Thursday, 15 May 2014

Carl Espen - Silent Storm (Norway) LIVE Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Gra...

For the first time in years I watched the Eurovision Song Contest and enjoyed it.  I thought this was the best song of the night. "Silent Storm" sung by Carl Espen and written by Josefin Winther.

Friday, 9 May 2014


Energetic and highly acclaimed synthpop trio, Prides, release Messiah on June 23

The band burst onto the scene with Out of the Blue which lived on the top five of the Hype Machine. They also enjoyed success on second single, The Seeds You Sow, which was met with rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Next up is Messiah, which is an infectious indie pop track that has a sense of impending bigness about it. And is set to be an anthem for this summer with it’s chant like repetitive vocals.

Singer, Stewart Brock says,The idea for the lead synth line came about because we were discussing that no one used a pitch bend on a keyboard anymore. Usually that’s an incentive for us to try something and it stuck. We had recently seen The Killers headline T in the Park and with that in mind we really wanted our own ‘I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier’ moment. That was the inspiration.

The track is about love and self-doubt. It’s about wanting to achieve something, and realising that maybe you can’t do that alone. Admitting that maybe you need to throw yourself at the mercy of someone else, and ask them to be your Messiah.”

Fresh off a tour supporting RAC around the East Coast of America and a pit-stop at SXSW, they are a fantastic live band that own every venue they play. Their upcoming dates include:
25 April – Cambridge University, with Bipolar Sunshine
29 April – Old Queens Head, London
1 May – Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool
5 May – Beta All Day Event, Manchester
7 May – The Social, London
9 May – The Great Escape, Brighton
14 May – Scala, London (Saint Raymond support)
19 May – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (Foxes support)
20 May – Concorde 2, Brighton (Foxes support)
21 May – KOKO, London (Foxes support)
22 May – King Tuts, Glasgow
23 May – Leadmill, Sheffield (Foxes support)
24 May – Potterrow, Edinburgh (Foxes support)
27 May – HMV Institute Library, Birmingham (Foxes support)
29 May – East Village Arts Club, Liverpool (Foxes support)
30 May – King Tuts, Glasgow (Foxes support)
6 June – Club NME, KOKO
6 July – Barn on the Farm Festival

An addictive, dazzling track, electrifying live shows and a band with a voice, Prides are clearly a force to be reckoned with.
Link to soundcloud of Messiah: 
For Prides stalking:

‘Scottish soul trio whose passion-drenched songs are ready-made for arenas’
 – The Guardian

‘The Glasweigans have kicked it up a gear under the Prides banner and look set to take a seat next to their fellow Scots at the great pop feast’ – The Line Of Best Fit

‘Prides are bursting on to the scene with a very big sound’ – Digital Spy

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

PHANTOGRAM ‘Voices’ Album Now Available Digitally + UK Tour Dates

Phantogram are Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboard) and Josh Carter (vocals, guitar). They caused an impressive stir with the release of their debut album ‘Eyelid Movies’ in 2009 and follow-up EP ‘Nightlife’ (2011). Now they announce details of their highly anticipated sophomore full-length ‘Voices’, which is released on Island Records on June 30th and will be preceded by the wonderful single ‘Fall In Love’ on June 23rd. Since forming in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, Phantogram have evolved their sound organically and gradually. The new album is an atmospheric melding of hazy dream pop and head-knocking rhythms which makes no concession to commercialism and stays ever true to the aesthetic that has won them a wide, devoted and disparate fan base. Drafted and written both back in Saratoga Springs and current hometown Brooklyn, where the duo build their compositions together around Carter’s often sample-heavy beats, it was finished with co-producer John Hill (MIA, Santigold) in LA. The division of labour between Sarah and Josh is unique – writing and producing sometimes together and also apart, immediate proximity was not a prerequisite in such a long-standing partnership.  Released in the US in February, ‘Voices’ is still making some serious waves over there. It peaked at #5 in iTunes Album chart and #11 in the main chart as America fully embraced the New York duo. The shows at this years’ SXSW were one of the highlights for many (named Buzzfeeds standout act after their Snoop Dogg support) and Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel & David Letterman were all quick to book them for their shows. Filter magazine jumped on board early with a cover feature and Pulse magazine named their self-titled EP #1 in their 2013 round up, as well as the likes of Complex, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly all coming on board.
Album opener ‘Nothing But Trouble’ perfectly introduces Sarah’s beguiling soprano vocal, whilst being constantly underpinned by Josh’s gritty production. Moments later, ‘Black Out Days’ drive the listener deep into an intensifying fever dream of echo and atmospherics. Lead single ‘Fall In Love’ (a hit on US and Canadian Alternative and Pop radio since its release) stands tall with its sly hooks and contrasting dynamics – quiet snippets of synthesized strings and isolated vocal passages are layered amidst pulsating bass tones and massive orchestral stabs – it’s a track that was originally written by Josh for a rapper, but on hearing it, Sarah insisted they keep it for themselves. – good call. In good news for us and off the back of their UK release of the ‘Phantogram EP’, the band head to the UK in the coming months for a string of headline shows, which will take in The Great Escape Festival and reach London’s XOYO on the 13th May (sold out in 3 days) and The Oval Space on the 14th - their first UK shows since a mid-tour injury forced the band to cancel sold out shows at Hoxton BK and Heaven last year. The band recently completed another sold out US tour, which included Terminal 5 in New York, winning over new fans at every turn.

May UK Tour Dates:
8/9/10  The Great Escape Festival
10/5                       Ruby Lounge, Manchester
12/5                       Thekla, Bristol
13/5                       XOYO, London (SOLD OUT)
14/5                      Oval Space, London

‘Voices’ Track List:
Nothing But Trouble
Black Out Days
Fall In love
Never Going Home
The Day You Died
Howling At The Moon
Bad Dreams
Bill Murray
I Don’t Blame You
Celebrating Nothing
My Only Friend

‘Voices’ is available to download now in the UK and will be available physically on June 30th via Island Records. 

“Phantogram is unlike anything we've ever heard before. They've got a Dilla-like sway to their beats with dreamy vocals and a vibrating low-end.” VIBE
“Packed with elegant tonal flourishes and sweeping electronic excursions… mesmerizing beats which perfectly compliment the raw emotional sentiments layered within the heart of the songs themselves.” The Line Of Best Fit

“Specialise in a mix of spooked-out folk and synth-led R&B, a smart production hybrid… gorgeous” NME

“Phantogram combines sleazy, fuzzed-out synthesisers with pretty, mournful melodies to conjure paradise where the sordid sounds sexy” Filter Magazine

Monday, 5 May 2014

The Melodic are back in the UK for dates in London, Oxford and Bristol plus dates for EU Tour

After a busy couple of months touring the States with Tinariwen and debuting at Austin's SXSW Festival The Melodic are thrilled to be back in the UK and are excited about their  upcoming tour of Europe. The shows kick off this Wednesday 7th May with their biggest gig to date in London at XOYO, Shoreditch. Support comes from the excellent Deep Throat Choir.
Tickets available here
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They have  had some great coverage so far in Mojo, The Sun, The Independent, American Songwriter and Electronic Musician to name a few, with the highlight being the four star album review from The Times newspaper this weekend and Q Magazine describing the album as ‘life affirming”.