A Fine Frenzy, Now Is The Start

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This is the first single from Pines, the third studio album by Alison Sudol, AKA A Fine Frenzy. Due to be released on October 9th, this much anticipated album tells the story of a “pining” conifer tree and her chance to live a life that she wants. Sounds a bit strange, I know, but if Sudol’s previous albums are anything to go by, the music will be great nonetheless.
Now is the Start is a beautiful song. It seems that Sudol is experimenting with electronica a bit, as so many artists are doing this days, but thankfully this doesn’t have a detrimental effect on the song.

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Mumford and Sons, I Will Wait

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The wait is FINALLY over! (No pun intended.)
I Will Wait, The first single from Mumford and Sons’ forthcoming album was played for the very first time, mere moments ago, on BBC Radio 1. It was, quite rightly, crowned as tonight’s “Hottest Record in the World”. And what can I say?! It’s everything I could have hoped for and more.
Catchy lyrics? Check. Rasping vocals? Check. Trade-mark Mumford hoedown-worthy instrumental with a banjo? CHECK!
I’m in love with it already. See what you think.

The Vaccines, Teenage Icon

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Teenage Icon is the fantastically punchy new single from The Vaccines; the second from their forthcoming album. Between this and their previous single, No Hope, we start to get a picture of what their new album is going to be like – I don’t know about you, but I rather like what I’ve heard so far!
Have a listen and let me know what you think.

Scouting for Girls, Summertime in the City

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I have a confession to make.
Infact, no, not a confession but a declaration. I know it won’t win me any points for coolness, but I LIKE SCOUTING FOR GIRLS. I don’t care that they’re not the edgiest band out there. I don’t care that their lyrics are cheesy and repetitive – that’s actually part of their appeal.
I love the positivity and energy that these boys ooze. I love the fact that they don’t take themselves too seriously, and that their songs are just so goddamn catchy.
I actually saw Scouting for Girls live at the Manchester Apollo a couple of years ago, and they put on one of the most entertaining performances I’ve ever seen. It was great to see musicians who were clearly just so happy to be doing what they’re doing, and genuinely thrilled that people were enjoying their music. That’s one of the traits that I prize most in musicians; humility. I don’t think I could stand to watch someone very full of themselves and self-important perform.

SO MANY September Album Releases!

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I think it’s fair to say there are an awful lot of highly anticipated albums due for release in September! I’ve already pre-ordered Mumford & Sons‘ second album, which I am insanely excited for. There are also comeback albums from Two Door Cinema Club, The XX and The Vaccines to look forward to. Lucy Rose‘s debut also promises to be great, as does The Killers‘ fourth album.

Two Door Cinema Club, Sleep Alone

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Some long-awaited new material from Two Door Cinema Club! It doesn’t disappoint, either.
Sleep Alone is the first single from TDCC’s forthcoming second album, Beacon. It is a brilliantly catchy single that isn’t too far from their previous stuff, but sounds like a natural, mature progression – by this I mean that it sounds like more production has gone into Sleep Alone, which is what we would normally expect from a band when they reach their second album. However, TDCC haven’t fallen into the trap of making it sound over produced, like so many other artists do!
Beacon, therefore, looks to be a promising album that will both gain TDCC more fans and please existing ones.

Featured Artist: Macatier

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Dan Brown, AKA Macatier, contacted me asking if I could feature his music on my blog. So, I checked it out, liked it, and here we go!

A musician from Surrey, currently based in Bristol, Macatier describes his sound as “upbeat-acoustic”, which certainly seems to fit it well! Comparisons can be drawn between his music and some of Frank Turner’s early stuff;  there’s the same kind of combination of raw lyrics and emotion in the voice, together with great guitar playing and catchy chord sequences.

Below is Back by Midnight, which I would argue is Macatier’s catchiest song.

Also check out his other songs, particularly as Make it Fast and Drinking in LA, on Soundcloud.

The Killers, Runaway

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The Killers are back!
Runaway is the first single from their forthcoming album, Battle Born. It was played for the first time on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show last night, and featured as his Record of the Week. Put simply, this is brilliance. In Runaway, the Killers have lost none of their energy or spirit (if anything, they seem to have built on it). It’s a timeless kind of song that has all the makings of a great athem.

New Music Monday: Jake Bugg, Taste It

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The latest single from Jake Bugg, Taste It, sounds more polished than his previous singles. It is less raw and, dare I say it, more commercial. But this isn’t a bad thing, it’s just different – his sound is maturing. It’s a brilliantly catchy song, and it’s dripping with the old-school 60’s rock and roll vibe that makes Jake so unique. We can also hear other, more contemporary influences – such as Oasis – coming out in this song.

Theme Park, Jamaica

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I’m really liking this song at the moment.
A four-piece band from London, Theme Park have already recieved many a glowing review from bloggers, journalists and others in the music industry. Jamaica is a lovely laid-back back song with a tropical vibe and a catchy melody. It is the second single from their yet-to-be-released debut album, the first single being  the equally fantastic Two Hours. Also check out previous EPs Wax and Milk.