Whilst things being at their usual busiest in the quarterly risk and performance reporting scene has restricted the time I have for music & I really look forward to making it up during my shorter hours after mid-November..
Seems it's a been a time for me to discover a lot in music which previously has slipped past me before for one reason or another.. I put on a Keep Shelly in Athens song from the Camden Crawl 12 mixtape the other day whilst on the train, and was astonished by how many of the aspects of their sound really appealed to me. I must invest in an album or two of theirs. Likewise I remember not thinking all that much of Cloud Control at first, but I've recently become completely hooked to their first album, 'Bliss Release' - it's a real find and feels reminiscent of much of what I love about Aussie music. Check out the brilliant (and slghtly 'Treasure Hunt influenced'?) There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight:
Liking the Chvrches album which I often find myself going back to and picking a random song. Also I bought HAIM's album, but I've still yet to give it some real attention - something I'm looking forward to.. Lastly, I've fallen way back in with The Joy Formidable's music & decided that their second album is actually a musical wonder.
I made these videos and uploaded them to my youtube channel. It is the only place that you will hear these versions of these three songs on the internet. Apologies to people in Germany but you won't be able to see the last one.
Kendrick Lamar - Celebration
Kendrick Lamar - P&P (ft. Ab-Soul)
Drake - Forever (ft. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem)
Earlier in the year I mentioned how unfortunately it was hard for me to find and post links up to give some examples of the quality and diversity of Witch Hunt and Battle Lines' work. Gladly now the inverse is true as the following EP's which really showcase these upcoming local artists are now available:
Witch Hunt - Little Book Of Hate E.P. Excellent work cover to cover but be certain to check out the standout track # 3 - 'Wide and Laughing' They sound just as good, if not better, live - achieved possibly through their use of relatively simple & malleable samples/loops which gives them a flexibility to work with on the fly - that said they do have a stack of effects gear to rival TJF so I think massive talent plays a big part. Catch them at my fave Leeds venue Nation of Shopkeepers - 31-Jan-14 supporting Whales in Cubicles (link to the listing). EDIT NB the Date and Support acts for this event has changed. Shows can still be caught very cheaply on a couple of Brudenell events in the first quarter of 2014. If you do like then please buy Witch Hunt's EP as it's just £3 minimum on BandCamp.
Battle Lines - Colonies (Single) My other favorite up-and-coming local band recently created a vid for their new(ish) release 'Colonies' which I think goes a bit further to illustrate what superb things this band can do with sound. Click here for their website (with links to their s-cloud & a couple of other songs). Here's the vid for the aforementioned 'Colonies':
I took one or two days off and went to four gigs in the last week, taking in Peace supported by Sheffield's Drenge on Monday, bouncing in Manchester's Ritz to Mindless Self Indulgence on Wednesday, getting hypontised by the beautiful Braids in Leeds on Thursday and finally catching up with Electric Soft Parade on Sunday. All fab gigs which I could write for hours about respectively.... so if anyone would like to hear my extensive thoughts on any of these specifically then please do ask.
My thanks go to Blade for his recommendation on Braids - who create truly very special music both live and on their new record - 'Flourish/Perish' (which they were so kind as to sign for me after the show - lovely chatty people they were). They really stand out as I feel their songs plunge me into the most brilliant states of calm and inner balance, allowing me quite instantly to reflect; to calmly and optomistically get to the bottom of, and also to figure out solution to, a number of issues - not something that comes easy to me as my mind seems to run at either maximum pace non-stop during the day or the finds stasis in the deepest state of sleep at night... Also thanks to Blade for reminding me that I should get listening to some Keep Shelly in Athens as their new album 'At Home' released in September also is getting some attention from my ears at the moment.
Lastly another band I found which y'all might be interested in is The Silhouettes. The band and not the silly shadow people on telly by the way. Check out 'All a Lie' and 'At The Disco'.
Some nice choices as ever Incoasterble. Good to see you at the Braids gig the other night. I had a chat with Raphaelle before the show and very chatty she was with me too. We ended up talking about driving in snow for some reason. Being Canadian, they’re good at it. Being British, we’re hopeless at it.
I like the way you describe their music – I always find it hard to describe music, other than to say I either like it or I don’t!
Blade - good to see you at Braids also. I guess driving in the snow is a pretty cool experience if you aren't constantly worrying about keeping on the road...
I know what you mean, songs, albums and gigs really bring about such complex and varied 'mindscapes' that whilst it's easy for these to all the factors to come together in a way which we either appeals to us or doesn't (and by the same token it's rare for them to bring about a 'true apathy'), it can be hard to come up with what one feels is an honest enough rationalisation for why.
Riseandfall - envious that you got to see HAIM, their show in Leeds last Fri sold out a bit too fast . The album just makes me think of Springtime and the feeling of Summer drawing closer for some reason, it kinda doesn't suit this time of year maybe? They're gigging round again including Leeds at some point in the first half of next year though so I'll be booking that one asap next payday, as will be Chvrches who are touring & stopping by Leeds early March.
The surprisingly good Icona Pop album reminds me a lot of Chvrches in a 'mainstream' kind of way.
I (finally) checked out Ladytron in the last few months and am really impressed, they have quite a unique and interesting sound - I must say just listening to one or two songs on youtube is like the opposite of putting one of their albums on in terms of appeal, once I 'got' what they were about I realized their music is consistently really good. So anyway I'll be checking out your three recs, in the mood for something new..
At the moment personally I've been loving the new and all my older Electric Soft Parade albums at the minute. Fantastic musicians they are indeed.
RE Ladytron - so glad you like - I really loved them once I got who they were
Fav tracks - Destroy Everything You Touch, Seventeen, Ace of Hz, Runaway, Ghost, White Elephant, Little Black Angel, Playgirl, Deep Blue, Discotraxx..Enjoy! The singles collection is great way to get the best of their catalogue in one big hit
HAIM were just ace - my only gripe was the set length - 11 songs(incl 1 cover). It's becoming more apparent how short their sets are the bigger the venue they play. I'm hoping by next year they will play more tracks when they do Brixton
Wow.. I had noticed their HAIM's Glasto' set seemed too short on the BBC stream; which seemed to flow, with the crowd shots between songs & etc, seemingly continuously without any obvious switch or break and I was like wow is that really it? I'd be pretty dissapointed if a full headline set was of noticably short length in a similar vain... They are so very good as well, and they surely have enough songs looking at their numerous re-album EP's
& thanku for the song recs & particularly the singles collection which I'll be looking out for or otherwise (reluctaltly) itunes-ing.
I just today found, and am most impressed, by the latest magic from Dark Bells - I'd recommend watching in large as it's got great imagery and, well, I won't spoil it...:
I seriously wish though that they'd put more / more easily obtainable / releases out, I'd do a whole lot to get hold of some...
Thanks r&f, caught your advice just in time. I looked in Leeds' HMV on Sat to little avail but maybe I should have also checked electronica now I come to think:-/... might go try Amazon.
It's amazing how impatient I am to get hold of music when I think every CD I buy sits in the pile an average of between 1 and 12 days before I find 'just the right moment' for the ever-special first listen...
One of those moments was on a drive today, Eminem's new Marshall Mathers LP 2 being the subject. Dare I say this is also my ever Eminem purchase. Very impressed by this record, honestly I don't listen to or know about as much rap/hip hop as I'd often like to. Like the somewhat similar Professor Green - also an artist who's music I really enjoy for being punchy & meaningful but poppy & casually listenable- the lyrics really do get a bit 'sick' for my taste on plentiful occasions, but if you let that glaze over you Eminem's sheer talent as a rapper/vocalist/artist is astonishing, also the songs on this album just seem to keep my attention and interest all the way through in a way that many of his successful singles of the past have failed to do so, I think primarily due to there being so many lyrics to listen to and the music being built up very well around the rap - this verse packed album veers almost deliberately clear of the biggest things I dislike about the genre - 'cheesy emotional choruses' and 'annoying little riffs on seemingly non-stop repeat' taking over the songs.