Crack in the RoadCrack in the Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:11:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 New: AKW – To Be Alive / The Hunt http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30205-new-akw-alive-hunt http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30205-new-akw-alive-hunt#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:11:02 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30205 It’s 1AM and I can’t sleep. AKW are pretty much the perfect remedy. Their newest track, To Be Alive, lifted from an EP out tomorrow, is quite possibly their finest yet, and without intending to sound patronising, definitely a noticeable step-up. Part Daughter, part London Grammar, To Be Alive is beautiful throughout, easily one of […]

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It’s 1AM and I can’t sleep. AKW are pretty much the perfect remedy. Their newest track, To Be Alive, lifted from an EP out tomorrow, is quite possibly their finest yet, and without intending to sound patronising, definitely a noticeable step-up. Part Daughter, part London Grammar, To Be Alive is beautiful throughout, easily one of my favourite listens of the year. Check out the video for it below, alongside another new track, the equally brilliant, The Hunt, and grab the EP here.

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New: Mykki Blanco – Gay Dog Food http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30181-new-mykki-blanco-gay-dog-food http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30181-new-mykki-blanco-gay-dog-food#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:01:35 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30181 Another update on an act covered by Crack in the Road earlier this year. Mykki Blanco today announced that her forthcoming mixtape release, entitled Gay Dog Food, is now available to download. Check it out below (via Spotify)

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Another update on an act covered by Crack in the Road earlier this year. Mykki Blanco today announced that her forthcoming mixtape release, entitled Gay Dog Food, is now available to download. Check it out below (via Spotify)

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New: The 1975 – Medicine http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30197-new-1975-medicine http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30197-new-1975-medicine#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:56:18 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30197 Over a year since we heard any new material from The 1975, but what a twelve months it has been. From selling out huge shows all over the world, to seeing their debut album cemented well within the top50, week after week; there’s few British bands who can claim to have had a bigger 2014 […]

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Over a year since we heard any new material from The 1975, but what a twelve months it has been. From selling out huge shows all over the world, to seeing their debut album cemented well within the top50, week after week; there’s few British bands who can claim to have had a bigger 2014 than the Manchester quartet.

Returning briefly with their contribution to BBC Radio 1′s re-score of Drive (which airs tonight on BBC3 at 10pm, also featuring Bastille, CHVRCHES and BANKS amongst others), Medicine sees them channeling a newer, more ambient sound; one that they’ve experimented with briefly in the past on early EPs. A love song at heart, and a love song with heart, it’s a fitting tribute to Nicolas Winding Refn’s portrayal of romance.

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PREMIERE: UNFOLD – PARRA FOR CUVA http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30189-premiere-unfold-parra-cuva http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30189-premiere-unfold-parra-cuva#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:09:40 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30189 When one thinks of Germany the tropical waves and simmering sun of the Caribbean likely never come to mind, which makes the new video from Parra for Cuva all the more transcendent. The Berlin-based, German-born producer is unveiling his meditative new video for premiere track, “Unfold,” off his forthcoming album, Majouré, exclusively in the U.K. […]

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When one thinks of Germany the tropical waves and simmering sun of the Caribbean likely never come to mind, which makes the new video from Parra for Cuva all the more transcendent. The Berlin-based, German-born producer is unveiling his meditative new video for premiere track, “Unfold,” off his forthcoming album, Majouré, exclusively in the U.K. with CitR. While beat makers from Berlin rarely need a stamp of approval—their sounds are almost always top notch—we would put our money behind this one. His wickedWicked Games” cover with Anna Naklab is still giving us chills. The video above is for anyone still loathing summer’s end and in need of a quick getaway.

 

Keep up with Parra for Cuva here

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Premiere: To The Wedding – Silver Currents EP http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30169-premiere-wedding-silver-currents-ep http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30169-premiere-wedding-silver-currents-ep#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:06:14 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30169 Sometimes an artists sound really hits home. San Francisco’s Lauren Grubb a.k.a To The Wedding is one such artist, with every song she has released so far completely blowing me away. Her debut E.P Silver Currents, which we are delighted to premiere, brings together the dreamy shoegaze and all encapsulating sound that I’ve grown to love […]

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Sometimes an artists sound really hits home. San Francisco’s Lauren Grubb a.k.a To The Wedding is one such artist, with every song she has released so far completely blowing me away. Her debut E.P Silver Currents, which we are delighted to premiere, brings together the dreamy shoegaze and all encapsulating sound that I’ve grown to love and presents it in the shape of five perfectly crafted tracks. From the drifting guitars of Come On to the crushing Set Fire, this really is how a debut release should be done. Time Pilot closes the E.P in spectacular fashion, floating through your head, bringing you back to earth after what really is a beautiful journey.

Stream the E.P below which is released 28 October.

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New: Black Honey – Bloodlust http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30156-new-black-honey-bloodlust http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30156-new-black-honey-bloodlust#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:48:22 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30156 Something special is at work here. Only four tracks in and Black Honey are churning out some of the most exciting guitar music of the last couple years. New track Bloodlust features their signature harmonised guitar sound as well as the soaring vocals of frontwoman Izzy Bee that glide over the noughties styled production. This […]

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Something special is at work here. Only four tracks in and Black Honey are churning out some of the most exciting guitar music of the last couple years. New track Bloodlust features their signature harmonised guitar sound as well as the soaring vocals of frontwoman Izzy Bee that glide over the noughties styled production. This track marks the announcement of their debut E.P which will be released via Duly Noted Records. The exclusively physical release will only be available at gigs, which serves as even more of a reason to catch Black Honey live. Stream Bloodlust below, alongside details of their debut London show:

November – 02 – London (Notting Hill Arts Club)

 

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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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