Currently Listening To: Ajimal

Currently Listening To: Ajimal

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For fans of Asgeir or Fink, check out “Nothing Touches Me” from Newcastle based singer/songwriter Fran O’Hanlon (aka Ajimal).  In his own words “Nothing Touches Me” is about the idea of ‘self’ and the inability to imagine anything outside one’s own sphere of existence. It’s about fearlessness and inability to imagine death. It looks at repetition; the fact that everything that we do, or that future generations do, has arguably been done before – and how to come to terms with this.

“Nothing Touches Me” will be out on December 1st via Mono as part of a split 12′ release with Tessera Skies.  The label will be hosting a launch party for the single at Ernest, Newcastle on 29th November and Ajimal will be playing a free show for Communion on 21st October at The Islington, London in support of the release.

Also, check out another one of his older songs, which came on afterwards when I was previewing the track.  The soundcloud recommendation engine strikes again!

New Music From Kate Boy, “Open Fire”

New Music From Kate Boy, “Open Fire”

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I love seeing Kate Boy in the feeds I check, meaning there’s probably a killer new tune or video (that I’m probably going to like).  This past week, I noticed the Stockholm trio’s name coming up again, this time on news of a new single called “Open Fire”.  I love the juxtaposition between the punchy, off beat, underlying bassline, the layered synths in the chorus, and Kate’s melodic chants.

Take a listen.

Vaults – “Vultures”

Vaults – “Vultures”

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For fans of Florence & The Machine, Banks, or London Grammar (who the band is currently supporting on tour), Vaults’ first track off their new EP is a piano-driven stunner of a pop song.  Simultaneously dreamy and grand, the tune is carried by lead singer Blythe Pepino’s haunting vocals.  This London-based trio is one band I will be keeping a close eye on in the coming months!

Catch them on their current UK tour, or join me in hoping for some North American dates in the new year.

CONTEST: Hozier @ The Phoenix (Tuesday, Oct. 28th)

CONTEST: Hozier @ The Phoenix (Tuesday, Oct. 28th)

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Finally, I’ve got one more contest to put up on the site, a chance to win tickets to see Irish singer Hozier.  Chances are you’ve heard his single “Take Me To Church”, and along with “Work Song” (below), he’s got an arsenal of songs I’d love to hear live.  Want to win tickets?

HOZIER
WITH JAMES BAY
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014
PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE – TORONTO
Doors: 7:00PM Show: 8:00PM
Tickets (incl. HST) $20.00 (plus service charges)
19+ / General Admission

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Currently Listening To: David Vertesi

Currently Listening To: David Vertesi

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Here’s a great track from David Vertesi (of indie pop trio Hey Ocean!), off his forthcoming solo album slated for release in 2015.  Vertesi explains:

“Loud Talker” is one of those songs that just wrote itself.  I basically sang the whole thing on the floor of a friend’s basement after a really simple but amazing summer evening.  As life becomes faster and faster paced I find it isn’t the birthdays, career advances, or life accomplishments that are most memorable, but the rare moments when things stand still and I can just be. When the water is calm, there’s nothing to do, nowhere to be, and nobody to call – those are the moments I long for.”