Goodbye Chanel

Published by Doug under Indie Pop.

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

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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.

Liza Anne

Published by Doug under Indie Folk.

 

Nashville-based artist Liza Anne released her debut album, The Colder Months, independently on February 4th.  To say that Liza Anne is ambitious is an understatement. At only 19, she is a full-time student at Belmont University studying songwriting, a part-time barista at a Nashville coffee shop and now the creator of a beautiful, haunting and deep freshman record.

Liza Anne’s music is rooted in folk with strong pop influences, a style that has been brought to the forefront by artists such as Daughter and First Aid Kit. Early accomplishments in Liza’s career include performing alongside established artists such as Matthew Perryman Jones, The Icarus Account, and Landon Austin.

The Colder Months not only showcases Liza’s proficiency for songwriting, but also highlights the musical talent brewing at Belmont University, with everyone involved in its creation a current or former student. The album was recorded at Schematic Studios with producer Zachary Dyke, and was mixed & mastered by audio engineer Chad Wahlbrink (Soil & The Sun, Caleb Groh).

Liza commented on her debut effort saying, “I never intended on writing a full length record so early in my career, but I couldn’t stop writing. I’ve written some of my most honest and painful moments into these songs. This album is a collection of stories that I’ve lived, and I hope they are found relatable.”

 

 

Dead Heart Bloom

Published by Doug under Chilltastic.

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.

Vladimir

Published by Doug under Indie Rock.

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.

LIVE DATES;

 

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

 

Racing Glaciers

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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.)

Vanaprasta

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Armed with a modest collection of recording gear and a brand new perspective, Vanaprasta has spent the last year in their own studio in Echo Park writing, recording, and refining their second LP. The band decided to undertake the entirety of the recording process under their own control by producing, engineering, and mixing the album themselves.

On these songs, Vanaprasta decided to pit machines up against the organic; they experimented with newer digital and analog technology that allowed them to create mechanical sounds while keeping space for the guitars and melodies to call and respond with each other. Vanaprasta mixed the songs by doing live performance mixes on their console, with each band member mixing each of his instruments simultaneously.

Ed Thomas

Published by Doug under Chilltastic.

 

In early January 2014 newcomer Ed Thomas uploaded his debut solo track ‘On My Own’ to his Soundcloud. A sparkling slice of R&B pop that had a delicious two-step to it’s slinky electronic groove. It brought to mind the radio friendly jams of the British wave of funk’s Quiet Storm like Peter Gabriel and at the same time sounded instep with the new wave of young British house artists.

A couple of weeks later he posted the hushed ‘Hurt’ which inhabited a smoother late night place, closer to the tender Rhye or The XX.

Now, Ed reveals the soaring ballad ‘Away’ and details of the 5 track ‘Outlaws’ EP all of which will be available for free download and purchase on iTunes on Monday 10th Feb.

Ed Thomas is stepping out from behind features and co-writes. Whether that’s writing ‘Fires’ for Bondax that Josh Record sung (511,000 + plays) or ‘Giving It All’ for the same artist (945,000 + plays) or lending his song writing and vocals to Chase And Status’s ‘Blk & Blu’.

Bring it together and you have one of the UK’s best and most distinctive new R&B heartbreak storytellers.

Soak

Published by Doug under Indie Folk.

17-year-old Derry songwriter SOAK has announced plans for a new EP, ‘Blud’. This will form the first release on CHVRCHES’ brand new label, Goodbye Records, ahead of an NME Awards show with the band (Scala) and extensive European dates (including two sold-out dates at The Forum). SOAK, who has already been playlisted by the Radio 1 Introducing team and premiered her new single across Noisey/Phil & Alice’s show, will also support the BBC-Sound-of-2014-shortlisted George Ezra in February. Further details on the ‘Blud’ EP will be announced shortly.

Born in Belfast but raised in Derry, SOAK offers vivid proof that age does not define artistic maturity. Bridie Monds-Watson has spent the last two years splitting time between her studies, the local skate-park, and her songwriting. There was significant acclaim for 2012’s ‘Sea Creatures’, which saw her offered slots at Glastonbury and Other Voices, support Tegan & Sara on tour, and complete a Biology GCSE moments after playing the City of Culture launch for Derry. A&Rs would fly over to Belfast for the day and sit patiently in her kitchen, whilst Bridie’s parents learnt on-the-job about artist management. Yet SOAK rushed into nothing, partly “because I never really expected any of this to go anywhere.”

On ‘Blud’, however, SOAK accelerates her ascent from raw talent into a unique artistic voice. More atmospheric and textured than her earlier work, ‘Blud’ was written after overhearing an argument and explores the possibilities of change thereafter. The effect is curiously uplifting, seemingly as inspired by a childhood of Joni Mitchell albums as the brooding productions of Cat Power. A counterpart to her burgeoning songwriting, Bridie also played every instrument on ‘Blud’ herself (bar the bass), which was produced in Donegal by Mercury-nominated Villagers’ guitarist Tommy McLaughlin.

SOAK has since teamed up with CHVRCHES for the release of ‘Blud’, who will follow 2013’s top-10 charting ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ with further signings to their own label, Goodbye Records. On working and touring with the Scottish trio, Bridie comments: “I’m a big fan of the band, their songs are brilliantly structured. I also like the fact that Lauren’s accent shows: she has a voice that you’d know anywhere, and CHVRCHES generally don’t sound like anybody else.”

“If she represents anything at all”, the Guardian wrote in an early piece on SOAK, “it’s the potential of songwriting to show the complexity of a person’s inner life.” Bridie, meanwhile, compares her early career to “building a house in Minecraft.”  Somewhere between the two is SOAK – a truly special new talent for the year ahead.

Fear Of Men

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Fear of Men,  the three piece band from Britain, has been under my radar for a little while now.  Needless to say, I was pretty excited to find out they have another album, Loom, coming out on April 21.  On April 7, Luna, will be the first single released off that album, with Out Run being the B-side.  It will be a flexi-disc with a 20 page zine on the DIY label Art is Hard.