In-Flight Safety release their new single Animals from their new record Conversationalist through Conehead on 22 September 2014. The band are also confirmed for the Reeperbahn Festival and will be confirming UK dates too.
Building on the success of their first two albums, The Coast Is Clear and We Are An Empire My Dear, the new single reflects a new honesty between mainstays John Mullane [vocals and guitar] and Glen Nicholson [drums]. Despite burgeoning success and a strong reputation, they felt that the band needed to reconnect, reaffirm and… talk. Animals is the result of those lines of communication reopening. Veterans of SXSW, NXNE, The Great Escape and BBC Radio sessions and with music having been used in film and TV [notably Vampire Diaries and The Office US], there’s plenty to talk about.
During this period of introspection, Mullane and Nicholson came together to construct Conversationalist armed with a keener sense of confidence and maturity. The album was built, literally and figuratively, on the backs of thousands of conversations between Mullane and Nicholson. Inspired by contemporary bands like Wild Nothing, The Walkmen and DIIV, In-Flight Safety created an album that is true to their history but their most adventurous and honest. “There’s a celebratory feeling in the new songs. If we have a playful side, it’s on this album,” says Mullane.
Animals is one of ten tracks on Conversationalist and it balances the light and the dark that is In-Flight Safety. You’ve got guitar hooks that will get stuck in your head and make you want to dance all night but the imagery is more mysterious. It can be raw and haunting but always uplifting with rich, thoughtful production that’s anything but indie. Mixed by Gus van Go (The Stills, Hollerado) in Brooklyn NY, Animals is crafted with meticulous attention to detail. There’s beauty in opposites and this single is both pragmatic and ethereal, it builds and burns, leaving you wanting more. It’s a love letter and a breakup in one song.
But even introverts need to get out. Both Animals and Conversationalist will be released 22 September and In-Flight Safety will head out on the road, crossing oceans and continents, welcoming you to the conversation. It’s good to talk.
Maria Evangelou is a songwriter and performer and is currently based in London. Having been introduced to music from an early age, she decided to follow that path full-time as a way to express her artistic lifestyle and personality.
Maria’s upcoming new single Mr Right is an enticing dip back into ‘60s history. It shows off Maria’s Motown, soul and jazz influences and can be compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dionne Bromfield and Duffy. Although soul and jazz are usually considered to be the field allowed only for grownups, Maria effortlessly infuses her music with a mature expressiveness. She is very comfortable slipping on these classic styles like costumes and morphing into them. Her expression combined with the rich, quivering voice and a straight to the point retro production, together create a powerful formula for the perfect summer song.
Mr Right demonstrates a modern approach to the legend that is Motown and will be available for sale and download everywhere 8 September 2014.
Mountain Bird are an aspiring dream-pop act hailing all the way from Stockholm, Sweden. Having recently being signed to Universal Music Group, they are about to release their highly anticipated new single, The Visitor. The track is written, arranged and produced by their lead man, Adam Öhman, and is performed by his band mates: Anders Erlandsson Öberg, Victor Jonsson, Dennis Fyhr and Sam Ekberg.
The Visitor is a unique sonic experience that combines the atmospheric ambience with post-rock introspection to excellence. Resembling the creativity of Cold War Kids, the minimalistic approach of The xx and the grandeur of M83 all mixed into one, Mountain Bird know how to arrange their music impeccably from start to finish.
The Visitor is the lead single taken out of the upcoming new EP, Cosmos II. It gives way to a collection of mellifluous tracks, pulsating rhythms and insightful lyrics. The overall production positions Mountain Bird as one of the potential and non-traditional leading breakout artists of 2014. One of their most distinguishing features is unearthing the new, brave and oft-ignored sounds together with the cozy familiarity which everyone can relate to. The melodic guitar riffs are beautifully layered with the delicate nature of the lead vocals and together they create a soulful coating on top of their already haunting sound.
Cosmos II EP consists of five tracks which are a direct representation of Mountain Bird’s quasi-autobiographical songwriting. The songs do not always sound triumphant yet still feel very re-assuring with the words acting as salves for the listeners’ own hang-ups and reservations.
The Visitor is available now with the Cosmos II EP to be released on 11 June via Universal Music Group.
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The Newcastle-based Iceni are true purveyors of disco-infused power pop. They’re a female trio who run almost entirely on good vibrations, keyboard riffs and cups of tea. Having already supported Jamie Cullum, Maximo Park, The Stranglers and Aswad, Lindsay, Liz and Caroline have decided to finally release their much anticipated debut single Drive.
Iceni single artwork
Drive begins with a lead piano part and main vocal line which are both subtly supported by an intimate and continuous backing harmony. Together with the stripped down drum beat it creates a lenient and intimate yet powerful intro.
The overall production generates a sonic journey travelling between Kate Bush, Haim, Vampire Weekend and Fleetwood Mac and focuses on songwriting, harmonies, energy and authenticity. The arrangement is very meticulously constructed and keeps on building from start to finish rapidly pacing from part to part.
Filled with tantalising hooks, melodic surprises and unexpected plot twists, Drive creates an eccentric yet appealing treat for every listener and will be available for sale and download 2 June.
Talk In Colour are a London based five-piece who create a ground breaking combination of electronica, folk and indie combined with live instruments and dirty bass-lines. Describing their sound as cinematic future pop, the band have been lighting up the London music scene by gathering a great live reputation and glowing reviews for their music.
Talk In Colour
The much anticipated new single The Cell is fuelled with Talk In Colour’s characteristic blend of raw sound, quirky electronics, off-kilter percussion and distorted guitars. With a hint of Portishead and Lamb, they softly intertwine their trademark gentle lead vocals into the intricate production which together creates a futuristic sound of now.
The production resembles Alt-J, MS MR, Django Django and The XX, and it fits perfectly in the new wave of modern, edgy and unique bands taking over the music scene. Talk In Colour’s evocative song-writing abilities, memorable melodies, unusual arrangement skills and outside-the-box ways of thinking will grab the listener instantly and won’t let go until the music stops.
The Cell is a great representation of a band fearlessly carving out their own unique musical journey. The Cell will be available for sale and download 20 April.
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A Band Called Quinn are an art-pop band based in Glasgow. The four-piece have recently been working on finishing the soundtrack to a theatre performance and a live multimedia show called Biding Time (remix). The play explores the role of women, democracy and social change. Biding Time (remix) takes the protagonist Thyme’s name and archetype of aspiring starlet from a shared story and builds a completely new show. It tells one woman’s story of being signed to a major record label.
The lead track from the soundtrack is called Forget About It and has a very fast and raw energy about it. Opening the song with a fully distorted bass blast that soon fades to the back in favour of Louise’s beautiful vocals, is a bold start to any song.
A Band Called Quinn
The overall production resembles a mix between Metric and White Stripes and with a touch of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Joan Jett, it creates a full-on sonic experience for everyone.
Forget About It is a song filled with memorable melodies and arrangements that add flair to the track with its consistency and conviction. It will be available for sale and download everywhere on 27 April.
In conjunction with the new single, Biding Time (remix), the multimedia show, is told through song, screen and silent disco headsets, creating an intimate, immersive experience reflecting the personal experiences of the show’s main performer and A Band Called Quinn’s front woman, Louise Quinn. The band will be touring most of May and performing Biding Time (remix) with its full-length soundtrack all over the UK. More information can be found here.
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The Gentlemen are a Sheffield-based four-piece who have kicked off 2014 by being confirmed as the support act for The Feeling on their UK tour. They’ll be playing 11 dates with the Brit nominated band by entertaining masses with their energetic live shows and their characteristic British sense of humour.
This Is Where is a long anticipated new single which irresistibly draws the listener in from the word go. The band contribute an airy, echoey sound that will bring to mind One Republic’s smash hit Apologize. It gracefully underscores the soaring vocals of their lead vocalist Nicholas.
On first listen, the song seems very straight forward yet its eye for detail in almost every department is exquisite as it reveals itself on further listening. The track’s production consists of beautifully recorded dreamy guitar riffs, steadily performed drumbeats, edgy synths and hookline vocals that are clearly made for listening, feeling and humming along.
This Is Where is a very well-crafted and intricate track which will be available for sale and download on Sunday 27 April.