New Music

Here’s our first new music post of August. There’s doesn’t seem as many gigs around at the moment, but that hasn’t translated in and slowing down of the new music we get to write about.

First up is Curxes with their new single Valkyrie. Valkyrie has been a staple of the band’s live sets for a while, and they first mentioned the track to us in an interview we did with them back in February last year where they described it as “probably the most batshit thing we’ve done so far”. You can’t argue with that. The single comes with remix from Deluxe Flamingos and an instrumental, and is out on 18th August, available for preorder here.

The mysterious Black Honey have put out a second track. Teenager has a faster tempo than last month’s Sleep Forever, but is still drenched with reverb heavy guitars and a vocal Lana Del Rey would be proud of.

We went along to the launch of the new Slum of Legs single at Sticky Mike’s a couple of weeks back, but at the time Begin to Dissolve hadn’t been posted online. You can listen and buy it now though, via Tuff Enuff Records, the record label offshoot of Riots Not Diets. The single is an anarchic lo-fi romp which takes no prisoners, which for the sake of clarification, is a good thing in our book.

Slum of Legs at Sticky Mike's 23/7/14

Lick Music, the musical offshoot of the people who make the fantastic frozen yoghurt have put out some tasters, but not of the dairy product variety. Following on from the Milk & Biscuits tape put out earlier this year, Lick are putting out another cassette on August 25th, this time by Octopuses. Once again it’s a four-tracker, with two studio tracks on side A and two live tracks on side B. Lead Track Cool Story Bro is set to appear on Octopuses debut album Yes Please due later this year.

RiD are a new band who’ve just put out their first EP. The EP is entitled Move Juice and the title track is called Smile:

Japanese Sweets, the ambient side project from Speak Galactic’s Owen Thomas, have put up two new tracks on Soundcloud. Our favourite is the effervescent Brief Luminescence:

Rather more gentle is Sallow Tree, the new track from Lutine. It’s being released as a single on 25th August, and precede’s the folk duo’s debut album White Flowers which comes out at the end of September.

Native sons email with their debut track Humanise in the middle of the heatwave a couple of weeks back, so it almost got lost as we stayed away from our overheating PC in an attempt to try and stay cool. Here it is now though, with it’s melodic tropical guitars and anthemic choruses.

Our last new music roundup featured an IYES remix, and here we are only a week later with another. This time it’s their slow-mo take on Indiana‘s Heart on Fire:

 

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new music – Bentcousin, Demob Happy, Dark Horses, Black Black Hills, Cate Ferris, Japanese Sweets, Fragile Creatures, Eva Bowan

The World Cup’s over with for another for years, so you can all turn your attention to music again. It’s less than a week since we last posted up a new music update, but we’ve still got eight tracks to share today.

First up is the video for Bencousin‘s new single Dizzy, which features Pat an Amelia larking around on the beach with surprisingly few people about.

Demob Happy‘s latest offering is a track called Suffer You, less than three minutes of melodic, breathless rock:

New first track from the upcoming Dark Horses album Hail Lucid State (due out on 28th August) actually surfaced a few weeks ago, but we were caught napping. Slightly late to the party, here’s Live on Hunger:

Up until last week, we were under the immpression that maybe Black Black Hills had split up – the only activity this year on their facebook page has been about their lead singer’s new solo project Rooster Cole. There’s still no news on their facebook page, but a new track called Beneath The Soil has appeared on Soundcloud:

As a stopgap before her new EP arrives Cate Ferris has uploaded a new track to Soundcloud. There’s no loops or big vocal acrobatics on Bad Day, just beautiful folk harmonies:

Owen from Speak Galactic ambient project Japanese Sweets has a new video online. Tune out and let Coming To With Yr Friends Around You wash over you:

Sunshine is the first track out there from the upcoming Fragile Creatures EP. The EP is due later on in the summer, with no firm date yet although the launch will be at the Komedia on Friday 12th September:

Last but by no means least is some more ambient, this time from Eva Bowan. Her facebook page says that Peach Parfait is “the most sunny song I’ve ever made” and comes with a gorgeous video from videographer Robin White:

New Music – Michael A Grammar, Acquaintance, Them The Sky, Bentcousin, Japanese Sweets, Stark, Salt Ashes, Somni, Unknown Brothers

We’ve got a bumper New Music post for you today. I went to go and write it mid-week but Soundcloud was down and since then there’s been more tunes to write about.

First up is Michael A Grammar whose Random Vision EP is out on January 27th. We’ve previously featured another track on the EP (The Day I Come Alive, back in November), and now another track Suzanna is out there.

Acquaintance are releasing their album Satellite Stream on March 10th. To give us a taste of what’s to come, To give us a taste of what’s to come, they;ve sent us the dance pop track Making Eye Contact:

Next up is Them The Sky who have put up another track from their Echolalia EP. This is called Start Again:

Brighton Music Blog favourites Bentcousin have another new song up on Soundcloud. The Love Song recalls 60s Motown beats and has plenty of references in the lyrics too:

We featured Japanese Sweets in last week’s gig picks. It’s the new pseudonym of Speak Galactic’s Owen Thomas.Slow Motion Crash / Around You is widescreen prog electronica which makes Speak Galactic almost seem like pop music.

Changing tack completely, we’ve got the new folk rock single from Stark. Let’s Fall Down Together is out now and the band are playing at the Prince Albert on 4th March.

All out pop doesn’t seem to feature much on these pages, but Salt Ashes is here to change all that – her new single Somebody could easily be a Kylie single:

As if we hadn’t covered enough genres yet, here’s some lovely ambient electronica. Somni has put up a couple of tracks on bandcamp, in advance of an album due in February. Here’s Glacier:

Finally we have Unknown Brothers, who have put up their Unkown Brothers EP onto bandcamp. Physical copies are coming next month but until then, you can pick up the EP digitally here:

Gigs of the Week

In a bit of our change to our weekly gig round up, which used to just focus on what was going to be happening at the weekend, from 2014 we’ll be looking at what’s going on for the whole week. We always played a little bit fast and loose with the concept of weekend, always starting on Thursdays (and even Wednesdays on some occasions), but inevitably there would be the odd gig that would slip through the net.

1425267_10202742176698581_851778223_oAs it happens, our first post in the new format is starting with a recommendation for thursday night – Luo, Kudu Blue and Fools Empire at playing at the Green Door Store in a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support. Four pound on the door goes to the charity.

Meanwhile, over at the Hope, Demob Happy headline a not-so-late-night Late Night Lingerie, with a couple of French bands also on the bill.

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On Friday Night, Late Night Lingerie regulars Spit Shake Sisters are playing a free gig at the Blind Tiger, with Broadbay in support.Meanwhile, over at Hotel Pelirocco Japanese Sweets headline Synthesize Me. While the name Japanese Sweets may not be familiar, you’ll have probably read one of our many posts about Speak Galactic, which is one of Owen Thomas’ other projects.

1451417_10201068791908535_1030419045_nOnto Saturday night – The Hundredth Anniversary are headlining at the Hope alongside The Grafham Water Sailing Club and I Like The Go Go.

At Sticky Mike’s, their regular Brighton Rock nights are back, with Dizzy Tales, The Evil Son, Saint Elmo and Mude this week.

Our last pick of the week is Almighty Planets who are hosting monthly nights at the Blind Tiger. Amongst the supports are Brighton’s Normanton Street.