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Spirituality and affective states

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Dreamy London duo, Labyrinth Ear, release a digital deluxe edition of their debut album, ‘The Orchid Room’ this week.

Fans have been treated to exclusive remixes and a new bonus track, ‘Bitter Almonds’, which is every bit as edgy and trance-inducing as you would expect from the electronic pair.

https://soundcloud.com/#labyrinth-ear/bitteralmonds

I see Labyrinth Ear as the only viable, whilst still progressive, successors to Lamb – most likely my favourite ever electronic band. ‘Marble Eyes’ being a perfect example of the similarities between the two groups, particularly in their subtle application of spirituality and affective states in their hazy and dream-like productions. Aikea Guinea directed this video, which I think is just stunning and contextualises the track perfectly.


If you like this, have a listen to ‘Amber’ and ‘White Gold’, two of my personal favourites.

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http://www.labyrinthear.com

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September 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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Rising US electronic artist, Banks, releases ‘Brain’ and eight UK shows

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On Tuesday (Jan 28th, 2014) of this week, rising US electronic artist Banks, released a new track titled ‘Brain’. It really is quite marvellous and I think the buzz that this artist is generating is completed warranted. The track will feature on Banks’ upcoming debut album set for release later this year, and finds the singer working with producer Shlohmo.

If you only see one show this year, I’d recommend it be one of the eight UK dates that Banks’ has announced for March, 2014. I suspect it might be the last chance you get to see this much talked about singer in an intimate venue. Tickets are on sale now via www.hernameisbanks.com/shows.

 

www.hernameisbanks.com / www.twitter.com/hernameisbanks

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January 31, 2014 at 12:11 pm

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Kate Mara and other bright, shiny things courtesy of Broken Bells

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Broken Bells release their second studio album ‘After The Disco’, on February 3rd, 2014. In support of the new release, they have collaborated with The Creators Project and POPfilms to produce a short two-part film, starring Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara. Directed by Jacob Gentry, the film focuses on the meeting and subsequent relationship between the ‘Angel and The Fool’, all set against the backdrop of a futuristic world where dreams and synths weave to create an ethereal and eerie setlist for, what appears to be, the school disco from hell.

Broken Bells is James Mercer (The Shins) and Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton. You may recognise Kate Mara from Brokeback Mountain, she played the equally beautiful Heath Ledger’s daughter, Alma Jr. In this story she plays an elfin-like otherworldly creature, who is awoken by a rather handsome yet shifty character (Yelchin) only to discover that she has no recollection of where she is or how she got there; haven’t we all been a victim of the same fate on holiday after five mango daiquiris and an ill-advised offer to be the human pinata? No? Yep, me neither…

 

 

The music clips featured in each film are all taken from ‘After The Disco’, giving an insight in to the kind of shiny dance vibes and chilled out euphoric states that we might expect to experience from future live performances. Actors talk about ‘light and shade’, which is defined as: different parts of the character of a person or the quality of a thing. I think the reason why I love dream-pop so much is its ability to produce something so bright, shimmering and piercing yet which, when opened up,  is filled with the suggestion of sadness and of something much darker. I like this facet of the human character too – that if you allow yourself to be drawn in by something or someone, there is always that moment when you’re afraid that you won’t be able to find your way back, but you do it anyway because you want to believe that the bright, shiny thing is as real and as true as it appears to be. I also have recurrent dreams about falling…maybe they’re related!

www.brokenbells.com / https://twitter.com/broken_bells

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January 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Southampton’s most promising and synthiest singer-songwriter, Foxes releases ‘Beauty Queen’

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This week I am enjoying new track, ‘Beauty Queen’ from Southampton’s most promising and synthiest singer-songwriter, Foxes.

Synthiest; as well as being a word I have just made up, is also an example of the superlative:

superlative

noun

  • Grammar a superlative adjective or adverb.
  • (the superlative) the highest degree of comparison.

I have also been getting reacquainted with the wonderful world of the English Language, before taking up my first home tutoring role. I studied English at A Level and for my degree and just this week discovered that, whilst other girls may be impressed by flowers or fine dining, my romantic achilles’ heel appears to be the semicolon. As Aqualung would say “…semicolon, you’re strange and you’re beautiful”.

Foxes is Louisa Rose Allen, who first caused a stir back in early 2012 with her debut track, ‘Youth’. Think Marina, meets Ellie, meets someone with a slightly earthier vocal who wouldn’t sound out of place at a folk festival – less of the falsetto but no less of the emotion. Perhaps uncoincidentally, Neon Gold Records released the debut offerings of all three artists; they certainly know how to recognise a potential mainstream, yet credible, electronic artist when they see one. As such, I think Foxes’ future is pretty much secured.

 

 

The ‘Warrior’ EP is now available to download on iTunes.

www.iamfoxes.com / @iamfoxes

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April 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm

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World premiere of Andrew Wyatt documentary; visionary, transformational, never fully contained

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Andrew Wyatt, one third of indie-electronic creatives Miike Snow, releases his debut solo album, ‘Descender’ on April 16th, 2013. If the album is even half as good as Miike Snow‘s previous two albums (‘Miike Snow’ (2009) and ‘Happy to You’ (2012) ), then fans can expect something extra special.

This week saw the world premiere of a documentary directed by Sebastian Mlynarski and released in collaboration with The Creators Project, which provides a compelling behind-the-scenes look into Wyatt’s creative process of making the album. The documentary focuses in part on the writing of ‘And Septimus…’, which will be the first single taken from the record. As the lead singer in Miike Snow, Wyatt has always been very much the focal point of the band’s image and overall vibe, but from the outset it was clear that his visionary capacity and transformational frontmanship could never be fully contained.

I am so excited for this album!

 

‘Descender’ is available to pre-order on iTunes now (http://smarturl.it/AWDescender) and receive the first single ‘And Septimus…’

‘Descender’ is released on April 16th, 2013.

 

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March 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Suffused with a deep neon glow, as you drift softly in to other worlds; tracks from @officialdido @wearevillagers @whiteblushh and Devendra Banhart

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Dido is gearing up to release her first new material in almost five years, with the announcement of fourth studio album ‘Girl Who Got Away’ (set for release on March 4th, 2013).

Dido was the success story of the early 2000s, with her first two albums – ‘No Angel’ (1999) and ‘Life for Rent’ (2003) featuring amongst the best-selling albums in UK chart history. ‘No Angel’ has sold over 21 million copies worldwide to date. If you turned on a radio at any point between 2000 and 2005, you would more than likely have been greeted by a Dido track. Indeed if you saw me at any point during that period you would have been forgiven – and then hugged ever so tightly – for mistaking me for the lady in question; Dido was very much my style icon. In comparison to some of her contemporaries, Dido’s star didn’t wane, she simply chose to step out of the spotlight for a spell after releasing third album ‘Safe Trip Home’ (2008) and began working on tracks for her next record. I see Dido as the metaphorical swan; perfectly poised and at peace, whilst working feverishly hard below the surface.

 

The first single to be released from the album is ‘Let Us Move On’, featuring U.S. rapper Kendrick Lamar. The track is trademark Dido; a soulful piano-based melody overlaying trip-hop beats which Massive Attack would envy. The track and album in general marks a purposeful genre shift for Dido, who has expressed her intention to produce a record with an electronic approach, in an attempt to take her work in a notably different direction to her previous albums. After hearing this, I look forward to the other ten tracks to come.

 

Devendra Banhart releases his eighth studio album ‘Mala’ on March 12th, 2013. The ever-intriguing and experimental folk singer-songwriter has released the album artwork and a new track entitled ‘Fur Hildegard von Bingen’. The track is about a Catholic saint from the 12th century who was also a composer, writer and theologist – who isn’t? No biggie…The backstory is suitably and obligatory bizarre but is also rather wonderful, as is the track.

 

Villagers are set to release their second album {Awayland} on January 14th, 2013. The album is the follow-up to the Mercury Prize-nominated, Ivor Novello-winning debut, Becoming A Jackal’. Conor J O’Brien can’t do much wrong in my eyes and this album is set to stun the critics all over again. {Awayland} features the tracks: My Lighthouse / Earthly Pleasure / The Waves / Judgement Call / Nothing  / The  / {Awayland} / Passing a Message / Grateful Song / In a Newfound Land You Are Free / Rhythm Composer.

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White Blush has released a debut, self-titled six-track EP. ‘True Luv’ is a particular favourite of mine from the LA-based ambient electronic artist Carol Rhyu. ‘Mirror’ bears more than a lyrical passing resemblance to Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Video Games’; this is perhaps the reason that I was so drawn to the second track, as well as its ability to make the atmosphere around you suffused with a deep neon glow, as you drift softly in to other worlds. An impressive debut from Rhyu.

www.didomusic.com / http://www.wearevillagers.com / www.devendrabanhart.com / www.whiteblushh.com

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January 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Top Tip for 2013 – Experimental and eccentric, with an artistic edge: Mikky Ekko

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Mikky Ekko is an American singer-songwriter and producer, who I first featured on here back in March 2012.

I’d heard Ekko’s track, ‘Who Are You, Really?’ on an early episode of Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s now cancelled mystery drama series, Ringer. Since writing and dueting on Rihanna’s latest ‘Unapologetic’ album track ‘Stay’, Ekko is beginning to create the level of interest and excitement that his early fans and critics have long since predicted.

Ekko is currently working with producer Clams Casino on tracks for his forthcoming debut album.

Pull Me Down’ is the latest track to be aired from the much anticipated body of work. Ekko is experimental and eccentric, with an artistic edge that sets his lyrics and live shows apart from the rest. I foresee many more high profile collaborations for this artist.

 

Mikky Ekko is the first of my weekly top tips for 2013.

www.mikkyekko.com

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January 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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