Archive for the ‘Alternative’ Category

 

A big thanks to Partisan PR for yet again sending me another great track and video. It is the first time I have listened to Goodbye Chanel and I will definitely be adding their second EP ‘Hot City Nights’ to my collection. It is certainly a shame that I am not festivalling this year, because Goodbye Chanel is perfect Pimm’s and sunshine listening!

Loved the video for Foreva – classic, nostalgic and utterly heart-warming!

“Marvelling combination of heady tropical pop” – DIY Magazine

“The irresistible ringing of the layered synths and guitars immediately invokes desirable, sweltering visions so sugary and dreamy, they leave you feeling free and on a youthful high” – The Line Of Best Fit

Goodbye Chanel have revealed the video for ‘Foreva’ – taken from their recently released second EP, ‘Hot City Nights’. The EP was released via Dead Young Records and followed 2013’s debut, ‘Through Night To Paradise’, with the band gaining praise from as far a field as Japan and garnering early interest from the likes The Line Of Best Fit, Dummy Magazine, The 405 and DIY Magazine.

Originally founded by Scott Johnson, Goodbye Chanel quickly became the fully established five-piece band that it is today with the addition of Giuseppe De Luca on vocals & guitar, Adam Taylor on bass, Sean Goodchild on guitar and Graham Robson on drums. Crafting their own brand of multi layered vocal hooks and manifesting a world of melancholic angst with accessible pop melodies and lyrical nostalgia, Goodbye Chanel excel at  producing songs that evoke a shimmering halcyon days.

Goodbye Chanel have been gigging across the UK over the first half of 2014 with a number of upcoming festivals planned for the summer (see below) and new dates to be announced soon. The ‘Hot City Nights’ EP is available to buy now.

Upcoming UK dates:
19th July – Fellfoot Sound festival, Lake District
25th July – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
9th August – Beacons Festival, Yorkshire Dales
30th August – Bernicia Festival, South Shields

 

Cash+David emerged earlier this year with their track Funn, which went on to chart on the top 10 on Hype Machine. Releasing material exclusively online, they are already receiving a great deal of support from bloggers and tastemaker sites and I can certainly see why.

“Mad Decent’s Daktyl’s has remixed mysterious synth duo Cash + David’s thrillingly anthemic debut single Funn. In Daktyl’s hands, Funn’s bass-crunching hands-in-the-air festival vibe is slickly warped into a slinky and smooth sun kissed journey, more driving a convertible along the coast than main stage at Glastonbury.”

As described by Partisan PR: “Cash is grammatical, adding sparkle and clarity to synths, locking rhythms and eloquently programming David’s scruffy, distorted, trashy guitars and Eastern world music patterns. The polarising duo aligned on discovering a mutual love of Bacon, Dylan Thomas and B movies, a partnership concreted by their shared birthday. From David’s logic sketches and Cash’s pro-tools dexterity came a flourish of indie guitar, house beat, world rhythm, tribal rock and trash pop tracks”

For more information, please see the links below:

http://www.cashanddavid.com/ // https://soundcloud.com/cashanddavid //
https://twitter.com/CashandDavid // https://www.facebook.com/CashandDavid
http://twitter.com/daktylmusic // https://soundcloud.com/daktylmusic

 

In the cold and dark winter months, hiding in the solitude and comfort of my room away from work and students, I absolutely fell in love with James Blake’s first single “Retrograde” from his new album “Overgrown”. A timeless song and one I could happily play on loop into the early hours.

The Monks of Mellonwah are a four-piece Alternative Rock band based in Sydney. Strongly influenced by rock artists including but not limited to Led Zeppelin, Muse, Pink Floyd and the Chili Peppers, the Monks? music displays a masterful yet unique blend of intense space, driving riffs and sharp metaphors. Their first EP, Stars Are Out, is a testament to such a unique blend, and has been highly praised since its release in 2010.

“Stars Are Out” found the Monks receiving significant radio play across Australia on community radio. The band released their first music video ‘Swamp Groove’ in April 2011 and enjoyed airplay on ABC’s music program RAGE. Swamp Groove also claimed first prize at a music video night at Harold’s Shorts short film festival, receiving great reviews and the award from legendary music historian and personality Glenn A Baker.

The Monks released their second EP “Neurogenesis” in May, 2012, along with a new video for “Neverending Spirit”, to an overwhelming response. In addition to international and national radio play, College Radio in the US and Canada, “Neurogenesis” received hundreds of reviews and features worldwide, including MTV, Big Takeover Magazine, CMJ, Kings of A&R, Noise 11 and Tonedeaf. The media attention earned them licensing spots through a number of production companies in the US including Discovery networks and Bunim Murray for use in their TV show productions. “Neverending Spirit” has since been synced to MTV show `The Real World St. Thomas Ep.9′ which aired on August 22, 2012. The video to “Neverending Spirit” also received 31 high profile adds in the US including MTV Networks, and the College Music Journal (CMJ) featured the track on their MixTape for May along with a feature of the band in their magazine.

With their debut album in production, the Monks are building their audience by touring domestically in Australia as well as making preparations to tour the USA in November/December 2012 and again in February/March 2013 to support their album release.

Australian alternative rock group Monks of Mellonwah have recently travelled to the U.S.A for a 2nd time to perform at the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards, (where the band received 3 award nominations including ‘Best International Artist’), tour the California and New York regions, including a show at the iconic Whiskey A Go-Go in Los Angeles and the Mercury Lounge in New York City. The Monks will also record some new tracks that will feature in their up and coming debut album.

The Monks have had a whirlwind of a year since their “Best Indie Rock  Band” win at the 2012 Artists in Music Awards earlier in 2012 and the Summer release of their new EP “Neurogenesis”, which received very positive reviews. The music video for “Neverending Spirit” landed the
Monks airplay on the MTV network and a heightened popularity worldwide.

The band recently completed an Australian national tour and are excited to be heading to the U.S.A for a more in-depth visit. “We are so pumped to be returning to the US and playing at the LA Music Awards. Being able to tag a tour and some recording on the back of the awards show is just fantastic and a dream come true.” Explains Monks lead guitarist Joe de la Hoyde.

The new full-length album will find them working with famed producer Keith Olsen for 3 tracks, and self-producing the rest. The album is due for release in early 2013. Monks of Mellonwah tour dates are below (dates subject to change.

Visit www.monksofmellonwah.com for updated dates:

Nov 25 @ Whiskey a Go Go, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 29 @ Garage Inc, San Bernardino, CA
Nov 30 @ TRIP, Santa Monica, CA
Dec 01 @ Jose’s Underground, Monterey, CA
Dec 02 @ Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, CA
Dec 03 @ Old Ironsides, Sacramento, CA
Dec 06 @ LIT Lounge, New York, NY
Dec 07 @ The Room, Brookfield, CT
Dec 08 @ BSP Lounge, Kingston, NY
Dec 09 @ TBA
Dec 10 @ Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Dec 11 @ TBA

“Nice Music For Tired Ears”

Kalabi  has been making and producing music for the past twenty years. In the early days, Kalabi [Si Oliver] was playing bass and writing songs for rock, grunge and funk bands. However, for the past decade he has been producing chill out / trip hop  tracks under the name of Kalabi, with releases all over the world with a number of labels. Strongly influenced by Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble (the Radioaxiom album), and Ronnie and Clyde (the In Glorious Black and Blue album) the core concept of his work is “nice music for tired ears”. As if by musical fate, Kalabi sent through some tracks this week when the ears were in need of some seriously serene bassy sonority, and I found myself completely engrossed in his work. With a range of albums including, “The Bubble or the Spirit”, “The Wheel” and “Tone Poems”, Kalabi’s style and composition reflects and matches that of the work of many popular well-known electronic and chill out artists, which are hit with readers and myself.  Kalabi is sending over tracks from a number of his albums, and his work will now be posted as a regular chill out feature on the blog. His work certainly deserved some recognition and should be a big hit with the trip hop fans! Keep and eye out for next weeks collaboration track with UK Hip Hop producer Remulak entitled “Hypnosis”, which features singer songwriter Guy Osborn.

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