For a short while it was looking as though Röyksopp may fall into that “band from that car/phone advert” category. One minute you’re revelling in the success of having 30 seconds of your kooky tune played everywhere, the next, you’re playing the daytime slot at a festival, watching the audience grow weary of your set, until you play that song…from that advert…with the balloons. Alas, Röyksopp have staved off post-ad obscurity with a glut of good tunage.
Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste once called LA-based Foreign Born his favourite new band. That’s good right? If Grizzly Bearare good, the music they consume must also be pretty good? Alas, it’s been two long years since Foreign Born’s last album, so the ‘new’ tag surely no longer applies. Plus, band recommendations are always quite an unpredictable element with which to base musical assumptions. So read this instead.
Having been compared to the likes of The Postal Service and Belle & Sebastian (the latter justifiable in that this lots début single, ‘Foxtrot Vandals’ was produced by Stuart Murdoch), Zoey Van Goey have created an altogether intriguing noise for themselves. The Cage Was Unlocked All Along, is their début album, and sees the trio proficient in creating an album spanning realms of both catchy folk-pop, and sombre yet buoyant melodies.
Atari Teenage Riot founding member, and pioneer of digital hardcore, Alec Empire was nice enough to let us listen to a few preview songs from his forthcoming seven-track mini album, Shivers. Shivers is to serve as an aperitif before his next album, which is due out later this year.