Category Archives: TVD UK

UK Vinyl Video:
The Cadbury Sisters, “Milk”

The Cadbury Sisters have come out of no where with their sensuous, folk sounds that draw upon more modern influences like London Grammar and Laura Marling. The sisters are related to the great chocolate maker, founder of the Cadburys empire, William Cadbury, and are preparing for the release of their latest EP “Close” out via Fear of Fiction on 16th June 2014.

The video for “Milk” is as organic and honest as the song, which begins on a Fleet Foxes-esque wave of harmonies before breaking down into simple, delicate vocals as we see the sisters sing to us sweetly against a forest backdrop. A little girl runs through the woods eventually meeting what seems to be her future self as the music brings us to a climactic end.

“Milk” is one of the most exciting folk songs to emerge in a while as The Cadbury Sisters have given the genre a modern edge, elevating them above the rest. The EP is just the beginning for the girls—it’s safe to say we’ll be hearing a lot more from the sisters in the near future.

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UK Artist of the Week: Douga

Manchester based band Douga have risen from experimental, sonic explorers to a band who have gained some great support amongst fans and press alike. With their latest free track “Kids of Tomorrow,” the band channel a psychedelic vibe that feels like Kurt Vile tripping at a summer festival—glorious stuff.

Their album The Silent Well is their debut, out on Do Make Merge Records on May 19th. Fans of Dry The River and Yo La Tengo will be pleased with their honest, lo-fi sound that marks just the beginning for a band destined for a long and fruitful career.

Douga are a band for musicians and real music lovers. They’re no “flash in the pan” indie act with their debut feeling like a solid statement going forward. We look forward to hearing more from these guys.

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UK Vinyl Video,
Hundreds, “Circus”

Hundreds’ eagerly anticipated album Aftermath will be released in May. The Milner siblings’ – Eva and Philip – advance single “Circus” will be released on April 21st, but you can catch the video now on YouTube.

The video has a dark, filmic feel as the pair pull up to a house in the middle of a wintery forest. As they set up their instruments, the music begins to play and Eva’s delectable voice slips smoothly over the music.

This is perhaps the most “upbeat” track on the album, a departure from the more introspective elements on Aftermath. The album will be released via Berlin label Sinnbus on May 26th.

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UK Artist of the
Week: Penguins Kill Polar Bears

Penguins Kill Polar Bears are heralding in a new wave of post rock.

The Scottish boys have just released their debut album Building Homes From Broken Bones and the sound is one that’s mature beyond their young years, full of sweeping ambient melancholy and passion.

Their last EP “Sapling” was released in 2011 and it’s been a while since Penguins Kill Polar Bears have been on the scene, however, with a slight line-up change and a more honed approach to their music, this debut album feels like just the start of what could be a long and meaningful journey.

“Lungs” and “Scarce” were recently released as free downloads, a little sonic treat for anyone who’s interested in fiery Scottish post-rock. Penguins Kill Polar Bears are ones not to be overlooked!

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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.

“On this weeks show my ROTW is Salad Days by Mac De Marco. I’ll be playing three incredible songs from the album!

I’ll also have my #shellshock to share with you! This weeks bouncy and bubbly number is courtesy of The Jezabels. It’s soooooo good to have them back!

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

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Needle Drop: SOHN, “Artiface”

SOHN has just released details of his latest album Tremors (out on 4AD, April 7th) and what better time to share one of his best tracks, “Artiface.”

The video is a graceful backdrop to the track as we see people running through a rainy street scene. The pin point perfect vocals are hypnotic as the track creates a mood of unease and melancholy, something that’s reflected in the video as we scroll through this increasingly dramatic scene.

“Artiface” will feature on the debut album and if this track is anything to go by, it’ll be one of the most exciting releases this year.

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The Single Girl:
Mano’s Daughter,
“Smart” EP

Electro pop duos have been ten a penny in recent years and only the strong have survived. Mano’s Daughter, however, have emerged as a duo that create something deeper and more intelligent than their flash-in-the-pan peers.

With their debut EP, “Smart,” Sarah Carter and Matthias Garrick have created a strong statement of intent with a sound that is mature beyond their years.

In five short tracks, you’re pulled into Mano’s Daughter’s dreamy, sensual world and by the time you’re done, the echoes of that memory will last for days. Stand out tracks “The Machine” and “Tailored” are intelligent pop tracks that channel the soulful vocals of Jesse Ware and smart electro pop of Chvrches. Carter’s vocals are the powerful back bone of each track on the EP as she teases with a casual, easy whisper and simultaneously sucker punches as she soars – her vocal range is impressive to say the least.

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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.

“On this week’s show my ROTW is Atlas by Real Estate. I’ll be playing three gorgeous songs from the album on the show!

I’ll also have my #shellshock to share with you! This week’s bouncy and bubbly number is courtesy of Michael A Grammar and I defy you to listen to it and not be left in a good mood!

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

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UK Artist of the Week: Universal Thee

Universal Thee are bringing back ’90s indie rock with their recently released debut album Back To Earth. Their sound channels a vibe somewhere between the Pixies and Camera Obscura with catchy hooks and sweet vocals that won’t fail to make you smile.

Their recently released free track “Bear In The Hospital” is a perfect example of this ’90s inspired sound but it’s “Million Voices” that showcase an introspective underbelly.

They’re a band that have real promise to develop into a real class act and their debut effort feels like just the start of their musical journey.

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A Badge Of Friendship, The Podcast: Episode 2

A Badge of Friendship, the UK’s premier PR and event management company—and TVD’s friends Claire Lim and Paul McCallum—have just released episode 2 of their monthly podcast. The podcast features random, silly chat from ABoF’s Claire, Paul, and Ed whilst they work from their office in London. 

Episode 2 reveals Claire’s bizarre love for the film Bicentennial Man (!) and her hatred of twee indie flicks and the trio debate which is creepier—answering the door topless or wearing a t-shirt and nothing else!

There’s music of course, the podcast also features bands from ABoF’s roster including: Shambles In A Husk, Deathbells, Scary People, Universal Thee, Penguins Kill Polar Bears, The Birthday Suit, and FUCK ART, LET’S DANCE!

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