Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Multi-instrumentalist Ben McKelvey shares new song 'Wild Child'

Multi-instrumentalist Ben McKelvey has shared his new single ‘Wild Child.’ The Brighton-based artist has toured extensively across the USA, UK and Europe in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, the O2 Arena and the London Palladium providing main support for Wet Wet Wet in 17 arenas, 20 dates for The Overtones, 50 shows as support for the Genesis supergroup, Mike & The Mechanics, touring with Marti Pellow, Scouting For Girls.

McKelvey played drums as a teenager, but fell ill in his early twenties, rendering him bedridden for a number of months. It was then that he turned to the solace of writing music, and truly honed his skills. With no intention of ever sharing his music, he taught himself to play guitar - and has since forged a path with a host of other instruments. He plays all of the instruments on his albums.

'Wild Child', despite a somewhat poignant lyrical content, is an upbeat, and lively track.  McKelvey showcases his vocals talent, underpinned by a plethora of instrumental skill. Speaking of the track he comments: "It instantly became my favourite on the record and probably is my favourite I’ve ever written. There’s a lot of emotion in this song and it’s the most personal I’ve ever written. A song based on true events about how being a musician is something you can’t choose to let go when it’s in your blood and how it can destroy personal relationships. A tough song to write but very therapeutic. It was written at a low point in my life but when we get to play it live, it’s just incredible. I guess it’s dedicated to the musicians out there giving it their all."

Listen to 'Wild Child' and catch him live (dates below)

Ben McKelvey Live Performances:
19/07/19   PENNFEST (main stage)
22/10/19   KING TUTS, GLASGOW w/ Jake Clemons
23/10/19   O2 ACADEMY2, SHEFFIELD w/ Jake Clemons
24/10/19   O2 ACADEMY2, LIVERPOOL w/ Jake Clemons
25/10/19   O2 ACADEMY2, OXFORD w/ Jake Clemons
26/10/19   O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON, LONDON w/ Jake Clemons

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Siskiyou shares 'Unreal Erections ,Severed Heads' from forthcoming LP 'Not Somewhere'

Siskiyou has shared "Unreal Erections /// Severed Heads," the second advance track from their fourth LP Not Somewhere, which releases 17 May on Constellation. The song finds Siskiyou's Colin Huebert weaving pensive, existential lyrics into layers of understated acoustic guitar and brushed drums before ascending into a rollicking vamp that juxtaposes the track's weighty thematic reflection with buoyant, almost celebratory instrumentation.

Siskiyou returns from a four-year hiatus with Not Somewhere, an album that finds band leader Colin Huebert (ex-Great Lake Swimmers) essentially in solo artist mode, writing and self-recording this new collection of tunes on his own, playing all the guitar, bass, keyboard and drum parts himself. Not Somewhere harkens back to Siskiyou’s magical and understated 2010 self-titled debut in this and other ways: the album’s production rekindles a homespun intimacy, where plain-spoken lyrics grapple with portraits of quiet quotidian despair, fragile existential horizon lines separating perseverance and defeatism, honest and unremarkable lives trapped in cultures of false consciousness, impossible desire, self-analysis and self-medication.

Following Siskiyou’s Polaris-nominated third full-length Nervous released in early 2015, Huebert was commissioned by New York-based artist/designer Stefan Sagmeister (of Sagmeister & Walsh) to write the theme song for The Happy Film, a feature-length movie accompaniment to “The Happy Show” installation project that had toured galleries in the mid-2010s – the art show and film themselves being ruminations on happiness that strongly echo Huebert’s own tone and sensibility. Sagmeister wanted the direct, unadorned aesthetic of early Siskiyou for the film music, leading Huebert to often write and record songs in the same day, in diaristic sketchbook form, without a thought towards the more ornate structures and developments of material he had just finished up with Nervous. This commission yielded the album’s title and the opening track “Stop Trying” (the eventual theme song for the movie) which includes a short looped clip of film dialogue repeating the line “trying is the problem; you’re trying to get somewhere as if you’re not somewhere”.

Huebert ended up with a dozen songs written under this influence, but shelved the recordings while real life took over: driven from Vancouver by skyrocketing rents and zombie capital that was increasingly leaving the city a shell of its former self, he relocated to Toronto with his young family. Returning to the material once resettled, Huebert finished up the record with contributions from various guest musicians on strings and horns (including cellist and labelmate Rebecca Foon from Saltland/Esmerine, and Destroyer regulars Joseph Shabason and JP Carter on horns and woodwinds). The result is a beautifully restrained and unvarnished song cycle of tunes anchored by acoustic guitar and brushed drumming, detailed with delicate textures, spartan melodic overdubs, and Huebert’s distinctively forthright, whisperingly confidential vocal delivery. From the austere Velvets-chug of “What Ifs” to the Elephant 6-inspired looseness of “Her Aim Is Tall” and “Stop Trying (jubilant reprise)” and the sparkling hush of atmospheric twilight folk-inflected pieces like “Temporary Weakness” and “Silhouette”, Not Somewhere is delicate and discreet yet wonderfully assured – a profoundly humble, wistfully observational and meditatively personal return for Huebert’s Siskiyou project.  Thanks for listening.

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Monday, 15 April 2019

Gold Fields ‘Dalawa’ album is Everything You Love about Electronic Indie

12 April brings the sophomore album from Australian electro-indie band, Gold Fields via Haven Sounds. The album name Dalawa after guitarist Vin Andanar’s Filipino heritage as it translates to the number ‘Two’ and it only makes sense since the band tend to feature world cultures heavily in their artwork and music videos. 

Gold Fields is compiled by Mark Robert Fuller, Vinci Andanar, Luke Peldys, Rob Clifton and Ryan D'Sylva and while they originally formed in Ballarat, Victoria, they have since moved and based their work and lives in Melbourne. Though the band does seem to get out quite a bit, with appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, SXSW, Coachella and so many more. 

Dalawa is a step away from their usual more indie-pop sound and has a lot more electronic elements that hone in on that vintage sound but doesn’t subscribe to any time in particular. The live guitars, drums and bass really bring it all to live above the synth and keys… all the while the crisp vocals push and pull you from side to side. From the eerie opening track ‘Solar’ straight through to the more upbeat, head-bobbing, shoe-tapping centre and then in a sort of psychedelic trip that leaves you unsure of whether you’ve travelled to the past or the future. It’s otherworldly and beautifully unique to them and has a great chance of going down as one of this year’s favourite electronic albums. 

Dalawa tracklist:
1. Solar
2. Dreams
3. Waves
4. Cocoon
5. Tetris
6. Glow
7. Let This Go
8. Ones
9. Waterfall

Listen to 'Cocoon' here.

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Thursday, 4 April 2019

Life At The Arcade release song 'Tabloids' and announce Fake News Tour

Written in early 2018 and finding itself as a staple of the band’s live set for some time, Tabloids” receives its fully-finessed pressing this Spring and will hit the shelves on 28th March 2019. 

Harking from a city which has long boycotted one such newspaper for its unforgivable misdemeanours of the past, this four piece are well-and-truly hacked-off with a culture of torrid tabloid journalism. On this scathing new single “Tabloids”, the fast ascending indie outfit stick two firm fingers up to repugnant reporting practices and those publications that wilfully propagate fake news through our society.

Speaking about the inspiration for the track, vocalist and lyricist Paddy Clegg says: 

"The media & the news has always fascinated me ever since I was little however, growing up you become more aware of how easily brain washed or led to believe into something which may not necessarily be even true. Lyrically, “Tabloids” is about how powerful yet scary this can be.”

Originally penned in guitarist Adam Holmes’ basement in Liverpool in 2018, the finished version of the track was recorded at Liverpool’s prestigious Motor Museum, with final production added by James Mellor and mastering by Mike Cave earlier this year. 

Since forming in 2015, Life At The Arcade’s upbeat indie pop rock has seen them rapidly grab the attention of gig and festival goers, plus easily earn fans at BBC Introducing (Dave Monks) and BBC 6 Music (Chris Hawkins, Tom Robinson), plus even scoop an honourable Track of The Week at Radio X with irresistible former single “Wonderland”. On debut EP: ‘From The Basement’, the band offered up a collection of tracks that affirmed their formidable knack for a soaring chorus and intelligent lyric, with the release since cementing itself as essential listening post amongst their growing army of fans. 

In 2019 at a time of true political and social upheaval, LATA will take their own message to the masses on their wittily-titled ‘The Fake News Tour’, hitting the road in support of their fierce new single “Tabloids”.  

Catch the band at the following UK appearances:




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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Mark Plati gives Amycanbe’s album ‘Grano’ a whole bunch of kick

Mark Plati has recently stepped up to the remix plate on Amycanbe’s ‘Grano (Flow Mix by Mark Plati).’ The track has been lifted from the dreampop quartet’s upcoming EP, White Slide, set for release on the 19th April via Open Productions.

Plati has worked with numerous big names as a musician, record producer, and songwriter. His credentials include work with David Bowie, Prince, The Cure, Moby, Fleetwood Mac, and Natalie Imbruglia. He also mixed Amycanbe’s 2011 album, Mountain Whales.

‘Grano’ is lifted from Amycanbe’s 2015 album Wolf and finds a new lease on life through Plati’s remix. Where the original track had a restrained approach, the uncurbed remix sets its sights on the dance floor, and will certainly find an audience amongst fans of electronic music. Plati leans towards the psychedelic end of the spectrum and delivers a kaleidoscopic sonic journey filled with lush synths and deep bass lines.

The band themselves hold the remix in high regard. “‘Grano’ is absolutely perfect; exactly how I imagined it. It has always been our favourite song from the Wolf album, and probably one of his favourites as well. He chose it for a remix (almost a re-work), which we would like to include here in this release – very nice, great fun!” 

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Crystal Tides announces brand new track

Crystal Tides, the south coast’s new favourite indie/pop band, draw on classic noughties guitar riffs and modern feel good pop to create an irresistible fusion that captures the very essence of adolescence and never ending summer. The group has announced a new single entitled 'Little Lies' due for release on 5 April.

Harry Knowles, lead guitar, Sam Pennington, drums, Billy Gregory, vocals, and George Regan, bass, came together in a small flat in Brighton where Billy and Harry wrote songs on their breaks from lectures at university. When lifelong friends Sam and George joined in it felt like they’d all been playing together for years already. A manic DIY debut tour took them around the UK in a swirling mess of glitter, late nights and exuberance. They recorded a demo that connected with their fledgling young fanbase. Sellout shows in Portsmouth, London and Hertfordshire followed. The band were invited to perform at Etihad Stadium for the Champions League semi final.

Catch Crystal Tides at a show.
30th March – Hertfordshire – White Lion
30th April – Southampton – The Joiners
18th May – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms

Listen to Crystal Tides hit song 'On and Off' here.

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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Old Fashioned Lover Boy Releases latest song 'Goodbye'

Not to be confused with the Queen hit of the same name, Old Fashioned Lover Boy is a singer/songwriter in his own right and has just released the third single off his upcoming album via A Modest Proposal Records. The album comes to us three years after his first release Our Life Will Be Made Up Of Simple Things in 2016 and his latest single ‘Goodbye’ will no doubt gain as much success as his previous work.

Born Alessandro Panzeri, Old Fashioned Lover Boy made it his mission to promote indie-rock in his hometown of Naples before evidently moving to Milan where his approach to music took quite a turn and made the shift to a more chilled singer/songwriter style. His guitar-based music took a shift to the softer sound of the piano with the addition of soul and light R&B elements. 

But that’s not to say that the guitar is completely been evicted by Panzeri. It features as gentle picking in ‘Goodbye’ behind jazzy keys and percussion all to back up the man’s soulful voice as he confronts the relatable emotions that are birthed from having to leave a dream behind. When speaking on this, Panzeri explained, “It’s a song about Naples; the city where I was born and raised and left as an adult. It tells of when I come back to visit it and I feel as if nothing changes even if time passes. It is a melancholy song that speaks of leaving the past behind and living the present.” 

Listen to 'Goodbye' here.

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