Crack in the RoadCrack in the Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:57:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Introducing: Alisha Batth http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31151-introducing-alisha-batth http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31151-introducing-alisha-batth#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:57:13 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31151 A couple of months back I wrote about the bubbling electronic scene in India right now, and since then have made a conscious decision to explore more of the musical offerings emerging from Asia. Mumbai / New Delhi / Boston’s Alisha Batth is a rather special talent, as showcased on the couple of original tracks […]

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A couple of months back I wrote about the bubbling electronic scene in India right now, and since then have made a conscious decision to explore more of the musical offerings emerging from Asia. Mumbai / New Delhi / Boston’s Alisha Batth is a rather special talent, as showcased on the couple of original tracks she has online, alongside two Patti Smith covers. Dark, gritty and uncompromising at times, the six minute epic that is Familiar is one of the most hard-hitting, unique songs I’ve heard in quite a while, switching effortlessly between her Angel Olsen-esque drawl and a heart stopping shriek. Lines such as “I’m older and skinnier / the lines look familiar / my hands might be shaky / but they look very similar” strike right to the core, as emotionally poignant as any you’ll hear this year, no doubt. Check out Familiar and Filth below.

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Introducing: Aaron http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31148-introducing-aaron http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31148-introducing-aaron#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:43:07 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31148 Drawing inspiration from a host of the classic songwriters and composers, we’re talking Talking Heads, Kate Bush and Miles Davis, London’s Aaron has a pop edge to her music that almost comes as a surprise given the diverse range of influences she lists. Her debut EP, Letters To Jonny, is a potential filled offering, managing […]

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Drawing inspiration from a host of the classic songwriters and composers, we’re talking Talking Heads, Kate Bush and Miles Davis, London’s Aaron has a pop edge to her music that almost comes as a surprise given the diverse range of influences she lists. Her debut EP, Letters To Jonny, is a potential filled offering, managing to build every track around a hook heavy chorus, managing to prove both energetic yet startlingly intimate at the same time. Check out the EP below, and catch her playing at Birthdays on Sunday.

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New: Jack Garratt – Let Me Love You (Live Cover) http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31143-new-jack-garratt-let-me-love-you-live-cover http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31143-new-jack-garratt-let-me-love-you-live-cover#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:03:52 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31143 One of my highlights of last weeks SXSW was finally getting to see Jack Garratt play, impressing a packed out, yet intimate Red Eyed Fly. Whilst out in Austin, Jack recorded a piano session for BBC R1 / Huw Stephens, featuring a stunning rendition of Mario’s classic Let Me Love You, alongside previous single The Love […]

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One of my highlights of last weeks SXSW was finally getting to see Jack Garratt play, impressing a packed out, yet intimate Red Eyed Fly. Whilst out in Austin, Jack recorded a piano session for BBC R1 / Huw Stephens, featuring a stunning rendition of Mario’s classic Let Me Love You, alongside previous single The Love You’re Given. Showing the sort of diversity of sound that has allowed him to become one of 2015′s most exciting artists, it’s refreshing to hear a musician so intricately consider all aspects of their performance. Check out the cover below, alongside current single, Chemical.

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New: The Japanese House – Pools To Bathe In http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31140-new-the-japanese-house-pools-to-bathe-in http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31140-new-the-japanese-house-pools-to-bathe-in#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:22:57 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31140 Already one of the most exciting emerging artists of 2015, and with only two tracks publicly available, Amber Bain aka The Japanese House is doing something utterly unique and unlike a fairly high percentage of ‘cool’ new music, it’s instantaneously engaging and memorable. Having impressed with her debut track, Still, she’s offering up another cut […]

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Already one of the most exciting emerging artists of 2015, and with only two tracks publicly available, Amber Bain aka The Japanese House is doing something utterly unique and unlike a fairly high percentage of ‘cool’ new music, it’s instantaneously engaging and memorable. Having impressed with her debut track, Still, she’s offering up another cut from her forthcoming EP, Pools To Bathe In. The title track, it’s part Imogen Heap, part Bon Iver, and when heard within the context of the full release, begins to really start to fulfil the idea of an artists realisation of their own sound and capabilities. Check it out below.

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Video: QT – Hey QT http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31137-video-qt-hey-qt http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31137-video-qt-hey-qt#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:47:30 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31137 With SXSW having now been and gone in a blur of beer, tacos and a host of killer performances, the world is starting to settle into normality once more. One of the hottest talking points of the week was PC Music’s first US shows, featuring performances from numerous members of the collective, including QT, A.G. Cook […]

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With SXSW having now been and gone in a blur of beer, tacos and a host of killer performances, the world is starting to settle into normality once more. One of the hottest talking points of the week was PC Music’s first US shows, featuring performances from numerous members of the collective, including QT, A.G. Cook and GFOTY (alongside this embarrassing for both parties Huw Stephens interview) – in truth it was less of an explosion of colour and energy, more a sole auto-tuned yelp set against a week of far more interesting music. Now a year on since the finest PC Music related track was first aired, and Hey QT finally has a video, one that no long really comes across either as bizarre or tongue in cheek, more just the PC Music norm. Perhaps my feelings towards the entire project was summed up most succinctly by seeing SOPHIE having his hairspray confiscated at Austin airport security – there’s definitely a metaphor in there somewhere. Anyway, check out the video below, if it’s still your kind of thing.

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New: Marie Naffah – Blindfold http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31127-new-marie-naffah-blindfold http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31127-new-marie-naffah-blindfold#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:22:30 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31127 Marie Naffah’s latest release combines the talent of six visually impaired musicians (Steve Plowman, drummer, Antonio de Lillis, guitarist, Ricky James, vocalist,Rob Ellard, guitarist, Kevin Satizabal, piano and Ashley Cox, drummer) with her own in order to tell the heartfelt story of her own Grandmother slowly loosing her sight. The project explores the wealth of […]

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Marie Naffah’s latest release combines the talent of six visually impaired musicians (Steve Plowman, drummer, Antonio de Lillis, guitarist, Ricky James, vocalist,Rob Ellard, guitarist, Kevin Satizabal, piano and Ashley Cox, drummer) with her own in order to tell the heartfelt story of her own Grandmother slowly loosing her sight. The project explores the wealth of issues surrounding sight loss and the importance of music to those who suffer from it through a short documentary and rerecording of her track.

In Marie’s own words: “I wanted to show to people how suffering from blindness does not automatically remove the ability to be creative and successful. The societal assumption is often a condescending one, when in fact these musicians are some of the most talented that I have ever worked with. It was important to bring this sentiment into the the public domain – so the greater population can begin to understand that by patronising and feeling awkward towards visually-impaired people it only further reinforces a feeling they might have of ‘being different’.”

Blindfold works alongside the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) which helps to assist over 2 million people each year whom are affected by various degrees of visual impairments. The full documentary and track can be seen here:

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Premiere: Orla Gartland – Modern World http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31122-premiere-orla-gartland-modern-world http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31122-premiere-orla-gartland-modern-world#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:00:29 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31122 When looking through all that Orla Gartland has achieved in her career so far, it’s clear that she has experience well beyond her modest nineteen years – with her 2013′s Roots EP storming the charts in her home country, and this years Lonely People EP receiving rave reviews across the board. The newest offering from the Dublin singer/songwriter, […]

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When looking through all that Orla Gartland has achieved in her career so far, it’s clear that she has experience well beyond her modest nineteen years – with her 2013′s Roots EP storming the charts in her home country, and this years Lonely People EP receiving rave reviews across the board. The newest offering from the Dublin singer/songwriter, Modern World, is a slice of joyously upbeat pop, all centred around one of the finest, most addictive choruses you’ll hear this side of 2015. Addressing the all too real issues of complicated adolescence, alongside attempting to find an identity within a society that at times, offers few answers, it’s not too far from the likes of The 1975 or Magic Man. Following on from a colossal UK tour featuring a vast majority of sold out dates, Orla Gartland plays three SXSW shows this week, including one at B.D Riley’s and an official showcase at Maggie Mae’s tomorrow night.

 

  • 3/18, 11p at Music From Ireland showcase, Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room, 512 Trinity St
  • 3/20, 11:35a at Irish Breakfast at B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 204 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701, United States
  • 3/21, 1p at Goorin Bros., 1323 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704 US
  • March 24: San Francisco, CA @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall
  • March 25: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe

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Preview: Little Women, Big Stories http://www.crackintheroad.com/uncategorized/31113-preview-little-women-big-stories http://www.crackintheroad.com/uncategorized/31113-preview-little-women-big-stories#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 21:53:37 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31113 Tired of the same old processed dross at the movies? Would you like to see more women on screen, in proper roles? Check this out. 2015 is the 30th anniversary of the Bechdel Test, the handy measure for female representation in film that originated in Allison Bechdel’s comic Dykes To Watch Out For. To commemorate […]

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Tired of the same old processed dross at the movies? Would you like to see more women on screen, in proper roles? Check this out. 2015 is the 30th anniversary of the Bechdel Test, the handy measure for female representation in film that originated in Allison Bechdel’s comic Dykes To Watch Out For. To commemorate the creation of this useful and telling measure The Bechdel Test Fest are hosting a series of events throughout the year. For March the theme is Little Women, Big Stories; each of the four films has dynamic and inspiring young women at the centre. Furthermore each was written and directed by a woman, which is far too rare an occurrence. After every showing there will be a Q&A from a selection of very talented film folk, including actors, writers and journalists. Take your pick from the screenings below – or be a true film addict and go to all of them! Further screening & ticket info available here, & you can get involved with future events too.

Mon 23rd March: Appropriate Behaviour (writ/dir. Desiree Akhavah) Greenwich Picturehouse, 6pm
- with writer/director/star Desiree Akhavah, film editor of feminist website The F Word Ania Ostrowska & Iranian journalist & filmmaker Nika Jazaee.

Tues 24th March: Fish Tank (writ/dir. Andrea Arnold) Genesis Cinema, 7pm
- with film festival programmer Nia Childs & QMU Film Studies Lecturer Lucy Bolton.

Wed 25th March: Tiny Furniture (writ/dir. Lena Dunham) Hackney Picturehouse, 4pm
- with Little White Lies film critic Sophie Kaufman & American playwright Sarah Kosar.

Thurs 26th March: Wadjda (writ/dir. Haifaa al-Mansour) Stratford Picturehouse, 4pm
- with writer/director Haifaa al-Mansour.

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New: SertOne – Lost & Found (Feat. Maribelle) http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31109-new-sertone-lost-found-feat-maribelle http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31109-new-sertone-lost-found-feat-maribelle#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:56:40 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31109 Yet more Australian talent cropping up on music blogs, this time Melbourne’s Maribelle providing vocals for Liverpool producer SertOne, on his latest offering, the glitchy, hypnotic Lost & Found. Released on Feel Good Lost, and also coming with visuals shot, directed and edited by Brendan Canty, it’s quite possibly SertOne’s most ambitious composition yet, toeing […]

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Yet more Australian talent cropping up on music blogs, this time Melbourne’s Maribelle providing vocals for Liverpool producer SertOne, on his latest offering, the glitchy, hypnotic Lost & Found. Released on Feel Good Lost, and also coming with visuals shot, directed and edited by Brendan Canty, it’s quite possibly SertOne’s most ambitious composition yet, toeing the line between more commercially friendly pop, and the slicker R&B that’s beginning to dominate the charts. Check it out below, alongside the official video.

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New: Ben Khan – 1000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31106-new-ben-khan-1000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31106-new-ben-khan-1000#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:57:10 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31106 Paying homage to André 3000 on his newest track, 1000, Ben Khan sets his stall out for 2015 in style. With his debut live shows now just around the corner (see you in Paris), the Londoner has announced a new EP, featuring four previously unheard tracks. As frenetic and energetic as his first EP, it’s […]

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Paying homage to André 3000 on his newest track, 1000, Ben Khan sets his stall out for 2015 in style. With his debut live shows now just around the corner (see you in Paris), the Londoner has announced a new EP, featuring four previously unheard tracks. As frenetic and energetic as his first EP, it’s truly the sign of an artist carving out his own sound; amidst a sea of musicians attempting to capture a similar aesthetic, there’s now no doubt that Ben Khan is standing head and shoulders above the rest. Check out 1000 below, and pre-order the EP here.

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