Thunderous drums, Kate Bush high drama, reverberating bass. ‘Vampires’ is a sky-scrapping sit-up-and-take-notice epic pop song from a four-piece band called Letters To Fiesta who are Anna-Louisa Etherington (Vox/synth), Tom Brydon (guitar), Andy Fletcher (bass) and Daniel Houghton (drums). They are from Manchester. Tom and Anna have been playing together for a few years and Andy and Daniel joined six months ago. They “bonded over the love of noisy synth and pedals, making a lot of noise, and probably Tom’s chickpea curry.”
‘Vampires’ is the band’s second single and it’ll be out in July. The next release called Tears Apart, a title suggestive of the drama it will likely contain will be coming in October. Two more tracks below…
Loud City Song, the new album from Julia Holter comes out on Domino on August 16th. The followup to Ekstasis, will be Holter’s first studio album and the songs actually pre-date her 2011 debut Tragedy. Holter took inspiration from “Collette’s 1944 novella Gigi and using it as a prism through which to explore her relationship with her hometown of Los Angeles and modern life universally, taking cues from the work of Joni Mitchell and the poetry of Frank O’Hara but forging those touch-points into something resolutely unique.” ‘Word’ is the first track on the album, an spacious orchestral track. Holter gave a talk at RBMA a few weeks back.
My first experience of Little Green Cars was of a ragged but talented bunch of musicians participating in a naff battle of the bands competition for teens in 2008. Back then, the lack of focus was obvious, as was the talent. More…→
Stage times for next weekend’s Forbidden Fruit festival on the grounds of IMMA in Dublin City in both image and text form below. Next Friday night, there’ll be a Nialler9 Forbidden Fruit Opening party with Gramme, Ships and a TR One Disco set. On Saturday night I’ll be DJing at the Subject afterparty in Twisted Pepper with DJ Kormac, Green Velvet and more. Stay tuned for an announcement about a special Nialler9-curated on-site Forbidden Fruit tent shortly too… More…→
This week’s new music roundup contains tracks from the last three weeks due to by recent NYC trip. A roundup of 21 new music tracks, most not previously featured here that have been getting the new music veins pumping of late. The Best New Music Weekly playlist will be posted every Wednesday.
This week’s playlist includes new tracks from Koreless, Thundercat, Kate Boy, Terriers, Frank B, Jacques Greene, Wampire, Tieranniesaur, Joe Goddard, Harriet Brown, Ghosts, Creep and more.
I don’t think I’ve ever went to post a song before and thought to myself “this song should be number one EVERYWHERE” before but that’s how I feel about Daithí’s new single ‘Chameleon Life’ and it feels like the kind of song that could well do just that. The song’s irresistibly sunshine feel and Raye’s beautiful vocals set it into that kind of pop sphere. Add some Calvin Harris-esque synth euphoria and suddenly, the boy with the fiddle and electronics is starting to look like an electronic pop mastermind capable of a crossover hit. There’s an album forthcoming on Sony Music so expect more where this came from. For now though, let’s make this the Irish summer hit of the year? We should be proud of what we produce here and this is as good as anything you’ll hear coming in from abroad. The single is out in the first week in June.
Jacques Greene’s productions most common trait is an enveloping warmth he injects between the arrangements through his use of carefully chosen synths and percussion. When paired up with Tom Krell How To Dress Well’s falsetto, both works wonders with ‘On Your Side’. This won’t be the last time you’ll hit play on this track.
‘On Your Side’ is on the EP of the same name. Pre-order it on iTunes and get the track as a download or get it via Bleep.
Darragh Nolan’s Sacred Animals remix for House Of Wolves turns the once, some Youth Lagoon
Los Angeles’ Rey Villalobos’ Fold In The Wind is a fine collection of brittle songs I wrote about on Nialler9 in August 2011. ‘Ageless’ featured on that record, and as one of the highlights, Darragh Nolan has remixed it into more of Youth Lagoon/Perfume Genius style ballad with the former’s widescreen vision and the latter’s intimate emotion. Nolan has done some other awesome things lately with Young Wonder (who had a new video today on Stereogum) and Last Days Of 1984.