Thursday, 17 August 2017

LISTEN: Low Island - 'In This Room' EP

If you're partial to a bit of BBC Radio 1 then you'll probably have heard the magnificent Low Island chaps as their tune That Kind Of Love was last week's track of the week thanks to the folks of BBC Introducing in Oxford. It's the middle track of their beautiful five track EP In This Room which was released a couple of months back which I've already given it some love on the Tigmus blog, but I realised it was about time I shared it on here!

The band are a quartet from Oxford who have had a blinder of a year, with sets at Reading and Leeds Festival coming up next weekend, some exciting headline shows under their belts and sets at so many other brilliant festivals over the past couple of months. One of those was The Great Escape, where their set was a highlight of the three-day festival for me... it was my first proper introduction to their music as my bosses are friends and fans of the band and were desperate to catch the set, and most importantly to be down at the front of the stage for it. We caught up with the guys for a drink the night before and as well as making some cracking tunes they're lovely chaps which is always an endearing factor for a band! Listen to the EP below for an introduction to the band... the closing track (Pause) is probably my favourite and I can't wait to hear more from the guys!

If you like what you're hearing you're in luck as Low Island are heading out for a couple of headline shows in London at Corsica Studios on the 8th and 9th of November courtesy of Parallel Lines - if you're in Oxford they're playing as part of the inaugural Ritual Union fest along Cowley Road on 21st October, more info here.

Friday, 11 August 2017

WATCH: Adam Barnes - 'Bad Luck'

My favourite bearded muso Adam Barnes returned with a new single entitled Bad Luck recently and I'm excited to share this beautiful performance of the track for 7 Layers. Following up his One Day We'll Be Fine EP from the end of 2015, the track is the first single from Adam's upcoming record - I'll be sure to share details of that when they're released! For now, why not go back and check out Adam's back catalogue including his 2013 album The Land, The Sea & Everything Lost Beneath on his Soundcloud page!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

WATCH: Baio releases video for 'Man of the World'

Baio has released the completely tongue-in-cheek and kind of brilliant video for the title track of his second solo album, Man of the World. If Spotify playlists are your thing, you'll find this on mine here - be sure to follow it for my favourite tunes throughout the year! The track has picked up play on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, with the album following the 2015 record The Names which features such tunes as Sister of Pearl. Baio tours the US later in the year with UK shows to be announced - keep an eye on his website... if you've seen Vampire Weekend live (he's the bassist) you'll know that he's quite the showman and his live shows aren't to be missed!

Monday, 7 August 2017

WATCH: Wildwood Kin release video for 'Taking A Hold'

Family trio Wildwood Kin have released the video for Taking A Hold, taken from their upcoming and highly-anticipated debut album Turning Tides, due out on 18th August. Following in the steps of The Staves and Haim, the girls have had a great year so far, gaining praise from the likes of Jo Whiley, Steve Wright and Bob Harris and performing at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and The Great Escape.

The track, with its haunting vocals, tight harmonies and infectious guitar lines, has become a live favourite - if you're enjoying it then you can catch the trio live this Autumn as they are touring around the UK in October and November. The tour includes a London headline show at The Borderline on 6th November - grab your tickets for all of the shows on their site here, where you'll also find the album pre-order links!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

WATCH: Everything Everything - 'Desire'

Unless you've been living under a rock you'll probably have noticed that the impeccable Everything Everything are back in our lives with new tunes taken from upcoming album A Fever Dream which is due out in just a couple of weeks (nobody panic!) Following up the first single Can't Do the guys premiered a corker of a tune entitled Desire on BBC Radio 1 on Tuesday night and it's been circling in my head since. They've just released the music video, which is equally brilliant and directed by Dave Tree, and the live performance element is making me fairly impatient for a tour announcement... They're one of the best and most fun bands I've had the pleasure of seeing and I can't wait to hear the new tracks performed live! Their last record Get To Heaven was my joint favourite record of 2015 so you could say I've got some pretty high expectations of this album but it's incredibly reassuring to hear Alex say on BBCR1 that "I think this is the best thing we've done", with Jonathan describing the track as being about "wanting something so much you don't care about the consequences of getting it" - check out the show here from around 31 min!

Everything Everything release their fourth studio album A Fever Dream on 18th August - get pre-ordering here (they've even got signed goodies on their official store!)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

LISTEN: Spilt Milk Society - 'She Tastes Like Summer'

To stand out in my inbox it sometimes helps to have a cool band name... and Spilt Milk Society certainly tick that box. They're a five piece indie-rock band from the Midlands and they recently released new tune She Tastes Like Summer. Opening with limited instrumentation the track begins quietly, building to a raucous, anthemic end, yet the almost delicate and exposed vocals remain at the forefront throughout. With comparisons to the likes of The Maccabees it's certainly easy to hear the similarities, but these guys are creating a name for themselves with a string of sold out hometown shows, a performance at The Great Escape on the BBC Introducing stage and over 500k streams (including 400k on For The Last Time) under their belts. If you fancy catching them live, they're playing a free entry show at The Finsbury on August 17th - Facebook event here! Get listening to the new tune below...

Thursday, 27 July 2017

WATCH: Seramic perform 'Trying' at Bushstock 2017

As I'm heading to Shepherd's Bush this evening for the Music for Grenfell show with the likes of The Hoosiers and Sam Swallow performing, I'm reminiscing over the wonderful day of live music that was this year's Bushstock Festival back in June. A huge highlight for me was a secret set from one of my favourite new acts Seramic, with Marcus and Layla bringing their beautiful voices and stunning harmonies to a tiny Shepherd's Bush wine bar with simply a keyboard to accompany them. The set left me grinning from ear to ear, telling friends at the festival what they'd just missed, and I remember writing on Twitter that it was no exaggeration to say that the set was one of the best things I'd ever seen. They had released the I Got You EP not long before the festival and closed their set with its final track, which also happens to be my favourite from the EP, the wonderfully emotional Trying. Thankfully the performance was caught on camera and a video of them performing the track has been uploaded recently - get watching below to have your socks blown off by their voices.