Friday, 18 April 2014

Pawws - Sugar


It’s funny how we’re told that technology speeds everything up and yet the music industry seems to operate at a speed that is slower than ever. Gone are the days when bands like The Beatles bashed out an album annually plus a bunch of singles that didn’t even feature on the LP and still managed to play a whole bundle of shows as well. These days patience is one of the must have characteristics of a music fan - the gaps between releases become increasingly longer.

Case in point is Pawws (real name Lucy Taylor) who we first wrote about when she put some demos online back in 2012, which we duly posted. She then released a couple of those songs in upgraded form last year as a single. In the meantime we’ve been twiddling our thumbs waiting for something truly new and fresh. Yesterday it finally arrived in the form of Sugar, the lead track of her forthcoming EP which will be released by Best Fit recordings on June 16th.

Sugar sounds like a long lost collage of sounds created by Kraftwerk or OMD, with twinkling pitter-patter crystalline droplets of synth, but rather than robots taking control the song is centred around something far softer, namely Lucy’s candy coated vocals. “Just pretend there is nothing wrong,” she sings. No need for us to pretend in the case of this tune. Our patience has been rewarded.

Pawws plays a poptastic showcase for Line of Best Fit next month at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton on a line up that also includes Breaking More Waves favourites Laurel and Emilie Nicolas as well as the rather good Tove Lo. Expect to find us there, if you're going we'll see you down the front.

Pawws - Sugar

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lykke Li - Gunshot


Ah the pain of love.  When you think of the number of songs that have been written about the hurt that it causes either through the longing for, the absence of or the pain afterwards it’s a wonder any of us ever want any sort of relationship whatsoever; but then if we didn’t what would our popstars and musicians write about and what would we relate to? We’re not sure that songs about cooking the evening meal, a day in the office or washing the laundry would have quite the same impact. Lykke Li certainly seems to thrive on these matters of the heart, here on the third track to be released from her forthcoming I Never Learn album. The queen of sadness sings of longing for love before the full on power-ballad chorus kicks in: “And the shot goes through my head and back, gun shot, I can’t take it back.” Big tune. The album about washing machines and ovens will have to wait a while yet we guess.

Lykke Li - Gunshot

Wolf Alice - Storms


In terms of internet buzz Wolf Alice are a bit of an anomaly. A cursory glance on Hype Machine will almost inevitably show that the most written about and most loved acts on the 795 blogs the site currently aggregates across the world have some basis in either electronic, pop, hip-hop or r’n’b music and indie rock doesn’t get that much of a look in. Yet the most blogged act on Hype Machine by UK based bloggers in 2013 was Wolf Alice, guitars and all, and pretty much every one of their songs has found love on the go-to site for those who are interested in what music bloggers are listening to and writing about at any moment of the year.  Whatever it is Wolf Alice are doing, they’re doing it right.

And here they go again.

Taken from the forthcoming Creature Songs EP due May 26, new song Storms is a firecracker that will probably make you want to paint on some black eyeliner and go and dig out the back catalogue of early 90’s indie / goth band Curve, but that’s no bad thing. Possessing a rage and a sensitivity that is staggering, Storms demolishes everything in front of it with waves of distorted reverby guitar, chunky bass and lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s cooing voice. Both abrasive and beautiful, it’s essential listening.

Wolf Alice - Storms

Meadowlark - Family Tree


“The most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard,” states one comment on the Soundcloud player for Family Tree, the lead track on Meadowlark’s debut EP Three Six Five. High praise, and whilst we wouldn’t go quite that far ourselves, there’s no doubt that this is a bit of a diamond, now fully fleshed out from the earlier demo version the band first released about a year ago. Previously Family Tree was pretty but a little bare yet now accompanied by an opulent string backing it blossoms into something exquisite and lush as it plays through. 

It seems that creating tunes that expand into something quite moving is one of Meadowlark’s talents. We noted this of I’ve Got You, another of their earlier works that we streamed back in November 2013 that it built up ‘some head of steam’ and now they’re doing it again. An absorbing pop ballad that we've been playing over and over. The Three Six Five EP is released on 26th May.

Meadowlark - Family Tree