Sunday, 19 October 2014
Back in 2013 Emily Burns featured on Breaking More Waves in one of our ‘New Waves’ introducing pieces having impressed with her self-penned acoustic pop and the song Plasters, Glitter and Glue. That song and the others on her Soundcloud have now disappeared and have been replaced with 3 new tracks all of which show a big step forward.
It seems that Emily has found a groove. The guitar is out and in its place there’s a slicker modern production that takes in elements of r’n’b, disco and pop. On Mr Heartbreaker things are slinky and slow and Control is dance floor friendly and hot under the collar.
It’s the third of the newbies, uploaded today, that finds Emily giving us her most assured song to date. Recorded at Abbey Road studios with Pearse MacIntyre and Rob Cass, Enemy is constructed from laid back pianos and loose drums, with Emily singing of the one that got away. Its gentle sound works well, showing Emily's development and new found maturity. Let's hope its not so long before we feature her again on these pages.
Emily Burns - Enemy
Friday, 17 October 2014
We’ve never been to India, the furthest we’ve probably got is one of the local curry houses in our home town, but the new video for the Bon Iver produced song Blood I Bled, the title track from The Staves forthcoming EP, nearly makes up for it by featuring some wonderfully colourful footage. It seems to marry with the music perfectly, seeming oddly life affirming as you watch, from the boy at the top of the human pyramid to the slight smile raised by the woman as she watches the dancers. We can’t think of a better way to end our week than with this song and this video.
The Staves - Blood I Bled (Video)
Thursday, 16 October 2014
If you’re heading out to see La Roux in late November or early December we highly recommend that you arrive early to catch the support act. He goes by the stage name of Meanwhile (his real name is the distinctly normal Tom Andrews) and in terms of live performance he’s one of the grooviest and liveliest new kids on the block.
Having already made a couple of appearances on Breaking More Waves earlier this year Meanwhile is gearing up to release his debut EP, The Element Yes, through Fiction on December 1st. Besides the La Roux slots (which are a very well matched support) he also plays a headline date at the Sebright Arms, London on October 27th.
Early comparisons suggested that Prince was a big influence on Meanwhile’s music – something we wouldn’t disagree with, his small number of shows and songs so far certainly had the funk. New tune All For The Taking takes a slightly different route though. It journeys from smooth lightly pounding electronic music that sounds a little like 80’s weird synth popster Thomas Dolby to a momentary fizzy rock wig-out, before calming things down again.
We’re looking forward to hearing the whole of The Element Yes which has been described to us as taking its name, in part, from those lessons learned in awkward adolescence. Don't forget La Roux fans - get there early - you won't regret it.
Meanwhile - All For The Taking
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Coasts look pretty happy with themselves don’t they? And so they should be. Because their ‘new’ single is pretty stupendous.
It has nothing to do with that Coldplay album, but A Rush Of Blood shows a similar sense of ambition to Chris Martin and co. It’s big. Very big. Which probably means we should be using a word like gigantic, whopper or heavyweight, but we quite like the word big, after all we don’t want to get too bloated and carried away. If you’re a fan of soaring indie rock (take Sons & Lovers as a reference point with a hint of Foals in the guitar picking plus the accessibility of a band like The 1975), then A Rush Of Blood is going to exactly your thing.
The tune was originally released earlier this year but this version found the band joining forces with producers Mike Spenser (Rudimental/Alex Clare) and James Rushent (Does It Offend You Yeah) to re-work and revamp the song and the results are impressive. The track comes from the bands forthcoming EP which you can pre-order here and you can catch the band on a tour that takes in a fair few English cities plus Glasgow in late November / December, including Breaking More Waves home city of Portsmouth. See you down the front for that one?
Coasts - A Rush Of Blood