Sunday, 26 February 2012

INDIAN REBOUND















Mad times ahead for New York trio, Indian Rebound, who have just finished recording new material with the assistance of Ted Young. It was a couple of years ago that the band first got in touch and it's brilliant to see their progression, they've got a big future ahead of them, this is 'The Wooden Ones'.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

AZURE BLUE













You can't beat listening to a song which has such an instant effect on you, I fell for Azure Blue's 'Dreamy Eyes' immediately. Soaring guitars, packed with synth and heart-wrenching lyrics, have a listen and enchant yourself.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
I'm at home in Stockholm listening to Kraftwerk. Yesterday I bought a new analog synth, so I'm looking forward to trying it out a bit. I'm working on new material.

Could you give a brief history Azure Blue?
Azure Blue is my third musical project in ten years. It was born in the summer two years ago after I had moved from Gothenburg to Stockholm. At first I thought I was writing for a third album for my second band Irene, but as I got deeper into the project I realized that this had to be a new thing. I was all into drum machines and smooth synths and lyrically this is the most mature thing I've done.

Who did you grow up listening to?
This could be a long list, but my very first 7" single was Paul McCartney's "No More Lonely Nights". I really loved Limahl's "Never Ending Story", A-ha's "Take On Me" and the soundtrack for Dirty Dancing. Hehe. I was a bit of a young nerd in the 80's knowing the name of all the hits like Vanessa Paradis's "Joe Le Taxi" and George Harrison's "Set On You". Then I had an era of hard rock and grunge for a few years before I discovered The Smiths and all the britpop in the 90's. I had a pretty peculiar period at 20 when I claimed that listening to any song not performed by Scott Walker was a waste of three minutes. Haha. Then came the alternative country scene and the classics. During my years as an artist for Labrador records it was a lot of pop of course. I still have a pop snob in me, but I have a very eclectic taste so if it's a great track guilty pleasures by Meat Loaf are as welcome as Frank Ocean or some UK bass like Rustie.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written
I wrote a song last week that hasn't got a title yet. I don't like the label "synth pop", I prefer "pop", "electro pop" or "dream pop", but it's pop with synths. I normally write all the lyrics at once but this one was sad at first, then it got angry, and now I think it's going to have to be sad again.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
I thought it was pretty awkward when I wrote two very sad songs for my best friend when we had problems in our friendship. This was for my first band Laurel Music. We were a quite emotional semi-acoustic pop trio.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
In the car! It sounds awesome. I love the beats, we really got them the way I wanted them.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
Right now I'm into new pop like swedes FANNY, Noonie Bao, Dante etc, dance music like Kuedo, Rustie and Star Slinger and new ambient stuff with nice synths, such as Space Dimension Controller, Dylan Ettinger and Oneothrix Point Never. At the very moment I'm listening a lot to the minimal beauty of Kraftwerk's first three albums. I've listened to so much music in my days, but there are still huge treasures left to discover at certain points when it all makes sense and clicks. I've never really given Kraftwerk the time they deserve before but now I'm ready for them. To be honest most of my life is built up around new music. I work as a promoter and agent and I book a lot of much bigger bands than my own project. I really love a lot of new stuff and working with new talents.

Where would you love to tour?
I've toured a lot in Europe already with my bands, but I would really love to go to The USA, South America, Asia and Australia too.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
The tour is going right now on weekend basis, we're doing our first Stockholm show since the album came out next Friday in a 900 capacity venue, that will be great, then we have a whole schedule in the making, we've just been in Spain and we're going on more tours in Europe this spring. We're even going over to Russia in April. That will be a thrill. Then I'll keep on writing, recording, promoting club nights, DJ'ing and working. I often joke and call myself The Hardest Working Man In Pop. To the kids out there: There are no shortcuts... Work hard but follow your hearts! XX // Tobias



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Monday, 20 February 2012

JORDAN KLASSEN






















Canadian Jordan Klassen constantly delights, with his emotive story-telling, filled with colour. There's something Dodo-esque about his music, using the same rich, depth of sounds and over-indulging his audience with a plethora of instrumental layers, he really spoils us. The lyrics are touching and the melodies equally charming.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
I live in Abbotsford, BC. It's about an hour east of Vancouver. Right now I'm working on promotional stuff for the two releases I'm putting out this year, a cross-Canada tour, and hashing out a live show that my band and I are really proud of. And also I've been perfecting a delicious chicken fajita casserole.

Could you give a brief history of your life as an artist?
My life as an artist began at the meagre age of 5, tracing pictures out of Encyclopedias. From there I took the natural progression toward playing trombone in high school band, which I despised so much that I cut a deal with my folks that if I could quit, I'd take up the guitar. It turned out that I liked it a lot, and I formed a three-piece band called 'Sub Rosa'. We played rock and roll to our friends in Abbotsford. We broke up when I was 21 and I began to write and record under my real name.

Who did you grow up listening to?
I grew up listening to a lot of Enya (and never really stopped, actually). I also remember listening to ABBA, Sarah McLachlan, and some christian pop bands like DCtalk and Newsboys. I moved on to a cock rock phase where I hung on every note that any band with guttural vocals and power chords played. Then, like so many others, I listened to Radiohead and everything changed.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.
I guess the most recent song I've written that I've actually completed would be 'Threads', which is on the new EP. It's kind of a 'everything is going to be ok' type of song, but approached at least musically from a place that is kind of dark, where there is a lot of tension, where it doesn't feel like everything's going to be ok. I'm pretty proud of it, I think it captured what I wanted to do pretty accurately.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
I once wrote a song with Sub Rosa about my friend John David going to a petting zoo and getting rabies from kissing a tortoise. We recorded it.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
I think early in the morning is a pretty good time. You're making coffee and opening the blinds and somewhat introspective and hopeful.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
I've been listening to a lot of my friends music. 41st and Home, Ma Petite, Teen Daze. I am also fairly late on the train and have been devouring The National's 'High Violet'. Oh and I also bought this record from a guy called Ben Howard who's from the UK and I basically play it non-stop.

Where would you love to tour?
I would love to tour in Europe. It's becoming a pattern that I go there on a backpacking trip once every few years, so to actually be able to play music every night as opposed to just aimlessly galavanting around would be so much fun, I imagine.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
Spring tour! And an LP in the fall! And another tour! Non-stop stuff! I would also like to start writing haiku.




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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

BEAT CULTURE


This has saved my day.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

BOH

'No One's Gonna Love You' by Band of Horses from HANKfilm on Vimeo.

This song is infinitely perfect.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

IFAN DAFYDD



Thursday, 2 February 2012

CRAFT SPELLS

CRAFT SPELLS - YOUR TOMB from aaron beckum on Vimeo.

It's not new, but been listening to a lot of Craft Spells today.