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Free Download: Junip – “Line Of Fire”

23 Jan


Confession time; aside from recognising the vocals but not knowing from where, we didn’t know diddly about Junip until we heard their brand new track, “Line Of Fire”. One quick Google and a ‘oh that’s who it is’ moment later, and everything made sense.

For those of you who are scratching their heads in much the same way we did, the vocals belong to José González. Still scratching your head? Much like Troy Maclure, you may know him from such mellifluous sounds as this amazing Kylie cover or, which is more likely, this Sony Bravia advert where he covered The Knife.

Anyway, Junip is his “kraut-folk” band formed in the late 90’s with Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn. Together they released a 7″ in 2000, an EP in 2006 and their debut full length in 2010. Now they are back with a new album, Junip, which is out on 23 April, and to get everyone ready and excited, they have made the first track, “In The Line of Fire” free to download.

The track is bright, warm and really springs to life as the sound builds; it’s hard to believe there are only three of them. It sounds rich and mildly rousing, like waking up after a really good nights sleep and feeling ready to tackle the day with a spring in your step and a smile on your face. If Sony wanted to soundtrack a load of multi-coloured balls bouncing down a hill once more, they’d be using this.

Watch: Spring Offensive – “Not Drowning But Waving”

10 Sep

It’s been a while since we wrote anything. There have been a number of factors in that, holiday, the great Olympic and Paralympic distraction, more to do at work etc etc. There was also a not insignificant element of naval gazing on our part as well (more on that later in the week) that resulted in not a key being bashed in anger for some time. Then something happened, something woke us from our slumber and reignited the fire within and actually made us want to write once more. On Saturday morning, we fell head over heels in love with music once more, specifically with the new single from Spring Offensive.

When last we wrote about the Oxford 5-piece, they were ruminating on the mundanity, futility and disappointment of being stuck in a dead end job that didn’t pay enough. Where “Worry Fill My Heart” skipped along, pulling us towards recognition of and empathy with the theme of the song, “Not Drowning But Waving” instead creeps forward into the darkness, opening a doorway to a place within the soul that we can only hope we will never have to visit. But here, now, you can’t help but want to be taken there again and again and again.

When asked what the song is about, it is hard not to turn into Brian from Spaced discussing his paintings, but without the comedy. Anger, fear and guilt all flow like the tide that plays so central a role in the narrative of both song and video as the song rises and swells. Its waves rolling ever faster to the shore before they thunder and crash, knocking you from your feet and carrying you back out into an ocean of emotion. It is reminiscent of another Oxford band’s finest hour, recalling as it does the gradual build and dark undertone of Foals’ epic “Spanish Sahara”.

“Not Drowning But Waving”, is exquisitely crafted and considered and right now, is sounding like the best track we’ve heard all year. We love it so much that we are sharing both the track and the video with you!

“Not Drowning But Waving” is out now digitally and can be bought from iTunes. A physical release on limited edition 7″ vinyl will be on sale online and on the band’s merch stand for the duration of their forthcoming European tour (dates below), the UK leg of which will be announced shortly.

Spring Offensive European Tour
20.09 (NLD) Utrecht, Tivoli
21.09 (DEU) Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival
22.09 (NLD) Zwolle, Hedon
24.09 (NLD) Heemskerk, Lokaal
25.09 (LUX) Luxembourg, Rockhal
26.09 (BEL) Leuven, Welcome Festival
27.09 (BEL) Kortrijk, Den Trap
28.09 (BEL) Brussels, Mme Moustache
29.09 (CH) Geneva, La Graviere
30.09 (CH) Porrentruy, Secret Show
01.10 (CH) Bern, Ono
03.10 (CH) Baden, Merkker
04.10 (CH) Basel, Hinterhof
05.10 (CH) Zurich, Exil
06.10 (CH) Wil, Gare De Lion
15.10 (ITA) Milan, Transito
16.10 (ITA) Trieste, Tetris
17.10 (ITA) TBC
18.10 (DEU) Munich, Feierwerk
19.10 (DEU) Freiburg, Raeng Teng Teng
20.10 (DEU) Stuttgart, Keller Klub
21.10 (DEU) Bedroom Disco Secret Show
22.10 (DEU) Dresden, Ostpol
23.10 (DEU) Leipzig, Theater Neues Schauspiel
25.10 (DEU) Berlin, Secret ‘Wohnzimmer’ show
26.10 (DEU) Berlin, Secret ‘Wohnzimmer’ show
27.10 (DEU) Berlin, Lido
02.11 (DEU) Berlin, Magnet
03.11 (DEU) Hamburg, Molotow
05.11 (DEU) Munster, Pension Schmidt
06.11 (DEU) Hannover, Glocksee
07.11 (DEU) Cologne, Stereo Wonderland
08.11 (DEU) Heidelberg, Haell
09.11 (DEU) Mainz, Schon Schoen

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Watch: Spring Offensive – “Worry Fill My Heart” / Watch: New Spring Offensive Video – “Carrier”

Listen: Delphic – “Good Life”

19 Jul

It feels like forever (two and a half years to be exact) since we first got ridiculously overexcited by the debut album from Manchester electro denizens, Delphic. Now, at last, they have returned with a huge track that takes the band on from where Acolyte left off, and looks to fill a stadium with its anthemic sound.

An Olympic stadium to be precise as the new single, “Good Life” is one of many to be chosen to soundtrack this summer’s sporting extravaganza. It’s not surprising really, close your eyes and imagine a slickly edited athletics montage as you listen.

Smiling athletes, tense athletes, sportsmen and women all enjoying the moment of being in good old London town. “We wait/we wait/we wait/we wait” they sing, and the athletes wait with us before the track explodes into life and the footage will change to actual hard-fought competition. Winners and losers, glorious failures and soaring successes, all backed by the band’s customary euphoric synths, high energy guitars and precision drum patterns. It’s a brilliant, uplifting track, almost as if Delphic and the Olympics were made for each other.

Welcome back guys, it’s been too long, now can we have album number two please?

“Good Life” is released on 23 July and can be pre-ordered from iTunes now.

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Listen: Eye Emma Jedi – “Sin”

17 Jul

What do you get if you combine a Scandinavian country, rawkus indie-pop, probably the best band name you will hear in a long time, “four white nerds and a black guy with an afro”? The answer is not the punchline to a politically incorrect joke but new-ish London via Norway five piece, Eye Emma Jedi (say it out loud, brilliant isn’t it?).

With that laborious introduction done with, we can get on with telling you about the guys and their tune. Originally from Norway, where they had solid success and buckets of radio play, they have bags packed and set course for London from whence they shall release debut UK single “Sin” on 6th August. And quite a hyperactive party number it is too. They may come from Norway but there is something slightly antipodean about the opening guitar lines, we can’t quite put our finger on it but we know we like it. From then on in, it’s frenetic indie-pop a-go-go with full on festival bounceability.

Having previously established themselves at home, they already have a back catalogue to bring forth to our ears and if you click through the ‘stalk’ links below, you’ll find a lot more to get excited about.

“Sin” will be available as a digital download on 6th August through Killing Moon Ltd along with b-side “Crucified”.

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Watch: New Spring Offensive Video – “Carrier”

25 Feb

Oxford has a rich history of producing quality music and the latest band to emerge from the UK’s education epicentre is Spring Offensive. The guys are getting ready to hit the road and if you scroll down you can find out when and where you will be able to catch them.

Before that though, you should check out their brand new video for the soft and emotive track, “Carrier”. It’s a lovely little number and the video is similarly haunting and melancholic, it’s also a B side. That’s right, it’s not even the main focus of their forthcoming release; that would be the more upbeat and sharp single, “Worry Fill My Heart”, which is out on 17 March.

Spring Offensive Live Dates

16th – The End, Birmingham
29th – Electricity Showrooms, London
30th – The Green Door Store, Brighton
31st – Secret Location, Oxford

01st – The Castle Hotel, Manchester
02nd – SOYO, Sheffield
03rd – The Head of Steam, Newcastle
04th – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
05th – Gwdihw, Cardiff
10th – Schon Schön, Mainz
11th – MUZ, Nurnberg
12th – Häll, Heidelberg
13th – Parterre, Basel