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What’s In The Box ? – #13

11 Apr

What's In The Box

It’s been a while since we last shared a Saturday round up of tunes from the Alphabet Bands inbox and beyond that we loved, but just didn’t have time to get to properly. As ever the last seven (or so) days have been rammed with quality music and not enough hours in the day to get to them all.

Here then is a quick, eight-track, What’s In The Box? chock full of tunes from a number of genres, each of which is fantastic and we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll enjoy. We sure did.


Kloë – “Feel”

Let’s kick things off this week with an absolute stormer from new Scottish pop superstar-to-be Kloë. “Feel” is a dark, simmering cauldron of electropop brilliance with synths that slither and glide ominously along as the vocal arrangement evokes “Blue Jeans” era Lana. It’s powerful, vibrant and exciting and surely heralds the arrival of a future star.


The Japanese House – “Teeth”

As The Japanese House, 19 year old Amber Bain has been creating quite the proverbial buzz of excitement recently. Each of her previous two releases have been met with near universal acclaim and adulation and her latest, “Teeth”, carries on that trend. It’s a slow moving cloud of electronics, melody and genderless vocals that is punctuated with fantastically discordant guitar wails and pitter patter beats.

The Japanese House release their debut EP, Pools To Bathe In on 27 April and it is available to pre-order here.



Racing Glaciers – “What I Saw”

It’s been a fair few months since we last heard from Racing Glaciers but the quintet have returned from self-imposed exile (to a barn in Glastonbury for some of it) to share the first track from their forthcoming debut album. “What I Saw” is less bombastic than their previous efforts. It’s a lighters-(camera phones)-in-the-air rock ballad that’s slow burning, broodingly emotive and very, very anthemic.



Mt. Wolf – “VIII feat. Alexa Harley”

The demise of Mt. Wolf at the end of 2013, the day after they were announced as being part of the Blog Sound Poll longlist, was as surprising as it was disappointing. Thankfully a year later and two thirds of the band were back making music together, fast forward another few months and we have the smokey and gorgeous “VIII” to get lost in. Featuring the soft and alluring vocals of Alexa Harley, it’s a stunningly elegant and dreamy tune.



Fascinator – “Showin’ Off”

This has been out for a few months now but when we heard Fascinator’s “Showin’ Off” we knew we had to share it. We love the blend of the orchestral and hip-hop. The strings and the beat play off one another superbly and the addition of the woodwind section serves to ramp up the ambition and quality. It’s a LSD loving Beatles infused mash of pop sensibilities, folk guitar licks and breaks that we just adore.



Silences – “The Sea”

After all that rambunctiousness we thought it best to calm things down a little and the new track from Silences affords us the perfect way to do just that. Here the Northern Irish quintet is getting a little bit Coldplay, a little bit Kodaline and a lotta bit great. “The Sea” is a very radio-friendly slice of emotional, brooding indie-pop; all dark skies over the cliffs and pensive looks out across the ocean.



Alphaduka – “Vision”

Hailing from South London, three piece Alphaduka claim to be part band, part bowling team and while we can’t attest to their pin clattering ability, debut song “Vision” is really rather lovely. There’s lots of ebbing, swooning guitars and vocals melding in a soft autumnal haze, all warm and orangey, that ultimately collapse into a laguid mushroomy trip of 60s psychedelica.



Vanbot – “Seven”

Finally this week we have a fantastic dance-pop blast from Sweden’s Vanbot. Given the style, sound and subject matter of “Seven”, comparisons with Robyn are inevitable and unavoidable. Rather than being seen as lazy journalism however, they should be viewed as the massive compliment they are as it would be right at home as part of Robyn’s classic and magnificent Body Talk series.

“Seven” will feature on Vanbot’s new album Perfect Storm which is due for release in May.



We hope you enjoyed that quick whizz through the inbox and beyond. Join us on Monday for more blog goodness and some pretty special tunes and new artists in the week as well.

Listen: Swim Deep -“The Sea”

18 Jan

swim deep

All around us is snow, deep, cold snow. It has played havoc with the travel infrastructure and practically made bits of us freeze up and break off. It’s not been a pleasant experience. But as we huddle in our many, many layers whilst marveling at the -10 currently displayed on the phone’s weather app, a blast of bright sunshine washes in to save us.

Swim Deep have been brigaded as part of the B-Town scene, which is all well and good, but with “The Sea” they are stepping out on their own. Full of warmth, it is a bright blue sky of summery haziness that warms our cockles. With tinges of Lynyrd Skynyrd amongst the fuzzy guitars and bouncy percussion it makes you think beach, and speedboats, straw hats and bermuda shorts. It’s a wonderful summery jam and the perfect antidote to the biting cold that is currently engulfing much of the country.

“The Sea” is out on March 4th on Chess Club / RCA Victor.