No rambling from me on this one… just some links:
Musing: Breton – The Well
2. James Blake
Musing: James Blake – I Never Learnt To Share
3. Lucy Rose
Musing: Lucy Rose
4. Michael Kiwanuka
5. Esben and The Witch
Musing: Esben & The Witch
Have a wonderful Christmas and I’m sure there’ll be a couple more from me before the year is out!
Stepping away from the hip-hop and back into the indie/electronica – I’ve been meaning to post about this band for weeks, since I came across their name in The Fly Magazine Feb issue.
They got a brief mention in a Summer Camp post last month as they’ve also done a cover of The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes For You, which is up on their MySpace right now, but this one’s just about them.
North Atlantic Oscillation - Grappling Hooks
The reason I sought out more, specifically, was this track:
77 Hours (Engineers Mix)
Their new album, Grappling Hooks, is out today, 22 March, on KScope and features, my favourites amongst the others, 77 Hours (the not-Engineers mix), I Only Have Eyes For You and Audioplastic (linked but no music at the moment, hopefully after the album release today?)
They’re a trio of lads from Scotland, who don’t sound like Biffy Clyro or We Were Promised Biffy Clyro, I mean We Were Promised Jetpacks, but are a hazy electro cloud of beats, synths and a bit of auto-tune (which seems to not be dead).
Their album launch show is at the Lexington tonight. Support them for £6… go on…
Esben and the Witch - 33
A bit of spooky atmospheric for you – I think the word may be… “gothic”?
I first came across this band clicking through an NME blog post and have since found out they’ve been the support for The XX – providing a starkly dark contrast to their ‘dream pop’ vibe.
Their debut and self-released EP, 33, is available for free download on their website and from last.fm at the moment but my favourite track is the eerie and fairly nightmarish:
Esben and the Witch – Marching Song
Their next London show is 4 Feb, details on the London Gigs page and it looks like they’re also supporting The XX again on March 3 at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The second series of BBC supernatural black comedy Being Human started this week – the perfect soundtrack for a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost…?
It’s an over-used cliché but the vocals literally make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
The band are (from their last.fm profile):
Warpaint - Exquisite Corpse EP
Emily Camille Kokal (vocals / guitar)
Theresa Becker Wayman (vocals / guitar / keys / drums)
Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass / vocals)
M. Quinn (drums / cello)
Josh Klinghoffer (drums / guitar / keys)
Formed in LA in 2007 but their first EP, Exquisite Corpse, wasn’t released until March of this year and is on Manimal Vinyl Records.
The track that made me want to hear more is Billie Holiday, mainly because it drops into Mary Wells’ My Guy which took me a little by surprise, but I moved on to Elephants and Stars – equally beautiful, if a little more overtly electro/indie respectively.
It’s just hit me that I may like it so much because it reminds me of the Emily Haines ethereal vocal style…if you like Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton, you may well enjoy warpaint.
It’s time to post about The Seal Cub Clubbing Club again.
The first time was back in April when I came across their sound thanks to working at Five Missions More, the second time was when they agreed to play The Twitgigs Experiment in August and this is the third. I keep doing it because I’m wondering why more people aren’t raving about them…my conclusion: it’s only a matter of time.
The Seal Cub Clubbing Club – Peewit (12 Beds)
That link’ll direct you to their MySpace, where you can hear the song at the moment, but there’s also a sneaky live video of the track from their performance at The Twitgigs Experiment on youtube.
The Seal Cub Clubbing Club - Super Science Fiction
Their sound is clearly in the indie category but it’s anything but standard. Disjointed, jarring, melodious, dramatic, intense, fun – not words I’d normally combine with the intention of conveying praise but that’s how I feel about this song.
It isn’t all like this. Aurienteering has more of an indie-pop vibe, Dawn Lamb is a crazy dance inducer and Slow-Motion Powerslides (In Dee) is just epic.
The band are embarking on a UK tour early next year, stopping over at 93 Feet East on 13th Feb and doing a BBC 6music session with Marc Riley a couple of days before. They’ve been recording for the second album which will be released on indie label Jack to Phono and if it’s anywhere near being in the same league as Super Science Fiction, I’ll be grabbing a copy as soon as it’s out.
Keep an eye on their facebook page for news of other dates and an ear out for Made of Magic…
Reverie Sound Revue x 2
Ok, ok, I know it’s teen high school rock week and I’ll resume tomorrow, there are three, but I’m going to intersperse them with a couple of other bands I’ve come across this week.
This is the first of them, and is thanks to Seb – who seems to have caught me at exactly the moment when dreamy electro is where my head’s at. Specific tracks from Little Dragon, Phantogram…and now Reverie Sound Revue.
Reverie Sound Revue – MySpace
Their music is less impact-pop and more “amble around drinking in your surroundings”-pop. If you’re looking for a comparison, it’s along similar lines to Au Revoir Simone, but more layered and I prefer Lisa Lobsinger’s vocal (as well as her name!).
There’s quite a lot up on their last.fm page and my favourite of them has to be Rip the Universe – largely because of the light, slightly drum ‘n’ bass-y beat. You’ll hopefully know what I mean when you hear it.
The track doesn’t seem to be on their 2009 album, Reverie Sound Revue, released on Canadian label Boompa.
“Reverie Sound Revue is an otherworldly exploration of pop music, drenched in reverb, a soundtrack for zero-gravity.”
Anyone know where can I get my hands on this music?
I was at Cafe OTO yesterday to see The Paper Hats, who was (it’s one man, not poor grammar) just even more excellent than I wanted him to be – the songs were recognisable but not note-for-note copies of the recorded versions, making the live show a true experience – but I can’t rave about him again as I’ve already written about him. So…The Mariner’s Children.
No artist description on last.fm, less than 150 plays, no website, no e-footprint on any other music site I usually use – nothing other than a MySpace page.
The Mariner’s Children – MySpace
The vocals are pure folk. Distinctive, powerful, passionate but sweet and thoughtful at the same time. The instrumentals are acoustic and natural (banjo, mandolin, accordian, glockenspiel alongside the more usual drums and guitars.)
Track of the night for me, was “Waltz For a Sleeping Lover”, which has a style that reminds me of Sam Amidon and his American prairie-folk sound, and also loved “It Carved Your Name Into The Ground” which has a lot more energy and vigour. In short: Every minute of it was excellent.
I’m so glad they’re playing again soon and that, purely by chance, I’m going. Here are their upcoming London dates:
27th October, Roundhouse Emerging Proms
3rd November, Ronnie Scott’s
11th November, Oh! Inverted World at The Old Queen’s Head
No picture, as no album.
So my Illy reference in relation to “Where Is My Mind?” by Pixies led to some Aussie hip hop recommendations from Me, And All My Friends – I thought I’d check them out.
- Hilltop Hoods (not hip hop hoods, as my eyes tricked me into thinking): Feeling Classic Example ft. Pharoahe Monch, especially – you may remember Monch’s massive club hit over here, Simon Says – and Fifty in Five on the MySpace. The cover art for their latest release State of The Art is intense.
Bliss N Eso - Flying Colours
- Bliss N Eso: Seem to have more of a rock influence and actually remind me a little of Linkin Park on Field of Dreams. My favourite track is Eye of the Storm. No! Lonely Streets. No! Party At My Place. Well, pretty much all of them on the MySpace. Considering buying the album, Flyng Colours (another wicked album cover). It’s $40 AUD but you get 22 tracks for your money.
- Phrase: Mind-blowing electro-vibe remix of My People with The Presets but in general more low-fi feel. Favourite track on the MySpace is Skylight ft. Kram.
- Urthboy: To me, feels more mainstream…Kanye West-style, perhaps? For energy, Ready to Go, for a summer swagger with irony, Hellsong.
- The Herd: Unusual – seem to be a full band and regularly incorporate a female vocal, guitars…mixing soul with strength. Favourite track is The King Is Dead (also the top track on their Last.fm)
and…. a couple from me:
Illy – Generation Y
Kid Confucius – Inhale Exhale
The sunshine, the Aussie way of life in general, the wonderful accents…all lead me to want to draw the conclusion that all this is a lot more upbeat and a lot less bass-heavy/dark than the hip hop I’m familiar with from here up north.
Some of it is…but all of it? No – it’s still hip hop.
Personally…loving it and hope to catch a couple of live shows when I’m over in Sydney later this year. If you like what you hear, check out ABC’s THE hip hop SHOW.
Me, And All My Friends – Thanks for the tips!
Bit behind on this one I think…only discovered this band today (thanks Jane!) and am loving the 80s guitar rock/contemporary alt-rock blurriness. This latest ‘supergroup’ combines the talents of Dean Fertita (Queens Of The Stone Age), ‘Little’ Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs), Alison Mosshart (The Kills) & Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs).
The Dead Weather - Horehound
Jack White’s vocal is blinding as usual, particularly paired with Alison Mosshart’s power-lungs.
The Dead Weather (last.fm)
I’ve been having a listen and I’m thinking ’60 Feet Tall’ is a contender for my favourite track, as it’s a bit calm – until it kicks, that is. From the album ‘Horehound’, released on Sony this July.
Playing the o2 Academy, Brixton on 29 October, and as the last.fm tag directs, “must be played at full volume”…