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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“It’s that time again! I’ve a ROTW from Gulp, regular listener Rhys will be happy! This week’s #shellshock from Superfood—it’s a gas…I swear!

Wednesdays 10-12pm on Bolton FM on 96.5fm, online at www.boltonfm.com or via our free iphone / android app too!” —SZ

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UK Artist of the Week: Alburn

PETER LARSSON FOR TVD | Scottish alt-rockers Alburn have started to make a name for themselves on the bustling Scottish music scene with some fine live performances and impressive support slots. Songs such as the title track from their sophomore EP, “Mouthful Of Glass” really showcase an abrasive, in your face sound and endearing rawness reminiscent of the US underground of the late ’90s early noughties.

Their EP, “Mouthful Of Glass” is out now via Spilt Lies Records and the band has been compared to the likes of Texas Is The Reason and The Appleseed Cast which, in our book, is no bad thing!

Alburn exhibit an ability to write technically impressive songs but with the added bonus of addictive hooks and memorable choruses which mark the band out as ones to watch in the future. We will certainly be looking forward to a full length offering from them in the not to distant future.

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UK Vinyl Video: Blair Jollands, “Carve It Up”

After the release of free track “My Way Home,” Blair Jollands’ single “Carve It Up” evokes an old-skool rock melody with a modern twist.

In this video, the London dwelling New Zealander is seen wandering through many different landscapes with his guitar. It’s apt considering Blair’s melodies and lyrics conjure the essence of an ever wandering soul. Blair creates warm soundscapes reflecting his own life and travels.

Blair is also an accomplished composer for film and has worked on several soundtracks including Pride and Bleak House. His love of sound is ever-present throughout his tracks as each whistle, strum, and beat resonate with precision.

Having played this year’s Great Escape and the Camden Crawl, Mr. Jollands’ forthcoming album, set for release this October, is much-anticipated. Blair is a welcomed breath of fresh air to the modern folk rock scene.

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The Best of
Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“On this week’s show my ROTW is Monomania by Deerhunter after I purchased it at Frankie & The Heartstrings Pop Records shop in Sunderland recently. I’ll be playing three lovely numbers from the album on the show and going a bit ‘far out!’

I’ll also have my #shellshock to share with you! If you haven’t heard Shopping yet, then you need this band in your life!

There will be the usual accompaniment of new and emerging music as I spin some of the best new Alt releases. Love music? Don’t miss it.” —SZ

ORIGINALLY BROADCAST ON JUNE 12, 2014

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The Single Girl: Chromatone,
“Play For Me”

Chromatone is back with a fresh new look and a fresh new sound with his latest single “Play For Me.” The single is a real change of direction for the young singer, it’s sharper and edgier with that signature Chromatone flair.

The breakdowns and melodies hark back to a soulful pop sound with Chromatone’s silky vocals floating over each layer of instrumentation. There’s a bit of a “jam” like feel to this, which replaces much of the digitised, clinical vibe that most pop songs have these days.

Despite this new sound for Chromatone, he’s competing in a fast paced, razor-sharp pop market. He’s clearly a talented artist older beyond his years, but with big players like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake constantly pushing the boundaries of pop, similarly hand picking elements of the old-skool, Chromatone may have to fine tune a little harder to keep up with the rest.

However, “Play For Me” is still a catchy pop tune that showcases this young artist’s talents. He has an exciting road ahead and it still feels as though his sound is ever-changing with each step Chromatone takes.

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UK Artist of the Week, The Retrospectives

Sheffield three-piece The Retrospectives draw upon influences from the ’60s and mid ’90s Britpop as they present their latest single “Insane.”

Although “Insane” is a departure from their usual high-octane indie rock, it shows a different side to the band—a more introspective side. Having gained fans up north playing shows with the likes of The Buzzcocks and featuring as one of BBC Introducing Sheffield’s top ten tracks of the year, it feels as though The Retrospectives momentum is really starting to pick up.

They’re one of many bands up north leading the way for the return of proper old-skool indie rock, and with “Insane” presenting a different side of the band, we can’t wait to hear more.

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UK Vinyl Video: The/Das,
“Miami Waters”

Taken from their debut album Freezer, The/Das’ latest video for single “Miami Waters” is visually fun and sonically ferocious—they’re one of the most exciting electro bands to emerge from Berlin in the last few years and it’s not hard to hear why.

The video paints the band in a different light that we’ve been used seeing them in. Moving away from that dark electro image they’ve built around themselves, the video for “Miami Waters” is an ode to one of Anton Feist’s ancestors, the late Friedrich Feist.

Friedrich was a sailor and “wanderlust vagabond” as described by the band, and “Miami Waters” sees Anton dressed in a sailor outfit, clapping along to the track against a beautiful deserted shoreline.

“Miami Waters” is released on August 25th with the album, Freezer, out now on Berlin label Sinnbus.

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The Single Girl: Fjørds, “Sulwyn”

Fjørds are the most recent newcomers on the Welsh music scene, rising from the green, lush hills of Wales as they present their latest single “Sulwyn.”

The track takes the best dark ’80s electro indie pop as the band fuse influences ranging from Japan to Joy Division and with the recent surge of the ’90s throwback sound—this is a welcomed change. This is the band’s fourth independent release and an exciting time for them as they’ve begun to gain interest with taste makers like BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq.

The darker ’80s sound felt throughout paired with the vocals has a Numan-esque feel. However, Fjørds don’t isolate their audience, the catchy chorus will have you singing along by the end and definitely clicking repeat.

“Sulwyn” is a genuinely interesting single amongst the nonsense on the scene at the moment and one of Wales’ most promising acts—watch out for these guys.

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TVD Video Premiere: Turning Plates,
“Wild Roots”

Turning Plates have kindly given us an exclusive sneak peak at their latest offering, “Wild Roots,” taken from their debut album The Shouting Cave due for release on 22nd September 2014.

“Wild Roots” highlights the band’s tender side as they pour emotion into a short, instrumental piece reminiscent of Sigur Ros, God Speed You! Black Emperor, and Album Leaf.

You can exclusively watch the “Wild Roots” video and download the track free below.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“I’ll be back in the hot seat fresh from all my travels with a list of stories and some great new music for you!

I’ve a ROTW from Honeyblood who are at the fore of the Scottish new music charge at present—as well as a #shellshock from Kelela who I didn’t manage to catch in Sweden due to queuing issues at Way Out West. Grr!” —SZ

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