Thursday 21 December 2017

LISTEN: Tracks of the year playlist!

What a year for new music! With new albums from big favourites of mine Everything Everything and Public Service Broadcasting, debuts from Flyte and Willie J Healey and a bunch of other brilliant EPs and singles in between, there's been a lot to enjoy across the year. I've whittled down my favourite releases to my top thirty tracks of the year, which you can listen to here or on the embedded player, and check out a few words on each track below!

BE GOOD - It's Cool but It Ain't You
My favourite tune from the Oxford band that have quickly become one of my favourite discoveries of the year!

Everything Everything - Run The Numbers
It was difficult to pick just one track from the record A Fever Dream which the band released over Summer and which I'm almost certain is my favourite record of the year...

Banfi - Rosedale House
Again, whittling down the Banfi repertoire to just one tune when I've fallen in love with every track they've released so far was tricky but this is a favourite of mine.

Flyte - Faithless
In the run up to the release of the band's debut album The Loved Ones back in August I stumbled across this stunning Sofar Sounds session of the opening track Faithless and was taken aback by the songwriting and beautiful harmonies.

Ady Suleiman - I Remember
I love Ady's unique vocals and the beautifully nostalgic lyrics of this track - he's recently announced that his debut album is due in March and I can't wait to hear it!

Evergreen - Aux Echos
With a subtle name change under their belt, Evergreen followed up their superb 2014 record Towards with a new EP of tunes a month or so ago - Aux Echos is the lead single and I'm totally loving it! 

Johnny Flynn - Barleycorn
The follow-up to 2013's Country Mile, new record Sillion is pretty brilliant and this tune quickly became one of my favourites of Johnny and his band The Sussex Wit!

Low Island - (Pause)
Unless you've avoided all of my blog posts and playlist updates for the year, it'll be pretty obvious to you that I'm quite fond of Low Island and believe that you all should be too. This is my favourite tune from their In This Room EP, released earlier this year.

Lewis Capaldi - Bruises
A beautifully raw track with an intensely powerful and emotive vocal, since the release of this stunning debut single back in March it seems that Lewis has been on an incredibly steep trajectory, selling out runs of UK shows in hours!

Brasstronaut - Raveshadow
I think that a lot of us owe Stornoway a great debt for getting these guys across from Vancouver to support them on their farewell tour earlier in the year - I instantly fell in love with their self-titled album which was released earlier in the year, particularly this tune!

Public Service Broadcasting - Progress
I distinctly remember my first listen of this tune while writing a section of my dissertation in my university kitchen, followed by replaying it several times for the rest of the day. It's taken from their recent record Every Valley which is one of my favourites of the year.

Sivu - Lonesome
Another exciting return this year from Sivu, following up his beautiful debut Something On High with Sweet Sweet Silent - well worth a listen!

Parcels - Overnight
I couldn't shake this song from my head once I'd make it our 'track of the week' over on the Tigmus blog back in June - it's produced by Daft Punk and is a total tune!

Seramic - Trying
Marcus Foster and co released the follow up to last year's Found EP in the shape of the I Got You EP this year - it's full of cracking tunes and I adore the closing track, which they performed in one of my favourite live sets of the year at Bushstock Festival (watch that here.)

Fleet Foxes - I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
The band's show at O2 Brixton in November was nothing short of magical - this is the opening tune to their massively acclaimed new record Crack-Up.

Dan Croll - Tokyo
Following up the brilliant record Sweet Disarray, Dan Croll returned this Summer with Emerging Adulthood. I was torn between adding this track or Bad Boy to the playlist as I'm almost equally fond of them both, but remember completely loving this tune when I caught him at a Communion showcase earlier in the year.

Charlie Cunningham - Minimum
Another discovery I've made as a Stornoway support act (back in 2015) I was blown away by Charlie's skills with the guitar. Minimum is taken from his debut album which was released earlier in the year!

Get Inuit - Barbiturates
The first track to be added to my yearly playlist - love this fun Vevo Dscvr session from the Kent based band.

Willie J Healey - People and Their Dogs
Willie's show at Oxford's Modern Art gallery comes in as one of my favourites of the year as it marked the end of my three years at university, having handed in my final assignment earlier that day. Celebrations after the gig included hanging around with the band and Robin and Cat of Catgod at a pizza truck. Rock and roll.

Nick Mulvey - Mountain To Move
What a joy to have Nick Mulvey back in our lives and our headphones - his headline set at Bushstock Festival was a total joy to behold and one of my favourite crowds to be a part of this year!

Tempesst - Feel Better
Taken from their recent Adult Wonderland EP I love this smooth and summery tune from Tempesst - still gutted that I missed their recent headline shows!

Pale Seas - My Own Mind
Favourite tune from Stargazing for Beginners, the debut album from this Southampton four-piece!

FIL BO RIVA - Head Sonata (Love Control)
I was chuffed to catch Fil at The Great Escape back in May and can't wait for his debut album, set for a release early next year to coincide with a UK and Europe tour in April and May.

Catgod - I'm Innocent
From their Someone Love EP - I can't wait to be reunited with my Oxford pals Catgod at their London gig this week!

Park Hotel - Going West
I don't always find the time to check out tracks that are submitted to the blog for sharing/reviewing but was really glad I listened to this one which quickly became one of my favourite tunes of the year!

Lucy Rose - No Good At All
Taken from her record Something's Changing, for which Lucy Rose released an eye opening mini-documentary of the same name about her music, her fans and playing around the world to fans she's met online.

Dazy Crown - Peanut Butter Dreaming
A band I had the pleasure of working with on some shows back in 2016 for Tigmus, I love this tune from their I Don't Need a Jacket EP.

Cosmo Sheldrake - Come Along
Cosmo played what was probably my favourite support set of the year opening up for Johnny Flynn at the Roundhouse. His effortless control of the room and his introduction to various unique samples completely drew me in.

Charlie Fink - I Was Born to Be a Cowboy
After meeting the rest of the Noah & The Whale members several times over the last couple of years, I finally met Charlie this year as he released his solo record and performed it as a unique live music stage production at the Old Vic in London. 

Arcade Fire - Creature Comfort
I almost want to admit featuring this tune simply because the title makes me think of the hilarious Creature Comforts animated TV show - but it's also a cracking tune from the band's new record Everything Now.

Tuesday 19 December 2017

LISTEN: Geowulf - 'Hideaway'

Following a couple of live dates last Summer, beach pop duo Geowulf released their debut single Saltwater into the world. It was received incredibly well, and they've since played various shows and released a few more tracks, including the recent single Drink Too Much. With a few brilliant tracks under their belts, the band have recently announced that their debut album Great Big Blue is set for release on February 16th. The first tune from the record is the dreamy Hideaway which you can listen to below - if you like what you're hearing, be sure to catch them live at The Lexington in London on 28th Feb for their album launch show!

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Monday 11 December 2017

WATCH: Banfi - 'Caroline'

I didn't quite need the Spotify end of year playlist to tell me that I've listened to an awful lot of Banfi over the year - so much so that six of their songs made it into my top hundred for the year. They released the 'Christmas tinged' tune Caroline a couple of weeks back and have shared a beautiful video featuring found footage from a documentary filmed in Blackpool. Speaking about the video the band's artistic director (and all round legend) Jake Dypka writes that "we had the idea of finding forgotten footage and bringing it back to life. We found this old documentary of a summers day down at Blackpool. It seemed to fit perfectly with underlying themes of family, love and time." Have a watch of the video below, check out all the other brilliant Banfi tunes on Spotify here and if you like what you're hearing, catch them live on their Europe tour in March, including a London show at Oslo Hackney on 22nd March (tickets.)

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Thursday 7 December 2017

WATCH: Low Island perform 'I Know You' for Mahogany

It's been just over a year since Low Island played their first ever headline show in London, writing about the show they explain that "Jamie and Carlos had never sung in public before, and we'd made a load of music in a bedroom/garage with no real idea of how it would translate in a venue. It's been a massive learning curve." They continue to impress and surprise me with each new release and latest tune I Know You is no different - it's the third tune to come from their upcoming third EP alongside the massive track The Lines and slow-burner Tomorrow and I know I'm not alone in saying that I absolutely can not wait for more! Check out the stunning session performance of the track for Mahogany below and fall in love with the band with me... (that falsetto!)  

If you're around in Oxford, the guys headline at The Cellar for Future Perfect on 27th January - sure to be a huge hometown show! Info and tickets here.

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Tuesday 5 December 2017

WATCH: Dan Croll - 'Tokyo' (two ways...)

The ever charming and incredibly talented Dan Croll released his second album Emerging Adulthood over the Summer. It's a wonderful follow up to his superb debut album Sweet Disarray and features a bunch of cracking tunes including the singles One Of Us, Bad Boy, Swim and Away From Today. My favourite tune from the record is the closing track Tokyo - so I'm chuffed that it's recently been given an EP release with remixes from the likes of Anna Of The North and Paul Frith alongside an official video created by animator Simon Landrein. Dan himself described the video as one of his favourites that he's released - get watching below!

If, like me, you're partial to a stripped back session then look no further as Dan and his band rearranged the tune for a three-piece performance in his hometown of Liverpool earlier in the year and it's brilliant! It's been several months since I last caught Dan live at a Communion showcase at Omeara and at The Great Escape Festival - watching this video over and over has made me pretty keen to get along to a show soon!

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Monday 4 December 2017

LISTEN: Catgod - 'Keep My Promises'

Fantastic news - my extremely talented friends Catgod are back with a crazy new tune entitled Keep My Promises. Hailing from Oxford, the band are a musical collective combining soul and trip-hop sounds with the beautiful vocal harmonies of brother and sister duo Robin and Cat. They released their debut record Ready When You Are around a year ago and have since followed it up with the Someone Love EP but this is their first new material for a few months - I'm loving the track (and especially the superb artwork from Oxford artist Iman Mahdy of the Young Women's Music Project.)

You can catch Catgod live in London in a couple of weeks at Surya in King's Cross, performing a co-headline with Holly Redford Jones for Tigmus. All the info and tickets on the Facebook event here.

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Friday 1 December 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: Maiians - 'Wendigo'

It's been a few months since I graduated and moved back home from Oxford (though I still miss it tons and can't wait to get back there) but I'm constantly keeping an eye out on all of my favourite local bands - 31hours are currently smashing it with their recent debut album Tell Me What You See (which they played a successful Tigmus launch show for last weekend) and my pals Catgod have a new single released today which is all kinds of strange and funky.

Maiians are a local band I unfortunately never caught live during my time in the city - forming in 2013 they became an "elusive, incendiary presence on the Oxford music scene for two years, gracing countless venues with their double-drum propelled Balearic post-rock". They released their self-titled debut album in mid 2016, parting ways later in the year as the members headed to various countries. Good news however - they're back with some new music and a one-off show!

Realising that all five members would be in Oxford for Christmas this year, they decided that they couldn't pass up the chance to play together again, so they're making their live return at their home-from-home, The Cellar, as part of the Divine Schism Christmas Party on 22nd December. The venue was recently saved from the threat of redevelopment, a huge victory for the local music scene who really pulled together to protect the venue, so it's sure to be quite the celebration!

To celebrate this mini reunion, they're releasing a new EP entitled The Glasshouse EP, containing mixes of Maiians tunes by friends of the band, as well as two live recordings (with all the proceeds from the sale of the EP going to Oxford Homeless Pathways.) One of these tunes is brand new, entitled Wendigo and described as "a sparkling post-rock opus" and I'm incredibly pleased to be premiering the video for the tune on the blog today! The video and track were recorded at Glasshouse Studios in Cumnor before the band parted ways, and it's a bit of an atmospheric masterpiece, a seven minute slice of beautiful electronica.

Grab tickets for the band's one off live return here (they're selling fast!) and get following Maiians online - Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

Thursday 30 November 2017

WATCH: Flyte - 'Faithless'

It's been a few months since the Flyte chaps released their debut record The Loved Ones into the world and blessed us all with some incredibly beautiful tunes. The album opens with the mesmerising Faithless, which I shared back in August via a stunning session for Sofar Sounds and the track has just been given a "big, beautiful music video to go with it", shot in the Spanish desert, directed by Femke Huurdman and produced by Canada. If you're already a fan, enjoy, and if not - check it out and be careful not to fall too deeply in love with the band too quickly... but in case you do, here's a link to listen to the full record! 

Flyte play at the Communion Music Christmas club night at Notting Hill Arts Club on Sunday 3rd December alongside Isaac Gracie, Harry from Peace, Lucy Rose, Adam French and a special guest (ooh - the mystery!) There will be mince pies and fake snow so it isn't to be missed... tickets are sold out online at the moment but it's always worth checking back here for more!

Monday 27 November 2017

WATCH: Tempesst - 'Feel Better'

Need some cheery summery vibes to warm up those winter blues? Look no further than Tempesst. Taken from their recent (and brilliant) Adult Wonderland EP they've just released a really snazzy video for Feel Better with some pretty strong 60s vibes, a beautiful accompaniment to the tune which I'm also adoring. They released their first tunes just over a year ago (check those out on Soundcloud) and have succeeded in releasing nothing that I'm not totally enjoying so far and this EP certainly hits the mark. Get listening below and get yourselves along to the EP tour - they'll be taking in shows in London, Southampton and Manchester across the first week of December (tickets/dates here.)

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Sunday 19 November 2017

LISTEN: Ady Suleiman - 'I Remember'

Added to my playlist (alongside a fab new Low Island song) on Friday, I'm totally loving this new tune from Nottingham singer-songwriter Ady Suleiman, following up singles Say So and Not Giving Up. If you've not listened to Ady before, he's a super talented and soulful artist with "an innate need to turn life experiences into narrative", a real talent performing live and a long list of beautiful tunes. He's just finished up a short run of sold out gigs premiering new material - I'd say that some news on an album is long overdue and can't wait for more!

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Monday 13 November 2017

WATCH: BE GOOD - 'Nightbus'

Following up their debut tune Not Waking Up and the recent (and totally smooth) It's Cool but It Ain't You, BE GOOD are back with Nightbus and Hazelnut, two new tunes which they're releasing through the Communion Singles Club. As an Oxford band I've got a soft spot for them which has only increased with the new video for Nightbus, featuring some familiar parts of the city which I love and miss terribly - most notably The Library music venue on Cowley Road, where I booked my first gig with Little Mammoths almost two years ago! The video premiered recently on The Independent, with the band telling them in a Q&A that the rest of the year involves recording for an EP release early next year - I'm very pleased to hear that! 

You can catch the band in London at the end of the month (30th) supporting Cousin Kula at Servant Jazz Quarters, or if you're in Oxford, they're headlining at The Cellar for Future Perfect alongside Magique on December 14th.  

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Sunday 12 November 2017

LIVE: Low Island & Friends at Corsica Studios (8/11/17)

"We don't usually do an encore, but this is a special occasion." The truest words ever spoken, which were met with raucous applause at the first of Low Island's back to back sold out shows at Corsica Studios on Wednesday. It's been just over a year since the band put out their first track Anywhere, which was at the time celebrated with a sold out show at Sebright Arms. Fast forward to this April and a sold out night at Electrowerkz, and you start to see the impressive trajectory the band have taken in such a short space of time. With a couple of EPs released along the way and sets at various festivals this Summer (including The Great Escape where I finally caught them live), this all built up to the Low Island and Friends tour.

Doing just what it says on the tin the tour has been an opportunity for the band to collaborate with various creatives in the towns that they've been visiting - and for the lucky London crowd on Wednesday evening, this meant not only two support bands (Ilk and Our Mother) but two unique performance pieces. The band wrote that "working with people from across the artistic spectrum for this tour has been an incredibly fun and eye-opening experience for us. For the Corsica Studios shows next week, we've collaborated with the designer Shawn Soh, movement director Sara Green and dancers Hae Yon Lim, Aishwarya Raut, Chloe Brazinskas and Sara Kaspersen on a piece that explores the difficulties of growing up in the digital age. There's also going to be a fantastic performance art piece called 'Outburst', devised by Gary Stevens." The different performances, some of which took place within the crowd, kept us on our toes and prepared us for what was to come!

Moments after taking to the stage and beginning their first track, the volume of the bass caused a power cut. As technical difficulties go, it's pretty rock and roll. After a lot of switching on and off again all was sorted, and the band started the first song from the beginning as if nothing had happened - I'm not sure anyone would have any complaints about hearing the first half of the song again! They quickly got into the swing of things, delivering a set full of incredible tunes that make even the worst dancers among us want to bust out some moves. They treated us to tunes from the In This Room EP including the brilliant tracks That Kind Of Love, Holding It Down, as well as recent single The Lines, and they even let us in on some entirely new tunes which got just as fantastic a reception from the audience. Throughout the set it was clear just how happy  the band were to be playing for us, and how grateful and surprised they were that we were all there, which always makes for a lovely atmosphere at a show! As well as being pretty wonderful musically, they're four lovely chaps who deserve all the superb opportunities which will continue to be created for them - since the show, they've been announced as BBC Introducing in Oxford's 'Act of the Year 2017' - an amazing achievement!

Low Island have just announced an Oxford headline show at The Cellar for local promoters Future Perfect on 27th Jan - find all the info and ticket links here!

Thursday 9 November 2017

LISTEN: Fil Bo Riva - 'Head Sonata (Love Control)'

With various other commitments outside of the blog, I (like most music bloggers) have far too little time to listen to all of the tracks that I'm sent to review, but very often find complete gems in my inbox. Rewind to last August and I had one of those moments, discovering the incredibly talented Fil Bo Riva, a half-Italian, half-Irish, Berlin-based musician whose debut single Like Eye Did I instantly fell in love with. Fast forward to May this year and The Great Escape Festival, where I braved the pouring down rain and ventured to a hotel on the Brighton seafront to catch him playing an incredible set to an adoring crowd. I've listened to his If You're Alright, It's Alright EP on a fairly regular basis since the festival and I'm particularly in love with the tune Franzis!

It's been over a year since the EP was released and I was excited (and a little nervous) to find a new tune from Fil and the gang in my inbox. Growing from a solo project into a duo and now a four-piece band, they have had a very busy year, performing at gigs and festivals across Europe, whilst finding time for frontman Fil to head back to the studio consistently to work on their debut album with producer Robert Stephenson. Taking my first listen of the single, seconds into the track my worries were banished - it's just as much of a tune as the EP and an impressive, upbeat and playful taste of what's to come, as the first single from the upcoming album. Fil describes beautifully that “if the EP was a photograph of an idea, what we are trying to create with the album is an actual movie. I’m not trying to sound romantic but it’s like accumulating different pictures and feelings… and we all worship the album format, that’s why we want to take the time to shape it properly.”

Talking about the birth of this new single, he says that “the title “Head Sonata“ was just meant to be a name placeholder at the start. The song was built around the chorus guitar riff and the first time I heard Felix [A. Remm] play it, I felt my head spinning and it immediately gave me a trippy and repetitive feeling. A few minutes later I had the title written down. I simply liked the sound of it. These two words somehow translated my imagination of the songs soundscape… And since the track didn’t have any lyrics nor a melody for the first few months, the word ‘sonata’, literally meaning a piece played, actually suited the song very good. Finally, a breeze of inspiration came to my mind, I wrote down the lyrics and the song was finished. A “Head Sonata” was born.”

Fil Bo Riva will support Milky Chance across their European and UK tour before heading back to Berlin to finish work on the album (hoorah!) Then they're heading back on the road for a headline tour of Europe in 2018, where they will be premiering new material from the debut album, taking in a show at London's Sebright Arms on 17th April.

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Wednesday 8 November 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: Hazey Jane - 'Mother's Lie'

"Hackney based, harmony driven and easily confused." That's the pretty concise description of Hazey Jane that you'll find if you head to their Facebook page, surely enough to entice you in? They're a folk-indie quartet from London and they've just followed up their Us On A Wire EP with the brilliant new single Mother's Lie (their debut single, in fact, released through Animal Farm.) I've seen them performing live a few times this year at various Tigmus shows, including a headline gig in Oxford and this has been my favourite track from their live set each time so I'm chuffed that they've released it and I'm proud to be premiering the video for the track, directed by Liam Egan.

You can catch Hazey Jane live in London at legendary venue The George Tavern for Tigmus on 9th December alongside Richard Morris and Lewis McKale - tickets here, and perhaps they'll throw in a Christmas tune?!

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Tuesday 7 November 2017

WATCH: The Staves & yMusic - Trouble On My Mind

It's never a bad thing when The Staves treat us to new music, and they're not disappointing with the incredibly soothing Trouble On My Mind. They recorded the track with New York based chamber ensemble yMusic, whose strings delicately mirror the beautiful vocals of the trio. Consider my interest well and truly peaked as the collaboration stretches to an entire record, entitled The Way Is Read, which is released digitally on November 24th and as a limited edition vinyl on December 1st. Take a listen to the new tune below and get pre-ordering!

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Thursday 2 November 2017

LISTEN: Crooked Weather - 'Rabbit Holes'

Crooked Weather are an East-Yorkshire based alternative folk four-piece, playing "earthy, unruly and original folk songs" hinged around the beautiful harmonies of Holly Blackshaw and Will Bladen. After being away touring the USA, Ireland, New Zealand and France, the band are back with new single Rabbit Holes, their first new material in two years. What starts as a quiet and harmonic song builds towards a cracking guitar solo, and it's sure to be a favourite for fans of the likes of First Aid KitThe Staves and Laura Marling.

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Monday 30 October 2017

LIVE: Public Service Broadcasting at Hammersmith Apollo (27/10/17)

On Thursday night I headed to Hammersmith Apollo for the closing night of the Public Service Broadcasting UK tour, promoting their latest record Every Valley. Based on a short set I saw them play for the Music Venues Trust last year at the Roundhouse, their Live In Brixton album and my extensive listening of all three studio records I had pretty high expectations and they certainly delivered. Alongside The Maccabees at Alexandra Palace in June, the Stornoway farewell shows in March, The Hoosiers anniversary gigs this month and Bear's Den at the Apollo back in April the gig has certainly made it's mark as one of my favourites of the year! 

After a delay getting into the venue I missed some of the opening set from Londoners Palace who released their debut album So Long Forever last year (listen here) but I enjoyed what I did manage to catch! It may be because I was seated and not thrown into the set as I would normally be from the front of the crowd, but it felt fairly relaxed and not quite as full on as support sets can so easily become, and I was able to actually listen to the lyrics and they proved a lovely warm-up for what was to come!

After a quick turn around the Public Service Broadcasting chaps took to the stage (but not before a friendly reminder to only use mobile phones with respect to those around you - which could certainly do with being said at most gigs!) Opening up with the first two tracks of the latest record I was instantly bowled over and reminded why I love the band so much. If you're new to them, their bio reads that "J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth sample old public information films and archive material and set them to new music. Live, the films are screened simultaneously as laptops are fiddled with, drums are pounded, theremins are wafted at, guitars are bashed and banjos furiously plucked. Teaching the lessons of the past through the music of the future.

As the band took us through a set of tracks from all three records (including fan favourites Gagarin, GO! and Spitfire) it struck me just how well thought out (and executed) each element of the show was. The light show was really impressive and the stunning visuals elevated the tunes to a whole other level. Keys player Mr. B, who doubles up as the band's set designer and 'visuals chap' is in charge of the visuals and did a cracking job, with screens across the stage showing a mix of handheld live shots of the band and archive footage (often that from which the audio for the tracks has been taken.)

In the absence of vocals on the most part, the focus is on the musical capabilities of the band much more than in the majority of concerts, and each member of the band proved to be a total genius - each taking on multiple instruments and contributing to a truly impressive sound. They were helped along for most tracks by their brass ensemble The Brassy Gents who brought yet more cheer to the evening while helping to make it sound even better too. With their latest record being the first to feature collaborations with vocalists, they also called on various artists to help on particular tracks. Instrumental trio Haiku Salut joined them for They Gave Me A Lamp and delivered some beautiful harmonies, and in a particularly noteworthy moment of the show, Lisa Jên Brown joined them to perform You + Me, a track which she duets on with PSB's J. Willgoose Esq. Despite his anxieties about playing a quieter track to kick off the encore, the crowd were entirely behind him as he delivered both a beautifully delicate (and rare) vocal and a more beautiful still guitar solo.

As if all of that weren't enough, after promising two more tracks, thanking the various members of the band and performing first album hit Everest (confetti cannons included) the band welcomed the Beaufort Male Choir to the stage to perform Take Me Home, the closing track of Every Valley. With the various members of PSB jumping off stage to watch from the barrier it was a really emotional and fitting moment to close the final night of the UK tour, and the choir got one of the biggest cheers I've probably ever heard at a concert of that size. Absolutely crazy and beautiful scenes which were thankfully captured by a member of the crowd here!

To summarise - long may Public Service Broadcasting reign. Since being introduced to their first album by a friend back in 2014 I've been fairly besotted with their tunes and they certainly do not disappoint in the live environment. Reflecting on the show to write this review I've become instantly desperate to see the band again so I hope that it's not long before they're back touring the UK! I've also realised a new life goal of being pals with the band and getting to witness some of what goes into making their records as my admiration and fascination towards them has increased massively!

Thursday 26 October 2017

LISTEN: Saint Raymond - 'Nightcrawling'

Nottingham singer-songwriter Saint Raymond has released new tune Nightcrawling from upcoming EP A Light That Blinds, his first release since debut album Young Blood in 2015. Aiming "for something that was a bit heavier than what I usually do", Saint Raymond has managed to slot the tune nicely into the realm of indie pop, creating quite the earworm with creeping basslines driving the track. The new EP is due for release on November 17th through Never Fade Records and with his debut album reaching the UK top 10 upon its release, and Saint Raymond joining the likes of Ed Sheeran, HAIM and Jake Bugg on major tours across the UK in the past, it's certainly one to watch out for!

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Tuesday 24 October 2017

LISTEN: Cosmo Sheldrake - 'Come Along'

Discovering an artist that you haven't listened to before whose music you instantly fall in love with is always a magical experience... having released an EP a few years back Cosmo Sheldrake is far from a new artist but I was introduced to his music as the support act for Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit last week at London's Roundhouse. Performing a set with only his keyboard and all kinds of samplers for company, Cosmo was instantly impressive and really endearing, introducing the audience to the sounds he was sampling - lots of mysterious and intriguing things including sheep, pigs, fish, slate and even the Sun!

Much to my delight, Cosmo told us that he's just finished work on his debut album, which he'll be releasing through Transgressive Records (a dream of a label who work with the likes of Foals, Alvvays and Johnny Flynn himself) around April next year. Come Along is the first tune to drop from the album and Cosmo's first release for three years, so quite the event... on the track you can hear him playing over 10 instruments including household items like a vacuum cleaner and empty beer bottles. The track is co-produced and mixed by Matthew Herbert and, Cosmo describes, it "began when I decided to make the most preposterously over-the-top introduction that I could [...] I made this ridiculously grandiose beginning, and then it developed from there."

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Monday 23 October 2017

WATCH: Evergreen are back with 'Aux Echos'

Friday was a very very good day for new tunes, especially because one of my favourite bands We Were Evergreen (who are now, if a little confusingly, just going by the name Evergreen) are BACK! New tune Aux Echos is their first in quite a while, following up the brilliant 2014 debut album Towards. While I won't pretend to understand the lyrics as they're in the band's beautiful native French I am absolutely digging the tune, which is giving me some pretty strong Arcade Fire vibes - never a bad thing! With past tracks like DaughtersLeeway and False Start the band set quite a high standard of music video and this totally meets that, matching the quality of the tune! Get watching and listening, and keep your eyes on the band's socials for news on more new tunes and their second album!

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Thursday 12 October 2017

LISTEN: Tempesst - 'Waiheke'

They were one of my favourite new bands of last year so I'm seriously excited to see that the lovely Tempesst chaps are back! Returning last week with news of upcoming debut EP Adult Wonderland, set for release on October 27th, the band premiered new tune Waiheke with DIY who described it as "a slice of swirling folk, the track [...] rises and falls in gorgeous waves." It felt like a slow burner at first but after repeated listens I've quickly fallen in love with the tune which sits nicely alongside their previous releases Broke Down Blues and Tidal Wave (there's more on Soundcloud!)

The band head on a short run of shows to promote the release of the EP this December, taking in London's Shacklewell Arms on 6th, before Southampton on 7th and Manchester on 8th (with more shows still to be announced!) Grab tickets for all of those here.

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Tuesday 10 October 2017

WATCH: Ady Suleiman performs 'What's The Score' for Mahogany Sessions

Since being introduced to his tunes a couple of years ago by a friend who recommended that we check his set out at Bushstock Festival, I've harboured a love for Ady Suleiman. His beautiful voice drew me in to tunes like So Lost and State Of Mind and new release Not Giving Up, which premiered online a couple of weeks ago, didn't disappoint. You can listen to a live performance of that track here, but for now, here's a stunning new session of What's The Score filmed in a French vineyard with Mahogany Sessions

Ady Suleiman plays a tiny run of UK shows in November, taking in Rock City in his hometown Nottingham, The Lantern in Bristol and London's Jazz Cafe - London sold out very quickly and tickets for Nottingham and Bristol are running low, grab the last few here.

Monday 9 October 2017

LISTEN: Joseph J. Jones releases new single 'Crawl'

With him constantly being championed by Communion Music I'd never doubt that Joseph J. Jones is anything short of wonderful and he's certainly proven himself true to that accolade through new single Crawl which was released last week. I was luck to catch him perform a support slot for Jack Savoretti at Royal Festival Hall on Southbank back in March and at a Communion showcase gig in May and the track quickly became a live favourite of mine and I'm chuffed that it's been released into the world! Take a listen below and if you like what you're hearing, check out more of JJJ's tunes, including previous single Gospel Truth, over on his Soundcloud. Dare I say it..... he's certainly one to watch!

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Friday 6 October 2017

LISTEN: The fin. release 'Heat (It covers everything)'

I was introduced to Japanese indie-rockers The fin. when they played our Tigmus stage at The Alternative Escape back in May. Despite some technical issues and delays meaning their set was cut short, the guys delivered a really enjoyable set and I was intrigued to see a new tune from them in my inbox! Re-releasing a track that was on a previous EP, the band describe the new version as "repetitive [with] a big world and reality in it", describing the track as being "about energy which is around everywhere or inside you, and states that it conflicts each other in many ways." Its synths and the dreamy atmosphere the band create are sure to impress fans of the likes of Friendly Fires and Metronomy, and if you like what you're hearing, the chaps are on tour in the UK this week supporting KOYO, before a support slot with Clay on 29th October at Camden Assembly.

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Thursday 5 October 2017

LIVE: The Hoosiers at The Bodega, Nottingham (29/9/17)

Rewind ten years and you'll find The Hoosiers gearing up to release their debut album The Trick To Life, which quickly became a cult classic, reaching number one in the album chart and propelling them into the spotlight. If you can't recall the band by their name, you'll almost certainly know the hits Goodbye Mr AWorried About Ray and Cops and Robbers (and most likely remember all of the lyrics!) Return to the current day and a lot has changed for the band, with the departure from their major label a few years back, line-up changes, and three further records under their belt (listen to them all on Spotify.) Ten years on from the first record in 2007, they've just kicked off a tour to celebrate it's anniversary, and I was lucky to head to the first night of the tour last Friday at The Bodega in Nottingham!

Having been a huge fan since the first album was released, I first saw the band live in May 2011 when they toured to promote their second album. I'd been to a couple of open air concerts in my hometown before but this was the first gig that I begged my parents to take me to so it was a pretty big deal! Since then the band have been super important in my life... looking back I honestly believe that getting to see them play and meeting them back then had a huge impact on how much I love music, which means an awful lot as its the industry I work in and have so much passion for now (and that love is what kicked off the blog!) I've made lifelong friends through the band, been to lots more shows (Friday's was the fifteenth) and made some beautiful memories at those, not to mention writing my final year dissertation in part about the band and interviewing them and some of their fans for it. 

Friday's gig was kicked off by local artist Joseph Knight playing some sad acoustic tunes (who doesn't love sad songs?!) - check out his tune Minutes. After a quick turnaround, the stage was ready for The Hoosiers, but first they gave us an unusual warm-up, inviting two fans up to the stage to do a spot of karaoke. It's a first for me but I found myself thinking at the time that every gig should start that way, as the tunes (Here It Goes Again and Naive) lightened up the crowd and got everybody singing along.

The Hoosiers soon took to the stage, performing a set of two halves, first performing The Trick To Life in full. TTTL is such a poignant album from my youth and is really special to me so getting to hear it played live among a sold out crowd of people who clearly loved the record just as much and sang along to all the words was an incredible experience. Despite Worried About Ray and Goodbye Mr A coming early in the set (a little disorienting as they've finished with GMA at possibly every show I've seen them play) the band and audience maintained as much energy for the rest of the tracks from the album. It blew my mind just how well the rest of the crowd knew the lyrics to each song from the album, including the quiter, slower numbers like Clinging On For Life which I recorded and you can watch below and my personal favourite Everything Goes Dark. The first half of the set was topped off with Irwin inviting a fan onstage to sing the album's last track Money To Be Made with him - I almost wish I'd been brave at the time as I know the track inside out and reckon it'd be pretty unforgettable, but the chap who put himself forward did a great job and wasn't actually a bad singer!

After a quick departure from the stage the band returned to play the second half of the set, kicking off with a tune from their latest record, Pristine, followed up by first album B-side Rules, which I can't say I ever expected to hear live! Somewhere In The Distance and Up To No Good, which feature mini Teardrops and I Can't Feel My Face covers followed and went down really well with the crowd, carrying on the big singalongs, before they finished up with second album single Choices. Despite being the first show of the tour the show was just as awesome as the first time I saw them live, and I especially need to give a shoutout to Paul Frith and Leighton Allen who have joined the band recently for live shows on keys and bass respectively - both doing a cracking job!! The night was topped off by bumping into Irwin and Paul outside the venue afterwards, it's always lovely to catch up, especially as it was my Mum's first time seeing the band since Summer 2015 - cue a reunion selfie!

If you made it this far in the post and want to relive a slice of 2007 for yourself, check out the rest of the tour dates, including a show at London's famous Scala next Friday (13th Oct) on the band's website here, but be quick as many of the shows are selling out!

Tuesday 3 October 2017

WATCH: Fizzy Blood perform 'ADHD' for VEVO dscvr

I shared the Fizzy Blood tune Summer of Luv a couple of months back and have been wanting to write up about their EP of the same name ever since.... upon finally getting round to it I've found this cracking session they've filmed with VEVO dscvr of my favourite tune from the EP, ADHD. The band hail from Leeds and with support coming from all angles they're having a brilliant year which will only get better with upcoming support tours alongside Arcane Roots and Dinosaur Pile Up over the next couple months (full dates and tickets here - they're even coming to my little old town Peterborough!) Check out the full Summer of Luv EP here and watch the session below...

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Monday 2 October 2017

WATCH: Josh McGovern - 'The Devil Below Me'

If like me you're a fan of modern folk from the likes of Matthew & The Atlas, Ben Howard and Fleet Foxes, I reckon you'll enjoy this new (ish) tune from Brighton's Josh McGovern. Premiering the video for The Devil Below Me at the end of August, The Independent called Josh "an accomplished, intriguing new talent" and they're certainly not wrong there. The track is my first introduction to Josh and I've gone on to check out a live video of his tune Brother, equally intriguing and just as brilliant a tune!

About the new track, Josh says that "I really wanted to make a video that would complement the story of the song. I guess it’s all about burying your past problems. The video was filmed and edited by my good friend and filmmaker Sam Shaw. It took five separate shoots to film because we were battling the English weather but it ended up being something that I’m really proud of.” With a depth of tone reminiscent of the likes of George Ezra and Joseph J Jones, the track is a beautiful combination of folk and daydreaming Americana, with sweeping harmonies that have cemented themselves into the front of my mind after a few repeated listens - I'll certainly be looking out for more from this young artist!

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Friday 29 September 2017

WATCH: Sugarmen - 'Push Button Age'

If you're into the likes of The Magic Gang and Spring King you should love these chaps, Liverpool indie rockers Sugarmen who have recently released Push Button Age, a fast paced and punchy single, sure to get live audiences up and dancing. Following a successful few years taking their tunes to the likes of Seoul, SXSW, Reading & Leeds and further around the globe, they are set to release their debut album Local Freaks on 6th October. Following support slots with The Jesus and Mary Chain in Liverpool and Sheffield in September, the four-piece headline Sebright Arms in London for their album launch on 5th October - tickets here!

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Thursday 28 September 2017

WATCH: Low Island - 'Tomorrow' for Mahogany

Oxford's Low Island are by far one of my favourite new bands of the moment, with the incredible tracks That Kind Of Love and Holding It Down under their belts. In the run up to some live shows across the country they're releasing a new seven track EP, kicking it off with The Lines, a track as energetic and punchy as we've come to expect from the band - an instant dance floor filler. They've followed it up recently with the second tune from the EP, the comparatively gentle but equally (if not more so) beautiful Tomorrow. Carlos from the band has performed a live session of the track in a 1930s Art Deco music hall for the wonderful people of the Mahogany Sessions, and it's making me incredibly jealous of those who caught their stripped back set at Sofar Sounds Oxford for Amnesty International last week! Check out their upcoming tour dates here - including two nights at London's Corsica Studios in November.

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Wednesday 27 September 2017

WATCH: MarthaGunn perform 'Honest' for The Crypt Sessions

I posted about them just a couple of weeks ago but couldn't resist sharing this beautiful session from MarthaGunn, one of my fave new bands of the moment. They've been busy in the studio over Summer and took a break from a recording session to perform their tune Honest for The Crypt Sessions, a lovely stripped back version where Abi's vocals take the forefront. In love with these guys and reckon you should be too - keep an eye on their Facebook for future show announcements and new tunes!

Tuesday 26 September 2017

LISTEN: Carroll - 'Velvet'

I've been listening to Too Many Zooz a bit lately and reckon you honestly can't get much better than this performance on the subway in New York a couple of months ago - who doesn't want a loud awakening at 3am from those chaps?! Perhaps for this reason the email I received from US four-piece Carroll a while back stood out as they mentioned their track having some saxophone in it courtesy of Gabriel Garcia. Always a good thing! Describing Velvet as a bridge between the "cosmic psychedelia" of their 2016 record As Far As Gardens Go and a newer sound, it does exactly what it says on the tin, a pure piece of musical velvet. As the band write, "If As Far As Gardens Go found us hurtling through wormholes and electrical storms in space, then "Velvet" more likely has the four us playing in a smoky lounge with soft pink lighting, dark vines creeping in around us, and plush furniture of an otherworldly material." Take a listen below...

Friday 22 September 2017

WATCH: Rae Morris - 'DO IT'

One of the best tunes I've heard in a while, taken from an upcoming album I'm pretty excited for, here's the video for DO IT from Rae Morris. About the video, Rae wrote on Facebook that she "had such an incredible time making this video with Noel Paul in NYC. coney island, baseball, helicopter rides & karaoke... genuine fun with amazing people." That's a pretty accurate summary - the only things to add are that if you like ice cream and dogs the video is probably for you!

DO IT is from Rae's upcoming second album (release date yet to be confirmed), the follow up to 2015's stunning release Unguarded. Rae tours this month to preview tunes from the album, heading to Norwich, Nottingham, Salisbury and Leeds before finishing up in London at Islington Assembly Hall on 28th. Grab the last few tickets for the shows here!

Monday 18 September 2017

LISTEN: Smash Boom Pow release 'Way Too Much'

One of the best things about running this blog is the huge wave of emails I get daily, introducing me to new tunes from artists of all kinds of genres and from various places around the world. Today we head to Vancouver, Canada with brothers Ulysses and Zane Coppard, aka alt-pop duo Smash Boom Pow (who doesn't love a bit of onomatopoeia?!) Way Too Much is the first single from their upcoming EP, a track that vocalist Ulysses came up with to "clear some heavy vibes from his atmosphere", with the refrain "you're asking way too much of me" referring to "unfair emotional demands and the psychic damage they can inflict", particularly when it comes to a relationship.

Get listening below and follow Smash Boom Pow online - Twitter | Facebook | Instagram.

Friday 15 September 2017

LIVE: Banfi at The Lexington (12/9/17)

I've been a little bit in love with Banfi since catching them live for the first time back in November at their residency of free gigs at Old Blue Last and upon meeting the guys for the first time supporting Bear's Den in Oxford back in March. In the relatively short amount of time that has passed since those shows, things have been going incredibly well for the band - as well as touring the UK and Europe with Bear's Den and no doubt gaining countless fans in the process, they've been busy recording, releasing some cracking new music and playing many brilliant festivals. One of the first of those was Communion's Bushstock at the start of Summer, the last time I caught them live before this week, when I caught the London date of their first headline tour.

Banfi at The Lexington

Opening up the night was Bryde, with Joe explaining that the band had seen her performing at a festival this Summer and asked her along to support on the tour, and she said yes! With a drummer and bassist in tow she delivered an impressive set, commandeering the crowd into near silence from the first notes! Spiralling between loud, punchy tracks and slower, sadder numbers, the set flowed by quickly - a sign of a brilliant support act (with the other end of the spectrum being never-ending tracks when you're waiting for the headliner!) Check out a live video of the tune Less below, which I've added to the CMAT playlist this week - check that out on Spotify here!

Once Bryde finished up it wasn't long before Banfi took to the stage, by which point the room was totally packed out. Selling out a show is always a huge achievement and never to be snuffed at, and on stage it was clear how surprised the band were that so many had decided to spend their evening listening to their beautiful tunes! With the crowd singing back the refrains of Happy When You Go and Rosedale House you could feel the happiness radiating from the guys, writing of the show after that it was "absolutely MENTAL ... If you saw us at any point after you probably noticed us beaming from ear to ear. Big up yourselves for making that our greatest show to date!" A highlight for all has to be their latest single June, for which they shared the music video on Friday, once again directed by the über talented Jake Dypka, and which is a totally beautiful piece - get watching below!

If you're in Birmingham, Nottingham or Leeds you're in luck as the Banfi tour is still to take in your lovely cities - last few tickets for the shows here. I for one hugely recommend getting along to see them perform if you get the chance... not only do they give a fantastic live performance of their wonderful tunes, but they're lovely chaps too who will always be down for a chat at the merch stand! Now to carry on waiting for a full record of Banfi tunes... 

Wednesday 13 September 2017

LISTEN: David Ramirez - 'Stone Age'

Taken from We're Not Going Anywhere, which was released on Friday, here is David Ramirez's tune Stone Age. To record the album, Ramirez, who has always co-produced or self-produced his records, hired Sam Kassirer to produce and help evolve the recording process, decamping his band to the Greath North Sound Society, an eighteenth-century farmhouse in rural Maine that serves as Kassirer's studio. As an American of Mexican descent, Ramirez wrote the album as a response to the current American political landscape. About the track, he writes that "I was visiting my girlfriend in London during July 4th week last year, and waking up every morning there was a lot of stuff going on here in the States. I was reading the news as far as police vs. Black Lives, violence and things like that, marches and rallies and the gay club in Orlando getting shot up. It was just strange. I found myself in a state of mourning for the country, so I started writing that song over there, thinking, 'Maybe I should stay here.’”

Tuesday 12 September 2017

WATCH: Public Service Broadcasting - 'Turn No More'

The wonderful chaps of Public Service Broadcasting have shared a video for the tune Turn No More, taken from recent (and brilliant) record Every Valley. A slight departure from their previous records, it's the first to feature guest vocalists and this track features Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield, who stars in the video too. Charting at an impressive number four in the album charts back in July, this is the fourth track to be taken from the record, a concept album surrounding the theme of mining in the Welsh Valleys. Talking about the track, PSB's J. Willgoose Esq. says that "I wanted the track to have a restrained, plaintive, defiant but still angry feel, and working with James’ voice and the source material was a big part of that, especially layering the voices towards the end. At its heart it’s a song about the people living with the aftermath – both environmental and personal – of the desolation caused both by the practices of an industry and its subsequent collapse.”

With a North American tour this month, PSB head back to play UK tour in October, with shows in Cardiff, Norwich, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Coventry, Nottingham, Bristol, Portsmouth, Bexhill and London's Hammersmith Apollo - full dates including a 20-date European tour in November on the band's site here.

Monday 11 September 2017

WATCH: Geowulf - 'Drink Too Much'

Australian duo Geowulf first came onto my radar last Summer, playing at a show for Doctors Without Borders alongside King Charles, Tom Figgins and Tempesst - a cracking line-up! Following the absolute stunner Saltwater and a couple more singles over the year, the duo, made up of Star Kendrick and Toma Banjanin, recently released new tune Drink Too Much. In the track's video premiere on Wonderland Magazine Star talks about the track being inspired by "The worst night of my life. A big big break up created from one awful night on the booze", before going on to talk about an album release - exciting! Check out the video below...

Sunday 10 September 2017

LISTEN: Park Hotel - 'Going West'

Digging this tune from my inbox from post-electronic dance band Park Hotel who launched the track with a sold out single launch show at The Lexington back in June. Centring around the duo Tim Abbey and Rebeca Marcos-Roca, the band explore "the mirrorball-noir territory between alternative arena electronica and wired downtown songwriting", resulting in a funky tune and this glorious music video, a collaboration with artist Henry. Henry joins them as support act this Thursday when they headline The Pickle Factory in London (14th September - tickets here) - as a live outfit they expand into a six piece with three way vocal harmonies, two guitars, drums, percussion and keyboards - check out a live video here and keep an ear to the ground for new tunes if you're digging this as much as I am!

Saturday 9 September 2017

LISTEN: Noah Gundersen - 'The Sound'

Noah Gundersen has shared the first single from his upcoming record White Noise, released through Cooking Vinyl on 22nd September. Heavier than his previous tunes, the track is a bold move for the Seattle-based musician and quite the earworm! Writing about the record on Facebook, Noah wrote that "work began last spring. I called my then manager and told him I didn’t want to go on tour in the fall. I told him I wanted to make a record. Something different. Something that was going to take some time. I started writing songs. Lots of songs. Every day. The songs were like buildings, with scaffolding and framing. Things added, things taken away. Like oil paintings, waiting for colors to dry so that the next layer could be applied."

Keep an eye out for Noah's third studio album on 22nd September - he's popping over to the UK for a couple of shows next week with London's Borderline on 11th and Manchester's Night & Day Café on the 12th! Tickets here!

Friday 8 September 2017

LISTEN: Benjamin Clementine - 'Jupiter'

Benjamin Clementine has released Jupiter, the latest single to be taken from his upcoming record I Tell A Fly, the follow up to his Mercury Prize winning record of 2015. This new track was inspired by a U.S visa issued to Benjamin, where he was described as "alien" - shocking in an age of supposed equality. About the track and the experience, Benjamin writes that "here I was thinking I was living in a safe place, but nothing was really safe any more, or ever. It’s a poke at people being called aliens by some people, like we’re from another planet. I think we’re all forever aliens." The record was written, recorded and produced by Clementine himself in Damon Albarn's Studio 13 (following his Gorillaz collaboration earlier in the year), and is set for release on 15th September - pre-order it here!

Benjamin Clementine heads out on a UK tour later in the year, taking in Brighton, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Gateshead and Bristol, as well as a O2 Academy Brixton show on 5th December - tickets for those and his other European dates all here

Thursday 7 September 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: Pêtr Aleksänder - 'Bells'

I'm honoured to premiere the stunning video for new track Bells from Pêtr Aleksänder, a band consisting of Tom Hobden (Noah & The Whale, Mumford & Sons) and Eliot James (producer of debut NATW and Two Door Cinema Club records). The band combine strings, piano and electronic elements to make instrumental music, with wonderful results. Following the instant addition of their debut piece Sans Souci to Spotify playlist 'The Most Beautiful Songs In The World', they released Bells last week. Writing of the track, they explain that it is a "study in tension and release; a stability, centred around the piano, is tested but never compromised by beautiful but haunting string lines." 

The track is today given a beautiful video, flitting between simplicity and elegant choreography, a black and white masterpiece, directed by Andy Banjanin (of Tempesst) and starring BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2017 finalist Jacob Lang. Jacob performs an emotive routine, which the band describe as "punctuated by pulsating filament lightbulbs. His movement is at times angular, at others serene and fluid, and captures the fragility of the music." Give the video a few minutes of your time below...

Pêtr Aleksänder play their debut show supporting Susanne Sundfør on 2nd October at Union Chapel, going on to play in Glasgow at CCA (3rd Oct), Manchester at Deaf Institute (4th Oct) and Dublin at Sugar Club (7th Oct) - tickets here! The London date is sold out already, so be sure to follow the band online to keep up to date on future shows! 

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