Film Review: Blue Is The Warmest Colour
The Palme D\'Or Winner is on wide release in the UK now. And yes, it is definitely worth seeing. More »
Album Review: Cupid Deluxe - Blood Orange
The new record by Dev Hynes is a sultry, sexy, Brooklyn inspired record must hear. More »
New Single: Better In The Dark - Say Lou Lou
This single completely confirms these two as frontrunners for BBC Sound of 2014. More »
Gig Review: Vampire Weekend Live @ The O2
Summer smiles all round for Vampire Weekend on a winter November\'s night. More »
Filled with nostalgia and romanticism, Lion Bark’s new song is equally melancholic and upbeat. Detailing a long-distance friendship between the lead singer and two of his band-mates, the track plays with many genre expectations both lyrically and sonically.
What is it that’s really caught people’s attentions with Suzane Collin’s Hunger Games? I wasn’t necessarily a fan of the books (they read like an obnoxious teenager’s twitter feed) but Gary Ross’ first film certainly did catch my attention. Not just for Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful Katniss Everdeen, one of the best heroines to grace a blockbuster I’m recent memory, but also for the taut concept of Celebrity Culture and Reality TV gone wrong. Indeed, Ross’ harsh direction seem to hammer this point in harshly yet subtly, Forcing critics and fans alike it flock to the film adaptation. Cue the excitement for the second instalment…
Lucius are a five piece fronted by the dynamic duo that is Jess Wolf and Holly Laessig, not strictly twins or even related for that matter but given their perfectly paired harmonies, it’s easy to see why their double edged approach works.
Their moving and melodic sounds will instantly captivate you in a humble fashion without the need to crush the listener with emotions. The two have enough power in their voices to captivate you, so there’s no need for any bells and whistles. Yet their backing band of three bring an artsy, fuzzy indie-pop vibe which makes their debut album ‘Wildewoman’ infectious listening.
Having been received warmly for their grace and assurance, 2014 will see Lucius bring their unique sound to the UK.
Sasha Keable’s debut EP ‘Black Book’ is a brilliant concoction of shimmering, moody, electro songs that are both polished and raw at the same time. Lyrically, the teenager signed to Disturbing London, may seem full of impassioned youth but her rich voice certainly sounds as if it surpasses her teenage years.
But the best thing of all about the ‘Black Book’ EP is that you can get it for free including the fantastic, ‘Careless Over You’ which will have your heart melting in no time.
Her name emblazoned in bright pink letters seems the most fitting choice for this sugary songstress’ sophmore album. It’s an emotionally tender record that’s full of equal parts joy and pain. In a fantastic way, of course. Her confessional nature as a result never comes across as inauthentic or self-indulgent.
Scattergood’s voice isn’t necessarily the most typical female singer-songwriter voices; people will find it hard to compare it against another female’s voice which is perhaps what’s most enjoyable about this album. Her fickle and boldly British voice is unique enough to make this an exciting listen. It’s an acquired taste, but Scattergood is noticeably in charge of how it sounds.
The Courteeners have premiered their latest video, ‘Are You In Love With A Notion?’ which is the latest single to be taken off their third studio album, ‘Anna’ released at the beginning of this year, reaching #6 on the UK Chart.
Inspired by the lyrics of the superb track (perhaps the finest on this record) the video follows a girl who’s falling in love with a man maybe far too quickly for her own good…
Spector played an exclusive London show when they headlined the tiny Birthdays venue in their home territory of East London as part of the Dr. Martens #STANDFORSOMETHING Tour. Known for their charismatic live shows the band powered through their debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ packed with anthems that are firm fan favourites, and aired a few new ones too.
Needless to say this was the hottest ticket in town and this live video shows just why Spector have gained the title of masters of a live show.
It’s awfully premature of me to start contemplating how to spend your New Year’s when it’s not even December but how can you not get excited when you start hearing about things like this going on? So to get you thinking about what you might get up to, check out 4 of the Best Indie Nights to welcome in 2014 below.
As Ezra Koenig flicks his hundredth smile of the night with a little clap of his hands during ‘Giving Up the Gun’ you realise that tonight is a spectacle that rather oddly works. I say oddly, as Vampire Weekend are an incredibly summer-y, cute group (sonically speaking – Koenig’s lyrics certainly pack a punch) and playing The O2 in a cold night in November might seem weird at face value. But really, it’s just a reminder of how powerful the preppy, Columbia graduates are.
We Are Shining first cropped up when they released their debut 12″ ‘Hey You’ on the enviously cool, Young Turks label. Since then, they’ve been working on their debut album and that’s something you should be getting excited about.
Their music exhibits an outright lack of restraint – intense ups and downs, instinctive outbursts, raw beats and random noise – what holds their music together is what should in fact tear it apart. Their music adheres to no single style or genre but stands out for its unique and forward thinking approach.
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Their latest song, Wheel, which dropped on SoundCloud this month is a testament to the fact that these two can make the seemingly sporadic and crazy sound not only exciting but effortlessly cool and above all, momentous. Yup, they look like they’re shining pretty brightly.