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Even Reg, his giant spectacles and BFG-sized creative wisdom couldn’t hold them back; Empire of the Sun release new track ‘Alive’

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Empire of the Sun have released new track ‘Alive’, taken from their upcoming second album ‘Ice on the Dune’ (scheduled for release on June 17th, 2013).

The Australian synthpop duo’s multi award-winning debut album ‘Walking on a Dream’ (2008), featuring the now classic ‘We Are the People’, was surely the soundtrack to most people’s summer of 2009. It’s been a long wait and I personally blame Elton John for that…curse Reg, his giant spectacles and BFG-sized creative wisdom. Alas I cannot; I love his ivory tickling far too much and in any event he has finally released his apprentices to continue the great work they started five years ago.

‘Alive’ is my favourite new release of 2013 so far.

I think that pretty much covers it.


Pre-order ‘Ice on the Dune’ via iTunes and receive ‘Alive’ for free at / @EmpireOfTheSun

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April 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm

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My top 5 recommended albums of 2012

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5. Purity Ring ‘Shrines’ (July, 2012)

The debut album, ‘Shrines’ from Canadian electronic duo, Purity Ring, is at number 5 on my list of recommended albums of 2012.

Formed in 2010, the band consists of Megan James on lead vocals and Corin Roddick providing the instrumentals and backing vocals. The sound of Purity Ring has been described as ghost or witchwave, which is essentially dream pop fused with modern hip hop and vivid lyrical imagery which wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to a European art-house horror film. If Purity Ring were a film, they would definitely be an 18 certificate; something beautiful to look at, yet terrifying in its execution and subsequent recurring nightmares.


4. Ellie Goulding ‘Halcyon’ (October, 2012)

Ellie Goulding‘s second album ‘Halcyon’ is at number 4.

Goulding is my favourite recipient to date of the BBC‘s annual Sound of… poll and Brit Awards’ Critics’ Choice. She won both awards in 2010 and has continued to grow and develop in to a diverse, visually-exciting and critically-respected artist.

It was Goulding’s 2010 cover of Elton John‘s ‘Your Song’, which sparked the current trend of using acoustic power ballad covers of well known songs to accompany seasonal or big brand tv advertisements, recent examples being Slow Moving Millie‘s ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ and Gabrielle Aplin‘s ‘The Power of Love’.

‘Anything Could Happen’ was the first single to be released from the album and is one of my favourite tracks of this year. Goulding likes to experiment and is a creative risk-taker, as trendsetters commonly are. I think that she will be around for many years to come.


3. Miike Snow ‘Happy To You’ (March, 2012)

The second album, ‘Happy To You’, from Swedish indie-electronic band Miike Snow is at number 3.

The band’s debut, self-titled album was my favourite album of 2010 and I have been a huge fan of this quirky, multi-talented trio ever since. ‘Paddling Out’ and ‘The Wave’ have been released as singles so far, but my favourite tracks from the album would be ‘Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)’, ‘God Help This Divorce’ and ‘Pretender’. The 10-track album is full-bodied and frenetic with its mix of wandering synths and quivering beats, interspersed with trademark Snow double entendres. Some critics felt that this album didn’t quite live up to the hype created after the success of their first record, but fans generally and heartily disagree. ‘Happy To You’ is Miike Snow at their best, showcasing exactly what got them to where they are today and what sets them apart from the rest. Which is a lot.


2. Marina and the Diamonds ‘Electra Heart’ (April, 2012)

Marina and the Diamonds’ second album, ‘Electra Heart’ is at number 2 on my list and it was quite a close call.

Marina came second to Ellie Goulding on the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll and has enjoyed an equal level of success since. ‘Electra Heart’ was the eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2010’s ‘The Family Jewels’, and highlighted a marked shift on Marina’s part towards a more heavily electronic sound. The album tracks are based around the character of Electra Heart, who chronologically demonstrates Marina’s own take on the many facets of the female personality; the primadonna, the homewrecker and the teen idol. The musical creativity and writing on this album are stunning; both qualities being a factor in the album’s easy slide in to the number one position on the UK Album Chart on its release. ‘Electra Heart’ is cheeky and catchy whilst also being socially-conscious – not easy to pull off, but Marina manages to do it in style whilst conserving her substance.


1. Lana Del Rey ‘Born To Die’ (January, 2012)

Lana Del Rey‘s debut album, ‘Born To Die’, holds the number 1 spot on my list and at the moment, on my in-car stereo too.

Del Rey’s sound has a cinematic quality to it – each track makes you the lead in your own independent film, be it a roadtrip along the Pacific coast with regular stops at 50s-inspired diners and vintage clothes stores or a weekend with the upper echelon in East Hampton. I literally cannot get enough of this album. I want to sound like Del Rey. I want to look like Del Rey. I want to be Del Rey. I trust that this clarifies matters.

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December 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

DIIV and Exitmusic produce albums full of melodic mixtures which are heavier, more textured and ultimately tastier

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I have two album recommendations this week, both from bands which hail from New York City: DIIV and Exitmusic.

DIIV, formerly known as Dive, is a four-piece indie rock band which formed in 2011. DIIV was the solo side-project of Zachary Cole Smith (guitarist in Beach Fossils) and this week saw the release of their debut album, ‘Oshin’ (June 26th, 2012). The band took its name from the fact that all the members are water signs…this could explain their particular draw for me, if the classic guitar-driven indie rock wasn’t reason enough that is. I must say however, that to pigeon hole this band would be entirely foolish; ‘Oshin’ also manages to fold together elements of dream pop and shoegaze to produce a melodic mixture which is heavier, more textured and ultimately, tastier.


Exit Music are Aleksa Palladino (vocals), Devon Church (guitar, keyboards), Dru Prentiss (drums) and Nicholas Shelestak (electronics). Palladino and Church form the core of this indie electronic band, who released their debut album ‘Passage’ on May 21st, 2012. You wouldn’t be mistaken for thinking that you recognise Palladino; an actress since she was 14, she has enjoyed a thriving career to date, most recently starring in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, in which she plays Angela Darmody. Palladino is also the daughter of a New York opera singer, this will come as no surprise when you hear her incredible, haunting vocals. If you like Sigur Ros, this band will be something rather exciting for you to hear.


Keep the good stuff coming, New York! /

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June 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

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Synth-laden, leftfield delights from @thisispolica ‘s debut album, ‘Give You the Ghost’

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I’ve been listening to Polica’s debut album this week, ‘Give You the Ghost.’ (released April 30th, 2012)

The Minneapolis six-piece trade in synth-laden, leftfield R&B electro tracks; truly something for all tastes with this band.

I particularly like ‘Dark Star’, which is a pretty much self-explanatory indication of the stunning quality of the album.


Lead singer Channy Leaneagh has just the style and tone of vocals that I enjoy listening to most. I am having a bit of a love affair at the moment with Alejandra Deheza (of School of Seven Bells) and Collette Thurlow (of 2:54). Not literally.

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May 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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Pulsatingly perfect new single ‘Neon/Tears In The Rain’ from Queen of Hearts @iamqueenofheart

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Queen of Hearts is an electro-pop singer songwriter, who has been tipped to achieve great things in 2012. Pulsatingly perfect new track ‘Neon/Tears In The Rain’, will be released on May 14th, 2012 (UK) as a limited 7 inch single and digitally with bonus tracks ‘Forgive Me’ and ‘No More.’


Previously released EP ‘The Arrival’ (2011), is available to download via iTunes UK and Amazon. The EP features the sublimely synth-sational track ‘Shoot The Bullet’, produced by another of my favourite electronic artists, The Sound of Arrows. I have included the videos to both this track and the equally electrifying ‘Black Star’ below. If you like Goldfrapp, Niki And The Dove and perhaps are mystically drawn to Britney or Kylie‘s heavier electro album tracks, you will love this London-based artist.

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April 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Lumos Maxima!; Foster the People’s blindingly brilliant debut album, ‘Torches’

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Foster the People are an indie electronic trio, formed in Los Angeles in 2009. Taking their title from the surname of lead singer, Mark Foster, the band released their debut album ‘Torches’ early in 2011. The 10-track record is currently climbing the UK album charts, riding the success waves of debut single ‘Pumped Up Kicks.’ You will most likely recognise the track from a recent UK mobile phone advertisement, but it has also been featured on several Sci-Fi and cult TV channels.

The band is made up of Foster (vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar), Mark Pontius (drums and percussion) and Cubbie Fink (bass and backing vocals); don’t Americans just have the coolest names…no Brit could ever pull off Cubbie.

Likened to MGMT, Phoenix and Empire of the Sun; Foster the People seamlessly mesh the genres of indie electronic, dream-pop and neo-psychedelia to present a veritable patchwork prodigy and I like it, I like it a lot.

I have picked my favourite 4 tracks from the album and included samples below. These are: ‘Helena Beat’, ‘Pumped Up Kicks’, ‘Waste’ and ‘Houdini.’ A perfect taster of the incandescence which awaits listeners on ‘Torches.’

‘Torches’ includes: Helena Beat / Pumped Up Kicks / Call It What You Want / Don’t Stop (Color On the Walls) / Waste / I Would Do Anything for You / Houdini / Life On the Nickel / Miss You / Warrant

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August 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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