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We're extremely excited to be bringing you an exclusive stream of the entire thing. Go get stuck into Eschaton below. [read more]
There was enough promise in Fenech-Soler's 2010 debut to suggest that they would eventually move on to bigger and better things. It took a little longer than expected - almost exactly three years - but they released a marvellous second album in the form of Rituals at the end of September, and have been fortunate enough to enjoy a great 2013. [read more]
New Music Friday as you know it is dead - long live what we've nicknamed the Ronseal Column. You know, because it does exactly what it says on the tin. Dodgy nicknames aside, this is the new vehicle we're using to transport our favourite songs of the week to you, dear reader. You may have seen some of these on the site during the week; if you have, good - this is our way of saying, "Look, you really need to spend some more time with these, and here's why." [read more]
The last few weeks haven't exactly gone as planned. At least I can blame the cold that I was fighting for a good week and a half on the Irish weather; even if I'm not supposed to be dealing with that sort of stuff at this time of year, it makes for a convenient scapegoat. [read more]
That sound you just heard was me finally crawling out from beneath the mountain of stuff that I've been buried under for much of the last few weeks. Having essentially uprooted my life, I've moved to Dublin and started college and begun getting used to what will hopefully be my base of operations for the next three years. [read more]
It's always interesting getting to know an artist on this level. It's all well and good discussing a band or artist's own music, but getting to know who they are on a musical level - what shaped their tastes, made them want to start writing music and inspired them whilst doing so - sometimes offers some fascinating insight, and that's exactly what we got from rising star Nina Nesbitt. [read more]
We're big fans of Crushing Blows here at the 405, so we're very excited to inform you of several things today. Firstly, the Derbyshire duo are planning to release their debut album early next year. As if that wasn't exciting enough already, we have some new music from them, and are delighted to premiere 'Unknown Animal', one half of a double A-side single that is due on October 7th via Snug Recording Co. [read more]
This week has been all about preparation. In between writing a scary amount of reviews as I try to get my schedule cleared for next week, I've been making plans for college, having received my offer on Monday and immediately accepted. I've also been booking flights and coach trips for next week - I'm going to Bristol for a few days. [read more]
What did you do this week? Much of my week was spent in the sun, dealing with 38-degree heat. (That's Celsius, American readers.) When I wasn't doing that, I was rediscovering my love of swimming; I hadn't been in any sort of swimming pool for a few years, but my technique is still basically flawless. [read more]
Every so often, a band come along that you listen to and think, 'wow, they've got something special going on here'. We've had that feeling with Liverpool quintet Outfit for a while, and debut album Performance has delivered on the promise of their earlier material. [read more]
In just over 24 hours, I'll be touching down in Portugal for a few days worth of holiday. It's just as well, because the weather over here has taken a turn for the worse. Man, I enjoyed those few weeks of 'summer' that we had, so it's great that I'm able to jet off to sunnier and less changeable climes - if you're in the Mediterranean at this time of year, it'll either be really hot or really wet, and I'm hoping for the former. [read more]
It's all about planes, trains and automobiles for me this week. I'll be doing a lot of travelling over the next while, and I've also bought my tickets for my first full festival - in England - so I'll be on the move a lot during August. There's about 7 weeks or so left before I go to college for the year, too, so as you may have guessed, I'm a busy man. I quite like it, though, because these days it feels like I'm spending half my time listening to music, and the other half writing about it. [read more]
I don't know if you heard, but apparently the royal baby was born this week. Did anyone see this widely reported on any news channels or anything? Seriously, though - I followed the story on Twitter, and from the sounds of things, the coverage from elsewhere made social networking sites look like they were trying to keep things quiet. [read more]
Oh look, the artist and track names are in ALLCAPS. If it looks like we're shouting, it's because we are very excited to share this track with you. IAMNOBODI, as his moniker suggests, prefers to cloak himself in anonymity, creating original music and fixing up brilliant remixes like, say, this one he did for Quadron about a year ago. [read more]
Watch until the end - there's a previously unheard spoken-word passage from Savage himself.
It's absolutely ridiculous in all the best ways.
The video follows a 20-something Mexican-American day laborer as he struggles to earn a living.
A driving bass-gasm of drum machine aesthetics and all the glamour of retro-futurist synth sounds.
It drops on 4 December via Joyful Noise Recordings.
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