Anna C confronts her nightmares
CHATEAU MARMONT feat. TWINSMATIC- A.T.T.Y.S
This is the first single to be taken from this duos new album
Sounds of Shambala. In Hindu mythology, Shambala
is looked upon as some kind of paradise. Funnily enough though, Chateau
Marmont are French and so they sound like Air, but what Air would
sound like if they were remixed by Rudimentals when theyre on
one of their slow RnB album fillers. Citing Disclosure and AlunaGeorge
as references, contemporary house music mingles with intimate modern
soul, making A.T.T.Y.S not exactly paradise then, but
hedonistic enough to float my boat.
Sounds of Shambala is released on 30th
March, 2015 via Chambre 404/ Sony Music/Arista.
ELSTOW: Evil Dreams
As well as for flower children everywhere, Elstow are
definitely also for fans of Mazzy Star. Because Ozzy duo Jared Shaw
and Chel Browne share an appreciation for the folky psychedelic pop
of the sixties, and its harmonies, swirling guitar/tambourine
combo and whimsical feel of this era that manifest here. However,
far from the nightmarish atmosphere that is threatened, Evil
Dreams is romantic and delicate in ways that few bands of the
moment appear to be. Also fairly upbeat- perhaps even a little sunny-
Elstow are a pleasant soundtrack to a crisp winters sunset as
the faint hint of summer is on our tongues.
Released 20th February, 2015.
LUCERN GRAZE- Stockholm 1
Stockholm-based garage rock act, Lucern Raze, is the
new project from Luke of Londons Sex Beet (eh?), a band that
were apparently hyped a few years ago for some bad recordings, bad
recordings that got them coverage in Europe and America. But it wasnt
to be as, when recording their debut album, Luke went mental, moved
to Stockholm and started up PNKSLM recordings instead.
But, anyway, what does Stockholm 1 sound like? Harking
back to a shambolic era of DIY catchy beats and even catchier song
titles like La La No, Lucern Graze is an abundance of
three-minute tributes to dark shades, gum-popping, sixties-inspired
twanging, hip-shaking goodness of the highest order. A less polished
The Black Keys, a more punky Pixies- the vocals sometimes weirdly
sounding like Kasabian- forthcoming single, Sunshine Blues,
best focuses on their noisy mischievousness and I am somewhat excited
about new guitar music again. Thats probably because their sound
is vintage though. Still, whats original these days? Lucern
Graze are cool. The end.
Released 25th February, 2015.
SETH AVETT AND JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD SING ELLIOTT
Im going to assume that you all know Elliot Smith. Seth Avett
and Jessica Lea Mayfield clearly love him. And theyve done a
splendid job of covering Smiths music in a sensitive and therefore
simple style, keeping tracks like Between the bars
and Angeles in the vein they should remain in- melodic,
heartfelt and harmonious. Avetts and Mayfields vocals
compliment each other nicely in this sweet modern-folk ode to a fallen
cult hero, breathing a new, different kind of life into some classic
song-writing. Sometimes haunting and tingly, sometimes sloppy Americana,
did this need doing? Of course not but its a nice touch.
Released 17th March, 2015. To be sure.