Dodging the cold weather here with an hour in my living room, catching up on the blogs and looking for what I might have missed last week. This track (via Josh at Crack in The Road) peaked my interest, a song from Brighton “dark pop” duo Miamigo.
Austin dance-rockers SPEAK put out one of my favorite tracks last year’s “Peaks“. This week sees their first new material in 2014 in the airier tune of “Be Reasonable, Diane“.
This band is still talented in writing an addictive hook, but the R&B style has taken a back seat to a freak-folk rhythm and a carefree attitude in guitar licks. There’s a lot going on in “Be Reasonable, Diane”, but not in the way we’re used to from SPEAK. Pieces aren’t piled on top of each other, but are rather elongated so that every melody from verse to bridge has time to breath.
As much as SPEAK accomplished with their previous work, it’s refreshing to see them loosen up their ties and create a fun, splashy tune that continues to show off their prowess. Check out “Be Reasonable, Diane” below.
Zane Lowe played Indiana’s track ‘Solo Dancing’ on the Hottest Record In The World Right Now show recently on BBC Radio 1 – which can only confirm a few things over on our side.
1. It solidifies the Nottingham singer-songwriters’ talent and sound
2. It opens her up to unassuming first-time Indiana listeners
3. It will be remixed, a lot.
4. It means she’s about to hit the core of the mainstream, magnificently.
With dark disco and synth brewing in the background, this natural pop gem exposes her Robyn-like vocals. It’s sultry, it’s pop and it’ll get you, err, solo dancing? She’ll also be touring soon with Bipolar Sunshine, another firm favourite over here.
05.02 – Bodega, Nottingham
06.02 – Oslo, London
27.03 – Southampton, Joiners*
28.03 – Sheffield, Leadmill*
29.03 – Oxford, Art Bar*
30.03 – Birmingham, Institute – Temple*
01.04 – London, XOYO*
03.04 – Newcastle, Think Tanks*
04.04 – Glasgow, King Tuts*
05.04 – Manchester, Academy 2*
“Are you worth your weight in gold, when you take your necklace off yourself” sings Leeds based electronic producer; Favela. For a musician only born in the 90′s (he’s a measly 21 years old – nobody panic – fine just a little bit of panic).
Most often it’s the melody that fastens itself securely onto my attention, hovering there for a while. This time, it’s the vocals wherein each word feels pronounced somewhat heavy-heartedly, with grumbles of despondency whilst he recalls a personal story. It’s a hint of modern R&B inter blended with down-tempo electro. You’ll get to love this newbie even more if you stay fastened to his SoundCloud page too.
I’m happy to be able to give you, the readers of Indie Music Filter, some exclusive content today. Check out Part one of a three part trilogy of music videos for songs off Places Only Mountains Can Travel by Old Boy. The clips were filmed with an iPhone 5s at 120FPS; a simple concept that seems to offer a great visual accompaniment to the music.
Check out “First Glance”, then head on to the next videos when this one finishes.