The Frequency

Posted by Sophie Stratford | Posted in Electro, Independent Music Finds, Other, Rock, Sophie Stratford | Posted on 30-03-2010


The Frequency are an independent rock band from Los Angeles, CA, they are relatively unknown psychedelic techno pop. Marc Cazorla and Alex Stiff are the core songwriting and recording duo behind the music and use an array of analogue and vintage instruments in creating sounds that have been described by NME as “stripped back music strengthened by simplicity as much as beauty”.

Track Love Is One is a soft techno rock anthem. The Frequency’s music is totally unique to anything you’ve heard before. Inspired by music from Pink Floyd, Can, and Spiritualized, their live show adds another level of intensity to the music.  Their show has been described as an audio/visual feast for your senses.

By Sophie Stratford

I Speak Because I Can – Laura Marling

Posted by Sophie Stratford | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Independent Music Finds, Sophie Stratford | Posted on 19-03-2010


I Speak Because I Can is 20-year old Laura Marling’s coming of age album, its ten songs are imbued with a new richness, ripeness and sophistication. It is also a record marked by its quintessential Englishness. For all of its American instrumentation, and its shades of Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, these songs are no pale Americana interpretation; they are tales deeply rooted in England.

Producer Ethan Johns was an excellent choice as his use of reels, quiet and traditional methods of production are very suited to Laura Marling’s music. This new record reveals a new maturity and at points her voice sounds a little harder and more cultured.

Released 22nd March.

By Sophie Stratford

Wolfmother – White Feather

Posted by Sophie Stratford | Posted in Independent Music Finds, Rock, Sophie Stratford | Posted on 14-03-2010


Wolfmother are back and definitely on form. Single ‘White Feather’ is the band’s latest anthem and one of the highlights from latest album Cosmic Egg. With its bluesy lead licks, AC/DC-esque thump and stadium sized chorus, expect it to be sung with a force.

The song combines stylishly shimmying vocal hooks and screechy guitars; hitching and awkwardly-shaped riffs; with lead vocalist Andrew James Stockdale’s impossibly cool, indie-rock drawl.

Out now.

By Sophie Stratford

New Young Pony Club – The Optimist

Posted by Sophie Stratford | Posted in Album, Electro, Independent Music Finds, Rock, Sophie Stratford | Posted on 10-03-2010


The Optimist finds New Young Pony Club at their poppiest with this melodic sexy record. The album is self produced and more importantly self funded and self released, it is the sound of a band taking full control of their present and future. Opening with incredibly catchy Lost A Girl, it provides an excellent anticipation for the rest of the album. It combines cutting disco vibes, dance ethic with pop ethic, all set in a dark, mysterious tone. Stone and The Architect Of Love are stripped back, post punk indebted break-up records that heighten to an explosion of synth. NYPC are definitely on top.

Released 15th March.

By Sophie Stratford

Children and Corpse Playing in the Street – Come Home (Music Video)

Posted by Indie Music Finds | Posted in Acoustic, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other, Rock | Posted on 03-03-2010


Music video to ‘Come Home’ from Children and Corpse Playing in the Street’s debut album ‘Honey I’m Home!’. Directed and animated by David Mahler.