Monday 23 June 2014

Bear’s Den - Elysium

Beautiful lullaby guitar makes way for the omnipresent brass as Andrew Davie calmly walks through all the big questions. There's a horizon-sized width to all of the Den's recordings and it's no wonder that Mumford enjoyed their support last Summer in what was to become a special year for the band.

Friday 20 June 2014

The Districts - Rocking Chair

Starting out from a reclining kind of psych, where the Travis is picked lying prone on an American Midwest, sunny Sunday afternoon porch. The track builds with resounding guitar, splashes and half-grizzled vox.
Ending with some whoo-hoos too and we all like a good whoo-hoo don't we?

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Sean McGowan - Come Unstuck

Sean McGowan is not a Pogue, he makes this quite clear at the start of his live sets.  What he is though is the lovechild of Mike Skinner and Billy Bragg, raised in the late noughties with an acoustic guitar and a snarl. 

Lyrics that express the frustration of young modern life and the importance of mates "having your back", which are spat out in a staccato rush of anger and bite.  He means it.  And that means a lot. 

Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me

With a bitter-sweet tale of a certain age, this Toronto five swings and sways along with late Eighties slacker-rock slouching. The heavy-eyelid vox from Molly Rankin is cute with style and laced with shrewd syllables whilst chiming, coarse-grained guitar and rhythm fills the space behind.

Monday 9 June 2014

Woahnows - Life in Reverse

If, after the play button is pressed below, you feel like you could be running through sunshine-confetti-filled party popper mayhem, congratulations, you've just been married to the Woahnows.

Friday 6 June 2014

Bishop Allen - Start Again

Indie-rock with a slice of 90s guitar lemon and four cubes of x-tronica ice.
Straight-forward, wind-in-your-hair songwriting studded with some antique synth rhinestone loveliness. Worth your attention. Especially if MGMT is too weird for you.

Movie - Ads (video)

Love the band, love the song, now love the video.

Enjoy. And why not read our track review as well.