Our first list of 2015 and we’re hitting the ground running. If this is how the year starts, we have very high hopes indeed. Read on..if you like it..tweet your thoughts at @after_nyne
Despite her young age, Thea Glenton Raknes is already a name in the Norwegian music industry. She has gained experience as a songwriter, lyricist, frontwoman, and now as a producer.
With the project Thea & The Wild, she produces music both bold and brittle, future thinking production with a foot in classic folk and pop. The soundscape is inspired by Thea’s love for the organic, with warm bass, analogue synths and a focus on melodies and rhythm. Glenton’s characteristic vocals serve as a guide through the songs, and it is all elegantly produced by Kenneth Ishak (Beezewax, Heyerdahl), and Thea herself. Ishak also contributes as the only other musician on the album other than Thea.
The success of her record in Norway has led to a UK release for “Strangers And Lovers”, released January 12th on Jansen Plateproduksjon.
Striking, London six piece, ‘Gallows Ghost’ are intent on carving out a unique musical niche. A blend of electronic, folk and rock, they give their feverishly receptive audiences big chorus hooks, driving bass lines, strings and beats, but despite musical ingenuity akin to that of Florence, Goldfrapp, Massive Attack and London Grammar, the audiences fervour is definitely increased by the tall, flame haired beauty at the front of the stage, Kate Young whose distinctive and haunting vocals soar effortlessly across the bands ambitious tracks.
On their new EP ‘Arrows’ the band have worked with Bristol producer Chris Goulstone (whose former collaborations include; Geoff Barrows from Portishead, Alison Goldfrapp & Mushroom from Massive Attack) like a mechanic refining a well oiled engine, Chris brings elements of Primal Scream and Maya Jane Coles giving their new material a much harder, faster and darker edge.
Since their inception only 18 months ago they have been cutting their teeth and honing their live shows at various venues and festivals including; Headlining the Bestival Bandstand, playing Bush Hall, Oxjam, Wilderness, Secret Garden Party, Metropolis Studio Sessions and are continuing to play around the UK building a steady and loyal fan base. They will be performing an acoustic set at The Camden Lock Tavern on February 5th and a full live gig for their EP launch at Hoxton Bar & Grill on February 25th.
“A golden despondency” is how Kevin Barnes translates the meaning behind Aureate Gloom, the title he gave of Montreal’s thirteenth full-length album.
The oxymoron is one Barnes says best describes the overall state of his life and mental outlook while working on the record: first on a writing retreat in New York City, then while demoing tracks in Athens, before finally recording at Sonic Ranch, just across the border from Juarez, Mexico in the Texan desert.
If you’re wondering what exactly would lead Barnes to use this epithet to describe his reality at the time, look no further than the songs themselves.
Lead single “Bassem Sabry” (named for the Egyptian journalist who tragically died in the spring of 2014), is perhaps of Montreal’s most political song to date, with Barnes proclaiming “Every leader is a cellophane punk,” while handclaps and danceable drums incite the listener to follow his command: “If you hear me, say ‘Yeah!’ ‘Yeah!’ ‘Yeah!’
Aureate Gloom drops March 2nd on Polyvinyl.
NVRS LVRS – City Lights
San Francisco 6-piece NRVS LVRS began their journey at the beginning of 2014 when a collection of songs, written initially for the purpose of musical experimentation, found themselves at the centre of a newly forming band.
The resulting group was driven by the desire of Andrew Gomez and girlfriend Bevin Lee to link their creative muses and express their thoughts and feelings on their rapidly-changing city.
Circuit bent bleeps, grimy drum loops, buzzy toys, humming synths, processed handclaps, and failing 80’s keyboards are all creatively edited together with the flesh and blood sounds of guitar, bass, & drums in this album – an album that presents a band ready to explore the fading art of political music.
Their debut LP ‘The Golden West’ is out March 16th on Hz Castle Records
Praised by the likes of 6Music, XFM, NME and Q Magazine, Scandinavian 4 piece Satellite Stories are set to release their second single Heartbeat off the forthcoming album Vagabonds.
Between their heavy list of Festival and live appearances in 2014 the band decamped to the UK to record their third album in the Kentish countryside with producer Simon “Barny” Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Temper Trap, Kasabian and Bombay Bicycle Club).
Vegabonds takes inspiration from the relentless touring the guys have undertaken since their indie breakthrough. Living like drifters and writing songs, “We became Vagabonds going from pillar to post with no real fixed address” Says lead guitarist Marko Heikkinen
The release of the first single from Vagabonds, The Trap saw the lads streaming numbers accumulate into the millions with the single hitting over 100k in the first 5 days alone.
This new release sees Satellite Stories bigger and better than ever! UK fans can catch them at Londons Barfly venue on March 9th.
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