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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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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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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