London-based synthpop band Clock Opera began as a moniker for Guy Connelly, frontman and founder, who was later joined by Dan Armstrong (synths and vocals), Andy West (bass and guitar) and Che Albrighton (drums). Clock Opera are certainly now a full band, a point Connelly seems to have struggled to convey. Guy Connelly and his mates cut and dice random sounds and instrumental segments to create their own personal blend of frenetic, bleep-ridden synth-rock.
Clock Opera - A Piece of String (Julien Plaisir de France Remix)
The band’s debut single, “White Noise”, surfaced just about a year ago and was followed six months later by “A Piece Of String”. This great piece of quirky electronica is a good example of how Clock Opera deconstructs sounds and reassembles micro samples, later adding synths and guitars that crash around Connelly’s warm vocals. It’s experimental and yet accessible, refined and yet utterly honest, it’s 100% Clock Opera.
On the heels of their much talked about summer tour, the band will release their highly anticipated new single “Once and For All” on Kitsuné on 1st November (listen HERE). It will surely further cement their growing reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting new bands to emerge in 2010. The single will be backed by two very special remixes from Little Loud and Clive Tanaka.
For the record, Clock Opera have also received major accolades for their remixes of artists such as Marina & The Diamonds, The Golden Filter, Everything Everything, Au Revoir Simone and The Phenomenal Handclap Band. Judge for yourself…
Everything Everything - MY KZ YR BF (Clock Opera Remix)
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Canadian duo Flowers and Sea Creatures is the newest addition to Buzzin’ Fly’s roster of cutting-edge electronica artists. The UK-based imprint, which is managed by Ben Watt (also behind Strange Feeling Records), recently released the band’s debut: the Test Pressing EP. According to Ben Watt, Graham Baxter (lead vocals) and Kosta Megalos (programming) sound “Like Kraftwerk collaborating with Crosby, Stills and Nash.”
Flowers and Sea Creatures - At Night
Showcasing four tracks (three originals and one remix), Test Pressing EP is a nice introduction to the wistful and almost eerie world of Flowers and Sea Creatures. Baxter’s compelling vocals and stacked harmonies ride over partner Kosta Megalos’s fuzzy autumnal chords. The crisp future-disco beats come courtesy of the EP’s co-producers The Revenge (on “At Night”) and Ewan Pearson (brilliant as ever on “International”). The result, when added to the duo’s own self-produced closing cut “Sonic”, is a gorgeous atmospheric electronic pop debut that leaves you craving for more.
Two years after their third album, Street Gospels, which yielded hits such as “Walls Fall Down” and “Until We Burn In the Sun (The Kids Just Want a Love Song)”, Bedouin Soundclash announce the release of their new album Light The Horizon.
The band, originally from Kingston, Ontario, met while attending Queen’s University and the lineup remained unchanged until January 2009, when drummer Pat Pengelly decided to leave. It took a year for Jay Malinowski (vocals and guitar) and Eon Sinclair (bass) to find a replacement but finally in February 2010 Sekou Lumumba became the new official drummer of the band, starting off by joining them in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympic performances.
Bedouin Soundclash - Shelter
Light The Horizon charts a new course for Bedouin Soundclash, more positive and confident than ever. According to Eon the new album is “a really optimistic and hopeful record. (…) We’re just feeling more self-assured and more confident in doing what it is that we do in Bedouin Soundclash. It’s positive and optimistic and forward-looking.” Here is one of the nicest tracks on the album. It strays away from their expected sound with the progressive percussion and awesome featured vocals of Coeur De Pirate.
Bedouin Soundclash - Brutal Hearts (Ft Coeur de Pirate)
Maximum Balloon is the solo project of TV On The Radio’s David Andrew Sitek. Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and sometimes beat-boxer, Sitek formed TOTR with Tunde Adebimpe in New York in 2001 and the pair were later joined by Kyp Malone, Jaleel Bunton and Gerard Smith. The five-piece got their triumphant breakthrough with their album Dear Science released in 2008 and named Album of the Year by the likes of Rolling Stone and Pitchwork.
Maximum Balloon - Tiger
Sitek is now introducing his solo debut: Maximum Balloon. But this debut is not strictly a solo album since it features songs coauthored with different singers that Sitek calls “his favourite voices in the world”. Those singers include Karen O (front-woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), stylish rap wordsmith Theophilus London, Katrina Ford (from the Baltimore-based band Celebration), New York-based Holly Miranda, legendary Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Swedish electonic act Little Dragon and, of course, TV On The Radio bandmates Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone. The ten songs featured on this album were created while working with TOTR and producing other artists’ albums (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Scarlett Johansson, Liars, The Oh Sees…). They are tunes that are more dancey than what one would expect from an indie rock figure like Sitek. Filtered through a prism of electronic and dance beats, this album is inflenced by the sound of 80s pop music and new wave.
Maximum Balloon - Groove Me (Alex Metric Remix)
If you like this sound, check out Maximum Ballon on MySpace for more tunes and buy the album on
The story of Swedish trio Junip is the story of two childhood friends, José Gonzalez and Elias Araya, who had already known each other and played music together for years when they met Tobias Winterkorn and asked him to join the band, some time around 1999.
Then followed their first 7-inch “Straight Lines” in 2000 and the self-released Black Refuge EP in 2006. Fast forward to 2010: Junip’s first full-length album finally sees the light of day and is released internationally on September 14, ten years after their debut single!
There are many reasons for this unusually lengthy genesis: Araya decided to studied art in Finland and Norway from 2001 to 2005, Winterkorn worked part time as a teacher, while spending his spare time building a studio for his own recordings, and Gonzalez launched a successful solo career, which culminated in the international release of his debut album, Veneer, in 2005.
Junip - Rope and Summit
Junip still periodically met up, schedules permitting, to record new tracks and exchange ideas. They would improvise together, looking for a nice groove or melody, recording what they played and then selecting what they could keep and what had to go. While frustrating at times, this protracted creative process also allowed the artists to mature and get to know each other musically.
Junip - Without you
With their perfectionism and persistence, Junip have crafted songs that are powerful and dynamic and yet subtle and intimate, 11 tracks built around Winterkorn’s analog keyboards, Araya’s hypnotic beats and Gonzalez’s unmistakable voice. These songs combine influences ranging from folk-jazz to psychedelic soul, krautrock and afro-beat. This is an album to savour and immerse yourself into from the first minute to the last.