First Look: Post War Years

Mai 12th, 2008 by admin

Post War Years live in an abandoned hairdresser/Russian social club (obviously the two go hand in hand) in Leamington Spa, England, a place I’ve never heard of that probably isn’t quite as relaxing as it sounds. Having cruised into the new year on a wave of significant buzz, they’re debut single sees release today on shit-hot London imprint Chess Club, fresh off the release of last months’ mega-hyped White Lies single. “The Black Morning”, as it’s called, bounces along on a repetitious piano riff that borders on experimental ambiance, but quickly establishes itself as decidedly livelier fare on the strength of an animated drumbeat and a chorus of cascading synths and handclaps that goes down as one of the best in recent memory. Produced by fellow Leamington Spa up-and-comers Mysterons, the whole affair is highly reminiscent of Tom Vek’s eclectic sonic tapestries, but B-side “You And Me Both” could straight-up be a lost cut off Vek’s We Have Sound and those eagerly awaiting news of the reclusive multi-instrumentalist’s still-unannounced sophomore album would do well to get all up into this Post War Years’ single in the meantime. Read the rest of this entry »

First Look: Marina & The Diamonds

April 10th, 2008 by admin

Female singer-songwriters had a banner year in 2007, with figureheads in this post-Lily-Allen-or-whatever movement like Kate Nash and Laura Marling killing it with major label deals, sold out tours, critically acclaimed releases and all kinds of other next-level shit. 2008 seems to be yielding more of the same, with industry heads shitting themselves over the likes of Lykke Li, Florence & The Machine and other left-field pop talents of their ilk. One such artist who’s flown under the radar to this point is Marina & The Diamonds, but her star is very much on the rise and you better believe you’ll be hearing a lot more about the Welsh-born chanteuse in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »