Stereophonics – Keep Calm and Carry On

Posted by Sophie Stratford | Posted in Album, Independent Music Finds, Rock, Sophie Stratford | Posted on 28-10-2009

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KeepcalmandcarryonStereophonics are set to release their new album Keep Calm and Carry On, which was written by lead vocalist Kelly Jones. With 11 top 5 singles, 21 top 20’s and five consecutive No. 1 albums Stereophonics have stood the test of time to become one of Britain’s biggest bands.

The title of the album Keep Calm and Carry On, is a message taken from a World War II propaganda poster, and its 12 gems of intelligent, sharply crafted, melodic storytelling, have taken the band in some surprising and extremely enjoyable new directions.

It’s the punchy hooks, dynamic percussion and the voice of Kelly Jones which have put the band on the map, and their new album takes this agitated, upbeat vibe to a new level. The record is full of grunge-infused Summer tracks that are a welcomed vibe. Keep Calm and Carry On takes Stereophonics to new depths, they have introduced new synth to the old sounds of rock and roll and have come out with an album full of passion and individualism.

Released 16th November 2009.

By Sophie Stratford

The Flaming Lips – Embryonic

Posted by Sophie Stratford | Posted in Album, Independent Music Finds, Rock, Sophie Stratford | Posted on 19-10-2009

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The Flaming Lips’ strange and compelling journey has entered a new stage with the unveiling of their anticipated new double album Embryonic. The album is the latest in a selection of classic collections from the Grammy winning and Brit nominated Oklahoma band.

The album features eighteen new songs, the sound is immediately recognisable as the Flaming Lips but once more push the boundaries of sound into unchartered new territory. Embryonic also highlights a number of special guest appearances including; The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O provides additional singing, screaming and noises on a few tracks whilst MGMT contribute additional playing and singing to track Worm Mountain.

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Released 12th October 2009.

By Sophie Stratford

Israel Darling – Dinosaur Bones & Mechanical Hands

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 16-10-2009

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Israel Darling’s self-produced debut album ‘Dinosaur Bones & Mechanical Hands’ is to be released this Autumn. Originally of North Carolina, Jacob Darden is the real creative input to the band. He grew up as a devout Baptist but lost his faith upon leaving hospital at the age of 19 after an unfortunate series of events. “I don’t think there’s anything after this so I’ve been trying to do better for myself, living for now and making the most of today.”

‘Dinosaur Bones & Mechanical Sounds’ has a traditional indie acoustic rock sound. The tracks are subtly catchy and a lot of the lyrics refer to religious practice from a wiser, rational, outside perspective. Below is Samson The Mason, the first single to come from this debut album.


Samson The Mason – Israel Darling

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Eigenharp

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Electro, Other Finds | Posted on 13-10-2009

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The developers, tried to make the “most expressive” instrument and they may well have succeeded. Created by Eigenlabs, this is quite possibly the future of electronic instruments. The Eighenharp is to come in two varieties, the Alpha and a miniature version called the Pico. Bear in mind that this isn’t a true instrument in the sense that a clarinet or a guitar are but rather an elaborate input device to an infinite range of VST instruments. You’ll need an amplifier to get a sound.

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The instrument is based around a variety of types of sensors. The main neck of the Alpha features 120 individual keys sensitive to the width of a bacteria. These can then be moved once pressed to offer a pitch change and filter. There are two sensitive strips along the sides of the instrument for slides as well as 12 keys intended primarily for percussion to be played in a slap base style with the right hand. There is also a breath pipe which can be used to add more expression.

The Pico is a far simpler affair resembling a melodica with only 18 playing keys, one strip and the breath pipe. However, it is under a tenth of the price of the Alpha at £345 and I think it’ll become the most popular for this reason alone. The Alpha is going to set you back £3,950.

Eight years in development, the Eigenharp is about to come to fruition. Eigenlabs are currently taking orders and dispatches start on the 9th of November.

I can see this replacing the keyboard in live music.
What do you think?

Richard Hawley – Truelove’s Gutter

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other | Posted on 11-10-2009

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Richard Hawley’s sixth studio album ‘Truelove’s Gutter’ was released on the 21st of September. The ex-Pulp guitarist has said that the album was inspired by particularly dark periods of his life and this does show; but Truelove’s Gutter still retains an ethereal aura with some congruous chord progressions, unusual instrumentation and simply sublime vocals. The album is only an eight track affair but it’s by no means short and sharp, it’s a winding melancholic voyage to other side of dawn.


For Your Lover Give Some Time – Richard Hawley