Tuesday, 18 September 2018

New Music: Black Futures - Trance

Industrial noise-punk probably isn’t the sort of thing you’d associate with Breaking More Waves blog. Well think again. Because sometimes a song just leaps out at you, with both legs flying and kicks you so hard that it leaves you flat out on the floor, crying with exhilaration. This is a bloody wonderful experience.

Such is the sheer vigorous joy of Trance by Black Futures that I've been weeping till I created a puddle. Trance sounds like a violent dystopian celebration of everything, shoved into your face harder and harder until suddenly you get it. LIFE IS OK. 

Music isn’t just about technical excellence. It’s about feeling. This one makes me feel alive. I hope it does for you as well.

Black Futures - Trance

Sunday, 16 September 2018

New Music: Art School Girlfriend - Distance (Blank) (Video)

Sometimes you just have to get away from things. To find some space.

“Lately I am in over my head. Lay me out to watch the sun instead,” sings Polly Mackey aka Art School Girlfriend, capturing that need. With its gentle electronic pulses and isolated electronics Distance (Blank) creates the sound of walls closing in, yet rather than it sounding crushing and oppressive it sounds full of soothing beauty. With hints of Massive Attack, Bat For Lashes and Portishead to her sound Art School Girlfriend is certainly in a very fine place musically. Her first EP was very good, and this is a further step up from that.

Art School Girlfriend is touring this October with dates in England and Scotland including a date in Breaking More Waves home city of Portsmouth at the multi-venue Dials Festival on October 6th. Tickets are available for £16 for a whole day of music by clicking here.

Art School Girlfriend - Distance (Blank)

Friday, 14 September 2018

New Music: Pale Waves - Red

Today Pale Waves release their debut album My Mind Makes Noises. I think there's been enough talk about the band now and they've played enough live gigs for everyone to see the arguments both good and bad about what they do. However, whatever you think about them, they’re doing something right. Hype only lasts for a very short time - people see through it if the artist doesn't deliver and Pale Waves continue to play increasingly larger shows with an ever more energetic, enraptured and youthful audience. The first time I saw them their crowd was a mainly unresponsive bunch of guys in a small pub. The last time it was a big bouncing gang of mainly young people losing their sh*t to every song. The whole thing felt rather glorious.

After just three plays through the album, here’s a tune that has already cemented itself as one of my favourite tracks from the record. Eighteen, Kiss and There’s A Honey are all glorious (if rather similar) pop but Red is as good as any of those. It is, to use a well-worn term, a banger. It’s the sort of tune I’d have really liked Taylor Swift to have made after the 1989 album rather than the bloated Reputation LP. But then of course Taylor already has an album called Red, so she’s been there done that. It will be interesting to see how the critics respond to the record - I'm predicting a mixed response with younger writers favouring it over older ones.

Red is another obsessive relationship song. This seems to be what Pale Waves do; singing about the make-ups, the break-ups and the bits in between, before and after. It's the stuff of simple attraction that their young audience can relate to. “You haven’t left my mind, trust me that that I’ve tried and I’ve tried, I’ve tried.” Yet it seems that Heather really doesn’t know that much about the other person, except that Red is their favourite colour. Well, I guess it’s one criteria to make a judgement about someone. Unless of course, you’re like me and don’t have a favourite – it all depends on how the colours are used. 

This one is on Soundcloud - it seems (for the moment) the band haven't restricted it to just Soundcloud Go users, bucking the trend for most major label acts. Take a listen below. Pale Waves are doing a Twitter listening party tonight at 9pm, whatever that involves. Probably lots of people just tweeting 'I love U', but if that sounds like your bag join in and get tweeting. Maybe tell them what your favourite colour is?

Pale Waves - Red

Thursday, 13 September 2018

New Music: Whyte Horses - I Saw The Light

This evening I’ll be going not just to a gig, but an experience. That’s how it’s billed. It’s the Whyte Horses Experience at the Southbank Centre in London. An ambitious show to play for any band, particularly one that relatively speaking hasn’t played live that many times. Promising special guests that include La Roux, Badly Drawn Boy, members of the Go! Team, Melanie Pain of Nouvelle Vague, the St Barts Choir and a special mystery guest there’s certainly a suggestion of something a bit more than your average concert. Keep an eye on my Twitter (here) where no doubt I’ll post something about the show afterwards.

In preparation for the gig Whyte Horses recently released their take on the Todd Rungren track I Saw The Light which was on his 1972 album Something / Anything? It’s a song that didn’t feature on the band’s 60’s infused album of pop brilliance Empty Words but very much fits in the style of that record – there’s hints of psychedelia, 60's French pop and everything recorded is kept within a framework of melody and sweetness.

Whyte Horses sound very much comes across as a bunch of pop geeks playing music for other pop geeks – and that suits me perfectly. There's a handful of tickets left for tonight's show if you want to go which you can grab by clicking here.

Whyte Horses - I Saw The Light