Things We Love This Week: Bombay Bicycle Club, Foals, the Antlers, Little Simz

This week’s blog post has done its absolute best to transport me back to my high school days. Everything going forward contains news from bands I loved when I was about 15. #Throwback

Bombay Bicycle Club

…have teased a comeback! It’s been five long years since ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ – in the gap of which we’ve heard albums from front man Jack Steadman as the R&B-come-jazz-come-hip hop-genius Mr Jukes, and the softer indie side of bassist Ed Nash as Toothless. But now Bombay are getting the band back together for new music in 2019, and I can’t wait.

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Hello, With a new year ahead of us, we thought now would be a good moment to give you a bit of news about what the four of us have been up to recently and what we have planned. Since late last year we’ve been getting back into the swing of playing music together. We were initially a little rusty but also nostalgic playing songs that have been around since we were teenagers. More than anything it just felt great to be in the same room playing again. It made us realise what a good thing we have and has given us renewed energy and enthusiasm for the future. The joy we were getting out of playing the old songs seemed to naturally lead us onto working on new material, so we’re becoming immersed in that as we speak. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we have something new for you guys to hear. We’re also planning some shows for later this year and beyond. We’ll have news on that front over the coming months. Can’t wait to see you all. We’ve missed you. Jack, Ed, Jamie, Suren x

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Foals

The saga continues. Last week the album was announced, now we have exact dates. ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’ Part 1 is due on March 8. From the teaser clip, it sounds like the new music is going to be much the same heavier sound as ‘What Went Down’ rather than the math-rock intricacies of earlier ‘Antidotes’. Can’t you go back to that, Foals? Please? For me!?

The Antlers

Peter Silberman released a solo album last year, but it just did not cut with the same heart-stricken grief as the Antlers’ work. Luckily, they celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘Hospice’ (THE saddest album in existence, in case you were wondering), at UK shows in April. They’ll play the album in full, acoustically. Bring your tissues. *Sniffs*

Little Simz

Okay, so I wasn’t into rap when I was in high school. But! After listening to this earlier in the week I couldn’t not include it. Little Simz is a rapper from London, and she is fiiiireeee. After the bold Offence dropped last year, we couldn’t get enough of her beats in the office, so here’s her latest.Selfish will feature on her upcoming album, ‘GREY Area’, due March 1.

‘Till next time, bros.

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Things We Love This Week: James Blake, Potty Mouth, Foals

Good afternoon dear music lover. The new year is upon us and, in all honestly, is leaving us in its tracks, racing ahead faster than we can blink into the winter sun.

No doubt you’re back to setting stupidly early alarms and running off coffee fumes, but now you’ve made it. ‘Tis Friday! Congratulations. Reward yourself by catching up on some of our favourite new tracks and music news from this week.

James Blake – ‘Assume Form’

James Blake has been teasing us for a while now. We knew that the follow up to ‘The Colour In Anything’ would be out soon – but nobody thought it’d be THIS soon. There’s been posters in South Kensington, projections in Times Square, leaks on Amazon and even a mysteriously vague website. Now, everything has been confirmed.

‘Assume Form’ is out on Friday January 18 (NEXT WEEK!), and it’s set to be pretty epic. I mean it features Travis Scott, André 3000, Metro Boomin, Moses Sumney, and ROSALÍA. Fiiire.

He’s coincided this announcement with UK tour dates, which are a long time coming. Catch him in Manchester, Bristol and London in April. Don’t miss it.

Potty Mouth – 22

Potty Mouth are a punk rock trio from Western Massachusetts. They arrived onto the scene in the early 2010s, though they sound just like the attitude that ’90s punk thrived on; not caring about anything, but kinda actually caring quite a lot.

After six long years, the band are finally ready to release their second album. ‘Snafu’ is out on March 1 through Get Better Records and comes with a shiny and new punk rock single, 22. This is one for the millennials.

“Don’t you think it’s strange, that number’s just an age, but a change is good.” Preach sister.


Foals – ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’

There seems to be a running theme with bands teasing things lately. After a countdown clock on their Instagram Story, Foals have finally confirmed a new album is on the way.

But wait! It’s not just one new album, oh no. This year fans will be treated to TWO LPs: ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, Parts 1 and 2. But what can we expect from this new material? Their sound has changed so dramatically since 2008’s indie-math-rock ‘Antidotes’. Will it be a continuation of their heavier, more rocky sound? Here’s a teaser clip to keep your little ears well and truly pricked.

Happy weekend. Go and catch up on that much-needed sleep.

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Things We Love This Week: Kylie, Manchester Orchestra, Rivers Cuomo

CHRISTMAS TIIIMEEEEEE, MISTLETOE AND COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF WIIINEEEEEE

Ahem. Please do excuse the outburst, but it’s the last day of school and everyone is EXCITED. Merry Christmas to you, dear reader.

Kylie at Glasto

After the first headliner was confirmed as Stormzy a few weeks ago, another act for Glastonbury 2019 has been announced and it’s none other than the iconic pop star Kylie Minogue. Slotting nicely into the Sunday afternoon Legends slot on the Pyramid Stage, she’ll likely play all the hits, as well as her new material from 2018 LP ‘Golden’. YEAH!

Manchester Orchestra – The Silence video

Manchester Orchestra earlier this week released their video for ‘Black Mile To The Surface’ closer The Silence. A dark and brooding slow build of a song, the accompanying beautifully-shot video features footage of the band recording and performing it live over the past year or so.

While taking it on tour recently, the band have been playing some awesome pranks via Instagram.

 

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Another masterpiece by @francishunt 🦁 Clive, Iowa TONIGHT!

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(Wait for it) Columbus, OH Tonight! 🎥: @francishunt

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The final chapter. 🎥: @francishunt

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Rivers Cuomo – Two Broken Hearts

I’ll be honest, the main reason Two Broken Hearts was included in this week’s edition of the blog was because of the lyric “chocolate and alcohol”, which is basically going to be my entire life for the next two weeks.

See you in the new year, when I’ll be four stone heavier and my blood will be 86% merlot.

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Things We Love This Week: Julien Baker & Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers, Cass McCombs

Once again, Friday has rolled around in this endless cycle of weekly monotony. So close yet so far away, the pre-Christmas frenzy has turned your brain to mush in a haze of work deadlines and wrapping paper. Need a shake up? Here are some new tracks for you to chill out with on a handy, blog-shaped platter.

Julien Baker x Matt Berninger – All I Want

One third of Boygenius (and solo genius) Julien Baker and Matt Berninger, frontman of the National, have teamed up for a new single, the leading track for a series of 7″ releases benefiting Planned Parenthood.  Working too with Stephan Altman, All I Want is a sombre, piano-led track with interlacing melodies from the two indie-rock powerhouse vocalists.

Here’s a clip of them performing it live right here. **fangirls**

Phoebe Bridgers – Killer Video

Yaaaaaas. Phoebe Bridgers has gone and done yet another cool thing. On another branch of the Boygenius tree, she’s shared a new video. No new material as of yet, it’s for Killer from ‘Stranger In The Alps’. Bridgers wanders around an old abandoned tuberculosis asylum in Joshua Tree, California, in that classic monotone hue we’ve come to expect from her.

Cass McCombs – Estrella

Estrella is the second cut from the Americana singer songwriter’s upcoming album. Could be a tribute to the Mexican musical legend Juan Gabriel, or indeed that delicious beer. It’s a swirling, hypnotic track with intricate production reminiscent of the earliest synth-pop. Pop it on in the background while you curl up with a good book when it’s stupidly cold outside.

‘Tip Of The Sphere’ is out on February 8.

Spotify Wrapped

The annual event is upon us again–the streaming service’s cool feature for checking out your listening habits over the past year is back. Spotify Wrapped reveals the first song you listened to in 2018, the first new music discovery you made, how long you’ve spent with your favourite artist, and even puts your top 100 tracks into a handy little playlist for you. Fun right? Don’t forget to share your experiences on your social media channels. After all, if you didn’t post it to your Insta story, did it even happen?

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Things We love This Week: Ex:Re, Adrianne Lenker, Sharon Van Etten

Well well well. Here we are. Tomorrow is December 1, which means it’s officially Christmas. It’s not as though it’s been shoved down our throats for over three months already. You may now put up your decorations in peace, devoid from any kind of abuse for elongating and hence diluting the Christmas spirit. Happy weekend to you.

Adrianne Lenker – Symbol

The second track to be released from the Big Thief vocalist’s solo project, Symbol, has now got its own video – and it’s a contrast to what you’d expect.

While the song is softly sung alongside delicate guitars, the last place you’d expect the video to take place is Coney Island, New York. Loud, obnoxiously lit and full of gaudy carnival rides? No thanks. As a short documentary however, directors Adam Gundersheimer and V Haddad made excellent work of making the video feel warm, intimate and personal, driven by friendly and inviting profile shots of happy families and loved-up couples. It’s lovely to watch.

Ex:Re

Ex:Re is the new solo project to come from Daughter’s Elena Tonra. The first single dropped this week, and a fast turnaround saw the full LP out today.

While the vocals sound, naturally, distinctly like Daughter, the record features string segments, wonderfully simple guitar lines and some rumbling percussion building tension throughout.

Tonra said in a statement:

“Although the record is written for someone, a lot of the time it’s about the space without that person in it. In every scenario, there’s either the person in memory or the noticeable absence of that person in the present moment. I suppose it is a break-up record, however I do not talk about the relationship at all, and he hardly features in the scenes. He is only felt as a ghostly presence”.

Listen below.

Sharon Van Etten – Jupiter 4

If you haven’t heard Comeback Kid yet, where have you been? It’s a banger. The second track to be shared from her new album, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ (due on January 18 via Jagjaguwar) is a little more subdued and serene, with eerie undertones. A monochrome video (directed by Katherine Dieckmann) about the moon fits perfectly with the spooky, darker theme she’s going with.

Have a gander if you so desire.

🎄🎅✨

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Things We Love this Week: Friendly Fires, LUMP, Cosmo Sheldrake

BLACK FRIDAY! CAPITALISM! BUY BUY BUY! Or, just listen, listen, listen, watch, watch watch, and read, read, read some of the best things to happen in the music world this week. But if you are feeling in the mood to spend some of that sweet, sweet dolla, head here.

Friendly Fires – Heaven Let Me In Video

Ahead of their club tour dates that kick off next week (!), Friendly Fires have revealed a video to go alongside their latest single, the Disclosure-produced Heaven Let Me in.

Getting more trippy and psychedelic as the seconds tick by, the visuals feature actor Jeremy Irvine having a boogie around the streets of London. Imagine this as a kind of premonition to how you’ll feel after the club parties. YES. (Of which, tickets are still available)

Cosmo Sheldrake at Fiddlers

“That’s the bane of my profession, people thinking that they know me.”

Overheard from the bar in the converted prison that is Bristol’s Fiddlers Club, Cosmo Sheldrake is just trying to watch the support act before he goes on stage for the first night of his UK dates supporting debut album, ‘The Much Much How How And I’. Despite his complaints about having to talk to humans, he seems pretty chill, and that vibe doesn’t waver throughout his two hour set.

In suitably wacky fashion, Sheldrake’s set features hocketing, a medieval vocal technique, bird song, the rhythms of New Mexico, the inspiration of moss, and samples of the sound of cow carcasses being smashed and crushed up – possibly not in tune with the large number of vegan hippies in the Bristolian crowd. Nevertheless, you can’t say his sample work isn’t fascinating. Tix are still available for the remaining shows.

LUMP – May I Be The Light Video

You know who we’re talking about by now. LUMP is only one of the coolest things to sprout out of 2018: Mike Lindsay, Laura Marling, drone synths, harmonies. Album. Fluffy lump. Bam.

A video came this week for May I Be The Light, directed and animated by Beth Jeans Houghton, now known to the masses as Du Blonde. Check out the stop-motion surrealist cartoon below.

Happy Friday to you. Now let us sleep for a thousand years (or just until Monday morning rolls around once again).

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Things We Love This Week: Bon Iver, Stormzy, Roísín Murphy

Another week of Brexit chaos has come and gone and we’re still no further forward. Westminster is in turmoil and Theresa, undoubtedly, needs the weekend off. Step away from the political nightmares by checking out some things that we loved this week – with some interesting festival news first and foremost.

Bon Iver at All Points East

This is going to be MASSIVE. The folk hero turned electro-experimenter otherwise known as Justin Vernon has been incredibly busy this year – basking in the long glow of ’22, A Million’, taking part in Berlin’s collaborative PEOPLE festival and releasing a joint album with Aaron Dessner from the National – I wonder how he’ll find the time to rehearse for his headlining slot at Victoria Park’s coolest festival yet.

All Points East had an amazing debut this summer with the XX, Bjork, the National, Nick Cave and LCD Soundsystem all rocking up, and the line up for next year hasn’t seemed to waver. Bon Iver will be joined by Mac Demarco, First Aid Kit, John Grant, The Tallest Man On Earth, Julien Baker and Snail Mail on June 2, as well as Chemical Brothers headlining on May 24.

This week Bon Iver also revealed a song as part of the soundtrack for Creed II.

Stormzy at Glasto

You’re never too big for your boots! Stormzy has been confirmed as the first headliner for Glastonbury. The enormously popular grime MC will take over Worthy Farm’s Pyramid stage on Friday June 28, making a thankful change from the embarrassingly white line up of the festival’s previous undertaking in 2017. Here he is at the Brit Awards earlier this year.

Roísín Murphy – The Rumble

Due to the aforementioned chaos of the week, Roisin Murphy’s latest video for track the Rumble – which celebrates the halcyon days of ‘90s club culture – is a necessary antidote. You need a good beat, a good dance and a little bit of letting go. Have fun.

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Things We Love This Week: The Orielles, Ibibio Sound Machine, Nilüfer Yanya

Everybody (yea-ah)… rock your body (yea-ah)… blog is back…ALRIGHT!

*To the tune of the Backstreet Boys, which has been spinning in my head for six hours since they announced a UK tour this morning. You’re welcome.*

The Orielles – Bobbi’s Second World

After the release of highly regarded ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ earlier this year, dream poppers the Orielles’ new one is a funky song about a cat. Influenced by a northern soul vibe and that post-punk revival scene that’s knocking around, it’s fun, groovy and just a little bit psychedelic.

The band said of the track: It centres around the story of a cat named Bobbi who, in order to become a lady, has to experience the extremities of two complex and differing realities – situated in her front and back gardens respectively.”

Bobbie’s Second World comes backed by a cover of Peggy Gou’s It Makes You Forget (Itgehane), a bop that makes some interesting use of panning in the vocal break. Get your ears and dancing shoes ready, it’s Friday.

Ibibio Sound Machine – Basquiat

WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT THIS IN YOUR LIFE?!

Basquiat is a disco party in its Sunday Best. Loose piano trills open the track, along with simple staccato vocals and some tickling percussion, before that funky bass guitar kicks in and the party starts. Awwww yeeah.

It was written earlier this year for the Barbican’s Video Jam event, inspired by the work of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Nilüfer Yanya – Heavyweight Champion of the Year

More than anything, Yanya’s new song and video combo is here purely as the latest instalment to one of my favourite in-head listicles, People Playing Electric Guitars That Aren’t Plugged In. She is second to the current chart topper: Snail Mail’s Heatwave, which finds Lindsey Jordan playing while ice skating. Come on now.

Panda Bear – Dolphin

Lastly: don’t do drugs, kids.

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Things We Love This Week: Thundercat, Neko Case, Puma Blue

Trick or treat?! There’s no tricks in this week’s blog post. Only treats for your lovely eyes and ears.

Thundercat – King Of The Hill

Thundercat has teamed up with the jazztronica/hip hop instrumental band BADBADNOTGOOD on his latest single. Produced impeccably by Flying Lotus, King Of The Hill comes off a new compilation album celebrating 10 years of the FlyLo label. Perfect for lazy Sunday morning grooves, get this on your weekend playlist.

Neko Case – Last Lion Of Albion video

The singer-songwriter has released a video for ‘Hell-On’ track Last Lion Of Albion.

The song itself is a country-flecked, easy going pop number, made infinitely better by this new adorable video. Created by artist Laura Plankser, it depicts a jungle full of handmade figures and props to create a beautiful, magical world that would be SUPER fun to be a part of.

Neko Case is playing Dublin, Leeds and London next week.

Puma Blue – Lust

Puma Blue, aka Jacob Allen, said of his new single “I really wanted to write something with that sexy half-time groove like in Didn’t Cha Know by Erykah Badu.”

Damn, does he get that vibe right. Lust is a jazz-infused, hazy song to soundtrack the low lighting of the small hours of the morning. The lyrics, Allen has mentioned, are about getting pulled by your imagination into somewhere that you don’t want to be. The surreal, psychedelic video is a collage of kaleidoscopic flowers and dancers, referencing the filmmaker Wong Kar-wai.

Happy Friday. Enjoy the weekend demolishing leftover Halloween sweets and making pumpkin-based everything.

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Things We Love This Week: Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac, Bohemian Rhapsody, Beirut

This week, it seems that the cool things are Fleet based. If the things that we loved this week were a group of ships instead of a listicle-style blog post, they would definitely be a fleet. Excuse my ramblings. It’s been a long week.

Fleet Foxes – Icicle Tusk

Indie-folk band Fleet Foxes are releasing a special edition collection of rarities, b-side, and early records. For the die-hard mega fans who say they liked the band before they were cool (you know who you are), this will be a dream come true.

‘First Collection 2006-2009’ will consist of the band’s self-titled debut LP, ‘The Fleet Foxes’ EP on 10″, the ‘Sun Giant’ EP on 10″ vinyl, and a handful of b-sides and rarities on 10″. Check out the full track listing of what’s involved here. For now, you can listen to Icicle Tusk, one of the early songs from their debut. It’s b.e.a.u.t.

Fleetwood Mac

Lindsay Buckingham was dropped from the line up just a few months ago, but the remaining members of the band have announced they will touch down in London, Dublin and Berlin in June 2019. You can kick out one of the lead singers, but you can never break the chain.

Bohemian Rhapsody

A biopic based on the meteoric rise of Queen was released this week. Original plans were for Sacha Baron Cohen to take the lead role, but it is Rami Malek (of Mr Robot) who takes over the God-like role of Mr Mercury. It’s had mixed reviews. Is this the real life? Uh, no. Is this just fantasy? Nope, not quite that either. You’ll just have to find out yourself.

Beirut – ‘Gallipoli’

Beirut are back! A new album, their first since 2015’s ‘No No No’ is due for release on February 11.

‘Gallipoli’ has an extensive back story behind it, which details Zachary Condon’s falling out of love with New York, recording crunchy noise through only broken amplifiers, uprooting to Berlin and a priest-led, brass band procession in a small village in rural Italy. Do give it a read, it’s very interesting.

First up from the new album is its title track, featuring not only those scraps of fuzzy brass and a pulsing beat to mirror the procession but also Condon’s soothing vocals that fans have become so familiar with over the past decade or so. The track was recorded in one 10 hour studio frenzy.

Beirut also announced UK and European tour dates – check them out here.

 

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