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Blogathon: Tears & Marble – “We don’t like you” (video)

31 Jan

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Here’s something else that’s rather special. You may recall a few weeks ago we fell head over heels in love with the most random thing ever, a cover version of Haddaway’s “What Is Love”. It was so surprisingly beautiful, haunting and remarkably, full of depth and meaning that we were utterly blown away.

Since then we have kept in touch with the Dutch duo responsible, Tears & Marble and when we told them about our charity blogathon, they said they’d try and have something ready to share with us on the day.

They do.

And it’s stunning.

“We Don’t Like You” is sedate, unnerving and unerring in its sparsity, cold and completely mesmerising. Thick with contempt, swimming in taunts and darkness; the melody tap taps like an inner demon on the inside of your skull, drumming in the loathing so you never forget, never ever forget to feel repulsive. The soft, harassing vocal coils round the emotion like a serpent, pumping its venom into the veins of hope and acceptance and filling it with its vile intent.

“We don’t like you at all” it says, but by God do we like it. Look out for these two, Tears & Marble are going places. Dark, icy places full of ominous electronics and melancholic beauty.


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Blogathon: Wooden Arms – “December” (Teaser)

31 Jan

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Ok, this is probably a bit of a cheat as we can’t actually share with you the entirety of the song we’ve just been listening to, but Norwich’s Wooden Arms make such damn gorgeous music we wanted to get you all excited in anticipate of their forthcoming release.

Following up their sublime eponymous EP was always going to be tricky but the guys and gals have cracked the ice at the top of the well and dipped down into the freezing water once more, aptly with a track called “December”. We can share a quick teaser of “December” below and the final, mastered version will be released on 13 February. We’ve heard the full single and can honestly say it is probably our favourite of their songs so far.

It ebbs and flows, picks up pace with a choir of strings soaring to the sky before slowing and resting. Delicate male/female vocals perch with precision above the most gliding of melodies before rising up once more. If you can imagine Polaroid 85 without the drum and bass influence you are on your way.

It’s the sort of sound you want in your ears as you walk across a snow covered field, the deep cold crunching under your feet and that wintery smell of burning in your nose.

We do only have a teaser to share right now, but you can pre-order “Tide” / “December” here and get an immediate download of “December”, so that’s got to be worth doing.

Wooden Arms also have a few gigs coming up to support the release of the Double A side single, here are some details.

13 February: Norwich
14 February: Cambridge
15 February: London


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Blogathon: Blooms – “Skin”

31 Jan

Blooms

When embarking on this blogathon, one thing we hadn’t considered (and probably should have done) is what happens when we find a track we love and then find there is absolutely nothing about the band online. Brilliantly that is exactly what just happened when we heard and fell in love with “Skin” by Blooms. Fantastic track, very secretive act. Doh!

What we have managed to find out, such as it is, is that Blooms is from the UK, it’s a She only and she has an EP, IF in the offing which will deal with the entirety of a relationship from genesis (not the band) to conclusion with everything in between; lust, love and a broken heart. That’s it.

Still, that means we get to focus on the music which is a good thing, because the music is superb. It opens with a subtle energy, dark like storm clouds, a warning of the hurt to come perhaps? Stripped back and almost primal with sparse tribal beats and a seductive vocal that soaks the track with emotion like rain in the dry season.

It’s carnal but not in a ‘rip each other’s clothes off the minute you see them’ way, it’s more controlled and steamy than that. “Skin” undulates like two bodies together, like a snake under the spell of a mystical charmer and like the pleasure, passion and pain of love.

We can’t wait to find out what’s next and hopefully also a little more about this mysterious but stunning Blooms.


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Listen: Shy For Shore – “Then The Heartbreak”

30 Oct

Shy The Shore

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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Free Download: Fishdoctor – “Seasons”

23 Aug

Fishdoctor

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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