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Blogathon: White Prism – “Siren Calls” (Video)

31 Jan

White Prism Siren Call

Last time we featured Joanna Cranitch’s Kate Bush-ian alter-ego, White Prism, we were a little confused about a forthcoming release date for an EP that was already out. Turns out it’s because her gorgeous eponymous release is set for a UK specific outing, complete with bonus track. So we’ll be buying it again no doubt.

The EP is due for its UK debut in March and in readiness, Cranitch has been sharing a couple of new videos. Last time out was ”Song 52” and the latest is for the gossamer smooth “Siren Call”.

Her voice is one that could soothe the proverbial beast, send raging children off to a blissful sleep and make a terrible day at work seem a whole lot better. The video is reminiscent of an art installation, blurred vision and soft spotlights complementing Cranitch’s gorgeous vocals as they drift out from within the room, across land and sea, calling to sailors around the world and beckoning them to her; captivating them, and us, with her delicate melodies, soothing harmonies and delightful vocals.

We may have been confused at first, but any opportunity for more people to discover her mellifluous and sublime sounds is good enough for us.

A bonus track edition of the ‘White Prism’ EP will be released in the UK on 24 March and can be pre-ordered here.


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Watch: White Prism – “Song 52”

13 Jan

White Prism Song 52

After first falling for the whispered naughtiness of White Prism’s ”Lover’s Dream”, we were then taken with the soft electro-pop tones of Johanna Cranitch’s debut EP (which incidentally made our Top 10 of the year). This year it is the visuals that are taking our fancy, so to speak, with the release of a new video for the EPs lead track, “Song 52”.

Seemingly filmed in an 80s fun fair, the video is brimming with neon, mirrors, nails that could rip your heart out and the type of phone you only find in a museum nowadays, it’s a suitably retro looking clip for a suitably retro sounding track.

Strong yet stark, almost clinical electronics beep out a start and as the neon pulses in time, a jump suited Cranitch plays with nails, phone cord and hair before her soft breathy vocals begin to fill your ears. It swoons rather than smoulders as the synths and rhythms entwine for a little choreography to match the dancing on screen and the visual trickery of a hall of mirrors.

If you are yet to fall for White Prism, this is a second chance as, evidently, her EP will be (re?)released in the spring. We’re not sure exactly as it has been available on iTunes since April so you can go get it now.


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2013 EPs of the Year: The Full List

15 Dec

EPs of 2013 - Full List

We know that some of you out there like to have everything in one place so, like we did with our 2014 Previews and Tracks of 2013, we’ve collated our EPs of the Year into one post as well. And there’s a lovely Soundcloud playlist of tracks from each EP at the end as well.

We hope you find something you like.


#10 Wooden Arms – Wooden Arms

”It’s full of gentle, ebbing melodies that drift and glide like birds on a breeze; this eponymous release is often balletic in feel. Ambient sounds; be they deep cello or light violin, music box light or portentous dark piano, ripple and flow like a mountain stream.”

#9 Sivu – I Lost Myself

”[It] is a wonderful collection of elegant, rousing songwriting, sublime melodies and deceptively intricate arrangements. We’ve said it before and will continue to do so until such time as his debut full length is released, we can’t wait for the album.”

#8 White Prism – White Prism

”Her eponymous debut EP is full of cool, futuristic electronica and melodious vocals that float along in a cool reverie of compulsive beats and 80’s inspired synths. It’s soft, subtle, delicate, sultry (in places) and gorgeous.”

#7 MYPET – Reflex

”It is exciting, vibrant and full of life. Sinewy electro noodles wind their way around grand, cacophonic beats as vocals rise up, like an arm bursting forth from the grave, seeking liberty from its earthen prison.”

#6 Garnets – Towns

”Ethereal vocals, barely there percussion, muted piano sounds, hushed and haunting murmurings and melodies are juxtaposed with vibrant and choppy waters of riff based pop and crashing rhythms. Almost as if they want to stir our body as well as our mind.”

#5 Annie – A&R

”The result is just fantastic pop, notably the outstandingly catchy and hook laden sounds of “Back Together” and “Ralph Macchio”. Her vocals sound as lovely and disarming as ever and the result is five tracks of brilliance. If she keeps making pop as good as this, we won’t mind the long waits between releases so much.”

#4 TV Girl – Lonely Women

”Lyrics are whimsical but real, observational, humorous but touching and the tunes are full of throwback indie-pop, lo-fi hip-hop beats and cascading piano melodies. The EP sounds fantastic and stands up to multiple and repeated listening, as have all TV Girl EPs so far, and they really are an act that are growing and improving with every release.”

#3 Us Baby Bear Bones – What Starts With a U Ends With an I

“The trick that they are so adept at pulling off is that in amongst the layers of sound, the spiralling electronic rhythms, the world of ice and the creeping shadows, damn fine pop songs are to be found. They are emotional and evocative as well as being catchy and very easy on the ear. They swirl like a galaxy, magnificent and seemingly infinite, growling and bursting with each note and vocal.

#2 Gems – Medusa

”This is a blissful listen of style, grace and soft focus dreaminess. Their tracks are like billowing lace curtains by an open window with gentle undulations reaching softly into the room, touching your ears like a kiss from a butterfly.”

#1 Brooke Annibale – Words In Your Eyes

”That folky, country background is apparent in her voice; her dreamy, dreamy voice. We could quite easily get lost in her vocals. At times light and breathy, such as on “Tragically Beautiful”, it skips along playfully. At other times it drops, the emotion it conveys is that much deeper, more heartfelt perhaps, but despite this strength of tone, it never loses its warmth or gentleness.

…One of the major elements within the whole EP is the orchestration, the gorgeous, sumptuous orchestration.

We’re suckers for a good string section and Brooke Annibale uses hers fabulously. From small, subtle inflections to big, dramatic emotions, the strings add so much to each of the six tracks on Words In Your Eyes. Violins soar, lifting the melodies high upon their wings while cellos rumble darkly underneath. The emotional resonance of her songs is enhanced exponentially as the strings glide alongside her vocals; undulating with the pitch of her voice and the sentiment of her lyrics.”



2013 EPs of the Year: #10 – 6

12 Dec

EPs of 2013 10-6

After looking ahead to 2014 and the artists we are most excited about, we this week began our review of 2013 with a countdown of our favourite tracks of the year. Now it is the turn of our favourite EPs from the last 12 months and, as with 2012, the standard has been crazy high. There have been so many amazing and varied EPs out this year that whittling them down to just 10 was extremely difficult, but we gave it a shot and today we share those that we placed in numbers 10 – 6.

Enjoy.


#10 Wooden Arms – Wooden Arms

Wooden Arms

Norwich’s Wooden Arms released their debut, eponymous EP back in July, but it only found its way into our stereo and hearts in October. It’s full of gentle, ebbing melodies that drift and glide like birds on a breeze; this eponymous release is often balletic in feel. Ambient sounds; be they deep cello or light violin, music box light or portentous dark piano, ripple and flow like a mountain stream. “Chariclia” in particular is an evocative and fantastical tune. Like crawling through a tiny gap in a bramble laden hedgerow to discover a hidden and wondrous world beyond. A world that opens out and up, where trees reach beyond the sky to the stars above and snowfall drifts down slowly to enchanting woodland floor.


Buy it from: Wooden Arms


#9 Sivu – I Lost Myself

Sivu I Lost Myself

We’ve already written about Sivu a fair bit in the last week or so (here and here for example) so his inclusion here should come as no surprise. As such we won’t dwell too much longer on his undoubted brilliance, suffice to say that I Lost Myself (as well as his earlier EP this year, Bodies) is a wonderful collection of elegant, rousing songwriting, sublime melodies and deceptively intricate arrangements. We’ve said it before and will continue to do so until such time as his debut full length is released, we can’t wait for the album.


Buy it from: iTunes


#8 White Prism – White Prism

White Prism

White Prism ticks so many of our boxes, it’s almost as if Joanna Cranitch has seen the ‘If Alphabet Bands Ever Works Out How To Make Weird Science A Reality, This Is What We’d Include’ notebook we may have hidden under our pillow. Her eponymous debut EP is full of cool, futuristic electronica and melodious vocals that float along in a cool reverie of compulsive beats and 80’s inspired synths. It’s soft, subtle, delicate, sultry (in places) and gorgeous.


Buy it from: iTunes


#7 MYPET – Reflex

MYPET

Comprising bold and compelling rhythms, glitchy electronica and lyrics that are delivered with (bordering on maniacal) relish by singer Amy, MYPET have a sound that feels tribal and animalistic in places. It is exciting, vibrant and full of life. Sinewy electro noodles wind their way around grand, cacophonic beats as vocals rise up, like an arm bursting forth from the grave, seeking liberty from its earthen prison. The high points on their debut EP, Reflex, are numerous and varied. There’s the old Commodore 64 shoot ‘em up style sounds of “Pays To Know”, the skittish and chilling tone of “Bodysnatcher” and the way “Move It Or Lose It” embraces even more glitchiness as it undulates and cavorts salaciously, just to name a few. Each track has three or four moments of their own and each has an addictive pulse at its core.


Buy it from: MYPET


#6 Garnets – Towns

Garnets Towns

Garnets are one of those acts that are blessed with an ability to blend the most delicate of sounds with the most raw, the highly polished and the rough and ready. On Towns they give us wistful, elegant beauty, both intimate and expansive, but they also allow us a moment to rock out and get our juices going. Ethereal vocals, barely there percussion, muted piano sounds, hushed and haunting murmurings and melodies are juxtaposed with vibrant and choppy waters of riff based pop and crashing rhythms. Almost as if they want to stir our body as well as our mind.


Buy it from: Garnets


Come back tomorrow when we unveil the EPs that made our Top 5.

Review: White Prism – White Prism EP

24 Apr

White Prism

Given the slightly smoochy eroticism of the last White Prism tune, “Lover’s Dream”, the stark and solitary, futuristic electronica that opens her eponymous EP is quite a surprise, however fleeting it is. Quickly though the softness of Joanna Cranitch’s Kate Bush-ian vocals take over and, while not erotic, the EP floats along in a cool reverie of compulsive beats and 80’s inspired synths.

With this debut EP in her White Prism guise, Cranitch is showcasing not only her gorgeously soft and breathy vocals but her keen understanding of the less is more approach to music. Each musical ingredient has been chosen for its flavour, its texture and its ability to spark a taste sensation reaction in your mouth, or ears. Ask a chef what the secret of cooking great food is, and they will tell you, get the best ingredients you can and cook them well. That’s what Cranitch is doing here. There is nothing overly showy, she is not trying to throw effect after effect or sound after sound at it. The White Prism EP is more a delicate and flavoursome amuse-bouche that delights, than a carb heavy stodge of a main course that makes you feel a little bloated and ill once its finished.

This is a simple and highly enjoyable dish that tingles on the tongue for long after you have stopped eating, or listening. You know what we mean. It’s gourmet, haute-pop if you like (and we do).

The White Prism EP is out now and available from iTunes


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