No, his debut solo single ‘WALL’ is not a tech-house track, despite what his press shot may look like, but rather rich and fragile cinematic pop that builds and erupts into something simply mind-blowing.
‘WALL’ is neo-classical and electronic in its nature. Initially intended as a remix of the song of the same name by composer Nils Frahm, it quickly developed into a track of its own.
Sounds like: Aquilo, Solomon Grey, Son Lux, Nils Frahm, Ulrich Schnauss
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
We have just been transported straight back to The Mighty Boosh days, where dark synth rock was cool. Well, we’ll let you into a secret. It still is cool and Night Drive would agree, having just dropped ‘Trapeze Artist Regrets’.
The Austin-based duo – comprised of Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon – combine lo-fi sounds with sci-fi sensibilities,
“Trapeze Artist Regrets was never suppose to happen. We were writing something else for a short film and became bored, so we changed the bpm, started shifting things around and all of the sudden we had this groove we liked. We just started working backwards from there. The title came first, a sorta metaphor for disaster; it’s about watching someone you care about make the same mistake over and over again and not being able to do anything about it. Just hoping they pull through.”
Night Drive’s debut album is out June 16th via Roll Call Records.
Sounds like: M83, Neon Indian, Twin Shadow, Son Lux, Interpol
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
Electro pop New Yorker, VÉRITÉ continues her musical journey with her latest endeavour; a cover of Childish Gambino‘s ‘Sober’.
It is about time we had a chat with her.
How and why did you start making music?
I started playing music when I was eight or nine. I started out covering The Cranberries, Four Non-Blondes and Nirvana. Eventually that progressed into writing and brought me here. I started because I was capable and loved the challenge of captivating people. Now the challenge has grown into attempts to create a world for people to live in and experience with me.
Describe your sound in three words.
driving dynamic pop.
Your new track is a cover of ‘Sober’ by Childish Gambino. This is your first cover to date. What were the reasons behind the cover?
I don’t particularly like the idea of arbitrarily covering songs. If I work on something that’s not my own writing, I want to be sure I can deliver an original, compelling interpretation that will do the song justice and feel natural to me. I love Childish Gambino and was totally invested in Because the Internet at the time. When I sent the cover demo to Zach Nicita, he was stoked and we worked to build a spinning, trippy soundscape.
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
I think there are a lot of influences. I grew up on 90’s alternative radio. I fell in love with Bright Eyes, Elliot Smith and Sufjan Stevens when I was fifteen. I studied jazz when I was seventeen and contemporary composition in undergrad. Other than those things, I’ve tried to listen to as much as I can and be open to letting everything influence me.
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
Recently Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens, The Weeknd, Battles, and Florence and The Machine have been on repeat.
Listen to the cover below, and catch her in the UK before she heads off to this year’s Iceland Airwaves.
03/11/2015 – Underbelly (London)
04/11/2015 – Prince Albert (Brighton)
05/11/2015 – Castle Hotel (Manchester)
06/11/2015 – Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik)
Sounds like: Banks, The Weeknd, La Roux, Noosa, Evvy, Ellie Goulding, ASTR, MS MR
Stripped back electronica from Melbourne-based I’lls.
The video for new single ‘Let Me Have Just One’ was directed and produced by one third of I’lls, Sangkhara (Aka Hamish Mitchell), who says of it: “The aim was to distort and misconstrue the footage whilst keeping the warped figure of Simon Lam the focal point. Originally shot on VHS, it was further processed through a video synth, bounced through mirrors, re-projected on fabric and recaptured through water”.
It has been taken off their forthcoming EP ‘Can I Go With You To Go Back To My Country’ that is released on 6 July via Solitaire Records.
Sounds like: Years & Years, James Blake, Bombay Bicycle Club, Son Lux, Jamie XX
We saw Son Lux play Iceland Airwaves festival last year and to say it was an epic show is an understatement.
Originally comprised of solo artist Ryan Lott, and now a trio, Son Lux is back with a just as awe-inspiring video for ‘Change is Everything’.
Created by The Made Shop, the video is a unique rotoscopic stop-motion film made with drawing pins and 200 feet of thread.
Of the video Lott said, “Made Shop continue to outdo themselves as the visual force behind our music. They bring to the eyes a type of unexpected magic, a strange but familiar energy. These are the things we hope our music brings to your ears.”
It is the first single from the band’s fourth full-length album, ‘Bones’, which is out on 23 June via Glassnote.
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