Coastal Cities are one of three bands fronting the new Burberry Spark eyewear campaign, a music-driven campaign inspired by the energy of summer and the vibrant spirit of the emerging British music scene. The campaign video features the band’s latest track ‘Nothing Ever Changes’ and was filmed on the Burberry set in London.
‘Nothing Ever Changes‘ forms the second half of the band’s new single. Released on 7″ vinyl and as a digital download, the single will also include ‘Entropic’; a track fuelled by jagged post punk guitars, 80′s tinged keyboard riffs and youthful summer vibes (watch on YouTube).
Catch them live:
Monday 23rd May – London – Birthdays
May 30th – Bath – Moles Club
Friday 14th June – London – Single Launch Party @ Old Blue Last
As Elephants Are will be playing west London’s Bushstock Festival on June 1st.
The High-Wycombe crew will be performing with Theme Park, Willy Mason and Maricka Hackman, alongside several other exciting new acts.
Organised by the team behind label and live promoter Communion, the festival will be held in various venues around London’s Shepherd’s Bush. Tickets are already on sale on the brand new Bushstock website.
The band recently premiered the video for their punching new track ‘Youth Blood’ on Nylon Magazine, watch it below:
On Wednesday, China Rats was third in a row with their blasting ‘Nip It In The Bud’. After a detour in Texas the band will be in Paris next week for a Kitsune Maison En Vrai show at La Maroquinerie alongside Australian band Jagwar Ma (Wednesday 27th March) and will be Popcorn’s special guests on Le Mouv’ the following day (Thursday 28th March).
A big thanks to Nico Prat and his team for making those three songs the first three single of the day of their great new show, and thanks to Vincent Theval from France Musique for playing ‘Nip It In The Bud’ on his Label Pop show last Monday.
Still in France, but in writing, As Elephants Are’s ‘Youth Blood’ was made ‘Song of the day’ on cult magazine Les Inrocks’ website on Thursday:
“ardent lyricism on a leash (…)
makes you equally want to jump in the air or crash on a bed”
Remember when every band on earth had a really cool or hilarious story to tell when asked how they formed? Well that is one more thing the Internet killed. It doesn’t really matter as most of those stories were made-up anyway, but you know a page is turned when a band has the honesty to simply say: “We met on Facebook”, and thank the website for its help in the band’s creation. And indeed, thank you Facebook if you took any part in this.
“Dog Physics” is the title-track from Plaid Dragon’s debut EP. The gentle, guitar-driven indie ballad builds on Inge Chile’s touching vocals. It finally blossoms in an explosion of instrumental dreaminess that fully demonstrates the Missouri band’s artistic scope.
From California’s Bay Area to Boston’s Berklee College of Music, this young singer-songwriter’s trajectory immediately implies very diverse musical influences – a fact at once confirmed by his music. Describing himself as an urban/indie singer doing “good artistry”, Sid Sriram recently put out the first half of a two-part EP series: West Coast Nightfall Part 1: Before Dusk.
Featured on this EP is “Winter Mind”. R&B choirs and a heavy pounding beat back up Sriram’s soulful vocals. It builds up to incorporate electronic elements and a deep wah-wah, bringing the track onto a new dimension, a place where Depford Goth or Autre Ne Veut would feel right at home.
Doesn’t it seem a bit bold for a brand new band to put up a single song, and then name check James Blake, the xx and Jeff Buckley in the ‘Influences’ box? Not if that act manages to pull off the kind of sound that not only fits well in those muses’ lineage, but also has its own twists and character.
Imagine the xx’s minimalistic instrumentation, Jeff Buckley’s crooning melancholy and James Blake’s soaring production all combined in a powerfully melodic, yet smoothly constrained track.
Founded by neighbors (‘and rivals’) Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham from Lancaster, Aquilo recently made the blog world shiver with their first-ever track, ‘Calling Me’: