Everyone moves to the same rhythm. There is no choice. Even Bibio’s sonic intricacies become a peripheral part of the parcel, swamped in a joyous whole of noise. Will Grant reviews.
BOF’s recent self titled album has already become one of the stand-out albums of the year, and upon catching up with him following a string of shows with The Go! Team, we found a man unperturbed by his own pace talking all things Banjo or Freakout, Walls and beyond.
Plastikman’s infectious manipulation of sonic is an intelligent mastery unmatched by many, if not all, who have followed in his footsteps. Arkives is essential listening for the old and new fans alike, writes Will Grant.
The grandiosity of the HMV Forum sometimes overcompensates for things, but in the case of tonight’s sold out Cut Copy show, its environ resonate just what understated popularity the band have garnered, writes William Grant.
At a time when overtly bravado laden dross fills our airwaves (helllo Beady Eye), along come Frankie & The Heartstrings with a sound that’s totally unashamed of its heritage yet bouncing with a frivolity untarnished by a grossly misjudged sense of importance.
“One of the most immense pieces of pop genius to hit these ears in a long time.” Get your coat Jensen Sportag, you’ve pulled – Will Grant wants to take you home for some Pure Wet lovin’.
No stops, no throw away exchange of words to a seemingly disparate yet transfixed audience. They leave every note and kick of sonic dexterity to work the dialogue.
What ‘Notre Jour Viendra’ has achieved – save for its own stand-alone qualities as a very good example of how a soundtrack can be translated to it’s stand-alone musical core – is a further establishment of this artistic stable as a new force to be reckoned in the audiovisual plain. Sebastian is certainly, with this release, confirming his status as one of it’s frontrunners.
It’s not very often that an album of this sort of muted diversity can permeate into a wider consciousness, but Banjo or Freakout most definitely deserves all of the plaudits that is thrown its way and more. It is not an album underpinned by hype – it is a finely tuned statement of intent from a young songwriter who, like very few others, has an incredibly patient yet potent Midas touch in his craft and is something that will inevitably be cherished beyond its immediate realm of hyperbole.
To say that Ivan Ink ‘n’ Isa is an attempt for one of its components, namely Isabella Summers of Florence and The Machine fame, no less, to come out of the shadow of the her main project is kind of degrading. This EP stands on its own merits without the need of flaunting a CV in anyone’s face.
Whether Echo Lake had their eye on this very day to release their debut EP into the world is for cynics amongst us to discuss at peril – what cannot be ignored, however, is just how relevant and thought provoking their sound is to this perilous and oft-synthetic time of year.
Adventure is 24 year old Benny Boeldt from North Carolina and this here song, ‘Feels Like Heaven’, features on his forthcoming sophomore album, The Lesser Known.
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