Fascinating Things : Issue 47

And so here we are again with a pile of new stuff to wander through. It’s been a busy year so far with little time to properly absorb the vast array of excellent new things that have arrived, so in order to catch up here is quick list of recommended things……

  • Tulipomania’s fourth album ‘This Gilded Age’ was released on February 26, 2016 and is pretty damn fine….if you are not sucked in by the moody opener “Hold On” then I fear for your mortal soul dear reader!
  • Previously featured Milton Keynes duo The Rusty G’s have their debut album ‘Low’ out on 9th May. It’s take no prisoners blues-rock with a grunge backbone throughout. Great! They play Gullivers in Manchester on 31st May as part of an eleven date UK tour. White Stripes meets Nirvana…..
  •  Corrina Jane (who I think I featured back in the radio days, unless there’s another Corinna Jane out there) has been getting some national recognition and no surprising given her penchant for catchy pop ditties. This tune is out on February 29th presaging four dates in March, one in the peoples republic of Moulton in sunny Northampton, I wonder if my chum The Great Gibbo will be attending. Anyhow this is a bit of a guilty pleasure one.
  • Mamiffer (the duo of Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner [Sumac, Old Man Gloom]) have shared the second single from their dynamic and compelling new album The World Unseen, due out April 1st on their own SIGE Records. No embed code on this one so you’ll have to jump over there yourself. On this evidence sounds like an interesting album to grab when it arrives.
  • The excellent David “Yorkie” Palmer is back with a new Moongoose album called ‘Missives from the Memory Machine’ and bloody good it is too. Expect the usual stunning aural adventures as rock and electronica mix seemlessly to create a joyous adventure. It knocks the increasingly repetitive Public Service Broadcasting into a cocked hat (whatever one of those is).
  • Shauna from Shameless (and faves Ummagma) sent through news of a new EP from The Veldt. ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur’ is a 5-track set, and the band comprises  identical twins Daniel and Danny Chavis, along with Hayato Nakao. This is their first EP as The Veldt in 20 years,  combining soul, shoegaze, RnB, and alternative rock. They were also previously known as Apollo Heights and are known for their long-term collaborative relationship with Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), who produced several previous releases. To be released on vinyl, CD and digially via UK-based Leonard Skully Records. You’ll be able to get your grubby paws on it on March 18th,
  • The British connoisseurs of guitar driven alternative rock release news of their forthcoming April 2016 UK tour. Joining the Bath (UK) based Scout Killers on their crusade across English cities are support acts Amongst Thieves and The Loose Cut. The 5 piece outfit of Scott Cox (Vox), Julien Morrez (Guitar/vox), Beau Stevens (Guitar), Josh Ellis (Bass) and Chris Phillips (Drums)head out on tour following the release their latest single ‘Rip Me Apart’ out 28th March 2016. Having made loyal fans through extensive touring and their acclaimed 2014 EP – ‘Stand Your Ground’, Scout Killers are fresh out of the recording studio with new material to unleash during this year. Expect huge sonics, atmospheric guitar work and emotive vocals from the band who effectively know how to create anthemic rock tracks. They play Manchester Aatma on 9th April. Might be a bit too epic indie for some but it has a certain something.
  • Previously featured Aussie Hayden Calnin has put out ‘Cut Love Pt. 1’ which  is the first part of his  soon to be released debut album due for release in early March. It’s fascinating left field stuff.  Unfortunately for you the playlist is private so I can’t embed anything but fear not there are some tracks on next week but ones Aural Delights podcast. People who like Sigur Ros will love this stuff.

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  • Chorley’s Taser Puppets are back on March 18th with a four track EP called ‘Fossil’ via German Shepherd. With the flute now firmly embedded in the band’s sound this is a huge step forward for Shaun Ali Bongo and co. Highly recommended and here’s a taster.
  • French artist Fabian Aubry aka At Dawn We Are Kings has a new collection out called ‘Night Swim’  – a slight move on from his earlier releases this is strong material with a rich emotional content. You can grab it on I-Tunes. Fabian tells me he is relocating to Bristol soon, so hopefully there will be some UK dates from this talented chap.

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Aural Delights #19

Broadcast 12th January 2011

The Black Angels – Bad Vibrations – Phosphene Dream

A Great Gibbo recommendation I was blown away by the opening track from the album which is full of menace and has some great shimmering guitar.  There is a great change of pace half way through which morphs into an immense wall of sound.

Trojan Horse – Disciplining the Reserve Army – Trojan Horse

Salford band who make prog-rock music and don’t want to apologise for it! Another fantastic wall of sound affair with enough whimsy in between the serious bits to make it required listening. The rest of the album is just as good and you can get it from Bandcamp. Full review here . My Space link.

Limbs – Julia and Winston – Band Demo

The demise of The Planets has created two Michael Chadwick led outfits, both trios. This one is piano led and tends towards an eccentric type of music hall song-writing complete with Double Bass. Wacky, witty and engaging.

Moscow Radio – Makes No Difference –

Manchester band with a great raw sound. Thanks to Red-Zone music for the demo.

Sakert! – Dansa Fasten – Facit

Vehicle forAnnika Norlin, a songwriter and vocalist who first gained attention of audiophiles for her work in Hello Saferide. Haven’t got a clue what it’s about but it sounds great.

The Kindest of Thieves – Jenna Belle – Siren Songs

They used to be “Para Zali” – Warrington sleaze-blues trio with an immense sound. Webpage.

Corrina Jane – All in My Head – Demo

Bristol based Artist with a fantastic voice and some great tunes.

Pete Lawrie – Fell Into The River – Single

Released on 31st January from his new album “A Little Brighter” which is out in April. Nice country rock mixed with r’n’b.

Limbs – Gameshow Tycoon (What Biscuit) – Demo

Indria – Tum Si Lagi – Different Senses of Love

An interesting blend of traditional Indian Music with dance.

Party Photographers – 21 – Download

Nice garage tune with a full sound – you can download it here.

Skankadelia – E Minor – Demo

Salford band who have recently started rehearsing again after a couple of years off. They sent me their stuff via Salford City Radio’s Unsigned Page and I was rather smitten with their sound. More in future weeks!

Band line-up  – Vocals – Harriet Bryan, Keyboard – Kat Whitmore, Bass – John Aldridge, Guitar – Liam McGary, Guitar – Ross Asspden, Drums – Owen Schofield

Dungen – Vara Snabb – Skit I Alt

Not  mellowing in their old age,   “Skit I Alt” — roughly translates to something rather rude — finds the band relying less and less on the psych-rock fireworks more  a sophisticated, widescreen version of psychedelia, with folk and offbeat jazz playing as big a role as guitar heroics. Reminded me a little of Jaga Jazzist.

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