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Premiere: Pink Murder – “Fresh And Made”

8 Aug

Pink Murder

The universe works in mysterious ways. It’s a bit of a cliché but it is completely true. Coincidence, serendipitous moments of good fortune, connections and links; there are many that believe wholly in fate, destiny and the power of the great unknown and often, despite your misgivings it can be hard to disagree. Small things, minute details that can spark a feeling of familiarity or contentment, sometimes even unease and foreboding.

The former was the case this week when shortly after discussing murder as a hobby with the mysterious Black Honey, we were contacted by another band with a connection to the dark art of death. Though to be fair Pink Murder sounds a whole lot brighter and more jovial than just bumping people off to kill (ahem) time. Unless the link refers to a genocide of Barbies and My Little Ponies of course, but we digress.

Comprised of Mike Panico from Stargazy (who we have featured a fair bit on the site in one incarnation or another), Jen Pague from Vita and the Woolf and Gregory Free from Folding Legs, Pink Murder are very new, very exciting and we are delighted to be bringing you their first ever track to kick off your Friday.

“Fresh And Made” is a blissfully summery three minutes of hazy pop music. The synth lines dance like dragonflies amongst reeds as Jen’s vocals drifts effortlessly as a silk scarf lost to the gentle breeze. Carefree it floats, caressing the sky as it is buffeted on calm gusts of rhythm and melody, carrying you with it on a sun-drenched journey to wherever the universe will take it. Like its name, it feels fresh and wonderful, a gorgeous waft of warmth and well-being, enriching and soothing like an elixir for the soul. As you listen you just want to lay back, give a big sigh of contentment and peace as the sun shines down and you can just relax and let the world carry on without you.

Give it a go, no-one will mind, take a listen and drift off to your happy place. It’s what the universe wants…

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Stargazy – “Golden Hour”

26 Apr

Stargazy Golden Hour

When last we encountered the upwards cosmic contemplators, Stargazy they were getting all chic and trendy with a new love of ”The Fashion”. It was a time of great change for the Brooklyn sextet as not only were they donning some new sonic threads, they’d also just sunk their previous aquatic moniker, Fishdoctor. Whilst we still think that was a shame (we do love quirky and fun band names), they’ve moved on and frankly, it’s about time we did too.

So, off into this new golden age we shall wander with the gang, and off into a “Golden Hour” in fact as that (handily) is the name of the new Stargazy song. Suitably there is a very sunsety feel to it as well, deep orange, red and golden hues are found in the atmospheric and hazy indie sounds. The vocals are soft and echoey, like they could reach out across a grand plain and touch the souls of everyone for miles around. The guitars shimmer as well as jangle, like heat haze on the horizon as the last few drops of sunlight fades out of view. It ripples and wobbles with a mild fuzziness that just makes you feel comfortable and at ease.

“Golden Hour” is a warm and familiar piece of gentle indie rock that will stir a feeling of nostalgia within the hearts of people a certain age (like us) and give younger listeners plenty to fall for.

”Golden Hour” is out now and available to buy from iTunes.

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Stargazy – “The Fashion”

20 Mar


Everyone is entitled to a career change or four in their life should they wish. The days of a job for life have largely been consigned to the pages of history as the workforce take advantage of blurred lines between employment sectors and enjoy a variety of roles and responsibilities in their working life.

We mention this as a Brooklyn six-piece have recently done just that as a burgeoning career in aquatic veterinary services has been jettisoned for one in astronomy instead. Where once they were a Fishdoctor, they are now instead Stargazy.

Ok, so in reality they have simply undergone a name change but we do really like the idea that they were once actual real life Fishdoctors…

Anyway, for their first release with their new cosmic moniker the sextet have released “The Fashion”, a stirring piece of indie-pop that begins with a little folk-rock jangle and expands out into a sprawling mass of rich, guitar and drum driven textures. The fuzzy, late summer evening sound of their previous life has evolved into a big infectious mass of driving riffs and rhythms and there is something comforting and familiar about the whole thing. It has a kind of everyman-indie feel to it, and we mean that in a good way, with its grand chorus and subtle 90s vibe.

“The Fashion” builds slowly and the arrangement expands and contracts, like the sun trying to break through a dark storm, it pushes its way out only to be forced back again as the wind brings more cloud cover. Then, as the song build and builds, the clouds are broken and frayed and the Sun bursts through, a pillar of light, vocals and warped guitar licks shining down from above.

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