Another batch of new Brighton music for you all, including three singles that are out today:
The first of today’s new singles is PLAY by Fickle Friends, the follow up to Swim – the first new track of 2014 that we posted. PLAY is another slice of fantastic sunshine pop. The band are launching the single with a gig at the Shacklewell arms on 9th April before they head on tour in April / May, playing a hometown gig as part of the Great Escape at the Green Door Store on 9th May.
Wasted by The Delta Bell is the new country tinged 7″ released today on Random Acts of Vinyl. Kate Gerrard’s band play at the Hope tomorrow night supporting Flooding Rivers, and you can buy the single now from the Random Acts of Vinyl website.
You probably wouldn’t guess that the ice-cool electro of Ode to a Massive Obsession was made by an ex-member of Kins, but Winston & Goldstein is the new project by Jacqueline who in a previous musical life was responsible for keyboards and guitars. The track is the first video from the forthcoming album In The Eyes of the Other, due later this year.
Dark Horses are back with Live on Hunger, the first track from their second album. Hail Lucid State has been produced by Death in Vegas mainman Richard Fearless (who also produced their debut Black Music), and the album will be out later this year on Last Gang Records.
Finally, we have the new single from Royal Blood, also released today. Little Monster is packed with riffis and is available on download or limited 7″.
On 5th May, Fujiya & Miyagi release their fifth album Artificial Sweeteners on Yep Roc records.
The band haven’t been resting since 2011’s Ventriloquizzing – we’ve had a couple of solo projects (Omega Male and I Am Ampersand), a 37 minute long running track, and a cover of New Order’s Your Silent Face for a Mojo magazine CD – but now David Best, Steve Lewis and Matt Hainsby are back with an album that might please dance music fans more than head nodding krautrock addicts. That’s not to say that Artificial Sweeteners isn’t classic Fujiya & Miyagi – There’s no escaping David Best’s deadpan swagger, although now some of the motorik grooves are more synth based and propped up with pulsating drums.
The band play at The Haunt on 6th June before heading around the UK then Europe. Tickets are onsale now for £6.50 + booking fee from the usual outlets. You can pre-order Artificial Sweeteners digitally from iTunes, or physically from recordstore.co.uk. Two tracks – opener Flaws and the analogue acid electro number Tetrahydrofolic Acid – are streaming below.
2. Acid to my Alkaline
3. Rayleigh Scattering
4. Artificial Sweeteners
5. Little Stabs at Happiness
6. Tetrahydrofolic Acid
8. Vagaries of Fashion
9. A Sea Ringed with Visions
After a break for reasons we can’t quite fathom ourselves, here’s our pick of great gigs coming up this weekend.
On FridayLes Enfants Terribles, one of our favourite monthly nights, returns to the Blind Tiger. This month the fantastic Momotaro are headlining, with support from TheBeautiful Word, Poles Apart and Lunar Maria. Meanwhile, over at Sticky Mike’s, Demob Happy are curating this weekend’s Late Night Lingerie.
On Saturday Night The Galleons are holding their album launch at the Brighthelm Centre. Not only do they have the 60 piece Hullabaloo Community Choir performing with them, but they’ve also had their own beer brewed especially for the night. We’ve also spotted that Dark Horses are making a return with the first local gig performing material from their upcoming second album. You can catch them at Sticky Mike’s supported by The Querelles and Riddles.
Here’s out latest round up of Brighton’s new music, with tracks from Fear of Men, The New Union, Luo, Bentcousin, and A Lily.
We’ve written about Fear of Men‘s new single Luna before (here and here), but now they’ve posted up the video, premiered earlier today over on Vice, featuring wrestling, archery and snake handling
The New Union‘s new single Now came out last week, and now you can download a free remix by Oxford’s Pixel Fix, where they’ve swapped the jangling guitars are swapped chilled beats:
Luo released a new three track EP today. Lapis Lazuli is a return to Luo’s earlier electronica style, but he promises that he hasn’t turned his back on prog:
BentCousin have got a new track up on Souncloud. Everything is apparently about stalking, not that you’d guess from the melodica and soulful backing:
Since our last new music roundup A Lily have posted up the last two cover versions which go to make up their Augury EP. You can download Cold Blooded Old Times (originally a Smog track), and The Hollows (a Why? cover) from their bandcamp page:
News has just come in of IYES follow up to last year’s debut single Til Infinity. Breathe has been released today on Duly Noted Records, produced by the band with additional production duties from MNEK. As with most of their songs, Josh and Melis share vocal duties, and the additional production gives Breathe more of an urban edge than some of their earlier material. Breathe is out now and available to buy through iTunes.
“Breathe is our sexiest song,” says Josh. “We wrote it with an image in mind of a naked lady, in a jungle, with a snake wrapped around her. The beat came first – we wanted a tribal sound featuring lots of percussive elements. Melis’ voice is often quiet and cute. It’s always beautiful, but I thought it would be great to get some sass out of her. Hence the no clothes and the python idea.”
“Josh showed me clips on YouTube with wild animals – lions, snakes, tigers – all in slow motion, looking very sensual and dangerous” says Melis. “The track’s demo title was Jungle Sex. I loved the concept but when he started mentioning video ideas with naked women, I told him he’d best get another girl.”
Hypnotized at the Telesto EP launch at the Green Door Store
Tomorrow Love Thy Neighbour release the debut EP by Brighton’s Hypnotized. The standard cd release of Telesto is five tracks of experimental psychedlia, sometimes made up of chilled fuzzy electronica (on Ghost Walk and Fun Wings), but at other times having an eastern flavour (with the percussion on Vainty of Names, and the sitars and pretty much everything else on Hylia). There’s also a very limited deluxe format with additional remixes from Flamingods, Speak Galactic, Shinamo Moki, Dog In The Snow and Eva Bowan. Both formats can be ordered direct from Love Thy Neighbour, with the five tracks on the standard EP streaming below the video for Ghost Walk.
Earlier last year, a strange thing happened – a genuine bona fide 90s pop star and BBC Radio 6 presenter started following me on Twitter. Part of me thought that maybe I’d made it in the world of music journalism, but a more sensible part of me was a bit more realistic and thought that there must be a more logical explanation.
Later in the year I got told that this person had been signed up to produce a track for the Phantom Runners, and everything fell into place. I was told in confidence, so I’ve kept it under my hat since then, but I’m pleased to share the video for that track.
Chasing The Feeling is being released on 23rd March on Stray Cat Records, and has been produced by Huey Morgan. He explained “This is the one that you don’t pass on. The band has it all. The songs, the drive and a unique combination of musical styles that I have not ever come across. I’m in. Are you?”
The lead single from the forthcoming Hiawatha Telephone Company album has a name, and it’s called ‘Dave’.
Dave has a powerful lyric and after its forceful but quiet, steady introduction, a strident John Cale-style violin riff (by Maria Marzaioli of Reds) that will appeal to fans of the Velvet Underground and Bill Callahan along with the act’s more typical singer-songwriter, alt-Country, alt-Folk fans.
The song was recorded at Brighton’s Margaret Street loft by Martyn Lewis Moss (Butterfly House) in one-take, straight onto cassette. The resultant sound is unusually primitive but has a special lo-fi warmth.
The song ‘Dave’ is being released independently on-line on Monday (17th March) via Bandcamp (as a free download) and as part of an EP with another taster from the album and two non-album tracks. However, Brighton Music Blog has an exclusive first-listen at the link below:
You can find the Hiawatha Telephone Company on Facebook here
Here’s this week’s roundup of the new music that we’ve heard.
First up is a new track from Eagles for Hands featuring Sivu. Farewell Appalachia isn’t Eagles for Hands normal fare, being vocal and more more song-like, with his trademark electronica being used to subtle effect.
Next is the latest upload from A Lily. We mentioned last week that throughout March they’re putting up a track every week. This week they’ve covered Love’s A House is Not a Motel.
Them The Sky put out a remix of their track Fall which featured on last year’s Echolalia EP. London’s Finjin is on remix duties here, chopping up the vocals and underpinning things with lovely burbling electronica.
Finally we have a track by Rooster Cole – formerly known as the front man of Black Black Hills, something you’ll spot as soon as the vocals kick in, although The Waiting Place is a bit less rock’n’roll and a bit more dramatic, with few less guitars and a broader palate of strings and piano.