Not too long ago, I was introduced to Meadowlark, a Bristol based duo with a sweet pop sound steeped in emotion. Having recently announced the upcoming release of their debut album (30th June), I took to Vulture Hound to feature the title track, ‘Postcards’ as Track of the Day.
Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2015/10/11/noise-of-the-week-051015/
‘Pure Blue’ is a track that, as soon as it starts, you know it’s going to be huge. An upbeat melody is fronted by delicately sweet and dreamy vocals, creating a feel good energy that remains smooth and coherent, so that it glides through the air, almost leaving a glimmer of hope in its trails. This track hits just the right dose of euphoria, providing a happy place along with a catchy psychedelic rhythm that’s hard to shake. Summer might be over, but Splashh are still serving us that little bit of sunshine to get rid of those metaphorical moody grey skies.
Fish Tank – Friends
If you’re into something along the lines of quirky, mathematic rock that cuts off in all kinds of different directions, then Fish Tank are the band for you. It’s been a while since the trio unleashed their previous EP Henry, however they are back with something even wackier, a definite step forward – even if the video does leave you the slightest bit worried for their sanity. Continue reading
Former singer of the recently broken up indie band Yellow Ostrich, Alex Schaaf is now working on a solo project under the name of Human Heat. Though taking a much more electronic-pop route, Schaaf’s vocals remain on the same level of Thom Yorke-esque serenity. That said, ‘All Night’ harks similar tones to Metronomy in its emphasis on guitar and synth, subsidised by smooth and sensual vocals including that of T. Lieberson. As the song progresses, out pop soulful vocals, building ‘All Night’ into a greater state of grandeur and class. Hinting at some R&B tones Schaaf’s new project propels him into a completely different spectrum of music while the presence of his vocals reach out to those fans of former band Yellow Ostrich.
Striking in with a funky guitar riff that coincides perfectly with the smooth vocal pattern, ‘Crown’ is yet another heavily infectious indie-pop track from As Elephants Are. In comparison to previous tracks this latest effort is one of their most guitar-driven, with it building up to a greater energy throughout as it grows that little bit more erratic. This, paired with vocals that become more drenched in emotion as the song goes on, makes this one of the band’s biggest tracks so far. It’s catchy, layered in a coat of euphoria, and it sets the bar high for their upcoming EP of the same name.
Leave it to a genius of experimental music to create something that is both lively and somewhat soothing. Though at first hinting at a typical (yet nonetheless strong) electronic number, Bonobo’s latest track ‘Flashlight’ soon opens up to the idea of a fuse between electronica and funk. It’s a song that can liven you up or cool you down, fitting in to whatever context you need it to. Mind-numbing in all the right ways, ‘Flashlight’ is upbeat, and, without getting too philosophical here, full of clarity in the striking nature of each sound, closing with an otherworldly tone.
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.
London four piece Netil – named after Hackney venue Netil House – are a band with beguiling vocals that strike a tone reminiscent of your typical 90s rock ballads. In the midst of this familiarity, the fluctuation in guitar melodies kicks their sound into something that is a lot more current. Their debut single ‘Sweet Teeth’ captures this essence with a blend of throbbing vocals and eclectic instrumentation. Continue reading
Brighton boys High Tyde are set to release their latest single ‘Karibu’ on July 14th two weeks after the release of the track’s new music video this Monday (June 30th).
The video follows the lads enjoying the sun and sea on a day out in their hometown with various people holding up placards that read the song’s lyrics, offering the feeling of community and everyone being in it together. Along with the catchy tune it ensures that those words stick firmly in your head.
A month since the release of Warpaint’s self-titled album, enchanting little number Disco//Very is still proving difficult to shake off. Moody vocals and a hint of hip hop vibes offer an enticing energy that lends your body to a deep trance of head swaying and shoulder popping. Best played loud, Disco//Very is accompanied by an edgy bass line that adds to the fesity nature of the track. Warpaint show off a wide range of skills in an unforgettable song that leaves the listener feeling as if they have the power to take on the world.