It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Soundcloud Roundup. This time I tried to pull songs I usually wouldn’t post, for whatever reason, but are still good songs. They’re a little bit all over the place when it comes to style but they’re good songs none-the-less.
Following on from the release of their triumphant single Lacuna earlier this year, one of Stockholm’s finest, Last Lynx return with their new single Curtains on June 2nd. This is the second track to be lifted from the Swedes forthcoming Rifts EP, which will be released later in 2014. The Guardian’s Paul Lester enthused in his New Band of the Day column in January that “If the new single Lacuna – is any measure, their forthcoming Rifts EP… should be another doozy.”
Fredric from Last Lynx explains; “Curtains is about The End. That hopeless trapped feeling of a summer daze, where you just waste good days in a bad mood. It’s about break-ups and breakdowns. Pretty much like Lacuna, and the upcoming Rifts EP. All the songs that ended up on the EP were written in a short period of time that gave them a certain sense of connection and theme. It wasn’t something we discussed or decided on but I guess that the song writing just coincided with a period in our lives when we were going through very similar emotions and were looping the same thoughts. Curtains is the result of five peoples mindsets, feelings and creativity.”
Having recently made their UK live debut at Manchester’s Day and Night and London’s acclaimed Nordic night Ja Ja Ja, Last Lynx return to the UK to play Liverpool Sound City on May 1st.
Last Lynx first came into the online consciousness with introductory track Killing Switch, which shot to #1 on The Hype Machine only days after its release. They topped both the most popular tracks and most blogged artist chart. This was followed up by EP Ocean Reels, which brought the band to the US and around Europe all through the summer of 2013
On the Ocean Reels EP they started working with producer, engineer and mixer Lasse Mårtén (Lykke Li, Nikki & The Dove, Peter, Bjorn & John etc.) and the collaboration continued on to the forthcoming Rifts EP, with him continuing to engineer and mix and the band’s very own Robin Eveborn taking over the reigns on the production side of things. The Rifts EP will be released later in 2014.
Last Lynx are Camilla Dahlstedt, Robin Eveborn, Kim Lindqvist and the brothers Marcus and Fredric Lindblom.
Fiancé is a four piece that was born and bred in the heart of rural suburbia known as Newark, Delaware. Being centered in the hub of many major east coast cities, influences from all over trickle down into the area, settling into an untapped homogenous pool of sound. For years, Andrew Fusca (vocals/guitars/synth), Jeff Marvel (lead guitar) and Tyler Yoder (bass guitar) took advantage of this, soaking in each influence as they came along. These three began playing together and self-producing their own music in early high school.
Now in their early twenties, their efforts came to fruition when they released their single “Division” under the name Fiancé, mid-2013. “Division” quickly gained the attention on the blogosphere as well as drummer Brian Bruce who was living in the area. Brian soon joined Fiancé as they continued to formulate and hone in on their dream-pop sound. Similarities can be drawn between other artists of the genre including Diiv, The Smiths and Wild Nothing. The band is influenced by a wide array of music including classic R&B artists, the atmosphere of home recordings, relationships and mid-Atlantic seasonality. Their attention is drawn to musical artists that have the capability of adding soul and emotion to their music. Fiancé will release their debut EP this spring!
Inspired by a blend of 80s new wave and 90’s shoegaze, Paper Boats offer the perfect dream pop number in new single “Holidays“. The Guildford based 5 piece’s feel good pop sound offers a warming feeling to drive you into the summer. “Whether it’s early Cyndi Lauper, New Order or Slowdive, we just love using sounds that you don’t really hear much of anymore,” explains front man Grant Williams. “I have this fascination with nostalgia.”
“Holidays is all about taking time out to escape. It’s really just a simple pop song that’s a reminder to myself and anyone who cares that it’s alright to be lazy now and again.”
The band will be playing their single release show on Friday April 25th at The Boileroom, Guildford with more dates to be announced.
Goodbye Chanel have revealed ‘Hollow Me’ – the second track to be taken from their forthcoming second EP, ‘Hot City Nights’. Released on April 21 via Dead Young Records, the new five track EP follows 2013’s debut, ‘Through Night To Paradise’, which gained praise from the likes of NME, The Line Of Best Fit, Dummy, The 405 and DIY Magazine.
Originally the solo project of Leeds based Scott Johnson, Goodbye Chanel has since shifted shapes into a fully established five-piece band, crafting their own brand of dream pop music and manifesting a world of melancholic angst with accessible pop melodies and lyrical nostalgia.
Goodbye Chanel have been gigging across the UK since the turn of the year and will perform a handful of shows throughout February, including a night at London’s Old Blue Last on February 21. The ‘Hot City Nights’ EP will be available on limited CD and download from April 21.
Little Racer is a four-piece from Brooklyn consisting of Elliot Michaud (vocals, guitar), Ish Nazmi (bass), Wade Michael (guitar), and Dave Tedeschi (Drums). Shortly after forming in 2010, their eponymous single Little Racer found it’s away across the ocean to the BBC and London imprint Young and Lost Club, who subsequently released the 7″ single The Town/Split for the Coast in late 2011. After a short visit to London to support the single, they returned to New York to write and record a follow up EP. With influences ranging from New Order to Cat Stevens, their ringing guitars and choruses will most definitely take you away from it all, even if only for 24 minutes.
Dead Heart Bloom was formed by songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Boris Skalsky and guitarist Paul Wood following the dissolution of their previous band, the Washington, DC-based Phaser. Having quickly captured the attention of the indie press and radio, Phaser honed their live act playing with such artists as Interpol, Super Furry Animals, BRMC and Spiritualized. As touring members of Jimmy Chamberlin’s post Smashing Pumpkins project Skysaw, Boris and Paul further developed their live sound on stage, before solidifying the Dead Heart Bloom lineup with the addition of drummer Jason Molina. In 2013 and 2014, Dead Heart Bloom began releasing a series of new EPs recorded and produced by Anthony Molina of Mercury Rev.
Following on the head-turning sleazy sexiness of free download ‘Come Over’, ‘Born Slippy’ showcases just how far down the rabbit hole Vladimir are willing to go. Still at a tender age yet having already supported Peace, The View and Wet Nuns, the band have won support from the likes of Q, Clash, The 405, The Line of Best Fit, Artrocker, BBC Radio 1, and were named by DJ Vic Galloway as one of his ’25 Acts To Watch’ in 2014. This spring sees the band gearing up to join Twilight Sad on their UK tour as well as being announced as special guests at this year’s Detestival.
03rd Apr – GLASGOW – Broadcast
05th Apr – PERTH – The Green Room
12th Apr – DUNDEE – Beat Generator
18th Apr – SHEFFIELD – Detestival (Queens Social Club)
25th Apr – DUNDEE – Beat Generator (w/ Pulled Apart By Horses)
29th Apr – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club (w/ The Twilight Sad)
30th Apr – LONDON – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (w/ The Twilight Sad)
01st May – LONDON – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (w/ The Twilight Sad)
02nd May – MANCHESTER – The Deaf Institute (w/ The Twilight Sad)
03rd May – BRISTOL – Exchange (w/ The Twilight Sad)
11th May – EDINBURGH – Sneaky Pete’s
Following on from the astounding reaction to indie-rock anthem New Country, Racing Glaciers return with their incredibly captivating follow-up track Moths which will be their forthcoming self-released single out now. Also a part of the package, fans can expect remixes from the equally exciting music peers, Carousel, Pixel Fix, and Spring King.
“Moths is a song about been drawn to someone. Being so obsessed that you can’t get away even if you know you should.” Explains the band, “Trouble and harm is inevitable but you don’t mind. It was all worth it.” Having moments of both pure delicacy and unbridled adventure, Moths will keep you guessing until the blistering climax.
Their last offering, New Country, premiered on Neon Gold and was followed on from a large collection of tastemaker blogs which saw the track reach top 5 on Hypem. Such online admiration was naturally followed by UK radio support, picking up Radio 1 & Xfm plays. The new single, like with New Country, was mixed by Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Bombay Bicycle Club, Peace.)
Racing Glaciers are Tim Monaghan (Lead Singer/Keys/Guitar,) Danny Thorpe (Backing Vocals/Rhythm Guitar,) Matt Scheepers (Backing Vocals/Bass/Trumpet,) Simon Millest (Lead Guitar) and Matt Welch (Drums.)