IYES – Part Two

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I was told it would get easier, but evenings seem to be getting more difficult for now, and rightly so, a small baby is taking priority over blogging. We haven’t given up, and I’m grateful for Jon posting about the Self Help Group over the weekend.

Maybe it’s time to go back to posting about individual releases rather than trying to find the time to write about everything we hear about. We’ve got a post like that brewing, but I’ll need a bit more time to finish that up. To keep things ticking over, here’s news about IYES new EP, entitled Part Two. If you hadn’t worked it out yet, it’s the follow up to this summer’s Part One EP.

Lessons is syncopated pop with an unexpected piano solo midway through. Gone starts minimal and moody until steel drums and layered vocals build up. You might have heard the futuristic r’n’b of Toys before when a demo version appeared on the band’s soundcloud page last year. The EP finishes off with Beautiful Mess – classic eyes with Josh and Melis trading vocals atop their trademark arpeggiated synth sounds.

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Part two is out now on Spotify, iTunes and all the usual places.

May Top Ten

May always passes too fast for us in Brighton — too many things to do and not enough time to do them all. We did get enough time to get our ears around plenty of local new music though, and here’s our pick of the bunch.

1. Fujiya & MiyagiCaucasian Sweat

Our most listened to track this month was Caucasian Sweat, taken from the bonus disc of their new album Artificial Sweeteners. That’s nowhere to be found online – it’s from the bonus disc, part of the incentive for you to put your hand in your pocket and spend some of your hard earned money on the cd – so here’s album opener Flaws instead:

2. Eagles for HandsGlitterall

Last month Handprints topped our chart. The new Eagles for Hands double A side is still on heavy rotation at Brighton Music Blog towers and this month we’re featuring the chilled house b-side Glitterall:

3. TigercubBlue Blood

Number three in our chart is the new 7″ from Tigercub which comes on rather cool blue vinyl:

4. AdolescentGolden Halls part II

Golden Halls is the new EP from Adolescent. Part One is a short piano piece with additional ambient textures, part two which we’re featuring is this fantastic effervescent electronica:

5. Us Baby Bear BonesOld

This month Us Baby Bear Bones split up and left us with a final EP – Ursari – to remember them by. Our favourite track was the wonky r’n’b of Old:

6. IYESToys

In retrospect, it shouldn’t have been any great surprise that IYES latest demo was so good, after all Lighthouse (now sadly taken down from their soundcloud page) was just a demo. Anyone wondering if they can maintain their high standard should take a listen to Toys:

7. Gazelle TwinAntibody

I don’t think I’ve been disturbed my a music video quite as much since Aphex Twin’s promo for Come To Daddy. Not for the faint hearted, but brilliant nonetheless:

8. Alice Amelia11:11

Alice Amelia’s 11:11 is the kind of music that you’ll want to be hearing once the sun finally comes out properly – soulful r’n’b for summer days:

9. Sam Organ – It’s cool if you don’t want to say anything, I’ll just say nothing too

Sam Organ’s latest offering is the second track in this month’s ten from KLSDCP records. They also put out the Adolescent EP, and the downtempo beats of “It’s cool if you don’t want to say anything, I’ll just say nothing too” sit perfectly alongside it:

10. Winston & GoldsteinNon omnis moriar

Finally we have Non Omnis Moriar. We joked when we wrote about this at the very end of April that we don’t often post up Latin on the blog, but we’ve also gone and featured Us Baby Bear Bones Ursari in this month’s top ten (Ursari being Bear in Latin). You can catch Winston & Goldstein live for free at the Green Door Store on 9th June, on the bill with Brighton Music Blog favourites Dog in the Snow.

new music – IYES / Toys

Out of nowhere, IYES have come out with another amazing brand new track. Toys turned up online at the end of last week. If we hadn’t been so busy embracing Brighton Festival which started this weekend we might have been able to post about it before now, but hopefully you’ve been as busy as we have and you’ll forgive us being a bit slow to pick up the baton this time.

Toys follows down the route of the other-worldly r’n’b of their past few tracks –  Vocals get time stretched and underneath some of the choruses there’s some brilliant 8-bit arpeggiated bleepiness, but alongside all that there’s a great pop song there, with lyrics about a childish argument – “that’s why you throw your toys at me / do you feel much better now?”. Don’t worry though, as the Ronnettes sang in 1964, the best part of breaking up is when you’re making up, and the heavy breathing just after the two minute mark implies that maybe Josh might get his way when he sings “I just wanna feel”…

And this is just what IYES call a demo. Most bands would sell their grandmothers to have demos that turned out this good.