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Album Review: exlovers – Moth

 
By on Thursday, 19th July 2012 at 3:30 pm
 

‘Moth’ is the latest album by London band exlovers, and it’s packed with 10 guitar-based tracks. The album starts nicely with two singles, ‘Starlight, Starlight’ and ‘This Love Will Lead You On’, both romantic and sweet. They are very catchy, featuring sing-along choruses. They also set the tone of the album, gently reminding you that summer is really here. ‘Emily’ is a long (5 minute) track but you probably will not realise the time has passed when listening to the track. The guitar on this track goes so well with the vocals, so much as if hand in glove. The track changes from being heavy on vocals at the beginning to plain instrumental in the end.

The next track ‘Just A Silhouette’ is light and refreshing, especially when contrasted with the preceding track. The guitar intro is quite jingle-like and the whole song alternates between bursts of vocals and instrumental. It is a short and light song, very suitable for brisk, short strolls in the shade during summertime. ‘Unlovable’ is another long track, featuring a duet from Pete and Laurel of the band, their voices harmonising. It’s slow-paced and has quite a waltz-like beat, making it ideal for summertime garden dancing. Ballrooms are overrated!

I find myself agreeing to parts of the lyrics to ‘You Forget So Easily’ (“I know that you forget so easily/ I know the future doesn’t favour me”) and ‘The Ruins’ ( “I know that all I did was disappoint you/ yeah I know that all I did was disappoint you” and most of exlovers’ lyrics do sing out the stories of many. Coming in between the two, ‘You’re So Quiet’, is by no means quiet but instead rather ardent, with he drums fast and guitars strummed loudly. Finally, bonus track ‘Moth-eaten Memories’ ends the album with a lot of powerful guitar playing.

As a whole, ‘Moth’ is very guitar-centred and sounds a bit low-fi at times. It also seems to be clouded by a tiny sense of dreaminess thanks to their music being soft rock and also to the weather. All the songs sounds good to the ears, and so are the lyrics. The album is very easy tolisten to, but there is a lack of highlights in here, so ‘Moth’ isn’t memorable.

6.5/10

‘Moth’, the new album from exlovers, is out now on Young and Lost Club. Watch the band-directed video for ‘Emily’ below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5C-MjqtzgY[/youtube]

 

Single Review: exlovers – This Love Will Lead You On

 
By on Friday, 11th May 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Summer has pretty much had its foot completely in the door where I am, and it seems the perfect time to blast up some low-fi guitar tunes on a beach under the scorching sun. Here, exlovers’ new single, ‘This Love Will Lead You On’, combines low-fi guitar strumming with blush-inducing boy-girl harmonies.

The track starts very directly with no delay and dives straight into the core. The whole song evolves in a natural way as the lyrics’ narrative does the same, too. Its chorus is haunting and it floats around my brain for days, it also has a melody great for humming. Other than that, the uplifting line that is both the track’s title and chorus “this love will lead you on” just discharges the negativity in me completely.

It’s a pleasant track and also extremely radio-friendly. I believe given certain spins from various stations, this single shall be quite successful. With such a strong lead single, exlovers’ upcoming debut album is surely something to look out for.

‘This Love Will Lead You On’, the first single from exlovers’ debut album ‘Moth’, is available now.

7.5/10

 

Preview: Chazzstock

 
By on Friday, 4th May 2012 at 9:00 am
 

Chazzstock is a brand new festival with a great cause behind it. As a non-profit festival which is organised in memory of Charles (Chazz) Haddon, the frontman of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, hence the festival’s name. All of the festival’s profits will go to a charity, The Prince’s Trust. It is also his family and friends’ effort to put together a festival of Charles’ own, as it was his dream to put on something like this

Chazzstock will take place at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Sunday the 10th of June 2012. A special thing about the festival is that there will be big acts such as the Vaccines, the Horrors (pictured at top) and Tribes (who were great friends with Charles) sharing the stage with more local and relatively unknown bands. Chazzstock Festival also aims to promote some up-and-coming talents. It is a shame that the festival had to shorten its length from a 2-day event to a 1-day one, but I’m sure the amendment won’t minimise the festival’s awesomeness.

Besides the three big names, other great bands on the line-up include like I Dream in Colour, Safari and more. The festival is also open to young folks, with an age limit of only 14+. Tickets are £25 each and can be purchased here. For more information, please visit Chazzstock’s official site.

After the cut: the current line-up as of 4 May (according to the red banner on the top of the page).
Continue reading Preview: Chazzstock

 

Single Review: Zulu Winter – Silver Tongue

 
By on Thursday, 19th April 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Following their success from their previous single ‘We Should Be Swimming’, Zulu Winter are to release new single ‘Silver Tongue’ on the 14th of May (same day as their debut album release, entitled ‘Language’). Upon my first listen, ‘Silver Tongue’ seemed really clouded by the ‘We Should Be Swimming’ shadow, with the meaty drums intro before progressing into a blooming, gripping jam. But as I give the track more time, I find ‘Silver Tongue’ more complex than its predecessor, acquiring more depth too. The single is backed with B-Side ‘Young Lovers’.

‘Silver Tongue’ sticks in your head with the speed of light (to me, I can pretty much say the same about the other Zulu Winter tracks I’ve heard). I am chanting along the lines of the chorus “’cause you are, silver tongue you are…” while writing this review. It has all the qualities to be a summer hit, and the upcoming summer we shall see it flourish in charts and radio. With two promising singles under the belt, Zulu Winter’s debut album should be something worth the buzz and anticipation.

8/10

‘Silver Tongue’ and Zulu Winter’s debut album ‘Language’ will both be released on 14th May via Play It Again Sam Recordings. Mary filmed their performance of the song at SXSW this year; watch it below. Purists can listen to a stream of the song below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGfB8H2WOTM[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Blood Orange – Forget It

 
By on Monday, 5th March 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

The moment I clicked on the ‘play’ button of the ‘Forget It’ music video from Blood Orange, the word low-fi sprang up in my mind instantly. Not only the sound of the song seems low-fi, but of course, the VHS-filmed music video adds to the thinking.

‘Forget It’ is bouncy and features melodic guitar riffs here and there. Towards the end of the song, some distorted guitar joins and fades. The beats shuffle in the background and the lightness of the song reminds me greatly of summer, which I reckon we all miss. Content-wise, ‘Forget It’ serves quite well as a remedy for fights or even break-ups.

The music video caught my attention because it was filmed entirely on VHS. It takes on the vibe of ‘A Day with Dev Hynes’, as director Alan Del Rio Ortiz (who was also the director for the previous Blood Orange video ‘Sutphin Boulevard’) follows Dev from getting out of bed, dressing up…until the sun sets. It resembles a family video on tape and has a very homemade, sweet feeling to it; no wonder it was released as a Valentine’s Day treat.

6.5/10

‘Forget It’, which opens Blood Orange’s album ‘Coastal Grooves’ (released last summer on Domino), will be released as his next single on the 12th of March on Domino.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvbOWR-Zvdg[/youtube]

 

In the Post #84: Sound of Guns – Sometimes

 
By on Monday, 20th February 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

‘Sometimes’ is the latest music video from Liverpool’s Sound of Guns. The video has a very defined storyline, featuring some acts of violence and more action scenes. This was the first time of my encountering and listening to Sound of Guns, and to be honest, I wasn’t overly impressed by the song. My ears recognised the style as ‘generic guitar music’ and just left it there. In short: it isn’t gripping. It feels like this genre has been explored far too many times before and that you could easily pinpoint many a band blindfolded and find them playing music sharing the same style.

Though having said so, I can see why fans will adore this song, it features the classic rock n’ roll drum patterns and also somewhat coarse (again, rather commonplace rock ‘n’ roll) vocals. It might be the cup of tea of some but certainly not mine.

The video is definitely for fans of action movies. The music fits the video very well and it feels like watching a movie trailer more than a music video, which is a good thing, because I think the video-and-song combination is much better than the track itself.

‘Sometimes’ is taken from the band’s upcoming album ‘Angles And Enemies’, out on 5th March via Distiller Records.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhdbr8K-c0Y[/youtube]

 
 
 

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