Monthly Archives: January 2012

Review: Veils – Clarity

Never judge a book by its cover. It’s an idiom whose lesson is hammered into us as children, a symbolic rendering of liberal values. You don’t base things on surface judgment because it’s not accurate, it’s not fair, and it’s not a very nice thing to do. Sometimes, though, it’s not like this at all. […]

By Rob Hollamby
on 31st Jan 2012
in Music

Interview & Premiere: Soft Lighting

With his debut track Far Away gracing the internet little over two weeks ago, Kansas City’s Soft Lighting, the side-project of Bryan Cox (also of New Savages) is beginning to forge a name for himself. Having been Introduced by myself a fortnight ago, Far Away also appeared on acclaimed music blog Lost Lost Lost on […]

New: Devotional – Mercy

Australian three piece Devotional (previously known by the less memorable name A Casual End Mile) appear to be a rather sombre trio. From their melancholic debut track Mercy to their slightly unsettlingly sparse photograph, there’s a far amount of wallowing going on. However, all that is forgiven once you hear the track in question, a […]

New: North Bay – Breath

This debut track from Oxford’s North Bay is a reserved yet beautifully uplifting affair, hinting at even more impressive future outings. Based around ambient melodies and drone-esque undertones, Breath is a simplistic, effective composition. It almost feels like an introduction to something truly fantastic, and with any luck, this may just be the case. Check […]

Introducing: T-Shirt Weather

Being from Newcastle, I love hearing a good North East accent; hence I’ve always had a soft spot for Maximo Park, regardless of their at times questionable output. This new three piece from my hometown may be slightly rough around the edges, partially down to their two tracks so far being recorded “in Andrew’s dodgy […]

New: Keep Shelly In Athens – Just Like Honey

Having recently appeared on several tracks by other producers, Keep Shelly In Athens are back recording under their own name again, this time with a cover of The Jesus & Mary Chain’s Just Like Honey. Sarah’s vocals are as fragile and splendid as ever, whilst the reverb-laden guitar caries the track, transforming the 1985 hit […]

Feature: The Music From Skins (S6, E2)

After last weeks varied selection of tracks, Skins Episode 2 had rather a lot to live up to. Focusing on the tumultuous, traumatic relationship between Grace and Rich, in truth it was a rather weak episode, lacking any direction or solid storyline. Anyway, I’m not here to analyze the script; here’s my opinion on the […]

New: Jack White – Love Interruption

It’s something Jack White should have done years ago, but he’s finally got around to it. Everybody’s favourite magpie musician has been a very busy man – previous band projects (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather), producing (everyone from Whirlwind Heat to John C Reilly), messing around with collaborators (from Beck toInsane Clown Posse) and releasing live recordings […]

By Benny J Keeler
in Music

New: Day Joy – Bone And Bloody

Having released their debut digital single at the tail end of last year, dream-pop duo Day Joy are back with new song Bone And Bloody. Less electronic in sound, and pulling heavily on their folk influences, it’s lead by a tinkling banjo and deep, ever-so tender vocals. Almost like a less stadium refined Fleet Foxes, […]

New: Young Wonder – Tumbling Backwards

Hailing from Cork, Ireland, electro-pop duo Young Wonder are set to release their debut EP in mid April, preceded by lead single Tumbling Backwards. As the first signing to Media Production company turned record label Feel Good Lost, it’s a stellar introduction to both projects. Taking from dance and trance influences, it’s heavy on the […]

New: BOYISH – Blindfold

There’s some rather interesting murmurings coming from Japan at the moment, and this new track from Tokyo outfit BOYISH is sure to support their growing DIY music scene. Whilst Blindfold might be slightly rough around the edges, it has an ever so charming, lukewarm feel to it, with twee-shoegaze inspirations tattooed unashamedly across the track. […]

New: Lil Jabba – Detektor

Been mulling this dudes shit for a few months now. Since picking up his 2011 release SWiSHeR on tape (Baltimore’s WTR CLR label) his music has only left my ears for stretches at a time. The Aussie ex-pat, now based in Baltimore, has been footworking in his own little corner to some weird, fucked-up version of Chicago juke. The […]

By Benny J Keeler
in Music

New & MPfree: Time Wharp – BLK EP

Time Wharp has been a name to look out for for a while now. The excellent New York lavel Astro Nautico (home to Kuhn, Howse and Obey City, amongst others) have quite-rightly been eyeing this guy up, and have just plucked him from his various self-released beat adventures (GRN EP, later.) and straight into a ‘sequel’ to his last one, […]

By Benny J Keeler
in MPfree

Review: Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Lizzy Grant and her alias Lana Del Rey have been entirely separate entities for quite a while now. As much as she tries to convince us that the pouty-lipped, Americana obsessed popstar is a true to life extension of herself, it’s rapidly becoming more apparent that there’s a sizable proportion of personality air-brushing involved. One of […]

Live Review: Remember Media #001 Feat. B>E>A>K / Chased By Wolves (27/01/12)

Anyone who has found themselves (spiritual and physically) in Byker, Newcastle, will testify to the fact that it’s truly where dreams are made… or something like that. Last night amongst the homely confines of The Cluny I witnessed an undeniably glorious ceremony; celebrating the marriage of two of the North East’s finest independent publications, collaborating […]

New: Rossi – Ossetia

After returning from the rather fantastic NARC/ launch gig last night, I stumbled upon this gorgeous number from Nashville’s Rossi. However, having consumed several alcoholic beverages throughout the course of the evening, I decided it best not to attempt to extrapolate my intoxicated thoughts into coherent sentences. Upon waking up and listening to Ossetia again, […]

Introducing: Poledo

Because there’s nothing quite like clocking a Dinosaur Jr. reference at a party where you don’t know anyone, and then spending the next half hour chewing drunken ears off about Built to Spill and listening to an iPod routed through an old guitar amp, I present to you Poledo, brainchild of teenaged Oxfordshirean Evan Clements. […]

New: Isles – National Seashore (Demo)

Florida’s Isles wear their chillwave influences on their sleeves on their debut track National Seashore. Taking inspiration from the tribal-like percussion of Washed Out and the echo-laden vocals of Neon Indian, National Seashore is an epic first outing. Gloriously addictive and vibrant in texture, Isles may only have one track to their name so far, […]

New: Trap House Collective – T.C.B.L.

Having Introduced Austin’s Trap House Collective a couple of weeks back, the group have made another track available to download, in the form of the lovelorn T.C.B.L. (This Can’t Be Love). As with previous tracks, the Drake influence is fairly pronounced, but not to the point of purely creating a carbon copy; for one, the […]

By Josh
on 25th Jan 2012
in MPfree

New: SASKATCHEWAN – The Morning (The Weeknd Cover)

I’m still to fully buy into The Weeknd; whilst I can appreciate his production skills, it’s clear he has a long way to go before he reaches the same level with his overall product as Drake. Anyway, this fantastic cover by Orlando musician SASKATCHEWAN is well worthy of hearing, ditching the sleazy atmosphere and turning […]