August 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
Marina & the diamonds just premiered her new single ‘Radioactive’ on Radio 1, and the accompanying video on her official site.
Marina had already said this single would be different to her previous material, and well…it is. It’s electro-pop at it’s best, and has much more of a dance feel than anything on The Family Jewels. In true Marina style though, the lyrics reference heartbreak and emotional turmoil…perfect.
July 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
This is rather lovely. The first I’ve heard from Dublin’s Little Green Cars, this song has tons of charm, and sparkling harmonies that at times recall Fleet Foxes. There’s more power here though, with guitars that riff around thrashing cymbals. Definitely ones to look into further…
June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
Beyoncé’s latest album 4 is released TODAY (June 27th), and to celebrate its releases she’s performing a surprise (and not really so secret) show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire this evening. I failed to win tickets so may instead spend the evening crying as I recreate the ‘Girls’ dance and pretend I’m there. I don’t think it’ll be very convincing.
The show is in conjunction with Belvedere vodka, who are streaming the show live onto the side of Battersea Power Station. The validity of this claim somewhat evades me, are they really going to do it? Perhaps I’ll take my dancing down there and be with all the other B-lovers who failed to gain entry. Battersea here I come *fist pumps and steals a police mans badge*
[EDIT – I GOT IN! Review to follow (although it can be summed up with one word – unbelievable.]
June 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
Beast Make Bomb are a four-piece from Brooklyn who describe their music as garage/rock/punk. Tracks like ‘1, 2, 3, 4’ and ‘Rough It Out’ fit this description, with fast drums and guitar riffs to match. However there’s definitely a pop melodic-ness to their songs, and tracks like ‘Coney Island’ will probably remind you of Best Coast, with a more cathartic approach and vocals that roll rather than attack. These 3 tracks are found on the Sourpuss EP, the older Skinny Legs EP is equally as enjoyable. Both are available for free via their Bandcamp.
June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
On Mad By Moonlight, Southampton’s Thomas Tantrum offer up addictive melodies, vocals that charm and captivate, and instrumentation which invokes dreamlike musings. This faraway imagery is a device rather than an accidental outcome: the band based the album on sleep, and the problems that a lack of it can create. With guitar riffs that recall The Cure’s lighter moments, and vocals with the intonation of an early Gwen Stefani mixed with the tones of Chew Lips’ Tigs, these songs are light-hearted yet laden with emotional tones, drawing the listener into a world that is meaningful even in its light-hearted moments. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve gone back to my old hobby of Bandcamp Surfing. It’s still has the power to amaze me, within seconds you can be listening to some incredible music. Tonight, with a few careless clicks I found myself enjoying the lo-fi tones of Southampton’s Die Jungen (German for ‘the young’). It’s retro, it’s hazy, it’d be perfect for lazy summer days (or in this case, lazy London nights). The songs sound like Tennis at half speed, or Spectrals with added layers of fuzz. Recommended listening for those times when you need to escape for a few moments….
June 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
Walking into Bush Hall ten minutes before the headlining band are due to take the stage and finding the room a third full doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that a heady night of exhiliration is ahead of you. Thankfully, the people who made up that third didn’t seem to care, singing to Michael Jackson songs playing over the PA, and dancing energetically before Brooklyn’s MEN have broken out even a single beat. The room fills up a little more before JD Samson, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Michael O’Neill burst onto the stage, looking full of energy and ready to show London a good time. « Read the rest of this entry »