From the highest points of Reading and Leeds, the looming framework of the festival stages are finally starting to take shape. Campsites are being prepped and gallons of overpriced warm, stale beer are being rolled into grotty bars. First aiders and poor downtrodden volunteers are armed with their plasters, scissors and water in preparation for drunken stupidity and the inevitable taping of a young male to a telephone pole. If you’ve ever been to Reading or Leeds, you know that the prodigious atmospheric buzz is enough to elastically spring you back into coming year after year. Here’s who were most excited to see this year…
The Magic Gang’s debut self-titled EP was no secret. With a dance-like and summery tone, the Brighton band have returned with the new single, All This Way. Continue reading “The Magic Gang – “All This Way””
Joining the dots TOY have finally gotten around to providing a follow up to 2013’s record with their 10 track, acid-pop montage Clear Shot. Continue reading “TOY Announce New Album ‘Clear Shot’”
Never has a festival felt more like a microcosm of brilliant music and serene settings – Green Man Festival, based in the valleys amidst the mountains of the beautiful Brecon Beacons, is like a secret garden of passageways and mazes of trees between each stage, that invites you to get lost in the warm atmosphere. Before we make the long trip to this angelic neverland, we can only wish for sunshine, and invite you to read our favourites for the weekend. Alongside the likes of James Blake, Belle & Sebastian and Wild Beasts, the array of woodland stages this year host a line up like nothing else, with some of the best acts of the past years gracing Wales with their wonders.
Since the wonderful 2014 release of Shades Of Intolerance, Oh Peas! have been stringing us along with an array of releases, and Rosie Smith has been across the country playing alternative sad-pop songs to many an excited crowd. With odd-but-brilliantly-witty lyrics, layers of rosy punk guitars and plenty of wacky ideas, Oh Peas! will put on a captivating show on the Rising Stage.
Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon is no stranger to Green Man Festival, nor to Wales at all, but her intriguing sound, distinctive vocals, and the wonders of this year’s Crab LP, all make for a brilliant show. With joyful pop songs filled with intertwines of trashy guitars and sticky rhythms, Cate Le Bon’s diverse back catalogue is played with a glittering energy that can’t be matched.
Hot on the back of the release of his new EP Big Fugitive Life, Ezra Furman is known for his intense and brilliant live performance, that will surely be lifted further with his latest music. With self asserted rock’n’roll-pop songs galore, and hints of garage rock in between, Ezra Furman & The Boyfriend’s compelling nature will put on a show that shouldn’t be missed.
The cool and lingering vocals of Brian Christinzio will this year drift across the Walled Garden, and on the back of his 2015 psych pop gem How To Die In the North, BC Camplight merges fun songwriting with eccentric melodies and a hint of neo-psych.
Following her rise in fame following the beauty and wonder of her 2015 album Have You In My Wilderness, filled from beginning to end with haunting lyrics, complex orchestral arrangements, and cool vocals, Julia Holter returns to Green Man after playing in 2013. Her eerie-yet-compelling sound, is sure to silence crowds and make for an incredible performance on the Sunday afternoon.
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Just a year following Perpetual Motion People, an album of playful rock n roll and charming energy, Ezra Furman proves that he doesn’t stop for long – between a dazzling Glastonbury set and a full UK tour, he will release new 6-track EP Big Fugitive Life on August 19. This EP, consisting of four tracks intended for inclusion on Perpetual Motion People, and two for Furman’s 2012 debut The Year of No Returning, suggests that Furman is teetering at the end of an era – on the brink of something entirely new – with this release. Continue reading “Ezra Furman Shares ‘Big Fugitive Life’ EP”
In the cacophony of online music; SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, the endless links and playlists, some voices hit a chord that after one listen can’t be forgotten. Chicago rapper/poet Noname (AKA Fatimah Warner) is one such voice- her gorgeous, heartfelt, tongue-twisting verse in Chance The Rapper’s ‘Lost‘ comes lurching out of the track like a pop up picture book, demanding to be paid attention to. Three years and several guest features later, finally comes her debut full length effort in the form of mixtape Telefone. Continue reading “Connect with the Raw Emotion of Noname’s Masterful Debut ‘Telefone’”
The recent trend of Simpsonwave managed to blend the nostalgic undertones of vaporwave music with the heart and melancholy of classic episodes of the longest running animated sitcom, resulting in what can only be described as one of the weirdest musical moments of 2016 so far. Continue reading “Premiere: Eric Sings Shares Simpsons-Themed Video for ‘Glitch’”
After the success of their debut album, Annabel Dream Reader, in August 2014, The Wytches have announced new album, All Your Happy Life, to be released 30th September 2016, and hence have dropped the single C-Side. Continue reading “The Wytches Share New Single “C-side””
New UK trio Sewage Farm play heavily on contrast in their brand new track Ariel, a breezy two-minute gem with a darker undertow of garage scuzz. There’s something of The Magic Gang’s ‘Jasmine’ in its loved up singalong chorus, guitarist/vocalist Sam Forrest proclaiming, “Ariel, Ariel call my name, Can you tell Ariel we’re just the same?” in a message as old as time- fancying a girl. Shot in Germany, the video sees Ariel’s driving indie pop superimposed over black and white footage of bleak high rise flats, the band eating ice cream and picking flowers in the shadow of an imposing tower block. Continue reading “Premiere: Sewage Farm Share “Ariel” Video”
A gloriously summery piece indie-pop track, Don’t Hold Anything Back is a bit of a kaleidoscopic record. Just when you think you’ve sussed where the track is heading it surprises you. It’s an instant indie-hit, just made for the radio or teens to dance to in the mud at a festival. Continue reading “Communions – “Don’t Hold Anything Back””