Tuesday, 26 August 2014

James Canty - Strangers

"For the past year I've been writing, recording and fighting off disillusionment with a sword of fire and after countless set backs, cock ups, let downs, dead ends, blow outs, whiskies, take-aways and existential debates, I am happy to say the north wall has fallen. So here is a song I'm very proud of, consigned to the depths of the abyss, a tear drop in the ocean baby yeah."

After receiving such a powerful email, there was no way that I couldn't listen to "Strangers", the debut single from Essex born, Liverpool based singer-songwriter James Canty, and it's quite lucky I did, for it's a rather interesting listen indeed. It's hard to describe exactly what genre it would be, but odd-folk would probably be the best approximation. It mixes some decidedly un-folky banjo with luscious string arrangements and wraps it up in a tale of heartbreak to create something that is both rather unique, yet also somewhat timeless at the same time. 

Dolomite Minor - Talk Like an Aztec

With Royal Blood on the verge of a massive debut album, it was only a matter of time before people started putting their hopes behind other heavy rock duos. So it's no surprise to see a certain amount of hype building up around Southampton based duo Dolomite Minor recently. They played The Great Escape, Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds Festival in the past few months, and have started to pick up a bit of airplay for their latest single, "Talk Like An Aztec".

"Talk Like An Aztec" is a mighty fine noisy behemoth of a song indeed, much noisier than one might expect to come from just two guys. It's got a heavy, riff orientated sound that calls to mind bits of Queens Of The Stone Age, Marilyn Manson and Lafaro, with a little bit of their own personality thrown in for good measure. So will they be following the same path as Royal Blood before them? It wouldn't surprise me one iota. 

"Talk Like An Aztec" will be released on 7" vinyl on 22nd September.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Marsicans - Chivalry

Here's something a bit upbeat to put a spring in your step, courtesy of Leeds based 4-piece Marsicans. The band have been building up a loyal live following in the past few months, including supporting fellow up-and-comers Catfish & The Bottlemen, so the release of their latest single "Chivalry" is an important milestone for the band.

The song is a highly infectious Afro-pop inflected indie-rock tune, with some lovely guitar riffs, off-kilter drum work and a memorable chorus. The obvious comparisons would be Vampire Weekend and Little Comets, with the band falling somewhere in between the two musically.

The "Chivalry" E.P will be released on September 5th.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

EVVY - You Said

Quite a chilled-out track, this one. New York based artist EVVY has just released her debut E.P this month. Taken from the release is "You Said", a relaxed yet melancholy slice of electronic pop, very much in the mould of Tove Lo's recent surprise top 10 hit "Stay High". That this song hasn't set the blogosphere alight so far is quite surprising, although in fairness it is competing with six other quite strong tracks on the same E.P, so we'll just have to wait and see if it shoots for the stratosphere.

The self-titled debut E.P from EVVY is out now.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Sea Pinks - Dream Happening

Exciting news for any fans of Northern Irish jangle-pop, for Belfast's Chief of chiming guitars Neil Brogan, aka Sea Pinks, will the releasing the project's fourth studio album next month. To preview the release, the have released a new track to be taken from the album, "Dream Happening". It follows on nicely from their last single "An Exploded View" in its jangly, nostalgic sound, and should sufficiently whet your appetite before next month.

"Dream Happening" is taken from the album "Dreaming Tracks", will be released on September 29th.