Monthly Archives: May 2012

Neon Indian – Hex Girlfriend

Neon Indian Hex Girlfriend

Neon Indian artwork

Ahead of Neon Indian’s return to the UK next month for a sold out show at London’s Village Underground and a special appearance at the Manchester leg of the Dot to Dot festival, he’s released a remix of his new single, Hex Girlfriend, which is now available online.

The remix has been done by producer Becoming Real. Hex Girlfriend was released yesterday (May 28) on Transgressive Records. You can listen to the original here and the remix here.

With a string of 12″ releases and support slots with SBTRKT, Salem and Mount Kimbie to his name, South London producer Becoming Real (aka Toby Ridler) has continued to intrigue the music scene over the past two years. He’s remixed tracks by Jamie Woon and TEETH but his attention now fully lies with Alan Palomo and his electro-pop synth beats.

You can catch Neon Indian live at the following shows:

JUNE

4th: MANCHESTER, Dot to Dot

6th: LONDON, Village Underground (SOLD OUT)

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Doldrums – Egypt

Doldrums

Doldrums single artwork

Canadian producer Doldrums (AKA Airick Woodhead) is releasing the three track EP for Egypt on June 4 through Souterrain Transmissions.

The 12″ single contains an extended version of Egypt, Jump Up and Copper Girl. With Egypt being the main release it seems a shame to say that track two, Jump Up, is in fact a much more interesting song. There are a lot of elements in it that can be argued to have been influenced by the likes of Beck.

Track three, Copper Girl, is the darkest track off the EP making it a perfect blend of emotional electronica starting with the cultural influences found in Egypt, the upbeat and cheery melodies in Jump Up and ending on the dark dub-step inspired rhythms of Copper Girl.

Egypt is released on June 4. You can download second track Jump Up here.

Doldrums can be seen at the following live shows:

28 Rome, IT @ Circulo Degli Artisti (Supporting Grimes)
29 Ravenna, IT @ Hanni Bi (Supporting Grimes)
30 Turin, IT @ Astoria (Supporting Grimes)
JUNE
London, UK @ Birthdays
Bristol, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival
Nottingham, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival
Manchester, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival

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This Many Boyfriends – How Is This Even A Job?

This Many Boyfriends

This Many Boyfriends press shot

For the release of their single (I Should Be A) Communist this week, This Many Boyfriends are streaming the B-side, How Is This Even A Job.

Being only two minutes long, How Is This Even A Job is short yet as catchy as the A-side.  Listen to it here.

(I Should Be A) Communist was released on limited Soviet red vinyl and digital download on May 21 through Angular Recording Corporation.

Check out the video for the latest single below:

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Funeral Suits – Lily of the Valley

Two years in the making and the Funeral Suits’ debut album is finally ready for release.

Lily of the Valley is a debut full of enough maturity, darkness and epic tunes to suit everyone. With the production done by Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur) it sure is an album to watch out for. It’s set for release on June 4 on Model Citizen Records.

The Funeral Suits are a four piece band from Ireland consisting of Brian James, Mik McKeogh, Greg McCarthy and Dar Grant. Their debut single Colour Fade and follow up release Health received attention from the likes of Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Steve Lamaq and Huw Stephens. All Those Friendly People is the latest single to be taken from the album and was released on March 19.

The Funeral Suits

The Funeral Suits promo shot

Lily of the Valley is an unique album full of everything that’s charming about this band. The stylish and entrancing vocals mixed with their anthemic music makes for a great listen. Everything about this album feels right.

Starting track Mary’s Revenge has all the punch needed to kick start this record off whereas other tracks such as Hands Down, Colour Fade and We Only Attack Ourselves give the album a more relaxed atmosphere giving it a good balance.

Vocally, the Funeral Suits are close to that of The Kooks. It’s your typical indie vocals but, at the same time, they are more than that. The vocals have a despair and emotion which is missing from other indie bands. We Only Attack Ourselves demonstrates this perfectly.

Other tracks such as Adventures/Misadventures seems like your average indie track offering little else than good music accompanied by borderline lyrics. Third from last track Florida and second from last track Machines Too bring it back to feeling like a classic album.

The Funeral Suits are without a doubt brilliant at producing catchy, anthemic tunes which you are bound to remember and enjoy. Lily of the Valley offers a selection from the more solemn acoustic tracks to the down right rock tunes.

Lily of the Valley is released on June 4.

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The Vestals – Perfect Pain

The Vestals

The Vestals

The Vestals are a mysterious five piece band from South Wales. This is all the information they are giving away. Oh the mystery!

Check out their track, Perfect Pain, here.

I would say for more information head to their website www.thevestals.com but the enigma is ever present there.

Perfect Pain has vocals similar to that of Red Light Company’s Richard Frenneaux and music which is distinctly familiar. It’s a great track full of summery rhythmic guitar and memorable sing-a-long lyrics that will leave you wanting to hear more.

Check back for updates on the band.

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Gaggle – Army of Birds Video

Gaggle female choir

The colourful choir, Gaggle

21-strong female choir Gaggle have released the date of their first headline show of 2012. This special show will be at Village Underground in London on July 4.

With their debut album From The Mouth Of The Cave ready to hit the shelves on June 4, they have also revealed the brand new video for single Army of Birds which is to be released May 21.

The video is a hypnotic and psychedelic explosion of animation which showcases Gaggle’s unconventional take on music.

Gaggle will be playing other shows in London as well as their headline show at Village Underground. The events start the week before the album is released culminating in an album launch on Friday 8 June. Gaggle will be doing 12 events for 12 tracks with each event being specifically designed to highlight an album track. More information will be released shortly so be sure to check back for updates.

Gaggle will be playing at London Village Underground on June 4. Army of Birds is to be released tomorrow (May 21).

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Two Wounded Birds – The Outer World

With only three weeks until Two Wounded Birds release their self-titled debut album, they have revealed brand new track, The Outer World.

Two Wounded Birds

Two Wounded Birds

The Outer World is one of the record’s more melancholic tunes. With sad guitar riffs and droning yet pleasant vocals, this track shows the deeper side to band, a side which hasn’t been shown in their previous work. Listen to The Outer World here.

Two Wounded Birds will be released on June 4 on Jacob Graham’s (The Drums) label, Holiday Recordings. Jacob Graham has this to say about the band: “It’s easy to see why these rising stars caught the ears of such legends as Brian Wilson and Debbie Harry. Their songs capture the American spirit with clear allegiances to the Beach Boys, the Ramones and Elvis—all while still acknowledging the band’s British roots. You won’t hear any Elton John-style American accents here; instead, Johnny Danger’s sound recalls the velvety tones of Colin Blunstone in his Zombies heyday—a voice with true character.

“In an age in which the shroud of “pop” can describe any poorly constructed jingle that comes along, it’s nice to see the dust settle and discover the genuine article…. Here you will find proof that sincere pop songs are truly timeless.”

If you’re interested in catching Two Wounded Birds live, all tour dates are below:

May 24th London  Queen of Hoxton
May 26th Margate The Turner Gallery, Tracey Emin Exhibition opening
June 29th Coventry Godiva Festival
July 6th Rome, Italy Atlantico Live Rome
July 20th Preston Mad Ferret
July 28th Portsmouth Club NME
Sept 1st Portsmouth Southsea Festival

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