Monday Music’s the one post where Some Of It Was True! drops its London-only rule. Princess Chelsea - We're So Lost New Zealand chamber pop (by Chelsea Nikkel , a 25-year-old from Auckland) - you don't hear much of that. On the basis of this weird wonder, we should hear more. Parks, Squares & Alleys - Youth Russian dream pop (by Sergey Khavro , a 19-year-old from the [...]
SOIWT's back! I've got far too many emails - 1,530, if you're interested - and so, for the immediate future, it'll be blogs that are light on words, heavy on content. First up, here's the achingly sweet and gently psychedelic new single (and video) from Teleman , described, rather perfectly, by Katie Puckrik as "Kraftwerk for children". Click here to view the embedded video.
I'm taking an impromptu sabbatical for ten days, so this blog will be briefly inactive. Apologies for the gap, but check out the excellent Skeletory or And So She Thinks during the gap. Or just repeat-listen to this new junk-jazz beaut by Deptford's Drop Out Venus . Cheers for now... Click here to view the embedded video.
Apologies for a couple days' silence - been busy crying and leaving my job. Here's the title track from Arthur Beatrice 's finally-coming debut EP. It's a typically velvety, theatrical pop effort, packed with attractive harmonies and a giddy pace.
Cheerful and silly, T.W.i.N.S ' debut single details the perils of East London house-hunting. It's determinedly perky and anthemic, as toe-tappable as tunes can possibly come, and issupported by an excellent video featuring virtuoso dance moves and shifty landlords. The story of the band's creation is equally enjoyable: not actual twins, Hugo and Laurence met on London’s club scene a few years back and began composing music for a gay porn series. They now utilise trumpets, live percussion and bizarre instruments found in Marrakech's medina. This first song is out on 10 June via Split Records . [...]
Monday Music’s the one post where Some Of It Was True! drops its London-only rule. PAPA - Put Me To Work I had a fun date on Sunday night and afterwards, elated, I cycled home like a demon: like a 12-year-old after a winning football match, like Michael J. Fox, like a terrier chasing a tennis ball. Like this song by LA duo PAPA, and all its tinkling, drum-machining giddiness. (via Skeletory ) [...]
I'm very short on time, so in haste: 1) here's the new single from Echopark ; 2) it's really good!; 3) Echopark is London-based Italian musician Antonio Elia Forte; 4) this is from his record Trees . And here's a live version: Click here to view the embedded video.
Here’s the latest Some Of It Was True! show on Shoreditch Radio . This is show #26, featuring new stuff by Benin City and Sheen, the next Alt-Js and Justin Bieber's long-awaited SOIWT debut among other things... Listen below, or download it as an MP3 for the commute. SOIWT #26 by Some Of It Was True! on Mixcloud
One of London's very best musical secrets, The Hall Of Mirrors arrived last year with their Love Child EP. Lauded on the (in descending order of prestige) this blog , Guardian.co.uk and many other places, it contained what they cutely describe as 'hauntological pop' – murmurous, solemn tracks rich in texture and hiccupy atmosphere. The record's all but vanished online now, however; but it may almost be follow-up time, excitingly. THOM's website said on 2 April that the band weren't playing "any more shows for a few months" while " in the studio recording [...]
Justin Bieber makes his long-awaited debut on SOIWT... c/o an obliterative, compelling remix by laymedown . It maybe goes on for a minute too long, but it's good enough to make Beliebers of us all...
Jake Hart has been on this blog before . But he was on it for a roguish, jangly and guitar-led number, What We Are Now (as well as another song, which he then handily deleted); his attractive new track, Awake , meanwhile, is ethereal, electronic, treated and hushed. I've no idea what's coming next - jungle? hillbilly? nu-metal? - but the odds are on it being pretty well done. You might find out tomorrow night; Jake's supporting San Zhi at the Shacklewell Arms .
Monday Music’s the one post where Some Of It Was True! drops its London-only rule. Kins - Aimless One more brilliant Brighton band... (Listen to Absblurd , too - guitarwave perfection) Money - Bluebell Fields One of the most enterprising bands around, Manchester lot Money are back with a new album; and this is the first goodness from it. It's a song [...]
Time for Field Day - enjoy it, everyone who's going. I'm especially looking forward to this happening: Click here to view the embedded video.
New videos from London bands wot SOIWT likes: Ghost Eyes - Lost In The Woods The jangly electro paranoia of Ghost Eyes' excellent new song is jumped ten notches up the spookometer by this weirdsville video. Part- Wicker Man , part- Blair Witch , it feels pagan and eerie, even if it is just people in fox masks gyrating by a copse. Click here to view the embedded video. [...]
Sheen 's official debut single doozies along like one of those really pleasant days you sometimes have. "I bought a nice takeaway coffee and walked across the Heath in the morning sun; then I poked around a few bookshops before meeting a few friends for some drinks and a catch-up. Later I just strolled around and took some photographs, then took the train home and watched the sunset. It was really lovely." This song is really lovely. Read SOIWT's previous gushings about Sheen here .
Here’s the latest Some Of It Was True! show on Shoreditch Radio . This is #25, the one-year anniversary show indeed, with some truly unique music by Dean Blunt, Dirty Beaches and Lovelace, Stills' downtempo electro pop by and bravenik auteurs in the shape of MAPS and A Grave With No Name... Listen below, or download it as an MP3 for the commute. SOIWT #25 by Some Of It Was True! on Mixcloud
MANS are described as "an Iranian entrepreneur, an Italian metronome, a heartbroken Mongolian and a failed American Svengali". Given that, and comparisons ranging from Prince to Ed Banger via Robin Gibb, they were never going to go quietly. Released ahead of a forthcoming debut LP, the live-recorded Various Lovers grooves along like an hip, highfalutin peacock.
Monday Music’s the one post where Some Of It Was True! drops its London-only rule Febueder - Galeo Despite the name, Febueder aren't a post-techno band from the depths of Dortmund. They are, in fact, an inventive quirk-pop trio from the hearty, horse-racing town of Ascot who sound more than a smidge like Alt-J. They're also as thrillingly inventive as the Mercury Prize-winners; witness Galeo 's vocal tics, recurrent changes of paces, fruity howls, huffs and puffs, and general "own rules" feel. The [...]
Rainer is a beguiling new project comprising two members - including singer Rebekah Raa - from former London foursome Stricken City . But while that act had a optimistic, pop-edged sound, Rainer is more downbeat and minimal. On the two tracks released thus far, Raa's refrained vocals float out like solemn siren songs over choral backings, cloudy electrogaze and clarinet notes.
Recent videos by London acts which this blog hearts: ***VIDEO OF THE WEEK*** Disclosure - You & Me (Feat. Eliza Doolittle ) The snapshot-style ups and downs of a young couple's European travelogue make the perfect accompaniment to this recent single. The pretty footage really captures what it is to travel, and the unrivalled thrill of a first love. [ Recent blog on this song ] Click here to view the embedded video. [...]