Category Archives: Fresh

Two Wings.

Two Wings
For all the critical quashing of the new folk scene – and admittedly what passes as folk is a little crap these days (think Mumford & Sons and that muppet Ed Sheeran) – you’d be forgiven for passing up on anything that even dared to utter the f-word. The trouble is, if you did, you’d be missing out on Two Wings, a pretty fabulous duo that incorporate the traditional sounds of folk with rock n’ roll, psychedelia and everything in between. A little tip for you: folk music is amazing, if you ignore everything anyone’s ever told you about it.

April 30th sees the release of debut album Love’s Spring, and, bearing in mind that the promo copy I’ve had for weeks hasn’t left my stereo, that’s certainly a date you’ll want to make a note of. Opener and future single ‘Eikon’ is simply stunningly beautiful, Hanna Tuulikki’s helium-inflected swoon slipping around Ben Reynolds’ Clapton-esque guitar, and it’s quite possibly the most original thing I’ve heard in a while. Elsewhere, ‘Altars & Thrones’ marries chimes and lilting vocals to haunting effect, while 8 minute closer ‘Forbidden Sublime’ is unbelievably ambitious, meandering around with such melody that it’s just impossible to ignore.

The single ‘Eikon’ is set for release on March 12th, through Tin Angel Records. Check out a live version below:

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Decibels.

Here at Sucking Lemons we’re always writing about decibels of some kind or another. Geddit? Ha. Anyway, terribly poor puns put aside for now, Decibels are a Northampton 5-piece formed after a rave in the woods of Northampton, where they bonded over a “shared vision” of a project fusing 4 synths, a guitar and a hell of a lot of percussion. Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but I reckon those shared visions might have been suitably substance-induced.

‘The Lesser’, the band’s first release, is a brilliantly contemporary mix of blissed-out electro, rammed full of hooks and enough bounce to make it to the indie dancefloor with ease. A little bit of surfing will unearth a few remixes the band supplied to other artists, but we’re willing to put bets on these guys breaking out big in the coming months.

Check out the video for ‘The Lesser’, released on March 26th through Serious Types:

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Straylings.

Straylings

Preconceptions are a funny old thing. Tell me about a boy/girl duo from London and I’ll expect nothing like Straylings, a band quite magnificently indebted to bluesy, melodic Americana, finding the middle ground between Mazzy Star and Jefferson Airplane and a hell of a lot of fans in between. After months holed up recording their debut album, Entertainment on Foreign Grounds, Dana Zeera and Oliver Drake are ready to release it to the world this March. With the likes of the sultry ‘Wallpin’ and the scuzzy stomp of ‘Carver’s Kicks’, you’ll want to keep a keen eye out for this one.

Check out ‘Wallpin’ below:

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The Savage Nomads.

The Savage Nomads

You’ve got to be doing something right to even be associated with the one and only Mick Jones. Which, if you hadn’t already guessed, The Savage Nomads definitely are. There’s been a slow but sure resurgence in guitar music over the last months, sweeping aside the endless barrage of chillwave and cheap synths, and it’s one that could, and should, be fronted by this lot. Garnering a fierce reputation all over the country, they recreate a rollicking garage-rock vibe that’s full of ideas and not idiocy. Like The Libertines without sounding like the rip-offs of six years ago, they’re full of swagger and a raw, visceral energy, with a self confessed interest in “…everything”.

Check out the new video for ‘What The Angel Said’, taken from their much lauded album, Coloured Clutter:

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Sport of Kings.

Telling people you’re from Brooklyn will forever be cooler than telling people you’re from Bristol. That’s just a fact of life, and one that applies to New Yorkers Sport of Kings, standing them in good stead with regard to their new EP, Logic House. However, the heart of the band, Richard Kelly, is no Brooklyn native. His Dublin-based band Capratone received much airplay and released an EP and full length record. The move to the U.S switched creative directions for Kelly, who introduced an electric piano to the mix to reflect the band’s love of Steely Dan and smooth 70s rock. In fairness, as much of a turn off as that might sound, the smooth as velvet melodies and odd time signatures really work to make this an intriguing listen. The Logic House EP is released on the 12th of December, with an LP set for release in January 2012.

Check out the mindfuck of a video for single ‘Free Jazz’ below:

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Pinkunoizu.

Some of the best new music is coming from the north lately. And when we say the north, we mean the north of the entire world. Not, like, Yorkshire or somewhere. Pinkunoizu are from Copenhagen, Denmark, so they fit neatly into that category, but that’s about the only one.

Their Peep EP, a limited 12″ released through Full Time Hobby, crosses so many musical boundaries you just have to forget the idea of music making sense. Even more impressive is that it does so with only three tracks. Opener ‘Time Is Like A Melody’ ushers you into their expansive sound quite perfectly, and laughs in the face of anyone who might label them unaccessible, all swathed in melody and loopy goodness as it is. Second track ‘Everything Is Broken Or Stolen’ came to life as a long jam, and certain moods will have you wishing it rushed right past the eight minute mark with its addictive, mesmeric groove. Finally, 11-minute epic closer ‘Dairy Queen’ seems initially sparse and wonderfully atmospheric, and then continues to tear at your consciousness with a swirling psychedelic pick’n’mix of what the band call the sound of “global connectedness”. This is experimental music at its peak.

It’s fair to say that the Peep EP has got us more than excited for the album, set to follow next year. Meanwhile, check out the video for ‘Time Is Like A Melody’, below:

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H Hawkline.

H Hawkline

A couple of things come to mind when you think about H Hawkline. The first might be that his moniker sounds brilliantly like the name of some 20s blues guitarist who might just have gone and sold his soul to the devil at a crossroad. And the second? Well, you know how cool Bob Dylan looks around about the time of Blonde on Blonde? Huw Evans is pretty much rocking that look.

We’re not here for that stuff though. We’re here for the music, and pretty awesome music it is at that. His newly released album, The Strange Uses of Ox Gall, is full of crazy-inventive psychedelia and seems glossed with an almost childlike will to just see what might happen. Sort of like Syd Barrett his most acid fried. At the same time, Huw Evans is clearly possessed with an ear for simple and affectingly brilliant pop songs, like ‘You Say You Love Me’ or ‘Mind How You Go’. Those Syd comparisons just keep stacking up, then.

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King Krule.

King Krule

We featured Archy Russell right back at the start of the year when he was plying his trade under the Zoo Kid moniker, so yeah yeah alright it’s not technically fresh, but he’s so great we thought he deserved a mention for the stuff he’s doing under the new name – King Krule. Everything that was first great about him remains, from the dark sparsity of the music to that brilliant cockney voice pitched somwhere between Jamie T and Joe Strummer. New track ‘The Noose of Jah City’ builds a stark, heady atmosphere, pinned down by lyrics that belie his youth and punch you right in the gut. King Krule’s second release is set to drop on November 8th.

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This Many Boyfriends.

This Many BoyfriendsIn our glass half-full world, indie-pop would always be done as well as Beat Happening-referencing five-piece This Many Boyfriends.

Their debut single, ‘Young Lovers Go Pop!’, has wrestled it’s way to the top of radio playlists with some right honest northern grit, displaying an affection for shout-y choruses and classic indie guitars, recalling The Cribs by way of Los Campesinos! And it’s not just us saying that, everybody is. Give it a few months and this’ll take the throne of prime indie-disco material, shirts off, arms up, the sort of song where all you need is a pint and a few mates. Aw.

The single was released August 22nd, on the fantastic Angular Recordings label. Follow this link to spend your hard-earned on a physical copy.

From Joe Abbitt.

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Simian Ghost.

Simian Ghost

Step back from the post-summer cliff edge ladies and gentlemen, because there damn sure ain’t no law against filling your ears with the sounds of summer and, in particular, those of Simian Ghost. Forget the rain, and all that other gloomy bollocks.

Formed from the fingers of Aerial‘s Sebastian Arnström, the (live) trio have already shared stages with the likes of Niki and the DoveSBTRKT and Mount Kimbie, and released a Swedish record of the year in the shape of their debut, Infinite Traffic Everywhere. Scandinavian as you like, there’s tinges of California hidden within their take on chillwave/electro too; a sort of snowy, beachwear clad sound, if you will. Their current lead single, ‘Free Agent’, is a relaxed, blissful affair, thoroughly drenched in electro-pop reverb and danceable melodies, finding a sound somewhere between M83 and Active Child. Check out the seven-track EP Lovelorn if you’re sceptical.

Signed to up and coming label Hit Or Heist Records, the band are currently working on their second LP and are set to release Lovelorn proper on November 14th. Oh and look, we’ve got ‘Free Agent’ below, all for you.

From Joe Abbitt.

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