We’re gonna level with you, our ears pricked up in excitement when “Then The Heartbreak” started auto-playing on our Soundcloud feed the other night because we thought the keyboard intro sounded just like this fictional gem. The similarity between Shy The Shore and POP! soon ended and where Hugh Grant went for full-on cheese, the English-Norwegian duo of Oz Page & Mari Nordén take us in a much more elegant direction.
Taken from their spring EP release, Sometimes It’s A Heartbreak Not To Introduce Yourself, “Then The Heartbreak” is like a late night drive on a lonely highway. Distant tail lights are the only other signs of life on the road as the song drives on through the darkness, the vocals yearning and broken. Memories play out on the windshield like a movie of a failed relationship, scenes of happiness and the heartbreak set to a misty electronic soundtrack.
The pair, who came together in London but are now based in Amsterdam, are due to release a new EP, Teenage Pains, in the coming weeks and, even though it won’t feature a cover of “Pop Goes My Heart”, it’s one we will certainly be picking up.
”Then The Heartbreak” is out now and available to buy here.
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First things first, Fishdoctor is great name; for anything really, TV Show, Movie, Art Installation, Play, Aquatic profession and of course, for a band. Which is where this six-piece from Brooklyn come in, for they are Fishdoctor and as far as we know, they have never cupped a goldfish and asked it to cough. They do make pretty great alt-indie-pop tunes though, with their latest being “Seasons”.
Like time-lapse footage of clouds in the sky, “Seasons” moves and changes with, well, the seasons. Moments of brightness, calmness, coolness and lushness all live briefly within the five minutes of the tune, but it is the haziness of the late summer, early autumn evening in which it resides most. It pulses like a heartbeat, pumping fuzzy indie sounds out into the warm indigo sky above. Michael Rommano’s vocals are suitably retro in feel to complement the vague throwback-pop sensibility of the tune and it feels like the aural equivalent of ‘found-footage’ Which is ironic really as Fishdoctor has also just released a new video for previous single, “Atlantic”, which makes use of that very visual style. You can watch it here.
In the meantime, you can get your free download of the wonderful “Seasons” from the player below and no doubt keep it on repeat as summer gives way to autumn.
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A couple of months ago YADi had us addicted to ”The Blow”. Before you call the police because you once heard that ‘blow’ is/was a colloquialism for a certain kind of drug, we mean the adrenalin fuelled, hook-laden, slice of pure pop brilliance that was her last single. This month she has us hooked once more, but this time it is on “Creatures” (also a song of course, not some weird obsession with pets or David Attenborough documentaries).
“Creatures” is more laid back than “The Blow” and floatier perhaps. There are soft vocals to whirl alongside the piano and slip inside your subconscious but it’s still a kaleidoscope of colour, drums, piano, synths, beeps, noodles and vocals; like fairground level over stimulation. All the clashing sounds and colours that would seem empty and a bit sad stood alone and empty during the day, but come the night spark into life together to create a formidable creature of carnival creativity, a beast you want to dive right into. There’s even a bit of YADi rap thrown in for good measure, like a bonus prize for getting so many tickets.
It’s great stuff and only further cements her burgeoning reputation as one of the brightest new acts around.
”Creatures” is out today (22 August) on YADi’s own Seven Brother Records and can be bought from iTunes.
UPDATE: The video, which was shot on Super 8 and directed by the super talented Charlotte Rutherford, is now out and you can watch it below.
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It’s almost ironic really, having bemoaned the weather for not matching the bright and summery sounds of some recent posts, that just as the temperature is beginning to rise and the wind and rain has (mostly) abated, we turn to one of our new favourite purveyors of ice-cool melodies. We’d argue that it is to provide sonic refreshment from the warmth outside, but there’s little point. You didn’t come for weather chat after all (did you?).
Like gentle snowfall under the moonlit sky, the latest offering from New York’s Lennox is a soothing lullaby, hushed and beautiful. Featuring guest vocals from Eitan Akman (as well as being the first track recorded with new guitarist Daniel Hanley), “Whimsy” is a secret walk in the silence of the night, escaping the city and venturing out into the unseen mystical woodland worlds. The synth sounds dance and play amongst the trees as the brushed cymbal beat twinkle like fairies in the sky. You look around in wonder as imagination’s creations come alive and dance soundlessly before your eyes.
It’s a beautiful caressing of your mind that will take it far away from this world and is perfect for some midnight listening, curtains wide open with the world laid out in front of your window.
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Since joining the Alphabet family as our ‘E’ artist, the dreamsome Empress Of has gorged herself on watermelon and released her debut single. Now, as she prepares for the forthcoming release of her debut EP, Systems she has treated us to what sounds distinctly like her sexy side on new track, “Hat Trick”.
Just listen as she gets all sweet, sultry and breathy as Lorely sings, “Lay my cards on the table / Tell me my future / Tell me I’ll make it move”. See what we mean? Sexy. Wrapped around her seductive tones is an addictive track of swirling beauty that draws you in, Siren like, for play after play after play. Bookended by twinkling, almost shrill, synths the beat and melody swoon and sway along like cavorting partners, clinging to each other in the low light of a slow dance. It is a gloriously misty piece of electro-pop and one we can’t get enough of right now.
“Hat Trick” is taken from The Systems EP which will be released in the UK on 1 April via Double Denim Records and in the US on 2 April via Terrible Records.
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