#63 Hats off to the true songwriters of the moment.

Which of course would have to go to Beck. Having given us total indie alt anthems like E-Pro & Devils Haircut to the absolutely captivating song Defriended that was performed with a full orchestra, Beck is a man that can write across a whole string of genres and make a few of his own up on the way. With origins in folk we can really hear that pull of this style in Blue Moon without ending up as a Mumford & Sons radio friendly hit. One of those tunes that makes you feel very reflective and leaves you with a sweet aftertaste. Beck is a genius – one of the unsung writing heros of our time.

On a tangent to the current RnB inspired electro pop that’s emerging out of LA at the moment, Silversun Pickups are staying true to form, releasing amplified driven alt. rock tune ‘Cannibal’. Always refreshingly original with their style and bringing something new to the trend table, Silversun are throwing this in the works as part of their singles collection release.

With merely only a name and a bandcamp link to go by, Brooklyn’s Memoranda aren’t going in for the 6 figure YouTube views just yet. For fans of the shoegazer style that have an affinity with the New York state music scene. I hope this is more than a 1EP wonder of a band.

London trio Years And Years have been working the circuit for a few years now, yet (finally!) it’s only now their electro-pop inspired sound is getting heads turning. Having got them on the wish list of artists to see live in 2014 and Kitsune having picked up the latest track ‘Real’, I recommend this whole-heartedly for any fan of the poppy sound of Disclosure or dancier Dan Croll. Join the YaY fan club.

I cannot recommend Pile enough to fans of grunge and math rock. Having picked up the last album ‘dripping’ late last year I’ve spent the months frolicking in it’s grungy minor chord scales and solid vocals. Follow these guys bandcamp to hear it all first. You won’t regret it!

And leaving you with one of my favourite tracks of the last 5 years and certainly one of the most impressive from an emerging artist to the mainstream like Dan Croll. Another extremely talented songwriter of our time, just delving into his potential I reckon with friends such as Jethro Fox as part of the bands line up you’ve got something special here. Going out on tour in March where I will be thoroughly enjoying the set. My preferences to tall dark men with glasses aside…this is an exciting time to be a Dan Croll fan. (PS – 10/10 for originality on the music vid.)

Elise x



#62 January Blues

Momentarily dusted away and spirits lifted with the graceful tropical scale presented. I wish I had the prowess to sit down and describe my music as convivial and alluring as ‘aquawave’. Which is exactly what Misun from Washington DC have done. Appropriately titled ‘Travel With Me’. Totally wanna drop everything and just go driving around California to a tune like this….or the A12. Depending on how real I want to make it.

Also it’s a good time to mention casually how incredible Los Angeles is at the moment with spewing out music. Think of a slowed down Alex Clare tune with the woozy RnB appeal of The Neighbourhood or Sir Sly. This is Jon E. K. and I reckon it’s only a matter of time before the likes of Zane Lowe and like minded conocers are on the case.

The next track is a total space out tune. In the first few bars I already want to know everything about this tune. Etherial is  one way of capturing the incredible imagery this remix of Cork folk act Elephants & Time creates, crafted by a relatively unknown dude called Ruairi from Cork. They say that all the best music has already been made…I think you should prepare yourself for Bantum

I wasn’t surprised at all to hear the following trickle of magic  under the name The Landing was created out of a Brooklyn bedroom. Bringing Spacepop into the musical sphere backed up by lulling falsetto male vocals this will make at least 50% of you swoon.

Been counting down the days till The Great Escape 2014. Brighton town is completely fucked over. To put it bluntly. Music types from across the world descend in mild chaos upon the seaside-ville that cleverly stocks up on enough beer and policeman to keep the punters sweet and the ones who take it too far off the streets every May. Obviously the latter is optional, but it’s like being on a huge uni campus just messing about and everyone having fun for a big weekend. Would be a real shame if this rolling bass, bluesy beat of The Magic Gang is ignored on the line-up. Natives as well! Forget Jagwar Ma and Temples – this is what the 60’s flower revival should sound like.

Y’know it was in last 30 mins I was browsing The Hives site checking out for the next fix of garage rock. Proper lo-fi killer riffs kinda thing. Then I remembered that it’s not just the Swedes that can rock a riff or two of this calibre. Check out Bass Drum Of Death –  luckily not named so due to the dirty bass of their dubstepping beats, but more of a garage rock haven straight out of Mississippi. I don’t know if I’m more impressed with the new tune or the fact I spelt Mississippi right first off typing this…

Tweens are the kind of band that could have played alongside Sex B0-Omb in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and possibly knocked them for 5 in the battle of the bands. Proper scuzz straight outta your mates garage kinda sound with a killer female squeaky pitched vocal that automatically states she is super cool and has at least 3 colours in her hair. If this is the kind of music they’re chucking out after just 18 months or so together we’re in for a ride.

And leaving you the epic cover of The Kinks that Ty Seagall and his trio of POWERSCUZZ Fuzz have concocted of late. This kind of music is fun and I want a setlist including this playing by my gravestone.

Elise x