Fragile or not?

Made of Glass is the brand new single from London’s alternative outfit Plain Sails. Torned between the strong basslines and the fragility and melancholy of the strumming guitars, it’s an addictive piece of Britrock, remembering the likes of early Idlewild or White Lies nostalgic sounds just to name a few.

Along with the glittering harmonies, the message and the emotions get us instantly. Despite failures and broken situations, we are all made of glass but made of stone at the same time. Life ain’t easy but Made Of Glass is an epic 4 minutes anthem that can heal our souls. The production is on point from the vaporous intro to the energetic ending.

The band is currently working on the release of their upcoming debut EP. You can hear Made Of Glass below.


Learning to dance

Lately, electronic music is back in a strong way. International Teachers of Pop (a project hailing from other bands Moonlandingz and Soundcarriers) are proving we can still dance to retro futuristic disco.

Working with a mixture of experimental, 80s Thriller-esque background beats and the angelic voice of Leonore Wheatley, International Teachers Of Pop are bringing a joyful escape and making us travel back in time.

The melodic vibes of the synths moving us along in rhythms and sometimes we got some ballads-like soft breaks which makes the album a condensed masterpiece.

Nostalgia imprints

Hailing from the heart of the West Midlands, The North Parade unveiled their heavily tipped debut single Birmingham.

Following the footsteps of the Brumbeat from the mid-2000’s while putting some nostalgic 80s guitar glamourous riffs, The North Parade is definitely a band to watch in the near future.

We feel the good old sounds of The Cure’s Friday I’m in love or New Order’s Ceremony with a twist of modernism. The quartet delivers an energetic and emotional anthem, produced by the one and only Gavin Monaghan.

Birmingham is a melodic road trip to the heart of the city. We can’t stop jamming to the glittering beats.

Listen below:

Threathmantics-First Thing

a1328116535_16On this Saturday afternoon, we enjoy the experimental sounds of this Cardiff quartet, Threatmantics. First Things is the first single from their forthcoming third album due for released at the end of the month, Shadow On Your Heart on  Ffatbyrg Records

It’s art, it’s pop, it’s classic, all around with guitars and violins staccatos. Threathmantics brings a math-rock vibe with various directions in one song musically.

Going to explore different notes flavours reminiscing a little bit of early Foals and their heavy Welsh compatriots Future Of The Left with a glamorous chorus, we can say the album will be very promising. There’s no shadows on our hearts and we are totally addicted.

Listen to the track below.

Welsh music is still going strong

p0373ktjWelsh music is part of an entire culture. With all the poetry of the language, the way it express itself, Wales bands are still going strong reflecting their own views. Thanks to the Launchpad from the BBC. A panel of professionals from the radio and music industry gave the chance to lots of promising bands to make their voices heard.

A total of 28 bands and singers were awarded a grant for various purposes such as helping them with supporting their tours, recordings, campaining to gain more listeners with PR tools, equipments, studio time and more.

This year, the diversity of the Welsh scene was represented as Bethan Elfyn’s BBC Horizon’s project manager explained.

‘We’ve seen Welsh music enjoy a particularly prolific and lucrative time in the past 12 months so it’s good to see Launchpad continue to inject much needed funds to some of the exciting new crop of artists coming through. These grants can really make a difference in injecting some money at a vital time for new artists either in recording or promoting new material.”

From soul jazz reggae artist Aleighcia Scott’s official music video taping to rock band trio Chroma recording their first album, getting by Ennio the Little Brother touring with pop folksters Campfire Social, Welsh music is alive and bursting of creativity. From rock to pop and folk-country outfits, getting along with hip hop and electronics, these grants will help the bands around such like HANA2K to improve their skills in mastering, Eve Goodman from Y Felinheli, Gwynedd region to get vocal trainings and counselling and Bandicoot to record their first Welsh language piece, just to name a few of the lucky ones who will be granted their hard work with that precious industry help to develop themselves and obviously gaining more fans, we hope.

For more info on the awardees, you can visit the Launchpad page here 

Florence and the Machine-Moderation

moderation-imageFlorence Welch is back at work, just released her last album last year and she’s already putting out new bangers recently. She offered a couple of weeks ago this upbeat rocking track. With a Motown-esque rhythm and her powerful versatile vocals, she proved once again she’s a talented songstress. We don’t need no excess (as she explained in the lyrics) and just simple lines  to get a catchy result and Florence and The Machine did it again. Catch her on tour really soon in North America!

May 10th-FORM
Arcosanti, AZ
May 12th-Santa Barbara Bowl
Santa Barbara, CA

May 13th-Santa Barbara Bowl

Santa Barbara, CA
May 15th-Concord Pavilion
Concord, CA
May 17th-T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, NV
May 20th-Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Denver, CO
May 21st-Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
May 23rd-Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Chicago, IL
May-24thDTE Energy Music Theatre
Detroit, MI
May 26th-Budweiser Stage
Toronto, Canada
May 28th-Bell Centre
Montréal, Canada
May 30th-Xfinity Center
Boston, MA
June 1st-The Governors Ball
New York, NY
June 3rd-Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, MD
June 5th-Walnut Creek
Raleigh, NC
June 6th-Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (Formerly Verizon Amphitheatre)
Alpharetta, GA
June 8th-Amway Center
Orlando, FL
June 9th-
AmericanAirlines Arena
Miami, FL
Listen to Moderation below:

Catchy spaces

Tipped by Fred Perry Subculture and having a few singles out, Cassia, from Macclesfield, released this week Small Spaces.

This is a pure piece of pop with catchy and joyful harmonies. It’s impossible not tapping our feet while listening with the upbeat rhythms. We can feel elements of Two Door Cinema Club’s like guitars with a good mix of Caribbean jazzy dancing beats. It’s a perfect cheer up song to gather around and party getting rid of the bad weather. This band should really get under your hearing radar. They are soon heading to SXSW and we can’t wait to hear more and more, so addictive!

Hear Small Spaces here: