Monday, 20 May 2013

Track of the Day: Denai Moore - Gone

Today's TOTD is courtesy of 19 year old London-based songstress, Denai Moore.

Though this young artist has only been writing music for two years she has a natural, raw quality which makes for compelling listening. On 'Gone' she shows hints of Bon Iver and James Blake, in this luscious piano ballad. Rich, detailed vocals, paired with emotive lyrics and a simple piano melody create three and a half minutes of pure beauty.

Having released an EP called 'Saudade' earlier this year, she is already gaining supporters in high places, earning the praise of contemporaries such as Plan B and Tom Odell; as well as upcoming support for Iron & Wine on their summer tour (see below). At such a young age she's very much one to keep an eye out for in the future, though she's already looking on the verge of big things now.

23rd May - Electric Ballroom, London - supporting Tom Odell
30th May - Opera House, Manchester - supporting Iron & Wine
31st May - The Barbican, London - supporting Iron & Wine
1st June - Cigale, Paris - supporting Iron & Wine
17th August - Green Man Festival, Wales

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Track of the Day: The 1975 - Haunt // Bed

The 1975 have today released the stream of their second single 'Haunt // Bed', from the band's upcoming EP IV, which is coming out through Dirty Hit (Polydoor in the UK) on May 20th.
After slowly building upon the success of their previous EPs Facedown, Sex, and Music For Cars, The 1975 became a household name with the staggering success of their single 'Chocolate' (taken from the latter), which received widespread airplay, topping at number 19 in the UK charts.
On 'Haunt // Bed' the band have taken on a more reserved, lo-fi sound; coupling pop melodies with glistening production. Healy's vocals are hidden deeper within the mix - used like a more conventional instrument - layered behind a wall of electronic harmonies and a spattering of rhymic beats, making this the perfect stripped back pop song. 
With the band’s May UK tour already sold out (including landmark shows at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire and Manchester’s The Ritz) it's looking like 2013 is going to be a huge year for the Manchester four-piece.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Track of the Day: MT WARNING - Forward Miles

It's been a long and sunny bank holiday weekend, and one which has seen me soaking up copious amounts of vitamin D, cider, and MT WARNING.

The Australian outfit have very little presence online as of yet, however, their one online imprint, their music, more than makes up for it. 'Forward Miles' is a fuzzy and atmospheric, gorgeously building through its verse before exploding to life in its driving chorus. Having been chosen this week as Zane Lowe's 'Next Hype' track, we can expect to hear plenty more from this song and this band. I for one can't wait.

'I'm gonna live in a postcard,I'm gonna live in the sky.'