Born in the remote Scottish Borders, Monogram is the brainchild of guitarist and producer Liam Rutherford. Imaginatively DIY and strikingly sincere, his music generously draws on big reverbed drums, classical piano, howling guitars, triumphant choir… all wrapped into one big drama. Following sparkling debut song “Romance”, here’s the new single “Anno” in all its big-drum-jangly-guitar’d glory.
This new tune is an epic post pop anthem Monogram crafted in an isolated little cabin in the Scottish countryside. Featuring lush guitar arrangements, almost tribal drums and powerful vocals, “Anno” is a swirling multi-layered song that that looks set to become the triumphant soundtrack to your long summer drives.
Hailing from the northern city of Ghent, Oscar and The Wolf is one of the most promising new acts to come out of the Belgian indie scene. With a couple of EP’s under their belt and dozens of gigs in every corner of Europe, the band is ready to bring up their game with the release of their much anticipated debut album. Any number of adjectives could attributed to Entity but in essence the twelve tracks delve into band leader Max Colombie’s creative world of minimal moodiness, sensual synth pop and dark futuristic R’n’B.
Both musically and visually, the heart of Oscar and the Wolf is one Max Colombie who, having composed much of the album in his bedroom in Brussels then recorded in both London and in his native Belgium, overseen by the much lauded producer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, David Byrne, Jon Hopkins, Wild Beasts) who mixed the album. In Colombie’s own words, Entity is ‘one long serenade in which I try to express my desires and my view of things to a loved-one’.
Released in Belgium and the Netherlands last April, the album will be available in the rest of the world on October 13th but you can preorder it from your usual downloading platform. In the meantime you can grab two excellent remixes for free HERE and HERE.
Brooklyn indie rockers flirt with all sorts of different genres, creating a twisted sound with jangly guitars, disco-tinted falsetto vocals and shiny synths. “Easy As All That” is taken off their third studio LP, Mia Pharaoh, released last year via Modern Art Records. Listen below…
On this breezy number, the four-piece experiment with a more electronic sound and the result is a lush, slinky piece of disco pop, overflowing with freshness and creativity.
“Tonight” is taken from Canyons‘ debut album Keep Your Dreams, released in 2011 on Modular. Featuring soothing guitars and spaced out drums, it sounds like an ode of sorts to 70s psychedelic rock. The song has just been given a kaleidoscopic visual treatment from video art dreamteam Chromosphere (Sabrina Ratté & Yoshi Sodeoka).
If you’re itching for a live fixin’ of the Canyons lads, you can catch them in Adelaide (Oct 12), Sydney (Oct 13, 19 and 27), Newcastle (Nov 3) and at the Inca Roads Festival in Victoria (Dec 1).
Norwegian indie outfit Young Dreams share the odd and slightly disturbing video for their new single “Footprints”, taken off their self-titled debut album (out now worldwide!!). The video is crafted from the highlights of the previous videos for “Young Dreams”, “Fog Of War” and “First Days Of Something”, all directed by Kristoffer Borgli.
The Footprints EP features remixes from Pandreas, Naysayer & Gilsun, Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo, and The Forever Men. You can check out Pandreas’ beautifully dreamy right below and stream the whole package on SoundCloud.