The impossible is happening: they’re getting better.
Michael A Grammar – All Night, Afloat
Vaguely euphoric, consistently excellent and about a thousand times better than anything else you’re likely to hear this year. Taken from their new EP Vitamin Easy, out June 4 on Melodic. Get one before they’re gone http://melodic.co.uk/michaelagrammar/
50 gold cassettes – sold out.
For those who missed Halls’ debut EP at the end of last year: rejoice. You’ve now got a chance to go back and listen to one of the most affecting and effective releases that 2011 had to offer, one of the few producers about with the talent and subtle nuances to produce something mildly downbeat and electronic without it being in overshadowed by either Fourtet or Burial. The new video for Fade to White is simply another excuse to get excited about it and the clip – frighteningly, given the content of the track itself – manages to live up to expectations, all bright eyed HD enthusiasm and intrigue.
Manchester will luckily be playing host to Halls for the first time this Friday (March 9th), as the evergreen Work Them teams up with Grey Lantern for another one of those unmissables. They’ve even put together a mix for the even, special like. Tuck in:
£4 adv. / Kraak Gallery. Don’t miss it.
At the start of December, Shinies were unheard of outside their own living room. They recorded their track Spent Youth and seemed to almost accidentally capture a sound that captured the imagination of every blog around. A whirlwind month later, and they had their debut single recorded – by Rory Atwell, no less – and a 7″ slated for release by Dirty Bingo. Shola/Pillow Talk comes out on April 16th, and you can hear the former now, seductively hinting at a love of The Cribs layered with smatterings of shoegaze.
Shinies – Shola
For those not au fait with what Duck Tapes is here we go: we get an artist to put some tracks on a tape, decorate it, and sell it on. Oh, and we only really tend to make one copy of it, ever. And we’re bringing it all to an end.
As the final ever release on the label, it’s only fit that it ends with an artist that we’ve been after for a long time. Jolan is one of the most sickeningly talented people that you’re ever likely to meet, and seems to write hundreds of songs a week before burrowing them away like some kind of squirrel, never to see the light of day again. His album 15 Bygones came out recently, and has been committed to one solitary tape to commemorate the death of this lattle, home-spun label. Our hope is that this will convince Jolan to let the world listen to a couple more of his weird pop music, that we’ll have a few more jams like Perpetual Birthday to enjoy – the video of which you can catch below, created to celebrate the release of this solitary tape:
You can stream the album in full below, and of course, purchase the cassette from here. Once it is gone, it is gone.
Temple Songs will be supporting Hooded Fang on Monday 7th May at The Castle Hotel. Tickets here