Four years after their sophomore album Beacon, Northern Ireland’s favourite indie pop trio Two Door Cinema Club are back with a brand new single: “Are We Ready?”. Taken from the band’s forthcoming album Gameshow, this high-energy tune was premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show and is out now!
With its bouncy bass groove and jangly guitars, joined by a children’s choir “nah nah nah”-ing at various points, the track is a sleek, uplifting slice of indie rock that will make you dance.
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Hailing from Silver Lake, CA, Local Natives have just released their new single “Past Lives” via Loma Vista (also home to Andrew Bird, Iggy Pop, Health). This song is the band’s first new track since their highly praised 2013 sophomore album Hummingbird, which saw them collaborate with The National’s Aaron Dessner.
While it is still unclear whether a new album is on the way, the band have reportedly been playing some new material at a few recent gigs and are also scheduled to appear at a handful of festivals this summer.
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“Gradually” is the first song taken off Ben Watt’s upcoming solo album Fever Dream – the follow-up to 2014’s Hendra – which will be out on April 8 on Watt’s own label Unmade Road. “Gradually” has a ragged rock tone to it, quite a departure from the artist’s previous electronic endeavours or his sound with Everything But The Girl.
The song is “about what can happen to a long ongoing relationship over time; the gradual shifting sands; how love mutates, changes speed; how interior worlds can be obstructive,” Watt explains. “Gradually” comes with a video shot on the backstreets of Hackney and Islington by new young Welsh director, John Jeanes.
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Foals shot a powerful video for the song “Give It All”, taken off their album What Went Down. The band once again teamed up with frequent collaborator Nabil to direct the video, which was shot in Paris and stars Jérémie Renier as a heartbroken man haunted by memories of his former lover, played by Caroline Fauvet.
Speaking about the song, singer Yannis Philippakis said: “That was one where it felt like stripping all the support and architecture of the band away and allowing it to be just a vocal and some chords. That song more than anything we’ve ever done has been lead by its vocal. It felt like the purest bit of songwriting we’d ever done.”
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Holy Holy is a musical project that brings together singer/songwriter Timothy Carroll from Brisbane and former Dukes Of Windsor guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson from Melbourne. They initially crossed paths as volunteer English teachers in Southeast Asia and reconnected in 2011 while both leading transient lives in Europe. The pair then returned to Australia to record with producer Matt Redlich (Emma Louise, Ball Park Music). Their newest single “Sentimental & Monday” was premiered on 10th July and is taken off the album When The Storms Would Come – out in the EU on 29 Oct.
Holy Holy’s members bonded over Neil Young (and Crazy Horse), Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits, as well as contemporary acts like Midlake, Band Of Horses and Grizzly Bear. And these myriad influences have fed into When The Storms Would Come.
Though they cherish “old, classic songwriting”, that nostalgia is juxtaposed with a modern aesthetic. Dawson holds that Holy Holy’s sound has evolved into something that’s amplified – their sonorous, sublime melodies augmented by “stronger, more powerful guitars and bigger vocals” and rhythmically-dense drumming.
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