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Blogathon: The Open Club – “I’m Thinking Of You”

1 Feb

The Open Club

We’re properly on the final straight of our mammoth 24 hour blogathon now with less than 3 hours to go. There’s still plenty to get through in that time as we try and rouse ourselves for one last push and we’re going to start with something a little bit Russian. Yep, in our random rambles through the dark recesses of the internet we came across this little known indie band from Moscow, The Open Club.

As well as the music, we have good reason for choosing this song, for “I’m Thinking Of You” is taken from their second EP release from last year, 24 Hours. How serendipitous is that?

On “I’m Thinking Of You”, gentle indie guitar sounds bounce around like light refracting in a shallow sea; opening up as they lap against the shore of a secluded cove of dark vocals. There is an immediate and accessible quality to it that no doubt comes from The Open Club’s 90’s Melody Maker friendly influences.

It’s quite a nice listen over a number of plays, though we’ve not quite managed to get it on repeat for the full 24 hours.

Speaking of which, we’re almost done now and as we push towards the end, it would be great to have another rush of donations. Even just £1 would be fantastic as it all goes to Cancer Research. Just hit the big button at the bottom of this post and donate. It’ll make us happy if you do.


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Blogathon: White Royal – “False Widow”

1 Feb

White Royal

It’s late, the small hours are upon us and we are in need of something laid back and glowing with a bewitching luminescence to soothe our aches and pains and caress our mind. Enter stage north, White Royal, a Leeds based three-piece who specialise in just the very sound we are looking for right now.

Josh, Jonty and Tom have just released “False Widow” online and it is a gloriously dreamy three minutes of guitar and electronic loveliness. It’s a cool ambient track shining its softness on us like a moonrise over a still lake. The silhouette of vocal is broken only by the ebbing ripples of guitar and the clouds of emotion passing overhead, casting a fleeting shadow across the countryside before the pale moon of the song shines out once more. Bathing us in a sheen of gentle, majestic beauty.


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Blogathon: Eutony – “Spectrum”

1 Feb

Eutony

Hailing from sunny Hertfordshire, Eutony is a new four piece band that may or may not be named after a method of self-development established in Denmark. We doubt it somehow. We do know that they have some of the best names we’ve seen in music for a while comprising as they do Ken Petalcorin, Jacob Cable, Callum Alder and Erin Valenzuela. And, if that wasn’t enough, they also list ‘jar of rice’ as one of their instruments.

Yes, a jar of rice.

Currently working on an EP, their debut tune “Spectrum” is a lively piece of electronic infused indie-rock, with elements of Two Door Cinema Club meshed in there for good measure. It’s full of energy like a primary school sports day, where the events are more geared to fun than competition. The guitar bounces against vocals in a sack race while the jar of rice is the egg on a bouncing spoon of rhythm and youthful exuberance. Exuberance which “Spectrum” has in abundance and which we feel a little bit low on right now (with nine hours still left to write), good job we can play it to help lift our spirits.

We’re off to dance around the kitchen while the kettle boils, you listen and donate to Cancer Research.


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

31 Jan

tears and marble 2

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

Wooden Arms December

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


This post was written as part of a 24 Hour Sponsored Blogathon for Cancer Research. If you liked this post or just want to help support an important charity, please sponsor us. Just £1 can help make a difference. You can sponsor us here or by clicking the big button below. Thank you for your support.



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