Artists at a glance
OOK & THE ELEPHANT
COLEY GARRATT – English Gothic
British Americana, if that’s not too much of an oxymoron, is Coley Garratt‘s specialty and this track, as our friend The Vanished Dutchguy pointed out on the Listening Post, shows off the London-based singer songwriter’s expertly flowing guitar-playing. Lucky enough for those of us in London, Coley’s got a gig at The Gladstone Arms, backed by a full band, on May 4.
ECHOIC – This Roof
There’s something of Radiohead – circa Hail To the Thief – about This Roof by Echoic. Particularly its spiraling guitar riff, which climbs and climbs until the songs conclusion, when lead singer Otto Nuoranne asks us to “come jump off this roof with me / and fly away.” We have lift off…
LOST WINTER – Footsteps In The Sand
There’s always room for a decent slab of electro-indie-pop in the charts, which means Huddersfield -based Lost Winter could be onto a winner here, especially with Charlotte Francis’ propulsive vocals in tow. They’ve just released a six-track EP, timely titled ‘Spring’, which can be downloaded here.
MARTIN CASE – We Go (la La La La La La)
Some of you may already be familiar with Martin Case following his recent induction into FOTN’s Prick n Ding section. For the uninitiated, Martin is a musician, writer, producer and tutor based in London, with an ear for summery beats and a catchy tune. Using samples from here, there and everywhere, Martin concocts a breezy sound all his own that’ll be buzzing around your head long after the song is over.
OOK & THE ELEPHANT – Take Off All Your Clothes
By their own admission, “biscuits and a fear of treble” are what fuel Ook & the Elephant, a Bolton-based four-piece with an organic, stripped-down sound – who featured recently on Tom’s BBC Introducing Mixtape. This track, a cheery ode to spontaneity, is taken from their forthcoming EP, Find Yourself Gone, which is released June 29.
OWEN DUFF – The Resurrection
All the evidence we have suggests that Owen Duff, who describes himself as a “singer-songwriter adrift in East London,” had a lonely Easter Sunday a few weeks back. “I think there’s something wrong with me / but I can’t name it,” sings Duff, in hushed tones, against a lush tapestry of different sounds.
On our Listening Post Barney from Songeist perhaps put it best: “This sounds like a guy sat behind a microphone using what he has to get his music across without any commercial considerations blocking his art. Quirky, British, bonkers and totally compelling.”
POSH APE – The Westbury Wey
Visit any British high-street on a Friday night around chucking out time and Posh Ape‘s lyrics in The Westbury Wey are certain to resonate: “Vodka shots, out on the pull / girls united by no rules.” However, although the scene may be familiar, the soundtrack Posh Ape provide is startlingly different: trippy, psychedelic guitar licks and unexpected sax solos give the debauched scene a heavy, surreal feel, much like stumbling through town after one too many, and combining to create something completely disorientating.
RORY WYNNE – Post Party Confusion
Spirited northern upstart Rory Wynne first caught our attention here at FOTN last August with his brilliant Heart of Stone. This new track finds fourteen year old Rory the morning after the night before, nursing a pair of black eyes and a hangover from hell.
Accompanied by a riff that sounds like a car alarm being fed through a dodgy amp, ‘Post Party Confusion’ brings back memories of early Arctic Monkeys demos. And, after taking the most votes this week, Rory looks to have struck a chord with the FOTN faithful as well. I can almost see a certain Jake B looking nervously over his shoulder…
SLK – Call
SLK‘s star is rising at the moment and it’s not hard to see why. Beginning mellow enough, ‘Call’ soon bursts into life with the throb of a distorted keyboard note, unleashing massive vocals and powerful electro drums. Huw Stephens will be playing it on Radio 1 and Tom’s 6 Music show this Saturday, and if you liove near London you can catch SLK (pronounced “Silk”) at underground Dalston haunt Birthdays for the launch of her debut EP ‘Form’ on June 17. Then you can tell all your mates you saw her first.
YESYOU – Even When
YesYou are an Australian DJ/producer duo who deal in bouncy, uplifting, house beats and have an extensive contact list, having previously secured the likes of Jordan Rakei and Marcus Azon to lend their voice to their tracks. Here, they’ve recruited Brisbane-based Noah Slee, a man with a voice as rich and smooth as a posh coffee.
The pair don’t have any tour dates on their website at the moment, but, knowing how much those Aussies love to travel, it shouldn’t be too long until YesYou are setting up their decks at a venue near you.
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