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
Here’s something fun to do as the day winds down. Light Light have a new interactive music video which has been designed by a company based in Amsterdam called Moniker.
It’s a great idea, and the song’s very nice too.
Get involved: http://donottouch.org/
I’ve had this track on repeat for a while; the low-fi riffs and the harmonic vocals are addictive. The David Nelligan Thing is a band from Cork, Ireland. Lead songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Nelligan released his first solo album, Junk From a Past Life, in August 2009. He followed this up with a new album, Everything Matters, in 2010.
The David Nelligan Thing are set to release their new album, Dark Matters on April 24th, and have being producing a music video for the new tracks each week in the lead up to its release. There’s something silly and very enjoyable about his DIY style music videos, they’ve managed to draw a small cult following. The video for Comfort Zone is humourous in the sense that it’s somewhat ‘uncomfortable’ to watch due to his dead-pan stare at the camera. Check it out here.
The simplistic nature of this track reminds me of a song called Golden Palms by Bronson (formally known as HORSES). I highly recommend you give it a listen, it’s a unique sound coming from Ireland and I wish them the best of luck with their new album.
Derek Vincent Smith, otherwise known as Pretty Lights returns on the 2nd of July 2013 with A Color Map of the Sun, his first full length since 2009’s Passing By Behind Your Eyes. The first single Around the Block is already available as a free download from Pretty Lights’ website and is much in the trend of recent Pretty Lights tracks with glitchy electronic flourishes, deep bass and big beats; however it also returns to a slower more hip-hop focused sound with vocals from Talib Kweli. Continue reading
Junip have released another music video from the upcoming self-titled Junip – follow up to 2010’s debut full length Fields. It might just take the crown for being the creepiest music video I have seen in a long time. Continue reading
I’m getting a sense of Déjà vu here, I swear it was about this time last year I wrote about Magnus Birgersson’s last release under his Solar Fields monicker, Random Friday. As with his prior release Origin # 01 however, this one is a look back in time specifically focusing on the period between 2003 and 2009. Continue reading
I’ve recently been revisiting some of my favorite ambient artists and making some new discoveries. I thought I’d do a little roundup of what I’ve been daydreaming to for the last week.
Rhian Sheehan & Helios
Keith Kenniff AKA Helios released an album of his previously released songs that have been remixed by a variety of artists. Halving The Compass is one of my all time favourite Helios tracks, and was recently remixed by Rhian Sheehan, an award winning musician from New Zealand. Rhian Sheehan put the ambient scene in awe with his 2008 album, Standing in Silence. I genuinely can’t think of a better composer to remix this track. The pacing and intimate sounds of the piano are perfect.
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
Houses have been very quiet since their debut album All Night (2010). They’re one of my favourite ambient / electronic artist, and I had the pleasure of seeing them live last year in London. Finally there’s some movement from within their den; a video preview of their new album A Quiet Darkness has creeped out, and is due to be released on the 16th of April via Downtown Records. Continue reading
Steve Mason formerly of the Beta Band, Black Affair and King Biscuit Time has announced a new solo album – Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time. The album has been shaped by the current global political climate and the lack of dissenting voices in music as well as popular culture in general. The follow up to 2010s excellent Boys Outside is due for release March 11th 2013 and features 20 tracks recorded in both London and his own studio in Fife. Continue reading