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Interview: Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey

Electronic duo Solomon Grey are gearing up to release their sophomore album ‘Human Music’, out on 16 February via Mercury KX Records. The record was mixed by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) and features a full orchestra recorded in Budapest.

We caught up with Tom and Joe…

1. Describe your sound in three words.

Emotive, cinematic, classic (we held to hold back from writing average or something similar).

2. Where did the name Solomon Grey come from?

There was a day of flinging names around, Tom said Solomon Grey (the inspiration for that is another story) and we thought it sounded right. At the time we wanted people to think it was one person. We always enjoyed reviews wrongly thinking Floyd or Gnarls Barkley were one artist.

3. Your music is hugely emotive, and your visuals and live shows, hugely atmospheric. Which comes first when creating music?

We normally talk about the visual aspect of a track once the first few ideas are down. It’s always present in the idea from an early point. Also, atmosphere is vital to how we work with a tune. Always trying to find where a track sits and how to achieve that. We are always discussing and sharing ideas, it’s part of the joys of working as a duo.

4. You toured with Above & Beyond in 2016. What was that like?

Amazing. Performing live on the tour ended up inspiring a lot of how we wrote this latest album. Those venues, the acoustics, the seated audiences. The whole Above and Beyond family were so great to us, we owe them everything. Still can’t quite believe that we played the Hollywood bowl. What a privilege.

5. Your upcoming sophomore album, ‘Human Music’, is out next month, and follows Joe’s extremely difficult journey with his mother. Was this album particularly hard to make?

Joe, “in places. This is hard to explain but it was a very lovely time spending that last summer with Sandy. We were together for the end and it was special. I think the whole point of the album is that from the offset I thought something like this would be as you described it ‘an extremely difficult journey’ but it turned out to be a beautiful celebration of our lives together and an honour and pleasure to be there at the end. There were difficult moments of course but mostly it was a time I will cherish. We were best friends and it was good being there together at the end”. Tom, “Making the album was challenging because of the amount of musical ideas Joe brought but we got through it.”

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

Arctic Lake recorded all their latest tracks next door and we think they are amazing. Msafiri Zawose has an album out called Uhamiaji which we keep playing on the way into work. Also, @iamofficer is recording his second album next door at the moment and we keep humming the melodies on our way home. It sounds beautiful, but he is still working on it so keep a look out for its release.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Heaven 17, Depeche Mode, Ásgeir, Chet Faker, James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier, Lane 8, The National, Son Lux, M83, James Blake, Bon Iver

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Novo Amor & Ed Tullett – Silvery

Novo Amor & Ed Tullett by Alex Kozobolis

Introducing Ed Tullett and Novo Amor.

The duo have teamed up to serenade us with new music. Their single, ‘Silvery’, is a captivating and well-crafted song that starts off reasonably mellow before becoming progressively more beautiful the longer you listen to it.

Perfect for fans of Bon Iver, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, and James Vincent McMorrow.

It is taken off their upcoming album ‘Heiress’, out this November.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, James Vincent McMorrow, Talos

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Playlist: Jerry Folk

Jerry Folk

Meet Norweigian artist, Jerry Folk.

Jerry Folk has just released the explorative, sonic track, ‘Purple Feelings’ featuring Rainsford, out now via Folkestad Recordings.

To celebrate the release of his next full-length collection of work that will showcase his next evolution as an artist, he has put together an eclectic playlist for us.

Tiffany Gouché – Can I

My fav for a while. Soothing ass r&b.

Daniel Caesar – Get You (Feat. Kali Uchis)

Same goes for this can’t believe I just discovered Daniel Caesar.

Tora – Amsterdam

Dope guys from Australia, been listening to their Little Dragon cover for ages. This is a new single of theirs, if u wanna feel something listen to this.

Salute – Man Down

Found this young dude from the UK on SoundCloud holy shit his sound design is flames. Also comes off as a really good dude!

Jessie Reyez – Shutter Island

Dope vocalist from Toronto. Seems like she is just starting to get some hype. I love this song so much.

Josh Pan – Nowhere

Josh Pan is one of the most interesting people I know. This song is timeless and different from a lot of his other stuff.

Mac Demarco – Salad Days

Favourite riff in a minute.

A$AP Rocky & Skepta – Put That On My Set

From A$AP mobs “cozy tape”. Skepta and A$AP on the same track unreal.

Flødeklinikken – Min Tid

Just discovered this Danish band. You might not understand the lyrics but you’ll feel the soul.

James Vincent McMorrow – We Move

Been on repeat the past weeks. I wanna do vocal production like this.

Sounds like: Jai Wolf

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MOOKHI – Foul Play (Feat. Billy Fox)

MOOKHI

MOOKHI

Meet MOOKHI, the musical project of Australian, Olympia Henshaw.

She’s teamed up with Sydney producer and musician, Billy Fox, for her debut release called ‘Foul Play’.

‘Foul Play’ is essentially an electronic track, but we also enjoy the abstract piano chords, which MOOKHI said she composed during a flight in which she had very little sleep.

It is taken from her ‘Lost & Found’ EP, out on 24 February.

Sounds like: James Blake, Sam Smith, Jai Paul, Ben Khan, Crozet, Brotherun, One Bit, Until The Ribbon Breaks, TDeL2, James Vincent McMorrow

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Meadowlark – Headlights

Meadowlark

Meadowlark

We’ve been long term fans of Meadowlark and it’s been a privilege to watch them grow from strength to strength over the last couple of years.

The Bristol duo have unveiled the official video for their new single ‘Headlights’.

Directed by the band’s, Dan Broadley, the video was filmed in one take. Dan explains,

“The expressive dancing explores many of the complex emotions that fuel a relationship, the passion, the rage, the bubble that encapsulates both bodies. Meanwhile Kate and myself weave in and out of this energetic routine, narrating the story from the lyrics whilst remaining invisible to the characters.”

Signed to Believe Recordings (James Vincent McMorrow, Gavin James), Meadowlark have a debut album on the horizon for 2017.

MEADOWLARK W/ AQUILO:
17 Oct – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
18 Oct – The Wardrobe, Leeds
19 Oct – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
21 Oct – O2 Institute, Birmingham
22 Oct – Patterns, Brighton
24 Oct – Scala, London
25 Oct – Thekla, Bristol

Sounds like: IYES, Oh Wonder, LAYLA, July Child, Broods, Ellie Goulding

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Playlist: Anni

Anni

Anni

New Finn on the block, Anni, writes empathetic, piano-laden music.

Her EP, ‘Redemption Street’ is out now and to celebrate, Anni has put together a playlist for us.

Alicia Keys: In Common

Alicia Keys has always been one of my big role models. She’s a goddess. Once again she shows us her musical genius and eloquence with her new single.

D’Angelo: Another Life

What is there not to love in this song? I play the piano part at home on top of the track and imagine I’m jamming with his band.

Laura Mvula: She

It had been a long time without hearing any new songs that really touched me. Those periods are terrible. You don’t want to overuse the songs you love yet you can’t find anything that feels honest and fresh. Then I heard this and listened it on repeat for days. Learned to play it to understand what’s the magic behind it. This song brought me to life again.

Banks: Warm Water (Snakehips remix)

Just love this.

Låpsley: Falling Short

She’s super cool. If you haven’t heard of her, you should.

James Vincent McMorrow: Higher Love

James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of Steve Windwood 80’s hit breaks my heart every time I hear it. Also, just check out the lyrics. The original song bears such a beautiful message.

Tony Allen: Calling

After hearing Alicia’s new single I had to go back to some classic afrobeat songs. This still brings shivers. (P.s. If you’ve ever listened to early Jamiroquai, you might realise where they got their influences.)

Sérgio Mendes feat. Fergie: Look Of Love

Even more that afrobeat, I love Brazilian music. It’s the combination of dancable rhythms and big, beautiful melodies that simply gets me. The legendary Sérgio Mendes collaborated with Black Eyed Peas and this classic jazz standard is one of the songs I especially love.

Caribou: Can’t Do Without You

I quite rarely like this kind of music. Except Caribou!

Stevie Wonder: Overjoyed

Stevie is greatest inspiration of my music that will ever be. His voice is just otherworldy. And his songs.

Sounds like: Karen O, Feist, VÉRITÉ, Lorde

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Tradiio Exclusive: Interview with Birds With Fleas

Birds With Fleas

Birds With Fleas

Birds With Fleas is an indie band, who base themselves out of New York.

We had a little chat with the guys. Read more below.

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

Birds With Fleas is mainly me, Matt Siegel (guitar/keys/vox), and Spencer Karges (guitar/percussion/vox). We’re both sort of at the helm, but have been fortunate to have other musicians with us along the way.

Birds With Fleas started when I was a junior in college. I was a music major and had access to the recording studio that was on campus. I wrote a bunch of songs on ukulele and banjo that ended up forming our first album the campfire. I finished the album and went off to find people that could help me play the songs live. The first person I contacted was Spencer because I knew he’d been in bands before, that’s really all I was going on haha.

Spencer and I were in high school choir together for three years and we also sang in a few barbershop quartets together. Spence and I weren’t even great friends but I was desperate for help. It’s really funny looking back at it especially with how close we are now.

After I graduated we moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee and had a couple of great years where we were able to grow. This past January we moved to New York to make a real go at things.

Describe your sound in three words.

Melodic. Thoughtful. Fun.

We discovered you on Tradiio. Do you think free platforms, such as Tradiio, are making it easier for artists to expose their sound to the general public?

Definitely. Over the years we have used a lot of different platforms. There are probably more than a dozen ways someone could find our music online. So we’ve always taken the approach that we want to make it as easy for people to listen as possible, while giving them a way to support us if they can.

Tradiio is great because you listen for free if you want to, but it doesn’t shy away from asking people to support tracks monetarily in exchange for some cool stuff.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Growing up I listened to a lot of Motown and R&B because my dad loves that stuff, really anything from the 70’s. His favorite artist is Luther Vandross so most of those albums were played over and over again.

When I was younger we really only listened to music when we were in the car. The two records we played most in the car were ELO‘s greatest hit and The Jackson 5‘s greatest hits. I’ve probably heard those CDs 200 times each. If we weren’t listening to that stuff we were listening to the top 40 stations. It wasn’t until high school that I started paying attention to what my friends were listening to, that’s when I really started to find things that were resonating with me.

At first I started listening to things like City and Colour, Dashboard Confessional and Snow Patrol. All of that eventually led me to what I listen to now. Some of my favorite bands these days are Bombay Bicycle Club, Sylvan Esso, Daughter, and Local Natives. All of that has accumulated to what now influences our music.

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

Lately the two albums that have been on repeat in our apartment are Sylvan Esso’s self-titled LP and Good Grief by Lucius.

We’ve invested in Birds With Fleas. Have you? Listen to more of their songs and support them at tradiio.com/birds-with-fleas/circle.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Ásgeir, James Vincent McMorrow, Vance Joy, Snow Patrol, Band of Horses

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Oliver Riot – Ivory Black

Oliver Riot

Oliver Riot

Oliver Riot is the project of Los Angeles-based busking twin brothers, Benjamin and Alexander Moore, originally from New Mexico.

Shortly following their move to Los Angeles, Oliver Riot took home first place in the Grammy’s annual “Rock The Mic Competition”, showcasing emerging California artists, and were awarded studio time with legendary producer, Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Metallica).

‘Ivory Black’ has been taken from their debut EP, ‘Hallucinate’, which has been produced in the back room of a Korean Church. Alexander lived in his van parked outside of the church while creating this record, and continues to do so while recording the duo’s next album.

Sounds like: Honne, James Vincent McMorrow, James Blake, Passenger, FØRTE

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RY X – Deliverance

RY X - Deliverance

RY X – Deliverance

An artist that needs no introduction. RY X.

RY returns with ‘Deliverance’; a thought-provoking and atmospheric track, that engulfs us with its distinctively ethereal vocal lines and undulating electronic-tones.

‘Deliverance’ is the second release from RY’s eagerly anticipated debut album, ‘Dawn’ released on 6 May via Infectious Music. A conscientious and unfeigned debut, RY discloses how the 12-track LP came to fruition via a candid process of self-discovery and trust – “I have followed my heart and it has been a beautiful process of building trust with myself, as an artist, and person.”

Live EU Dates
9th May – Paris, Le Divan du Monde
10th May – Heidelberg, Schloss Heidelberg
11th May – Cologne, Kulturkirche
12th May – Hamburg, Grünspan
14th May – Munich, Mixed Munich Arts
16th May – Berlin, Volksbühne
17th May – Amsterdam, Paradiso
18th May – Brussels, Orangerie (Part of Les Nuit Botanique)
20th May – Brighton, The Great Escape Stage Host Royal Albert Hall / St Georges
21st May – Oxford, St John the Evangelist
22nd May – Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre
24th May – Bristol, St Thomas the Martyr
25th May – Leeds, Leeds College of Music (Part of Beacons Presents)
26th May – London, Union Chapel

Sounds like: Matt Corby, James Vincent McMorrow, Jack Garratt, Bon Iver, James Blake, Rhodes, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Chris Kaz

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Solomon Grey – Sweet 84

Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey have unveiled the new video for ‘Sweet 84’, the latest release taken from their self-entitled LP.

Always offering up cinematic production with expansive electronica, the video for ‘Sweet 84’ features the world through a young child’s eyes growing up in the 80’s.

In their own words; “We wanted to create something with the breadth of emotion and depth that some of our favourite albums encompass. The music and songs just naturally became more and more layered the more we worked on them and bit by bit we learnt how to self-produce and carve out the sound we wanted. The album touches on a lot of things but put together the whole thing ended up reflecting our journey from a very dark place and the metamorphoses we went through over the years of writing and travelling, trying to get it finished.”

The album is out now via Decca Records.

Solomon Grey have also announced a support tour with Above & Beyond and will be appearing live at The Royal Albert Hall on May 5th 2016 amongst other UK dates:

Sunday 3rd April – Eagle Inn, Manchester
Monday 4th April – Green Door Store, Brighton
Tuesday 5th April – The Louisiana, Bristol
Wednesday 6th April – Electrowerkz, London

Sounds like: Heaven 17, Depeche Mode, Ásgeir, Chet Faker, James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier, Lane 8, The National, Son Lux, M83

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