Monday, 30 April 2012

STERILE CUCKOO























For anyone who knows what SPSS is (I feel so sorry for you if that combination of letters arouses the same fucking horror that it does for me), then you'll know it's utter shit. Before overdosing on coffee and anguish, going mental and throwing myself off my chair, I decided to listen to some recent stuff sent to me and thankfully I only did one of those things in the end. I have Thomas Minischetti to thank, who goes by the pseudonym, Sterile Cuckoo. I must admit, I'd never heard of the book/film, The Sterile Cuckoo, before, but I googled it and unfortunately Liza Minnelli's face came up, which almost made me throw myself off my chair anyway. That aside, Sterile Cuckoo produces some gorgeous music and transported me to a world where SPSS doesn't exist and all that remains is dreamy pop, with delicate, intricate detail, that is just lovely. And he samples David Attenborough...badass.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
Just now I am in my bedroom, covered with blankets, being a bit tired, and waiting to get new ideas for some music in my dreams.

Could you give a brief Sterile Cuckoo history?
The Sterile Cuckoo project is already maybe seven years old. I used to play in a band, and already had this nick name there. However step by step I prefered more doing it by myself instead of playing with a group. I wanted to make my own sound, express my own feelings, my own idea of music. Well, guess that was the real beginning of my solo works.

Who did you grow up listening to?
I am a child of the 80ies, so I listened to what many people like me were listening to. However I was always fascinated of electronic music. I loved New Order and Kate Bush for example...but also the Cure.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've worked on.
To be honest, currently I am working on some , let's call it "Pop Song". I always thought it is easy to make popular music...more easier than making some experimental tracks. However it's kind of difficult. Very heavy labour.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
My intention is never to make songs about love. But in the end so often it became a love song....but isn't love the strangest thing ever I could make a song about?

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
Listen my music while you're dreaming.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
I so re-listen to Washed Out these days...no one else can give you a better feeling of Nostalgia than this guy.
Also World's End Girlfriend, Slow Magic, Youth Lagoon and Kashiwa Daisuke are rotating in my mind.


Where would you love to tour?
Japan would be great.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
Becoming more professional, finally releasing an album that makes people feel comfortable.


Friday, 27 April 2012

IFAN DAFYDD / LIANNE LA HAVAS



PURE BATHING CULTURE


Pure Bathing Culture are set to release their new e.p on, 22nd May and their heavenly sounds are highly anticipated. Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille are also part of one of my favorite bands, Vetiver and so it's really intriguing to see what other directions Pure Bathing Culture can go in. Stunning tracks from the Portland duo.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
We're in Portland, OR and we're working on writing and demo-ing new music.

Could you give a brief Pure Bathing Culture history?
The project evolved really organically for us. We began to collaborate on songs in 2009 while we were still living in Brooklyn, NY. We played our early demos for Richard Swift and he encouraged us to take the project more seriously and invited us to record with him in Oregon. Along with various other circumstances, that led us towards a full-on move to the West Coast in 2011. We played our first show in January 2012.

Who did you grow up listening to?
Sarah- A lot of jazz and R&B and pop-country from the 50's and 60's.
Daniel- A lot of pop and motown music from the 60's and a lot of contemporary 80's and 90's music.


Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've worked on.
We're working on finishing 2 or 3 new songs right now. We've been feeling pretty turned on by embracing the limitations of our live context, which is a pretty stripped down presentation. It's been leading us to write things that are a little bit more minimalistic. The lyrics to one of our most recent songs deal with a person's dissatisfaction with not being where they want to be and how that can lead to inner negativity and how if you're not careful, it will ruin you.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
This is an interesting question because we're often labeled as being the perfect music for a sunny day at the beach. We're happy that people are enjoying our music, but sometimes it's funny to us because the subjects of the songs we write are more often than not, a little bit strange and dark. All of the lyrics on our EP deal with death, love, obsession, judgement, integrity and transformation. Maybe the strangest song we've written so far is the last song on our EP, 'Gainesville' which is about the death of a close friend who died in a motorcycle accident in Peru.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
Anywhere, anytime, really. We really hope our music would be something interesting for people to listen to beyond just being some type of ambient, background party music.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
The Blue Nile, Annie Lennox, Prefab Sprout, Durutti Column, Fleetwood Mac.

Where would you love to tour?
We'd love to tour anywhere people were interested in hearing us play live.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
We're thrilled to be working on a music video for 'Ivory Coast' with Sean Pecknold which should be finished early this summer. Our EP will be released in May and we'll be playing live shows in support of it.

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Monday, 23 April 2012

BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD


Sunday, 22 April 2012

FUTURES APART


Friday, 20 April 2012

BLUE BOATS




















Blue Boats has released a lovely, neat little e.p, that I'm sure will be played relentlessly in the approaching summer months. Bedrooms are shaping up to be the epicenter of musical creativity these days, and Olly Gale serves up a delightful slice of his own bedroom pop, that is reminiscent of the same summer nostalgia, that Wild Nothing produces. Subtle vocals float over the soaring instrumentals and create something beautifully understated and warm.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
I am in Bournemouth working on university work for a final deadline and slightly on some new music.

Could you give a brief Blue Boats history?
Blue Boats really started in July 2011 when several bands I was in fell apart and I decided to concentrate on writing by my self. Then after a long period of tweaks my first bunch of tracks were ready to be uploaded late October. The tracks received a small amount of positive feed back which I was really pleased about. My voice then got damaged which slowed any new tracks for months. Then I finished "Summers Down" and "Sun Burns" which by the next day started receiving good feedback which has carried on so I am shocked and very happy!

Who did you grow up listening to?
Thinking back I remember The Beatles, Oingo Boingo, Joe Jackson and Squeeze being played the most in our car tape player.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've worked on.
"Summers Down" Is about coming back home for summer and wanting to see old friends but the chance is often missed and your trip home is not made the most of.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
Good question but I think you have made me realise my lyrical subjects are a bit tame. Maybe I should spice them up.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
Maybe in the background to any positive sunny situation but on the other hand by yourself in privacy.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
Recently I have come back to that amazing Unknown Mortal Orchestra EP with "How Can U Luv Me" on. Summer Heart, Vondelpark, Sun Glitters, Slow Magic, Mice Parade and Made In Heights have also been in heavy rotation.

Where would you love to tour?
Definitely Scandinavia and europe. I have being wanting to go to Scandinavia for a while now.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
Once I finish my first year at university I am concentrating on Blue Boats. Getting rehearsals so we can have our first show hopefully in June. Along side that writing new music of course.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

YOUNG WONDER






















I'm really excited about Young Wonder; the Cork duo, seem to have exploded onto the blogosphere and are climbing up the Hype Machine chart faster than you can say 'BLOGOSPHERE ISN'T A WORD'. Their debut e.p was released 14/4/12 and I thought it was appropriate to find out who was making such tasty tunes. They're gonna be BIG.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
Right now I am sitting in my college apartment with my hot water bottle working on lyrics to the next young wonder track!

Could you give a brief Young Wonder history?
We've been creating music for just a few months now. Brendan of Feel Good Lost decided it was a good idea to introduce me and Ian to eachother, and magic happened! Not in that way.... haha.

Who did you grow up listening to?
Personally I grew up listening to ABBA and 90's pop.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've worked on.
Not so long I wrote a song called 'to you' which is really very emotional and really gets to me when i sing it. Love it though!

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
Probably flesh, just listen to the lyrics and make up your own mind!

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen
to your music in?

A really sunny day when you're getting ready to go out!

What other artists are you into at the moment?
I'm crazy about sbtrkt, cults, james blake, purity ring and youth lagoon.

Where would you love to tour?
The states!

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
To play our first show in cork on may 10th and hopefully play loads of
shows during the summer!


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WILLIS EARL BEAL



Willis Earl Beal made his UK tv debut last night, which is worth a watch, pretty interesting performance. Personally I enjoyed Buchanan more, hauntingly beautiful

GOLD PANDA




New track, made in about 10 minutes...I can't do anything in 10 minutes.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

FOUR TET















I've sold my soul to Zuckerberg and got a facebook page for this here blog, so if you've ever liked what you've heard, give it a 'like' and you can totally see when stuff is updated, whilst ON facebook..wow. What's happened to me?

http://www.facebook.com/Justbeaperson

Now, let's pretend everything's normal...HERE'S A REALLY GOOD FOUR TET MIX, I LIKE IT.

BEACH HOUSE


Next release from upcoming album 'Bloom'.

Monday, 16 April 2012

CHARLES HAMMOND JR.


WORK DRUGS






















Right I'll get this quip out my system, Work Drugs are addictive...I'm here all week, cheers. Benjamin Louisiana and Thomas Crystal (coolest names) bring us 'smooth-fi', the latest hybrid of foggy, mellow fun. There's an abundance of sea references that wash throughout their music and create a whimsical vibe that transcends this era.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
Right now, i write this on my new ipad - scouting locations for our next video, somewhere between THE Salton Sea and Joshua Tree -

Could you give a brief Work Drugs history?
Work Drugs have been playing music for years, in countless dusty beachside bars and rat trap hideways along the Jersey Shore - but started recording properly in 2010, soon there after, we were asked to go on a tour of North America with Two Door Cinema Club in April 2011 - which was fun! - since then we've played a variety of bigger venue shows and released songs and videos, when we feel we have new stuff to share.

Who did you grow up listening to?
Whatever was on those old maxell mix tapes we kept on the boat, usually an eclectic mix artists such as Sam Cooke, The Shirelles, to Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, plus a million things in between.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.
I just finished writing a song that is about personal loss, and ultimately redemption.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
In general we ask a lot of questions in our music, which road should be taken? What do we do when we get there? Its hard to say which song is strange - in terms of subject matter, i'll leave that to the audience.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
Dusk, sub tropical climate, cold drink, good vibes

What other artists are you into at the moment?
We are really enjoying the Darcys - Aja cover album they did, speaking of cover albums - bird and the bee did a great hall and oates cover album a couple years back that is also incred.

Where would you love to tour?
We'd love to do a European Tour - all points.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
We are working on finishing the new album , which should be out by late summer, and we are prepping for a one off show at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, April 28th.

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Have a listen to this cover of JUSTBEAPERSON pal, Summer Heart.



Saturday, 14 April 2012

GIRAFFAGE ft XXYYXX


What a treat.

JESSIE WARE




New track, dropped yesterday, this gurl is the future!

Friday, 13 April 2012

YUCK




New track for your listening pleasure.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

SUMMER HEART






















Straight up slickness coming your way from Swedish musician, David Alexander, aka Summer Heart. Dreamy, mellow vibes, that sound so ethereal, the music feels like it could float over you, it's that light. Really great spring/summer listening, gorgeous synth and vocals.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
At the moment I am hanging out in Sweden. Waiting for summer to arrive. I guess that is also what I am working on! Other than that I am reading a lot of books at the moment. It’s very inspiring to read actually.

Could you give a brief Summer Heart history?
Yeah. I started making some tunes back in 2009, just for fun. The project became official about one year ago, with my first release “Please Stay EP”. Since then I have released a bunch of tracks. I’ve received amazing feedback so far, which makes me very happy! My whole catalogue is available for free here: SOUNDCLOUD and if you feel like investing in my music you can do so on my BANDCAMP! Thanks.

Who did you grow up listening to?
Oh. Lots of different stuff! My dad is a musician so I have been listening to his music, and music he likes, a lot. The Beatles, Crosby, Still & Nash, James Taylor and lots of others. Then I guess I developed my own taste. I like a lot of different music. One of my favourite bands is The Raveonettes. I never get tired of them. Especially their first album “Whip It On”. Amazing album. Get it! Nowadays I mostly listen to my friends’ bands. Nice to follow their development and everything!

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.
I write way too many songs! But the most recent one is a guitar tune. I don’t really know what to say about it. You never know what happens with a tune once you start recording it. It can easily turn into a house track with no trace of guitar. The lyrics are as usual very interpretable, which I want them to be. I want people to make up their own meanings and stories around my songs. The whole listening experience and everything around the songs becomes more personal for each listener that way.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
Eh. Once I wrote a song about a wolf that got rejected from wolf society because his eyes sat too close to each other! Haha. Don’t ask me why. Luckily no one ever heard that song!

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
That’s a hard one. I guess anywhere you usually listen to music. Preferably in headphones...

What other artists are you into at the moment?
Mostly my friends bands actually. Sameblod, Death in the Afternoon, Work Drugs and lots of others! Oh. I went to see and hang out with my amazing booking agency mates Brothertiger and Teen Daze yesterday. Such great artists and people! Very into them at the moment!

Where would you love to tour?
I would love to tour the US! That is where most of my listeners live so I guess it would be amazing. So to all you US booking agencies you there, get in touch! Heh. Japan would be really cool as well.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
I am releasing a brand new album on 25th of April. It’s called “About A Feeling”(Nomethod Records). Can’t wait to get it out there! Everyone can pre-order a physical copy HERE
I am also doing a small European tour starting on the 18th of April.
Then I’ll have a calm summer. A couple of festival gigs in Europe. Then I’ll mostly be hanging out with friends at the beach and drinking coffee in the park. Probably writing a couple of songs as well.


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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

WHITE DENIM



Whatta sexy song.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

TV GIRL


Friday, 6 April 2012

TEEN DAZE



Wednesday, 4 April 2012

KANKOURAN




















Now call me pretentious, it's fine I've got a blog for christs sake, but sometimes songs come along that seem to perfectly embody a certain youthful spirit. Kankouran released 'Rivers' all the way back in the murky depths of January, but this is a perfect summer anthem, full of raging hormones, angst and soaring melodies. Check them out, in session, down there somewhere.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
We're all in the UK (Liverpool) at the moment working on the new Kankouran material. We've been rehearsing and writing new material. We have a lot of new songs, just trying to make sure we're 100% happy with everything we show to people.

Could you give a brief Kankouran history?
Kankouran started around December last year, we we're incredibly lucky to get sync with Skins for two songs which Tarek had written. We've seen that as a great platform for which we're super grateful to get more material out to the public. Since December, what can I say? We've been working hard, we all play in a few other bands and produce/engineer too, so we're going at our own pace and enjoying things as much as possible.

Who did you grow up listening to?
We all have different tastes, but to name a collective few, Frank Zappa, Dr John, Bob Marley, Chet Baker, Bruce Springsteen, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarret, At The Drive-In, Cursive, Small Brown Bike, ABBA, Bee Gees...

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.
One of our most recent songs is about a daughter and her struggle to separate, escape from a life she doesn't want to lead anymore, a life her mother brought her into. She tries to leave her past behind and to start again.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
Heaven.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
Headphones, anywhere. We love to create soundscapes and atmospheric nuances that are easy to miss on speakers/laptops

What other artists are you into at the moment?
Connan Mockasin, Wavves, Ty Segal, 40 Winks, Black Lips, Arcade Fire, M Ward, Girls, Magic Kids, Maps & Atlases.
As well as amazing friends of ours Jethro Fox, Dan Croll, Mikhael Paskalev, and Jonas Alaska and many more...


Where would you love to tour?
Africa. It would be cool to start in Morocco and drive all the way down the west coast, through the Sahara, past Senegal, Gambia, and further into Guinea-Bissau and so forth, all the way down. Obviously we'd miss the whole east coast sadly, but we would do that side the next time round.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
Lots to come. Music. Tours. Videos. Inbetween stuff. We're trying to take our time and go at our own pace and enjoy the ride.

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