Four piece indie band VELVET have released their debut single ‘Out to Get Me’ which was recorded in Newcastle at Loft Studios with Matt from Little Comets.The band comprised of Jack Rasmussen, Lee Wright, Liam Cooke and Josh West are heading back into the studio in February to record their debut 4 track EP which is set for release in March.
‘Out to Get Me’ is a sweet number that floats on dreamy tones, delicate twinkling guitars and a creamy soft melody. Spongy drums bounce and hop with a feathery light buoyancy as the ethereal guitars add a stinging gentle breeze to this supple gem while also weaving sublime melodies filled with melancholia and heavenly scintillation throughout. With warm raspy vocals flooding the song with coziness and passion- this delightful track is an easy going melodic ditty that wraps your ears in glorious soothing indie.
Vampire Weekend have returned, greeting their tune thirsty fans with a warm, cosy and instantly satisfying two track combo. ‘Harmony Hall’ and ‘2021’ are the first tracks released from the band’s upcoming fourth album, ‘Father of the Bride’.
In true Vampire Weekend fashion ‘Harmony Hall’ floods through with rich opulent sounds and textures to tantalize and enrich the senses. It’s as if Vampire Weekend have announced the bright beautiful coming of spring and thawing of winter. Soft guitars twinkle around the delicate melody while each verse and track progression introduces a new subtle element as the song unfolds into a blossoming beauty. There is a subtle,elegant, baroque element between a jazz flavoured piano. The piano flurries through,ever so delicately and charmingly unwrapping the delightful goodness within the song. Ezra Koenig’s velvety vocals caress and comfort the melty melody with a sprinkling of sugary delight while the elastic bass grooves, shuffling percussion and buoyant drums maintain the playful boppy foundation. The track, which features the closing lyrics “I don’t wanna live like this, but I don’t wanna die” from ‘Finger Back’ on their previous album Modern Vampires of the City is cosy and a little cryptic as Koenig leaves a nice little trail of lyrical bread crumbs for his dedicated fans to follow. With a Simon & Garfunkel -esque harmony and romantic tinted coating, Vampire Weekend ensured their return would be worth the wait.
‘2021’ is a sweet little track coming in at less than 2 minutes, this addictive ditty glides upon subtle instrumentation of warm guitar, twinkling keys and tapping hi- hat while Koenig softly and emotionally croons the sweet lyrics. With a falsetto sample singing “Boy” between the lush delicacy this track has a repetitive hypnotic charm to it that is difficult to resist.
Motions are an indie band from Dublin. Following the release of their well received ‘Late Night Calls’ EP in 2018, alongside a string of gigs and festival appearances across Ireland they have released their new single ‘Play The Hits’. . The track was written by Dave Nulty & Tom Daly and produced by Alessio Buso.
‘Play The Hits’ is a synth laced dance number luxuriate in 80’s speckled electronics. This catchy dance number is infused with rich flashing soundscapes as shimmering synths flicker and playfully ricochet off snappy beats and skittish rhythms. With a swirling ethereal atmosphere jangly guitars and smooth warm vocals this infectious number struts in cool and effortless with sticky scorching sun kissed electronics hooking it firmly into your brain. A few pinches of indie zest is sprinkled on top of this pop steeped anthem making it a charming shuffle-ready tune from Motions.
Dublin band Wild Youth have released their new single ‘Making Me Dance’. The track which was co-produced by Mark Sheehan and Danny O’Donoghue of The Script follows on from their stand-out single ‘Can’t Move On’. With huge supports slots for the likes of Niall Horan, Zara Larson and The Script already under their belts, the band are ready to make serious moves this year with their biggest headline show to date scheduled for March 23 at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.
‘Making Me Dance’ drips slick swagger off every glossy note as Wild Youth seep their infectious molten sound effortlessly into your ears. With a snappy beat keeping that toe tapping buoyancy between a feet shuffling bass groove- this number sweeps in, suave and chic ready to lure you to the dance floor. Smooth velvety vocals caress the melty melody while ethereal sun soaked soundscapes flutter and wisp about your ears delicately. The melody is sweet like taffy while the vibrant instrumentation, infectious lyrics and crisp production make this track that zesty pick me up we all need. It’s instantly like-able, swanky and full of charm. Another pristine, luscious indie pop number from Wild Youth.
Reading indie band RAIN CREW have released their debut EP ‘Honey’. RAIN CREW are a 4 piece female fronted alt/indie rock band. Having spent the best part of 2018 gigging, the band have shared the stage with the likes of Valeras, Catholic Action, and The Xcerts, playing venues such as Boileroom, West End Centre, O2 Academy Islington and Camden Monarch. The quartet have also had the pleasure of headlining multiple DIY festivals over the summer.
‘Honey’ is a nifty collection of tracks that pack in some hook filled melodies, slick guitar work and tight musicianship. There is something for everyone here – a healthy dose of pop mangled beneath angsty punk, warped through an indie prism. Titled track ‘Honey’ sets the scene. Refined bass tickles behind the luring verses while the sharp guitars stride and crash against punchy drums for the anthemic chorus. Beth Atkinson’s vocals venture from sweet and enticing to powerful and mighty as she holds her own over the mighty instrumental bursts. There is a nice little change-up halfway through the track which brings in lush harmonies and showcases the promising versatility in this band. Following this blistering number with warm tones is ‘Control’ which starts like an acoustic heartwarming slow burner before bursting into another powerful chorus. The luscious blend between delicate warm indie pop and harsh punk is riveting. There are some sublime guitars and bass moments throughout the EP and RAIN CREW make the most of these placing them in the most glorious places ready to win you over with their lovable melodies and tones. ‘I Don’t Like You’ showcases the bands sassy, swagger soaked attitude with a hint of rock n’ roll driving the instrumental panache while ‘Blink’ brings the EP to a close pushing that catchy vibrant sound home ensuring RAIN CREW aren’t a band you are going to forget. It’s fun, danceable and brimming with gusto.
‘Honey’ is a rich diversified and enjoyable EP that has plenty of special little flickers to ignite your youthful spark and evoke images of live show sing-alongs and bopping mosh pit fans.
RAFFER has released the first single from his upcoming self-titled EP ‘The Media’. This self-produced piece lyrically explores the falsehood today’s media sell to the general public. RAFFER – aka. Callum Rafferty is the DIY indie-pop artist/producer from Kent who has spent the past year supporting some household indie names including King No-One, The Academic and Airways.
‘The Media’ is a fizzy mix of sun-blasted synths,zingy guitars and delicious pop smacked melodies. Brimming with infectious guitar hooks this vibrant delight, toe taps its way through buoyant bass lines, rich rhythms and sparkling electronics. Snappy and sprightly it frolics its way around you brain seeping that honey drizzled melody into your easy until you are dancing and singing along. Not only is this track saturated in sun soaked vibes RAFFER blasts a scorching guitar solo in for good measure to firmly press that sun tan glow into your skin.
You can catch RAFFER live at
25th Jan – Guildford Electric Theatre 9th Mar – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s 10th Mar – Glasgow Broadcast 30th Mar – Sheffield Café Totem 31st Mar – Nottingham TBC + Many more dates to be announced.
Kent alternative rock band The Gallerys have released their new EP ‘Lucid Trail’. The band comprised of James Wood (Vocals / Guitar / Percussion), Craig Barden (Vocals / Bass / Piano) and Dan Mags (Backing vocals / Drums / Percussion) have performed at Isle of Wight Festival, supported Louis Berry, Madness, The Sherlocks, The Blinders, The King Blues, The Skints, The Rifles and The Bluetones (national tours) as well as headline shows in their own right along with over 120,000 Spotify streams and features from BBC Introducing and Fred Perry Subculture.The new EP ‘Lucid Trail’ was recorded at Squarehead Studios in Sittingbourne, Kent. It was mixed and produced by Dave Young and it was mastered by James Simpson. The EP artwork is by Estudio and the photography is by Pete Ray.
‘Lucid Trail’ blends dreamy delicate 60’s pop flavours with indie, britpop and new wave hues.There is plenty of sweet tones and ethereal vibes fluttering through this EP. Title track ‘Lucid Trail’ is a beautifully tender acoustic track which glides and wisps gently around a steady beat, warm vocals and soothing acoustic guitar. The heartwarming wholesome tones flood through each track on the EP and make it such a glorious easy listen.Each song overflows with sparkling melodies as the arrangements sustain a balance between sweet simplicity and rich intricacy.The gloomy Smiths- esque ‘Shadow Street’ showcases the trios tight harmonies and catchy melodic flow as they venture into their heavier more alternative rock side. The rhythms throughout the EP supply a steady foundation for the luscious melodies to playfully wander around while adding a joyful bounce and meaty punch at times. ‘Steady Beat’ in particular fleshes out the weighty side to their sound. It is a little punk- like as jagged guitars slice through the hefty drum whacks while the vocals become a dash more aggressive.The band bring the EP to a close with the heavenly ‘Silver Lining’. Another blast of lush harmonies, glorious melodies and a 60’s pop vibe.
The Gallerys provide something for everyone with this enthralling EP. Shredding guitar solos, cosy luscious melodies and tender emotional tones all seamlessly blended into a short four track spin.
Ten Fé have released their new single ‘Coasting’ taken from their upcoming sophomore record ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ due for release March 8th via Some Kinda Love/PIAS. This beautiful number drifts along a majestic charming melody while elegant keys flutter between a steady peppy beat and warm toned guitars. Ten Fé write music for the soul each note floods with richness and heartwarming cosiness as they blend cold fresh tones with warm glows and exquisite melodies. A little woozy, tender and dreamy -this crisp number is tight, rhythmically rich and fluid as it cruises in sweet tones and earthy flutters reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac with the glorious Ten Fé stamp driving it into its most graceful and lovable state – another heavenly track from Ten Fé.
The band have just announced their biggest-yet tour of the UK, Europe & US in Spring 2019 to promote ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ check out the dates here https://www.tenfemusic.co.uk/
Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP, ‘Given Up’, whenyoung are back with their dazzling new single, ‘Never Let Go’, released through Virgin EMI. 2018 was a landmark year for the young band. It’s seen them perform in Dublin as part of Shane Mcgowan’s 60th birthday celebration alongside the likes of Nick Cave and Sinead O’Connor. They played a stunning set at the Other Voices festival and they’ve also supported the likes of Dream Wife, The Vaccines and Blossoms. The band are kicking off 2019 with a UK tour in February, including their biggest headline show in London to date at the Electrowerkz in Angel. Not to mention they’ll be heading out to the states to play the iconic South by South West Festival in Austin,Texas
‘Never Let Go’ is a lustrous slice of guitar driven indie pop bursting from the seams with whenyoung’s glossy musicianship, raw refined instrumentation and exhilarating soundscapes. Aoife Power’s angelic vocals caress the dreamy melody as she sweetly purrs with a soft tone of hopefulness through a steady drum foundation. Beautiful biting guitar lines are always a glorious feature in this trios songs and ‘Never Let Go’ follows this superb trend. The glistening, ethereal guitars sprinkle warm golden tones while plucking sweetly at the heartstrings with a melty tender melody. The track slowly floats and flutters around your ears delicately however the layers of chiming guitars and rich rhythm create a gripping edginess that strikes hard. Another swirling richly textured tune of bliss from whenyoung.
About the track Aoife Power explains “It’s a song about mental health and hope.It’s a message to let people know that you can share your pain with others. It’s a reminder that someone is always there for you even in the darkest times. There is always a reason to not let go.”
Manchester Indie Pop outfit Saytr Play are back with their energetic new single ‘Bang Average’, This follows the release of ‘Fragile’, their catchy dance inspired hit with a strong message about mental health. ‘Bang Average’ is also produced by Courteeners Bass Player and long-time collaborator Joe Cross and is to be released on his own ‘Lovers Music’ label. Over the past few years the band have sold-out several headline shows at some of Manchester’s most iconic music venues as well as appearing at Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival. Last year they played Tramlines in Sheffield and Kendal Calling.
‘Bang Average’ is that catchy ear-worm that wriggles its way into your brain. It all starts with that Pulp flavoured guitar jingle travelling suavely all the way to the punchy drum beat making your foot tap uncontrollably, then you’re singing the oh so smooth melody and before you know it the elastic bass groove is leaving you frothing at the mouth for more of Saytr Play’sjuicy blissful sound. It’s snappy and buoyant as it charmingly glissades into the intoxicating danceable chorus.Dramatic and brimming with oodles of energy these guys have provided an adrenaline rush and exhilarating number to dance, bop and sing along to.
Saytr Play headline Gorilla in Manchester on Feburary 22nd.
Stream ‘Bang Average’ below
Indie: (n) an obscure form of rock which you only learn about from someone slightly more hip than yourself.