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Weekly Gems 104

Crush – All My Plants Are Dead

Crush

Ambient grunge-pop band Crush will be your latest just that.

Their latest single, ‘All My Plants Are Dead’ exhales Millenial dilemmas, of struggling to look after your houseplants, and yourselves in a bittersweet yet discordant offering.

Sounds like: Diiv, The Cure, Alvvays

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Alex Porat – Only Hanging Out Cause I’m Lonely

Alex Porat - Only Hanging Out Cause I'm Lonely

Alex Porat – Only Hanging Out Cause I’m Lonely

Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Porat draws us in with her new single about dating for the sake of dating.

It’s another slice of lighthearted bubblegum pop with an irresistible indifference about the opposite sex.

Sounds like: RALPH, Anna Of The North

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Sarpa Salpa – Lost Time

Sarpa Salpa

Alt-pop band Sarpa Salpa always strive to create upbeat, danceable tracks with unexpected changes and hidden meanings. The new video for their single ‘Lost Time’ aptly features a selection of tour clips showing this.

With support from Jack Saunders and Bombay Bicycle Club, definitely tune into these guys.

Sounds like: Island Club, Larkins, FEET, Two Door Cinema Club

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Cassia – Do Right

Cassia - Do Right

Very much up to date with indie-pop trends, UK based trio Cassia, shares latest jam, ‘Do Right’, which talks about waking up to what’s happening in the world and making a conscious decision of wanting to make a positive change.

The video is set in sunny isolation. We love their all round positivity and sun drenched calypso sound.

Sounds like: Dancing on Tables, Vampire Weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club, Still Woozy

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Chloe Tang – Fanning The Flame

Chloe Tang

R&B artist Chloe Tang shares her latest single, offering a less rosy-colored side of love and youth.

Full of angst, she tells us how it is in ‘Fanning The Flame’. This isn’t a romantic gesture, this is a slow burn about knowing you’re trapped in a bad romance and knowing you’re powerless to escape it.

Sounds like: Banks, LeyeT

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LEV – It Was U

LEV by Helen Jade

LEV by Helen Jade

Dallas pop artist Holly Peyton – aka LEV – shares the driving force that is ‘It Was U’.

Echoes of HAIM meets Erasure, this breezy 80’s inspired powerful story of triumph. Listen below.

Sounds like: Christine & The Queens, HAIM, RALPH, Erasure

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Magnus Bechmann – What Do You Know

Magnus Bechmann

Magnus Bechmann‘s new release, ‘What Do You Know’ is the first single out from his upcoming album, which chronicles nine awkward situations from everyday life.

Considering a situation where you find yourself in a relationship that is better to get out of than to stay in, this is glistening indie pop that marks a bright new chapter in Magnus’ career.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club

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This Boy – Heart Is Broken

This Boy

We know very little about experimental pop newcomer, This Boy from Denmark.

The duo’s first single, ‘Heart Is Broken’ drops just a few weeks ahead of their debut album – an unusual and bold move in a single release-dominated pop landscape.

Sounds like: The 1975, Becky Hill

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Cap’n Marble – Come 2 California

Cap'n Marble - Come 2 California

Cap’n Marble – Come 2 California

Cap’n Marble is a group led by frontmen, John Dasilva and Ryan Arshonsky.

Seamlessly blending breezy psych-pop with hand-crafted indie sounds, they invite you to sit back, relax, and dream of California.

Sounds like: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bad Sounds

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Runrummer – I Like Getting High (But Not All The Time)

Runrummer

Whilt growing up, 25-year old East London-based singer-songwriter Runrummer (real name Livi Morris) faced a struggle to find herself as she came to terms with her sexuality and gender identity.

Addressing serious issues in the juxtaposed context of upbeat, electronic-pop anthems, she aims to inspire and strives to work with other creators in the LGBTQ+ space.

Sounds like: Shura, Lilly Allen, Georgia

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Playlist: Violet Days

Violet Days

Violet Days

Stockholm artist, Violet Days (aka Lina Hansson) has been busy collaborating of late (Hotel Garuda, The Chainsmokers, Fraser T Smith), so we thought it was only fair to catch up with her.

The result is a playlist of Violet Days’ current favourites for inducing feels.

Lesley Gore – You Don’t Own Me
Perfect key change, and perfect cheese.

Sufjan Stevens – For The Widows In Paradise
This is my evergreen. Always.

Tame Impala – Let It Happen
Latest obsession.. Love the soundscape

Kavinsky – Nightcall
Genius song from a genius movie.

Troy Sivan – FOOLS
Love the whole idea of Blue neighborhood, it’s beautiful and honest.

The Ronettes – Be My Baby
I’m never getting over this song, it had me ever since Dirty Dancing.

The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
Well, Brian Wilson…

Miike Snow – Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)
The melodies and lyrics are so playful and instantly has my interest.

Moby – When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die
Melancholy perfection.

Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension
This track has all the pieces for all types of modes.

Brandi Carlile – The Story
Her storytelling is stunning.

Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Nothing feels like that verse.

Bon Iver – 8 (Circle)
HOW GOOD?!

Sounds like: Ellie Goulding, Monogem, Lorde, Chrvches, Evvy, Tove Lo, VÉRITÉ, Imogen Heap

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Playlist: October Drift

October Drift

October Drift

Who needs online fans?

Sticking their middle fingers up to social media, rising four-piece October Drift are causing a stir amongst the gigging scene.

Kiran from October Drift has put together a really great playlist together for us.

Nick Drake – Hazy Jane II

Got this album (Bryter Layter) for a birthday sometime in my early teens. Took me a couple of years to really get into it, I don’t think it was instant enough for me to appreciate its subtleties at the time. Nick Drakes music gets better the more you hear it – which is the right way round, obviously.

The Velvet Underground & Nico – Sunday Morning

Easily one of the most important records of all time in my opinion. And this track is the go to for me. Not sure what it is about it but its so warm and dreamy. I’ve found myself the owner of one of the early editions of the vinyl where Andy Worhols banana peels. Apparently it could be worth some money, although I’ve accidentally ripped it a little trying to peel it!

Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

Bob Dylan’s songwriting constantly surprises and impresses me with every listen (not ALL of his stuff, I have to say). The intricacy to his story telling from song to song and the imagery and descriptions can blow my mind and make me smile.

Simon and Garfunkel – America

Simon and Garfunkel have such a clarity and innocence in their style and again are instantly recognisable. The imagery and story of this young couple hitchhiking their way across the states is full of hope and optimism and as the song progresses maybe a sense of disillusionment creeps in as they try to ‘Look for America’ – trying to chase a false American dream perhaps.

Neil Young – Down By the River

Neil Young – Also extremely nostalgic for me, Neil Young got played a lot in the house while I was growing up. His voice is thin and kind of winey but its really emotive, the same goes for his guitar playing – he’s not the best in the world but he’s got a really distinctive sound and style which is far more important than being technically good. That’s important. His songwriting and melodies seem really natural and not over thought if that makes sense.

David Bowie – Five Years

The opening track to one of my favourite albums by one of the most inspiring, iconic and important artists ever.

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne

Leonard Cohen’s baritone voice and sad songs have without question directly influenced us and many more of our biggest musical influences (Nick Cave, The National to name a few).

The Beach Boys – I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times

A look into the messed up genius head of Brian Wilson. It’s a really sad song, but its got The Beach Boys happy sheen on it. I think there’s something really interesting in that – the juxtaposition of the care free surfer kid image and the troubled reality. I read his autobiography a few years ago, it’s really sad.

Steve Harley – That’s My Life In Your Hands

I heard this song for the first time in years and years not too long ago and it really took me back to my childhood, my dad used to play this album and this song I particularly liked. Really great melodies and an emotive chorus.

Sammy Davis, Jr. – Mr. Bojangles

I really like the story telling of this song. I don’t think it is originally Sammy Davis Jr’s but it fits perfectly with his character. It’s a sad story really of an old alcoholic dancer or entertainer Mr. Bojangles who from within a prison cell tells the story of his life and does a dance. I guess it could be a worry of most performers, be it bands, musicians or whatever that they’ll end up washed up, telling story’s of what they used to be.

Johnny Cash – I Walk the Line

The man in blacks influence on modern rock and pop music is un-chartable. There’s something so sincere and confident about this particular song. His work with Rick Ruben too at the last part of his life is so powerful and cemented that he will never be forgotten.

Syd Barrett – Baby Lemonade

I loved Pink Floyd growing up and they certainly have an influence on what we do, although it may not be as direct as other artists. They can be at times a bit too cliche druggie stadium-y but that came much later than Syd. This song is from after he left the band and put out some solo records. His story is very sad, yet has this (false) romantic side – the tortured artist kind of thing. He was very out there and original for the time and at the forefront of psychedelia.

JULY 2016
9th / LIVERPOOL CALLING FESTIVAL, LIVERPOOL
15th / HUDDERSFIELD, THE PARISH
16th / HARWORTH, THE BLACKSMITHS
17th / BLACKPOOL, BOOTLEG SOCIAL
18th / EDINBURGH, THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS
19th / HULL, THE ADELPHI
21st / DERBY, THE VENUE (Radar Love Club Night)
22nd / NOZSTOCK FESTIVAL, THE HIDDEN VALLEY
23rd / TRAMLINES FESTIVAL, SHEFFIELD (Crystal Stage)
24th / THE SUMMER WESTIVAL, ALDERSHOT
25th / TUNBRIDGE WELLS, THE FORUM
26th / LONDON, THE LEXINGTON
28th / ST ALBANS, THE HORN
29th / PLYMOUTH, UNDERGROUND
30th / READING, OAKFORD SOCIAL

AUGUST 2016
6th / KAYA FESTIVAL, PORT TALBOT

Sounds like: Interpol, The National, Editors, White Lies, Future Islands, Spector

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