Crack in the RoadCrack in the Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:38:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Introducing: Matagot http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30145-introducing-matagot http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30145-introducing-matagot#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:38:29 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30145 Our latest despatch, served straight from that rusty diving bell submerged in the more lightless environs of human consciousness, concerns a band named Matagot. In particular, it concerns their songs Lidless and Teeth, which first surfaced from somewhere down there last month. Lidless / Teeth by Matagot This is the sound of exits slamming shut. […]

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Our latest despatch, served straight from that rusty diving bell submerged in the more lightless environs of human consciousness, concerns a band named Matagot. In particular, it concerns their songs Lidless and Teeth, which first surfaced from somewhere down there last month.

This is the sound of exits slamming shut. We get a deadpan rendering of what should be guilty admissions, turned loose from guilt and into something far worse, some greyscale honesty that no longer feels peaks and troughs. Icy guitar clang and atonal cello bloom briefly, decay as fast as they came. They leave in their wake a waste of abyss-deep bass and two vocal lines battering against each other like lost moths at a dying lightbulb, keening “I think of all the things I used to wanna do, and I don’t wanna do them anymore/that’s how you know they really got to you, they are still winning even after the war.”

To elaborate, I go full Clay Davis right here.

Lidless is, like so much of the best music, a broken mirror held up to the meanest, nastiest parts of us. It’s fear, anger, ambition and lack thereof, and where in other hands this could be cloying or overwrought, Lidless keeps to its cards-held-close principles. Even after the song swells maliciously back from chilly blackness like some cold-blooded ocean-floor nightmare, it uses twisted noise and percussive blows, rather than the more obvious heat of six-string distortion, to hammer itself home. And hammer it does. Hard.

If after Lidless you feel exactly that – the track being the aural equivalent of having your eyelids forcibly removed – second track Teeth offers a little respite, the sour sentiment of dismissal masked in part by sunny tuneage. “Open your mouth and go,” comes another demoniac harmony, the freezing brush-off, “‘cause I’m tired of living slow.” But it’s backed by chirpy organ and bitcrushed bounce, the bass here approximating a teeny-tiny disco. ‘Teeth’ is deadly-as-fuck pop music of the highest calibre.

Forging weird noise into wonderful hooks is nothing new, no, and neither is the notion that songs can be more bright and brilliant than the sum of their stark parts. But Matagot (who, I should probably mention, comprise four people from South East London and sing by their own admission about ‘girls, bodies and things that make them angry’) are one of many sweet spots between the two, a great shivering scream bouncing off the shadowy walls of life’s basement. Here’s hoping the light never comes back on.

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New: Talos – Bloom http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30137-new-talos-bloom http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30137-new-talos-bloom#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:39:39 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30137 Talos has been quiet for a while now; that’s not to say that he’s not been working hard behind the scenes, throwing in the occasional live show now and then (including one at Ireland’s invite only Mountain Dew Festival – which I’ve been assured was a real ‘moment’). With year end lists beginning to come […]

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Talos has been quiet for a while now; that’s not to say that he’s not been working hard behind the scenes, throwing in the occasional live show now and then (including one at Ireland’s invite only Mountain Dew Festival – which I’ve been assured was a real ‘moment’). With year end lists beginning to come together, his latest track Bloom deserves to feature on best singles of the year lists. Produced by Ian Ring of Young Wonder, it’s a delicate lovelorn ballad, as beautiful as anything else released this year. Check out Bloom below, released via Feel Good Lost on 1 December.

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New: CHLØË BLACK – 27 Club http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30131-new-chloe-black-27-club http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30131-new-chloe-black-27-club#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:22:57 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30131 So there’s definitely a few lyrics from CHLØË BLACK’s debut track, 27 Club, that could quite easily have been lifted from Lana Del Rey’s most recent album; whilst the production lends itself more to Lizzy Grant’s debut LP. Born from an obsession with the notorious ’27 Club’, referring to several dozen musicians who passed away at […]

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So there’s definitely a few lyrics from CHLØË BLACK’s debut track, 27 Club, that could quite easily have been lifted from Lana Del Rey’s most recent album; whilst the production lends itself more to Lizzy Grant’s debut LP. Born from an obsession with the notorious ’27 Club’, referring to several dozen musicians who passed away at that early age, it’s an at times harrowing comment on a rather macabre issue. Referencing Joplin, Hendrix and Cobain, there’s a certain sombre irony in the idea that this track almost feels like the sort of direction Winehouse was heading in musically, before her departure at the age of… yep, you guessed it, twenty seven. (Premiere via)

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New: East of Ely – Waterfalls http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30128-new-east-ely-waterfalls http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30128-new-east-ely-waterfalls#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:00:22 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30128 Sydney five piece East of Ely have a knack for penning massive hooks and colossal choruses. Their first two tracks, Easy Friend and Came Without were classic, Springsteen tinged numbers, the sort of tracks you’d put on a road trip CD, preferably a trip involving plenty of driving along never ending, expansive highways. Their third […]

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Sydney five piece East of Ely have a knack for penning massive hooks and colossal choruses. Their first two tracks, Easy Friend and Came Without were classic, Springsteen tinged numbers, the sort of tracks you’d put on a road trip CD, preferably a trip involving plenty of driving along never ending, expansive highways. Their third offering, Waterfalls, is another slice of Americana infused indie-pop, centred around fist pumping choruses that The Killers would be proud of. Check out Waterfalls below, and pre-order the EP here.

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Introducing: Ludvig Moon http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30125-introducing-ludvig-moon http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30125-introducing-ludvig-moon#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:14:23 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30125 Absolutely love this lavish indie-pop from Oslo five piece Ludvig Moon, drifting in somewhere between the understated beauty of fellow Osloenser The Little Hands of Asphalt and something far grander, like Coldplay or even Arcade Fire. Of the two studio recordings on their Soundcloud, Swim Dream is the more immediate, yet Anywhere/Anything showcases more of […]

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Absolutely love this lavish indie-pop from Oslo five piece Ludvig Moon, drifting in somewhere between the understated beauty of fellow Osloenser The Little Hands of Asphalt and something far grander, like Coldplay or even Arcade Fire. Of the two studio recordings on their Soundcloud, Swim Dream is the more immediate, yet Anywhere/Anything showcases more of a Brit-pop vibe. Check both out below.

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New: NAVVI – Perfect Speed http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30122-new-navvi-perfect-speed http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30122-new-navvi-perfect-speed#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:49:12 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30122 Seattle duo NAVVI have been improving with every track that they release. From their initial debut offerings little over a year ago, in the form of No Lights and Weekends, to the recently released Speak (through Kitsuné), they sound fuller and more confident with each track that they treat us to. Newest outing, Perfect Speed, […]

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Seattle duo NAVVI have been improving with every track that they release. From their initial debut offerings little over a year ago, in the form of No Lights and Weekends, to the recently released Speak (through Kitsuné), they sound fuller and more confident with each track that they treat us to. Newest outing, Perfect Speed, is a gorgeously layered Cocteau Twins-esque number, as elegant and delightfully poised as their press images make out. Check it out below.

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New: Vaults – Vultures http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30118-new-vaults-vultures http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30118-new-vaults-vultures#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:18:54 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30118 First debuted in a Maida Vale session towards the tail end of last year, Vultures is another indication that Vaults are capable of producing a hugely impressive debut album, when the time comes. Lifted from an EP of the same title, it’s a further development of their ethereal, lavish sound; delicate yet profoundly anthemic. Check […]

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First debuted in a Maida Vale session towards the tail end of last year, Vultures is another indication that Vaults are capable of producing a hugely impressive debut album, when the time comes. Lifted from an EP of the same title, it’s a further development of their ethereal, lavish sound; delicate yet profoundly anthemic. Check it out below, alongside tour dates.

NOV 13 – Paris, La Boule Noire
NOV 20 – Bristol, The Louisiana
NOV 25 – Brighton, Green Door Store
NOV 27 – Manchester, The Deaf Institute
NOV 28 – Glasgow, The Berkeley Suite

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New: Gengahr – Bathed In Light http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30115-new-gengahr-bathed-light http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30115-new-gengahr-bathed-light#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:41:41 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30115 Caught Gengahr in Newcastle last week supporting Dry The River, and it’s pretty incredible how far they’ve come in a relatively short space of time, something perhaps most obvious in the audience reaction. The songs sound fuller, the vocals more confident and there’s a real fluidity to the way they perform, with recent singles Fill […]

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Caught Gengahr in Newcastle last week supporting Dry The River, and it’s pretty incredible how far they’ve come in a relatively short space of time, something perhaps most obvious in the audience reaction. The songs sound fuller, the vocals more confident and there’s a real fluidity to the way they perform, with recent singles Fill My Gums With Blood and Powder merely forming part of a very strong set, as oppose to being centre pieces. Bathed In Light, the B-side to the aforementioned Powder is a twisted, darker number, proving eerily romantic in a way that only Nick Cave seems able to achieve.

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Introducing: LUH http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30112-introducing-luh http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30112-introducing-luh#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:03:43 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30112 Have been hearing rumours surrounding this project for quite some time now, and the first offering from Ellery James Roberts (former WU LYF frontman) and Ebony Hoorn doesn’t disappoint. Titled LUH (Lost Under Heaven), visuals play a key role with their debut track, Unites, with the two of them sat rotating in an empty room, […]

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Have been hearing rumours surrounding this project for quite some time now, and the first offering from Ellery James Roberts (former WU LYF frontman) and Ebony Hoorn doesn’t disappoint. Titled LUH (Lost Under Heaven), visuals play a key role with their debut track, Unites, with the two of them sat rotating in an empty room, whilst images of inner-city life are projected onto their figures. The themes are somewhat similar to those that WU LYF held dear; the breakdown of society, the creeping fear of capitalism and a yearning to break free. As with previous releases, it feels wonderfully disjointed, and slightly confused, yet undoubtedly inspiring. Check out Unites below.

LUH UNITES from LUH. on Vimeo.

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New: XOV – Boys Don’t Cry http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30109-new-xov-boys-dont-cry http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30109-new-xov-boys-dont-cry#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:45:26 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30109 XOV aka Stockholm’s (via LA) Damian Ardestani goes all out on his debut offering, Boys Don’t Cry. Coming in somewhere between the slick R&B of The Weeknd and Drake, and a more outwardly 80′s pop inspired pop sound, it’s deliriously over the top, and resoundingly confident. Check it out below.

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XOV aka Stockholm’s (via LA) Damian Ardestani goes all out on his debut offering, Boys Don’t Cry. Coming in somewhere between the slick R&B of The Weeknd and Drake, and a more outwardly 80′s pop inspired pop sound, it’s deliriously over the top, and resoundingly confident. Check it out below.

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