New album “Apartments” due out this week!

0004796653_10When music instantly grabs your attention there is no better feeling than being sucked into its tuneful vacuum.  The music of Iles has done just that.

Tristan Johnston (aka Iles – pronounced Giles without the ‘G’) is a LA-based songwriter who creates his very own melodic, dulcet sounds with a lo fi, Indie edge.

After the release of his first single ‘Tents’ in March this year, follow-up single ‘Little Notes’ continues in the same ‘instantly likeable’ manner.  With its DIY-sounding, loose fitting structure, this infectious indie track is held together by simple yet effective beats and an airy, catchy little melody to boot.

First single, ‘Tents’

New single, ‘Little Notes’ 

Iles’s forthcoming debut album ‘Apartments’ (which has been six years in the making) is due out on the 26th of this month and, if his first two singles are anything to go by, it will be well worth the wait.

Coming out via Forged Artifacts Iles’s new album can be pre-ordered from here

Follow Iles here

 

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Henry Canyons – ‘Post-Modern Man’ feat. Open Mike Eagle & Zoe Rose

a1880743251_10Henry Canyons is an LA-based rapper whose music bends and skews the typical boundaries of hip-hop.

The self-described Brooklinite-French-Jew  took to music at a very young age and was already trained as a jazz saxophonist before he even reached his teenage years.

With a focused mind and the determination to pursue his passion for music he left the West Coast in 2005 to attend Lewis and Clark college in Portland, Oregon.  After graduating Canyons moved to LA where he has since worked on multiple projects.  In 2014 Canyons released his very own solo EP ‘One Thousand Plateaus’ which came out via the Brooklyn based label, Backwoodz Studioz.

Canyons has come far with his music and has received plenty of well deserved attention from the media as a result, collecting over 30,000 views on youtube alone.  He has shared stages with the likes of Macklemore, Tash, Open Mike Eagle (who features on Canyons second single, ‘Post Modern Man’), Blue Scholars amongst many other talented LA artists and is set to release a brand new album, ‘Canyonland’ on the 16th June this year.

Produced by the french producer Keor Meteor, “Canyonland” has been described by Henry Canyons as:

“Canyonland is not a mythic, unworldly place or a complete invention of my imagination. It is rather, the encapsulation of my experience that became my world five years ago; that of a half-French, Jewish Brooklynite transplanted in Los Angeles. The canyon is the point of the vista. From the top you see where you stand in respect to where you’ve come from, and where you’re going. Canyonland is my experience getting adapted to this environment, struggling to do so, finding my personal and professional spheres, further embracing my identity, my challenges and success with women, witnessing a completely different lifestyle with its various breeds of people, and the place where “dreams come true.” This is my journey through the desert in the hopes of finding the oasis.

Second single taken off “Canyonland” is the memorable “Post Modern Man” which features the additional hook-line vocals of Zoe Rose as she soulfully quotes The Who’s ‘My Generation, (‘‘talkin’ ’bout my generation”), through the closing bars of the track (listen out for more quotes that crop up in other songs too).

Post Modern Man features as today’s song of the day on my pages here

Listen to more tracks and follow Henry Canyon on his bandcamp page here

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Godblesscomputers – New LP ‘Plush and Safe’

a0114290529_10It’s always interesting to discover the story behind the creation of an album and what it is that inspires an artist to write…

Lorenzo ‘Nada’ is an Italian DJ and Producer who now resides in Berlin and goes by the name of Godblesscomputers.

Having produced many albums, EP’s and mixtapes over the years, all under various names and guises, he now performs, produces and writes as Godblesscomputers, this being his own project born in 2011.

Describing his sound as “wood, metal and microchip”,  ‘Plush and Safe’ is Lorenzo’s latest album which was released on the 12th of this month via La Tempesta International/FreshYo! Label.  For the first time Godblesscomputers will release a full-length album, it’s 12 tracks marking his arrival at La Tempesta.

The title ‘Plush and Safe’ was a semi-quote by from from the early graffiti period of American artist, musician and producer, Jean Michel Basquait Basquait.  This sentence resonated within Godblesscomputers and defined the constant clash between the pursuit of safety and control and the acknowledgement of its futility and impossibility.

‘Plush and Safe’ is a deeply autobiographical album reflecting the complex issues that Lorenzo experienced both professionally and personally after the release of his last work “Veleno” which came out in April 2014.  The need for a sense of security reflects in Godblesscomputers latest works and his choice of collaborators only reinforces this fact with help coming from that of friends and acquaintances.

This is an album that is very pleasing to the ears with its experimental and lightweight vibe.  Understanding the origins and thought processes behind it only enhances a greater connection between artist and listener which adds yet another dimension to this fresh new sound.

Listen and purchase this album from here

..in the meantime, take a listen to a great track off this album titled “Leap in the Dark”

THIS TRACK FEATURES ON MY SONG OF THE DAY PAGES, CHECK OUT MY OTHER SONGS HERE

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The Howling debut LP ‘Sacred Ground’ – Due out tomorrow

JBe2672-08ret_JonBergman-588x606Someone commented the other day that there seems to be far too much Electronic music bandying about at the moment but I would have to disagree, or at least suggest that there can never be too much of something that is constantly evolving.

The beauty of electronic music is the sheer diversity of sound it creates, the incorporation and cross-over of styles seem to conjure almost limitless possibilities for new directions.

Boundaries are there to be stretched and skewed and this is exactly what eclectic duo ‘Howling’ are doing with their new experimental project.

Forming in 2012, the pair met through a mutual friend and consist of Australian folk-pop singer/producer, Ry X (The Acid), and German producer/live electronic artist and label owner, Frank Wiedmann,(Ame).  Originating from complete opposite sides of both musical and geographical spectrum’s the pair now bridge this gap through a meeting of minds, their destination one and the same.

It is a collaboration based on a mutual understanding and appreciation of one another, a connection that finds both intuition and improvisation the seal that binds these two artists.  As stated by Ry X:

“Our process was very, very organic. For both of us, it’s just about the creation. Each song has a little journey of its own. The vision’s beautiful between us because there’s a lot of trust. It’s a very intuitive process where we fall in love with one element of the song or one element of a thought, and we follow that until both of those ideas have been met.” – Ry X

Tomorrow sees the release of their debut album ‘Sacred Ground’ which will come out via Monkeytown Records and Counter Records  ,(an imprint of Ninja Tune).

Their first single ‘Signs ‘ is a perfect representation of what Howling’s album is all about with its melding of Frank Weidmann’s deep layered productions and Ry X’s beautiful and free-flowing vocals; the compositon is effortless and free from complex structures giving it an approachable, Electro-pop sound.

A stand out track for me is the single ‘Short Line’ with its dreamlike vocals layered over striking synths.  It is a track that is built on a developing soundscape of experimental sound effects and lightweight, free flowing lyrical structures.

To pick up your copy of ‘Sacred Ground’ visit Howling’s bandcamp page here

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APRIL SONGS OF THE DAY – MONTHLY PLAYLIST

April has been an interesting month for discoveries and now the latest playlist is out and ready for a listen! Feedback is always good so feel free to leave a comment!

Read all about April’s songs and discover more on my page right here

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Memories of an understated artist – Gavin Clark

gavinclark170215-616x440I first discovered Gavin Clark’s music way back in 1996 after I had heard one of his songs in a Shane Meadows film.

I went out and bought the single straight away for which I still own, I don’t think time has aged this track or indeed any of his other music for that matter.  Titled ‘Monkey Dead’ this track was taken from Clark’s first and only album to be released with his first band, Sunhouse.  Lasting for just over a year and based in Nottingham, the 4-piece were disbanded by the time their debut album “Crazy On the Weekend” was released.

I’d be lying if I said that I loved album from the start, the tracks were heavy in places and didn’t reflect the driving pace of ‘Monkey Dead’ but there was something magic about this album, something so real and comforting that it grew on me.  I still can’t put my finger on the moment of transition, the moment when this album became so much more than just a couple of songs I’d skim through before moving onto something else, but it did…and it will always be.

The connection between Shane Meadows and Gavin Clark went far beyond the realms of music, they were also long-term friends who originally met when they were both working at Alton Towers.  A few years after their initial meeting Meadows contacted Clark to ask if he would provide songs for the soundtrack to his low budget film, “Small Time” and from that moment on the pair continued to work together.

Clark went on to form a new band called ‘Clayhill’ in 2004 and also continued to compose music for a number of Shane Meadows films, including The Smiths ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’ for the closing of This Is England.  The pair also went on to make the 2009 film, The Living Room, which documented their friendship.

Gavin Clark had the kind of voice that was effortless and beautiful, with a distinctive tone that was to be his trademark, unmistakable and bold in it’s brilliance.

On the 16th February this year Gavin Clark died at the age of only 46.  This was only a recent discovery for me but I now join all those who are touched by the untimely passing of this wonderful and talented artist

There is no doubt in my mind that Gavin Clark was a hidden gem, one that I was lucky enough to stumble upon all those years ago…there are plenty who will remember him for his haunting, haunted vocals and precious songwriting.

..as said by Shane Meadows on Clarks facebook page,

“His music elevated my early work from student tat (in the early 90’s) into something resembling art, he’s penned at least one unforgettable song for pretty much everything I’ve ever made and his latest, as yet unreleased songs, are his greatest and have once again become the emotional heartbeat of my latest project.

..Anyone who knows his work, knows his pain, anyone who met him, will never forget him and for those that saw him play live, his voice remains tattoo’d in their heart. No PA system could contain him, no recording could capture him and I know I will never meet anyone like him again. Gavin I love you so much brother and I miss you like frikk already.”

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Ministry of Plenty – Debut Single due for release this week

a2538819453_10Embracing all things experimental, Ministry Of Plenty are an Australian 4-piece originating from Melbourne.

Formerly known as ‘Pallet Town, original band members consisted of Kieran Stubbs (guitar/vocals), Harry Reid (bass/vocals) and Oli Whelehan (drums/backing vocals).  After five years of playing together the band are now joined by the latest member, Jim Monaghan Duong (guitar, synth/backing vocals) who, the band anticipates, will “make their live sound twice as big and super exciting!”

Their musical influences are both extensive and eclectic, including bands such as Animal Collective, Radiohead, Dearhunter, Grizzly Bear, LCD Soundsystem, Joy Division, Tame Impala, and Flying Lotus to name but a few; the list goes on but what is evident here is that their sound has plenty to draw upon.  Lyrically they have been described as thought provoking, whilst musically their intelligent and comprehensive arrangements are complimented by satisfying hooks all of which creates the ideal blend of experimental and accessible music.

Their first single was released This week.  Titled “What I Gave You”, this track demonstrates superbly their ability to create an instantly catchy sound, with its walking bass line strutting along to the funky beat of the drums; distorted guitars give the song an almost punk/reggae feel too…

Recently signed/managed by new label Wigwam Records , Ministry Of Plenty are to launch their debut single today, (download this from their bandcamp page) and also plan to release another single in two weeks time with their debut EP out later this May.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is a band to watch out for..

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Car Seat Headrest “How To Leave Town” – Emerging band to watch out for..

a3272316465_2My latest discovery came to me yesterday in the form of a recommendation, one that I have been listening to for a large and pleasurable portion of today.

Recently signed, Car Seat Headrest are a Seattle-based band whose latest release ‘How To Leave Town’ came out in October last year.

Their music is understated and doesn’t demand attention, it gracefully asks and if you are willing to accept, you shall surely be rewarded.

Their music has been intricately shaped for over four years and, 11 releases later, has attracted an expanding and devoted fan base.

Fronted by Will Toledo whose lyrical content is both honest and intimate, their songs reflect heartfelt narratives of love, youth, depression and hope.  It is easy to lose yourself amidst this epic, experimental and free flowing sound where the insightful inner monologues of Tuledo are shared, this is what connects and this is what relates the music to its listener.

“I co-write the songs with myself/ He feels the feelings, I write the words.” This is how Will Toledo describes the artistic process of Car Seat Headrest and this is what has always driven his songwriting, the desire to express himself.  Opening track, ‘The Ending of Dramamine’ entices us into this 14 minute song with a lengthy intro that mesmerizes, with Toledo asking about “the way you see me” and questioning “Do you hate yourself, I don’t hate myself, I tolerate myself, I wish I was someone else”..

Lyrically it is easy to get lost inside the vulnerable world of Car Seat Headrest, whilst musically the amalgamation of minimalist, lo-fi synth-pop all of it’s distorted guitar and experimentation will make you want to play the whole album from start to finish without pause, there is no other way to get into the minds of this new and emerging band and no better way to let them into you yours.

Listen to their latest release “How To Leave Town” here and be sure to watch that space for more to come, for their surely will be

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Guy Fox – Great new single “I Don’t Know” – Taken from debut album coming this summer

guyfox4As the hint of spring begins to stir in the warming breezes that flow, out drifts a brand new track worthy of a feature in any summer playlist.

Guy Fox are an Oakland-based 4-piece that uniquely blend together Afro-pop, Funk and Soul; a combination that creates a carefree and uplifting feel.  With hints of alternative rock and indie thrown in for good measure, they ride with a flow that is catchy and enticing.

Coming together at college about six years ago the band comprises of Peter Granquist (lead vocals and drummer), chief songwriter Nate Witherbee (synth,vocals and guitar), Charlie More (Bass and vocals) and Greg Waters (lead guitar,vocals and saxophone); their name actually developing after they played a gig at a Guy Fawkes party.

The band source inspiration and motivation from their lighthearted and spirited attitude, their sense of humour and fun is what drives them and connects them to their audience.  Peter Granquist echoed this sentiment by saying, ‘we don’t want to be cheap thrills, but we want to be a mobile party where people show up because they feel like they are at home’.  Bass player Charlie Moore also described what they are trying to do as ‘create energy and an atmosphere to facilitate a spark’…that’s what Guy Fox does, creates fire from their combined musical sparks.

Three years ago their debut EP was released and a year later in 2013 their second EP ‘The Wild’ came out, both were very well received.  This summer sees the release of their debut LP which, in keeping with their eclectic and indie-soul vibe, features their brand new track ‘I Don’t Know’.  Released exclusively on Bandcamp for their Oakland City Guide ( https://bandcampcityguides.bandcamp.com/releases), this single was written by bassist Charlie Moore.  With a slightly more retro vibe to that of their previous material, this fantastic track will also feature on their new album which has been a year and a half in the making.

This full-length release has taken a more experimental approach, replacing their traditional guitar and synth sound with more classic instruments such as the organ and wurlitzer.

With not long to wait now for their debut LP, feast your ears on their single ‘I Don’t Know’, a good taster for what’s to come this summer..

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Bells Atlas – Hyperlust EP – release 12.5.15

0004783166_10It’s a sunny spring evening, the sun is falling into the horizon at a gradual pace whilst it’s rays flicker golden beams through sparsely-knit hedgerows, all is winding down.  As if by some synchronised piece of magic, a song plays from a Bandcamp radio show and sets the tone with it’s laid back, sunshiney vibe.

The song is called ‘Future Bones’ and is performed by the Oakland CA-based band, Bells Atlas.  Composed of Sandra Lawson-Ndu, Derek Barber, Geneva Harrison and Doug Stuart, Bells Atlas released the first single “Future Bones” from their forthcoming EP ‘Hyperlust’ at the beginning of the month.  Their sound has a sense of freedom running though its loosely structured songs which are all bound together by heavy percussion and dynamic, thoughtful arrangements.

Rhythm drives there sound whilst the soulful harmonies of the Nigerian-American songwriter Sandra Lawson-Ndu adds another Afro-Indie-soul dimension of its own, the collective fusion is like the breeze of a summers day passing over your skin, it’s kind of soothing and exciting all at the same time; this is another draw, the sense of not knowing what is coming next..

According to Lawson-Ndu, her singing is directly inspired by the stories she hears in the “worlds of music” each member creates. “What’s awesome about this band is that when we say that we all bring something to the table, it doesn’t just have to do with our own instruments,” Lawson-Ndu said. “We really collectively talk about all the sounds that are happening. It’s not just about what we have our hands on.”

‘Hyperlust’ is due out 12th May but you can pre order your copy of it from here

In the meantime, feast your listening posts to the great single, “Future Bones”..

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