October Top Ten

We probably posted more new music in October than we had in any month in the three years we’ve been writing (we turned three on Friday!). Here’s our top picks from what we’ve heard:

1. Fujiya & MiyagiDaggers (Stephen Morris remix)

When we’re not listening to bands from Brighton, there’s a good chance that New Order ends up on the stereo, so when we read last week that one of our favourite Brighton bands had been remixed by a member of New Order it was almost inevitable that we’d love it.

2. Native RosesShadows (Ambassadeurs remix)

More Ambassadeurs than Native Roses, this remix of lush textured electronica didn’t bear a great resemblance to the original, but it’s beauty won us over.

3. Great PagansTangled up in Chemistry

Great Pagans album Cupid in Error was one of the highlights of the month. We could have picked any of the tracks – it’s all good – be we chose Tangled Up in Chemistry

4. Normanton StreetThis Wolf

We gave Normanton Street’s Much Respect EP a post of it’s own a day before it’s release last week, and deservedly so. The track we’ve chosen for our top ten is the beautiful stripped down This Wolf.

5. HeliopauseCity of Glass

Heliopause have popped up quite frequently on the blog over the years, as folk, then nudging post rock, and most recently as more straightforward indie. It suits them.

6. The DuBarrysUndress Your Soul

The DuBarrys had a self titled EP out this month, and lead track Undress Your Soul is a beautiful folk-pop classic in the making.

7. Fire EyesHide Out

Random Acts of Vinyl’s latest 7″ release by Fire Eyes is a great track on it’s own, but it confirmed it’s place in our top ten with remixes by the Bad Seeds’ Barry Adamson and AK/DK.

8. Eva BowanLacerta XI

Eva Bowan’s latest EP Hyperspectacle has been released by local label KLDCP and is possibly her most accessible, most cohesive work yet. We loved EP opener Lacerta XI.

9. Dog in the SnowConcrete Wall

Technically, Concrete Wall came out last month, being released as the B-side to Dog in the Snow’s Africa single, but it only got posted up to Soundcloud this month, and it’s still getting a lot of plays around these parts.

10. NightkitesDrones

We got the heads up about Nightkites’ future garage from GAPS who posted up a link to the music on their facebook page. The EP is named after the paranoid yet slightly hopeful standout track Drones.

New Music – GAPS, Great Pagans, She Crazy, Dark Train, The Dubarrys, Heliopause, Winston & Goldstein

Here’s our first New Music post for October, which is already shaping up to be another great month.

It only feels like the other week that we were sitting in the sun outside Small Batch interviewing GAPS about their new EP with Maya Jane Coles, but they’re not resting on their laurels and have announced details of another new single. She Bears a Flower will be released out on Sexbeat on 1st December:

Great Pagans have previewed Tangled Up in Poetry from their upcoming album Cupid in Error which gets released on Anti Ghost Moon Ray on 20th October. The launch party for the gig takes place at the Green Door Store on 6th November with support from Japanese Sweets and Soph Nathan.

As we head to the end of October, we’re hoping we see more videos like the new one from She Crazy. Made by Novi films, the promo for Zompocalypse Now is nothing short of brilliant (the song’s not bad either)

Carrying on with the vaguely horror theme, here’s Jekyll & Hyde, the new track from Dark Train:

A couple of weeks ago we posted up the video to Lilly by The DuBarrys, taken from their self titled EP. At the time we didn’t have too much info, but this week, as the band post up the rest of the EP to soundcloud, we thought we’d share another track from the record and also the iTunes preorder link.

Here’s some new music from Heliopause. City of Glass is possibly the furthest away from folk that the band have strayed to date:

Finally, a new download from Winston & Goldstein. If you’ve ever wondered what an ambient electronica response to female celebrity phone hacking might sound like, take a listen to Celebgate:

 

September Top Ten

September was yet another great month for Brighton Music. We’ve barely kept up with posting the new music that we’ve heard throughout the month, but these have been our favourites:

1 GAPS & Maya Jane Coles – In Dark In Day

GAPS collaboration EP with Maya Jane Coles was an easy choice for our number one spot this month. We were fans of GAPS before this release, and In Dark In Day made us love them even more.

2 Gazelle Twin – Belly of the Beast

Live show of the month had to be Gazelle Twin’s headline post at last week’s Spectrum night at the Dome Studio Theatre. The tracksuit and obscured face was the perfect visual representation of her leftfield claustrophobic electronica. We could have chosen any track from her new album Unflesh, but we’ve gone for Belly of the Beast.

3 Cate FerrisGiants

Giants has been a staple of Cate’s live sets for quite a while, so we were pleased to hear it get released on her new EP Disappear. It’s even better live – if you’re about this weekend get down to the Level where Cate is headlining the Lantern Fayre around 8-8.30ish on saturday night.

Dog in the SnowAfrica

Helen Ganya Brown’s latest single is another great slice of art pop which, too, has been a staple of her live sets over the last year.

5 MomotaroKite

If we could have, we’d have put the Deep Blast & Ricco Remix of Kite into our top ten tunes for you to listen to this month, but since it’s not streaming anywhere online, here’s the standard single version

6 Fear of MenTephra

2014 has been a good year for Fear of Men – support slots with Pains of Being Pure at Heart across the US and Europe, an album with great reviews across the board, a headline UK tour of their own, and to top it all their latest video premiered on the NME website.

7 Oslo ParksTwin

As debut singles go, you couldn’t ask for better than Twin. We’re looking forward to heading down to the Green Door Store for the launch tomorrow night (Thursday 2nd October).

8 HeliopauseI seem too cold (Faulty Remix)

Heliopause’s latest offering is a beautiful, blissed out, exotic rework of an older track, put out to celebrate Brighton Digital Festival.

9 TrovesAfterthought

Afterthought is another debut single from another new Brighton band, and coincidentally, Troves are the support to Oslo Park’s gig on thursday.

10 Phantom RunnersOn The Run

Finally, we have On The Run, the new Huey Morgan produced single from Phantom Runners, with it’s video filmed partly at Brighton Arts Club.

New Music

Another bumper New Music post for you all. We were out at gigs every night last week, so things have built up once again.

Our first track is by Heliopause, with I seem too cold (Faulty remix). Faulty is a night that Heliopause has been putting on at Brighton Digital Festival for the past few years and is taking place as I type at Fitzherberts. This is what happens when you spend your time going to gigs rather than writing blog posts.

Oslo Parks launch their debut single Twin on Thursday (2nd October) with a gig at the Green Door Store. Here’s a remix of the single from Germany’s VIMES:

Another demo from Black Honey surfaced last week. The Taste doesn’t offer any big surprises from their previous uploads – more widescreen American sounding rock’n’roll:

Swing Song is the new single from Kovak. It’s coming out on 20th October, and the launch party is going to be held at The Hope on 8th November:

Clash premiered the new video from Tyrannosaurus Dead last week. Local Bullies is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Flying Ant Day, which is available to pre-order now.

Momotaro have released a re-recorded version of their track Kite, which originally appeared on their album Second Side. It’s been released by German label Blue Dye and comes backed with a house remix by Deep Blast & Ricco Rizzo.

Red Shortbread is the debut track from Jack Watts. It was produced by Tim Bidwell (who’s worked with the likes of Jennifer Left and Cate Ferris), and the video was made by Create Studio’s Kenny McCracken:

Lilly is taken from The DuBarrys forthcoming self titled EP. Other than the name of the EP, and that one of the other tracks is the lovely, acoustic Undress Your Soul, details of the EP are rather sketchy and we can’t even find so much as a release date for it. More details as we hear of them:

Finally, we have Obelisk, a new video from Battery Operated Orchestra. Obelisk is taken from the album Incomplete Until Broken, which is available now on Bandcamp.

Gigs of the week

If you’re brave enough to leave the house without fear of being blown away or drowned, here’s our gig picks for this week:

BBTonight two local acts are supporting Basia Bulat at The Hope. You can catch Bella Spinks and Heliopause on Queens Road from 8pm. Meanwhile Audiobeach Studios celebrate their fourth birthday with a showcase at Sticky Mike’s with sets from BirdEatsBaby, Nylon Sky, Echo & the Beats and Departure from Normal.

Friday Night is Valentines day, and The Valentines are playing their last ever gig at the Prince Albert, with support from Fire Eyes and Dirt Royal. You can also catch Normanton Street over at the Green Door Store.

 

derriereOur pick for Saturday night is also two local acts supporting a touring band – Ez Stone and Ellie Ford are on the bill with Lily & Madeleine at Sticky Mike’s. We also like the look of Derriere who are playing at the Blind Tiger.

New Music – Faux Flux, Flash Bang Band, Tigercub, Plasticine, Bentcousin, A Lily, Heliopause

Here’s another post of new music that has come to our attention. We literally can’t keep up – we started writing this about a week ago, but every day there’s been new things to add to it. Good work Brighton!

Faux Flux – Week Long War EP

Thew new two track Faux Flux EP is out now on Donut Records. The EP features two new tracks, the poppy Week Long War and the more ethereal As Kids. Grab the EP as a free download over on Bandcamp now.

Flash Bang Band – Thinking above my Station

Flah Bang Band are continuing with their effort to put out a video for every track on their Bite Your Tongue album, this time filmed in an ex-DIY store.

Tigercub – Mother

Mother is the third video from the debut EP by Tigercub, which got released on iTunes last week on Club The Mammoth records. Videos for the other two tracks – Little Rope and Centrefold – have been online for a while, but Mother has just popped up to coincide with the release.

Plasticine – Dreamers of the Day

Dreamers of the Day is the debut single from Plasticine, who we first caught back at Sea Monsters earlier this year. You can grab it as a free download over on Soundcloud.

Bentcousin – Sunglasses in Winter

Pat and Amelia from Bentcousin are only in their early twenties, so it’s more than impressive for them to be tackling a subject like domestic violence. Sunglasses in Winter appears on Creechers, a new compilation on Creech Records. You can download it for free here. The compilation also includes Fire In The Sky by Dog in the Snow, which we featured a few weeks back.

A Lily – Lupa

A Lily is the musical project from James Vella, one of the guys responsible for Fatcat Records. Lupa is lovely stuff – lush strings, twinkling electronica and melodic vocals. As well as the bandcamp links, you can also pick it up on 12″ from Resident in town.

Heliopause – Eden

Eden is the fourth of a set of EPs put out by Heliopause as the band goes through a bit of a transition period. Each of the tracks on the release are just vocal and guitar, gentle almost-folk, but Richard Davis – the constant member in the group – is in the process of putting together a full band for the new material he’s working on.

Weekend Gig Picks

May’s a funny months for gigs. One one hand it’s quite possibly the best month in the year – The Great Escape comes to town and there’s so much going on for Brighton Festival and Fringe. But on the other hand there are so many distractions that a lot of bands lay low until there’s a chance that they’ll be heard. So even though this weekend is a Bank Holiday, things are starting to look a little bit thin on the ground.

On Thursday night Rich from Heliopause is putting on a gig at the Hope. His own band and Ingrid Plum act as support from Canadian Ingrid Gatin. Meanwhile, at Sticky Mike’s, BrightonsFinest are putting on Fragile Creatures.

Be Nothing promotions are celebrating their second birthday on Friday night at the Blind Tiger. There are five bands on the bill headlined by Girl Band, with local representation from Tourist and Adolescent.

Our pick for Saturday night is another gig at the Blind Tiger – Brighton’s King Porter Stomp are joining forces with Bristol’s First Degree Burns for what promises to be a fantastic ska / hip hop collaboration.

Brighton Music Blog Advent Calendar / Day 7 / Heliopause

Heliopause came to our attention at Sea Monsters earlier this year with their widescreen folk vision. A few months later, The Lumo Tape appeared – an album that mixed folk with layers of cinematic post-rock and sparkling electronica. It was one of our favourite releases this year – a judgement which lasted a lot longer than the hangover from the buckfast that got passed around at the album launch at Brighton Electric!

Heliopause are feeling festive and have announced that they’re giving us a new EP for free on Monday. Keep an eye on their social media next week for announcements (facebook, twitter)

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Heliopause and Do You Feel What I Feel Deer Supporting Mice Parade at the Hope

Well, that was officially the loudest acoustic gig that we’ve ever been to. Acoustic very rarely means acoustic these days, and everything at The Hope last night was plugged in and turned up to eleven, even though the instruments involved were acoustic guitars, strings and an autoharp.

Heliopause

First up were Heliopause, playing their first proper gig since May. Since then, their numbers have reduced and the band now just consists of Rich Davis and his laptop (although he’s hoping to boost the numbers by the end of the year). His short but loud set – thank goodness for ear plugs – comprised mainly of songs this year’s Lumo Tape album, a little more stripped down perhaps than other outings, but not suffering for it. The opening support slot came up as a competition run by Mice Parade along with their label Fat Cat. The label tells me that it was a pretty close run thing to choose between the entries, and that their second choice was excellent as well, but that Heliopause had the edge, being a bit more appropriate for the other bands on the bill.

Do You Feel What I Feel Deer

The second Brighton band were Do You Feel What I Feel Deer, whose single Save My Heart we wrote about last month. Before the gig I was concerned that one of the things that makes them so special might get lost if they played as a duo. Thankfully, they brought along a string section with them (well, two violins and a cello), and they were able to share the beautiful arrangements which make them more than just another folk duo. Vocals were shared evenly between Rachel and Eleanor, sometimes swapping the lead line mid-song, and the songs themselves are beautiful – otherworldly folk with close harmonies and instrumentation to die for.

Mice Parade

Headliners Mice Parade aren’t from Brighton, or even from Britain, but they are signed to Brighton based label Fat Cat. They’re touring their new album Candela as an acoustic trio, and main man Adam Pierce brought along two fantastic musicians along with him, a scandinavian ukelele player, and Dan Lippel – one of the finest classical guitar players I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live. Together, the sound they made was something beautiful. Thoroughly recommended.

Do You Feel What I Feel Deer are playing tomorrow night at Bombanes, and are supporting Mary Hampton at the Hanover Centre on 10th November. Heliopause support NZCA/LINES at the Green Door Store this thursday.

Faulty Sound Art AV night

Calling your event Faulty is tempting fate really, especially where there’s home made electronics involved. Due to a run of bad luck that not even a trip to London for replacement parts could help, it came to pass that the “interactive” element of last night’s Brighton Digital Festival event wasn’t working. Apparently all was well at last weekend’s Makers Faire, but since then things haven’t been right.

Three Brighton acts were on the bill : Krill & Captain Kelp, Maf the ROM and Lumo.

Krill & Captain Kelp

Last time we saw Krill, he was acting solo, hiding behind a laptop at Brighton Electric. Now he’s got a partner in crime, in the shape of Captain Kelp. The music is still predominantly lush ambient electronica, but now live vocals, acoustic guitar and drums are added to the mix, and sampled and looped in real time, proving to the audience that they aren’t just checking their emails.

Maff the ROM

By his own admission, things got a bit stranger when Maff the ROM took to the stage. Maff operates on the very edge of music – not for him are the likes of melodies, or intros or fade outs. Tracks stop unexpectedly, and the sounds coming from the speakers was made up snatched samples from films, footsteps. It was a challenging set, but I reckon that’s just the way that Maff wanted it.

Lumo

The last Brighton band on the bill was Richard Davis, who we’ve written about in glowing terms before on the blog about his Heliopause guise. Last night he was going under the name Lumo. The name of this years Heliopause album was The Lumo Tape and featured material originally written under his Lumo moniker before being beefed up to the full band setup. Tonight, using a heavily reverbed mic, an acoustic guitar and additional keyboards, Lumo plyed on layers on top of pre-programmed material. For each new Lumo experience, we’re told, new songs are written, which means that tonight’s performance was a little rough around the edges, but no less charming for it.