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If you’re to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page you’re reading at present, to the left you’ll note an homage to two people who inspired TVD. You’ll recognize too then why Carolina Hoyos’ Kickstarter campaign struck a chord with us here at the HQ. The upside? There’s still time to extend the good karma to this warm, talented performer. As she told us via email this week:
“Right before I took 2 years off to care for my Father through his cancer treatment, I quietly (unofficially) released an EP and named it “A-Siders,” because it’s the first side of my intended full length release on vinyl, called The Lost Tapes.
The Lost Tapes as a collection has always felt like we’d discovered old, abandoned tapes and then added a modern sound to them. Now that my Dad is healthy and I’ve found my way back to releasing this record, I named my Kickstarter campaign “My Lost Tapes” because when you care for someone with cancer, you can get real lost with the process of your own life, trying to save someone else’s.”
The unreleased B side feels like a relaxing sunny Sunday afternoon of dreamy listening, while the more rocking A side is your Friday night out partying. The “A-Siders” is available right here.
The Kickstarter campaign for “The Lost Tapes” extends until Saturday, December 6, 2014, and there’s some nifty incentives for those of you interested in the vinyl aspect of this project. Probably because you’re reading this now.
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Neil McLaren has embarked upon a strange journey in musical terms. Having been born completely blind, Neil became the first person in the UK to receive pioneering surgery that enabled him to partially see when using special glasses.
If this wasn’t difficult enough, Neil isn’t a trained guitarist. Instead he has preferred to experiment with instruments rather than learn guitar chords—which has created a rather unorthodox playing style. Nevertheless, this has propelled him to produce the kind of acoustic music synonymous with current artists such as Ben Howard and Damien Rice.
McLaren’s vocals are the most intriguing part of his single “Middle Of It All,” with his character shining through like a beacon, taking centre stage aided by choral harmonies. There is a perfect imperfection to his vocals—a gruffness that is eminently appealing—whilst McLaren is able to maintain a link to his hometown of Dundee in Scotland with a twang of Scottish accent seeping through.
“Middle Of It All” is a strong single but it will be interesting to see where McLaren’s sound progresses from here—in order that he doesn’t get lost in a very crowded market of artists who offer a similar experience.
Electro-pop duo Glyphs have returned with the release of their EP “Out To Sea,” the London-based band’s fourth release to date.
“Out To Sea” opens with the title track of the EP—a slow burn as the band displays nuances within their repertoire not always prevalent among run of the mill, electro/synth bands. Good old-fashioned pop music shines through here with a nod and a wink to the likes of Erasure and the Pet Shop Boys.
“Shed Skin” has a broodiness to its sound driven by samples, beats, and dream-like vocals, while “The Machine” continues the theme of experimental sounds merged with the moody tones of Mark Walsh.
The most pleasing thing about Glyphs is their willingness to push the boundaries of the genre, showing an ability to work without the usual parameters. Despite creating pop music, their sound is one that highlights their ability to cover a number of spheres, yet the overall feeling is one of introspection often synonymous with Shoegaze bands. This introspection allows Glyphs to stand out from the crowd and I for one am extremely intrigued to see what they produce next.
Dundee band, Copper Lungs are back—and they are back with a bang.
After a year that has seen them release their second EP to critical acclaim as well as make appearances at a number of Scotland’s biggest festivals, the band have now released their free download single “Cloud Nine.” This pretty much picks up where the band left off on their self-titled EP as they continue to produce up-tempo pop-rock which wouldn’t be out of place on any indie dancefloor the UK over.
Harmonies belt out from the speakers and guitar solos rock and pop to entice the listener to move and groove, shake your shoulders and wobble those hips. It really is a well compiled song and illustrates the abilty of this band to create listenable guitar music which also manages to simultaneously have a bit of depth to it too.
Enchanting nineteen year old singer songwriter, Cara Mitchell has released yet another beautiful EP with the arrival of “Afraid of the Dark.” This release follows her last EP, “Have You Ever Wondered” and highlights how the young songstress has grown.
Despite her tender years, one gets a sense of an artist who is very much au fait with her sound. There is a self-awareness present on this record that many older, more seasoned artists just do not display. Mitchell’s songwriting is far beyond her years and is a welcome insight into how bright her future promises to be.
The first track released from the EP was the free download of “Suspended Motion,” which is an absolutely beautiful song where Cara’s vocals and ability to write poignant lyrics stand out.
Those pesky musical time travelling scientists, The Helmholtz Resonators are at it again, and this time they’ve built themselves a housekeeping robot to keep the lab at home tidy while they gallivant around the continuum expanding their musical repertoire.
Or at least, that’s what we’d like to think they’re up to—they’re a mysterious bunch, and no mistake. Following up on their summer single, “Sunshine/Shadow,” they’ve returned with a brand new release to keep you warm as the nights get colder, and it’s all about their new companion. The single is “Automaton” and we’ve managed to get an exclusive look at the video (no mean feat considering the implications of time travel on a technology as basic as email).
The Helmholtz Resonators single “Automaton” is released 24th November 2014 via Genepool Records.