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Apsley – Fear

Apsley - Fear

We wrote about Idaho-based Apsley (aka Jacob Apsley) earlier this year and we’re excited to share his latest release, ‘Fear’.

The track has more of an demanding tone than Sold, reminding us of an early The 1975 with its muted guitar riffs and echoey, falsetto vocals.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, SOHN, Aquilo, The 1975, Friendly Fires, Delphic, The Chain Gang of 1974, The Naked and Famous, H A R T E B E E S T, Tourist, Bastille, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires

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Aquilo – Almost Over (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part 3)

Aquilo

Aquilo

UK production duo, Aquilo, are back this week with ‘Almost Over’.

The gritty short film – directed by Eoin Glaister and part of Aquilo’s Silhouettes Trilogy – finalises here…or does it?

Watch below.

Aquilo’s highly anticipated album, ‘Silhouettes’, is out today on Island Records.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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Apsley – Sold

Apsley - Sold

Apsley – Sold

Idaho-based Apsley (aka Jacob Apsley) releases his debut track, ‘Sold’, and it’s a stunner.

Originally a drummer (he started at the tender age of six), Jacob later picked up the piano, guitar and singing skills that we today witness on ‘Sold’.

‘Sold’ is about seeing life as it really is, and not being shackled to the conforms of society. With that in mind, we recommend you whack this song on your headphones and go for a walk outside.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, SOHN, Aquilo, Friendly Fires, Delphic, The Chain Gang of 1974, The Naked and Famous, H A R T E B E E S T, Tourist, Bastille, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires

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Aquilo – Silhouette (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part 2)

Aquilo

Aquilo

UK production duo, Aquilo, share the video for ‘Silhouette’, the lead single from their upcoming debut album, released on 27 January via Island Records.

The video, directed by Eoin Glaister, forms part of Aquilo’s ‘Silhouettes’ video trilogy.

The short film focuses on Perry Benson (This Is England, Sid & Nancy) and continues from Part 1.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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Aquilo – You Won’t Know Where You Stand (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part I)

Aquilo

Aquilo

UK production duo, Aquilo, kick off 2017 with a video for their new single ‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’.

The video, directed by Eoin Glaister, forms part of Aquilo’s ‘Silhouettes’ video trilogy, taken from their debut album of the same name released on 27 January via Island Records.

You may recognise some of the actors in the video – it stars Perry Benson (This Is England, Sid & Nancy), Ruairi O’Connor (What Richard Did, Handsome Devil) and Emily Reid, and follows the inter-connected lives of three characters (an olympic skater, her dad and a young football coach), coming together to a poignant narrative whole.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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HUNNY – Colder Parts

HUNNY

HUNNY

South Californian band, HUNNY, have shared ‘Colder Parts’; the six-piece’s follow up track to ‘Vowels‘.

It’s another slice of late 80’s rock pie, and offers up some serious gleaming synths with Robert Smith-esque vocals.

Tour Dates with The Frights and Gymshorts

8/20/16 – Santa Ana – Constellation Room
8/21/16 – Santa Ana – Constellation Room
8/23/16 – San Francisco – The Rickshaw Shop

Sounds like: The Cure, Temper Trap, The Wild Wild, Blossoms, Young Empires, The Smiths, Twin Wave, The Island Club, The 1975

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Fond of Rudy – The Line

Fond of Rudy

Fond of Rudy

Time for some feel-good indie pop from Brighton’s Fond of Rudy.

Their new track ‘The Line’ blends 80’s synths with a modern, catchy and melodic guitar hooks. It’s a track about frustration within a relationship. Something I’m sure we can all relate to.

Live Dates

10.09 – Printers Playhouse, Eastbourne
17.09 – Willow Festival

‘The Line’ was released on 2 August.

Sounds like: Young Kato, The Maccabees, Young Empires, Two Door Cinema Club, Temper Trap

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BLAJK – Lethal

BLAJK by Jeffrey Ayres

BLAJK by Jeffrey Ayres

Toronto band BLAJK, return with ‘Lethal’, another well put together offering from the four piece.

Of the track, the band say,

“Lethal is a song about a tarnished yet lustful relationship that has kept you going back and forth over time. Constantly yearning for the person while fully aware that reconnecting only leads to trouble and unhappiness. It’s about indulging in the guilty pleasure that is this person and living with the consequences.”

Sounds like: The Neighbourhood, Phantogram, The 1975, MOTHXR, LANY, Young Empires, Banners, KAPTAN

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BLAJK – Good Liars

BLAJK

BLAJK

Toronto indie pop five-piece BLAJK make a tidy return to Indietronica with their latest release, ‘Good Liars’.

The track sees lead vocalist Jordan Radics telling the story of contrived, synthetic lives and personalities broadcast through screens and filters.

“Good Liars was built off another song we had written about a year ago. We had always liked its energy but didn’t really know where to go with it. So when it came time to piece together all the demos we had for the EP, that song quickly evolved and became one of our favourites. The original demo sounded much different and it took a couple nights of writing to really bring it to life. But when Jordan sang over it we knew it was strong and it proves to be whenever we play it live.”

It’s another polished and compelling offering from BLAJK. Listen below:

Tour Dates
May 4 / The Velvet Underground / Toronto, ON (w/ Baio, ROMES, Only Yours and TMPL)
May 6 / Royal Ontario Museum / Toronto, ON
May 8 / Adelaide Hall / Toronto, ON (w/ Big Black Delta, Rolemodel and Wilde)
May 18 / Sugar Nightclub / Victoria, BC (w/ Young Empires)
May 19 / Fortune Sound Club / Vancouver, BC (w/ Young Empires)
May 20 / Habitat / Kelowna, BC (w/ Young Empires)
May 21 / Commonwealth / Calgary, AB (w/ Young Empires)
May 22 / Starlite Room / Edmonton, AB (w/ Young Empires)
May 24 / Amigos / Saskatoon, SK (w/ Young Empires)
May 25 / Park Theatre / Winnipeg, MB (w/ Young Empires)
Jun 12 / Bestival / Toronto, ON

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Sounds like: The Neighbourhood, Phantogram, The 1975, MOTHXR, LANY, Young Empires, Banners

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Hunny – Vowels (and The Importance of Being Me)

HUNNY

HUNNY

HUNNY is a South Californian band, who like to create sweet blends of 80’s pop punk. They cite their influences from the likes of Prince and The Cure.

Their debut EP ‘Pain/Ache/Loving’ was produced with Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Trash Talk). The result is a lovelorn themed EP that paints a colourful picture of heartbreak and frustration through angst driven anthems.

Listen to ‘Vowels (and The Importance of Being Me)’ below.

Sounds like: Temper Trap, The Wild Wild, Blossoms, Young Empires, The Smiths, Twin Wave, The Island Club

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