Lewis Ross ‘Colder Days’ EP

Lewis Ross is an emerging indie folk artist from Edinburgh who has released his debut EP ‘Colder Days’. Formed from the humble environment of his bedroom in Edinburgh, Ross has been compiling this EP for the previous two years. In regard to his song writing Lewis pays particular attention to detail, this ultimately secured him a position on the indie folx spotify playlist “the best of indie folk 2018”. Reminiscing on pivotal points in his life, Ross addresses some of the universal thoughts and feelings surrounding young love and regret in the EP. ‘Colder Days’ was recorded and produced by Garry Boyle, who is a well-established producer within the Scottish music scene. Lewis has also appeared on radio shows within Scotland after recently releasing his debut single ‘Come On Home’ which has been met with critical acclaim.

‘Colder Days’ is a delicate warm and glowing collection of laid back passionate tracks. The sweet ‘Intro’ sets the tranquil tone of the EP with piano twinkles and lush vocals. ‘Now That You’re Gone’ follows with warm guitar flickering between Ross’ velvety vocals. Each track pulls at the heart strings with its beautiful tender arrangement and graceful string injections. Ross provides us with the perfect chill time playlist – his tracks are constructed with subtle intricate parts providing the perfect backdrop for Ross’ emotional vocals. ’Come on Home’ and ‘Signs of Life’ display rich sublime melodies and marvellous ethereal backing vocals that will have you tearfully swaying with a glass of wine watching a glorious sunset until ‘Hope to See you in the Morning’ lulls you into that final soothing state of serenity. When listening to this moving EP the world stops and all that exists is you, stillness and these heavenly touching tunes.

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The Half Light ‘Night On My Mind’ EP

The Half Light are a four piece indie band from London who have returned to the scene in 2018 with new material and a new line up. The band have released their new EP ‘Night On My Mind’, which is being released in full alongside the single ‘Seven Summers’. This release follows the earlier releases of the lead track ‘8th May’ (March 2018) and title track ‘Night On My Mind’ (April 2018). To mark the launch of the EP and ‘Seven Summers’, the band will be playing Clarence Park Festival, Wakefield, on 28th July. The Half Light’s music has featured on radio stations across the country, including BBC 6 Music, BBC London and Amazing Radio and the band were nominated for Best UK Act at the 2015 Pure M Awards. Since forming in 2011, the band have self-released ‘Clapham EP’ (2012) and ‘Moscow’ (2015), which is now followed by ‘Night On My Mind’ EP. Following these earlier releases, vocalist James and guitarist Guy were joined by a refreshed rhythm section, Mike and Martin, to complete the line up and the band entered the studio in London in late 2017.

‘Night On My Mind’ is a delightful triad of glorious indie, swirling between luscious pop melodies and sparkling chimes on keys. Both the title track ‘Night On My Mind’ and ‘8th May’ have been previously featured on Indie Buddie, The former wisping us away with ethereal guitars soaring over breezy soundscapes, punchy drums and a delicious bitter sweet melody while ‘8th May’ shimmied its way firmly into our minds and hearts with its rich rhythm and infectious chorus soaring over glorious guitar work. It was no surprise that ‘Seven Summers’ would be the sweet icing on the cake. Laced in glorious melodies coated with sparkling guitars, sublime bass rumbles and gleaming keys. This follows the vibrantly heavenly vibes of its predecessors perfectly and displays the bands meticulous well crafted musicianship. The track builds to a magnificent crescendo as the guitars slash an illuminating zesty flash of light through the glorious soundscape. These guys have an ability to write heart warming wholesome tracks that hop, bop and tantalize the listeners ears until they are shivering in the corner craving to hear more.

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Indie Quick Picks

Dead Naked Hippies

Genre: Gritty Post-Punk

Bio: Dead Naked Hippies thrashed into life in late 2016. The trio, bolstered by let-loose front woman Lucy Jowett alongside band mates Joe Clarke (guitar) and Jacob Marston (drums), have cemented their take-your-head-off wall of sound, dancing around trashy alt rock & punchy post-punk. Since their inception, they have received love from BBC Introducing. The band have shared stages with the likes of Dream Wife & Le Butcherettes and in 2017 played to a sold out crowd at Live at Leeds, which lead to a slot on the Festival Republic stage at Leeds Festival 2017.

Track: Guillotine

Why We Like It: It’s a blistering ear bleeding blast of punk rock that begins chilled calm and luring as a low-key guitar and drum groove teamed with cooing vocals introduce the track soft and lulling before its slaps you in the face with its fiery chorus. Dead Naked Hippies blend the luscious sweet and lacerating sour seamlessly. The scorching distorted guitar crash and shred through the chorus and punchy drum pummels and batters creating a pulverising backdrop for Jowett’s dynamic powerful vocals. Its sharp. shredding, and soothing chill all at once- a sublime combination.

You Can Follow Dead Naked Hippies on Facebook Here  https://www.facebook.com/deadnkdhippies/

Stream ‘Guillotine’ below

GORILLABRAIN

Genre: Indie alternative

Bio: GORILLABRAIN is a London based solo artist who has released his debut single ‘Fire (Watch Me Breathe)’

Track: Fire (Watch Me Breathe)

Why We Like It: It’s a dark spine chilling number encapsulated in swirling thick murky electronics whacking and slapping off a sticky gooey beat and whispered vocals. The stinging guitar injections slip in a glimmer of steaming vibrancy between this dark abyss of mystery. The track builds becoming more intense with an INXS feel to it as it seeps a slithering hint of swagger and sweltering stuffy heat into its rhythmic section while the vocals remain entrancing, seductive and creepy. It’s a unique track that is absolutely thrilling and mesmerising to listen to. Evoking goosebumps and chills while also captivating you and luring you into the danceable hypnotic soundscapes.

You Can Follow GORILLABRAIN On Twitter Here https://twitter.com/GORILLA_BRAIN

Stream ‘Fire (Watch Me Breathe)’ below

Jessie Munro

Genre: Alternative pop

Bio: Twenty-three year-old Toronto born, Los Angeles based artist Jessie Munro has been mesmerizing audiences worldwide, with her stunning soulful vocals and sleek, modern-electro R&B/pop. Finding her start in classical music and musical theatre, Munro went on to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music, propelling her songwriting abilities and giving her the musical maturity which is evident throughout her music. The soulful songstress is now preparing to release her Debut EP ‘On My Own’, a six-track release which tackles the stages of post break-up.

Track: ‘Under Fire’

Why We Like It: This richly melodic track pushes through on a driving peppy bassline which hops along snappy drums creating a finger clicking infectious groove. Munro’s vocal’s sweetly glide upon the smooth creamy melody with passion and soulful tones that hover and slide between luscious coos and rich depths. This sprightly track floods with vibrancy as zesty guitar strides weave between the vivid rhythm creating a refreshing sting and lamenting lull as the dreamy vocal’s soothe and ease with a blissful bounce and joyful quality. It’s a catchy irresistible gem.

You Can Follow Jessie Munro on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/jessieleithmunro/

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 Gang of Four

Genre: Post punk

Bio: UK post punk icons Gang of Four have posted a new video for their latest single ‘Lucky’, taken off ahead of a new Gang of Four EP titled ‘Complicit’ which was co-produced by the band’s Andy Gill, alongside Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode) and Ross Orton (M.I.A., Arctic Monkeys). The EP, from a band recently quoted as a touchstone for musicians as diverse as St Vincent, Frank Ocean, James Murphy and Pharrell Williams.

Track: Lucky

Speaking about the track Gang of Four’s Andy Gill says; “It’s about how luck defines more than we imagine. You might think of the words from Macbeth concerning life being an hour upon the stage where the walking shadow struts and frets but can change nothing. A parallel idea is that luck may have as much impact on the course of a life than anything an individual does. As in Sartre’s ‘les jeux sont faits’, action, truth, morality will always play second fiddle to luck.”

Why We Like It:  It’s a slick fuzzed strut of infectious musicianship. A striding sharp guitar shreds through a foot stomping beat and dizzying electronics creating an enthralling panache driven listen. The swagger filled vocals cruise in effortless and cool with a mesmerising charm while the swirling soundscapes dazzle and erupt in the background. The infectious groove and danceable hypnotic backing is filled with mysterious yet mesmerising qualities that will have you strutting your stuff on the dance floor in no time

You Can Follow Gang of Four on Facebook here  https://www.facebook.com/gangoffourofficial

Watch the video for ‘Lucky’ below

The Harriets

Genre: alternative indie

Bio: Leeds band The Harriets are Daniel-Parker Smith (guitar and other instruments, baritone vocals, jawline) and Ben Schrodel (bass and other instruments, tenor vocals, Roman nose). The band formed in early 2016 and since then quickly got the attention of UK based radio and festival organisers. “Television” was recently played on BBC Radio Leeds as part of a 6 week consecutive run of their songs

Track: Television

Why We Like It: It’s a retro peppy number that strides on jangly guitar shimmying around a punchy drum beat and groove fuelled bass and just all-round infectiousness. The catchy chorus teamed with dynamic expressive vocals and lush backing coos makes for a unique refreshing listen. Its drenched in laid back swagger and a hint of nonchalance. It’s difficult not to dance to this jittery number as shaky percussion and vibrant sing along ready feature make this track just a fun gem to listen and dance to.

You Can Follow The Harriets On Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/TheHarriets/

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TheDoubtfulBottle ‘EYE’

Four piece Indie rock band TheDoubtfulBottle has released their newest single ‘EYE’. TheDoubtfulBottle showcase a wide range of innovation when concerning both composition and songwriting in their hard hitting song ‘EYE’. Paired with the notorious and long established producer Jake Rousham who has worked with the likes of The Who this release is captivating to say the least. The inspiration for the piece remains as innovative as the actual composition and arrangement of the music. Drawing on an Orwellian theme of the public being kept under constant surveillance the ‘EYE’ strives to portray the damage that can be done and the mass dissatisfaction at being so heavily watched. The band have featured on both the widely popular ‘Alternative Addiction’ website and Soundfiction with a growing online presence and a whole host of live shows to attend and even festival performances.

‘EYE’ is a woozy surf tinged number driven by a strident gritty riff and driving rumbly bass. It’s a fresh slice of indie rock with intricate motifs weaving together before dissolving into a vaporous drift of dreamy psychedelic indie rock just when the meaty heaviness is about to take hold. It’s truly captivating and satisfying as a pop drizzled melody binds this luscious labyrinth of complexity together. The rooted rhythm keeps the track thumping along while the reamping guitars keep the snappy number chugging through your brain until you are dancing and bopping along. Its catchy and richly layered with the lush backing vocals and abstract sounds flickering throughout making for a wholly unique and tantalizing listen.

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Jack Woodward ‘Rain’

Cheshire 24 year old solo artist Jack Woodward has released his new single ‘Rain’. The track was recorded in St Helens, North West England, with a production team called ‘Sugar House’ and is the 10th song that they have worked on together. Woodward has played a lot of new venues and festivals both solo and with his backing band, including performing on the X Factor Live Tour in Brighton to 4500 people, playing the BBC Introducing Stage at Blackburn’s festival of making, playing a sold out gig at Sound in Liverpool and The Cavern Club. His last EP ‘Higher’ was met with incredible support, with tracks broadcast multiple times by BBC Introducing Lancashire, Amazing Radio, features from BBC 6 Music’s ‘Fresh Faves’ and interviews with BBC Introducing Lancashire and The ‘Warrington Guardian’

’Rain’ is a sparkling swirling concoction filled with dark stormy tones over sublime musicianship. Flashing electronics dazzle and coil above jangly guitar and spaghetti western hues. The vibrant electronics and buoyant beat keep the track bouncing along at a steady peppy pace as the mysterious haunting guitars whine and creep in filling the track with tones of uncertainty and danger. The catchy chorus and velvety vocals add an infectious gripping texture to the track while the sweet melody soothes and laments over the instrumental turmoil. It’s a compact polished number that soars to ethereal heights with sublime instrumentation and cinematic vibes that will have you on the edge of your seat.

When asked about the track Woodward said:  “‘Rain’ is about a man who has made a terrible mistake and committed a crime. He’s on the run from the world and searching for escape and solace anywhere he can find it; in his lover.”

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Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Black Honey

Black Honey have shared another new track called ‘I Only Hurt The Ones I Love’, the follow-up to recent pop hit ‘Bad Friends’. The song precedes the group’s debut album, which is expected to land in September. They also have a headline tour coming up, which will see them head out from 13th October, with the finale taking place at London’s Electric Ballroom.

‘I Only Hurt The Ones I Love’ re-introduces that sweltering spaghetti western guitar Black Honey do so well. Once you hear that thrilling shrill you know your in for another infectious striking track from Black Honey. Izzy’s smooth vocals coo over the blistering guitar strides and punchy drums while that tasty melody drizzles a sweet nectarous syrup on top. It’s dipped in the laid-back swagger we know and love from this four piece while they flood the track in haunting mystery with some bopping pop sprinkled on top. This deadly concoction is the scrumptious irresistible sound of Black Honey. The catchy chorus, rumbling bridge teamed with slick bass licks and guitar hooks make for a polished glossy yet gritty blast of chilled indie rock.

Watch the video for  ‘I Only Hurt The Ones I Love’ below


Transmission Club ‘The Hour of the Wolf’ EP

Cork-based alt-rock outfit Transmission Club will release their second EP, ‘The Hour of the Wolf’, on Friday, July 13th. Recorded and produced by Chris Somers at One Chance Out Studios, the band’s sophomore release takes the listener on a musical trajectory from the intimate to the anthemic within three tracks. The E.P was mastered by Pete Maher (The Pixies, Jack White, Goldfrapp) in his London studio. Titled after the surrealist horror film by Ingmar Bergman, ‘The Hour of the Wolf‘ delves into themes of isolation and fear of the subconscious, explored through a compelling blend of folk-rock and electronic soundscapes. Formed in 2014 as the bedroom recording project of Michael Prendiville, Transmission Club is quickly becoming one of the most unique acts in the Irish music scene. The band’s diverse sonic palette combines elements of indie, folk and grunge, textured with harmonium, violin, keyboards, guitars, drum machines and loops. Recording takes place in bedrooms and living rooms in Cork, giving the music a raw, untrammelled feel. Transmission Club’s first EP, Salt, was released in November 2015, gaining airplay on The Alternative with Dan Hegarty (2fm), The Paul McLoone Show (Today FM) and on 8Radio. Transmission Club also recorded a live session for The Paul McLoone Show in January 2016. Salt was voted No.1 in The Last Mixed Tape’s Reader’s E.P of the Year 2015 Poll. The video for “Taking Off (Blackhole)” was nominated for a Pure M award for Best Music Video in 2017.

‘The Hour of the Wolf’ is a spellbinding three track combo that enthralls and captivates the listener in its luscious deeply moving soundscapes. From the atmospheric and delicately moving ‘This War’  with its elegance and tender tones nudged by warm guitar twinkles, soft percussion and sweet string strides, this bands sophisticated and deeply poignant musicianship becomes apparent. The band build the track meticulously, slowly brooding as if every breath, every note takes its own pace, gently conveying the heart breaking theme. The track builds to a distorted explosive crescendo which sends shivers down your spine. They write tunes that make you listen, grab your attention and tear your heart out. They do this not only through sweet tenderness but through gritty dark instrumentation too. ‘Taking Off (Blackhole)’ is simply magnificent. Eerie vocals coo over lamenting strings and a dark murky guitar riff. Once again distortion is placed perfectly to add urgency and a sense of dizzying panic through this sublime gripping experience. The elegance of the strings is the perfect contrast to the psychedelic haunting soundscapes. This bands ability to creating wholly enthralling tunes that fill you with emotion from melancholic and sweet to haunting and chilling is fantastic. They execute their instruments with a fine tuned precision that is masterful. ‘The Porcupine Dilemma’ brings us to the end of our mesmerising journey with Transmission Club. It’s a soft little gem that features glistening guitar between emotional, warm vocals while lush backing vocals, a thumping beat and graceful strings  fill out the sound. It’s deeply moving and passionate as the divine melody fluidly flows over the tapping rhythm and delicate instrumentation. ‘The Hour of the Wolf’ EP is a thought provoking well structured treasure trove that fills you with vivid instrumentation, oodles of passion with wholesome melodies running throughout. It’s a thoroughly satisfying and rich experience.

‘The Hour of the Wolf’ will be available from July 13th on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify. A limited CD run of the E.P will be available also.

You can follow Transmission Club on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/transmissionclubmusic

 

 

 


The Covasettes ‘Top Drawer’

                                            Photo credit: Ianthe Warlow

Promising Manchester indie-rock band, The Covasettes, have released their third single ‘Top Drawer’, following the release of their last two singles, ‘This Feeling’  and ‘Wondering Why’, The Covasettes have enjoyed success so far, featuring on BBC Introducing and playing sold out shows in Manchester, Leeds, Derby and London.

‘Top Drawer’ is a fizzing blast of vibrant indie that surrounds your ears in blissful summer-soaked tones and luscious melodies. A buoyant beat hops and rebounds off exuberant weaving guitars while a peppy bassline holds it all together. This scorching dazzler is infectious and filled with glorious hooks and tasty guitar lines that leave you craving for more. With a sublime melody melting upon a vivid and radiant backdrop this wonderful tune wraps your ears in an ethereal peppy cloud of delight. Smooth velvety vocals flow upon the sweet melody while the anthemic chorus adds that instant rush of youthful adrenaline that ensures this track will be placed firmly on repeat. With its glossy lustre and irresistible infectiousness ‘Top Drawer’ is a well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying listen.

Watch the video for  ‘Top Drawer’ below


Miles Kane ‘Cry On My Guitar’

Miles Kane has released another new track ‘Cry On My Guitar’ from his forthcoming new album, titled ‘Coup De Grace’ which is set for release on August 10. The release marks his third solo album, following predecessor ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ from 2013. ‘Cry On My Guitar’ is a stomping dazzler that struts in loaded with intoxicating guitar whines, thumping drums and swagger laced vocals – Kane has channeled his inner Marc Bolan. This slick frenzy of rock n roll is overflowing in steamy panache as the exhilarating chorus blasts adrenaline pumping stamina into your veins while the cool shimmy ready verses chill the feverous atmosphere. ‘Cry On My Guitar’ sounds like it could have come from the seducing glam rock mania of the 70’s with a modern Kane twist. That clap along feature, vaporous guitar solo and constant groovy backdrop drive this electrifying spectacle. It’s a swanky outburst that is sure to have your blood pumping and live audiences in a crazed frenzy. Once again Kane produces a chic riveting number that will have you dancing, attempting air guitar and just feeling like a bad ass.

Stream ‘Cry On My Guitar’ below

 


The Vryll Society ‘Light At The Edge Of The World’

Psychedelic Risers The Vryll Society have released their new single ‘Light At The Edge Of The World’ from their debut LP ‘Course Of The Satellite’ set for release 10th August via Deltasonic Records. Having already produced a series of critically acclaimed singles, including  ‘A Perfect Rhythm’ and ‘Shadow Of A Wave’, the fast-rising Merseyside outfit are primed for their first full-length release, with impressive appearances at the likes of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and TRNSMT helping them develop a staunch grassroots following. The band have received extensive support from BBC Introducing with slots at their SXSW and Glastonbury showcases alongside a Maida Vale live session over the past 18 months, whilst widespread acclaim from Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1) and Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music) has seen the spotlight on the psych-pop quintet intensify, leading to supports with Blossoms, The Coral and The Kooks.

‘Light At The Edge Of The World’ is a pop sprinkled whirl of blissful psychedelia that glides in on a delicious sugar coated wave of swirling soundscapes while gentle guitars twinkle between a snapping glucose sticky beat and groovy bassline. The sweet vocals caress the divine melty melody as the tightly layered space rock electronics wisp and coil about playfully. It’s a breezy sweet little number smothered in euphoric bliss and intensely rich textures. The weaving keys wander between the dreamy soundscapes while jangly guitars entwine around the luscious melody adding a dash of zest and juicy texture to this feathery light trippy gem. The touch of distortion adds some grit and dizzying quality to the mind melting bliss while that heavenly pop melody hooks you into the enthralling beauty of this magnificent track. It’s well-crafted and meticulously arranged to make for a completely submerging tasty listen.

You can catch The Vryll Society Live at

21 July – Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF)

09 Oct – Bristol Exchange, Bristol

10 Oct – Heartbreakers, Southampton

11 Oct – The Lexington, London

12 Oct – The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham

16 Oct – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

17 Oct – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

18 Oct – Brudenell Social Club (Community Room), Leeds

19 Oct – Liverpool 02 Academy 2, Liverpool

Stream ‘Light At The Edge Of The World’ below

 

 


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