Sunday, 15 October 2017

New Music: Lauran Hibberd - Eliza

When Lauran Hibberd introduces her song Eliza live she often states that it’s about a girl she used to know once and she wasn’t very nice. This sounds pretty harsh until Lauran sings: “Eliza built a home in the back of my mind,” and you begin to wonder who Eliza really is. Maybe she's is a lot closer to Lauran than we all first thought? If she is, then it looks like Lauran has dislodged the inner demon now though: “The girl you lead astray is going to be OK.”

Lauran’s music seems to be gradually evolving from a softer folky feel to something with a more idiosyncratic indie feel. Eliza is a good example of this, rushing headlong into three minutes of an exuberant and raw stomp, with the chorus spelled out letter by letter E-L-I-Z-A. This self-assured noisier sound suits her well.

Following a main stage set at this year’s Bestival and a date supporting Sarah Close, you can next find Lauran treading the boards when she supports another Breaking More Waves supported act, Jerry Williams, at the Black Sheep Bar in Ryde, Isle of Wight on 22nd October, with more dates to be announced soon.

Lauran Hibberd - Eliza 

Friday, 13 October 2017

New Music: Introducing - Ace Marino

Stranger Things



Top Gun


The 80’s



Bad hair

Now ladies and gentlemen, if you like that list, add Ace Marino and his debut EP Cocaine Flamingo to it.

From it, streaming below, is Communication. Together, we’re living in electric dreams.

Ace Marino - Communication

New Music: Introducing - iZNiiK

There’s no background and no story with this new artist who goes by the rather odd name of iZNiiK. Despite doing the usual detective work of a whole lot of Google searches and with no record label or PR email to hand, it’s impossible to tell even if iZNiiK is one person or a group. If I were to hazard a guess though I’d suggest they’re a solo artist, because iZNiiK’s debut EP (simply called EP1) sounds like some sort of crazy off-your-face bedroom DJ mash up project. Songs, if you can call them that, are formed from a cleverly pieced together collage of vocal samples, jazzy grooves, hip hop beats, r ‘n’ b thrills and spills and whatever else iZNiiK decides needs to be there. The obvious comparison is of course The Avalanches, and perhaps there are minor elements of Clarence Clarity and Jai Paul as well, but with iZNiiK the sound is if anything, more confusing, more deliberately screwy and definitely more funked up. How this whole thing works is beyond me, but it does.

Take a listen to the futuristic sounding So Easy below and then check out the whole EP by clicking here.

Update: The one thing I do know about iZNiiK is the artwork for his EP was created by Jonathan Zawanda, an Australian artist living in LA who has worked with a lot of electronic musicians including Flume (for the cover of Skin) as well as Classixx and Mark Pritchard.

iZNiiK - so easy

New Music: Dave - Question Time (Video)

A few years ago talking about politics in pop music was something that musicians just didn’t do. Singing about being 'in da club' and 'not giving a fuck' was the standard and even so called alternative musicians, who in past decades had been more politicised, seemed to have grown brains of beige. 

Remember a few years ago when Farris from The Horrors was quoted in the Guardian as saying: “Politics doesn’t mean anything to me, the stuff that gets discussed on Newsnight isn’t relevant to me, and it’s pretty much not relevant to anyone.” And this was from a singer in a band who was supposedly well educated. “I don’t think you get anything from voting. I find it funny that someone would vote for another person, whether it’s on Celebrity Big Brother or as a politician, on the basis that they could imagine going for a drink with them. I just think voting is for people who don’t have their own imagination. It’s for a different generation. You’re not accomplishing anything.”

Well sorry Farris. You’re wrong. And thankfully after Brexit, Trump and the rise of the 1000-1 outsider Corbyn, people in all aspects of pop music are talking about politics in interviews, to their audiences and in songs. It's important because young people look up to musicians and their favourite pop stars. If they're talking about politics then it makes it OK / cool for their fans to do the same. 

Since naming him as one of my Ones to Watch for 2017 last year, Dave has been developing a bigger and bigger audience and in his new track Question Time he’s certainly talking about the issues that matter in this quite incredible track. Game over Farris. 

Dave - Question Time (Video)