Thursday, 26 July 2012

Lucy Rose: Lines

It's been around a little while, but I seem to have had a Lucy Rose-shaped hole on my radar. Apart from becoming startlingly skinny (please, lovely, eat something!), developments are mainly underway to unveil her debut album, Like I Used To. The above single, which came out this week, is getting the ball rolling. And despite the slightly over-powering studio sounds (rather than stripped-back acoustics that I prefer), I'm really looking forward to it. Make sure to put 24th September down in your diaries!

Monday, 23 July 2012

To Kill A King: Word of Mouth EP

You can't find this video by searching for it - it finds you. That's the game! Word of mouth only! Keeping to the rules of their EP's new title, To Kill a King are putting "the grapevine" to the test with a hidden video of their new single, Rays, and have other games to come, such as hiding their CDs in unusual places. I love the concept so much! So of course I'm going to play along and pop this video on here, along with a link to their new Word of Mouth EP's page, where you can download the full six tracks for free. Pass it on!

Monday, 16 July 2012

First Peek! Mumford and Sons: Babel

It might be old news for some, but I've only just found out about Mumford & Sons' new, second album, Babel. And I'm super duper excited!

If their new songs, such as Lover of The Light, are anything to go by, the album is going to be just as beautiful as before, but with that much needed step-forward that many bands struggle with in a second album.

Even the cover goes the extra mile: featuring the album title's "babel" - a scene of noisy confusion - behind the boys, in a ye-olde-English-styled courtyard - as well as its reference to their songs' ties to religion. Genius!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Boat to Row: Grassmarket

Another little treat of a band that I've found over the past year is Boat to Row. A lovely local band, even their video shows that they're not exactly rock stars (though I do doubt they all work at a supermarket... well, maybe they do. Do they?!). I picked up their EP, Grassmarket, at a gig a while back, and if you have ever even nodded your head along to Stornoway, then you're going to instantly like Boat to Row. Give 'em a try. They deserve it.

(Plus, you can download some old tracks for free, and get their two new songs for only a quid!)

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Arbor Lights: Arbor Lights

Instrumentals: for the tone-deaf musicians of the world? I think that may be what Arbor Lights are going for. At least, their music sounds like a savvy frontman could write a few good lyrics over the top of it and it wouldn't sound out of place. However, it's nice to see some talent from the city I now call home, and after stumbling onto their Bandcamp page I thought I should feature them on here. And considering I would place them among many other fully-fledged alternative bands thanks to the almost cold, empty feeling created by the riffing guitars, long fades and sprinkles of xylophone like snowflakes on hot skin, it's a thumbs up from me.