Oxford indie outfit Spring Offensive are no stranger to Amazing Radio. We’ve been shouting about their particular blend of emotionally charged and effecting indie-pop for some time now. We even invited them over for a live session, that’s how much we love them.
They make a staggering return with their new track, Not Drowning But Waving – a five and half minute epic with impassioned lyrics and a powerful climax. The track creeps and builds with subtle instrumentation and stunning four part harmonies before clattering to its finale of jarring guitars, howls of feedback and smashing drums. We think this might be their best offering yet.
It is accompanied by a deliciously bleak video, directed by the band’s own Matt Cooper. The video plots a narrative following the eb and flow of the track and is played out with stunning imagery. Check it out below.
This week the band embark on a huge (seriously, huge) European tour to promote the track. Check out the full dates over at their website. The track is available digitally now and will be available on limited edition vinyl when the tour kicks off.
This track from Kitsune‘s Swedish twins, Saint Lou Lou, has mesmerised us from the moment we first heard it. Today they unveil the stunningly beautiful music video to accompany it. The artistic black and white shots collide perfectly with the floating and atmospheric sounds of Maybe You. Director Philippe Tempelman has captured the dark undercurrent that flows throughout the ghostly track and transferred it to film in a wonderful fashion.
We also invented a game that you can play with the video. Load the video up and let it buffer fully. Then just click anywhere along the time line for an incredible piece of art. We recommend 1 minute, 36 seconds in.
Maybe it’s because we were lost in a sea of terrible chillwave tracks but whilst making the rounds of our usual music discovery sites, we stumbled across Kandle and were immediately stopped in our tracks. Something about it struck us. The scraping ball and chain sample, the dark manner in which it lurches onwards and the obvious delta-blues influence all completely took us by surprise.
Musically it’s ominous, threatening and a little uncomfortable but Kandle Osbourne’s soothing and smooth drawl hangs above it all making for an incredibly interesting piece of music.
It sits outside of the usual hype-tracks and buzz-bands and feels like a breath of fresh air because of it. It’s authentic, organic and rustic.
From the creative minds of producer Ash Gardner (Mumford and Sons, Noah & the Whale, Ash), Adam Betts (Three Trapped Tigers) and Hugo Shepherd, emerges this slice of dreamy, haphazard pop.
Fishes and Wasps, the two tracks we’ve been introduced to, are wonderfully sweet. They’re sugar coated, dipped in honey and instantly charming. It’s all tinged with nostalgia; there are a ton of analogue synths present and it’s all served up on a cassette this October. Oh, and Wasps comes with a retro, Japanese VHS-inspired video too.
The collaborative effort also extends beyond the music with Emperor Yes hosting a month-long exhibition showcasing works by graffitti artists and selling a bunch of limited edition screen prints.
Fishes // Wasps is out on Tape Club Records on October 8th. Watch out for more from the band at their amazingtunes.com profile.
One of the biggest breakthrough acts of 2012, Haim, have announced their very first UK tour. Kicking off at Constellations festival on the 10th November, the tour will take in Glasgow, Manchester, London, Nottingham and Bristol. They will also perform at the iTunes festival in September in support of Ellie Goulding.
Having delivered us the magnificent Forever EP earlier this year, the three-piece are back in the studio putting the final touches on a new single. HOT. DAMN. This makes us excited.
We caught the band live at The Great Escape back in May and believe us when we tell you that you NEED to go see Haim at one of the following dates:
26th September – The Roundhouse, London (iTunes Festival w/ Ellie Goulding)
10th November – Constellations Festival, Leeds
11th November – Stereo, Glasgow
13th November – Deaf Institute, Manchester
14th November – KCLSU, London
16th November – Bodega, Nottingham
17th November – The Cooler, Bristol
When we start writing about a band or artist, we make a list of adjectives that describe their music whilst listening through their tracks. Here’s the list we made during the first listen of Embers‘ new track, TunnelVision:
This is a glorious mess of noise. A behemoth of an indie track. Imagine the loudest, darkest corner of post-rock, remove all of the subtlety and double the recklessness. This isn’t about changing dynamic or teasing you with quiet interludes, it’s about creating the most ambitious, noise fueled, earth-shattering sound possible. It’s about blowing you away.
Consider us completely blown away.
Tunnel Vision and Sins Unknown are available physically and digitally on the 24th September.Check out more from the band at their amazingtunes.com profile.