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Needle Drop: Andrew Wasylyk, “Last Of The Loved”

Having spent the last few years writing and touring with Idlewild, Andrew Mitchell has decided to bookend the year with a solo release of his own under the name, Andrew Wasylyk. His debut album, Soroky displays his talent for a melancholic pop melody, and single “Last of the Loved” is a strong opening track and a real statement of intent.

The video for the song isn’t what you’d expect. A man in a monster mask and a pristine white suit wakes up in a hotel room, downs a pull, and leaves to visit art galleries, a church, an arcade… It’s a strange take on the song but the feeling of loneliness and melancholy is reflected throughout.

The video is a journey, and much like Wasylyk’s own songwriting—the song and video twist and turns—it closes on a more positive note as ‘The Last of the Loved” comes to its conclusion.

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UK Artist of the Week: Living Dead Girl

Duo Jonno Lloyd and Jessica English started playing music together in a function band. While we love it, we’re guessing the name Living Dead Girl came after their function days.

Despite having massively divergent musical backgrounds (Jonno cut his teeth in industrial-rock, Jessica in experimental-pop) the pair found common ground in Electronica music, a genre that now heavily influences their own music along with elements of trip-hop and rock.

Their new single “Skylines” combines steady pulsing drums with English’s floating, ghost-like vocals and immediately conjures up comparisons with bands like ’90s giants Portishead, but the music also shares similarities with contemporary artists like SBTRKT with a darker, atmospheric twist.

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UK Video: The Jaguar Club, “Hard Cider”

NYC has always been known for its cutting edge music scene with some of indie’s most daring and avant-garde hailing from the Big Apple. The Jaguar Club write understated, gloom-gaze indie that’s Future Islands meets The Cure.

The video for their latest release, “Hard Cider” is a track taken from their EP “Close” which was released earlier this year. The video features claymation and various other forms of animation, all in black and white, interspersed by beautiful imagery of a sunlit forest.

The EP is out now but we can’t wait to hear some new tracks soon. As the Autumn season eases in, The Jaguar Club are fast becoming our new autumnal favourites.

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UK Video: Strange & Primitive, “Difficulties Be Damned”

Not quite a “UK” vinyl video, but just a damn good video that needs a little love here on The Vinyl District.

Strange & Primitive hail from Canada and although their self-titled debut album is out soon in North America, it’s getting a UK release of this November. The album pulls on dark ’80s influences filtered through a modern lens in the band’s own unique style.

“Difficulties Be Damned” is their third single following “Eureka” and “That Big City Glow.” The single features a heavy tribal beat played hypnotically over their signature synth style. The video was directed by Malcolm Sutherland and feels more like an animated short film telling the strange tale of odd discoveries in a jungle setting. It’s wild, colourful, and imaginative, reflecting the song itself.

The track is available as a free download now on the band’s Soundcloud page and the album sees its UK release on 20th November 2015.

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UK Video: Goldie Thorn, “Chrome Night”

Goldie Thorn’s latest EP “Canal Life” is an ode to their city, London. Reverend Thorn and Goldie & Chain are winding through East London’s back alleys, fuelled by youth, inspired by ’80s synths and odd samples—and they’re bringing us up and intend to party.

The video for the track “Chrome Night” features snapshots of the city as it follows a young woman, voyeuristically around on a summer’s day. We see her chatting, laughing, and travelling around the capital.

The “Canal Life” EP is a slow burner, but as you reach the end you’ll be itching to get your party pants on—it’s an eclectic mix of ’90s house and dance with Goldie Thorn’s own spin on the genre, giving it an unconventional, retro edge.

“Canal Life” EP is out on September 25th 2015.

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UK Video: The Cadbury Sisters, “Drifting”

Taken from their recently released EP “Sarah,” The Cadbury Sisters are now giving away arguably the best track from the EP, “Drifting,” as a free download. It’s a sumptuous, simmering modern pop song brimming with emotion which teeters on the right side of melancholy.

The video for the track is a play on light and dark images projected onto the girls’ faces like distant memories. The track itself tells the story of a doomed relationship and as the sisters crescendo together in glorious harmony for the chorus, you can feel their sadness and hope entwine with the melody.

This is a departure from The Cadbury Sisters’ previous material released back in 2014, which focussed more on their folk roots. The sisters have found the perfect blend of thoughtful modern pop, filtered through their unique vocal style. Absolutely stunning.

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The Single Girl: Planes, “Hotfoot” EP

Planes’ second EP, “Hotfoot” is six perfectly written indie rock tracks.

“Summer Breeze” feels expansive and open and it’s a strong start for the five piece. Guitarist and lead vocalist, Steve Forrest recently left Placebo to concentrate full-time on the band and it goes in the songwriting.

“Ole” is probably the band’s strongest statement as the chorus breaks into some real toe-tapping moments. However, “Tex” is where the band uncover a more introspective side—much like Maximo Park’s more recent efforts.

It remains to be seen where Planes will go from here, but there are real glimpses of solid promise on this EP.

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The Single Girl:
HAWK, “Glass”

HAWK have released their latest single “Glass” to help raise awareness of the Equal Marriage Referendum happening in Ireland on May 22nd 2015. It’s a beautiful track as well and a welcome return from London’s folk-noir four piece.

Julie has said that they wanted to promote the issue, not only to their fans in Ireland but to those living in the rest of the UK as well. It’s a very worthy cause and one those should be shouting out about not just in the UK and Europe but all over the world.

But back to the release itself—from their single “Hush” to “Clock Hands,” and now this latest single “Glass,” HAWK are a band that keep progressing onwards and upwards. Moving away from the folk inspired tracks we’ve seen before, Julie Hawk’s vocals soar gently over a hypnotic melody. They’ve been compared to Daughter in the past, but “Glass” is more like Kate Bush fronting Bat For Lashes.

It’s great to see HAWK back—and even better to know they’re releasing this to promote such a worthwhile issue.

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UK Video: Urvanovic,
“Open Ground”

Urvanovic are a band who are tricky to pigeon-hole. Their latest free track “Open Ground” is filled with an organically mixed blend of sounds which begins as an anthemic, distortion heavy synth-tastic track, with Tom Irvine and Seonald Stevenson’s vocals coming into play and blending together effortlessly.

There are also a few dynamic surprises hidden inside as well, with a number of mini breakdowns throughout allowing the strings to have their time to shine beautifully.

The video is pretty captivating too as we follow a young girl performing ballet along the streets before she greets the full band and the track comes to a brilliant, dynamic ending.

Urvanovic have managed to create a sound that is both complex and enchanting. Their music is filled with gorgeous layers from all forms of instrumentation which begs you (and us) to catch them in a live arena.

“Open Ground” is available to download now via the band’s Bandcamp page.

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The Single Girl: Broken Boy, “Just To Leave You”

Broken Boy have released their latest single, “Just To Leave You” and it’s an absolute banger.

The track kicks in straight away with Stewart Black’s punchy lead guitar, before being joined by brother Cam Black’s distinctive vocal tone to really carry the track to it’s indie-rock potential. The verse breaks down into a minimalist yet catchy verse you will want to hear on repeat before falling back into that heavy, indie vibe the likes of The Strokes and The Vaccines are famous for.

Lyrically, the boys tackle issues of growing up and taking control of your own destiny while escaping the mundane aspects of everyday life—something we can all relate to, I’m sure.

All in all, this track seems like the perfect comeback for the trio and should definitely be on your radar for ones to watch.

“Just To Leave You” is released on 27th April 2015 via Canvas Records.

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