Temples – Colours To Life [Watch]

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

Junip – Your Life, Your Call [Watch]

Junip

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

The Staves – Winter Trees [Watch]

The Staves Winter Trees

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

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes [Video]

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.

Until The Quiet Comes releases on 1st/2nd October via Warp Records. I won’t go into too much detail as we covered the album the other month, but below are some tour dates for your diary.

September
23 Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl (w/ Animal Collective)

October
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

November
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 

Sounds of the Summer Olympics [Listen & Watch]

While here in Britain we cannot guarantee the summer weather, we can count on some high calibre musical acts to craft the sound of the London games.

First up we have the official song of the games courtesy of Muse. Survival channels all the pomp and ceremony of Muse at their most Queen-like into five minutes of all the over-the-top rock anthem you could wish for. It’s oh so slightly overblown, but so are the games themselves. The track builds and soars in all the appropriate places, to quote Matt Bellamy “it expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win.”

It will be broadcast when the athletes enter the stadium and in the period before medal ceremonies. The track is also set to appear on the group’s next album The 2nd Law, which will be released in September.

A nice promo with archive footage from previous games has been released, can viewed below:

Next we have The Chemical Brothers, I’ve always associated the duo with tearing around tracks at high speed – ever since repeatedly listening to the track Loops of Fury whilst playing Wipeout 2097 on my Playstation in the 90s. So, it seems apt that they’ve been tasked with creating the official Theme For Velodrome. The track takes its cue from Tour de France by Kraftwerk, but builds upon the sound with some heavier beats and some robotic voices. As with the Kraftwerk track the repetitive nature of the songs electronica fits nicely with the pace and movement of the sport. I can already see it sitting well on round-up highlight clips of the cycling.

Unfortunately, it would seem even penning an official tune for the games won’t get you any tickets for the event – “We did ask but no one’s come through yet. At the moment neither of us has any …” revealed Ed Simmons.

Listen to a radio rip from  Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show here:

Other official Olympics songs include: Good Morning to the Night by Elton John vs Pnau, and Good Life by Delphic.

As for the television coverage, the BBC are running their own idents for the broadcasting of the games and have approached the band Elbow to write the theme. This makes perfect sense as their track One Day Like This has pretty much been featured on every sporting broadcast by every broadcaster since its release in 2008. Elbow have composed a six-minute track called First Steps, with a choir taking on the vocals.

The track is suitably epic and has a main melodic theme that can be pumped up for the victorious moments and toned down for the quieter more contemplative losing reactions.

A rather nice ident has been created by RKCR/Y&R and it can be seen below, along with a clip of the Elbow track:

Muse band website

The Chemical Brothers website

Elbow band website

BBC 2012 website

Tashaki Miyaki [Listen+Watch]

It’s not often I fall head over heals for an artist, but listening to Tashaki Miyaki’s cover of one of my favourite Dylan songs put them at the top of my playlist for the week.

I blame the summery vibes ringing in the London air at the moment that’s fuelling my current shoegaze phase. Tashaki Miyaki have a chilled out dreamy sound blended with well paced vocals which compliment each track perfectly – and I really mean that. The band are often compared to Best Coast, who I always ‘sort of liked’, but Tashaki Miyaki have that special thing which make them in my humble opinion far more enjoyable. I hope they come play in the UK soon.

The two girls behind the name, Lucy and Rocky are both from California. Their latest EP,  is released by UK based label The Sounds Of Sweet Nothing – the same people that released the new Halls EP. I have to say those people know how to find quality music.

What squeezes the icing on the cake for me is Tashaki Miyaki have quality music videos too. As a filmmaker myself, I see the importance in having good, tasteful visuals to this genre of music. So often with bands you see the cliché kaleidoscope of images badly processed through After Effects, (even on a zero budget, there’s no need for that). However their frequent director, Juan Iglesias has done a stellar job in producing very fitting videos for them, I salut you sir.

Check out their latest cover of Bob Dylan’s song, If Not For You:

This is a video for their track Best Friend, I also recommend checking out their video for Somethin’ Is Better Than Nothin’:

Bon Iver – Towers [Watch]

Fresh off the back of his Grammy wins for Best Alternative Music Album & Best New Artist (not sure how they work that latter one out but whatever, the guy deserves it) and continuing the trend of beautifully shot Bon Iver videos, here we have the rather nice new video for Towers courtesy of Nabil Elderkin. Stunning cinematography combined with an excellent song from one of last years best releases.

Wilco & Popeye – Dawned On Me [Watch]

King Features and Wilco’s own dBpm Records have collaborated on the new video for Dawned On Me giving the band the cartoon treatment and placing them in Popeyes world complete with all the classic characters. Director Darren Romanelli has done a brilliant job bringing the band to life as animations beside Popeye and friends, making for a music video guaranteed to bring a smile to peoples faces who remember Popeye and/or have a love of Wilco. Check out the video below.

In other Wilco related news, the iTunes session album I mentioned last week is available now via the iTunes store.

Young Fathers – Tape One [Listen]

2012 is set to be a busy year for the Edinburgh based rap/hip-hoppers ‘Young Fathers’. Two years since releasing their debut single ‘Straight Back On’, the group have enjoyed a steady rise in popularity; given a boost when they were featured by the BBC as part of the ‘Introducing…’ series.

After spending the summer playing the various ‘Introducing…’ stages on the festival circuit and collaborating with ‘Simian Mobile Disco’, the group have offered up the mini album ‘Tape One’ for free on their Bandcamp page.

The sound on this mini album blends a dense mix of electro-inflected hip-hop and rap with African music influences and great fuzzy lo-fi production. MCs Ally Massaquoi, Kayus Bankol and Graham Hastings – otherwise known as ‘G’ all bring a distinctive voice and clever lyrics to each track. The interplay between the tracks is reminiscent of early ‘De La Soul’ and the whole thing has a great energy to it. The album seamlessly moves between hook-laden heavy hip-hop to subtler moments with melodic/pop tendencies. It’s these elements that could see the ‘Young Fathers’ propelled towards mainstream awareness very soon.

Watch the video to ‘Rumbling’ here.

Young Fathers’ debut album The Guide is out on 29 January.

Band Website

Belleruche – Stormbird [Watch]

Here we have the new single from BellerucheStormbird, which will be out on the 5th of March. It’s a slightly different sound from past Belleruche releases with more empashis on the electronic sounds than past tracks. The new full-length Rollerchain will be released this summer and it’ll be interesting to see what the overall sound is like. I have yet to make up my mind on this track but after a few listens it appears to be a grower. If it’s up to the standard of their past efforts it’s sure to be a classic and I’m all for the band pushing their sound forward.

Rollerchain will be released via Tru Thoughts – 07/05/2012.