Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Chase Huglin

The other week I decided I was going to use Instagram alongside this site. I thought at the very least it would be a good tool for sharing some of my posts and hopefully get talking to others about similar music. I know I have just outlined the concept of social media, but its surprising how fame hungry people are on there, everything is about gaining more followers regardless of the random content posted.

However, if you take the time you could find yourself on the page of someone like Chase Huglin. Chase is a singer songwriter from Fort Wayne, Indiana and he plays some really nice stripped back acoustic music. As I write this I have been listening to his latest release (April 15) called Glow. a 4 track EP. I have included it at the bottom of this post and highly recommend you take a listen. Unafraid to stray from conventional song formats, the tracks on Chases bandcamp vary in structure and length which makes for a nice listening experience.

What I've heard of his discography so far, I cant get enough of 'Anyone but Me' off the Glow EP. With just his vocals, a guitar and I think a tambourine? Chase has made a song that carries as much power and passion as say, 'Soco Amaretto Lime' did for Brand New.

I will be following, and sharing and future releases here again.

The Weekend : The Hills

Today's BBC R1 track of the day was 'The Hills' by The Weekend. Its a really cool track that has a feel of VVITCH House / Dark Wave / Dark Pop, taking all the cool features of that genre (dawn synths, low bass, screams, high keys, strong kick drum) and spins them into a track that works on the radio, in the car, the club, your office; everywhere.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Hinds & The Parrots : Double Video

Spanish bands 'Hinds' and 'The Parrots' have shared a joint video today, covering 'Davey Crockett' & 'All My Loving'. The video is basically the two bands having a good time skating, drinking, smoking and playing music; which makes for a really cool video. In the change over between The Parrots and Hinds I found myself watching a small feature film. It ended leaving me wanting to know the rest of the story; what did they do next? Where did they go? I guess the only resolution would be to continue listening to their music and enjoying each new release!

This is not the first joint venture the two Madrid bands have worked on. For the last Record Store day the two bands put out a split 7", limited to 750 copies and only available from some stores on the day. 

Monday, 21 September 2015

Swim Deep : Fueiho Boogie

From the first glimpse of Swim Deeps new material, we knew they were moving away from the surf pop, lo-fi sounds of 'Where The Heaven Are We', but there was always the question of how far?

'Fueiho Boogie' is their latest offering and at 8:10, its also their longest. Before I take too long in revealing my opinion, I love it and think its genius! It is 8:10 of new, creative, exploratory music that pushes typical genre boundaries to new and exciting areas. This track, in short, is fucking awesome.

Not long until the full album 'Mothers' is released!!

Modern Baseball : Rock Bottom Video & a FREE download

Modern Baseball have shared the video to 'Rock Bottom' from their second album release 'You're Gonna Miss It All'. The video shows Bendan Lucens spin through a montage of awkward high school scenes while performing to the song. Its a really cool video and is shot great, seemingly in one take. I love the song too, its short but perfectly formed with all the right notes and rhythms. Lyrically its a triumph over adversity "To hell with the spins I'm stayin" which I think most can relate to when genuinely recounting their highs school years.

If that wasn't good enough, Modern Baseball have also uploaded 'Revenge Of The Nameless Ranger' to their bandcamp page, and its kindly available for free download.
That's always nice. 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Kodiak Blue : Zapusk

Kodiak Blue a.k.a Cargill Harrison, is a new act from London, and 'Zapusk' (translating to Launch) is the first glimpse of what we can expect from his debut EP Sputnik. The EP will feature six tracks, all focusing on the satellites space mission.

'Zapusk' bounces along from the start, filled with pops, snaps and whirs that take you to the launch control and up into the earth's atmosphere. Its an easy track to get into and it definitely leaves you wanting more. The EP is due for release this October, so thankfully we wont have to wait too long.

ALEXISONFIRE : "We promise to never leave you again"

Last night was the final date of the Alexisonfire reunion tour, and while on stage in Toronto, Wade MacNeil announced that the band were back for good. 

At this early stage, we don't know what this means for the future of Alexisonfire, but hopefully it means new material, tour dates and continuation of their already successful career.

I am beyond excited for what can come next.