Friday, 31 August 2012

Two Door Cinema Club

In anticipation of the highly awaited new album 'Beacon' (due to be released in two days time) I thought it was about time that the incredible music of Two Door Cinema Club was mentioned. For those who aren't aware, Two Door Cinema Club are a three piece indie rock band from Bangor and Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland. Their debut album 'Tourist History' was released back in 2010 to rave reviews. Their up and coming album 'Beacon' is said to stick to the sound that made them successful, it combines uplifting electro pop with introspective melancholy undercurrent. If you like Foster The People or Bombay Bicycle Club I definitely recommend you listening to Two Door Cinema Club, their new album is set to concrete their status in the indie band charts, creating an even bigger buzz than the one that's already surrounding them. I recommend you listening to the two biggest hits off their first album 'Tourist History'- 'What You Know' and 'Something Good Can Work'.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Of Monsters and Men

Of Monsters and Men is a six-piece indie folk band from Iceland. Their increasing success has flung them to the US top 10, a feat that has eluded fellow Icelanders Bjork and Sigur Ros. Their sudden success can only be credited to their fantastic and unique music, their delicate combination and contrast between male and female vocalists adds a fiery tone to the music that has drawn large similarities to Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. The Arcade Fire comparisons will not have hurt them in the US marketplace, but to UK ears, there's something about the open-hearted harmonies that sounds similar to The Magic Numbers, or even the vocal interplay of The XX. The way both singers expertly wield acoustic guitars that balance and bounce off the beautiful vocals creates a sense that this is the folk band to watch this year. Mark my words they will make it big. I recommend listening to their single 'Little Talks'.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

The Drums

The Drums are an American indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York who are definitely worth listening to, especially if you are a fan of Joy Division or Beach House. Their music is decked out in insanely catchy riffs and The Smiths-like melancholy. Described as a modern day Beach Boy's and filled with influences of The Smiths, The Drums are set for even more success. The catchy riffs and backings are amplified in each and every song by front man Jonathan Pierce's deep and meaningful lyrics, telling the story of heartbreak and reminding the audience that this incredible band is capable of emotion. The question is however.. what is better, the hard grafted music or Pierce's spontaneous retro and quite frankly awkward dancing? I'll let you decide for yourself... Listen to 'Best Friend' and 'Down By The Water' my personal favourite songs by The Drums.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat is an American pop singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Malibu, California. You can be forgiven just this once for not having heard the name Colbie Caillat all that frequently, her first albums have failed to create a large buzz in the UK, her music is sweet and soulful. This makes it definetely worth listening to. While there is no denying the simple pleasures of Caillat's pleasing voice and sunny pop attitude, her recently released album 'All of You' contains much more variety and this really makes the album work well. Caillat retains her pleasing guile, however has added a small dose of reality. Caillat is definitely worth listening to while traces of summer still remain, I recommend one of her earlier songs 'Bubbly'  

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club are and English indie rock band from Crouch End, London who are definitely worth listening to. Here we are, four years, three albums and 10 singles into their career and they have no where near enough of the credit or fan base in which they deserve. They have a distinct sound that combines the upbeat base and melodies of Vampire Weekend with the overlaying sound of The Killers. Their most recent album 'A Different Kind Of Fix' is a band on alignment of everything that Bombay Bicycle Club do best, the music perfectly portrays the powerful stylistic elements that they have integrated into their soulful lyrics. I would recommend listening to their incredible single 'Shuffle', the song is a huge upbeat summer hit, I can guarantee that you will have it stuck in your head for hours....