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Curxes – “What You Want”

30 Apr


Earlier this week we spoke about the excitement of finally getting something you’ve been waiting ages for. In that instance it was the exhilarating new single from Avec Sans and we continue the theme today with another blog love, Curxes.

In the interests of full disclosure we haven’t yet got the thing that we have eagerly been anticipating for, well a couple of years now, but it’s almost here. The debut album from the blitz-pop duo (trio? Roberta and Macaulay have a Camille now, she likes to hit things – drums we hope) arrives next week and we are a bit like a kid on Christmas Eve, hyped up and impatient. From the pre-order details we know that Verxes includes old favourites (“Avant Guarded” and “Further Still” for example) and, with the release yesterday of “What You Want”, new delights.

It’s a bit more pop and a bit less blitz than we’ve become accustomed to, a bit more dancey but still edgy. It’s still sharp, and full of flashing laser light electronics and Roberta’s vocals are forceful and determined, backed with an almost defiant chanting of the title that feels part protest, part battle cry.

It’s brash and bold with retro 80s sounds, attitude and a cracking hook. It’s a fantastic appetiser for the main course we’ve been hungrily waiting for and in less than a week, we can all tuck in.

”What You Want” is taken from the debut Curxes album, ‘Verxes’, out on 4 May. You can pre-order the album here.

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Listen: Curxes – “Avant Guarded”

5 Dec

Curxes Avant Guarded

Having lulled us into a moment of relative calm and blissful beauty with the divine “Further Still”, Curxes have brought back the blitz and are attacking our senses from all angles.

Trailed with a series of short videos of the duo in massive Budgie heads (no, really), “Avant Guarded” has been wowing and bombarding live audiences for a while but now it gets a release of its own and none of that live energy or rawness has been lost, and it’s even more infectious.

It’s fast paced and frenetic, like a jump to hyperspace straight into the chaos of a full on space battle with lasers flying here there and everywhere. Evasive action is taken as alarms blare out, control panels flash and beep like their life depends on it, and our ship whirls, dives and barrels out of the frying pan and into the fire and off again. It’s not so much a trap as intergalactic civil war and as good as John Williams is, we can’t help but imagine this would make a fantastic soundtrack to the new Star Wars films.

As well as the frenticism and glorious cacophony of pop that is coming at us from all sides, there are some decidedly delicious moments that we can’t help but love. A little tonal change here or there to channel the band’s inner Oakey for some very Human League-esque vocals in the background, Roberta’s lead vocals still sounding like she could take down a city’s walls should she wish to; the blistering pace of the beat and electronic rhythm that doesn’t let up for a second. The whole thing is just fantastic and we can’t wait to see how it translates to a video (the concept for which you can probably guess if you watched the track preview vids).

It’s industrial and edgy but there’s still more than enough pop brilliance in there to get your groove on to and that will get stuck in your head. We’ve been whistling the tune for the last few days now, much to the delight (?) of all around us. That, perhaps, is an underrated element of Curxes music, the outright catchiness of it all, we’re yet to hear a song of theirs that didn’t get stuck in our heads and pop back up again randomly a few days later, probably in a meeting where our sudden humming of “Haunted Gold” isn’t as appreciated as much as we would have expected.

We can’t wait to see the look on people’s faces when “Avant Guarded” makes its inevitable appearance at the next all staff gathering.

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Watch – Curxes – “Further Still”

10 Apr

Curxes Owl Chum

In our original post about the otherworldly soft beauty of Curxes latest, “Further Sill”, we remarked on its subtlety, saying “It is scalpel rather than sledgehammer to the walnut of our ears”.

It turns out that we are kind of maybe Mystic Megs over here as look what’s right there in the accompanying video. Yep, scalpels! Ok, it also features taxidermy a-go-go which we didn’t mention, nor did we refer in any way to the truck load of creepy stuffed animals or the ‘Curxes as installation piece’ ending. And yes, we did talk about brightly coloured stepford-esque holiday camps which don’t feature, but cut us some slack, prophecy is not an exact science. One out of many is still pretty good right?

Ok fine, it’s rubbish and was entirely by accident but let’s not detract too much from what is an understatedly creepy video of simple beauty that perfectly matches the track. Dark without being overt and oppressive, emotional without being clumsy or hackneyed, “Further Still” is instead considered and wistful. Curxes are certainly bringing their A-game at the moment and the more we hear it, the more we love it. We can’t wait for more.

“Further Still” is available for free download here.

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Free Download – Curxes – “Further Still”

30 Mar


Showcasing their softer side, blog world favourites Curxes have kicked off their 2013 with something of a surprise. Having earned something of a reputation for their excitingly angular and industrial blitz-pop, all metallic and grindy like loads of blacksmiths at work at once, they have returned with a track that has seemingly stepped out of the forge and into the daylight. Well, not entirely.

“Further Still” begins with some operatics, but Andrea Bocelli this is not. It is more like the kind of slightly sinister opera sounds you’d have coming out over the PA during morning exercise at a Stepford holiday camp. Rictus smiles and unnecessarily bright and scary colours all around you. This lasts but a moment though before Roberta’s vocals take over and blend with the suddenly more liquid sound of Curxes. Dark, emotional and subtle, it whispers where you might expect a roar, even as the drama is ramped up it tip-toes. It is scalpel rather than sledgehammer to the walnut of our ears.

“Further Still” is available for free download here.

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Listen Out For – 2014 Previews Round Up

28 Nov

2014 Previews Round Up

It’s that time of year again where we, and other sites like ours, take out our crystal balls and look ahead into the coming 12 months. It’s that time where we take a look at our favourite new acts and have an educated guess as to which ones could go on to do great things in 2015.

We did the same thing last year and before we go on to make our predictions for this, we figured it was only right that we look back see how well (or not) our artists to listen out for in 2014 did. Of course, we didn’t say unequivocally that these bands were going to go on and rule the music world or anything, not even we could be that bold, but we think they were certainly talented to step up a level and do even better than they already were.

Some did just that, some (quite a few actually, it was a quiet year for many of our tips) – not so much.
Let’s take a little look back and next week, we’ll start to look forward again.

Honourable Mentions…

Curxes – Released a collection of b-sides and demos but the main focus is on 2015 and their debut album, which frankly we cannot wait to hear.

Strangers – A line-up change hasn’t stopped the Strangers crew who spent 2014 busily finishing off their debut album, which is due out next year, and covering Shakespeare’s Sister. Yes, really.

Jack Robert Hardman – Released the rather lovely The Great Unknown EP and continues to be one of the best songwriters you’ve never heard of.

Abi Wade – A year of live performances, sound collecting and composing has seen Abi spend some time in the studio in recent weeks. Hopefully in readiness for sharing some new music next year.

Leon Else – Released his sexy and surprising River Full of Liqour EP to critical acclaim, received a fair amount of radio support for it and got a lot of fans in a lather by posting semi-revealing pics on his twitter feed. Future pop superstar in the making we’re sure you’ll agree.

Laura Welsh – A quiet but productive year for Laura Welsh saw her working with another blog favourite, Ang Low, and preparing for a big 2015. New song “Ghosts” has just been shared online (via The Line of Best Fit) and her debut album, Soft Control is due for release on 19 January.

#15 – Mega Emotion

The Norwich trio released the limited edition Fake Feelings EP which sold out quick smart, and they had a lot of radio support from the likes of John Kennedy on XFM. A new single is planned for the new year.

#14 – Mononoke

As was a theme with the honourable mentions and you’ll see was a theme with many of our main picks, it was a quiet year for Mononoke. There were a couple of singles and a continuation of the mystery surrounding her identity (ahem) but that was about it.

#13 – Port Isla

Another Norwich act, the boys have really kicked on and picked up some momentum in the latter part of 2014 with their latest single, “In The Long Run” (from the EP of the same name) being featured by Zane Lowe on Radio 1. They’ve also recently been supporting Brit Critics Choice award nominee James Bay on tour. Not too shabby.

#12 – NONONO

A surprisingly quiet year for the Swedish pop combo when they looked poised to make 2015 theirs. Hopefully it was also a year of consolidation and preparation for a big 2015.

#11 – Fractures

There was just the one single for Fractures in 2014 but there were also a number of live shows, including a UK debut in London. Considering that much of 2013 was spent recovering from a broken neck, we think any activity from one of our favourite Aussie artists is to be welcomed and embraced.

#10 – Embers

We’re not sure what happened with Embers in 2014 really. After their show at The Great Escape in 2013 they told us that everything was set and planned for 2014 and then, nothing. We like to think that they just have a problem with numbers and meant that everything was set for a big 2015. Fingers crossed guys.

#9 –

MØ remains one of our all-time favourite live acts and she has been wowing audiences across this globe this year. Her debut album was released to a surprisingly lukewarm reception but her gigs remain molten hot.

#8 – Pale

Released the fantastic The Comeback EP which is still available to download for free. Everything that make remains wonderful.

#7 – Pawws

Pawws linked up with Best Fit music in 2014 to release the cracking Sugar EP and is, apparently, currently working on something with EMI. We look forward to finding out what that is and hope that 2015 might see the release of an album.

#6 – Gems

2014 was a quiet one for Gems, there were a lot of shows in the States and the continuing enhancement of their reputation. No new music though.

#5 – Iyes

A quiet but important year for Iyes, 2014 saw them re-master their early demo “Glow” in readiness for release and film a video for it (which you can watch below) do a few remixes and, most significantly, set-up their own imprint, Love By Mistake, as part of Sony. Expect more and exciting news in 2015.

#4 – Lyla Foy

The first of our tipped artists to release an actual real album in 2014 and it was remarkable. We’ll no doubt have more to say about it come year-end list time but Mirrors the Sky was every bit as magical and sublime as we’d hoped, and then some.

#3 – Avec Sans

A wonderful Kate Bush cover and superb single “All Of Time” aside, we didn’t hear too much from Avec Sans in 2014. However, they spent time touring Italy (they are there again right now actually) and time working on their debut album; an album that could very well be one of the best of 2015.

#2 – Empress Of

She played a few shows, did the odd DJ set here and there but essentially, and sadly, 2014 was a year of near silence from Empress Of. We look forward to and hope for a lot of noise from her in 2015.

#1 – Sivu

The only other of our 2014 predictions alumni to release a full album, Sivu showed everyone why he is so highly regarded and why it wasn’t just us who tipped him for big things. Something On High showcased everything that we had come to know and love about Sivu’s disarmingly charming, raw and magnificent songwriting.