Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Honeyblood - Choker (Video)

Whilst Royal Blood are taking all the accolades for ‘Best UK Guitar Band of 2014’ it’s worth remembering that they are not single flag bearers. In fact we’d rather the flag was ditched completely and we just talked about good music. Another 'blood' named two piece  -Honeyblood - make exactly that. 

Having been named on the UK Blog Sound of 2014 long list the group has certainly justified that tip, releasing an excellent debut album (we’re hoping it might sneak in on a few end of year lists) and played many well received shows. With original drummer Shona McVicar now departed and replaced by Car Myers, next up for the Scottish band is a co-headline slot on the NME endorsed New Breed Tour 2014 alongside Superfood.

As part of the build up to this tour Honeyblood has released a new Hitchcock styled video for the song Choker which is based on Angela Carter’s short story The Bloody Chamber. The Choker is a wedding gift given to the main character by her husband. In the book she discovers that he enjoys sadistic pornography and has killed his previous wives, keeping them in a secret room. It’s fair to say that he isn’t a particularly nice chap, but he gets his comeuppance eventually. The story was in turn based on the fairytale Bluebeard. 

The director of the video Julian Tardo says of the piece “I wanted to house Stina's reinterpretation of Bluebeard within yet another layer of context - so I suppose it's Bluebeard through the Bloody Chamber through film noir. I like layering these ideas over and over - I think the essence of human reaction becomes ever starker as you bury it in these layers.”

The video is also the second that we’ve featured in 24 hours that uses the colour red to highlight key visual images in a largely black and white environment after Seinabo Sey's effort yesterday.

Honeyblood - Choker (Video)

Chløë Black - New Waves

Wikipedia suggests that musicologists define pop as having a number of characteristics, one of which is a tendency to reflect existing trends rather than progressive developments. When a new artist breaks through with something a little unique and special you’ll inevitably get a slew of similar artists following in their path. It’s probably why right now there’s a lot of white bearded men who have suddenly discovered sexy r’n’b and why there’s quite a few female singers out there sounding a little bit like either Lorde, Ellie Goulding or Lana Del Rey. This isn’t a criticism on our part of those artists, because let’s face it, much of progressive art, be it music, painting, dance or architecture is fundamentally rubbish – but out of the crap, somewhere something incredible will also be born.

So let’s back track to Lana Del Rey. Yesterday we posted Zella Day’s new tune Hypnotic and immediately compared it to Lana. Today we’re introducing Chløë Black and once again making that comparison. The melody, the vocal intonation and even the subject material (the 27 Club being a term that refers to a number of musicians who died at that age from either suicide or alcohol / drug abuse) could easily be something that we can imagine Lana performing. After all she alluded to the idea of dying young in this interview with the Guardian and now Chløë is doing the same. 

“Joplin, heroin, cocaine, Cobain, raise my Hendricks to Jimi no one gets old in this city,” she sings and we’re won over with the gin and rock star reference, the hint of faded glamour and a vocal that once you suck in you find is delivered with more soul and passion than Lana could ever muster. We’ve no idea what other material she has, or if she can sing this well live, but if she can, we could have a star on our hands. 

Incidentally, what’s happened to another Chlöe -  Chlöe Howl? Are we ever going to get an album from her?

Chløë Black - 27 Club

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Seinabo Sey - Pistols At Dawn (Video)

Take Seinabo Sey, some very red clothing, a very bleak burnt out forest somewhere in Sweden, a lo-fi Stormtrooper and a gun and before you know it you have your very own pop video. It’s visually quite stunning even although at the end we’re left scratching our heads and thinking what the f*ck was that all about? No scratching the head about the song though. Pistols at Dawn is a peerless piece of dramatic pop and if Seinabo Sey keeps this quality up her album should be something else. Pistols at Dawn is taken from Seinabo’s debut EP For Madeleine which is named after her mother and released on November 17th in the UK.

Seinabo Sey - Pistols At Dawn (Video)

Fickle Friends - For You (Cesare Remix)

According to the internet Cesare is a Brazilian producer and soccer coach. Thankfully his remixes are supremely better than his national team’s performance against Germany in this year’s World Cup. Here’s an example. He takes blog favourites Fickle Friends and re-works For You into something ready for the dancefloor but never SHOUTS loudly like a Calvin Harris put-your-hands-in- the-air-mother*ckers banger. No, this is smoother, more sensual, more sophisticated, more sun kissed and even to a certain extent more sexy than that. The learning point here is dance music can be subtle and still work.

Fickle Friends - For You (Cesare Remix)