4 Cities – Highway


Stairway To Sound

Just heard the fantastic ‘Highway’ by 4 Cities on soundcloud. I am blown away by the old school rock sound which has only been heard in fits and starts after the 90’s. A modern day cowboy feeling, with the surreal sounds that only true musical instruments can bring. Electronica has great potential, but digitization can only take you so far.

According to their website: ‘ 4 CiTieS is an indie band. It mixes a very eclectic set of styles from alternative pop, indie, funk, rock and electronic music. At the moment, 4 CiTieS is busy working on the first album release which will be available by the end of 2012.

All songs have been fully created/performed/produced by the singer songwriter Mariano Latorre in his home studio at London, UK during 5 weekends while working as a software developer at Time Out London.’

All I can say that I am eagerly awating the album and wish them all the best

All the songs can be downloaded by providing your email at their website : http://www.4cities.co.uk/

Macatier


Fresh on the Indie scene is a very promising upcoming talent : Macatier, from Bristol, UK. Macatier is actually Dan Brown, who just turned 21 about a week ago and writes, sings, plays on his own and aspires to write and play ‘half as well as Ben Howard does’ Having recently played at the Red Bull Studios in London, his music has a loyal and growing following on all his social networking sites and I do believe that better things are in order soon. The sound is described by him as ‘Upbeat Acoustic’ (which fits fairly well) and I particularly liked the following tracks:

1) Boxing Clever: A very good tempo like some of John Butler Trio’s earlier work on display here. Makes you wanna sit back, relax and nod your neck vigorously at the same time. Not a good idea for the spinally challenged but who knows, a right shake might fix stuff doctors can’t ;). Box Clever, duck better ;)!

2) Drinking in LA: I didn’t expect to but was pleasantly surprised by the accomplished writing and vocals in this one. I think Ben Howard would be proud of this one 🙂

Well all his songs are also available for legit downloads on his soundcloud page: http://soundcloud.com/macatier

He also has a facebook page which I recommend you should follow as info on events and venues for his live performances are updated there: https://www.facebook.com/macatier

So, enjoy the freshness, intensity and sheer rawness of his work. Attend a few events, give a few likes, spread the love!