Following the demise of Pete & The Pirates, a tentative eye has been kept on Thomas Sanders and company’s new outfit Teleman.
Two stunning singles later, ala ‘Steam Train Girl’ & ‘Cristina’, and Teleman are readying the release of their Bernard Butler produced debut LP, Breakfast. Ahead of the album’s May 26th release, the London-based boys have offered up another fine taste of things to come with new track ‘Lady Low’. It’s a limpid, loungey and airy number which also sports a full on saxophone solo in its latter stages and it really works so well. No massive surprise at laid-back, sunken and slumbering nature of ‘Lady Low’, it’s pretty much in keeping with what was so excitable about their previous releases. Effortlessly cool stuff once again from Teleman. Roll on May 26th and their debut LP.
Breakfast will be released on May 26th through Moshi Moshi Records and ‘Lady Low’ is below for your listening pleasure and available in exchange for you email address here.
Keys (formerly The Keys) have unveiled their brand new single ‘Bad Girls’, the first to be taken from forthcoming album Ring The Changes, due sometime this May through See Monkey Do Monkey Records.
The band, who hail from the Welsh capital of Cardiff, are kindly giving away new single, ‘Bad Girls’, as a free download. Apparently inspired by Matth Keys’ late night journeys home from college, where he’d be propositioned by ‘ladies of the night. Whatever the case, the single is a glorious, swooning psych-surf pop brew, a tune so catchy, it will stick in your head for days. The surf pop and psych influences run free, harmonious, melodic and subtle; but swirled with psychedelic patterns and freewheeling colourful splashes. It’s fair to say this would sit rather comfortably alongside the likes of Super Furry Animals, The Coral and The Bees.
You can download ‘Bad Girls’ below & Ring The Changes will be released later this year via See Monkey Do Monkey Records.
Welsh songstress Cate Le Bon has released new track, ‘He’s Leaving’, as a sort of thank you to fans after she wrapped up her touring duties during the week.
Previously unreleased, ‘He’s Leaving’ was recorded during the Mug Museum album sessions in LA and it’s hardly surprising to find some of the album’s sparkle has rubbed onto this track. As with Mug Museum, there is a sparseness to ‘He’s Leaving’, along with a cool, controlled confidence that showcases her knack for the wonderfully weird and surreal. Incredibly bittersweet, it is etched with a mournfulness as her quivering Welsh accent gently gives added life to the most touching lyrics. It is bestowed with all the wondrous majestic brilliance that made her last album an utterly bewitching, beguiling and beautiful record.
You can stream / download ‘He’s Leaving’. Cate Le Bon’s latest LP Mug Museum was released late last year and it comes highly, highly recommended. If you’re in the UK, you’re in luck as she has announced a slew of tour dates for later in 2014, see here.
Bert and Henry are two galloping troubadours from the ragged Welsh coast.
The duo play acoustic pop songs with a rootsy, blues and folk underbelly, and they do it very well. Their music’s got a real charm to it and an earthy, kind of organic feel to it. Bert & Henry’s adventures, for now at least, are confined to two songs, which is just enough to get a feel for what this pair are all about. ‘Mary Ann’ utilizes an array of acoustic instruments, gentle strum and lovely vocal harmonies, airing a broken hearted tale in a more traditional folk fashion than it’s companion, ‘Not Waving But Raving’. The latter veers further left of field. It’s a powerful, stomping bassy country blues tune that’s fed through a vortex inhabited by Captain Beefheart influences, with a twist of The Small Faces, when they were knocking out their unique brand of late-Sixties Cockney psychedelia. Both tracks don’t take themselves too seriously either, and have just the right amount of off-kilter oddity and quirkiness.
That’s it. Simple. Now it’s time to check out ‘Mary Ann’ & ‘Not Waving But Raving’. Both tracks are below and available as free downloads. You can’t say fairer than that.
Saint Max & The Fanatics are Max, Eliot, Fraser, Muir, Scott and Aldo, who hail from both Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland.
Together they create a joyous little racket. A quintessentially British sound with an open door policy on influences, incorporating a whole raft of luminaries from a rich pop family; Ala The Libertines’ devil may care attitude, the bouncy ska-pop rhythms of Madness and soulful horns of Dexys Midnight Runners. These echoes are never too much to bear, rather, they are effectively stitched together with swooping vocals, frenetic choruses and razor sharp lyrics, marking 18-year-old frontman Max Syed-Tollan as a songwriter beyond repute. While spritely gems such as ‘Soul Surrender’, ‘Afraid of Love’ & ‘Glasgow’ set the agenda for their insidiously catchy debut album, Saint Max is Missing and the Fanatics are Dead, there are pensive and emotive moments between the rhythmic frenzy of this indie-punk-ska-soul combo. Emotive and stirring renditions of ‘Sadsong’ & ‘Book Review’ offer a wistful and wilful insight, and display an added capacity to his songwriting. An insidiously catchy, plucky and utterly loveable band, who manage it all with swagger and style.
You can check out some choice picks from Saint Max and the Fanatics below or give their debut LP a listen here.
Alexander Teller is the latest project from multi-instrumentalist Alex Wells, who featured a number of times in the past under his former guise of Twin Brother.
Alexander Teller is more of an evolution of sounds than a clean break from the past. It feels like a natural progression of an artist. The new material is still, broadly speaking, ‘indie-rock’ but is however, less brash, a little bit slicker and sees the addition of some ear pleasing synths and frazzled electronics. In saying all that, there are many continuities too. What previously earmarked Wells as an exciting proposition remains an intrinsic part of his music; namely, the excellent songwriting and his recognizable voice – his powerful, deep, dark brogue endeavours to raise his lyrics to pride of place. The new guise seems to be fitting well as ‘The Ritual’ is testament to; a magnificent track and the highlight of an ever increasing batch of new tracks. Pretty sure this won’t be the only time to be hearing from Alexander Teller.
You can check out ‘The Ritual’ below and there is plenty more where that came from on his Soundcloud.
For such a relatively small place, the sheer quality and quantity of music with a Welsh origin over the past 12 months, has utterly been astounding.
With so much going on across the Irish Sea, some stuff will inevitably fall between the cracks, thankfully the festive period allowed for a reacquainting with these (and many others). As was the case with Swansea four piece The Adelines, purveyors of charming, carefree, easy on the ear and exquisite indie-pop. Their single ‘Alleyways’ is an absolute gem, capturing all the aforementioned attributes in just over three minutes. Morris’s honeyed, alluring vocals are an undoubted draw to this dreamy number, as guitars chime underneath woozy, laid back harmonies, charming melodies and addictive, flourishing choruses. An absolutely fabulous slice of indie-pop to brighten up even the darkest of days.
Let’s hope there’s plenty more to come this year from The Adelines, and that this time I’m paying full attention.
The soothing undulating sounds of psych-pop maestros By The Sea‘s eponymous debut LP, released in late 2012, remains a go to record and favorite from the past few years.
The record is an elegant blend of dreamy, hazy sounds brimming with carefree joie de vivre and escapism, yet with subtle shades of melancholy; and given the opportunity, the Wirral outfit are always worth a mention. The opportunity has arisen as the band have unveiled a stylish new video for ‘Alone Together’ along with generously offering the latest single, taken from their debut LP, as a free download. ‘Alone Together’ encapsulates everything that’s so great about By The Sea. Conjuring up all the aforementioned dreamy and carefree atmosphere it’s merry yet melancholic, elegant and effervescent psych-pop.
You can check out the video for ‘Alone Together’ below, and the single is available as a free download too. If you haven’t already checked out their debut record, it comes wholeheartedly recommended. Check it here.
In their relatively short life as a band – since April 2013 – North Walian three-piece Seazoo have certainly made a lasting impression (on me for a start).
Seazoo and their multifarious concoction of charming, sprightly indie-pop, have impressed time and time again, at regular intervals throughout the year. Their music is a colourful, curious and smile inducing mix of guitar and keyboard noise, delightful fuzz and smiley melodies; infectious doesn’t even cover the half of it. Take for ‘Bumbler’ example, it harbors all the curious, quirky and beautiful pop goodness akin to Village Green era The Kinks, and that is not an exaggeration. ‘No Wrenching of Guts This Time’ on the other hand, while no less impressive, offers an off-kilter and heart-swelling kind of garage pop, of say Gorky’s meets Pavement. These are just utterly loveable tunes, with so much unrestrained vitality, as this Wrexham trio push their creative license to the fore. In short: Seazoo are a band to be treasured and enjoyed.
Hopefully we hear plenty more from Seazoo in 2014 but until then, there’s a few choice cuts below, for your aural pleasure.
It seems like a very long time ago since Death In The Sickroom introduced themselves with a series of fantastic demo’s.
Almost two years on, now signed to Reekus Records, the young Dublin quartet are prepping the release of ‘Tonight’, one of the aforementioned early demo’s which greatly impressed. Accompanying ‘Tonight’ is new track and b-side ‘Brick to the Face’, which reaffirms their credentials for sparkling indie brilliance. The two tracks are penned for a full and proper release in early 2014, hopefully only the beginning of what is a big, big year for Death In The Sickroom. It’s always nice to see a band growing and progressing, they’ve got the jangley indie-pop sound down to a tee.
You can stream ‘Brick to the Face’ below or you can recap on the early demo’s here too.
Burning Ferns are a four piece – Anthony Gray, Nathan Abraham, Brychan Todd and Slim Short – from Newport and have been together for a couple years.
‘Sand’ doesn’t arrive alone, it’s taken from the band’s brand new album See Saw Seen, and it’s pretty typical of what else you’ll unearth on the LP; power pop with a psych and ’90s britpop underbelly. ‘Sand’ exemplifies Burning Ferns’ sparkling talent for penning the most seductive of jangly, power pop tunes. It’s a gorgeous song; warm, inviting and slightly fuzzy. The swelling chorus, beautiful vocal harmonies and up beat melodic tune compliment one another so perfectly to produce a damn lovely song. One that drags you in, and keeps you coming back for more time and again. Marvelous!
You can give ‘Sand’ the once over below or pop over to Spotify for the full See Saw Seen treatment.
Husband-and-wife duo Tennis have breezed back into our lives with a brand new EP, Small Sound, which follows on from Young and Old, one of last year’s finest albums.
The lead track from Small Sound is ‘Mean Streets’ fits easily into their back catalogue. Unsurprisingly then, it’s yet another sweet, honeyed indie pop ditty, infused with so lighthearted dreaminess. Amid all the compelling sweetness there is just enough punchy percussion to get those toes tapping and bodies swaying. A charming return from a pairing who specialise in easy on the ear, gentle, ’60s inspired sounds. You can never really have too much of this duo in your life.
You can give ‘Mean Streets’ the once over below and Small Sound is out now via Communion.