Monday, 28 September 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WE CAME AS STRANGERS - EYEDOM

 
ALBUM: EYEDOM
LABEL: SELF RELEASED

'Eyedom' is the third album from We Came As Strangers, an avant-garde pop rock folk foursome, who after raising the money through a kickstarter campaign recorded their new album in just a few weeks of what must have been some very long hours indeed.

Thankfully for us though the band's recording pain is most definitely our gain as Eyedom is a beautiful patchwork of 9 tracks which float effortlessly from one to another, with vocalist Ellem leading things as the rest of the band (Justin Sandercoe, Tim Harries, and Owen Thomas) combine trip hop like electronica with guitar solo's and oft changing tempo's. Much to be had here on repeat listens!

https://open.spotify.com/album/3mYY9b3ldpJn66G9xdqLBq

Friday, 18 September 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: FARAO - TILL IT'S ALL FORGOTTEN

ARTIST: FARAO
ALBUM: TILL IT'S ALL FORGOTTEN

We first picked up on Farao (Kari Johnson) earlier last year with the release of her self titled EP through Something Nothing Records. We were suitably impressed with that effort and so therefore the arrival of her debut album 'Till It's All Forgotten' has been high on our 'must listen to' list.

The 10-track record came out last week through Full Time Hobby and was produced by Mike Lindsay (Tunng) and mixed by Andrew Scheps, with the Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and singer, clearly putting a lot of thought and effort into it's creation. There are layers upon layers of intricate electronics and guitars, alongside which are horn sections, synths and piano parts.

Imagine a Radiohead and Bat For Lashes type equation and you'll be getting somewhere close to how this album sounds. It shimmers and moves effortlessly between tracks, with genres and ideas blurred together creating something quite special and rewarding on those repeated listens!

https://open.spotify.com/album/4ib9F2vNFMItGbv2ouB3SX
     

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MO KENNEY - IN MY DREAMS

ARTIST: MO KENNEY
ALBUM: IN MY DREAMS

Canadian singer-singwriter Mo Kenney first came to our attention at the beginning of last year, when we caught her supporting Rachel Sermanni at the Union Chapel. It was one of those beautiful occasions where you know very little about one of the support acts but they play a storming set which takes you by surprise and they gain a legion of new fans, us included.

Her self titled debut album came out in 2012 with much critical acclaim and support, and her latest offering - 'In My Dreams' - has already started gathering momentum with several UK radio plays.

The 10 track album is supported by New Scotland Records and Pheromone Recordings, and sees Mo working again with Joel Plaskett with whom she collaborated with on her first record. Plaskett is famed for his analogue production skills and his newly installed Neve sound board lends itself to this immeasurably, perfect then for capturing Mo's incredibly dynamic and eloquent vocals which are really brought to fore on this album.

Lead single 'Telephones' has some lovely harmonies, whilst you'd be forgiven for thinking that 'Untouchable' was sung by some big band diva such is the power and rawness that comes out. It's not all about the vocals though, Mo is a very talented guitarist and this is evident throughout this record. There's a real blend of tracks with differing tempo's, with slower songs such 'Wind Will Blow', but equally more upbeat ones like 'Mountains To The Mess' and 'Dancing'.

In My Dreams is a confident, thoughtful, and wholly satisfying collection of tracks which contemplate each other, and ultimately lends itself to an enchanting listening experience. Mo is about to start a UK/European tour so make sure you check her out!

https://open.spotify.com/album/4YIZdDnCHe4T5zUJoTJTF2

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES - BLOSSOMS

ALBUM: BLOSSOM
LABEL: INTERNATIONAL DEATH CULT

Frank Carter is known for his front-man role in Gallows and more recently Pure Love, the English- American rock collaboration with ex-The Hope Conspiracy and Suicide File guitarist Jim Carroll. Now however, he’s working as Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, a strong spirited and guitar frenzied 4-piece, who combine metal and rock giving a vicious bite which has their listeners and fans on edge.

Their EP ‘Rotten’ released earlier this year reflected upon Carter’s rock roots, and their debut album ‘Blossoms’ furthers this; consisting of 34 minutes of meaningful soul wrenching lyrics, and a heavy metal-core outlook it was released on August 14th via their own imprint ‘International Death Cult'.

Boasting a total of 10 tracks with names ranging from ‘Devil Inside Me’, ‘Beautiful Death’ and ‘I Hate You’; ‘Blossoms’ maybe a completely contradictory album title. This could well link to the album’s sarcastic tones and quips, mirroring lyrics such as “there’s a Devil inside of me, and I don’t know if he’s staying” and ‘Loss’ where Carter screams about a hypothetical loss of pretty much everything of importance in his life.

Loss’ is one of the heavier tracks on the album, the vocal ratio being equal to the rest of the instruments. It takes that of an almost poetic stance, on how loss and loneliness are not so far apart - “so fucking lonely”. Parallel track ‘Beautiful Death’, is an expressive song of the death of love, or of a loved one and hence, softer tones are emerged into heavier ones. It is the one song on the album that can lead the listener to do one, or both of two things:

* Head bang and scream along

* Or cry

Overall this album creates a very morbid atmosphere with the repetition of death within the majority of tracks, yet its metal-core/ heavy alternative rock vibe is met with a strong head-banging screaming bunch of listeners.

The band played at the recent Reading & Leeds Festival, and will be touring throughout October, as well as playing at the UK Vans Warped Tour at Alexander Palace.

https://open.spotify.com/album/3o0KQGLUpxACOwsIMWjfqF