Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Top pick of 2018: Aussie electronic-indie quintet Gold Fields’ ‘Glow’

Melbourne-based group Gold Fields has pulled out all the stops for their latest track ‘Glow’, eight minutes of pure electronic-indie hybrid bliss. Released last month via Haven Sounds, the track oozes a maturity and self-reflexivity that takes form in sonic complexity.

Taken from ‘Gold Fields’ EP of the same name, ‘Glow’ was mixed by indie music genius Tony Espie (The Avalanches, Cut Copy, Architecture in Helsinki); retro synths, churning beats, layered sweet-as-honey vocals and eclectic samples make ‘Glow’ a rollercoaster ride that’s worth getting on, again, again, and again. An exciting Australian headline tour and DJ sets will follow in early 2019, for the talented five-piece.

Listen to ‘Glow’, by Gold Fields, below.

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Indie-electronic duo Memory Keepers have released a Brian Eno cover as a teaser for their upcoming 7”

Austin-based electronic duo Memory Keepers have just recently released a teaser from their upcoming 7” via a premiere at Tiny Mix Tapes.

A side project from Jared and Amarah of The Sour Notes, Memory Keepers have been compared to 10,000hz Legend era Air.

Those of you in Austin can catch them this Thursday night at Barracuda opening for Nite Jewel. 

Tickets HERE.

Listen to Third Uncle (Brian Eno Cover) by Memory Keepers here:
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Indie-pop outfit Broken Bellows share new lyric video for their track "Lemonade" via PopDust

Since the birth of Broken Bellows, Cory and Will have been wildly writing, experimenting, and grooving nonstop from their New York apartment, and they are grateful and ready to share their music with the world. After hearing the duo’s first songs, Fervor Records immediately signed Broken Bellows and the band released The Card Table EP on August 25, 2017.

On the heels of the release of their debut full-length via Fervor Records earlier this year, alt-pop duo Broken Bellows have shared a lyric video for “Lemonade” at PopDust. The sunny track off the summer release is a welcome burst of warmth in this winter season.

Listen to "Lemonade" by Broken Bellows, here:

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Brazilian indie-electronic trio Lumen Craft premiere hypnotising single, ‘Stranger’

With a sound as cosmopolitan and vibrant as their home city, Sao Paulo, Lumen Craft have just premiered a brand new track, the groovy ‘Stranger’. The track has been premiered by The 405, who described the piece as “a track in the sonic territory of alt-pop with a cornucopia of electronic sounds added to the mix,” and will be available on all major platforms on the 18th January 2019 via Natasha Records.

The track has a moody, sexy energy to it, but maintains an upbeat, indie-pop sensibility that is positively infectious. With a sound that oozes a flawless blend of analog rock grooves and contemporary electronic flair, it’s no surprise that Lumen Craft are breaking through in the international scene, while continuing to also delight their local audiences.

In a press release, the band comments, “[‘Stranger’ is] an invitation to the unknown, a guide to unexplored lands. It's an affirmation of identity, surrendering the soul to the course of destiny. Let the mind flow and enjoy the ride.

Listen to ‘Stranger’ by Lumen Craft here:

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Shoe-gaze trio Elephant Gym release second full-length album, 'Underwater'

On 'Underwater', Elephant Gym's latest release and second full-length, there was no single composer overseeing the record. To the end of unlocking new sounds for themselves, each member took turns leading production and compositional roles during the creation of the album. The result is an expansive cohesion of diverse songs which flow in and out of one another like water. Vocal cameos by international collaborators provide another compelling dimension to the record, emboldening a group usually known for their instrumental compositions.

Elephant Gym builds worlds through a bass-driven, jazz-and-funk-inflected writing style that teems with agile, articulate excitement. While commonly associated with the subgenre of math-rock, Elephant Gym employs their own unique technical candor, with rhythms and melodies that never cross the line into uncomfortable angularity.

Based in Taiwan, siblings KT and Tell were taught classical music by their mother before meeting drummer Chia-Chen in high school through a music club. Shortly after discovering they all shared the same taste in music, they formed Elephant Gym, solidifying their shared affinity for all varieties of math- and post-rock.

The band explains that "Underwater is an idea about a kind of private, mysterious space." It's a place where one may go to ponder or concentrate, to clear one's head, or to just blow off some steam in solitude. So, too, is 'Underwater' fundamentally about immersion: immersion in the chaos of feeling, living in the throes of being human-sized in the infinite expanse of existence. Elephant Gym deftly weaves this universal concept into their signature sound without ever pulling you out of your personal space, leaving you to yourself underwater.

Listen to Elephant Gym's new album here:

Elephant Gym Tour dates:
December 14, 2018: Shanghai, China @ MAO Livehouse Shanghai
December 15, 2018: Hangzhou, China @ MAO Livehouse Hangzhou
December 16, 2018: Beijing, China @ YugongYishan
December 19, 2018: Nanjing, China @ Ola
December 20, 2018: Wuhan, China @ VOX
December 21, 2018: Guangzhou, China @ MAO Livehouse Guangzhou
December 22, 2018: Shenzhen, China @ B10 Live
December 23, 2018: Xiamen, China @ Real Live
January 18, 2019: Singapore
January 19, 2019: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ Live Fact
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Austin indie-rock group Gleeson return with eclectic album, The Years Have It

Austin-based rock band/collective Gleeson returns with The Years Have It - a dynamic collection of classicist guitar-pop-etc that by turns celebrates and defies convention, gives and doesn’t give a fuck.  

This dichotomy is perfectly illustrated by the album’s bookends: “Holding On” opens with the jagged charm of Twin/Tone-era Replacements; while the closer, a somber cover of “God Only Knows”, strips the original’s orchestration for gentle strings and lonely piano - transforming the Beach Boys classic into a heartbreaking ballad. 

In between you’ll find Superdrag’s heavy melodicism, AM-era WilcoBig Star’s gritty jangle, Jayhawks-ian twang, Peanuts-tinged jazz, a kaleidoscopic instrumental, and a choice Kinks cover. The resulting stew is a wild rock and roll trip - and quintessentially Gleeson.

Listen to The Years Have It



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Monday, 3 December 2018

London songstress Chantitown delivers alluring electro-folk mystic 'River' ahead of upcoming EP release

UK-based singer-songwriter, producer and songstress Chantitown shares her latest alluring single "River" ahead of her upcoming self-released EP titled Nightingale, scheduled for December 14th. Since the release of her last compelling body of work, Cause and the Cure EP, which was co-produced and co-composed with Jim Hustwit (Universal Music, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre) who also holds credit as People's Music Award Film and Music Composer, Chantitown has made extraordinary waves across the scene, receiving praise from the likes of CLASH Magazine, Music Week, Paste Magazine and many more.

Taking inspirational cues from legendary song-writers Joni Mitchell, Carol King and Tracy Chapman, with exceptional nods and electronic twists akin to Portishead or MGMT , Chantitown's ability to evoke pure emotion and tell captivating stories throughout her music has transformed her into the powerful songstress she is today - comparable to artists such as Lorde, Bat For Lashes or Aurora for her enchanting yet provocative nature.

"River" by Chantitown boasts her capacity to enthral and impress; this mystical journey begins with plucked guitars, pounded heartbeats and of course, Chantitown's ethereal vocal presence. Breaking into an electro-acoustic section which bleeds emotion and temptation, building and layering upon heartstring-tugged atmospheres, Chantitown certainly wears her heart on her sleeve and feeds on this notion to constantly deliver crisp, wonderfully produced material, setting the bar exceptionally high for aeons to come.

Stream "River" by Chantitown below -
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Independent singer-songwriter Alice Phoebe Lou shares dreamy music video for her new single, 'Something Holy'

Alice Phoebe Lou may have grown up in South Africa, but her sound is one that is truly international, and has pushed her around the globe, connecting with many listeners on a host of different continents. She has just released a brand new music video for her latest single, 'Something Holy', a jazzy, dreamy track oozing moods of loneliness and love.

'Something Holy' is the first single taken from Alice's highly anticipated upcoming album, 'Paper Castles', scheduled for release on 8th March 2019. The video for the single is an eclectic yet welcoming set of visuals that include scenes that take place in a candle-lit room adorned with fruits and flowers, where friends and lovers seem to melt into each other across the bohemian sofas.

Watch the brand new video for Alice Phoebe Lou's 'Something Holy', below.

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US indie outfit Okey Dokey put on their rose-tinted glasses in their brand new music video, for their track 'When They Get Older (ft. Rayland Baxter)'

Led by Tennessean, Aaron Martin, and Texan, Johny Fisher, Okey Dokey combines the hand-me-down hits of your parents' time with their own synth driven expansions. These talented musicians have just released a brand new music video, for their track 'When They Get Older (ft. Rayland Baxter)', which will have you tickled pink by the end of its viewing. 

Martin and Fisher began collaborating in the winter of 2016, recording in a bedroom with guitars, synthesizers, computers, and practically anything they could find lying around the house. Over the next few months, they collaborated with various friends, most of whom are members from other bands, to create what became their debut album. 'Love You, Mean It' was released in January 2017, and, even though the duo had no plans to perform live, they were on tour by March.

After releasing music and touring non stop for a year, the group hit multiple studios with various friends such as Rayland Baxter, Liz Cooper, Nick Bockrath (Cage The Elephant) and others to create their next batch of songs. The band's sophomore grouping of songs titled 'Tell All Your Friend' is an insightfully crafted blend of bedroom pop, chillwave, and classic soul.

Watch Okey Dokey's new music video, for 'When They Get Older (ft. Rayland Baxter)', here:

Upcoming Tour Dates:

DEC 5, WED: Dada Dallas, Dallas, TX, US
DEC 6, THU: Antone's, Austin, TX, US
DEC 7, FRI: Antone's, Austin, TX, US
DEC 8, SAT: The Rustic SA, San Antonio, TX, US
DEC 9, SUN: Houston, TX, US
DEC 1,3 THU: Proud Larry's, Oxford, MS, US
DEC 31, MON: Saturn, Birmingham, AL, US
JAN 25, FRI: Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN, US

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