Introducing Laarsen, an innovative electronic artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
Slotting nicely into the musical realms of JamesBlake and FrankOcean, Laarsen samples with the electronic (modern synthesisers, beats and production techniques) and natural (vocal recordings, vinyl samples, and organic instrumentation), merging sounds from the past, present, and future.
Listen to the ‘Would U’ below, and expect a debut EP in the Spring.
Sounds like: Ben Pearce, Lane 8, James Blake, Burial, Mura Masa, Jim E-Stack, Jacques Greene, Kelela, Frank Ocean
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
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
We are huge fans of Sir Sly, so when we heard that producer Jason Suwito has a project called RAEKO, we jumped straight onto Soundcloud to listen to his new single called ‘Everybody Knows’, featuring Mating Ritual.
Recorded in his studio ‘Noise Coalition’ in Orange County with Mating Ritual, the process of producing the track was relatively straightforward. That’s not to say it’s not a complex track; ‘Everybody Knows’ is full of delicately layered synths offering a deceivingly simplistic groovy sound.
Sounds like: Sir Sly, Collaj (FKA 8th Grader), Lane 8, Zimmer, Goldroom, Huntar
Solomon Grey is an ambient electronic folk electronic duo from the UK.
The stunning track, ‘Miradors’ was written in isolation in the Australian outback, the song is packed with contemplative nostalgia. In their own words, it was inspired by having the time to reflect on “everything – your childhood, relationships, mistakes, everything.”
The epic live video is now available:
The track will be featured on the soundtrack for the adaptation of JK Rowling’s global bestseller ‘The Casual Vacancy’.
It is also taken from their mini-album titled ‘Selected Works’, which will be released on their own imprint label Elcici Records.
Sounds like: Ásgeir, Chet Faker, James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier, Lane 8, The National, Son Lux
Bipolar Sunshine is the Manchester raised alternative pop sound of Adio Marchant.
This time in collaboration with SBTRKT and with production by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Lily Allen, Sam Smith), new single ‘Daydreamer’ transmits to your ears an upbeat and catchy pop sound with intelligent lyrics.
The Tomek Ducki-directed video for the track is a kaleidoscopic vision of a daydreamer’s wild mind, and definitely conjures up the romance of escapism.
‘Daydreamer’ is released on 25 January 2015 followed by a UK headline tour in March and April. Pre order on iTunes here.
Live dates below:
26 Mar Dublin Whelans
27 Mar Belfast Limelight
28 Mar Edinburgh Electric Circus
29 Mar Glasgow Oran Mor
31 Mar Newcastle Think Tank at Riverside
1 Apr Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
2 Apr Liverpool Kazimier
3 Apr Nottingham Rescue Rooms
7 Apr Leicester The Scholar
8 Apr Birmingham The Library at The Institute
9 Apr Oxford O2 Academy 2
10 Apr Cambridge The Junction
12 Apr Bristol Thekla
13 Apr Brighton The Haunt
14 Apr Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
16 Apr London Heaven
17 Apr Manchester The Ritz
Like your tunes jazzed up? Then have a listen to the excellent and tropical Gryffin remix of ‘Daydreamer’ below:
Sounds like: SBTRKT, Lane 8, Crystal Fighers, Goldroom, Viceroy, The Foals, Metronomy, Blood Orange, Lily Allen, Sam Smith
Le Youth – Feel Your Love Feat. Javeon (RAC remix)
Le Youth is back, this time with Javeon in tow and complete with a remix courtesy of RAC.
Javeon’s voice remains intact on ‘Feel Your Love’, but RAC breathes some summertime vibes into what is already a sterdy 90’s inspired R&B based track by the L.A. producer.
We were initially concerned that Le Youth may have pigeoned himself into a genre that will soon pass in popularity, but having watched him play last week we are certain that the talented producer is here to stay.
One Bit is a pop house duo. Since writing about One Bit back in April, they have continued to grow in popularity, already becoming the most played act via BBC Introducing in 2014.
Indietronica had quite a humourous a chat with the duo.
Tell us a bit about One Bit.
We’re an electronic production duo consisting of Jonty Howard and Joe Murphy. We spend the vast majority of our time locked away in our home studio in Hertfordshire making all kinds of music.
When will you reveal your true identities?
Never! We’re like batman………….
Sum up your sound in 3 words.
Big Bitchin Bass.
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
We like to take influence from anything and everything so they’re pretty wide and varied! It’s a conscious decision that we’ve made so that we can stay creative with what we are doing – we often find the most interesting influences come from outside your own genre (if you can pick one!).
We love discovering new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to at the moment?
We also love finding new music! So much so that we have a monthly Spotify playlist where we talk about 10 new tracks each month – (One Bit Presents). But our two most played artists this month are probably Bombay Bicycle Club & Raleigh Ritchie.
We’re loving Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘Luna’. It gets stuck on the speakers in any downtime we have! Then Raleigh Ritchie – ‘Stronger Than Ever’ has been a killer find too, it’s always a great feeling when something you have been onto for a while starts blowing up on national radio!
What is next for you? Are you planning a tour?
Next in store for us is the release of our new single ‘Limitless’ which comes out on the 28th July with a whole host of remixes that we’re really excited about. Following that we’ve got a few festivals in the diary, Rhythms of the World (3rd Aug), UV festival (9th Aug) and Boardmasters (10th Aug).
We have no imminent tour plans, but have just got a really exciting booking agent on board so there are a lot of things coming together behind the scenes! We’ll be sure to keep everyone up to date as and when the pen hits the diary.
New track ‘Limitless’ is full of juicy bass lines. Listen below:
Sounds like: Clean Bandit, Le Youth, SOHN, Will Heard, Disclosure, Gorgon City, Lorde
German/San Fran Lane 8 has joined forces with Manchester vocalist Bipolar Sunshine (aka Adio Marchant).
Lane 8 hasn’t given us a remix this time, but a rework of his original disco-inspired track, ‘Every Night’.
It’s hard to understand how this collab occured, as both talents are heading in separate directions, but we are not complaining. Lane 8 has developed ‘I Got What You Need (Every Night)’ into a track that is a bit more meaty than it was before. The customary house bass line remains, but the mellifluous vocals from Bipolar Sunshine step it up a notch or two.