Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Indie Electronic Producers Solstis Have Released An Expertly Crafted New EP As The Sun Hits

Indie Electric duo Solstis have released their new EP As The Sun Hits. The EP was released via Lowly Palace on the 11th of October. The EP, the first in a 3-part series, is aimed at highlighting Solstis’ new sound. Since their formation in 2014, the Seattle-based duo have enjoyed major success. Their viral hit ‘Echoes’ and their captivating remixes for singer-songwriter Melanie Martinez. Collectively the pair have racked up over 25 million plays on streaming platforms across the board.

Duo Andy Garcia and Brandon Myers started collaborating in high school 10 years ago. After delivering their debut album Nowhere in 2018, Solstis shifted away from point-and-click creations to avenues of easy-listening instrumentation.

The duo gives some insight about their new EP, “As the Sun Hits is a 3-part EP series highlighting our new sound. Influenced by 90s shoegaze and melodic bass, we wanted to use this project to transition away from an animated aesthetic portrayed by mechanic future bass to a more organic, wholesome instrumental focused appeal. The new aesthetic is highlighted by warm colors, everyday scenery and pixelation to bring the listener a sense of escape and clarify within the daily situations they constantly experience.”

As the Sun Hits (EP) Tracklist:
01. Lost
02. About You
03. Miss You
04. Horizon

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Indie-country rock band A Thousand Horses releases a new song ‘Livin' My Best Life’

Acclaimed country rock band A Thousand Horses have just released the brand new single, ‘Livin’ My Best Life’. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, ‘Livin’ My Best Life’ is the first track unveiled from the band’s forthcoming new album, which is set for release next year. The album is A Thousand Horses’ first project in partnership with Cobb’s Low Country Sound imprint at Elektra Records. Additional album details to be announced soon.

Of reuniting in the studio with Cobb, guitarist Zach Brown shares, “Dave’s been a long-time supporter of the band. He’s always really believed in us and gets our vision, and always has. I mean, we named our band in his studio 10 years ago. It’s amazing this journey we’ve had with him.” Adds fellow guitarist Bill Satcher, “Dave is a brother. It’s great to get in there and make records with your friends. He is like an additional member of the band in that situation.”

The release of ‘Livin’ My Best Life’ adds to a series of breakout years for A Thousand Horses following their acclaimed full-length debut Southernality in 2015. The album’s lead single, ‘Smoke’, reached #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, which made them the first group to top the chart with a debut single since Zac Brown Band’s ‘Chicken Fried’ in 2008.

Of the band, Rolling Stone praised, “country music’s new Lynyrd Skynyrd…a muscular mix of radio country and Southern rock,” while CMT declared, “stellar…the quartet is learning from the best, making records they believe in, being true to themselves, their artistry and making it happen.” Most recently, the band released 2017’s deluxe EP, Bridges, of which Sounds Like Nashville hailed, “showcases what A Thousand Horses do best with a mixture of heavy Southern rock influences and nostalgic country storytelling that will have listeners begging for more.”

Based in Nashville, TN, A Thousand Horses is Michael Hobby (vocals), Bill Satcher (guitar), Zach Brown (guitar) and Graham DeLoach (bass). Since their debut, the band has toured extensively across the world including dates supporting artists such as Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman and more.

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

UK-based indie-rock band October Drift announces new debut album and song ‘Forever Whatever’

October Drift have shared their new single, ‘Forever Whatever’, the title track from their upcoming debut album, which will be released on January 24th via Physical Education Records. The band are currently on a UK headline tour and will play Manchester’s Night & Day Café tonight (October 4th).

A juxtaposition of calm and chaos, the track combines the brooding emotion of Joy Division and New Order with the volatility of The Bends-era Radiohead. Swelling and anthemic, the track opens to an engulfing explosion of distorted guitars, before hushed verses highlight the track’s elegiac yet hopeful lyricism. Frontman Kiran Roy’s potent vocals are set against resonant instrumentals, before launching into a chorus charged with immersive intensity.

“We've never really cared about being fashionable,” says Kiran. “Most of our peers are making politically charged music - which is understandable and important - but that's not what comes naturally to us. We've always written from a space that's more personal. I take my faults and fears and mould them into something more positive; be it loneliness, teenage angst, or inadequacy.

“I try to put a positive spin on these internal struggles in the hope that a feeling of optimism will reflect onto listeners who are dealing with the same emotions. My favourite music always feels relatable, like you’re feeling the same as the artist, even though their intention might not match your interpretation. That’s what we’re aiming for in our lyrics – a relatability to everyday life.”

‘Forever Whatever’ follows their previous singles ‘Losing My Touch’ - released earlier this year - and ‘All Broken Down’ and ‘Come And Find Me’, released to widespread acclaim last year. With influences as varied as The National, Radiohead, Interpol and Nick Drake, their heavy, pop-inflected rock is delivering a rejuvenating injection of fresh blood to the genre.

October Drift’s debut album, Forever Whatever, is a cathartic collection of tracks encompassing themes of loneliness, fear and ultimate positivity, and builds on the solid foundation that they have built over years of touring and writing to cement themselves as an important and powerful new presence.

One of the most electrifying, charismatic and formidable live acts of the past two years – with appearances at festivals including Glastonbury’s John Peel stage, Reading & Leeds and The Great Escape, as well as a major European tour with Editors in 2018 and a slot at Liverpool’s Sound City – the band look certain to ascend to even greater heights in 2019.

4th – Night & Day Café, Manchester
5th – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
6th – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
8th – The Parish, Huddersfield
9th – Picture House Social, Sheffield
10th – Portland Arms, Cambridge
11th – Kasbah, Coventry
12th – The Met Lounge, Peterborough
14th – The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
15th – The Cookie, Leicester
16th – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
17th – The Star inn, Guildford
18th – Railway Inn, Winchester

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Friday, 11 October 2019

Lyricist and vocalist Jacob Lee shares his 'Sorrow' poetic reading of song

Australian musician Jacob Lee has been displaying his love for poetry proudly this year. Lee has just released a poetic rendition of his own track, ‘Sorrow’. The single was originally released around mid-September and premiered via Rolling Stone India. The official music video followed shortly afterwards with the video for the poetic reading marking the beginning of October.

Lee is known for releasing music wrought with emotion however the simple reinterpretation of his own work leaves the listener reeling with sentiment. Writing lyrics from such a clearly personal place can be a risky move for many artists with the concept coming across as contrived. However, you can see the delicate balance Lee strikes consistently with his upcoming release of Jacob Lee's Book of Lyricism (Vol 1) later this year.

The singer/songer writer strives to engage with his fans and the public as much as possible, with a community page even being set up on Facebook for his fans to connect with each other. Lee himself is fairly active on this page, pushing to absorb external influences and learn more about the ever-changing nature of people.

Speaking of the track he notes: "'Sorrow' came from one of the most difficult nights of my life. The song describes in detail the night itself from two different perspectives. I think anyone who's been through intense heartache will relate to this one"

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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Interview with indie-electronic meets folk producer Mammals

Australian producer and multi-instrumentalist Guy Brown, well know as Mammals composed and produced music for advertising and films for many years. He felt the urge to reignite his creativity, so in 2016 he quit his full-time job and relocated to Mollymook. From there, he embarked on a year of world travel and songwriting to piece together what would become his own soundtrack to escapism, his sophomore EP Chase Your Bliss.

A number of tracks were released last year by Mammals, which includes L D R U’s ‘Can’t Drive’.The time has come for Mammals to come out of hibernation once again, as some of his most exciting new material joins us in 2019.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

My eldest brother was and still is a super eccentric dude. Growing up, he would always be putting on shows and musical numbers at the house, that we would all get involved in. With my father being a huge music lover, I recall jamming to Blues and Old School Rock before I knew what was going on.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Melodies are usually inspired or searched for after I have produced a beat, or have a rough idea growing. Sometimes it's hard to hear what my subconscious is trying to say until I crack a word or phrase. Everything seems to click from then on.

So many times I’ve found myself forcing a song out, endless hours of writing shit. But in magical moments, they can come out naturally and honest. From the person you truly are.

I live really close to the beach and epic surf which allows me to step back from the studio and take my palette into the water with me. A lot of the time I’ll listen to the instrumental last before going for a surf. This is where a lot of great ideas come from.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

An epic view, Jameson or night time. It’s all about the vibe. Bouncing ideas off other people really brings out the best stuff. My ideal beat making evening consists of comfy pants, fairy lights, and loud beats, getting politely loose to really get in the zone in different states of mind.

I also find that being hungover, emotional or alone really exposes honesty in my writing. I remember performing at Splendour In The Grass with LDRU in 2018. The after-party never stopped until it finally hit like a tone of bricks. I found myself back home searching for meaning over some simple chords on my balcony. This is how my latest single 'Calm Down' was written.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

I’d just like to see Sydney's music scene back again. Some of my fondest memories are hitting up random joints and bars discovering new bands. The NSW government has ruined our culture and crippled small businesses with their lockout laws, ultimately destroying the music scene. As of yesterday (amazingly enough) they have removed the laws, but the damage has been done. It will take years before we catch up to the other cities of the world.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

There have been moments alone in the studio that I absolutely love. Working on new music, being immersed and disconnected from anything else going on in the world is such an amazing feeling. It’s kind of like being in a dream, then you snap out of it and get to see where you went the next day. Sometimes it can work out epic, other times I listen and go, ‘What the fuck was I thinking?!’ But that's cool too!

I find I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and write a single or something that other people will like, however, looking at the big picture of music creation my most memorable experiences are just living in that zone and following random things that may never see the light of day.

I also have a deep love for electronic and techno music. I make heaps of it that I have never released. Those nights are so sick. Maybe one day.

Then, the other beautiful side of music is performing live. That’s when I really get lost. The energy of an audience is a powerful thing. Everyone is connected for a moment. I can’t wait to tour again.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

A few years back we supported ‘The 1975’ on their Australian tour. The Sydney show was nuts. Chicks were cueing up around the block of The Enmore from 6 in the morning. My music, my no means is moshed pit material, but there were literally young girls getting dragged out of the crowd passing out and crying. I'm not too sure if any of them knew who we were but it was just a trip.

Also, personal messages from people across the globe really melt my heart. It really makes all the difference to hear that something I have created resonates with another person's experience in this crazy world we live in.

What's on your current playlist?

Oh man, how good is listening to music for the 1st time? In my ‘Yummy And Fresh’ playlist on Spotify, we have ‘Cola Boy’, ‘Will Van Horn’, ‘Kazam’ and ‘Mild Life’. ‘Damn Magnificent Moon’ is such a jam. Some Greg Phillinganes. Other vibes I’m loving atm ‘Khruangbin’, ‘Connan Mockasin’ and ‘Jon Hopkins’ forever.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

Rumour has it there is another EP this year. Is there? who knows. I guess we shall find out.

Famous last words?

Should have eaten the taco.

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Friday, 4 October 2019

Singer/songwriter William DuVall releases his debut solo album 'One Alone'

Few musicians have had a career as artistically diverse and successful as Alice In Chains frontman, William DuVall. From forming legendary Atlanta hardcore band Neon Christ as a teenager in 1983 all the way to his 2016 supergroup collaboration Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (with members of Mastodon and Dillinger Escape Plan), DuVall has carved out his own unique place in the firmament for over 35 years.

Now he’s on the verge of releasing his first-ever solo album One Alone, sharing brand new song ‘White Hot’ ahead of the album’s grand unveiling this Friday.

One Alone is a smoldering, all-acoustic affair. In contrast to the multi-layered sonic assault, comprising most of his discography, One Alone is as sparse and intimate as it gets – part late-night confessional, part living room concert. As William describes it, “I felt the need to peel everything back. This album is strictly one voice, one guitar. It reveals the very core of who I am as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter.”

The album’s first single, ‘'Til The Light Guides Me Home’, is a song of redemption in the wake of tragedy. Inspired by a family break-up, it also hints at the larger implications of a planet seemingly descending into chaos.

From the romantic pleas of ‘Strung Out On A Dream’, ‘White Hot’ and ‘Still Got A Hold On My Heart’ to the betrayal of a close friend addressed in ‘The Veil Of All My Fears’, these solo acoustic performances cut right to the raw nerve at the heart of each song. Check out his recent Paste Magazine acoustic session here for a closer look at the emotional intensity oozing out of the music.

As a meditation on heartbreak, resilience, and hard-won wisdom, One Alone offers rewards that can’t be found anywhere else by an artist who continues to forge a singular path across a boundless musical landscape.

‘Til The Light Guides Me Home
The Veil Of All My Fears
The 3 Wishes
Strung Out On A Dream
White Hot
Still Got A Hold On My Heart
Smoke And Mirrors
So Cruel
Chains Around My Heart
Keep Driving Me Away
No Need To Wonder

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tiny deaths release tantalising new song 'Stop The Stars (Paper Tiger Remix)'

Los Angeles-based indie dream-pop duo tiny deaths have just shared their incredible new song ‘Stop The Stars (Paper Tiger Remix)' lifted from their Magic (The Remixes) EP that was released via Handwritten Records today. tiny deaths have already seen considerable media support, having been featured in The Guardian, Billboard, The 405, Stereogum, Earmilk, Clash Magazine and PopMatters, among others. They have graced the airwaves with radioplay on BBC Radio 1 with Huw Stephens, as well as US stations KEXP 90.3 FM, Radio K (KUOM), and The Current (KCMP), and have racked up over five million streams across all platforms. tiny deaths have shared the stage with Glass Animals, Matthew Dear, Sleigh Bells, Mr. Little Jeans, How to Dress Well and will play three dates alongside Pale Honey in October.

tiny deaths are made up of their vocalist Claire de Lune and producer Grant Cutler. Claire always knew that she was destined to immerse herself in the arts as she began to write songs at the tender age of five. Grant has a background in mixed media and art installations and is the architect of the band’s electronic elements.

In the Paper Tiger remix of ‘Stop The Stars’, we see the song enter into ambient territory with a strong driving bassline coming through at the halfway point, turning the track away from any expectations the listener may have had for it. The occasional chimes appear whenever it feels like the cadence of the song will escape the predetermined pace, providing a sense of structure not usually associated with the instrument. The song has masterfully been produced and will make your ears melt with joy as you are transported to another stratosphere.

Claire gives some insight into the remix:I was so excited to work with John (Paper Tiger), a Brooklyn based producer and member of the Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree,  after years of crossing paths and almost but never quite finding a way to work together. I think John has a super unique ear and we were so excited to hear how he flipped “Stop the Stars,” one of our favourite songs from the album.” She goes on to explain the origins of the EP:This project has always lent itself to remixing and we've had a few unofficial remixes pop up over the years, so it only felt right to do an official remix EP. I reached out to some of my favourite producers I've encountered over the years to take a crack at the songs and was so happy with the results. Grant even remixed one of the songs himself! It's really cool to breathe new life into a project that's been out for a year, especially one we're so proud of.

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