This Feeling

Sunday, April 30, 2017

10 Little Indie Hot Picks to check out over the long weekend





Bored with yet another long weekend ahead and nothing to do? Well, never mind, break open a bottle and settle down for a listening session with ten of our specially handpicked Bank Holiday blinders.


MATING RITUAL


Don't know if we could get 'Drunk' to this, but we're certainty swooning away on this quite awesome track of building percussion and layers of pulsing synths coupled with LA indie pop maestro Ryan Marshall Lawhon vocal. First coming our way in January with 'Night Lies'. Taken from the two-volume album 'How You Gonna Stop It?' (Vol. 1 came out on January 24, now the full collection drops on June 9).


MATTHEW AND ME


Another tremendous track 'Every Day' - the first 50 seconds are especially delish - of electronic pop synths and wistful vocals, from the South Devon duo - Matthew Board and Lucy Fawcett - released last Friday (April 28) via Beatnik Records. Check more here.


SAFE TO SWIM


Brighton's Safe To Swim's second single ‘Pretty In The Morning’ - produced by Josh Harrison (Royal Blood) - is a jangly, melancholic piece that allows gritty guitars to reign over lyrical self-doubt, anxiety and hangover shame. The four-piece are on tour from May. Check Facebook for details.


KIDSMOKE


Wrexham may not have given us much, but fortunately Kidsmoke break the trend. They come out all bright and breezy on 'And Mine Alone', the second shimmering feelgood cut from their new EP out next month.


DEAR CAROLINE


‘Caroline’ by Dear Caroline, released earlier this month, follows last year's 'Pretty Corpse' from the Manchester alt-indie-folk four-piece, based in Greater Manchester which includes brothers Alfie and Joe Prior (both guitar and vocals). Now on their third name (Violet Society, Caroline and now Dear Caroline), their energetic sound, built on their high tempo tracks, primal rhythms, and extraordinary lyrical vernacular is intriguing - their band name choices perhaps less so.


THE JAPANESE HOUSE


Following her 'Swim Against The Tide' EP last year, Amber Bain returns with the bewitching dreamy refrain of 'Saw You In a Dream', the title track from her upcoming fourth EP out June 16 via Dirty Hit. Our on tour in Europe now - UK next month - keep up via Facebook.


GROVES


London-based Groves add an alluring US feel to new single 'Savour' - which we definitely are savouring. There's a driving beat, yet the psych vibe with sparkling guitars and trembling percussion is laid back from the indietronica outfit.


ESTRONS


Cardiff’s Estrons are back guns and riffs a-blazin on new single ‘Strobe Lights'. Hard-edged post-punk with frontwoman Taliesyn Källström lending strong vocals to wiry guitars with energy-fuelled, bold rhythms.


OF EMPIRES


New single 'Soho' from Brighton rock 'n' rollers Of Empires, whose 'See You With The Angels, Kid' featured on our Roundtable earlier this month - also from their forthcoming EP out in May. This time they draw on a more soulful vocal approach.


BLACK FLOWERS CAFÈ


It was back in 2015 that we last heard from this Italian four-piece when 'Mintaka' made our Track Of The Day. 'Never Trust Me' is a liquid flowing of guitars and vocals, from their EP 'Islands', which came out Friday (April 28) via Ghost Records.

Track Of The Day :: Ivory Wave - Separate Beat




Words: Linn Branson

We defy anyone to remain sitting or standing still listening to ‘Separate Beat’, the new single from Birmingham's Ivory Wave which is released on Monday (May 1).

This third single from the five-piece - who Little Indie first heard and premiered with their debut single 'Club' this time last year - is a truly infectious banger that gives frontman George Johnson plenty of vocal scope against acid house/dance style beats geared to move bodies.

Live dates

MAY
20 BIRMINGHAM Sunflower Lounge

JUNE
09 SHEFFIELD Record Junkee
10 LEEDS Verve Bar



Saturday, April 29, 2017

Album Review :: Gorillaz - Humanz




Album

Gorillaz

Humanz

April 28 2017 (Parlophone)

7.5/10

Words: Alison Mack

Damon Albarn's animated Gorillaz project arrives with 'Humanz', their fifth album in their 17-year existence. For this effort they line up a masterclass of collaborations from De La Soul on the effervescent 'Momentz', to Kelela helping fix some sinous R&amp on 'Submission', Grace Jones dominating on the hypnotic 'Charger', to Mavis Staples' chorus wails on the Pusha T-led 'Let Me Out' and Savages' Jehnny Beth and Noel Gallagher on 'We Got the Power'. It almost gets to a point of where you want to say "enough!" over its weighty 20 track length (in its deluxe version) and six dialogue interludes that compartmentalize songs.

While fans and sycophants may love it, amidst its series of electronic soundscapes that incorporate club, dancehall, R&B and hip-hop textures, many will still be left at the end of the day feeling it overblown; from 'Ascension's kick off with Vince Staples' repeated, "The sky's falling baby / Drop that ass 'fore it crash", to the synth outing refrain of “I am a satellite, and I can’t get back without you” on Albarn's synth syphoned 'Busted and Blue', it shows nonetheless a large amount of eclectic and impressive ombré.

[Video] Splashh - See Through





Directed by the band's Toto Vivian, watch the new Splashh music video for 'See Through' off of their second just released album 'Waiting a Lifetime', which is out now via Cinematic Music Group, which was recorded at the Rare Book Room Studio in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (War on Drugs, Deerhunter, Animal Collective).

The video is a realistic depiction of love in all of it's complicated ups and downs from the London-based garage-psych Australians.

Watch above.

Splashh play London's Bussey Building on May 26.

Track Of The Day :: Yr Eira - Dros y Bont





Words: Linn Branson

It's not often you get a band whose name pronunciation eludes you, as does the title of their song - and what they're singing about!

Unless you happen to be Welsh, of course, with an ear for the native tongue, it's unlikely most will have much of a clue either.

Yr Eira - who we think may roughly translate as Snow - are a North Wales alt indie pop quartet from Gwynedd who sing in their native Welsh. 'Dros y Bont' ('Over The Bridge') is the first single from their upcoming debut album which is due in July through Welsh independent label, Recordiau IKAChing Records.

With fluid guitars and rippling melodies there's a touch of Two Door Cinema Club to Yr Eira, and don't be lulled into a false impression of 'Welsh folky' on the opening seconds of 'Dros y Bont' as it's not long before it picks up apace and you'll be humming along.

Yr Eira are: Lewys Wyn Jones (vocals, guitar), Ifan Sion Davies (guitar), Trystan Huw Thomas (bass), Guto Gwyn Howells (drums).

Friday, April 28, 2017

Watch :: Chvrches contribute 'Down Side Of Me' to Planned Parenthood project





From the Planned Parenthood 7″ series, Chvrches have contributed a live version of 'Down Side Of Me', a track off their 2015 album 'Every Open Eye'.

Watch the video accompaniment, directed by Kristen Stewart, above.

Lauren Mayberry says of the song in a press release:

“'Down Side Of Me' was not written specifically for this project but I really like how the lyrics can be interpreted in a way that supports the goal of the project as a whole. We should all be able to have faith that our governments are working in our best interests – and if they aren’t then, they should be challenged and held to account. “I’ll believe that you’re all that you said you would be.

"We have always tried to be socially aware and to link in with organisations whose work we support. Planned Parenthood is an incredibly important resource for so many women (and men) in America and the fact that Planned Parenthood has come under so much fire in the current political climate does not sit well with us. Now is not the time to stay quiet, and if artists want to help by raising money or awareness for causes that we believe in, then I think that they should."