Archive | January, 2015

Byrn – Electrify

31 Jan

Another new name on me but what a great impression to make with one song. Byrn’s Electrify has the kinda of production Emile Haynie used on Lana’s Born To Die although this has more of a Banks electronic soul to feel it. There’s also a little hint of something Eurotrancey in there too, lurking beneath the surface. Looking forward to hearing more.

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Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun

31 Jan

Most guys have been or are a little bit in love with Zooey Deschanel on one level or another. But only Ben Gibbard from Death Cab can claim to having her as an ex-wife. His heartbreak appears to have surfaced in the content of this lead track for the first Death Cab album in many years. The hardcore fans seem rather pleased he’s glum and suggest his despair will equate to a return to form musically. Black Sun could never be accused of being uplifting but there is always a quality to anything these guys do and they are one of those bands where I buy every album and am rarely disappointed.

Sommeil – Touch

31 Jan

Well this is just gorgeous. Blending Empire of the Sun with some Frankmusik and a bit of How To Dress Well and Toro Y Moi – that’s some serious musical ingredients going in the mixing bowl. The snow is falling as I type but this one is taking me somewhere sunny and sandy and that’s where I wanna be right now! And I love the line “how am I supposed to play with your mind when I can’t control mine”.

Hydrogen Child – Close Your Eyes

31 Jan

HC’s Sirens has been one of my top 5 most played tracks in January. The song is such an empowering battlecry I can see it being picked up to soundtrack sporting events throughout the year – particularly the WTA tennis tour where the lyrical content relating to having a voice and starting a riot really applies! Close Your Eyes goes somewhere different, ebbing and flowing but aiming squarely for the stadium much like the previous song. These guys can going to be fly this year.

LoneLady – Bunkerpop

25 Jan

So darn excited for LoneLady’s 2nd solo album, Hinterland, which is finally up for pre-order. First buzz track ‘Groove It Out’ was unexpectedly spiky and funky. This new track keeps up the disco gone industrial vibe (sort of Manchester does Studio 54?) and is quite special indeed. Going to be an early frontrunner for an album of the year based upon these 2 tracks alone.

Family Of The Year – Hero

25 Jan

I am going to lock myself away for 3 hours next weekend and watch Boyhood as it looks exactly like my kind of film. This song, which I have been hammering this week, sounds like a magical reflection of the imagery I have seen for the movie. Such a simple arrangement but so emotive.

Wildhart – Stuck In a Second

25 Jan

Been adoring this song for weeks and am thrilled the just-released video matches it perfectly. For fans of the poppier end of iamamiwhoami’s work , both musically and visually. Tin foil car interior, crash helmets in church, sequin tears – what’s not to like?