Monthly Archives: January 2014

FACT Streaming The Tower Of Light’s Debut Album In Full Now

FACT are streaming Tower Of Light’s debut album in full now. The album was revealed this week on the website and will be officially released on February 4 through Felte.

Beaming its sleepwalking sound from a bedroom in Brooklyn, The Tower Of Light deals in the marriage of polarities on his self-titled debut album. At once delicate and severe, ecstatic then pensive, both sparse and lush, it follows a road that was paved by the early days of 4AD and its strange, beautiful diversity while making unexpected stylistic detours as it winds its way through the ether.

Though the general mood is hypnotic and arresting in equal measure and the sonic details reveal no allegiance to any genre in particular, one consistent thread is the pairing of thoughtful melodic/harmonic counterpoints against tense, elaborate atmospherics. Imagine a catchy pop song being hijacked, slowed to a narcotic pitch, its words turned to surrealist poetry then all of it wrapped in a warm blanket of drone. It’s these juxtapositions that consistently reveal the project’s centre of gravity.

The Tower Of Light’s sinister debut combines doomed-out shoegaze, sinking no wave guitars and industrial clang.

Relentlessly unpredictable and effortlessly genre-defying, The Tower of Light can be difficult to pin down. And while some may read the aesthetics as more black-hole than shining sun, this is music that feels very aware that both are just different states in the same life cycle.

The album will be released on February 4 2014 through Felte. You can pre-order the album now.

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Introducing…Bela Takes Chase

Originating all the way from Newcastle, Australia, Bela Takes Chase moved to London specifically to follow her creative path and has been building up a great UK underground following ever since.

Having grown up next door to Silverchair’s Daniel Johns, Bela has been exposed to quality music and musicianship from an early age.  Focusing on song-writing and live performance, Bela has already gained a strong following on social media. Bela’s powerful yet fragile voice is a mix between Emiliana Torrini, Sia Furler and Martina Topley-Bird. It is soft yet immense, moving yet memorable, and the upcoming new single Radiate demonstrates this impeccably.

Bela Takes Chase

Bela Takes Chase

Radiate is made for the fans of Morcheeba, Beach House, Lamb and London Grammar, and is as soothing and delicate as expected. Pulsing beats and warm keyboard and guitar embellish Bela’s uniqueness and quirkiness. The whole song throbs gently below the surface and is warmly wrapped in reverb from start to finish. Radiate is subtly filled with rich ambience, the production is filled with underscoring melodies and driving momentum, and by creating a nostalgic feel through out, it turns a catchy song into an infectious one.

Radiate has been supported by Tom Robinson on 6Music and Hattie Pearson on XFM Radio recently. Bela Takes Chase has also recently supported To Kill A King in Chesham, London.

A soulful and promising introduction to Bela Takes Chase, Radiate will be available for sale and download on February 9.

You can catch Bela live at the following shows:

Jan 31 The Islington (Single Launch Showcase)

Feb 7 Surya

Feb 26 The Monarch

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Tower Of Light Release New Single, Honey Resist

Tower Of Light has recently revealed their latest single, Honey Resist. Honey Resist is the newest track to be taken from their self-titled debut album to be released in February.

Honey Resist shimmers behind an opaque haze of rising melodies which careen into one another, intertwining sweetly, refocusing the listener on the light as opposed to the end of the tunnel.

Beaming its sleepwalking sound from a bedroom in Brooklyn, The Tower Of Light deals in the marriage of polarities on his self-titled debut album. At once delicate and severe, ecstatic then pensive, both sparse and lush, it follows a road that was paved by the early days of 4AD and its strange, beautiful diversity while making unexpected stylistic detours as it winds its way through the ether.

Though the general mood is hypnotic and arresting in equal measure and the sonic details reveal no allegiance to any genre in particular, one consistent thread is the pairing of thoughtful melodic/harmonic counterpoints against tense, elaborate atmospherics. Imagine a catchy pop song being hijacked, slowed to a narcotic pitch, its words turned to surrealist poetry then all of it wrapped in a warm blanket of drone. It’s these juxtapositions that consistently reveal the project’s centre of gravity.

The Tower Of Light’s sinister debut combines doomed-out shoegaze, sinking no wave guitars and industrial clang.

Relentlessly unpredictable and effortlessly genre-defying, The Tower of Light can be difficult to pin down. And while some may read the aesthetics as more black-hole than shining sun, this is music that feels very aware that both are just different states in the same life cycle.

The album will be released on February 4 2014 through Felte. You can pre-order the album now.

 

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Swaying Wires To Release New Single, Fear Of Flying, Next Month

Swaying Wires are to release their new single, Fear Of Flying, on February 10. The single is taken from the forthcoming album Some Blue Sky due out on March 17 2014.

Swaying Wires is an alternative folk/rock band based in Turku, Finland.

Fear Of Flying is a wonderful, blissful folk song which features angelic, breath-taking vocals from Kärkinen. Kärkinen’s vocals will send a shiver down your spine; her range is explored and her notes cascade over the acoustic guitar perfectly. The music is basic but this has a greater effect letting the beautiful lyrics take centre stage, “After all that’s all it was/A fear of flying/As I finally stagger out/I will make it home somehow/I’ll meet you there/Keep a brave face/As the sky falls/Into pieces down before you/And the ground below you…When the storm arrives/I’ll meet you there”.

What began as a one woman project by Tina Kärkinen in 2008 developed into a full band in 2010 with members Sami Lehtonen and Nicklas Hägen.

After playing as a trio for a while, performing around Turku, the band finally found a drummer in Timo Harju. The newly formed quartet subsequently started recording some demo songs that would later form the nucleus of their debut album. Harju left the band shortly after the recording of these demos to pursue other interests. He was replaced by Jussi Virkkumaa who had previously played in another band together with Sami.

In the summer of 2012, Swaying Wires started recording what would become their first full-length album, Some Blue Sky. The album is a collection of songs written between 2008 to 2013 and was recorded in the band’s rehearsal space.

March 2014 will see the culmination of this work when the band releases their debut, Some Blue Sky, through Battle Worldwide Recordings.

Fear Of Flying will be released on February 10.

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Felt Tip Release Second Single, Milk & Honey

Felt Tip are set to release their second single Milk & Honey on 24 February via Fierce Panda/Giant Haystacks.

Felt Tip are a band who have spent the past six months foregoing the perilous delights of the facebook and twitter world and therefore floating around the indie ether in a fug of mystery. What we know is that Felt Tip has three members and that English bassist and drummer duo James Tyler and Tom Rapanakis met volatile French guitarist Anton Trampon in London after he left an ad in their studio listing Television, Ennio Morricone and “everything at DFA Records” as influences.

The London indie/new wave popsters follow up their debut single Love or Pity with 6Music-infiltrating second outing, Milk & Honey.

Milk & Honey features vocals that resemble those of Brandon Flowers, making this a song that Killers’ fans may well like. While Love Or Pity showcased vocals similar to Julian Casablanca meeting Jeff Buckley, Milk & Honey has another sound altogether – it’s slightly darker and more sincere. In fact, it almost feels like an insult to call this band indie – their style is much more advanced than this.

Milk & Honey will be released on 24 February via Fierce Panda/Giant Haystacks.

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The Lawrence Arms Stream New Album, Metropole, At The AV Club

The Lawrence Arms are streaming their new album Metropole, a week before the January 28 release date, at The AV Club. You can hear it here.

Metropole is the first album in eight years from the Chicago bred trio. It’s a blistery, hook-heavy sound with a lyrical narrative that captures what vocalist/bassist Brendan Kellys calls “…that alone-in-a-crowd, stranger-in-a-strange-land kind of shit—a feeling of such weird solitude that you don’t even know what’s up and what’s down”.

Brendan Kelly, Chris McCaughan (vocals/guitar) and Neil Hennessey (drums) took their wide range of influences and inspirations from both classic punk/hardcore bands including Jawbreaker, NOFX, Propaghandi, Bad Religion and late-’90s hip hop like Outkast’s Aquemini to create their most dynamic record to date.

The samples heard throughout the album are sound recordings of street musicians, recorded by the band on their cell phones. Take the horn at the start of Acheron River that Kelly describes as “…a dude on his back on the middle of the road so drunk he couldn’t even see” or the piano at the end of Seventeener (17th and 37th) that was a grand piano someone was playing in the middle of the street. Everything from accordion to bagpipes helps capture the urban isolation that saturates so much of Metropole.

To that end, both McCaughan and Kelly—who asserts that the Lawrence Arms have “…never had any agenda apart from just having fun and making good music”—state that the multi-year break between albums ultimately went a long way in refining the band’s vision and sound. Kelly explained: “Because of the way we exist as a band, it was important for us to wait until we knew we had something to say that was sharp and pointed and dynamic and incisive. And if we didn’t have that, then we’d just rather not make a record”.

Fans are invited to pre-order Metropole by visiting here. The Lawrence Arms have also announced a string of long-anticipated US headlining dates. Tickets are on-sale now.

You can catch The Lawrence Arms live on the following dates:
Jan 28 Chicago, IL – Reckless Records / Wicker Park (Brendan Kelly acoustic performance)
Feb 14 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock Live
Feb 15 San Diego, CA – Casbah
Feb 16 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
Feb 17 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Feb 18 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Feb 20 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Feb 21 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Feb 22 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Mar 03 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Mar 04 Pawtucket, RI – The Met
Mar 05 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Mar 06 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
Mar 07 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
Mar 08 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

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Introducing…Volcanoes

Volcanoes are a Yorkshire-based four piece who are set to release their new single When We Melodise on March 9. Volcanoes will appeal to fans of Fleet Foxes and Midlake.

Volcanoes are an alternative/indie band consisting of Sam, Kev, Boa and Chris. Having already had interest from EMI, V2 and Fourteenth Floor Recordings, taking part in T4 Orange Unsigned and having finished in the top 20 of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent contest, the boys are finally ready to release their much anticipated new single, When We Melodise.

A mix between Simon and Garfunkel, Midlake, The Shins and Echo And The Bunnymen, When We Melodise is a treat for every ear and rewards more active listening than the standard indie song.

The arrangement is soft and contained yet otherworldly at the same time. By carefully interlinking the main and backing vocals and letting them flow over one another, Volcanoes combine both the familiar and the new in a very musical manner. The demonstrative use of strings pulsating confidently in the background creates an extra dimension to the open body of sound. It also compliments their soft harmonies echoing throughout the track and adding oxygen to the overall listening experience. The vocals are a little Pete Doherty when he sang for Babyshambles. When We Melodise is a relaxing and atmospheric track.

When We Melodise is carefully crafted but sounds neither controlled nor regulated. Gentle guitar picking, resonating drums and hummable melodies underline the fact that Volcanoes understand how to capture beauty in one innovative song. 

When We Melodise will be available for sale and download on March 9 and is taken from Volcanoes debut album, Radiogeist, which is to be released later this year.

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