…I’m crawling my way to all the new stuff that has been flooding in over the past weeks. First of all, there were some announcements of new albums to look forward to:
Delays: Star Tiger, Star Ariel will be out on June 7th. Album opener Find A Home (New Forest Shaker) is yours for free if you give the guys your e-mail. Visit the official homepage for details.
Teenage Fanclub: woohooo, this is great news! Shadows is the name of the new album, out on May 31st. Baby Lee, a first song, is available for free here. And what a great track it is! Bring on summer!
Band Of Horses: their latest baby will be called Infinite Arms, and will see the light of day on May 18th. Check the Hypemachine for various download-sources of Compliments.
Secret Machines: no new album in sight, but a new single that definitely rises hopes for more. Like I Can can also be found on the Hype. Also check out Terrible Light, the B-side.
Oh, and before I forget, here’s the latest offering from the Viola Music Club; quite a change to their previous releases! :[
Viola – Chaos Shall Reign! (MP3)
SEE! …the new video for Band Of Horses‘ Is There A Ghost:
Band Of Horses – Is There A Ghost (MP3, for those who still don’t have it!!! 🙂 )
also check out the new official homepage!
HEAR! …new songs by Swedes Pocketful, and Brooklyn’s Dirty On Purpose:
Pocketful – The Final Song (MP3)
visit DoP-Myspace for three new songs!
READ! …the impressive guest-list for prog-project Ayreon‘s next album, 01011001, to be released in January next year:
Daniel Gildenlow – Pain of Salvation
Tom Englund – Evergrey
Hansi Kursch – Blind Guardian
Anneke van Giersbergen – Agua de Annique
Jonas Renkse – Katatonia
Bob Catley – Magnum
Floor Jansen – After Forever
Steve Lee – Gotthard (he’s Swiss, you know!)
Magali Luyten – Virus IV
Ty Tabor – King’s X
Simone Simons – Epica
Liselotte Hegt – Dial
Tomas Bodin – The Flower Kings
Derek Sherinian – Planet X
Joost van den Broek – After Forever
Ed Warby – Gorefest
Jeroen Goossens – Flairck
Ben Mathot – Dis
Ayreon – Carried By The Wind (MP3)
SMELL! …the fresh autumn air outside now that the fog has cleared. And enjoy the crackling sound of fresh-fallen leaves under your shoes!
The Falling Leaves – The Fallen Leaves (Instrumental) (MP3)
Honestly… could you say no to a pair of lovely, innocent girls like the ones pictured above if they’d ask you to promote their music? Yeah, thought so… neither could I! And of course the songs they’ve sent me helped as well. So here are Hearts Of Palm U.K.!
The two girls go by the names of Erica Elektra and Ambi D.… I’ll leave it up to you to decide if they’re their real names or not. They sure sound pretty cool, don’t they? And so does the music: Erica‘s voice blends perfectly with her keyboards and beats, while Ambi adds her share with the help of triangle, tambourine, guitar, keys and even glockenspiel! The result is lovely lo-fi-pop with electro-beats, completed with a hint of dance and two spoons full of folk.
The two friends have known each other since junior high; Erica has been playing the piano since she was three years old, and started to write songs at the age of 16. She was a lead-singer/guitarist for The Fancies and played alongside bands like Sleater Kinney and the Donnas before she recruited her friend Ambi to make music as Hearts Of Palm U.K.
But enough of the talk, let’s get straight to the music. Here are two songs recorded at KXLU radio station (wherever they may be…), and make sure you also visit the band’s MySpace and listen to the brilliant Portugal 1! And while you’re there, leave a comment to the girls… I’m sure they’d like it, as long as you don’t ask them about the U.K.! 🙂
Hearts Of Palm U.K. – I Flow (MP3)
Hearts Of Palm U.K. – Jonathan (MP3)
And for those that have been living in a hole for the last couple of days, or simply have missed it for other reasons: here’s the first single from Cease To Begin, the next Band Of Horses album, to be released on October 5th. Great tune, me thinks… and with the songs I’ve already heard at the concert earlier this year, I’m pretty sure the album will not disappoint!
Band Of Horses – Is There A Ghost (MP3)