Yesssss! I was COMPLETELY blown away after catching Savages during Complex Media’s CMJ showcase back in October and could not wait to hear what their debut full-length would sound like. Well, wait no more! Silence Yourself is out TODAY on Matador Records and you can stream the whole thing right in that lil box above.
These gals are the real deal. Solid rhythm section, soaring guitars, and extremely powerful vocals. I suggest listening to this album at a higher than normal volume but even more so, if possible, I recommend catching this group live.
Check out a few pictures [below] that I was able to snap back in October and go order the album!!! Continue reading →
Ohh dear, I’ve been sort of “In Love” (yeah sorry bout that one) with this little indie rock quartet from across the pond since I caught one of their first US shows at Pianos in NYC back in December. I originally had a quick listen to the group’s Delicious EP around that same time and was really into their psychedelic jam sections, solid grooves, and soaring guitars. Seeing them live only solidified my first impression and I’ve been impatiently waiting for their full length debut ever since.
After which seems like an eternity (but in reality was only about 3 months) the group dropped “In Love.” The 10 track (+4 songs on the bonus version) is a solid release that really has a little “something for everyone” in it. Some harder indie rock, danceable pop songs (think Foals), slower ballad-type songs, and some psychedelic sounds sprinkled throughout.
Definitely an enjoyable album and a solid band to go see live.
Check out a couple select takeaway tracks below as well as a live video from one of their NYC shows, AND a whole slew of UK, Germany, France, other European, and US tourdates (including Philly, New York, and DC) from now until September.
I haven’t had the time for a serious Sunday Listening in quite awhile now but there’s no better way to revisit the series than with rising British musicians, ∆.
Pronounced “Alt-J,” the group named themselves after a keyboard shortcut that creates the ∆ symbol. Four friends who met in University, they blend many different sounds and influences into one tight and effortless package. Spending a few years sharpening their sound playing shows all over town, Alt-J have seamlessly created a genre of their own creatively pulling from folk and electronic genres, layering tones from all over the spectrum that give their debut album, An Awesome Wave, such an interesting and unique feel. Track to track the listener is taken through heavy lo-fi tones, live percussion, experimental guitar riffs, and lovely vocal harmonies.
“Something Good” may have been the first song that drew me in but upon heavy rotation, tracks such as “Tesselate” and “Dissolve Me” have demanded extra play. This album is something like a fantastic treat, unexpected yet much appreciated. Be sure to grab your copy here.
Patrick Junior C. Okogwu aka Tinie Tempah is one of the UK’s premier hip hop acts. With incredible international recognition and accolades, he’s been able to work with many musicians from all over the spectrum. That fact alone makes me excited to check him out at this year’s Firefly Music Festival.
With his latest release being a couple of years old now, I’m wondering what his next step is. The rumors going around is that he will be releasing a new album come this October, focusing more on the electronic genre. Here’s a sneak peek from VEVO Lift:
Check out a handful of tracks including mash-ups, collaborations, and remixes all featuring Tinie himself.
A strong female pop artist from the UK and no, I’m not talking about Adele or Ellie Goulding right now. I’ll endlessly love when Kate Nash and the like appear on my shuffle; I enjoy the light and delicate vocals that are filled with melancholic emotion. Smaller production but larger lyrical themes, I’m a bit enamored at the moment by this particular musician.
Jose Vanders will win you over. She will. A classically trained pianist at a ripe young age, she’s built her path steadily since showcasing her talent at the local British pubs. She’s released a fair amount of music since then and after going on tour with Luke Leighfield this past fall, I suspect she may be somewhere in the process of culminating a new album. We can only hope.
Listen to her most recent release, Blue Notes, and familiarize yourself with a handful of tracks below.
Oh, we’ve got ourselves another charmer. George Barnett is just barely legal on our side of the pond, but that doesn’t matter. He’s been pumping out music since the young age of three.
This Brit has a superb feeling of comfort in his voice but more especially with the entire back-line of each song he creates. Named in 2008 as UK’s Young Drummer of the Year, Barnett comes to us with loads of percussion skill yet still manages to play almost all of the other instruments featured on his newest album, 17 Days. It’s no wonder why this kid has a knack for creating such damn catchy songs.
In the end, 17 Days is actually a fantastic pop album, one I know that will indeed make this young man a bit of a living. I’m interested in seeing how much buzz he stirs up with all of this torrent commotion.
I’m so happy these Brits have had such massive staying power in the indie world. I’ve loved every bit of their bouncy keyboard pop ever since I first heard, “My Year In Lists.” And they’ve still captured my heart with every album they have created since then.
“By Your Hand” is a song that that speaks heavily about a hookup gone wrong, complicated emotions surfacing, and a relationship unsure of its own future. The video is full of quick cuts and playful reenacting shots.
When my work schedule permits, I’ll be at any of the various Philadelphia venues throughout the week catching shows. Tuesday night, I was lucky enough to make the White Rabbits/Tennis bill with one of my favorite new groups coming out of London-town as the opening act.
I gushed real hard on Daughter some months ago before their fantastic release of The Wild Youthand now, I find myself in the same boat. Union Transfer was the trio’s first stop in the States and it could not have been anymore modest (or cute). They were mysteriously soft spoken from the start, quickly lulling the audience in with their highly emotive and muted sound.
Lead singer Elena Tonra reminds me of an English version of a younger Sharon Van Etten, bursting with repressed angst that exudes raw and honest sentiment inside every single track. Do listen to a couple of the tracks below as their U.S. tour has just kicked off and I have a feeling that the rest of their stops this side of the pond will soon agree.