Sunday, 27 February 2011

FREE SHIT Part 14: Wavves

Wavves is on a roll at the moment, seemingly giving away a free song every couple of weeks. The latest one "Horse Shoes" features some pretty incredible falsetto vocals that are perfect for singing at the top of your lungs whenever you feel so inclined. Try it. It feels like all kinds of great. As ever, right-click to download. Then go make the world better and buy King of the Beach.

And in case you hadn't noticed, this type of garage scuzz-pop has been on rotation for me a lot over the last few days. I think it's a natural reaction to the days when the sun peeks out and says hello.
image courtesy of insiderplaylist

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Song of the Day: "Coma Summer"

Sometimes you just need to shake your hair and twist in circles to a song like this. Perfect amounts of reverb and distortion make this track from Weekend feel less like a shit 90s throwback and more like happiness achieved in six and a half minutes.

If you play it too loud on headphones your ears may feel like they're bleeding. They're not though, they're just having a bit too much fun.

Listen to Weekend's album Sports on Spotify now if you like fuzzy guitars, messy house shows and popsicles at summer barbeques. Ok, that last one's irrelevant to the song for most, but not for me. 

Friday, 25 February 2011

A Number of Young Lovers

L-R: Andre, Buz, Matt, Matthew, Lucy
A Number of Young Lovers are a Brighton-based band who fall somewhere between a folksy scene and a beautiful melodic landscape of melancholy pop. Singer Matthew Hamblion would probably kill me for even mentioning 'folksy' in a sentence with the band name, but their fusion of Hawaiian-esque ukelele  and male-female vocals does make it a lazy call.

Their music spans a wide variety of influences, swinging from Springsteen to Radiohead to the Talking Heads all in a song. Reading about it on a screen doesn't really do their live performance justice though. I mean, with a saxophone, melodica and some sort of homemade horn-like instrument on stage (above) this isn't just a group re-hashing all their favourite bands.

A Number of Young Lovers play with a quiet confidence and warmth that I find contagious. As a frontman, Hamblion draws you in to his performance and tugs at your ear, willing you to really listen to the lyrics and place yourself inside their story. To hear more, head over to their Facebook fan page or Tumblr. The songs featured here are from past demos, and don't reflect their new line-up.

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A Lull

This is just a new band that I like and I think are worth sharing. You know when you start describing a band by likening it to other bands or other sounds or whatever and it's total bullshit? I'm not going to do that here.

They're signed to Something In Construction and make music that's textured and lovely. This is album Confetti, streaming for free, so you can make your mind up before deciding to buy any of their stuff.

Confetti by A Lull

image courtesy of a lull

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Song of the Day: "Will Do"

TV on the Radio – Will Do by 1077 The End

Here's our first taste of what's to come from TV On The Radio's new record, Nine Types of Light. A couple of sudden tweets on their feed let us know they'd be coming back with a flood of new US shows. New Yorkers, I am jealous about the Radio City Music Hall gig on April 13th, just so you know.

Hopefully the album will give us more of the rip-roaring jubilant fare I've come to expect from these guys.

image courtesy of TVOTR

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Local Natives Unplugged

If you get a quiet moment over your lunch today, I'd recommend watching both of these. If you've not got that much time, at least watch the Blogotheque one below. These guys just warm my heart, and are one of those bands who prove that practice and tightness always place you a step above. And dur, as a singer I am adoring the vocals. Maybe not so much when Kelcey's voice starts to crack out in the NPR video, but you get the idea.

FREE SHIT Part 13: Summer Camp


Here's a first listen of new material from London duo, Summer Camp. Sounds like a gooey, dark version of Twin Shadow with female lead vocals; I like. Although lyrically a little 'dear diary', the production pretty much saves it. It's rather lovely that the track picks up where witch house left off, and gives it a much-needed dance jumpstart. I'm excited to see what the rest of the record holds, so keep up with them on Facebook if you feel the same.

image courtesy of justmusicthatilike

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Things What's On My Mind: 3

New Ghostpoet. Old Mariah. Aimee Han. Old PJ Harvey. Dapper Lou. Sunshine. New Banjo or Freakout.

uncredited images via rinnyriot and onethirtybpm

Wounded Rhymes Premieres

Ok. Lykke Li's new album is now streaming via the Hype Machine. If you like her and also love music, please do buy the record when it comes out. This sweet treat is meant as a preview and not a substitute. Right, lecture over. Now enjoy:

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes (Hype Machine Album Exclusive) by LykkeLi

Monday, 21 February 2011

Song of the Day: "Holly"

This is Monday morning music by Sleigh Bells. Photo by Sam Hiscox, who PS is a Brighton photographer you should already be following. If you were papped at the Haunt launch and it wasn't by me, it was definitely by him.

image courtesy of longtimedead

Dip Dye///Drip Dry

Summer's coming (slowly) and it'll soon be time for the playfulness to come back into getting dressed in the morning. This micro-trend from autumn has been in the back of my mind for a few days now, and is likely to make a return when the days hear up again. The one below is my fave.

images courtesy of fashionsquad, aperfectguide, Giles, src783 and Vogue AUS

Sunday, 20 February 2011

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