London Grammar return to Manchester’s O2 Apollo for a second sold out show this week and the atmosphere is already electric as the trio head on to stage.
Throughout their set they have a perfect balance of tracks from their debut and recent album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. But judging by this crowd you wouldn’t think it was released just over four months ago, because they know every single world. Frontwoman Hannah Reid herself notes that Manchester has been the loudest of the tour so far and it’s believable.
They play a stunning version of the album’s title track which sees Reid head to the piano and showcase her huge vocal range in an emotional performance before playing fan favourite Hey Now, which sees the group visibly impressed by how loud the audience are. Continue reading
Absolutely loving this one from the US. Sweet Nobody is Joy Deyo and Brian Dishon with Casey Snyder and Adam Nolan. They’re from Long Beach, California, and play dreamy garage rock with pop hooks galore. Their new album, Loud Songs For Quiet People, is out now on Burger Records cassette and will be released on Bearded Beauty LP later this year.
Sweet Nobody – Manner of Speaking
There’s something very fresh about this debut track from Underwater Boys. With a falsetto vocal giving it a touch of Tame Impala, the song is the work of Tom and Nick Klar – two brothers who make dreamy, fuzzy pop music in Brighton.
Their sound is characterised by Tom’s sweet, otherworldly falsetto, and multi-instrumentalist Nick’s woozy, ethereal soundscapes, and although on the surface their songs might sound bright and blissed out, their music is also bubbling with anxiety and tension, with lyrical themes of mental illness, existential dread and malaise.
As well as releasing their debut single Everyone You Know, the band have also announced a number of live dates for those wanting to get in early and check these guys out. They can be seen in London (September 13), Brighton (20), and Southampton (30) supporting Our Girl, Estrons and Palm Honey respectively. They’ll then be headlining their own show at London’s Sebright Arms on 11 October – free tickets here.
Underwater Boys – Everyone You Know
Liverpool dream pop four-piece SPINN have unveiled the video to their latest song Notice Me. The video is a fairly simple performance piece up until the end when the band become almost parodies of themselves, looking like Pale Waves in their There Is A Honey video, and really just having the same kind of fun that their music evokes.
Notice Me was first made to actually gain some radio play from SPINN’s local BBC Introducing host, Dave Monks. The idea was to write a song about wanting the attention of Monks. Of the track, singer Jonathon Quinn said: “Notice Me started out as a way to get some radio play. We used to say it was a homage to BBC Radio Merseyside because when we wrote it we couldn’t get any radio play, and wanted to be noticed by them. The lyrics are a bit more meaningful, it’s essentially us trying to portray the concept of hero worship in a pop song.”
SPINN – Notice Me
Simply beyond dreamy, this work of art comes from Reading-based producer Roche and features the flawless vocals of Sync favourite Liyv. Four Walls is a track taken from the new EP Pink Sounds which has been entirely written, produced and recorded by Nick Roche in his own bedroom.
Roche – Four Walls (ft. Liyv)
More wonderfully dreamy stuff from London band Swimming Tapes. Released today, What’s On Your Mind is characteristically breezy, and crafted with a real lightness of touch that gives their sound such a distinctive edge. The track is taken from the forthcoming EP The Soft Sea Blue, out on 15 September.
Don’t miss the chance to catch these guys live at London’s lovely Lexington on 20 September. Tickets here.
Swimming Tapes – What’s On Your Mind
This piece of atmospheric dream pop caught out attention this week. Cyborg Girl is by Scottish group L-space and is a beautifully-crafted track that combines immersive electronic sounds with ethereal vocals.
The band comprises Lily Higham, Gordon Johnstone, Dickson Telfer and Maggie Tam. The quartet record most of the music themselves and do all of their own art, videos and graphic design. To further explore the mesmerising sonic world that they create, check out their new EP Sol 0.
L-Space – Cyborg Girl