Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Lucy Rose - Our Eyes


In one of our kitchen cupboards at some point in the past we stored a collection of rather delicious chutneys, one of which was made by Lucy Rose. Sadly it’s all gone now, but there’s hope of a refill; because Lucy is back out on tour in the UK this month. Of course there’s no guarantee that Lucy will be selling her produce on her merchandise stand like past gigs, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. 

We’ve also been keeping more than just fingers crossed for her new song to be as good as her chutney. Thankfully it’s pretty tasty. This one’s all Bombay Bicycle Club bounce and shimmy - a further slide away from her original more acoustic sound. Sure, it will probably annoy the folky purists but it will also probably put a smile on a few more indie / pop kids faces. Lyrically the song deals with those times when someone has done something that has upset or annoyed you, but then your eyes meet, everything is forgotten and it’s time to make up. The track, which is available to purchase on April 26th, is taken from Lucy’s forthcoming second album. Her UK tour starts on the 9th March and runs through till the end of the month.

Lucy Rose - Our Eyes

Monday, 2 March 2015

Coasts - Modern Love


Last year when we put Coasts on our Ones to Watch for 2015 list we suggested that they were the only band with an indie guitar sound on the list. Take one listen to Modern Love, their first new material of 2015, and then if you want give us a good dressing down. For this tune (or should we say TUNE) has more than a smidgen (OK a massive whack) of big-pop / rave euphoria about it. This is less skinny jeans, black t-shirts and skulking around the pub with a pint of cider than brightly coloured vests, gold glittery dresses and firework explosions out of neon-glow rockets at the nightclub labelled fun.

Basically it’s a banger and deserves to be all over daytime radio. This is why we named them on that list.

Coasts - Modern Love

Grasscut - September's Night Sky


If you’re fans of music accompanied by archive spoken word samples (yes Public Service Broadcasting fans, we’re looking at you, and for those with a slightly longer sense of music history, those who liked The Orb as well) we’d like to introduce to this gorgeous piece of music by Andrew Phillips and Marcus O'Dair, better known as Brighton's Grasscut

September’s Night Sky (which is accompanied by the equally stunning Curlews on whatever the internet version of the flipside is) narrates the spring equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. With delicate arrangements of bite-sized pieces of electronica and beautifully magnificent strings it will make you want to stare up at the sky and just wonder about the glorious expanse of it all – maybe those funny little mouse like creatures who speak in whistles and eat green soup from the Soup Dragon (here) really do exist after all? For a moment we thought we heard some Clangers like noises towards the end of this loveliness. 

Grasscut have a new album call Everyone Was A Bird which will be released on May 18th. The Curlews / September’s Night Sky single is out now.

Grasscut - September's Night Sky



Sunday, 1 March 2015

Oh Wonder - Technicolour Beat


If you read the news last week that from this summer there will be a standardised worldwide new music release day of Friday and your thoughts were that this just shows what a dated construct the music industry has of what a release date is, then you were thinking the same way we did. Because let’s face it, new music is released every single day of the year. What the industry means is ‘on sale date’ rather than release date. Because once a track has been put up online, through Soundcloud, You Tube, Bandcamp or anywhere else and people can listen to it, it has been released, even if you can’t buy it. Anyone can get access to it as long as they can access the world wide web.

Right now there’s probably no better example of a band who are playing with that concept of 'release date' than Oh Wonder, the once mystery group who are no longer a mystery group - we explained all about who they were in this post here. They’re releasing one track every month for a year. Today being the 1st March means they have a new song to release, irrespective of the fact that you can’t yet buy it or what day of the week it is. After all you can already stream it through Spotify, Hype Machine or share it via the Soundcloud embed (below). This one has been well and truly released.

The IFPI, the worldwide body that represents the recording industry, has suggested that by changing release dates to Friday  “creates the opportunity to reignite excitement” around the release of music, which is basically marketing talk for ‘making it easier for record labels to hype a song’. But what the IFPI fails to recognise here is that music fans don’t just get excited about music on one day a week. We get excited about music every day of the week. Including Sunday’s.

So here’s the new Oh Wonder song. It’s called Technicolour Beat. From its title you might be expecting some sort of acid-house smiley face banger, but it’s another charmingly sweet and soft-hued electronic pop tune that fans of the duo will instantly recognise as the band’s style. They describe it as a song about catching a sunrise at a house party in Melbourne last year. If you're excited about it, why not give it some love on Hype Machine (here) and in your own small way give it the chance of even more people hearing it. 

Oh Wonder - Technicolour Beat