Paris-based quartet Pampa Folks have released last year theirdebut album. Their music combines colors and influences of blues, rock, western, soul and psychedelic popshow. They show dreamy, alluring melodic temptation throughout their best track “Blind Silhouettes”. The track is an adventurous structural journey, though remaining melodically cohesive throughout. Spaghetti-western guitars embrace the first minute over a bouncy psych-friendly organ and harmonious vocals, with tinges of guitars and brass emerging past the one-minute mark. .
Alfie Templeman’s bedroom is painted orange, plastered with posters and cluttered with several instruments. The 15-year-old Templeman is studying for his GCSEs, and he has perhaps the ultimate distraction. Full of soft, slow indie-pop and chunky choruses, his debut EP, Like An Animal, has just come out on Chess Club Records, and music takes up his every moment.
He sounds like he wants to whoop with joy, and you can’t blame him. Music has filled Templeman’s head since he can remember, and he’s been making songs alone in his bedroom for the past few years, in the same intimate fashion as his favourite songwriters, from Neil Young to Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.
Shoegaze isn’t dead, it just lives in Louth. That’s a conclusion to be drawn from listening to Just Mustard, a Dundalk five-piece who released their debut album Wednesday earlier this year.
The eight tracks on the release suggests they are A-plus students of the genre and have soaked up a lot more beyond those borders. Just Mustard take the ethereal blueprint of bands like Warpaint and torch the edges, creating the nightmarish flip-side to indie’s dreamier prospects. Their debut album ‘Wednesday’ is a two-toned masterpiece, flipping from hypnotic, smoky vocals to screeching industrial noise on the fly.
Oli Burslem/Andy Jones were born in the Black Country and raised in the suburbs. Moved to London and started selling curiosities in markets, which led to them meeting other musicians. They also put on an artwork exhibition with Thurston Moore. In the meantime, songs were written in a basement of a furniture store in east London. It was dark and YAK were born. Kiwi drummer Elliot Rawson joins to bang the drums.
Yak have announce their second album titled ‘Pursuit of Momentary Happiness’. The record will be released via Virgin EMI/ Third Man Records in next February and includes recent singles ‘Bellyache’ and ‘White Male Carnivore’. On top of this exciting news, the band have released another taster of what’s to come in single ‘Fried.
Founded in 2014, Men I Trust, is an indie band from Montreal (Canada) composed of Jessy, Dragos and Emma.With smooth, chin-bouncing rhythms & bass lines, warm guitars and alluringly subdued vocals, longevity – in all its forms – is an underlying theme in their craft.
Men I Trust have announced that they will release their third album, called Oncle Jazz, in February. The dreamy Montréal trio has stuck to one-offs since they put out Headroom in 2015, including “Seven” this past fall and “Show Me How” in the winter, but throughout that time they’ve been building up a bigger and bigger audience. But the music they make is beautifully unassuming — their new single “Say, Can You Hear” glides along on chunky bass lines and watery atmosphere.
What a tricky lover the memory can be. And if the memory is about the night, about making out and wizz-fizz smooching, then it is even more likely to play tricks on us. Is it possible that Jungle have ONLY just released their second album? But we saw them in 2015 setting the Ray-Ban stage on fire with Busy Earnin’, and in 2017 we danced at their sold out shows in Barcelona and Madrid. Well, yes you friends of incredible funk, For Ever is hot off the press and it comes ready for action. They will sweet-talk you with their falsetto, they will fool around with their sonic passport (and will forge it so that California takes the place of their native London, California where they seem to belong to), and they will have you on rollerblades skating into the 70s until bang! You are drenched in sweat again, with that familiar groovy tingling between your legs and with a filter on your vision that makes all the congregation in front of the Ray-Ban (or whatever stage it is) look the most stylish and hottest on whatever side of the Atlantic. So now that you have been forewarned, you know: for the next one, don’t let them catch you out and make sure your memory records it well.
After making waves with his debut album Scum and the seven-track Civil Disorder, Rat Boy has teamed up with Tim Armstrong for his new project Internationally Unknown. Separated by 30 years of age and the Atlantic Ocean, Rat Boy and Armstrong sound like the very definition of an odd couple. But they immediately connected on their first phone call, through a shared love for mixing the visceral energy of punk with hip-hop beats. In many ways, it’s hardly surprising: both musicians share similar influences and often reflect on their upbringing in their lyrics. The pair met in Los Angeles and immediately captured three demos on their first day together, with members of The Interrupters backing them on bass and drums. Rat Boy has diverse influences which echo, at various points, The Clash, Beastie Boys, The Prodigy, Rebel MC, Green Day and Run DMC. Standout tracks include the title track which contrasts manic verses with an anthemic downtempo hook; the aggy street-punk rush of opening track Chip on my Shoulder. Tonight in concert at La Nau.