Back at the beginning of April we briefly covered neo-psychedelic rockers Temples and their rather magnificent single Shelter Song. Martin wrote, “The songs are louder, clearer and chocked full of instantly catchy hooks; unashamedly pulling in retro influences from acid era Byrds to (dare I say it) The Beatles – all brought up to date with some booming, breakbeat-esque drumming.” Now roll on a month and a bit and we can follow that up with their brilliant new single Colours To Life, due out 24th June. Continue reading
Finally here it is! Without further ado I present you with Brazil, the first single from Gold Panda’s upcoming album Half Of Where You Live. After January’s Trust EP left many salivating for the expected full-length follow up to 2010′s brilliant Lucky Shiner we finally have something to sink our teeth into and a date to pencil into the calendars for that very follow up.
Brazil is hypnotic, full of detail and a joy to listen to. Without a doubt Gold Panda through and through and while not a huge leap from previous material, that’s fine by me. Not many artists have that perfect balance between catchy songwriting and pure experimental sounding electronic bliss. If the album follows suit, fan’s will have nothing to worry about and it’ll be another wonderful record from one of Britain’s current finest electronic musicians.
Pre-order Half Of Where You Live over on the Wichita Recordings website
Additionally there’s a string of live dates coming up, I’ve been before myself and it’s well worth a look in. more details over on the Gold Panda website.
Directing duo Karni and Saul have collaborated with The Staves to create an absolutely stunning video for the first single from their debut album Dead & Born & Grow (November 2012). It’s wonderfully organic with a mix of techniques including hand drawn imagery and flash animation and gives a brilliant sense of depth and although the woodcut style is obviously an influence it apparently contains no stop-frame animation. It’s a very literal take on the subject and its beautiful animation and quirky characters are charming to behold.
The Staves are off on tour shortly with dates primarily across the UK, with a few European ones thrown in for good measure. Follow this link for a full list. Their debut is out now through Atlantic Records, available in all the usual places.
Sources: Creative Review Blog
While Flying Lotus prepares Until The Quiet Comes for launch in a little under a months time we’re yet again teased, this time visually, with the bizarre yet beautiful short film by director Kahlil Joseph. From the three Flying Lotus tracks on show here; See Thru To U (feat. Erykah Badu), Hunger (feat. Niki Randa) and Getting There (feat. Niki Randa), it appears Steven Ellison has taken Flying Lotus to a whole new level with a thoroughly cinematic feel throughout that may or may not be aided by Josephs exciting and thought provoking visuals. It’s exciting and at a mere three minutes and fifty seconds, all too short.
23 Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl (w/ Animal Collective)
07 New York, NY, Terminal 5
12 Montreal, QC, Neon
13 Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall
15 Detroit, MI, Majestic Theatre
16 Chicago, IL, Metro
18 Denver, CO, Ogden
19 Salt Lake City, UT, Urban Lounge
22 Vancouver, BC, Fortune Club
23 Seattle, WA, Neptune
25 Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre
04 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso
05 Leipzig, Germany, Conne Island
06 Paris, France, La Machine du Moulin Rouge
07 Fribourg, Switzerland, Fri-Son
08 Berlin, Germany, Gretchen
09 Manchester, UK, Manchester Warehouse Project
16 London, UK, The Troxy
23 Makuhari Messe, JP, electraglide festival
After the superb debut tracks from The Revival Hour released late last year (see my writeup from back in April), the band finally have some news to share with the announcement of the duos debut EP Clusterchord which will be releasing 5th of November on Antiphon; a prelude to the bands debut album which will follow early 2013.
In the meantime however we’ve been treated to Pyre, a sample if you will from the Clusterchord EP. It’s nice to hear The Revival Hour’s sound back and with all the grandeur of the previous two tasters, although dialled back from the simply epic Hold Back, it’s still a big sound. This time maybe slightly mellower, more reflective and a little less overdramatic in its entirety, but definitely The Revival Hours sound through and through. Pyre is a great teaser for what’s to come. November seems too far away…
On another note, The Revival Hour are embarking on their first tour of the UK, dates are below.
“Grand and transcendent… the layers of beautiful sound, homage to Japanese culture, and use of violin make 151a a dreamy, pocket-sized symphony, perfect for anyone needing a lift.”
This artist has jumped to the top of my ‘most played’ this summer. Kishi Bashi, aka K Ishibashi is a solo artist who has toured with the likes of Of Montreal, and is also a founder of the NY indie rock band, Jupiter One. Now going solo, K Ishibashi has produced something fresh, new and wonderfully weird. From listening to the first intro track on his debt album, 151a, you wouldn’t expect what would follow.
It’s electronic, folky, classical – a tornado of musical goodness that’s entertaining from the beginning to end. Drawing from his classical routes as a violinist, K Ishibashi conjures a melody of genres, which I can only compare to an artist such as Animal Collective. He mixes up English and Japanese in his lyrics, which add to the sometimes manic feel to the songs. The transition from each track to the next leaves you wanting more of his feel-good musical world he creates.
The birth of this album was conceived through a Kickstarter campaign - a site where entrepreneurs, filmmakers, musicians etc pitch their project and rely on the support of the public to donate money to fund it. Ishibashi’s target was $12,000, and within three weeks he raised $20,000, an impressive achievement, and one that paid off. Since the album’s release in April, Ishibashi has been impressing critics and the public with his live loop-based performances.
“The way I create my loops, I just kind of — they’re not exact. So a lot of it has to do with a feeling and it might be faster, I also like changing things up, so I’ll change things and kind of make it different, and I also like the audience to have a different experience.”
KISHI BASHI – RIVERFRONT TIMES
The album is diverse and unexpected. It paints a picture of both joy and melancholy, and it leaves you feeling great. Ishibashi is currently on tour around the US, and is yet to pencil in anything for Europe. You can get your hands on his album here.
This band has done a good job of being heard in the States, and they’re about to bring their stomping feet and country strings to Europe. I discovered them from a cool blog called instagigs – worth checking out.
Lumineers released their self titled debut album in April this year, and managed to squeeze into the top 10 of the Alternative Chart position. They even recently played on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno .
“The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics”
A few tracks on the album stick out for me. I really appreciate short, well strung songs, and Flowers in Your Hair and Ho Hey are both under 3mins, and are probably the two most catchy tunes. The band are known for wearing their hearts on their sleeve; the general themes are of broken relationships and unfair love – but somehow you still feel good when listening
One song from the album that stands alone for me is Flapper Girl, this is the kind of song that would be on the B-Side of an EP. It’s subtle melody with relaxed vocals breathes a warm breeze into the album as it nears towards the end.
The band are currently on tour, and are set to play in the Uk on the 17th of September at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. Click here to treat yourself to their album – it’s a good investment for when the sun is shining and you’re swinging in your hammock.
Check out their newly released music video for Ho Hey. Simple idea executed very nicely:
90s band Dodgy have reformed and are releasing a new album. Stand Upright In A Cool Place will be the first release that includes the original line up of Nigel Clark, Mathew Priest and Andy Miller for over 15 years. The band, who are best known for their hits Staying Out for the Summer, If You’re Thinking of Me, and Good Enough rose to prominence during the Britpop era.
The new material has a more developed and mature sound, reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. As with all Dodgy songs, they would make a superb accompaniment to a warm summer festival field. The excellent lead single What Became Of You is out on February 13th.
Watch the video to What Became Of You
Listen to Tripped & Fell
The album, Stand Upright In A Cool Place, follows on February 20th and is available to order from http://strikebackrecords.sandbag.uk.com.
The band have also announced a string of tour dates:
Feb 17 The Box – Crewe, United Kingdom
Feb 18 Eric’s – Liverpool, United Kingdom
Feb 22 Bush Hall – London, United Kingdom
Feb 25 Eiger – Leeds, United Kingdom
Feb 26 Bullingdon – Oxford, United Kingdom
May 19 Lakefest 2012 –Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
Jul 06 The Court Theatre – Tring, United Kingdom
Jul 07 Nibley Festival – Dursley, United Kingdom
Visit the band site: http://www.dodgyology.com/
Fresh back from the christmas holiday season and I feel like I’ve already got a lot of things to catch up with. This one arrived before Christmas and seemed to go right under my radar.
Emancipator has released a brilliant new track with samples straight from the Elephant Revival track Forgiveness. It takes all the best bits from the original track and applies Doug Appling’s distinct ‘organic’ trip-hop style with great results. It’s also FREE which is always a bonus and leaves you with no reason not to check it out.
If you want to catch him live, Emancipator is also on tour for the next couple of months (though there’s a distinct lack of UK shows!); dates are as follows.
1/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
1/19 – Lousiville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
1/20 – Nashville, TN @ MAI
1/21 – Atlanta, GA @ King Plow Arts Center
1/22 – Gainesville, FL @ The Vault
1/25 – Starkville, MS @ Rick’s
1/26 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
1/27 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
1/28 – Floyd, VA @ Sun Music Hall
2/1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Blockley Pourhouse
2/2 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
2/3 – Ithaca, NY @ Castaways
2/4 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
2/5 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
2/8 – Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab
2/9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
2/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
2/11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
2/14 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
2/15 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
2/16 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Live
2/17 – Chicago, IL @ The Mid
2/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Loft at Barfly