Chløë Black – “Wild At Heart” (video)

19 Oct

Chloe Black

Glamour, danger and surrealism. Chløë Black delights in all three and with the video for her latest track, “Wild At Heart”, she delivers them all as well.

Tipping an artist for greatness when you’ve only heard one song is, many would argue, pretty darn foolish. Yet with each new release, Chløë Black is making us look less like the village idiot and more like Nostradamus (minus the beard). Ever since she broke on the scene with “27 Club”, Chløë hasn’t put a foot wrong. Her videos are fantastic, her tunes brilliant and her live show is great too.

Oh, and for those of you keeping score, “Wild At Heart” was not one of the tunes played at her Norwich gig earlier this year either, meaning there are still at least four more total crackers to come.

Here we are treated to another gorgeously dangerous sounding tune, seeped in dark mystery and noir movie nostalgia. The chorus is one to throw your head back and sing along loudly to, the melody undulates seductively like Donna Summer’s arms and the video is one to scratch your head to.

We’ll be honest, we’re not sure what is going on. There is blood (lots of blood) there is dancing, suggested jealousy, driving and a set of fingernails to have blackboards everywhere quaking in their frames. It is dangerous, it is glamourous, it is surreal, it is fabulous and it is very, very Chløë Black.

”Wild At Heart” is out now and available to buy from iTunes.

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Arctic Lake – “For Us”

18 Oct

Arctic Lake

Nudging at your subconscious with gentle insistence, the latest track from London based Arctic Lake is the kind of delicate and soulful electronica dark winter nights were made for. As we sit in the half light on a cold Sunday evening, weary from the week before and mildly trepidatious about the Monday to come, Emma Foster’s feather-soft vocals gently massage our temples while the calm melody soothes our furrowed brow.

Following the understated beauty of “Limits” and “Only Me”, “For Us” continues the theme of wispy gorgeousness woven into other-side-of-the-pillow-cool electronics and crisp-as-fresh-snow beats. There are moments where we are reminded of Brooke Annibale’s heartfelt and stunning “Tragically Beautiful” (a very good thing indeed) and there can be no denying the pristine beauty of Arctic Lake’s subtly intricate craft.

There is a dash more energy than was present in its predecessors (that deft guitar line is begging to be let loose) but “For Us’ is not for the dancefloor. It is for osmotic consumption, for eyes closed enjoyment and for stillness in the night. Monday may not turn out to be great, but Sunday just got a lot better.

Via The Line of Best Fit

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Lyla Foy – Umi (EP Review)

13 Oct

Lyla Foy

Listening to Lyla is like looking at a fine piece of art or a stained glass window. You are instantly struck by the beauty and brilliance but you can come to it time and time again and still get lost, still find new details to enchant and enthrall. Here, as well as the details, the six tracks of Umi melt into one great swirling soundscape, all majestic and magnificent like a cosmic wilderness of stars, nebulae and galaxies.

Given that the debut full length release from Lyla Foy topped our album of the year list for 2014, any follow up was going to be met with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Mirrors The Sky was so sublime, so wonderfully mesmeric and enchanting a listen, that maintaining those standards would surely be a challenge. When she shared “Beginning It All Again” a few weeks ago, all sense of trepidation washed away.

The lead single from her new EP, Umi, “Beginning It All Again” is like melted caramel, swirling enticingly, waiting for an apple to be dipped into its gooey goodness. The rest of the EP is equally gorgeous.

It’s heavy with emotion, a beautiful melancholy that wisps along like mist over a graveyard, especially on “Tiger” with its soft, ghoulish ebb and halloweeny flow. Here Lyla’s crystalline vocal feels laden with remorse as Lucy shines in the sky no more and instead is trapped in reality dreaming of an Alice like adventure once more into wonderland.

It’s haunting and gorgeous, like Umi itself in fact. Expect this to feature highly on our end of year list as well.

The ‘Umi’ EP is out now and available to buy from Lyla’s Bandcamp page.

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Svelte – “Time (Put It All Together)”

1 Oct


Continuing their trip down down One Track a Month Boulevard towards Album Release Town, Svelte have released their fourth track and it is the best one yet. When we last featured this electronic pairing from Bristol, we described their smokey electronics as being a ”gentle caress of 3am beats” and while there is still a distinct late night, chilled feeling to “Time (Put It All Together)”, it’s very different and very, very good.

The melody swirls softly over sharp digitised rhythms while the vocals drifts in and out of shadows, rising like a bird, buffeted on a trance like breeze. It’s bathed in some aural haze of fantasy and surrealism as the simultaneously smooth and jagged edges melt into one like time dripping off a Dali clock. There’s a subtle mechanical whirring to it, a wobble of industry amongst the organic fragility of the keys and aforementioned effortless and smooth vocal. There’s a reasonable amount going on as layers of sound weave and swirl as one.

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Transviolet – “New Bohemia

22 Sep


Taken from Transviolet’s eponymous debut EP, “New Bohemia” is the third track from this remarkable young pop act (following on from the stunning “Girls Your Age” and “Bloodstream”) and is perhaps the best of the lot.

Anthemic. We’ve thought about and if we had to use just one word to describe it we’d use anthemic. Except we’d also want to use rousing, stirring, invigorating and other such synonyms. One word is not enough, it’s too darn big. Thankfully we don’t have to choose just one word.

It’s a bit Lorde like in the verse but the chorus stirs something else.  Something primitively patriotic. It could easily be used as the backdrop of some sporting montage. Something like when Tinie Tempah’s “Written In The Stars” was used to sell the (relative) importance and grand theatrics of Wrestlemania a few years ago. It’s got that edge to it, that sensibility and power that soundtracks and conveys the magnitude of something, hell if you wanted to remake Les Miserables with modern pop songs, this is your rousing battle cry right here.

As we’ve already used all options from our thesaurus we now turn to the band to offer some context; they explain “New Bohemia is a mindset. It’s the belief that each individual has the power to change the world”, which is spot on. It conveys power, emotion, defiance and attitude. Like we said, It’s anthemic and just a superb pop song.

”New Bohemia” is taken from the ‘Transviolet EP’ which is out now on Epic Records and available from iTunes.

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