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Ivy Nations – Disintegrate

Ivy Nations - Disintegrate

Ivy Nations – Disintegrate

A suitable track for a day made in history.

80’s inspired indie rock band, Ivy Nations share ‘Disintegrate’.

“If there is one song that demonstrates the lengths the band has reached to create a sound – it’s Disintegrate. The song was rewritten and recorded many times during attempts to get it right. The result, all of our energy and emotion captured on a track that is cathartic, driven by collapsing structures and farewells to the past.”

Sounds like: Regions, Don Henley, the Kickdrums, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Tower, Rumours Follow

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Funeral Suits – Tree Of Life

Funeral Suits

Funeral Suits

Funeral Suits share the dark video for ‘Tree Of Life’, featuring a lot of men in suits.

…But the video is more than that. It’s actually a portrayal of the seven deadly sins within the context of current global financial issues.

Jochen Schmalbach (Rammstein) helped record the track, while the production and mix work has been done by the father-and-son team of Ken Thomas (Sigur Rós, M83), and Jolyon Thomas (Slaves).

Sounds like: Marble Sounds, Satellite Stories, Blossoms, Coasts, The Jungle Giants

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Interview: Badlands

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands is an electronic project by Swedish born songwriter, producer and sound designer Catharina Jaunviksna.

We caught up with Catharina to talk music and life.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Badlands and how you got into music.

I’ve always been into music. As a teen it saved me, like so many others. I was listening to a lot of post-hardcore, shoegaze, synth and new wave. And even though I started to record early, I was always very private about it. Music was this huge and intangible mountain to climb, I thought I wasn’t worthy. And I didn’t know anybody else that was into synthesizers, midi and sampling back then. So I hid away and made music for myself and external projects, such as movies and plays, so that I wouldn’t have to uncover myself. I did make a few failed attempts to form a band too. But something needed to get out. I was missing something that only I would be able to materialize. So eventually I thought it was time to start arranging and finish the huge pile of soundtracks and experiments that was lying around on my hard drives. And that’s how Badlands was born. The first EP was released together with my friend Nikals Tjäder, it was great fun at the time but pretty obvious whose baby it was, so after the first release Badlands became my solo project. It was a big relief, now I could just nerd out and do whatever turned me on, without having to compromise with anything. Then I released the single Tutu, and now the new album Locus.

Describe your sound in three words.

Melodic, lush, interstellar.

You were born in Sweden, but also call Ireland and Italy your home. What do you like and dislike about each place, and why?

Scene-wise? Well, I suppose I’ll have to generalize here quite a bit, so don’t hold me too much to it. Sweden… We have great judgement and taste when it comes to music, but we can be pretty anxious about trend and rep. Doesn’t make good pioneers, not any more. But I’m sure we will again someday. The Irish scene on the other hand is very vibrant, a great balance of DIY and professionalism. Fortunately, the country’s stubborn and silly old values don’t reflect in the music, it’s the complete opposite. And Italy… I think they’re on their way. I meet a lot of Italians who idolize the Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon scene though, and try to copy that, instead of finding their own thing. I believe they have to take whatever they’re insecure about and turn that into their strength instead. Like they used to.

Your album, ‘Locus’, is out now. Tell us a bit more about the process of creating ‘Locus’, and the meaning behind the album.

I don’t intellectualize around music, at least not my own. It’s not until the end of the process that I start to realize what it was all about. And the meaning can change with the process too, or hold several meanings. That’s why music is magic and not rational. But the process is usually the same, pretty much.

These transient melodies and pictures appear in my head like capsuled mini revelations, and from there I walk in to the studio and try to communicate that exact feeling somehow. Sometimes that process takes only a couple of weeks, sometimes several months. I love the start and the end of a tune making process, but the 90% in-between is a chaos of doubt and self-contempt. Haha.

I think it’s funny how many people seem to look at Locus at this apocalyptic prophecy though. To me Locus is magnanimous, tender even. It’s more a study over human kind, rather than an assessment. It’s a lot about how much power we have over who we are and the decisions we make. But each song has its own story, and I don’t want to sabotage my listeners own interpretations either.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

A lot of stuff that inspire me is either from the late 70’s or early 80’s, even though I wasn’t born then. Music that lead on new wave, before it even became a concept. Both commercial stuff and more obscure space- and Italo disco. But I don’t try to sound retro or anything, I’ve never understood the thrill in trying to copy a sound myself, although I enjoy listening to others neo-synthwave and retro-futuristic work. But yes, the 80’s…I believe there was just enough technology to nurse creativity, but not restrict it, like today. It colored the sounds, made them re-assuring, warm and invincible. I build stamina and find strength in what they had then, that we lack today. I love the softness of the sounds too, that’s why my masters aren’t pushed so hard and ran through tape.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Most new music I listen to is unestablished. I spend many hours every week digging around in the huge tank of indie anarchy that is Soundcloud. I think that’s the closest thing to crate digging in the digital world you get these days. It’s the darknet of music, but in a good way. I love finding and pushing overlooked gems. I think many of the major music blogs have lost their sense of passion, excitement and courage, that’s why I don’t look there for new stuff anymore, like I used to. But of course I listen to a lot of signed music as well. If we’re talking labels I really dig Warp, Mute, Secretly Canadian, Italians do it better, Ghostly, Captured Tracks, Lucky Number to name a few. And my friends. I’m lucky enough to know a bunch of super talented people. You find them where you find me.

Badlands’ album is out now. Order on iTunes now.

Sounds like: Tei-Shi, Glasser, Still Corners, Enya, Be Forest, Lilies on Mars

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Ivy Nations – You Are The Centre Of Me

Ivy Nations - You Are the Centre of Me

Ivy Nations – You Are the Centre of Me

Ivy Nations are a fun rock band from Dublin, comprised of Darragh Faughey, Brian Sinnott, Joe Kiernan, and Paul Donohoe.

Following the success of ‘The Mile Road’, Ivy Nations have released a foot-stepping catchy pop number, ‘You Are The Centre Of Me’.

According to the band, “It’s about control – a possessive relationship. One person yielding control over the other long after the relationship has ended. An addiction, that eventually paralyses both. The result, an inability to truly love another. An inability to forgive, to accept ones fate, that is, bound by fears, loss and anxiety. Lusting over the possessed partner. An unhealthy desire to be with them at any cost.”

Its out today.

Sounds like: Regions, Don Henley, the Kickdrums, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Tower, Rumours Follow

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Premiere: Cut Once – Playing With Fire

Cut Once

Cut Once

Irish electro band Cut Once is comprised of Aisling Browne (formerly of Solar Taxi) and Michael Heffernan. The pair met at Temple Lane Studios, where Michael is also Head Engineer.

Bringing a darker side to techno, Cut Once is starting to develop a bit of a cult following in Dublin and further afield.

The old school-inspired video starts by following a girl singing and dancing along to their new track ‘Playng With Fire’. Upon first glance, this could easily be a 90’s pop video, however the video soon delves into something a little darker, as the girl enters a Cut Once show in an industrial venue.

It’s a perfectly fitting video for what is a really cool track.

Sounds like: Banks, Blood Orange, Jessie Ware, ASTR, Empathy Test

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Sorcha Richardson – Petrol Station

Sorcha Richardson by Matthew Zach Kelly

Sorcha Richardson by Matthew Zach Kelly

Sorcha Richardson is a musician from Dublin, who now resides in New York City

‘Petrol station’, which has been produced by Baile,  is a backstory of Richardson’s, played out in her spoken word.

Sounds like: Poema, Bo Rocha, First Aid Kit

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My Violet – Disintegrate

 

My Violet - Disintegrate

My Violet – Disintegrate

My Violet is an indie trio from Dublin, Ireland.

Their knee-shakingly good debut track ‘Disintegrate’ has been produced by Philip Magee (Kodaline, Miles Kane).

With anthemic qualities written all over it and an interlude to die for, My Violet is definitely one to watch.

Sounds like: Crystal Fighters, Kodaline, Osca, Young Kato, Miles Kane, The Academic, Young Mass

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Go Wolf – Friction

Go Wolf

Go Wolf

Meet indie synth group, Go Wolf.

Go Wolf unintentionally formed at a Belfast poetry night and with two tracks under their belt, they are releasing their latest single, ‘Friction’.

It’s a catchy and upbeat indie track about the tribulations of love.

Listen below:

‘Friction’ is due out on the 10 March via Ooh La La Records. It is the first track taken from Go Wolf’s forthcoming EP under the name ‘Running’, that will feature four brand new tracks.

Sounds like: Alpine, Kid Astray, Dutch Uncles, The Levity, Metronomy, Bastille, Wild Beasts, The 1975, CSS

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All Tvvins – Thank You

All Tvvins

All Tvvins

All Tvvins is an indie rock duo from Dublin, consisting of Conor Adams & Lar Kaye.

They cite influences from TV On The Radio and Animal Collective.

It’s nice to see some classic indie rock in the mix. Watch the video to ‘Thank You’ below:

They have some live dates coming up, including supporting Jungle, and they’ve already played support dates with Arcade Fire and Pixies.

We are expecting big things from All Tvvins in 2015!

Sounds like: The Editors, White Lies, Jungle, Arcade Fire, Pixies, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective.

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Jape – Seance of Light

Jape is the project of Dublin-based Richie Egan.

Think expansive electronica.

The Dave Tynan-directed video for ‘Seance of Light’ follows Dave Rudden‘s humorous short story ‘Bleach’, which witnesses an interview unfold after the job hunter’s friend spikes his tea with a tab of acid.

‘Seance of Light’ has been taken from Jape’s latest album, ‘This Chemical Sea’ which can be purchased on iTunes now.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Depeche Mode

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