As promised, here’s our second new music post of the week, kicking off with The Modes who have just released their new EP Parallels. This is EP opener Too Early:
Here’s a slightly belated new music blog post, catching up with a couple of weeks of tunes that have dropped into our inbox. Because we’re a bit behind we’ll split things into two, with another post tomorrow. Hopefully normal service will resume soon. Our first tune is the first track from Miamigo‘s new Hard To Love EP which is out now. Come of Age was apparently written about a girl from the suburbs chasing the American dream. Continue reading
To celebrate The Go! Team playing their first live date in years last night up in London, the band have released three videos, for each of the tracks from their new long player The Scene Between that clock in under a minute – Rolodex The Seasons, Gaffa Tape Bikini and The Floating Felt Tip.
Don’t worry if you missed out on seeing the band up in London. It’s always such a pain to get back from London, and it was sold out anyway. Instead you can see the band on 4th July at The Haunt, where they’ll be supported by grasshopper.
Normally I do my Top Ten posts in the first day or two of the month looking back at the previous four weeks, but as you’ve probably noticed, I’m a bit late. You might have also noticed it’s just a top five this month too. There’s a good reason for the reduced nature of this post and me going a little bit quiet on the blog for the past couple of weeks – at the start of June I became a dad, which has given me something else to look after other than the blog. So while our newest writer catches a few minutes of shut-eye, hopefully I can squeeze out an overdue post of the tracks we enjoyed the most from May.
1) Milk & Biscuits – Towns are Concrete Holes
Brighton’s best kraut-pop band are back and sounding amazing. And that video. Lovely stuff.
2) Inad – He Will Disappear
Dreamy pop from a band we don’t know nearly enough about yet.
3) Sam Organ – Mirrors
One third of Physics House Band drops his Mount Bank moniker to make a lovely electronica instrumental
4) Momotaro – Orchids
Taken from their new EP Highest, Orchids shows that their Second Side album wasn’t just a flash in the pan.
5) Lion Bark – You and Me
I guess we ought to feature some music with guitars in picks from May. Lion Bark take things easy and make the perfect soundtrack for a summer’s day.
Saturday night’s alright, we think.
Two choice shows in Brighton this Saturday.
First up is an acoustic session by multi-instrumentalist Fiddes Smith and friends, featuring the beautiful singer and songwriter Sharon Lewis, formerly of the duo Pooka, and a singer who has collaborated with Orbital, The Leisure Society and most recently with Anais Mitchell in her folk opera, Hadestown.
Saturday, 7:30pm at The Basement, Kensington Street. Tickets are available here
Alternatively, the Bleeding Hearts Club have a rare Saturday night outting over in Hollingdean at the little Coachwerks venue, now home to Bartleby’s Brewery. Besides their excellent homebrew, on Saturday night they’ll be serving up a smashing mix of local acts – the soulful country tones of the Delta Bell, beat poetry from Gary Goodman, fantastic indie rock kids Grasshopper, and a rare solo show from The Pantomine Whore (aka Mum, from mum dad and the kids).
Doors at 7pm at 19 Hollingdean Terrace, Entry by donation.
Proceeds will go towards the bands’ lugging costs and the rest will go towards the cost of building the venue.
Two excellent things on for local music fans this Friday.
Hidden Trail Records are launching their charity compilation ‘Hidden Brighton #2′ on Friday 12th June at the Latest Bar in Manchester Street, featuring some exciting live music from three blog favourites: the rockin’ Black Rooster Black Shag and two superb electro-pop acts Curxes and Becky Becky, both of whom have released very well-received albums this year. Doors at 7:30pm. Entry is £8 on the door.
The album is the Hidden Trail label’s second compilation and features an excellent array of local acts: Curxes, Black Rooster Black Shag, Becky Becky, The Delta Bell, Matthew the Oxx, Clowwns, Cate Ferris, O. Chapman, Momotaro, Grasshopper, Elin Ivarsson, Garden Heart, Jetglo and Alex KP. If this is anything like their first compilation it is going to be really lovely.
The launch and album are raising money for an excellent local charity, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, a day centre providing support to young insecurely-housed or homeless people in Brighton and Hove. All profits from the gig and album release go to the charity.
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If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a wonderful celebration of folk-based music at The One Church, featuring poetic songstress Kristin McClement whose new album The Wild Grips has been getting excellent reviews, along with experimental music from Astra Forward, beautiful alt-folk from Philippe Nash and Hilary Repko‘s heartfelt vocals.
It should make for a beautiful evening of gentle music in a charming venue in Gloucester Place, just a few doors along from the North Laine Brewery Pub. Doors open at 7:30pm, entrance by donation.