Plastiscines – Bitch

Posted by Sophie Stratford | Posted in Album, Electro, Independent Music Finds, Sophie Stratford | Posted on 31-12-2009

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Plastiscines – four female school friends from Paris, who create chunky riffs, and new wave pop tunes. It’s fair to say that when the rock band started out 4 years ago, they weren’t taken seriously by their Parisian peers. Single ‘Bitch’ is a slice of pure, unadulterated aural pleasure, a protest song against people who said Plastiscines were just rich girls put together. Ironic then that the single should have its world premier on the cult, hair pulling, and boyfriend stealing hit American TV series Gossip Girl.

The foursome name the Strokes and Blondie as their biggest influences and their songs are two-minute bursts of sultry punk-pop, like the Runaways with French accents. But while they give it their best shot, the music isn’t interesting enough for your attention, it’s too imitative. Plastiscines may still be nauseatingly young, but these girls are already every bit the Parisian “riot girl” rockers of the naughties.

Released 25th January 2010.

By Sophie Stratford

Toro Y Moi – Causers of This

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Album, Charlie O'Shea, Electro, Independent Music Finds, Other | Posted on 28-12-2009

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Toro Y Moi, a 23 year old from South Carolina, is getting ready to release his debut album Causers of This. There’s already word of a second full length album in late 2010 with a completely different sound. This is Blessa from Causers of This, the first single of the album.


Blessa – Toro Y Moi

It’s been said that he’s of a currently unnamed genre but I don’t think we should get ahead of ourselves about how original this act is. His sound, in my opinion, can be summed up in a number of genres which is the mark of any interesting artist. There’s elements of funk, break/big big beat but I think the defining genre would have to be trip hop. It’s like The Avalanches, Shuggie Otis and Four Tet met and decided to transcend to a higher dimension for a jam.

Released 22nd February 2010.

Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can – Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds | Posted on 24-12-2009

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Laura Marling is set to release her second full length studio album in March 2010. The album, recently given the title ‘I Speak Because I Can’ was produced by Ethan Johns. At one point, this second album was to have a medieval theme to it but Marling later revoked this idea.

‘Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)’ was released 14th December. First played on tour a year ago, the song is just as apt this winter with much of England currently under snow. Laura Marling aired the track on BBC 6 Music in November along with another track Made a Maid which might also be on the upcoming album.


Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)Laura Marling

Mars Argo – Updates

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other, Rock | Posted on 20-12-2009

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_1 / Technology is a Dead Bird is now available as an instrumental version with a minimum price of just $5. Mars Argo and Titanic Sinclair have given you explicit permission to use their songs in your YouTube videos. They only ask that you link to them in the sidebar of the video and it’s non-commercial use only. You can download the instrumental version of Technology is a Dead Bird here.

_2 / Technology is a Dead Bird is to be released on CD and vinyl formats. Mars Argo have said they are “on the way”.

_3 / Mars Argo now have a merchandise store with districtlines. There are two rather dashing T-Shirts on there for sale at the moment.

The Irrepressibles – Mirror Mirror

Posted by Sophie Stratford | Posted in Album, Independent Music Finds, Other, Sophie Stratford | Posted on 17-12-2009

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The flamboyant, fantastical and unfathomable Irrepressibles are set to release their stunning new debut album Mirror Mirror. Led by composer and artist Jamie McDermott, the band are a ten piece performance orchestra that, through the power of their instruments can transport and transfix, break moulds and collide worlds.

The Irrepressibles

Fusing European orchestration with pop melodies and soaring cathartic vocals, Mirror Mirror is a theatrical, playful and emotionally passionate album. From the dramatic opener My Friend Jo to the galloping rhythms of Anvil, from the yearning echoes of Forget The Past through to the intensely intimate In This Shirt, the album is a beautifully constructed exploration of McDermott’s stories of love, anger, lust and loss.

The Irrepressibles sound has been compared to early David Bowie and Kate Bush however Mirror Mirror is quite unlike anything you have heard before. As the album unfolds there is so much more to discover, enchanting musical offerings that hold surprises at every turn.

Released 11th January 2010.

By Sophie Stratford