Sounds on Sunday 8 July 2018

Well, I haven’t done one of these since last year, and I had complaints about the poodle, but a few people have asked me to resurrect it, and as England are through to the semi-finals, it seems churlish to refuse. Sorry I’m time poor, but I hope you like this brief selection of new sounds, and many thanks to all the artists who shared them with us.

Emily Lee – Sleep with a Stranger: From her forthcoming new record, “Dance My Demon Away”. On Saturday 1 September she will be playing her new record in full at The Lexington in Islington, featuring songs from her “Don’t Forget To Love” EP and brand new songs that have never been heard before. Emily is self-funded, so your support would be welcome. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment. There will be no tickets available on the door, but you can buy them here!

Monkey Warhol – Bongo Booty – from the sublime to the ridiculous, the very catchy and potentially irritating “Bongo Booty” takes us to a different level. Just not quite sure which one.

Uma and the Wandering Stars – One Second – Recently released third single from their excellent EP, “Trapped”.

Kin – At What CostLondon based 3-piece KIN’s third single in as many months ’At What Cost’. “Written about “the cyclical life of someone who can never settle”, new single ‘At What Cost’ arrives ahead of 7 more tracks – set to be released on a monthly basis until the end of the year, with live shows and more to be announced very soon.”

BlackWaters – Pick Me Up Excellent single from their debut EP People Street, Sheffield’s BlackWaters are now on tour. Catch them here:

09.07.18 – Southampton – Heartbreakers

11.07.18 – London – Sebright Arms

12.07.18 – Derby – The Venue

13.07.18 – Reading – Purple Turtle

14.07.18 – Stoke – The Sugarmill

16.07.18 – Manchester – Jimmy’s

17.07.18 – Leeds – Oporto

20.07.18 – Guildford – The Boileroom

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Sounds on Sunday 53

Good morning, I hope those of you in the UK have remembered to put your clocks back. Confuses the hell out of me every time. Anyway, here are some more sounds to brighten your Sunday, whatever time it is. Many thanks to all contributors.

Hate Drugs – Isotope: from their recently released album Tsunami Soul II. “Central California-based HATE DRUGS was founded in the summer of 2014 by David Caploe with the release of the EP, Rough Daze. The other members (Josiah Caploe, Norman Lee, Adrian Diaz and John Irwin IV) joined the band shortly after and together released two more EPs, Anna Grahm (2015) and Beach Weekend (2016), which garnered hundreds of thousands of online listens. After a few West Coast tours, the band started production on their debut album in late 2016.”

Fond of Rudy – To Be Mine: “Brighton/London based indie-pop quartet Fond of Rudy continue to work their craft and display a musical versatility with new single To Be Mine. In contrast to the group’s previous offering ‘L O V E’, a sweetened downtempo cut of reflection and vulnerability, the track is a shorter but still sweet pop package of driving rhythms and memorable hooks. To support the release the band will play a number of dates scattered around the UK in the next two months with gigs in Brighton, London, Liverpool and Manchester.”

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Sounds on Sunday 52

Happy first birthday to Sounds on Sunday. I can’t honestly say that it has swayed the nation towards a new enthusiasm for exploring more eclectic music, but I hope it has been useful in giving a few new artists some exposure. I’ve certainly enjoyed listening to (most) of the music and I’d like to say “thank you” to all those promoters and artists who have been eager to share their work. Here’s this week’s selection for your enjoyment.

Toledo – On My Own: “When Jordan Dunn-Pilz and Daniel Alvarez de Toledo were just small lads, they started playing guitar in the nearby town to attract listeners. Now, the two seasoned musicians are gigging and giggling their way to success with their new band TOLEDO. With a blend of traditional and modern sounds, TOLEDO is an indie-pop, sailor-shanty, pirate-rock band from Boston, MA. Collaborating with visual artists and animators, the band is a multifaceted machine.” Video here.

Emme – Wander: “Austin-based duo Emme‘s Wander … is a meditation on memory, asking what fills the cognitive void that comes from a lost relationship, while pondering the phenomenon of re-connection. Formed in 2016 after years of friendship and late night music nerd-out sessions, Emme is the indie-electro project of Sowmya Somanath and Walter Nichols. Having come up in both eastern and western classical music traditions, Somanath and Nichols balance their musical knowledge with their artistic intuition, resulting in a unique take on a pop duo.”

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Sounds on Sunday 51

More sounds to brighten your Sunday; I hope you find something to enjoy. Many thanks to all contributors. Comments welcome!

Garbanotas Bosistas – Last Summers Day: Lithuanian psych-rock quartet … from the band’s forthcoming second album (due December). “The music of Garbanotas Bosistas makes people happy everywhere it goes – from the courtyards of Lithuania to the forests of Latvia, from the business districts of Estonia to the homeland of The Beatles, passing the mountains of the Balkans and conquering the lands of the Vikings. Every show witnesses the miracle of dreamy neo-kraut- psychedelic flowers growing out of the amplifiers, and the bassist is still curly. Yes, Garbanotas Bosistas means just that: a curly bass player.”

Bo Haan – Playboy (We’re All In Love): “Haan appears to have found his niche audience and has had continued success with his formula of infectious grooves, catchy hooks, and polyamorous musings. His latest album, Bedroom Amateur, (was) released on October 10th. It continues Bo’s trending stylistic pull toward electro-funk and dance, with an immediate pop appeal. The album’s first single, “Playboy (We’re All In Love)”, is an infectious stunner with suave brass spurts, funky rhythms, and a Michael Jackson-esque vocal pull. The track will be followed up with a music video this fall.”

Rookes – The Heel of my Hand: “Premiered by Variance Magazine, “The Heel Of My Hand” was released via all-female record label Seahorse Music (Bryde, Little Rêd). It’s a song of brooding heartbreak delivered with a distinctive pop edge, inspired by Flock Of Dimes, St. Vincent and Annie Lennox. As well as being a well-practiced live performer and songwriter, Rookes (aka Jenny Bulcraig) also happens to be a featured interviewee on BBC’s Queer Britain.”

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