Today in Fireworks: Bastille – Other People’s Heartache Pt.2

bastilYes, its one of our favourite up and coming popsters, Bastille again. Dan and co have been busy creating their second mixtape of covers. Their first edition of Other People’s Heartache saw them gain their first large chunks of popularity whilst Flaws has now rocketed them up radio waves twice in the year.
This second mix features the likes of wordsmith Kate Tempest and recent number one hit scorer Gabrielle Aplin (on a gorgeous Fleetwood Mac cover) as well as samples from The XX and Frank Ocean.

Other People’s Heartache Pt.2 is now available to download by clicking the red artwork below. The purple is part one; incase you didn’t already have it.

 

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Braden

 

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Today in Fireworks: Ben Gibbard, Screaming Maldini, Embers and Death at Sea

Sunday evening should be bringing a radio show on Mixlr from me but as two deadlines loom from my university (I shouldn’t mention their incompitancy at departmental communication, nor my lack of productivity) it seems like a wise idea to skip two hours of radio with an hour of work on it either side.
To compensate, here’s a post full of top new music!

Before that though, I should probably mention that my friend and yours Hairy Mouth has posted some quality music from the Bronx, Sport and Run Forever this week and that’s filled my ears quite a bit.

Now; I reviewed the new Benjamin Gibbard album (HERE). I wouldn’t say I was upset at the result, more disappointed. Still, every cloud has a silver lining and at least the introductory track is enjoyable. Teardrop Windows, whilst predictable is an all right imitation of a third person track as well.

On brighter notes, the next two tracks have very quickly become two of my favourite tracks not released by the1975 or Tall Ships this year. The first is the newest single from Sheffield five piece Screaming Maldini. Its got the kind of sound to pick anyone up from a winter lull and the video’s not half bad either. This is Summer, Somewhere.

Thirdly comes a band hotly tipped by the 405’s new music section and rightly so. The atmospheric build up of this new Embers track is like few other pieces of music I’ve heard in a while. It’s ominous and powerful and all recorded live. Enjoy

Lastly, a track I’ve played a few times on the Mixlr. Taking from shoegaze with a modern twist, Death at Sea have been supporting HAIM on tour and this, their debut single is a standout. This is Drag.

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Braden

SI Album Review: Crystal Castles – iii

Toronto duo Crystal Castles are back again for another swing at the action with their third record. They’ve done a lot of growing up since their last record and I reviewed it for the lovely folk over at Sound Influx.
See what I had to say about it by clicking here or on the artwork and if you haven’t already join 92,000 who’ve downloaded Plague from the Soundcloud below.

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Braden

Radio and Photography: Mixlr and Clement Briend

Happy Monday everyone! Christ it’s cold these days, but no fear; you can stay inside for most of it right?
First thing’s first; last night’s radio show on Mixlr was the first of my broadcasts to include my voice. Aside from the odd glitch and crash here and there I’m really happy and hopefully I’ll be able to do a cleaner show each week (next Sunday however, is pre-emptively cancelled due to university work.)
Here’s the links!
99 Problems and a glitch is all of them

99 Problems and a glitch part Two!

I really hope you enjoy them, the tracklisting is huge and, I think, quite expansive so there’ll be something for everyone in there. You may notice the attatched images to the shows; this is the work of Clement Briend.
A french photographer, Briend caught my attention recently due to his work in nature adding faces and sculpture to trees and buildings. Upon further reading, I found a set that I’m hugely interested in that focusses around the french music festival Rock En Sienne. Taking a series of images from the festival and then projecting them across famous French architecture, Briend has created a set of stunning images. You can see the full set on his site HERE, but a few of my favourites are below.

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Braden

Today: Music Films – Arcade Fire & Noah and the Whale

Over the last decade, there’s been an increase in acts taking the series of singles from their albums and turning them into four-six part short films. Some acts go further; for example Bon Iver made a short film for each track on their self titled record (HERE) and some go frankly strange like the Maccabees did with their 8:20 short film for Given to the Wild which featured sparse backing tracks and minute snippets of well shot yet seemingly random clips of film (HERE).
Sometimes though, bands get it completely and perfectly right. If you discount the likes of Sigur RosHeima and Inni which are documentaries just as much as they are live recordings; the two that stick out for me from the last few years are Arcade Fire‘s Spike Jonze directed Scenes from the Suburbs and Noah and the Whale‘s First Days of Spring.
Conveniently, both are below for your enjoyment.

Arcade Fire – Scenes from the Suburbs

Noah and the Whale – The First Day OF Spring


What are your favourite album based films? You may remember the Beatles film links I posted earlier in the year; personally, A Hard Day’s Night is definitely up there for me.

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Braden