Posts Tagged ‘cinematic rock’

March 6, 2018
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I suppose it makes perfect sense that we can’t help but be enamored by Ellevator and the experimental pop band’s new single Hounds. The Canadian project was formerly known as The Medicine Hat, who we’ve been much enthralled with in the past, too. On their latest track out on Arts & Crafts, Ellevator gives us ethereal indie rock and haunting pop vocals that evoke Metric and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Frontwoman Nabi Sue Bersche’s svelte voice also brings to mind one of our old favorites, Vaults, an oft IHM featured British band who sadly no longer exist. Though nimble and light, mellifluous Hounds also exudes much raw power in its cinematic timbre and relentlessly marching percussion. Ellevator’s debut EP is set to be released this spring. Stream/purchase their music, here.

February 20, 2018

It’s vindicating to see Los Angeles based Stanford alum K.Flay getting all the attention she deserves these days, including much warranted Grammy nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Engineered Album. As long time fans of Kristine Flaherty and her unique combination of hip hop, alt pop, and rock, usually intensely searing and immensely gripping, we can’t help but celebrate her latest accomplishments. We’ve experience that intensity live countless times, and we’re super stoked to see her bringing it all to the official soundtrack for the new Tomb Raider movie, too. Run For Your Life is her vehement scorching contribution to said soundtrack, an intensive thriller of an electrifying anthem. It’s explosive dynamite packed into her most cinematic track to date. Tomb Raider will be out in theaters come March 16th. K.Flay is out on a massive world tour through July, details can be found, here.

January 20, 2018

Though the music we consume and share nowadays ranges far and wide on the genre spectrum and often favors the pop and electronic arenas, a part of me will always be devoted to raw and angsty emo styled rock. Glorious indeed is the alt rock that Glass Tides brings us on their new single Forever, the Adelaide four piece’s first single off their debut EP Thoughts. Emotional and cinematic, intense and grandiose Forever hits home for people dealing with the loss of a loved one. The band plans to hit the stage this March, and they’re working hard at perfecting their stage sound to give their fans the best possible live show. The cathartic sweeping anthem is out now via major digital outlets. 

December 22, 2017

A new acoustic video from Picturesque has belatedly keyed me into the alt rock quartet’s music. The band released their debut album Back To Beautiful over the summer, and they’ll be hitting the road early next year with Silverstein and Tonight Alive. Album single Honestly immediately hooked us in with its rambunctious metal plus emo tinged post-hardcore and cinematic rock. Its sheer power and force as well as its resounding vocals reminds me of bands like Manchester Orchestra, Coheed and Cambria, and 30 Seconds To Mars. It’s a high voltage, hard hitting combination with a melodious arc. Watch Picturesque’s new acoustic video for Honestly below. The Kentucky based band’s debut album can be purchased from their website, here.

December 7, 2017
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High intensity cinematic rock is Columbus four piece Starset’s forte. Blazing electronica is obviously TRAILS’ strong suit. Case in point, the Berlin production project’s brilliant remix of Starset’s Satellite. You can watch the video for the original, here, after which you can marvel at the riveting transformation its undergone in TRAILS dexterous hands. He turns the alt rock track into a razor sawing, riotous romping trap and bass number, complete with an epic searing guitar solo and sharp energetic HudMo like vocal barks. If the terms trap rock or metal trap haven’t been invented yet, perhaps this is the time to do so. Stream more of TRAILS’ compositions on Soundcloud, here.

September 20, 2017

We were thoroughly impressed by fast rising Los Angeles band Holy Wars when they unleashed their inky bristling, gothic haunting second single Orphan over the summer. The band, lead by magnetic front-woman Kat Leon, has since revealed the first single from a forthcoming debut full length named Mother Father. Back To Life was well received and widely lauded, and we can now partake in its fierce riffs and tempestuous timbre via a thrilling music video, too. The video which accompanies this gritty snarling alt rock spectacular was directed by Erin Li and edited by Li and Kat Leon itself. It’s no wonder I gravitate towards the visuals. Its surreal nature and mind bending journey were inspired by the works of David Lynch and classic film The Seventh Seal. Holy Wars’ debut album is dedicated to Leon’s parents, who she tragically lost within months of each other in 2015. Mother Father arrives on November 3rd. Pre-order from iTunes, here.

August 15, 2017
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Though CREO is new in our book on this side of the world, this indie rock band has been stirring things up back home in Australia since their inception in 2012. The four piece are in the midst of unveiling songs off of their next EP, ‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ and they’ve swiftly caught our ears with its gorgeous title track, a melodic and atmospheric sprawler of an anthem. ‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ was recorded by Nathan Sheehy (Dune Rats, Birds of Tokyo, Bluejuice), and it’s described as a straight up, hard hitting, guitar driven number fit for an arena. We can’t agree more. It’s a raise your hands up towards the sky and sing-a-long with all your heart kind of soaring single, and it’s placed CREO firmly on our radar. CREO has toured Australia supporting the likes of Minus the Bear, British India, Last Dinosaurs, Tired Lion, Polish Club, and more. They’ll be releasing a video soon for their latest single. ‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ drops via all major retailers come Friday, August 18th. 

August 8, 2017

An enigmatic musician and actor who goes by the name of Boy Epic had us thoroughly captivated with his incendiary sound earlier this year when he released his genre defying single Kanye’s In My Head then followed it up with an EP entitled Everything’s Strange. The Dallas based talent, who’s known for his seamlessly merging film and music, continues to prove himself a noir-pop sensation with new single and video Up Down. Boy Epic, who’s inspired by the likes of Christopher Nolan and Depeche Mode, certainly bring both the director’s cinematic magnificence and the band’s dark vibrancy to his new song and its uniquely entrancing visuals. To say tense ticking, orchestral lush Up Down is grandiose is an understatement. Its video, which Boy Epic animated himself, was crafted frame-by-frame to give it that old-school, stop motion animation feel. 

“The video tells a story of a young boy stuck in time trying to be with the love of his life, while the lyrics play the narrative, the devil is in the details,“ he comments. Up Down is an electrifying and gripping alt package that brings rock, electronica, and pop altogether at once, evoking bands like Missio, Linkin Park, and AWOLNATION in the process. The single is available, here.

July 26, 2017

Folk and blues artist Barns Courtney is yet another fine English talent preparing to release a debut full length. I still remember when we first found out about the singer songwriter and musician. I was quite taken by his gravelly voice and his powerfully marching blues rock on Glitter and Gold. While we await further news about that album, expected to arrive this fall, let’s watch the new video he’s shared for his sonorous new anthem, Golden Dandelions. Its vivid visuals and cosmic backdrops are a fine fit for Golden Dandelions robust magnificence. You can find the single at all major retailers, here.

July 26, 2017

Young Irish five piece Search Party Animal is the golden fruit of my new music searches the other day. That’s when I stumbled upon the lads’ new single Enemies, a fabulously hooking blend of indie rock, math rock, and cinematic post-rock, with an infusion of vibrant pop grandeur. The band has already built a reputation for their energetic live sets and been compared to the likes of Vampire Weekend, Foals, and Two Door Cinema Club. Enemies, however, proves how unique their sound can be. The magnificent single is out now on Faction Records. Details about the band seem scarce on this side of the pond, but we’ve got our eyes and ears on Search Party Animal.