Friday, 31 July 2015

Best Coast : California Nights

Best Coast, with their dreamy surf pop sound, have been a favourite of mine for a while now and their latest release 'California Nights'  is no exception.

Their sound still retains the surf pop feel, but it seems more elements of grunge have been worked in, which is perfect to be honest. Perhaps that's why its California Nights, when the sun is at its lowest point and we move from the beach to the night and all it brings.

Favourites of mine are the title track 'California Nights' and 'Feeling Okay'. I've included the named tracks below, but do make sure to hear the full album.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Slaves: Sockets Video Release

Below is the newly released video for 'Sockets' by Kent band Slaves. If you haven't heard these before I insist you should, their punk lo-fi sound is fantastically infections and you'll soon be hooked.

CHVRCHES: Every Open Eye

Chvrches first came on our radar a few years back and have continued to amaze us with each new release. The success of their first album 'The Bones of What You Believe' was well deserved, rating well with both mainstream and indie audiences alike. 

After what seemed like endless touring, the trio have found some time to go back to their Glasgow studio to work on their second album. Often bands choose to make their follow up in LA or similar exclusive location, and as much equipment money can buy; this extravagance comes at a cost and the process can be rushed. Instead Chvrches took 5 months, bought themselves some retro keyboards and went back to the same space their success was born. 

'Leave a trace' is the first offering and it is everything you would want and more. Most importantly Chvrches' signature synth sound is still there. The textures, hooks and beautiful lyrics that made their name have been retained and it leaves you craving more.

The release date of the album 'Every Open Eye' is September 25th, so a long couple of months off yet. Hopefully we will hear a couple more singles before hand.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Things have been a bit busy latley, but here are a few songs I am listening to at the minute (not all new). I will have some new posts up this week.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Vant : Birth Certificate

Track Of The Week

This song is great, its a cool track in its own right, but I have made this my Track Of The Week because its topical for me right now. Luckily my wife is at my side as I type this, but a friend was recently separated from his partner due to laws and customs that do not blend with the laws of love.

Thankfully the passion that comes from love is strong. It makes people utilise everything within them to ensure they can be with that one person who means more to them that anyone else. So my friends will be okay and their lives together will move past this. But for now it sucks, and it shouldn't need to. 

Oscar : Daffodil Days

Below is 'Daffodil Days' by Oscar Scheller, apt for this time of year. Its not a song that will change the world, but it sounds great in your playlist and will do for sometime. I like how it has a feel of White Lies, but with a pop edge. Its good.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Magic Gang

Act Of The Week

On Thursday I went watching Wolf Alice at the Manchester Ritz. They were amazing and I wasn't expecting any less. What I wasn't prepared for however, was a support act as good as 'The Magic Gang'.

A quick Google shows that this Brighton 4 piece have been around for some time, which explains the ease in which they perform together in front of a packed out venue. Its not only the bands interaction and cohesion that show their experience, but their music is well formed. Their beachy, weezer-esque sound is easily likeable and they provide a full spectrum from fast punky numbers, to slowed down tunes. Its easy to throw yourself around on stage and play something energetic and fast paced; your mistakes are easily forgotten. But to play something slow to a new audience shows confidence. You lay yourself bare and rather than moving to the music, an audience becomes analytical. And I did, I analysed and found I was hooked.

I'm hoping to see less support slots and more headliners for this band. They've done the right thing and worked the scene, I think they deserve some time at the top where they belong. Check out everything they do, its all good.