny life behind. The dangling carrot chance for success might be too great for them to say no, but I fear for a possible change in outlook – and sound – if they ever moved.

The lo-fi slacker sound has served fellow Aussie Courtney Barnett well: in case you’ve forgotten, the Melbournian had a prominent Park Stage placement at this year’s Glastonbury, and she’s had successful tours this year in both the UK and America. (To be honest, I’m still confused by her popularity: I want to have fun at a concert, not be lulled to sleep.) Braves also take the lo-fi approach but run in the opposite direction, yet with just enough restraint to keep them from becoming uncontrolled hellfire punk. The Perth foursome are an unsigned band for now, but I suspect they’ll find a UK label home soon enough.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT6uwc5VLtI[/youtube]

In ‘Seapunk’, the title track of their latest EP released in September, they recall the amusement of early Howler and Vaccines tracks (geez, where are *they* now?) while avoiding the darker corners as our Martin described as “chilled-out obscurantist rock” of Happyness. They’ve been tagged on their triplej unearthed page with the Drums, though a tune like ‘Losing You’ suggests a better comparison might be perhaps a sped-up Life in Film. ‘True Feelings’, one of the EP’s standout tracks, is so melodic, if you closed your eyes, you might imagine a ’60s band playing this song, except now as the song has been brought into the 21st century, the producer sped up the tracking, making it 100% brighter.

We’ve got enough sadness in this world. Maybe we should leave it to some upstart kids from Oz to make it a better place? (I like to think the opposing pizza slices on the top of their press release I received are supposed to represent yin and yang.) Well, to make life easier for everyone with their joyful music at least. You can help continue Braves’ journey by buying their music off their Bandcamp.

 

Bands to Watch #308: High Highs

 
By on Friday, 14th November 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

In Stuart Maconie’s book “Cider with Roadies”, he explained how he once described ’70s-’80s Perth band The Triffids, after seeing them live, as makers of “huge music written under huge skies for long trips through empty deserts”. While on a long roadtrip on my birthday visit to Australia 2 years ago this month, I commented to a blogger friend of mine with a similar idea, that there must be something very special as to why much of the music made by so many Aussie and Kiwi artists made me feel so great, and in a way I couldn’t easily put into words. Timeless? Yes. Beautiful? Yes.

While dreamy indie pop duo High Highs no longer live in Sydney, having relocated to Brooklyn for their shot at professional success, their sound still seems to me to still feel very Aussie-influenced. Which in my books is a very good thing. Following on from the huge global success of The Naked and Famous but following their own rules and style, Jack Milas and Oli Chang look poised to be the next big thing from Down Under. They already have a self-titled EP and a debut album (2013’s ‘Open Season’) under their belts, but the next stage of their career is just beginning.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydQLEGt8BDQ[/youtube]

At the start of October, the duo released their latest EP ‘Ocean to City’, comprised of three amazing tracks. The timing of this release couldn’t be beat; soon we’ll all be plunged into the bleak, dark winter, and yet ‘Ocean to City’ is giving us a relaxed respite from all of that. The title track’s video, which premiered on Billboard last week, shows Milas and Chang driving around in an open-top convertible in the carefree land of California, while they pass surfers, beaches and palm trees, all under a seemingly never-ending blue sky. (Funny, the time I visited Sydney, I thought, “hmm, this is like London. Except it’s sunny and clean…”) Milas’ dreamy vocals telling of the yearning of a lover counterbalance the upbeat driving rhythm of the track so it’s neither too sweet or too melancholic. It’s the natural choice for a single, guaranteed to get toes tapping and new fans singing along to its chirpy yet loving message.

‘Glamorous Party’ is pensive, brooding. Chang’s keyboard chords match the drama of Milas’ voice, which oozes from falsetto and not, adding shades of light and dark to the song. But it’s ‘Catch the Wind’ that holds my attention the longest. It’s a study of relationships, and it’s a study of loneliness. It’s a modern pop retelling of that classic chestnut, “if you love somebody, set her free. If she comes back, she’s yours, If she doesn’t, she never was…”

Milas sings in the chorus, “hey, you’re not alone / go break the mold / go where you are free” and echoing oohs swirl around you, a product of High Highs’ ambient pop palette. True beauty. We’ll have to wait and see if this duo will join the illustrious ranks of legendary bands from their homeland. But based on the strength of this latest EP, a packed residency at Pianos in New York City and a past sold out show at London Old Queen’s Head, I think they have an incredibly good shot at making it.

High Highs’ ‘Ocean to City’ EP is available now from their Bandcamp at a price you name.

 

Video of the Moment #1670 (and more!): City Reign

 
By on Friday, 7th November 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

City Reign will be releasing their next single, ‘Disappear’, on their own label Car Boot Records on the 17th of November. Here is the animated black and white promo for the single. What are emotions? What are the words we say, and those we don’t? Do they haunt you, or can you sweep them under the rug, forgotten? Are we just robots going through the motions? These are the issues being grappled with in ‘Disappear’.

Like the single? You can grab it for free for a limited time from City Reign’s Bandcamp here. The band will play two shows this month: Upstairs at the Garage in London on the 14th on November, followed by a hometown show at Manchester Deaf Institute on the 15th of November. Tickets to both gigs are on sale now.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBwgwx4MFtU[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day #861: Atom Tree

 
By on Monday, 3rd November 2014 at 10:00 am
 

Glaswegian electronic project Atom Tree were the surprise cherry on the top of my last trip to the UK in October, brilliantly opening in their hometown for Glass Animals on the last UK date of their current European tour.

Having recently done some recording at Red Bull Studios in London, the trio – writer/producer/synth man Shaun Canning, singer Julie Knox and percussionist Mick Robertson – are now offering up one fruit of their labour from their time there as a free download. ‘Hearts’ is a great example of their ambient, electronic sound that uses vocals sparingly to incredible effect. Listen to and download the track for free below. Word on the street is that the session will result in a new EP to be released soon. We’ll definitely keep an eye out for it.

 
 
 

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