Once again, Six Degrees is back at Fresh On the Net. Featuring 6 bands, the selection of this week consist of Hiatus & Shura, Port Isla, The Explorers, Del Casino, Steel Trees and Weird Shapes.
HIATUS – We Can Be Ghosts Now (feat. Shura)
If you think that a geometric figure has no feelings you are totally wrong. Two triangles can talk, run and even fall in love. Symbolised by a blue big triangle (male?) and a petite red one (female?) “We Can Be Ghosts Now” music video tells us a gorgeous drama where creativity is the big word flying in its atmosphere.
The song by Hiatus (Cyrus Shahrad) featuring Shura, is a soft electronic melody included in the album “Parklands”. Released in May 2013, the album contains eleven tracks, with the collaboration of Shura on six of them. Stream it here.
Both artists, Hiatus and Shura are based in London and the video was directed by Tom Jobbins. Art Director, John Jobe Reynolds.
- HIATUS: Soundcloud | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
- SHURA: Tumblr | Soundcloud | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter
PORT ISLA – Adventurers
Norwich/London indie folk band Port Isla was formed in 2011 and consists of William Bloomfield, Stanley Spilman, Henry Kilmister, and Will Olenski. The band was finalist at the 2013 Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition and has been featured at Fresh On The Net’s Fresh Faves a couple of times.
The video, filmed by Jake Felix Goldhill and edited by the band, is divided in four chapters featuring different scenes of its members running and playing during an eternal sunset. “Adventurers” starts almost like a capela ballad and then develops an acoustic line with a clear but honest inspiration of popular American indie folk bands of nowadays. See Fleet Foxes.
Read the interview with Port Isla at our Prick & Ding section by Johnno Casson here.
THE EXPLORERS – The Rocketeer (Download)
Jeremy Dennis and Robert Bannister are the members of the Chesterfield-based electro pop duo The Explorers. On their late twenties and sharing the same passion for music, films, and games, both friends and college fellows founded this music project under the influence of those hobbies. Their name “The Explorers” comes from the same name film by Joe Dante and they describe influences by bands like MGMT, Passion Pit, Phoenix, Empire Of The Sun and Hot Chip.
After listening to their new single The Rocketeer, it is not strange that big labels as Universal Music are putting their eyes on them. Their engines are certainly ready for ignition.
DEL CASINO – Confusion
Del Casino is an electronic band From Wrexham, Wales, formed in 2011. With influences by Daft Punk, Underworld or the Flaming Lips, Del Casino consists of Jonn (synths, sequencers), Gini (guitar, vocals), Ben (drums, percussion) and Jenni (Bass, vocals).
I can perfectly picture my feet leaving me if my ears listen to their song “Confusion” in any fancy club on a Saturday night. Irresistible catchy and elegant beats. Who can resist them?
STEEL TREES – Sucker Punch (Soundyoucansee #25)
Steel Trees are one of the bands that I have in my wish list of bands to see. Their strong sound and huge energy are two ingredients to expect growing in their gigs, as their live videos already show, and I would really like to experience this in person.
The band has supported well-known artists as Dinosaur Jr, Turbowolf, Dinosaur Pile Up and Qemists, but their own repertoire, with songs as “Stoner Zombie Killer Kids”, “Sick”, “Follow The Crowd”, or “Gunk”, is fair enough to configure a great show by their own.
Based in Sheffield, Steel Trees formed in South Yorkshire and consist of Tom Hannon (Guitars, Vocals), Lee Sanderson (Drums, Vocals) and Adam Johnson (Bass, Vocals).
WEIRD SHAPES – Blue Sky at Night (Acoustic AS#01)
Weird Shapes performs “Blue Sky at Night”, the first video of the “Attic Sessions” series recorded in their studio. Produced by Radiohead co-conspirator and ‘There Will Be Blood’ producer Graeme Stewart, the song was released in May 2011 as their debut single, and it is a delightful experience to listen to it on this performance.
Weird Shapes are a five pieces independent band from Stockton-On-Tees. You can read the interview with the band at our Prick & Ding section by Johnno Casson here.
Bands and artists featured on this article. Participation at Fresh On the Net listening posts and Fresh Faves.
- HIATUS – We Can Be Ghosts Now (feat. Shura). Fresh Faves 15
- PORT ISLA – Adventurers. Fresh Faves 40, Fresh Faves 21
- THE EXPLORERS – The Rocketeer. Fresh faves 29
- DEL CASINO – Confusion. Listening Post 66.
- STEEL TREES – Sucker Punch (Soundyoucansee #25). Fresh Faves 46, Fresh Faves 29
- WEIRD SHAPES – Blue Sky at Night (Acoustic AS#01). Fresh Faves 14, Fresh Faves 4
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