Friends Of The Bride - End Of Loneliness
Suave Raynes Park outfit Friends Of The Bride refer on their press release to "the 'Camden-Format' of instrumentation: i.e. drums, bass, guitar, vocals". Sorry to bring this up, but we're fairly sure such a configuration existed well before the Good Mixer became popular. Such pedanticness aside, they may insist they only sound like this as "they're not good enough to play west coast jazz" but where they've ended up isn't bad in the slightest, a wry, sharply sophisticated brew of British Invasion rock'n'roll, Rat Pack swing and soul rebel determination. Recent winners of the the BBC Electric Proms talent-trek and newly signed to the rarely impeachable Young & Lost Club, terrifically titled single Buckle Up, Sunshine! is out on March 19th.
Goldrush - Every One Of Us
It's been a while since we've heard from Goldrush, having kept themselves busy with main man Robin Bennett's Dusty Sound System project and more pertinently taking a leading role in organising Truck Festival. A new album, The Heart Is The Place, came out last month and takes the open air indie country noir from their EMI days into a swirling psych-rock place adjacent to the Flaming Lips, with an underlying cussedness just this side of outright Britrock bombast. Good to have them back. Now, when are those Truck Ten tickets going on sale?
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Richard Walters - We Have Your Head
"The way this stranger's delicate voice makes you stop dead in your tracks and the hairs on the back of your neck turn upwards is not too disimilar to the feeling you get when you first fall in love" say the label. Well, we'll be the judge of that, but there's something very interesting going on with this 23 year old from Oxford who in the last two years has recorded with Bernard Butler, played SXSW and received airplay on CSI:Miami and the influential Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show. Despite this, from The Pilotlights EP released in February, coming out on an indie it was recorded by Guy Sigsworth (ex-Frou Frou with Imogen Heap, also worked with Madonna, Britney, Sugababes, Seal... oh, alright, also Bjork, UNKLE, Bomb The Bass and Lamb) and David Kosten (Faultline head honcho, produced Bat For Lashes). One for followers of Scott Matthews or a less electronically enhanced Get Cape Wear Cape Fly.