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(TGTF Exclusive!) Album Stream: Quatre Épines EP

 
By on Monday, 30th November 2015 at 11:00 am
 

I was introduced to Winchester / Paris singer/songwriter Josh Savage at a Sofar Sounds Manchester show in April 2014. I was totally wowed by his performance and I still stand by my then pronouncement that he’ll be the next Ben Howard. I’m really pleased that this Monday after Thanksgiving, we are able to give you a TGTF exclusive first album stream of his upcoming new EP ‘Quatre Épines’, which will be self-released next Monday, the 7th of December. This will be Josh Savage’s third self-released extended player, and to celebrate the release, he’ll be having his biggest hometown show at Winchester Guildhall on the 11th of December.

But you might be wondering what effect his Paris upbringing might have on the new EP, yes? For those of you who are new to Josh’s music, some really interesting – and important – facts about him are that he is bilingual and sometimes writes and sings in French, and ‘Le Petit Prince’ was his favorite book when growing up in France, and the book served as the main inspiration for this new release. This new collection of four songs brilliantly emphasises his unique talent in writing beautiful songs in French, taking full advantage of what is arguably the most romantic language in the world and creating some truly rich-sounding, gorgeous tracks perfect to have in your ears this holiday season. Have a listen to the full EP below exclusively here on TGTF below, and if you like what you hear, you can preorder the EP from his Bandcamp.

 

(TGTF Exclusive!) MP3 of the Day #845: Prides

 
By on Friday, 18th July 2014 at 10:00 am
 

Glaswegian synth poppers Prides have something very special for us this Friday morning. The trio have chosen to put their own spin on the Cyndi Lauper ’80s tearjerker classic ‘Time After Time’, deciding to take a stripped back route. Listen to the free download exclusively here on TGTF below and if you like it, you can take it home with you too.

 

(TGTF Exclusive!) MP3 of the Day #821: Glass Caves

 
By on Thursday, 17th April 2014 at 10:00 am
 

So you’re telling me you want 1) charismatic vocals, 2) mesmerising synths and 3) equally mesmerising guitars, all in one song? Glass Caves must just be the one for you today. There’s not a whole lot of information on the band’s Web site – I don’t even know where they’re from – but on the strength of this song they’re giving away for free, ‘Out of Control’, I am intrigued enough to post it here on TGTF. Listen to and grab it for your very own below.

Oh, and if epic hair is your thing, this band has the very high likelihood of knocking Temples off their pedestal. Just saying.

 

TGTF Exclusive Live Gig Video: The Crookes perform new single ‘Dance in Colour’ at London Scala – 21st May 2013

 
By on Thursday, 30th May 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Header photo by Lennon Gregory

Every year I’ve been a music writer, I’ve always had that one band rise above the rest and completely capture my imagination to become ‘the band’ for me that year. I know, it’s only May, but for 2013, there will be no contest. I’ve followed the career of the Crookes from Sheffield ever since Steve Lamacq decided to give a CDR of their single ‘Backstreet Lovers’ a first play on his In New Music We Trust Radio 1 programme back in 2009.

Last year at the Great Escape 2012, I got the opportunity to finally see them gig (a huge deal to an American girl who’d otherwise only known of them the previous 3 years through recordings), and then meet and interview them, which was an amazing experience as a music editor but was truly one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve ever done as a writer. It’s so hard not to be nervous around people whose work you respect, but like the professionals they are, they put me at ease straight away. Somehow I knew we were always going to be friends. In an industry full of fakes and fake people, the Crookes are refreshingly genuine.

I’ve gotten to know them, reviewed their albums and singles and watched them grow as songwriters and musicians. Like many other bands I’ve come to know as friends, I see so much promise in what they’re doing and how hard they’re working to achieve this dream of making it, I really wish the best for them. So when the opportunity came for me to see them play their biggest show yet in London at the Scala on Tuesday 21 May to celebrate their record label Fierce Panda’s 19th birthday, I jumped at the chance to go. It meant I had to rearrange my holiday in Britain to accommodate the show; my stay in Liverpool for Sound City at the start of my holiday had be curtailed, but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. Seeing your friends playing one of the biggest gigs of their lives – having the time of their lives doing what they love, I might add – is priceless.

There’s much more exclusive content from the Scala show that we will be sharing in the days to come, but I’ve been sitting on my hands the last couple of days, eager to show you readers of TGTF what we’ve got up our sleeves. So I made the decision to release today the video of the Crookes playing ‘Dance in Colour’, one of two singles they’ve released on Fierce Panda this week. The performance itself is pretty unique; as Crookes fans will readily point out, singer George Waite usually plays bass but for this song, he and guitarist Tom Dakin exchange instruments, and guitarist Daniel Hopewell takes on lead guitar once the track truly gets going, playing one of the most memorable guitar hooks in recent memory. And who’s playing the piano? Why, Wardie from their friends Hey Sholay.

Last month, the band released a mini-film set to the single, starring Sir Ben Kingsley’s song Ferdinand Kingsley. I reviewed it glowingly as a major step forward in the band’s songwriting. George prefaces the song’s performance with “I want everyone to contemplate very, very hard during this song”, which provides clear indication to all that this is one not to be taken lightly. It is for sure one of the most beautiful things to be released this year; there is something so emotional in the last line, “why are you always running, love?” that gets me every single time. I feel it so deeply. I know what the song means to me, and I’m sure it means different things to different people, but I’ll always remember this gorgeous moment in time. I think it goes without saying but…enjoy.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to-vI0UOvgE[/youtube]

 
 
 

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