Flyte White Roses EP Review

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Poetry is seeing the beauty in everything, no matter how painful; when we seek poetry in the everyday we not only learn so much about the world and ourselves but reach inner peace.

The best type of writing is considered, honest and from the heart. Faithful to these values is the London-based band Flyte, who’s music touched our hearts a few years ago. Whilst they tap into the timeless 60s singer-songwriter era they have an unmistakable signature sound with renowned harmonies.

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Will Taylor

Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album: The Loved Ones, Flyte have been back in the studio with long term collaborator Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, Julia Jacklin) and Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, The National) on mixing duties. Releasing ‘White Roses’ featuring The Staves last month, the band have been on the road playing a handful of festivals including British Summer Time, Larmer Tree and Deershed Festival. The band welcomed Jess Stavely Taylor of The Staves to play with them live this summer, marking an exciting new era for Flyte.

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Jon Supran

For many, emotions are more often than not repressed, and an unshared experience, that it’s only through ink to paper our cathartic reward is attained.

In fact, the best of writing; music, scripts, poetry and novels comes from a place of pathos, and Flyte, just like Hemingway and Waits, achieve an incredible weight of emotion from impeccable economy of words and imagery.

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Nick Hill

The melancholic theme on their ‘White Roses’ EP is tangible and serves as a tantalising preview of what we can expect from Flyte’s second album; a no doubt more confessional, evocative work of art.

‘White Roses’ is out now – released via Island Records (20/09/19)

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Words: Rachael Crabtree (@eccentric_eejit)

Arliston // Introducing // Two Times Single Review

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Arliston, an emerging band from East London caught our ears earlier this week and you too may have heard them over the airwaves as they’ve been receiving a lot of radio support – tune in this weekend to Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 show where you can hear their new single: ‘Two Times’.

They have created a signature sound; blending lush textures, soulful vocals and expansive soundscapes after working closely with engineer and songwriter Chris Blakey (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Death in Vegas, Lloyd Williams).

To us, they are reminiscent of Hanging Valleys layered instrumentals twinned with a cross-between Bon Iver and Guy Garvey’s vocals.

Initially, the listener is greeted by sparse piano and muffled voices of fishermen. As their voices and worries cement and grow firm the first loop of the piano falls into place, followed by the thudding drumming and a chorus of synthesizers and vocals.

The constant piano loop sets up the off-kilter syncopation that the drums intertwine with, and bounce off of, as though some kind of mad fish darting upstream – suffusing the song with an unusual and compelling rhythmic intensity.

The song itself explores themes of fear, and how fear of failure can often be the only surefire way to guarantee it. In the bands words “the voices captured this real, palpable sense of every worry in the spectrum, from domestic worry to sheer survival…putting a song around it couldn’t have been easier, as frankly we’re all hand-wringing worriers in Arliston”.

Come join us at their headlining Colours, Hoxton show on Mon 23 Sept

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Words: Rachael Crabtree (@eccentric_eejit)

Carmody: ‘Catching Blue’ EP Preview

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We have been following Carmody for a little while now and ran a really engaging feature with her recently. We talked everything topical, from mental health, feminism, full-circling back to songwriting and poetry and confession that (like myself) she too is a word fiend! 🙂

Carmody’s songs are motivated by connections and relationships – they nearly always stem from personal experience, and I was personally taken in, not least her stunning vocals, and 70s dreamy folk quality, but the way Carmody writes about love – akin to Kate Bush; love is narrated through a woman’s eye’s, her songwriting is sensual, distinctly unafraid and empowering. And you cannot help but be motivated by the mantra she writes by; a Nayyirah Waheed quote: “the thing you are most afraid to write, write that.”

When writing this new material, she learnt one of the most important things about herself. “I could write about more than love, although I realise these last two singles are about love, I’ve covered a lot of new ground, subjects that I never imagined I would be singing about. Such as dementia, depression and the way we struggle to talk to each other about death. It’s actually pretty dark, but was a very therapeutic lyrical challenge.”

The first new single: ‘Dreamweaver’ is, in Carmody’s words, about the life of a  songwriter. “Spending countless hours weaving stories from a multitude of sources and putting every piece of feeling we can into them in the hope they might bloom. When we send songs out into the world, it sometimes hard to know where they came from, I think some writers believe they’re channelling deities, others (like myself) can only really write about things they’ve personally experienced. But I guess there’s always a hope that they will resonate in someway, but you never really know what journey or life the song will take after it’s been written.

When I went to Nashville last year I met so many songwriters all with their own stories, creating out of conversations, making art from their days and listening very intently to each other in the hope of finding their next song. It was an interesting place to write in and when I met Kevin Dailey (who I wrote the track with) ‘Dreamweaver’ felt like a song that had always been swimming around in my lungs, but for years I hadn’t known how to let it out. I remember after I wrote it I text my friend in London and said ‘this feels like the song I’ve been thinking about and trying to write my whole songwriting life’. And that is the wonderful sorcery of songs, you never quite know when they’re going to appear.”

The second and latest single, ‘Being Without You’ that will also be on the much anticipated EP: Catching Blue, marks a new musical territory for Carmody.

“I read that grief is what love becomes when someone dies,” says Carmody. “It really got me thinking about death — how words feel completely inadequate when you try to comfort someone and how after a while, there is an idea that you should move on. In my music people are often saying to me to write something happier; and although I have done, I’m just more comfortable writing in my ‘blue’ territory. This song is kind of my resistance.”

Catching Blue’ is released early September!

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Words: Rachael Crabtree (@eccentric_eejit)

Plastic Mermaids // Album Review // Suddenly Everyone Explodes

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‘Suddenly Everyone Explodes’
Released 24th May 2019
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‘Suddenly Everyone Explodes’ completely caught me off guard – never, has the term genre-bending, been more aptly alined.

This debut album from the Isle of Wight based five-piece is sure to bring many a new ear to the party. To be frank, we are at odds as to how their (three) EPs missed our radar.

Unhinged and enamoured from start to journeys end, your thirst for outlandish, left field pop will be quenched.

Plastic Mermaids combine space-rock, orchestral-pop, psychedelia and spoken word with aplomb.

Framing the dichotomy between awe and fear of our modern/digital age through the euphony of spacey electronics, operatic strings, choir choruses and socially conscious lyrics.

Unquestionably ‘Yoyo’ is the highlight track because of it’s poetry; pensive lines and overlapping metaphors challenge perceptions of life and death. Perhaps the poignancy is enhanced by the fact it’s vocally very different from the rest of the album, and is mostly spoken word, accompanied by rising choir choruses.

But seriously, who would of considered drawing on the perspective of a personified yoyo, never mind one who challenges cosmic mysteries? Songwriting stardust right there.

The eponymous yoyo cannot not be ignored – we must “free ourselves and just let go of everything…(and live a little) let’s smash into the floor and explode like a Jackson Pollock…I wish we could do this everyday, but it seems, at least for now, that death is a one way journey.” And suddenly, everyone explodes!

Suddenly Everyone Explodes is out 24 May 2019 via Sunday Best Recordings

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Words: Rachael Crabtree (@eccentric_eejit)

Bazooka Zero Hits LP Review

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Athens-based psychedelic punk outfit, Bazooka

Bazooka shook us up last year with their turbulent psychedelic EP: ‘Zougla’ (‘Jungle’ released Nov 2017) – in case you missed it, here’s our review. Their chaotic and acidic punk 4-track EP has now given birth to this completely face-melting full-length record, Zero Hits.

Returning this January with their 3rd LP – and for the month that’s in it, it’s been the most well timed irreverent psych-punk record to lift those ominous clouds.

Their lead single: ‘Fylaki’ (‘Prison’) in the bands words: “..was born from the thought that we are seemingly free, yet we are locked up in our own mental cell. You know, we create our personal hell and we don’t even know it. And some of us even believe that it’s a place of love and happiness.”

The Athens based four-piece have irrepressible passion, and you cannot help but feed off their contagious energy. Singing entirely in their Greek mother tongue is of no barrier, sonically, you will appreciate just how ambitious and different their sound is; driving surf-rock crossed with new wave and laced with fuzzy guitar riffs. It would certainly find a fitting home on BBC Radio 6 Music – a refreshing spin for Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable we reckon!

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Bazooka LP artwork credit; George Chandrinos

Zero Hits (released via Inner Ear Records) is out now: Inner Ear RecordsiTunesBandCamp

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Words: Rachael Crabtree (@eccentric_eejit)

Mark O’Reilly L’Etre Politique Album Review

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Marc O’Reilly is an artist that cannot be defined simply as folk or blues, but instead teases elements of both, achieving optimal emotional depth that is unwinding and stirring. He understands his power behind those versatile vocals and in his wake, balancing and challenging genres. And between the trio’s synchronised drums, keys and guitars, they maintain off the scale rhythms and impeccable timings. The standout guitar solos of Walk With Me and Be Alive almost rival the folk elements.

Yet when those folk elements arrive mid-way, it’s exquisite – the unwinding, acoustics  of Fire with its sweeping strings and echoing vocals provides momentary calm. Think White Denim at their most pared back on ‘Corsicana Lemonade’ with echoes of Nick Drake’s instrumentals on River Man (‘Five Leaves Left’).

The lighter, huskier, James Vincent McMorrow-esque vocals and barely there instrumentals of Solitary Ease and Walk With Me are absolutely sublime – we reckon a collaboration between the pair is long overdue.

On this record there are more contemporary parallels with American/Canadian artists to be drawn and it’s the sharp timings and garage-rock leanings of Quiet Place which give warm echoes of Jesse Mac Cormack. While it is Walk With Me that takes centre stage, channelling the Americana-Psychedelia of White Denim.

This fourth album: ‘L’Etre Politique’ is inspired (as it’s title hints) by the politics of human interactions and of being; capitalism, war and globalisation. The album opener: Enemy Of and the epic closer: Shadows are equally full bodied explosions of guitar and drums encasing a solid record, that frames O’Reilly at his finest.

L’Etre Politique is out now via Dox Records!

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WORDS: RACHAEL CRABTREE (@ECCENTRIC_EEJIT)

Jeremy Tuplin Interview

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Jeremy Tuplin Profle ShotThere’s a lot to be said for good humour – and Somerset born singer-songwriter Jeremy Tuplin certainly hits the spot with a balance of poignant delivery on his latest single: ‘Long Hot Summer’.

Perhaps it’s the upbeat melody supporting his dark lyrics, but parallels can definitely be drawn with the legends, Belle and Sebastian.

Intrigued to learn more about the great initiative of partnering and sharing all proceeds of his latest single with the environmental charity; Friends of the Earth, we caught up with Jeremy to discover more.

Your new single hits on global warming, an issue that universally affects us, but in all reality, not enough of us are actively resolving – do you think many convince themselves almost into believing our damage to the planet is unrepairable and don’t consider beyond their lifetime? — What are your thoughts on the issue? 

I don’t see the downside in taking measures to be kind to the planet. No matter what school of thought you adopt on the issue – why take the risk in not being environmentally considerate? It doesn’t impinge on your freedoms as it’s a choice, but it will make you feel more connected to nature and therefore better about yourself. Seems ok to me. Plus Earth is by far the best planet out of all the planets we’ve come across. The idea of living on Mars might sound cool but the reality would be s**t. Kepler 452b could be ok, but that’s quite far away.

The charity you’re collaborating with: Friends of the Earth is a great initiative – how did this come about? — Do you work/volunteer with them or an Environmental charity? 

I think it’s a good thing to be a friend of Earth, and because the song touches on that in its own way I thought it would make me feel good about myself to donate some of the proceeds to that cause. All purchases of the track on Bandcamp will go to that.

Having a good sense of humour sure is an asset to life – your style of delivery, particularly on this track, has poignant humour — what books, films, plays or comedies do you enjoy? 

I like a lot of different stuff… a lot of absurdist humour of late, Toast Of London recently for example. Most things seem fairly absurd and ridiculous to me so I tend to be drawn to art that emphasises that. I’m reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath at the moment and I like her style.

Would it be fair to say that space and science fuel your musical inspiration – so you watched a lot of space documentaries during the production of your debut album: ‘I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut’ — tell us more…

It’s fair to say that I went through a space phase when writing and recording that album. I guess with the new stuff I’m going through more of an Earth phase. I will definitely return to space at some point though, creatively speaking.

How has country and city life compared as a musician – do you ever find London is so saturated with music that it’s maybe difficult to gain enough support – how is the music scene back home in Somerset?

I’ve been living in London for coming up to 9 years I think, so my only experience of the music scene in Somerset was when I was just starting out at open mic nights and small folk clubs. Haven’t really played there since but I would like to – if any Somerset promoters want to book me then please get in touch. I play a lot of gigs in London though, there are loads of good venues and gig nights. Possibly true that people are more receptive and up for buying merch in other towns and on the continent, but London is still pretty great.

Jeremy Tuplin’s latest single, Long Hot Summer is out now and available on all platforms.

Join us at their next full band gig on 20th September at The Victoria, Dalston – a double headliner with Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic Something, full details here!

Jeremy TuplinWebsite // Twitter // Facebook // Spotify

WORDS: RACHAEL CRABTREE (@ECCENTRIC_EEJIT)

Introducing // Shaky Shack

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You cannot beat the feeling of discovering new artists with incredible potential. The instant we discovered Dublin duo, Shaky Shack, we were mesmerised. Their home-recorded and produced debut single: “Selfish Fever” is a shimmery slice of electronica-jazz paired with harmonies that would melt butter, and lyrics of palatable sweetness.

The track is a perfect lead into their smooth and super-chilled genre-bending aesthetic. Having only emerged officially as a band a few months ago, everything is still very fresh.

We spoke to one half of the band, Alex Winter, who went onto explain: “We’ve been together the last year, but we wanted to get things right before we put ourselves out there. We met through friends involved in the Dublin music scene over a year ago and have been writing together ever since. We have a strangely unique creative chemistry that works so well and we both instantly felt that creative click. We definitely bring the best out of each other.”

They are currently rehearsing ahead of gigging across Ireland: “We are mainly focusing on the release of our upcoming single ‘Pavement’ from our upcoming E.P ‘Flaked’ that is set for release in the next 2 months.”

We could definitely see their acoustics thriving in a Sofar Sounds setting!

Their debut single: “Selfish Fever” is out now and available on all platforms.

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Words: Rachael Crabtree (@eccentric_eejit)

The Noise Figures // Telepath Review

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If you’re chasing down a new Psych-Blues band to add to your playlist then we recommend checking out The Noise Figures and their slow burning offering of a third album: ‘Telepath’. The Greek two-piece, George Nikas (vocals, drums) and Stamos Bamparis (guitar, vocals) combine intoxicating guitar riffs and tribal drumming that dapples in the bluesy grittiness, echoing the brilliance of Drenge.

You are destined to enjoy their fuzzy vertigo running through the album which has paved way to a heavier album than their previous two – their manically satisfying guitar work, shifting in its patterns are best highlighted on tracks: Telepath, Taste Like Time and Lethargy. Like me, you might even detect a slight 90’s edge, circa Madchester, running through some of their tracks, at times vocally (though I might be alone on this one) I definitely detect a reminiscence of The Charlatans.

All the while, you will be quickly taken in by the dark and primitive spirit of their raw guitar and drums, sitting somewhere between The Black Angels and BRMC, giving this two-piece not only an addictive edge but essentially flagging The Noise Figures as a band to watch!

The Athens-based rock duo released their third album on March 2nd via Inner Ear Records – tune into Telepath below…

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WORDS: RACHAEL CRABTREE (@ECCENTRIC_EEJIT)

Hanging Valleys // Fortaleza Single Review

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Heart warming ambient trio, Hanging Valleys

There is something altogether calming and comforting about Hanging Valleys – one song lends itself to the next seamlessly. The London-based three-piece first caught our ear a little over a year ago at the beginning of their formation in 2016 and have since gone on to release a successful debut EP (10th March 2017) and attain an unprecedented 1.2 million streams on Spotify – that pools in fans of Bon Iver and Sigor Ros to James Vincent McMorrow, continues to grow.

Thom Byles, began as a solo artist but quickly realised the ambitious project at stake needed more than one musician and subsequently recruited Mike Phillips (guitar, vocals) and Alexis Meridol (beats, synthesiser) to produce his complete work of art.

Their choice of geographical reference follows through from their band name, Hanging Valleys (an erosional landform) to their style of playing, which in itself, mirrors nature; it is serene, delicate and enduring, swelling and shifting in it’s ambient patterns and a reassuring accompaniment to your minds path as you journey through day-to-day life.

Just as a river runs through Hanging Valleys, leading to a tremendous waterfall – the band’s music is a voyage that opens your mind to adventurous opportunities – you feel genuinely motivated to abandon plans and instead, go travelling – even it that means a long hike across dense woodland and the moors!

Fortaleza (or fortitude, as it translates from Spanish) is the first single to be lifted from Hanging Valleys’ forthcoming second EP. The song is about staying strong, weathering storms and having courage in the face of adversity. You cannot resist pairing their filmic sound with a moving picture of cliffs and costal plains – their layered harmonies surround you in a protective aura, just like the sun as it hits your closed eyes, instant warmth and positivity rivers through your veins.

Check out their accompanying video for their latest single released today (9th February 2018), below…live dates to follow!

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WORDS: RACHAEL CRABTREE (@ECCENTRIC_EEJIT)