Archive for October, 2015

October 31, 2015

In the last eight months, The Japanese House has melted us and soothed us with countless exquisite songs. My faith in her is so strong that I only expected the same when I encountered new song Letter By The Water. Sure enough, the new single is a nimbly swelling and gently ebbing work of sensationally stirring beauty, with tense moments of ravishing grandeur and tender junctures of fragile vulnerability. As before, the dynamic but feathery tune reminds me blissfully of Imogen Heap, or her work when she was part of duo Frou Frou. Breathtaking, skin tingling Letter By The Water comes from the 19 year old act’s upcoming Clean EP, out November 6th. Clean is available to pre-order on iTunes, or on 12″ vinyl via Dirty Hit’s webstore.

October 31, 2015
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London’s Aaron, not to be confused with French pop act AaRON (yes, capitalization matters a lot when it comes to band names), is back with their first enchanting single since their Letters To Jonny EP half a year ago. Kids is an alluring fusion of shimmering dream pop and grooving alt pop. There’s a surreal glamour to the retro hazy tune, a wonderfully punchy and hooking treat. Kids gets a release on November 5th.

October 31, 2015
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It’s not easy to stand out in the ocean of soulful pop artists that seem to arise daily, but Ben Hobbs flies high above the pack with debut track Sweet Enough. That plentiful sweetness flourishes in Ben’s sincere vocals, which passionately cut through the soundscape with a commanding crispness. Sweet Enough is a beautifully clarion first song from the South London based singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, a shining beacon of bright, stirring light. Sweet Enough is available now on iTunes.

October 31, 2015

Time flies, and IHM Britrock darlings Sundara Karma are gearing up to release their second EP, II, on November 6th via Chess Club Records. As the date approaches, the band releases a new music video for EP single Run Away. The video’s tour footage from the past few months are a fine fit for Run Away’s wistful jangling and driving melody. Run Away is one of the band’s more laid back and breezy tunes, evoking in me the very feeling of running freely. If you pre-order EP II on iTunes, you’ll get Run Away immediately.

October 31, 2015

I first encountered Formation’s music earlier this year thanks Shura, who shared their song Hangin on her Facebook profile. The sibling duo from South London had me eagerly lapping up their funky dance punk sound immediately with the track. The duo will be releasing a new EP named Under The Tracks on November 20th, and they have me lapping away again with cool disco hued dance rock jangler All The Rest Is Noise, for which they’ve released a splashy music video. Formation are touring in the EU and UK through November.

October 31, 2015

With a name like Double Dark, you kind of sort of know what to expect going forth. The single’s new video doesn’t hold back on creepiness either, while the song itself is a somber piece of bluesy indie rock from London’s Wildhood. Double Dark is befitting of this Halloween weekend. It’s hypnotic, transfixing, and harshly raw. Though Double Dark marches at a deliberate pace, there’s a sense of desperate urgency to the song, which punches in the gut with its impassioned vocals and droning guitars. It’s only Wildhood’s second song, but it takes a deep hold and dictates that we pay attention to the compelling new act.

October 31, 2015

It’s been some time since the last time we visited Norwegian band kakkmaddafakka, but there’s no doubt they still hold the throne when it comes to extraordinary band names. While it originally took me awhile to remember how to spell their name without looking (it’s sort of like the whole Mississippi thing), there’s no forgetting the magnificence of their airy, breezy blend of indie pop and rock. Kakkmaddafakka will be dropping their fourth full length album, KMF, come February 26th next year. Lead single Galapagos is a springy strider with an abundance of dreamy riffs drenched in hazy Autumn sunshine. Watch the laid back video for Galapagos above. The single is available as of today on iTunes.

October 31, 2015
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Walking On Cars is already a much cherished band back home in the Ireland, but I have a feeling the love is about to spread across the ocean and pervade this side of the world soon, too. The five piece will be releasing a debut album in the UK on January 29th. Today’s new album single, Speeding Cars, plunges me deeply into their anthemic, soaring pop rock balladry, searing my heart with its heaving emotion and melodic beauty. For more of their magnificently moving, radio hit ready tunes, visit Walking On Cars’ Soundcloud.

October 31, 2015
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These Your Children is a Nottingham based singing songwriting duo formed by Rebeka Prance and Joe Baxter, and they’re about to pull unmercifully at your heart strings with a gorgeous new single named Set A Fire. This is a touching, sweeping number I’m keeping handy for the coming winter months. Pining grandeur and saccharine boy girl vocals make the folk tinged gem infinitely endearing. These Your Children describe their sound as “storytelling music” with an undercurrent of Africa freedom songs that combine passionate vocals and delicate melodies. Set A Fire is the lead track from their debut EP, Fires, out November 9th on Homemade Records.

October 31, 2015
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Haybaby dishes out a darkly smoldering brand of indie rock and punk on Old Friends. The gripping song’s snarling guitars and propulsive beat remind me of Wolf Alice, while the scratchy yelping that kick in partway through are so Courtney Barnett. There’s even a hint of that provocative passion we love about Meg Myers within the rest of the simmering vocals when Haybaby isn’t in bellow mode. Old Friends is a striking song from the Brooklyn trio’s debut album, Sleepy Kids, out recently on Tiny Engines. I beseech you check out the album, which is available to stream on Soundcloud and available to purchase on Tiny Engine’s website.