Little Grey Fairy Tales Little White Lies One can safely say that AlunaGeorge are an experience. One doesn’t just listen to this pop duo, one waits, watches and walks away with one of those glassy-eyed expressions you get when you go window shopping and see something you want but can’t have. Their glossy sound goes perfectly with their bizarre and beautiful imagery. Attention is paid to every little detail (all the way down to Aluna’s fantastic nail art) leaving you […]
London Grammar has held the top spot in my top played songs for a few months with Hey Now only for me to realise I haven’t been paying any attention to the fact that they now have more to share. Wasting My Young Years is dangerously close to sounding like something Florence and the Machine would do; Which is what makes its Star Slinger remix more attractive. It flows beautifully weaving Hannah’s ethereal vocals into a great rhythm section. Nevertheless […]
“The town has gone silent,” says 28-year-old farmer Ousmane Maiga (not his real name) over the phone. “It’s way too quiet”. When I was little my mother went through a phase where we would wake up most days listening to Ali Farka Touré. His music is now linked to so many childhood memories that listening to him feels like home. As much as I would like to celebrate this World Music Day I can’t help but think of the fact […]
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With M.O.P.E still ringing in my ears hearing another great track from the Ambassadeurs so soon is too much for me to handle. With his fantastic harmonies and almost quirky glitch rhythms ignite keeps you smiling long after the song is over. As if this wasn’t enough he is giving it away for free. The best is yet to come perhaps?
This Sunday mornings music stumble lead to discovering the mellow, husky vocals of Emma Louise. If Daughter was a happier band it would sound a lot like her. While her EP Full Hearts and Empty Rooms works within the folk-pop genre; Songs like Jungle and Freedom veer towards down-tempo, electronica. Every element hits a dizzying pitch. The synths taking creating one of those eternal build ups we can’t resist. She takes you to that spot in your brain where you […]
When you try and put a genre to Lagori the band members are going to put up a fight. With their foundations set solidly on Indian soil this young band from Bangalore has left audiences happy and begging for more. In an attempt to understand what they are all about they’ve agreed to let me pick their brains for a while. Lets get to it shall we? Let’s talk about your album. I have bought it I promise! Geeth: It […]
While most of us are still caught up in our limit to your love hangup James Blake is off exploring a different sound. Retrograde is our first taste of his latest album Overgrown releasing April 8th this year. While one can distinctly associate this to all the rest of his music something about seems more accessible. I can’t believe I’m saying this but the structure to the song makes it a little refreshing. The bigger vocal track and the build […]
I am Me’s first steps into the music world is a 4 song production that pretty much define Maya Jane Coles much loved sound. While one could call the EP archetypical MJC you cant help but notice the growth and maturity in her sound. The confidence in her vocals drives the music to a particularly refined and very suave place. One could call this one of her most polished soundscapes yet. It’s great to see how much deeper her music […]
“Setting fire to our insides, for fun.” The long wait for the london trio, Daughter to release their newest album is finally over. Post the success of Youth, Smother and a number of fabulous singles this album has a lot of expectations to live up to and it has. Elena tonra’s whisper like vocals and the strong electric guitar lines take you on a journey into the darker bits of your mind. The very first song, Winter sets the powerful […]
A little while ago Gold Panda posted a link on his page asking us to vote for his friend Sofia Kourtesis. Both artists have worked together to create just a little bit of magic. Breaking all notions of rhythm and harmony Sofia and Gold Panda have put together an eclectic landscape of sound. Turn on, Tune in, Drop out. Here’s to hoping we hear more soonish!
singsongalonging, harmoniqueen, guitarchitecture, animastation, shoot wisely, pack lightly: It’s not often you find yourself intrigued by what you’re listening to. Imagine yourself at the mad hatters tea party. You’ve always wanted to be at one but you’re not quite sure what is happening. You are enjoying yourself though and some bit of you realises this probably might make you a little crazy. Their music is a bizarre mix of an old circus band combined with soft vocals and the most […]
The Blue Lotus Diaries #1 The reason for the long radio silence is because I have spent an intoxicating two weeks volunteering at the Blue Lotus Festival in Rajasthan. Yes, there were a few disasters along the way but the music more than made up for all of it. The next set of posts are excerpts from a journal I kept through the festival: 15.02.2013 Breakfast; The real kind with fresh fruit and muesli. Travelling in trains for two and […]