Joshua Moriarty may well be best known for his role in Miami Horror, but he is branching out with his own solo project.
His debut track is called ‘R.T.F.L.’ and, whilst there are still clear Miami Horror influences, the overall sound is unfamiliar, as sensual, elongated synths play with Joshua’s impatient vocals throughout.
Joshua explains about the project,
“My current ethos is to create compositions to arouse the senses and make one remember there is no real purpose on this planet other than to imbibe as much sensual pleasure as one can. It is music to make you feel (at least for a moment) that you are not alone, to capture in aural form the ephemeral grace of existence. Yet, on the other hand the music is mere art for art’s sake, completely useless, beautiful for the sake only of beauty. A dichotomy of point and pointlessness. War Is Over is designed as a modern day opus of existential desire, longing, sensuality, and what it means to human.”
It is the first single taken from his eight-track album, ‘War Is Over’, which is due for release in August.
The Everything Everything boys are encouraging you to dance with the brilliant ‘Can’t Do’.
A sound and look we’ve come to expect from the Manchester quartet – synth-driven pop of a cinematic nature with addictive hooks. The video depicts the need to try to fit into what society deems as “normal”.
“Can’t Do” is about trying to bend to the world and fit into it. Nobody is normal, nobody knows what normal is. ‘I can’t do the thing you want’ – we don’t care we just want you to dance.” Jonathan Higgs
It’s the first track to be taken from their forthcoming new album ‘A Fever Dream’ which has been produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Depeche Mode), out 18 August on RCA Records.
Time for some darker electronica from Australia, courtesy of Sydney-based duo, PLGRMS.
Their latest release is called ‘Dream You Up’. In one part, it’s a brooding number, led my bass laced drums, but also warm and uplifting at the same time, with its innovative riffs of a spritely nature.
Speaking on the lyrical meaning behind the track, Jacob Pearson from the band explained,
“When there’s mystery behind something or someone, it’s so interesting and intriguing. By nature we just can’t help ourselves and want to find out what it is. It’s the anticipation and the thrill of what we don’t understand. I’ve gone through it, but when you unveil the truth, the magic just disappears. So, it’s about stopping yourself from understanding it completely, so that thrill can hang around a bit longer.”
Continuing with his monthly release schedule, VILDE, shares ‘Maintain’.
The music of VILDE – an innovative music project set up by Stockholm-based Thomas Savage, former member of Kins – is dutifully firm and ‘Maintain’ stands by that mentality with its racing drum beat and Savage’s claustrophobic vocals.
Elaborating on the themes behind ‘Maintain’, Vilde explains, “The subject matter of the song is somewhat of a crammed amalgamation of ideas. Part inspired by the film ‘Ace in the Hole’, where a news reporter begins to twist events in a dark way to gain fame through his portrayal of the story. There’s some pretty bleak imagery in the lyrics, yet bits of optimism seep through too, provoking a sense of solitude, release & calm.”
July 21 – Kantine Am Berghain, Berlin w/ Foreign/National
July 29 – Old Blue Last, London w/ Foreign/National
Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Spektor, Radiohead, Thomas Azier, James Blake, Ulrich Schnauss, TV on the Radio, BØRNS, Tim Hecker, Future Islands
London based duo, Otzeki, have just shared the video for ‘All This Time’.
The video is made up of footage recorded on vocalist Mike’s iPhone over the past two years in various locations including LA, London and Cambridge. “It a visual diary of things,” explains Mike. “Like our previous videos the subject matter is contained within everyday reality and gives it a certain enigmatic quality in line with the themes of the song.”
The blues-ridden and minimal intro of ‘All This Time’ slowly envelopes us with its sub soul vocals, sensual bass lines, tribal tones, and echoes of rave culture, eventually leading to an intimate and dreamy climax.
The track has been mixed by Nathan Boddy (James Blake, S.W.E.A.T).
They play the Sebright Arms in London on 23 March.
Join Foreign Air on their soul-pop ride, driven by ‘Caffeine’.
We all know caffeine makes us feel good for a little while, but as the benefits wear off, we need another kick. It’s a little like love, which often becomes addictive but for the wrong reasons. It’s just what Foreign Air are singing about in their new track.
VILDE is the innovative music project of Stockholm-based Thomas Vilde, former member of Kins.
We have no idea what ‘study dance’ means, but this is how VILDE describes his new single, ‘Strictly Speaking’, and we dig.
It is the third in a series of monthly releases, following ‘Produce’ and ‘Dreamboat’.
Whilst ‘Strictly Speaking’ commences as an energetic rendition (Hayden Thorpe from WildBeasts comes to mind), it soon takes an unexpected turn down a street of ominous and heavier bass lines, before taking yet another turn into an lighter, more ethereal landscape.
This is song construction that is not often seen within music these days, and it’s a very welcome change.
Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Spektor, Radiohead, Thomas Azier, James Blake, Ulrich Schnauss
The independent trio, Arbitraire, may all come from different musical backgrounds, but they are determined not to let inevitable musical differences get in the way of creating original and beautiful electronica.
‘Dandelions’ is an introduction to their new EP, and is the first chapter in the narrative of their journey about changing and distorted internal perspectives in a world that feels dehumanised.
Sounds like: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Wild Beasts, Prinze George, Xan Young