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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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Iffy Orbit – Not Good Enough

Iffy Orbit

Norwegian five-piece Iffy Orbit channel Tame Impala vibes in new single, ‘Not Good Enough’, in which Iffy Orbit contemplate the pressure of possible failure.

Like with their former releases, ‘Not Good Enough’ combines psychedelic pop sensibilities with groovy vocals and funky basslines.

The single is out now via Toothfairy and features on their ‘Slow Times’ album.

Sounds like: MGMT, Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, Bad Family, Bad Sounds

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Violet Sands – Unusual

Violet Sands

Having already produced and mixed for artists like MGMT and The Knocks, Violet Sands are gearing up to release their album, ‘Hotel’.

The third track taken from the album is called ‘Unusual’, which frontwoman Deidre Muro describes as “riding the enchanted waves of discovering something or someone new. There’s a lot of magic in that first spark of curiosity – it’s like waking up from a lifelong dream to a completely new heightened reality. This song is that moment in extreme slow motion, reveling in all the emotions, uncertainties, and intrigue.”

‘Unusual’ is out now on YouTooCanWoo. Their album launch party will be on 30 June at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.

Sounds like: Monogem, Cocteau Twins, French Horn Rebellion

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Evil Astronaut – Seasons

Evil Astronaut

Swedish duo, Evil Astronaut, share the multicoloured video for ‘Seasons’.

It’s a little more electronic than their last single, ‘Orbit Berlin’, which fits more into the Bon Iver spectrum of things, but perhaps Evil Astronaut didn’t really know what direction ‘Seasons’ would take because at the time of filming the video in an empty reservoir, all that existed was lyrics and a vague idea of a sound.

It wasn’t until they saw the colours and reflections in the first cut, that they decided to change the song to fit the new vibe.

Sounds like: Yoke Lore, MGMT, Gotye, Bon Iver

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courtship. – Sail Away

courtship. by Regina Doland

Another great release on the 20XX label. Los Angeles duo, courtship. share their third single, ‘Sail Away’.

Despite what the title suggests, this is perhaps their most introspective track to date, with glistening moments that conjure up bittersweet images of watching your love sail away from you on the Pacific ocean.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Van She, Summer Heart, Jagwar Ma, Two Door Cinema Club, MGMT, Passion Pit

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Playlist: Du Tonc

Du Tonc

Du Tonc

The Du Tonc disco boys have finally put together a playlist for us!

Du Tonc are still one of our favourites, which is handy as their new single, ‘Wonderland’ (which also features on the playlist), is one of their favourites too.

V – La Nouvelle Epoque
It’s pretty apparent we love the 80’s, can’t get enough of this gem. Modern 80’s vibes (if that makes sense).

Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened
If there is one track we’ve love to get the parts for and re work, it’s this.

Beyond The Wizards Sleeve – White Cow (Erol Allan Rework)
We’re big Wizard and Erol fans. This is stunning.

Charlie – Spacer Woman (Vocal)
More 80’s spaced out funkiness.

The Cure – A Forest
Think this tracks still get’s better overtime you listen to it.

Du Tonc – I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen Cover)
The only cover we’ve done and possibly our our favourite track.

Tears For Fears – Head Over Heals
Tears for Fears are a big inspiration to us, this track is genius (also featured in a rather awesome film).

Johnny Cash – Personal Jesus
Love the Depeche Mode version, but this is just filthy.

Du Tonc – Wonderland
Our favourite song we’ve written.

Midland – Final Credits
Effortless perfect dance floor record.

Sisterhood – Tunnels (Bicep Remix)
Still cane this, get’s better with each listen.

Sounds like: Kavinsky, ROOSEVELT, Summer Heart, MGMT, Day Wave, Washed Out, Yeasayer, Miike Snow, RAC, Goldroom, Set Mo, Luke Million, Neon Indian, Classixx, Holy Ghost!, Blood Orange

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Playlist: courtship.

courtship.

courtship.

Ones to watch, courtship. (aka Eli Hirsch and Micah Gordon) have put together a bubbly playlist for us, as well as sharing their new track, ‘Love For Everyone’.

Speaking of the playlist, the Los Angeles-based duo have said,

“This is a collection of songs we’ve been listening to recently. You’ll notice a lot of mom music (aka. Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow). Extremely underrated. We have already booked David Gray to play at both our weddings.”

‘Love For Everyone’ is the ultimate weekend anthem with on point finger snaps and disco-tinged synths. Listen below.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Van She, Summer Heart, Jagwar Ma, Two Door Cinema Club, MGMT, Passion Pit

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Du Tonc – Keep Movin’

Du Tonc

Du Tonc

We are big fans of Du Tonc, so had to check out their new B-side, ‘Keep Movin”.

It’s a romantic, disco number with a sexy bass line, that takes us back to retro times and leads us all the way to the dance floor.

It’s counterpart, ‘Wonderland’ drops on 28 November and is the perfect way for Du Tonc to finalise 2016.

Sounds like: Kavinsky, ROOSEVELT, Summer Heart, MGMT, Day Wave, Washed Out, Yeasayer, Miike Snow, RAC, Goldroom, Set Mo, Luke Million

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Airplane Man – Take Me All The Way Home

Airplane Man

Airplane Man

Although the illusive Airplane Man creates indietronica (think Miike Snow, MGMT…), you’d be surprised to hear that Pink Floyd and The Beatles are also of huge influence.

So how do you go about incorporating modern indie dance with 70’s psychedelia? By combining conscious-raising visuals with catchy, soulful vocals and upbeat melodies, of course!

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, Goldroom, Honne, Jason Gaffner, Savoir Adore, MGMT, Miike Snow

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courtship. – Stop For Nothing

courtship.

courtship.

courtship. is a Los Angeles-based duo comprised of indie rocker, Eli Hirsch (DREAMERS, Ethan Burns), and jazz pianist, Micah Gordon (Tobias Jesso Jr.).

Debuting ‘Stop For Nothing’, the engaging twosome have created a buoyant, synth track that instantly makes you want to start belting out lyrics left, right, and centre.

It’s out now via 20XXent and available on iTunes.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Jagwar Ma, Two Door Cinema Club, MGMT, Passion Pit

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