‘Inhale Day’, the first part of a two part EP project called ‘Breathe Life’ by ‘Said the Ghost’ (the solo project of Brighton based Jamie Lees), just came out on Summer Solstice. The second part of this grand production will be out on Winter Solstice, and that should literally cover the long and short of it ;). As for Inhale Day, it is a celebration of new beginnings with its shoegazy meditative guitar riffs, soulful singing and a distinctive fusion-hymnlike vibe which submerges your mind and unleashes splashes positive energy in your limbic system. What is clearly impressive is Jamie’s musical and vocal prowess. For starters, his soothing yet versatile voice will be at home in musical styles as diverse as Indian and Irish. To top it off, the eclectic sound that draws some comparisons to Everything Everything and Dutch Uncles, Grizzly Bear, Field Music, White Denim, War on Drugs, St.Vincent, even Stevie Wonder at times, is something that Jamie and Nick Lewis (Mastering) should be very very proud of. We can’t recommend this enough and please purchase this EP from the band camp links below and encourage Jamie for an even more stupendous return with the second part ‘Exhale Night’ later this year. Get ready to get immersed:
During the glorious summer of 2012, when we started with this website, one of the first bands that we featured that made a profound impact on us was Sillyboy. Based out of Athens, Sillyboy’s dazzling incorporation of diverse musical styles under one umbrella in their first album ‘Nature of Things’ had us stoked for good reason. Every song was a masterpiece, which is rare for any album featuring more than 5 tracks and Nature of Things had double that number. They seem to have only gotten better while maintaining this knack of 100% song brilliance in their new album Stalker. The album deals with a controversial subject in a very interesting way, best described as easy going obsession and attempts to reveal an alternate point of view, subtly goading us to refrain from naively painting every action in black and white. In short, this album is a grey zone ‘Tour de force’, Bowie meets Depeche Mode, and I urge you to listen to it, spread the word, buy it (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sillyboy/id289180758) and make Sillyboy rich. Until that great purchasing decision that you absolutely will have to make, please enjoy the tracks here:
Sheffield based Indie band ‘Rehearsed Living’ have recently released a few quality tracks recently which are definite must haves in any music collection. The melancholic ‘Stitch in Time’ envelopes you with its restrained strumming, beautiful work on the percussion and evocative vocals. To you I dare, is a very interesting track which starts with an upbeat tempo and almost happy melody but the vocals are anything but upbeat. It very successfully creates the feeling of sarcasm, challenge or even mockery to an extent and that really fits with the title of the track I suppose. Props, which is the most recent of the tracks that these guys have come out with, incorporates a classic rock almost ‘ballad’ish start but then metamorphoses into a shoegazy tempo and the vocals are really smooth and complement it greatly or prop it up to brilliance. all their songs are downloadable from their soundcloud page which can be accessed using the links provided here:
Park Planet latest album ‘Too tired to sleep’ featuring a number of great tracks like ‘A little bit longer’, ‘All you need’, ‘Circles’, etc is due to be released next month. To promote this album they have come out with a delectable selection of freely downloadable remixes of the tracks featured on the album. We liked the remixes a lot and wish Park Planet a lot of success with the album. Some of the remixes, which you could download for free:
‘Complacency’ by The Airplanes is addictive, well done and smart. On the same album as the track ‘Young’ featured earlier, this track also speaks about the realization that the shared exuberance of youth is short-lived and you might as well enjoy it when you are in the moment, even if you tend to be complacent to the other big elephants in the room in the process. Hope you like it and take the sagely piece of advice:
A fantastic teaser/taster track from the debut album ‘Fingertips’ of North Yorkshire based indie band The Van Doos! The sound has an unmistakably British element and is sort of like a Verve infused 30 seconds to Mars. It may also be vocally somewhere closer to the earlier Oasis times. Musically, this is much more contemporary, fresh and comprises Simon Hutchinson (lead vocals, guitar), Louis Bamber (vocals, guitar), Fred Baty (bass) and Dom Antony (drums). Produced by Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner, The Heartbreaks), the first single, ‘Speak Up’, will be released on May 18th and the album is slated for release in Autumn 2014.
The downloadable version of the wide, wild and life-affirming sample track ‘Airborne’ from their debut album:
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