Posts Tagged ‘coastal rock’

April 10, 2018
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If the option were available, we’d gladly lock ourselves up in a cage to for some intimate Cagework listening. The new project comes from South London based artist Samuel Bedford. He makes his debut with blistering guitars and a raw, raucous edge on Simmer. Simmer’s bellowing vocals and grainy allure remind us of WU LYF, while its coastal gusts evoke UK favorites, ISLAND. 

Of the track, Samuel says: ”Simmer is a reflection of how nothing is really permanent. I wrote it a year or so ago, at a time when I was in a weird living situation and my friendship group was dissolving around me. I actually tried to pitch it for a Netflix drama but it was quickly brushed over.” Cagework has also earned comparisons to Alex G and Pavement at the few shows he’s played. He’s in the midst of a string of UK shows right now that last through May. 

March 22, 2018
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If it’s a warm, hearty slice of cinematic alt pop and sentimental coastal rock you’re craving for, I suggest you turn your attention to Devon band Tuesday Syndicate and their disarming new single, Hourglass, out tomorrow on May Day Music. Its husky twirling, dulcet lifting effusion of emotion-strewn magnificence has drawn comparisons to Mumford & Sons as well as James Bay. Tuesday Syndicate originally formed as an acoustic folk outfit five years ago. The UK band is said to be greatly influenced by their coastal surroundings, and they’re out on a mission to evoke the rousing splendor of the sea in their impassioned sonic creations. You can keep up with the dashing lads on their website, here

July 7, 2017
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It’s jangle pop galore as Liverpool four piece SPINN return with a sun drenched charmer named Notice Me. We’ve been waiting for the lads to drop a second single since they wooed us earlier this year with debut single Home. I can nearly feel the cool spray of the coast on my face as I submerge myself in Notice Me’s dreamy nostalgic, youthful exuberant surf pop and indie rock. Singer Jonathon Quinn said: “Notice Me started out as a way to get some radio play. We used to say it was a homage to BBC Radio Merseyside because when we wrote it we couldn’t get any radio play, and wanted to be noticed by them. The lyrics are a bit more meaningful, it’s essentially us trying to portray the concept of Hero Worship in a pop song. That’s why we’ve got a load of our gorgeous lovely heroes on the artwork.” Lest you forgot how enthralling Home is, it’s tacked on below.

June 30, 2017
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UK four piece Luna Bay caught the attention of my colleague Nick while I was away traveling last fall with their second single Smoke and Mirrors. I was quite enamored with the driving pop rock anthem when I returned and checked on what Nick had been sharing in my absence. I get the pleasure of sharing Luna Bay’s third single today, and Hometown is even more infectious than their last. It’s a summer plucky, coastal bluesy alt rock jam that sounds like early guitar-centric Two Door Cinema Club crossed with either Sundara Karma or Catfish and the Bottlemen’s anthemic rock energy. Luna Bay will be playing a number of  festivals this summer including Y Not and Truck Festival as well as announcing fall tour dates soon. Keep a close watch on these lads.

September 18, 2016

Leeds four piece Marsicans released a deluxe edition of their latest EP, The Absence, last Friday, an eight track iteration of the record with several fascinating remixes. The lads also revealed a music video for sweetly endearing, hearty hooking indie pop and coastal rock anthem Absence. The video accompaniment takes us on a seabound adventure with Marsicans, which seems rather fitting considering the sweeping expanse of this gorgeous, heartfelt gem. Marsican’s The Absence (Deluxe Edition) EP is available from iTunes. Those of you in the UK can catch the boys on tour this mont through November at a bevy of dates.

September 15, 2016

Palace has held sway over my heart since the moment I listened to their very first songs over two years ago. Oh, how time flies, yet I still have not had a chance to see this London quartet live. I do, however, get to enjoy a brand new halcyon aching tune named Holy Smoke. The dusty, bluesy, heart on the sleeve indie rock drifter holds exactly the same sort of pensive mellow beauty that first won me over on songs like Bitter and Veins. I’m left wanting to gaze deep into a starry night sky, while my heart bursts with longing. Palace is preparing to release their first full length album, So Long Forever. Perhaps this means they might venture across the pond for some shows. One can dream. So Long Forever will be out on November 4th via Fiction Records. You can pre-order on iTunes, but I’ll be on the hunt for a physical copy here in the states. 

June 16, 2016
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ISLAND beckons us to come with them, so I gladly drift away dreamily to the UK quartet’s serene stirring new song, Come With Me. This four piece has been melting me with their coastal blues since they emerged with Stargazer over nine months ago, and with each subsequent song they’ve released, I’ve only found myself drawn even deeper into their ethereal reverbs and meditative vocals. Their cool pensive indie rock is crisp entrancing, porous serene perfection for a warm summer day like today. 

April 25, 2016
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Though I’m no surfer, I’m suddenly itching for some sweet rolling waves and luminous sunshine, thanks to Chasing Waves, the title track from Californian band Vista Kicks’ new EP. The four piece give us plenty of “coastal vibes” on the infectious indie rock tune. Comprised of four childhood friends, Vista Kicks likes to combine deep grooves, spunky guitar riffs, and powerful vocal melodies to yield a full and energetic sound. That sound is much evocative of the Bay’s own Finish Ticket, but saturated with beach pensive blues. Stream Vista Kicks’ Chasing Waves EP in full on Soundcloud.