Friday, 19 September 2014

Alvvays - Next of Kin

Although there's still three months to go until the end of the year, it is looking very likely that our favourite new act of 2014 is going to be Canadian five-piece Alvvays. After becoming smitten with them after catching them by chance at The Great Escape, they solidified their place in our hearts with the release of their self-titled debut album, a fantastic, subversive album that reminded us that 'indie-pop' and 'twee' should not always be used synonymously.

The band have just released the music video for one of the songs on the album, and I cannot tell you how overjoyed I am at it. "Next of Kin" was the overwhelming highlight of the album, a fantastic song, which is likely to be the jauntiest tune about a riverside drowning that you're likely to hear this year. The chorus is just a thing of wistful beauty, and the stop-motion video they've made to accompany the song fits it very well. I'm absolutely delighted that the song's made the upgrade to single status (or 'focus track', or 'stream grabber', or whatever they're calling it these days). It's a fantastic song, and (SPOILER) is a top contender to be the blog's favourite song of 2014 when December rolls around.

"Next of Kin" is taken from Alvvays' self-titled debut album, which is available now. If you want more reasons to buy the album, check out my review of the album on Drowned In Sound and wonder why this album hasn't yet entered your life. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Line-In - The Life And Death of Terminus Abruptus

For the second day in a row, we're bringing our good readers some tasty Irish electronic music. Although unlike yesterday's tasty treat, this one's a little bit on the bonkers side.

Line-In is the project of Stephen Roddy, a Dublin based producer and sound engineer. He has just released the first instalment of a four part record based around Terminus Abruptus*, a fictitious* universal overlord. The first track from the release is a track called "The Life and Death of Terminus Abruptus", which gives you a bit of a taste of what to expect. It's a quirky, odd, heavy electronic instrumental which sounds like it's pitched somewhere in between Adebisi Shank and something you might find on the soundtrack of Streets of Rage. It's a bit of an acquired taste, but definitely worth your time if you're willing to give it a chance.

The first release in the series, "Overlord Pt. 1 - The Glorious Rise of Terminus Abruptus", is out now.

*which we are assuming translates as "abrupt stop". It's been over ten years since we took a Latin class. 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tell No Foxx - Fusillade

Q. How does The Metaphorical Boat like its electronica served?

A. Warm. Warm and human.

And we have just been well and truly satiated, thanks to Wicklow based trio Tell No Foxx. They have already picked up lots of love after the release of their debut E.P over the summer, and to coincide with their upcoming performance Hard Working Class Heroes, they have just released a brand new single. "Fusillade"* is built upon a landscape of dark and moody electronica and beats, yet upon its foundations lies a depth of warmth thanks to its subtle guitar and thoroughly human vocals. Turn down Bastille's pop-meter three or four notches and you get a sense of what to expect with Tell No Foxx.

"Fusillade" is due to appear on the band's second E.P, which is due for release in January. They play The Button Factory in Dublin on Saturday 4th of October for this year‘s Hard Working Class Heroes Festival.

*Fusillade means a quick succession of shots fired - we love it when bands help us to learn new words.

Monday, 15 September 2014

ETCHES - Ice Cream Dream Machine

Here's some discordant indie for you, courtesy of Liverpool based band ETCHES. Having picked up some attention with their single "The Charm Offensive" earlier in the year, they are following it up with the tongue-twisteringly titled "Ice Cream Dream Machine" (try saying that 10 times in a row). It's an unsettling, yet rather interesting song indeed.

"Ice Cream Dream Machine" will be released on October 13th.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Memory Clinic - Gentle Neglect

It's always nice to feature a song from a band hailing from a place we've never covered before. On this occasion, the song comes courtesy of Memory Clinic, who hail from the Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (population just over 3000). "Gentle Neglect" is a slice of dreamy late 80s/early 90s inspired indie-rock, underpinned by a rather nice guitar riff and overall feeling that evokes Stone Roses and Jesus & Mary Chain from that time, as well as more contemporary bands like Deerhunter and Jaws. As simple and elegant as one would like their dreamy guitar-rock to be like.

"Gentle Neglect" is available to purchase now.