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Blogathon: Heart of a Dog – “HOSS” Will Bloomfield Remix

31 Jan

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Time for a little Norwich love on the Blogathon now as we share a remix that has Fine City written all over it. Heart of a Dog’s “HOSS” has been given the once over by Port Isla’s Will Bloomfield and the result is a misty cloud of aural wistfulness.

We said that the original was delicate and understated but Will’s remix has taken it to a new level as barely there melodies swirl and dissipate before coming back together again. It’s like dry ice billowing out over a test tube of vocals and fragile percussion with his own piano sounds blending into an oh so slightly fuzzy electronic haze.

If music was bedding (God, it’s only been two hours and we’re thinking about sleep already…) then this would be a memory foam mattress perfectly contoured to fit your body shape and super snugly duvet that always keeps you at just the right temperature. You just climb in, snuggle down and immediately feel at home, comfortable and safe.

We predicted big things for Port Isla this year but we didn’t envisage the bonus success of remixer Will. If he keeps this kind of quality up, we’ll have to.

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Ho Ho Holy Crap It’s Almost Christmas…

24 Dec


Goodness, 2013 has flown by and here we are, what feels like just moments after the summer ended, on the cusp of Christmas and then the New Year. As is customary at this time of year, the festive songs are everywhere and for today Alphabet Bands will be no different.

If you’ve been reading Breaking More Waves these past two days, you’ll know that the big man himself has been in residence, effing and blinding and drinking all the whiskey. Due to contractual restrictions, Santa is unable to make an appearance here as well but that doesn’t matter as we managed to have a good rummage in his record box while his back was turned (chatting up one of the lady elves he was) and grabbed a few tunes for your enjoyment.

We’ll be back after Christmas with more of the best new music and probably some sort of look back over the year, talking about our 2013 and the like. For now though, enjoy the songs, both old and new (and especially the Christmas jumpers from the Air Marshall Landing guys) and have a wonderful few days with family and friends.

Us Baby Bear Bones – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”

Port Isla – “Snowfall”

Mahoney and the Moment – “Call Me Back (I’ll Wait Til Christmas)”

Air Marshall Landing – “A Holly Jolly Christmas”

Maps – “Merry Christmas (My Friend)”

Will Bloomfield – “Tower Breakers (Christmas)”

Strangers – “This Year (Christmas Song)”

George Ezra – “Let It Snow”

Heart of a Dog – “Railroad Man”

Lisa Redford – “I Believe In Father Christmas”

Merry Christmas everyone, see you on the other side when our belly will be bulging and our blood type will be Rum.

Watch: Heart of a Dog – “HOSS”

18 Nov

Heart of a Dog - HOSS

The second of our new videos that perfectly complement the music today (the first was Box of Light’s “Falling”) comes from folky twosome, Heart of a Dog (though there is often more than two of them as they have an interchangeable line-up of guest musicians, always eager to help out).

Produced by Iain Lowery, their latest track, “HOSS”, which features Port Isla’s Will Bloomfield on piano (we did say there was often more than two of them) is a gentle meld of backwards guitars (no hidden messages contained within as far as we can tell) looped into a soft melody and a subtle rhythms. It’s delicate and understated with beautiful calm waves of guitar lapping against a percussion shore, filling the sunken footprints of vocals before receding and washing them away like an aural barefoot walk in the sand.

To accompany such a tender song, First Kiss Films have created a charming little animation with Jonah-ristic leanings, shooting stars looping across a frayed night sky and waves lapping against a lighthouse. Simple, elegant and delightful, it’s another example of song and visuals bobbing gently together on the tide.

”HOSS” is out now and available as a free download from the Heart of a Dog bandcamp page.

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In Session: Milly Hirst – “Book Or A Film”

7 Mar

Milly Hirst

Milly Hirst is a singer songwriter of prodigious talent and we are extremely excited to share something very special with you today. Blessed with a voice that could quieten the rowdiest of rooms and probably even soothe the most savage of beasts, Milly sings with delicate beauty and heartfelt emotion. Put simply, she is a bewitching artist and we love to sit back, close our eyes and just listen to her sing.

As you can imagine then, we were more than a little chuffed when she agreed to film a session for us. Watch the video below (which has once again been put together for us by the lovely folks at Sessions Productions), take a listen, fall in love, We have. Some of you lucky folk will also have the chance to see Milly enthral some rooms in person and she begins a mini-tour with label mates, Heart Of A Dog. Tour details are below, but for now sit back and enjoy this divine performance of “Book Or A Film” by Milly Hirst.

“Book Or A Film” features on Milly’s EP, Equator, which was recorded live and can be bought here. You can also buy the Milly Hirst EP, (review here) which was released by Bare Feet Records and is available on her Bandcamp page.

Milly Hirst and Heart Of A Dog Tour Dates – March 2013
Thu 7th / Cafe ORT / Birmingham – details
Sat 9th / The Poly / Falmouth – details
Sun 10th / Fusion Arts Centre / Oxford – details
Mon 11th / The Latest / Brighton – details
Tue 12th / The Bicycle Shop / Norwich – details
Thu 14th / Number 16 / Ipswich – details
Sat 16th / The Sebright / London – details

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In Session… Heart Of A Dog – “Fall Guy”

2 Oct

Last week we brought you the first of two session tracks we recorded with Norwich’s own Heart Of A Dog. This week, to coincide with the opening night of their week long mini-tour (more details below), we are bringing you the second of our two session tracks.

Recorded at one of the venues for next weeks Norwich Sound & Vision Festival, The Bicycle Shop, this is the short but very sweet “Fall Guy”, which is taken from their latest EP, … with the Head of a Beast.

If you like what you see you can catch them live on the Heart Of A Dog mini tour. The dates are:

2/10 – Cinema City, NORWICH
3/10 – Powers Bar, Kilburn LONDON – Cancelled.
4/10 – The Black Dove, BRIGHTON
5/10 – The Living Room, CAMBRIDGE

You can also catch them at Norwich Sound & Vision on 12 October, at The Bicycle Shop.

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