Check out the latest video from Friendly Fires in “Heaven Let Me In.” Directed by BISON (Bonobo, London Grammar and Jon Hopkins), the video stars acclaimed British actor Jeremy Irvine – famed for his roles in War Horse and Mama Mia – who dances through the streets and landmarks of London’s Docklands to perfectly encapsulate the intoxicating, sun-comes-up feel of the song.
“Heaven Let Me In” is Friendly Fires‘ second brand new song of 2018. Built around a euphoric, clipped, “French touch” style loop, the single is co-produced with Disclosure and was written in one late night session at the lauded electronic duo’s north London studio. It’s the second time these artists have collaborated, Friendly Fires frontman Ed Macfarlane having previously contributed vocals to Disclosure’s debut album (on “Defeated No More”).
Growing up in scattered small towns across the Canadian prairies, Foxwarren is comprised of singer songwriter Andy Shauf (guitars/keys/vocals) and his childhood friends Dallas Bryson (guitar/vocals) and brothers Darryl Kissick (bass) and Avery Kissick (drums & percussion). The four-piece has released its first song “Everything Apart”; the driving krautrock, drum machine backbone of the song evokes a ticking clock – a race against time.
“Combined with Andy’s existential lyrics, the song’s propulsive feel reminded us of the noir-ish tension of classic spy thrillers like ‘The Conversation’, ‘Three Days of The Condor’, and ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’,” explained the video’s directors, the Ft. Langley Production Company. “With the band’s blessing, we set to work on creating our own micro cold-war thriller, paying homage to era tropes like zoom-heavy camerawork, trench coats, and analogue tech.”
I feel like too many of these posts lately have started with apologies and explanations for my extended absences. Let’s skip that this time and remember, if I put something up here, it’s because I want you to hear it.
Check out “Stay Wild” by Toronto duo Bravestation, off the album Goddess.
Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe are set to release their new album, Waver, on January 25 via Paper Bag Records. Take a listen to “RAYZ” from the forthcoming release.
“Whenever we begin working on a new album we throw everything out, even if it worked last time, just so we have no chance to rest on our laurels,” says singer Matt Peters, “On Waver we set out to create leaner arrangements and clearer melodies – less between us and the listener.”