Sooner or Later, Brasstronaut, Single, Recorded
FOR ten years, Vancouver six-piece Brasstronaut have been exploring musical grounds like a rootless jongleurs; unhappy to define themselves by a sound. This has seen the outfit shift between aching indie rock and Afrobeat without the slightest hint of laxity. But after meandering between the genres, it appears Brasstronaut has finally found a happy ground […]
Stretch Your Eyes, Agnes Obel, Single Review, Recorded
IF folk-artist Agnes Obel – Copenhagen’s consistently brilliant daughter – and her new release ‘Citizen Of Glass’ showed a continuation of the divergent sound-scapes that has turned the 36-year-old into Denmark’s most important modern star, then new single ‘Stretch Your Eyes’ is the pre-climax to whatever finale she wants to complete. Without doubt, ‘Stretch Your […]
Oblivian, Dollkraut, Single Review, Recorded
SOMEWHERE in Holland Frédéric Chopin lives. The Polish composer, regarded in some circles as central in setting the tone for Gothic authors, musicians and teenagers thanks to his iconic composition ‘Marche Funèbre’, has to be sat around an amplifier in a dingy practice room in Amsterdam. It’s the only reason Dollkraut, the nomadic psychedelic revivalist, […]
Amber Run, Engine Rooms, Southampton, Preview
NOTTINGHAM rockers Amber Run are back on the road after flexing their with brand new track ‘Fickle Game’. The UK four-piece are also readying to release their sophomore album ‘For a Moment, I Was Lost’, a 12-track chronicle of their interval between the last, packed with moments of expansive beauty & full-blooded raw emotion. Front […]
Ryan Butterworth, The Railway Inn, Winchester
JOINING Mancunian favourites The Travelling Band for a special show in Winchester this month is Ryan Butterworth. Born and raised on the coast of Bournemouth, Ryan has been making waves throughout his burgeoning career. With a bittersweet tone that’s not too unlike fellow singer-songwriters Ben Howard and David Gray, the former Bournemouth University student is picking […]
The LaFontaines, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
Business should scarcely be left in the hands of a group of Motherwell based miscreants. Even less so when it comes to the budget. The LaFontaines – quintessential outfit affiliating the hardened imagery of a pleasant Beastie Boys meet resounding Twin Atlantic refrains – are fortunate enough to be at the augmenting phase of their […]
Happyness, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Live
May 7th 2015 The beauty of Happyness’ debut was within its idyllic craft of hesitant, melancholic acceptance. Drizzling, reflective guitars depicting the most obtrusive of sun-kissed comedowns; Benji’s deadened vocals wording out in his Elliot Smith overtone; the reluctant rhythms; truly the perfect antidote for any Sunday morning flashbacks. And within Manchester’s subterranean Soup Kitchen […]
Sounds from the Other City 2015, Live, Review
Sun. Salford and Sounds from the Other City (SFTOC). 2015′s exhibition of talent was as inspired as any. Each arena embodied a distinctively beatnik baring. Now Wave’s takeover of the iconic, medieval terrain of St Philips Church – towering within its stature, the venue is one of Salford’s primary historical hotspots – fused seismic artists […]
Bernard Fanning, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
Renowned for their incisive integration of crooked guitars and radio-friendly hooks, Brisbane bred outfit Powderfinger for a while were Australia’s most exalted alternative acts. ARIA Music Awards, chart dominance, national acclaim; little could be better for the quintet. 2010. Game over. However, out of the Powderfinger wreckage emerged their congenial front-man and songwriter Bernard Fanning. […]
Charlotte OC, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
In a throwback to the days when fresh artists used to tour the country extensively on unsigned music nights, promoters Communion rekindled this notion with their new tour New Faces. Tenterhook, Freddie Dickson, Frances and Charlotte OC joined forces at The Ruby Lounge. Below Quenched music picks its two favourite from the night’s show… Berkshire […]