SONG OF THE DAY Deerhunter – Snakeskin


It’s been two years since Deerhunter released their last album ‘Monomania’, but the Atlanta based band have just resurfaced with a brand new album that is set for release this October via 4AD.  Following a car accident in 2014 that left front man Bradford Cox in hospital with serious injuries, ‘Fading Frontier’ not only marks the bands return to music but sees them come back with a slight shift in their sound.

The record has been made by founding members Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt, Moses Archuleta and bassist Josh McKay with 4AD describing how ‘the group have shifted towards something strikingly balanced, focused on melody and texture.  The songs are brighter; if not in content, then in the album’s production.  Starkness plays against clutter in what is the band’s most complex yet accessible work to date’ and how, ‘ten years down the line, “Deerhunter have lost none of their intensity’. 

Lead track ‘Snakeskin’ has just been shared with an interesting accompanying directed by Valentina Tapia which delivers a very funky introduction to their new material. Watch above.

Fading Frontier is set for release on 16th October 2015 on 4AD.

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SONG OF THE DAY Big Nothing – The Wreck


Big Nothing are a Bedfordshire 3-piece consisting of Olie Campbell (vocals and bass), Alex Acreman (drums) and Dom Notarangelo (guitar and backing vocals).  From what I can gather so far, their music combines elements of alternative rock, grunge, post rock soundscapes and constantly flits somewhere between heavy-laden guitar rock  and 90’s-inspired Indie (the latter being more evident in today’s song “The Wreck”).

Posted on the bands Soundcloud page about four months ago, ‘The Wreck’ caught my attention today and at 6 minutes long there’s a lot going on here.  Packed full of catchy guitar hooks and furling vocals, it initially reminded me of Stone Roses ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ with its heavy bass intro and echoing guitar riffs.  With its rolling drums and pulsing bass lines, there is a strong rhythmic dynamic throughout which really drew me in, I’m always a sucker for a good rhythm-based song.  About halfway through the tone takes an unexpected change and becomes more heavy, dropping with what fleetingly sounds a Led Zepplin ‘Whole Lotta Love’ break, with heavy pulsating ride cymbals marking the transition before returning to it’s original format.  It’s an interesting composition where I originally questioned the length of the song, wondering if the ending was too drawn out but the more I listen, the more it grows and works for me.

Listen above hear more on the bands Soundcloud page here

 

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SONG OF THE DAY Deradoorian – The Expanding Flower Planet


Angel Deradoorian, also known as Deradoorian, is a LA-based singer-songwriter who is best known for being the bassist and vocalist with Dirty Projectors from 2007 to 2012.

A week ago today she released her debut solo LP, ‘The Expanding Flower Planet’ and upon first listen I must say I’m struggling to work out which track to feature for today’s song as they are all so marvelously good.

The title for this album came from a tapestry hanging on the wall in front of Deradoorian’s studio, a Chinese embroidered image of a flower mandala and the overwhelming message that can be extracted from this collection of songs is one of freedom, self-discovery and growth (as the last track repeats in an almost mantra-like form).

About 90% of the album was written and performed solely by deradoorian, with assistance from drummers Jeremy Hyman and Michael Lockwood, guest vocalist Niki Randa, Arlene Deradoorian and Gilmore.  This album is a personal journey of self-exploration from which Deradoorian emerges with a stronger sense of self and a more profound connection to music than ever before, something that she happily and willingly shares and passes on.  Elements of this album remind me of Fever Rays debut solo album as it contains a similar potent energy.

The first impression you get from this album is that there is a depth to it, though this is not hidden, instead it shouts out from its ten original cosmic tracks and hits you straight away.  From the onset you are pulled in by its ethereal magnetism.  Speaking of the album Deradoorian said:

“It seemed endless, but eventually the shift occurred and it was like a revelation,” Deradoorian describes the epiphany. “I was incredibly grateful for when that day came. It was the first time I really had to force myself to be patient and understand that good things will take time. It won’t all happen when you want it to. It’ll happen when it’s supposed to—when you’re truly ready.”

Title track, ‘Expanding Flower Planet’ is a good a place to start as any so I have decided to use this for today’s song.  With its gentle rhythm coaxing you in, it delicately lifts and drops on a wave of layered and transcending melodic vocals.  If you like this, I strongly urge you to listen to more.

‘Expanding Flower Planet’ is available now and can be found here

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SONG OF THE DAY Eighteen Nightmares At The Lux – Dead As A Bone


There’s a lot of chaos coming out of this band and I like it!  Forming in London back in 2011, Eighteen Nightmares At The Lux are a four-piece that have ripped the beating heart out of early Rock’n’Roll and placed its pulsating ‘ticker’ in the body of their new garage punk sound.  Imagine early cramps and fuzzy distortion, rockabilly and surf punk, throw it altogether and you may just get somewhere close to this voluminous mix!

I think it’s fair to say that a very large chunk of what sold this band to me immediately is their very close resemblance to one of my all time favourite bands, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster.  It’s almost like ENATL have picked where they left off, especially given that they formed around about the time that the Eighties Matchbox B-Line split, the question for me is that are they too much alike?

Taken from their 2014 ‘Pig’ EP comes today’s song, ‘Dead As A Bone’, listen above.

Check out their brand new single ‘Asphyxia’ which came out on the 14th of this month via Dissention Records

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SONG OF THE DAY Petite Noir – MDR


Petite Noir is the project of South Africa native Yannick Ilunga, a singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist, who previously fronted the “misty-pop” electronic band Popskarr.  First appearing around 2012, his music has been compared to that of TV On The Radio and his sound is of the experimental, Lo-Fi persuasion.

With his debut album ‘La Vie Est Belle/ Life Is Beautiful’ due out on September 11 via Double Six Records, he has just released ‘MDR’ which is a new track taken from this forthcoming record.  Set aside the fact that the chorus sounds like it’s broke into full-on Grease mode, this track is an effective blend of afrobeat rhythms and steady electronic melodies; it works and blends together effortlessly.

As written on Petite Noir’s Soundcloud page:

La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful represents the first full expression of what Yannick Ilunga calls ‘Noirwave’, which is more of a concept than a specific sound. Inspired by innovators like Mos Def and legends Fela Kuti and Tabu Ley, Noirwave encompasses a ‘new African aesthetic’.

Listen to “MDR” above

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SONG OF THE DAY Hey Colossus – Hop The Railings


Hey Colossus have recently announced their second album of the year, Radio Static High, and shared the single “Hop The Railings”.  The London/Somerset 6-piece released their highly rated ‘In Black and Gold’ back in February but have already created it’s follow up which is due out October 2 via Rocket Recordings. 

Having been together for nearly twelve years the band have perfected their sound, finding their own unique niche nestled in the realms of desert-psych and hypnotic electronic melodies.  “Hop The Railings” is six minutes of trance-inducing, psych-rock, it’s driving, it’s compelling and has a driving rhythm that mesmerizes; is this what would happen if you merged Kyass with The Units?!….

Guitarist Jonathan Richards said of the record: “We have noticed a small wave of incredible goodwill towards us. We want to give as we receive. Maybe the knowledge of our 12 years together makes us aware of our mortality. Time is limited. A band’s purpose is to create… after 12 years functioning in a Noiserock/Doom/Kraut/whatatever scene of sorts and being aware of unwanted repetition, we feel it is more subversive for us to compose songs with rigid song structures than it is to absentmindedly clang off another riff-athon… everything is the same for us, but we might have just a little more vision and discipline.”

Find Hey Colossus on Facebook and stream their previous 2015 ‘Black and Gold’ record on their Bandcamp page

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SONG OF THE DAY Sea Moya – Do Things


Earlier this August The Guardian featured newcomers Sea Moya as their new band of the week, describing them as ”accomplished and ambitious” which I would agree is the perfect way to describe this new German three-piece.

Drawing upon a wide range of unexpected influences, Sea Moya cooks up an interesting concoction of expansive psyche and hazy electronica, with a generous portion of afro beat and dreamy electronic funk thrown in for good measure.  Their music has a progressive, highly percussive and textured sound which shares the same hazy production style of Flying Lotus and JDilla.

The band refer to themselves as a ‘beat trio’ which is a playful reference to the original era of jangle-pop and it is these psychedelic connections that gives them their far-out, bohemian sound.  They write and produce all of their music, also mixing and mastering their own material too which allows them to experiment and explore with great freedom.

Sea Moya are to release their debut EP ‘Twins’ on 2 October via Heist or Hit Records and have just released a new video for their debut song ‘Do Things’, which premiered in the UK via Clash and in Germany via Noisey… (see video above)

Their new EP pre-order is now available from iTunes, Amazon and Google Play).

Listen to more on their Soundcloud page

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SONG OF THE DAY Tender – Melt


London-based newcomers Tender have just shared a brand new track titled ‘Melt’.  This is their third release so far and just like ‘Armour’ and ‘Legion’, this song bears the same distinct signature sound that they have developed and perfected.  Where dreamy indie meets spacious grooves, this is where Tender dwells and just how they will evolve is something I eagerly anticipate.

Whilst they do still remain a relative mystery, I doubt it will take long for this to change as the band are already making waves with their brand new and experimental melodies.

Their latest single is a steady, warm-feeling track, perfect to ‘melt’ away too…

Check out their first two singles on my blog pages here and here

Find them on Facebook & Twitter

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SONG OF THE DAY Guy Fox – Antique Furniture


Oakland 4-piece Guy Fox have just released their long awaited debut LP ‘Night Owl’ and, upon first listen, it definitely has the potential to be worth the wait.

Night Owl was recorded at San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone Studios with the help of recording engineer/composer and performer James Riotto and has been described by the band and Riotto as ‘truly a studio record’.

Guy Fox lead guitarist Greg Waters had this to say of the release:

“We’ve been working on this record- our first full-length album in San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone studios for close to two years and finally are going to share it with everybody.  Thanks to everybody that has asked us about finally getting this record out there- we think it’ll have been worth the wait!”

Opening track ‘Antique Furniture’ sets the standards high with its dynamic steady blend of melodic synths, punctuated saxophone bursts and soulful vocals.  It’s a great way to kick off the album with it’s upbeat soaring vibe and sunshiny feel and going by what I’ve heard so far, this fresh feel seems set to continue through all 11 tracks which makes for an really bright and easy listen.

Night Owl is available now as a ‘name your price’ download and can be found here

Check out my full band review from April this year on my blog page here

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SONG OF THE DAY Shy Kids – ® o c k e t s


“Life is sweet when everything is made of candy…until things go sour”

This is the bittersweet message that the Toronto-based band Shy Kids want to get across in their brand new single, “® o c k e t s”.  Taken taken from their debut LP ‘Lofty’ which came out only a few days ago, this is the first we have heard from the band since they originally appeared in 2012 with their three-track EP.

To accompany their new single, Shy Kids have also created their own video which tells an apocalyptic story about a world that is made purely of candy, it’s a visual delight.  The band have proven themselves to be talented in many different fields and you can really tell they know a thing or two about visual arts from this video!  Talking about their video the band described how,

“The idea for the video came about when we started thinking about what eating candy signifies,” the band explains. “This sweet sugary poison that you ingest that makes you feel so good. What consequences there are to live in a world made of that substance. It took us nine months and $600 worth of candy. Shout out to SUGAR MOUNTAIN and Bulk Barn. We still have all the candy, don’t know what to do with it – it’s pretty stale now.”

This new single has a kaleidoscopic, happy go lucky feel to it which bursts and drops like a fairground ride, leaving your soaring high one minute and dipping low the next.  Its a feel good indie-pop song and, like the rest of the album, is definitely worth a listen.

‘Lofty’ is available as a free download right now and can be found here

Check out the bands website here

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