London-based indie rock band Yuck are stopping through the District tonight to perform at Rock & Roll Hotel, with support from Big Thief and Bad Moves. The predominately shoegaze-inspired outfit have dabbled in a number of genres in their career, which first launched in 2009. Listen to the more minimal, melancholic song “Southern Skies” off their 2014 EP of the same name and head on out to the show this eve if you’re in the mood for some live music.
London duo Solomon Grey have made a name for themselves in soundtrack composition. It would make sense then that their solo work would take on a cinematic quality, as showcased on their self-titled debut album — released this month via Decca Records. Made up of Joe Wilson and Tom Kingston, the act’s electronic record demonstrates remarkable range, from the percussive “Electric Baby” to the beautiful and languid “Slow Motion Picture.”
Solomon Grey have also done some impressive collaborations with house producer Lane 8, such as this sparkler below.
A descendant of a long line of artists and poets dating back to the 1800’s, half-Scottish, half-Sudanese songwriter Eliza Shaddad has a rich cultural and artistic heritage to draw from (her great great grandfather was James Paterson, one of Glasgow Boys). Shaddad’s latest EP Run, which releases tomorrow on Beatnik Creative marks an evolution of sound for the UK-based singer, from folk rock to a grittier, more complex and synthesized soundscape. Lending support to the EP were the talents of Mercury-nominated Chris Bond on production, Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals) on mixing duties, and John Davis (Blur/FKA Twigs) on the mastering of the EP.
Stream the withering lead single “Wars” below.
Friday, February 5 marked the release of UK group Field Music‘s sixth full-length, Commontime. On the energetic new LP brothers Peter and David Brewis recall late ’70s acts such as Steely Dan, with their jazzy, earnest and effulgent tunes that feel like a warm throwback to another era. Highlight of the record has to be “Disappointed,” a punchy, inspiriting song that deals with managing expectations in a relationship and navigating inevitable conflict for an ultimately worthy outcome — something that’s “as close to perfect as we were wishing for,” sings David hopefully. Listen to “Disappointed” below.
Field Music will be a making a short North American tour this spring, kicking off in the District’s DC9 March 24.
FIELD MUSIC – 2016 TOUR DATES
3/24 – Washington, DC – DC9
3/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
3/26 – New York, NY – Rough Trade
3/27 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
3/29 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
3/30 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
4/01 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
4/02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
This new electronic gem from Bristol-based brother duo Icarus grabbed us right away with its pulsing beat and ethereal vocal line from Norwegian artist Aurora. Ian and Tom Griffiths create an expansive soundscape using minimal production on the cool and contemporary song, out now on FFRR Records. From the beautiful chord progression to the ascending vocalizations à la Empress Of, we were quite taken with the track so get your stream on below.
Clearing out the CokeCanPoetry inbox for 2015, there are a few notable submissions we never got around to featuring — so this week (culminating in our year-end ‘best of’ list), we remedy this. One such instance is neo-soul group Ephemerals, who released their sophomore album chasin ghosts this past October. The UK act came together when musician Hillman Mondegreen met singer Wolfgang Valbrun while on tour in France with another project — an intersection which would eventually lead to the band’s formation and current identity as a seven-piece. For a sampling of their capabilities, listen to the soaring piano anthem “You’ll Never See Me Cry.” With soulful gems like this, let’s hope the group is longer lasting than their name would suggest.
Zola Blood blew us away with their single “Play Out” — the first track off their forthcoming double A-side and have now unveiled the second. “Pieces Of The Day” is another stunner from the UK quartet, with gorgeously stark vocals contrasted against an austere electronic backdrop. Keep an eye out for the release and in the meantime listen to the effort below.
Emerging electronic artist Mura Masa has unveiled a new track, premiering on Annie Mac’s Hottest Record last night. The young artist (aka Alex Crossan) collaborated with fellow UK singer Shura for the first single “Love For That” off his upcoming debut LP, which he’s currently in the process of recording. He’s also got a headlining slot at the opening night of Pitchfork Paris on October 27, alongside Empress of and Neon Indian. With such high-profile gigs and a growing fanbase (he’s garnered over 20 million plays on Soundcloud), Crossan is primed for continued success at a ripe age. Stream the lovely strings-oriented and flute-infused jam “Love For That” below.
Rising artist Rationale has released the fourth and final track to his debut EP, Fuel To The Fire, which drops tomorrow via Best Laid Plans. According to the London talent — who’s garnered support from numerous tastemakers — his latest effort “The Mire” is a song “about a jilted lover, sinking in a self made swamp of unrelenting regret….” Despite the despairing subject matter, it’s actually an insanely infectious and upbeat tune.
Sink into “The Mire” below.
Released July 31, Ghostpoet‘s latest single “Sorry My Love, It’s You Not Me” flips the switch on the old breakup cliché. The innovative British vocalist and musician, Obaro Ejimiwe released his third studio album Shedding Skin (from which the track derives) earlier this year via Play It Again Sam.
Watch the starry visuals for the bittersweet, meaning-seeking single below, which features verdant vocals from UK singer/songwriter Lucy Rose.