Charlie Simpson – Winter Hymns

I’m going to ignore the fact that its not technically winter anymore, solely because, regardless of the season, this is a really beautiful piece of music. Fightstar frontman Charlie Simpson has just released the audio for ‘Winter Hymns‘, the first single from his upcoming second album, due out later this year.

Make sure there’s a box of tissues handy, and have a listen to this..

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Introducing: Night Windows

Here’s one for all you indie kids out there – Salem’s own Night Windows, the solo project of Ben Hughes. A real ‘bedroom artist’, Hughes self-engineered and produced his upcoming debut album ‘Musicassette / Magnetic Memory‘, which is out on April 15.

For fans of: Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, Eels

Have a listen here:

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New Music Monday: Champs ‘My Spirit Is Broken’

Ooops, its another late one today! My excuse this time is that I’ve been busy celebrating my birthday! (I won’t tell you how old I am now, its too depressing..)

Anyway, here’s a lovely little indie number to sweep you off to bed. Who doesn’t want to watch beautiful men diving into swimming pools for no apparent reason? No-one, that’s who.

Here’s Champs ‘My Spirit Is Broken’. (Think a more pleasant version of Editors).

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Hello Lazarus New Video ‘Stallions’

Woops, its another late music bite tonight.. I’ve been slacking / rushed off my feet with other things this week. (That’s a poor excuse, I know..)

Anyway, here’s a lovely bit of aural goodness that I hope you’ll enjoy! Bristol kids Hello Lazarus have been compared to a lot of bands that they don’t really sound like. However, they do sound good, so here’s their new video for ‘Stallions’ (which looks, but doesn’t sound White Stripes-esque).


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New Video From Young Kato ‘Something Real’

Does anyone remember that Funeral For A Friend series of videos from a while back? The ones with a man and woman whose faces were covered in cloth? This video from indie kids Young Kato (they really are young!) reminds me a bit of it. Which isn’t a bad thing.

The video for ‘Something Real’ follows lead singer Tommy Wright as he’s unceremoniously dragged through towns and onto the coast by a never ending rope, with his bandmates featuring in cameo roles. The track is a catchy little number, and a pretty good one for the finally-here summer, so its definitely worth a listen.. Check it out below:

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Frightened Rabbit – ‘Backyard Skulls’

So I have a bit of a thing for Scottish accents. It’s not weird, I promise. I’m half Scottish and there’s just something really homely about them. Anyway, it was this love that made me such a huge fan of Frightened Rabbit in the first place. They played at a venue I was working at and though I couldn’t make the gig, I decided to look them up (based on the name, because I also love rabbits).

As another random fact, I’ve been listening to this band since ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ came out in 2008, but hadn’t actually seen the bands videos up until now. I’d never imagined the singer having a beard. *ahem*

This video for ‘Backyard Skulls’ basically reminds me of every school disco I went to. No-one dancing. Everyone sitting awkwardly on the sidelines. I’m still trying to guess which person I’d be in this. The song is beautifully despairing, like many of the bands song. It’s quite upbeat for them to be honest. Some of their tracks can reduce me to tears in less than 30 seconds. That’s a real feat right there.

If you like this, go check out every (yes, every) video on their Youtube. Do it now. You know you’ve got nothing better to do.

Frightened Rabbit’s fourth album, ‘Pedestrian Verse’ is out now.

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Free Album Sampler ‘Light It Up’

Hold Your Horse Is

Here’s something that’ll brighten up your Thursday – a free album sampler from club Feliciano, who are branching into record releases this year. With the absolutely kiss-ass Hold Your Horse Is (Reuben influenced Surrey trio) on first and fast-rising post rock quartet Our Lost Infantry later, you know the rest is going to be good.

Go get those nine tracks of audio goodness here.

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