With a name like The Twilight Sad and an upcoming album called Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave, it’s hard not to picture a group of melancholy musicians making depressing music. Fortunately for us however, this is not the case. In fact, though very much sticking to a theme of dejected moods and disheartened lyrics, the album is surprisingly uplifting and exhilarating with a variety of high and low tones to keep the album fruitfully alive. Continue reading “ALBUM REVIEW: The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave”
More often than not electronic music is passed off as club music with very little consideration of anything else it may have to offer. Caribou has successfully challenged this notion with ‘Can’t Do Without You’, the opening track for latest album Our Love. The track may be relatively simple, highly repetitive, and sure it sticks to some of your typical ‘club’ sounds, but nevertheless each element of ‘Can’t Do Without You’ increasingly functions as a surge of intense emotion. It’s easy to listen to, it’s relateable, plus it’s a fun one to boogie to, so what’s not to love?
With an ambition to produce something more than ‘just a record’, new instrumental trio Coldbones are all about creating something crammed with emotion as well as a cracking sound. Without vocals to guide this they rely solely on a strong set of varied melodies to demonstrate those emotional ups and downs. The musicians behind all this are Jordan Gilbert on guitar, Max Parr on bass and Joe Phillips on drums. Continue reading “COLDBONES”
Iron Sky from Paolo Nutini’s latest album Caustic Love is straight up class. With excruciatingly soulful vocals and an extremely dramatic melody, this single stands out as a theatrical masterpiece amongst the rest of the album. Nutini’s voice is rich with passion, forcing it into the foreground even over the powerful combination of brass and melodic guitars. Truth be told, every element of this song is so on point you can’t help but to take note of it all as well as let it take you. The more you listen to it the more compelling that mellow introduction becomes before leading you into a whirlwind of emotion-driven brilliance.
Lucky Elephant are a quartet hailing from London, Bradford and France. The Rainy Kingdom was inspired by Ken Ashton’s 1972 TV documentary We Was All One, which looked upon the dismantling of the Cockney way of life via the transferring of habitants from slums to tower blocks. The band’s relationship with this London life hugely led the way of this melancholic album, in particular homing in on the documentary’s focus on the Old Kent Road (which just so happens to be the title of the opening track which was graced with the Q Magazine’s approval as track of the day). Continue reading “ALBUM REVIEW: Lucky Elephant – The Rainy Kingdom”
Medallius is the debut album from Davey Pierce and Nicolas ‘Dobby’ Dobbratz, otherwise known as Yip Deceiver. The dance duo developed and recorded the diverse sound in their home state Georgia, and though having been released in America last September, the album is due to make its UK debut here in July.
Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2014/05/05/yellow-ostrich-cosmos/
New York indie rockers Yellow Ostrich have applied their guitar driven melodies in new album Cosmos which is out May 5th. Prior to the writing of the album singer/guitarist Alex Schaaf occupied his time in Brooklyn engrossed in the study of astronomy while drummer Michael Tapper undertook a sailing trip from Mexico to Hawaii. With these two influences in play Cosmos reflects the ideals of both shutting yourself away from the world as well as venturing on to new ground. Soft tones lend the feeling of shutting yourself out from the world and floating in your own personal bubble while the slightly more aggressive beats and guitar melodies offer the buzz of first hand discovery. Continue reading “ALBUM REVIEW: Yellow Ostrich – Cosmos”
Orignally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2014/04/12/morain-worlds-apart-ep/
English four-piece Morain are about to deliver new EP Worlds Apart, a project that the band started in August with the help of producer Roni Szpakowski. After supporting Canterbury, filling out London venues, and the success of previous EP Are We Lost, expectations for Morain’s latest release are pretty high. The EP, set to show off the band’s refined brand of ‘expansive pop rock’, most certainly does not disappoint. Continue reading “ALBUM REVIEW: Morain – Worlds Apart EP”
Call them blues, call them psychedelic indie, Newcastle band Kobadelta are altogether something else. Ominous vocals paired with a trance of wavering guitars make for a haunting energy that is difficult to ignore. Continue reading “KOBADELTA”
Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2014/03/13/natives-indoor-war/
From playing in front of empty bars to then gaining the support of Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, New Forest band Natives have been working hard in the studio to produce debut album Indoor War. Set for release on March 17 the album centres on a character named Alvima who decides to ditch emotion and live his life on logic and science alone after suffering a huge loss.
Guitarist Jack Fairbrother claims that “it’s fairly simple to write music which is instantly infectious and I also think it’s equally simple to write music so personal that it reads like a diary and feels deeply profound.” This certainly shines through Indoor War with a collection of catchy hooks and good beats to get your feet tapping. ‘Can’t Say No’ is certainly one of these tracks with a captivating energy that listeners will find easy to sing along and relate to. While ensuing a primarily pop punk vibe there is an essence of something a little different in this album. It hinges towards an extra hint of rock in different forms with the odd few guitar riffs that tend to be heard at the hands of light and balmy indie bands. These riffs however are utilised in such a way to suit the pop rock vibe of Natives while demonstrating a wider angle in their sound. ‘L.O.V.E’ for example starts off with a strong air of pop yet the rock side of the band does creep out in little segments. In relation to the character Alvima, the band have said themselves that “half way through the album there is this moment where he just lets it all out and embraces emotion” and this is most probably that point, in case the song title didn’t give it away. In contrast to the previous pop outburst, following track ‘Big Plans’ is much heavier in its approach and so marks the start of a revival in Alvima’s character, which develops through to final track ‘For Everything’.
Natives have nailed a consistent narrative rich in energy with a little slice of diversity resulting in Indoor War which serves as a debut album that some bands may only dream of. It is only fair to say then that Fairbrother wasn’t just being cocky when he said writing this kind of music was “fairly simple”.