We’ve got a seasonal round up for you this week, with festive tunes put out by local artists, some modern takes on traditional tunes, some new compositions. Hopefully this will get you all in the festive spirit:
Catherine Ireton – Christmas My Baby Is Blue
Jacko Hooper – Silent Night
Crayola Lectern – SFXmas
Nick Hudson – I Forgot About Christmas
Laish – Silentish Night
The Boy Who Kicked Pigs – The Christmas Song
Becky Becky – Bells Ringing (Xmas again)
Chris T-T – A Child Is Born (Chris T-T’s previous Christmas tunes are also up on Bandcamp)
Thomas White – White Christmas
Curxes – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Us Baby Bear Bones – Santa Claus is Coming To Town
Here’s four new videos that we’ve come across this week.
First is British Sea Power with a video for Hail Holy Queen. The track isn’t the new single (that’s going to be Loving Animals), but the band made a video for this anyway:
Then we have the beautifully shot Slow Down by Crayola Lectern. We love the album, and Slow Down appeared in our April Top Ten post, so it’s no surpise that we’re giving it another mention.
Next is the new Flash Bang Band single, If You’re Driving. The single is out digitally on 3rd June, and the band next play in Brighton at the Blind Tiger on 9th June at the Root Experience’s Games Fete.
Finally we have the utterly chaming new video from The Self Help Group. The Rapture was filmed around Brighton (see how many locations you can spot!), and is out now on iTunes.
Brighton Music Blog favourites IYES have posted a new track online, which shows a new side to the band. Daddy is a seven minute long house number, which is a little bit baggy and a little bit balearic. It’s stripped of the vocals which characterised Lighthouse and Glow, but the one thing it has in common with the previous two tracks, one of the things that strikes you is how good it sounds. There’s something really clever going on with reverb and stereo, but don’t go overthinking about it, just enjoy it. You can hear it online by watching the youtube video above, or you can get a free download to listen whenever you like by signing up to their mailing list.
We wrote about the New Union single a few weeks ago, but when we did, it was a weeks before it was released, and it was before the video up. The single came out on monday, so to remind you of the fact that it’s out, here’s the video:
New Union are launching the single at a free gig at Fitzherberts on Friday Night.
Here’s another blog post of a couple of assorted media that have come to our attention that we’d like to share.
First up we have the b-side to the upcoming Fear of Men single coming out on Too Pure that we wrote about a few weeks ago. Mosaic, which is already getting airplay on BBC 6Music, is out two weeks today and the flip Your Side sounds like this:
Next is a remix of one of the tracks from Cate Ferris’ Deep Breath, Ready, Get set GO EP. Condensation has been remixed by Talking Books, and doesn’t feature on the cd:
Finally we have another video for the next single from Bat For Lashes upcoming album The Haunted Man. This is the video to accompany All Your Gold, which also comes out on October 15th:
Back in April The Moulettes had their single launch at The Marlborough. Two months on, it’s about time they actually released it. Held back by a combination of trying to tie things in with their multitude of festival appearances, and pressing plant delays caused by bank holidays, Sing Unto Me finally hits the shops next monday.
Sing Unto Me is the lead single from the Moulettes new album The Bear’s Revenge. In a bit of a departure from most of their tracks, lead singer Hannah Miller takes on guitar rather than ‘cello duties, but the overall sound is very familiar – tight female harmonies sung in the round, and a folk rhythm section made up of guitar, fiddle, bodhran, and any other bits of percussion that come to hand as well as double bass from Ted Dwane from Mumford and Sons.
Being the generous sorts they are, the single comes with a bumper six tracks – as well as a single edit, there’s a remix, a cover by fellow Brightonians The Muel, and a handful of b-sides including live favourite Are You Going Away To Sea, which is probably the track that made me fall in love with them in the first place.
The band are going to have a very busy summer. If you happen to be at any of the following festivals, I heartily recommend you go and see them:
07/06 Irish Cultural Centre, Derry, Northern Ireland
08/06 Marlboro House, Bundoran, Donegal
09/06 ‘Gentlemen Of The Road’ Salthill Pk Galway – w/Mumford & Sons
10/06 The Slate, Cork – on at 5.30pm, *before* the football!
06/07 Nova Festival
21/7 Secret Garden Party – Three gigs in one day! 5pm @ Onetaste, 8-ish @ Small World, 11.30pm-ish @ Cut-A-Shine
I could so easily fall into the trap of being quite blinkered with this blog, of just writing about folk and indie bands, since they’re in such abundance in Brighton. But I’m going to do my best not to – there’s plenty more going on, and I will get around to writing about different things, like Roots Garden and the dub stuff that they do, and I read that local metalcore band the Architects are headlining at the Concorde in April.
In the meantime though, here’s a bit of hip hop from Scribe Tribe, who’ve alerted me to their new video.
Cate Ferris has posted up some new videos onto her youtube channel today. They’re both tracks that she’s been playing live this year, so if you’ve caught her playing around town, you’ll know just how good they are. If not, enjoy these for the first time.
It’s December now, so we can officially talk about Christmas. So to kick off, a couple of festive bits and pieces from The Beautiful Word. Firstly, they’re hosting a night tomorrow at The Blind Tiger Club. Their Winter Woodland Wonderland kicks off early at 6.30pm (well, it is a sunday night). As with some of their previous gigs, they’re encouraging fancy dress, and the theme is animals and trees. I asked them about this on Twitter (@BeautifulWord, if you’re interested), and they say that they need more trees. If you are thinking about fancy dress, and want to be judged for it (there’s prizes, you know!), then you’ll have to get there between 6.30 and 7. Set times are:
Zoe Konez 6.45pm
Common Tongues 7.30pm
The Beautiful Word 8.15pm
Nimmo and The Gauntletts 9.15pm
As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also put out a Christmas single – Mirrorball. The video for it is here:
Finally, here’s a few links with more information about sunday night’s gig:
The new video single from Brighton folk band Laish is called She is Clever. It’s really rather good.
The Laish album came out on local Willkommen label earlier this year, and despite a number of very good reviews seems to have gone by largely unnoticed. That’s a shame because it’s really rather brilliant. The lead Laish man Danny Green (the band name translates as ‘Tribe of Dan’) is one of this town’s finest songwriters. He’s now reformed the band, or formed a new one, and is busy recording a second album.