The House of Jed is some super-quirky, sonically rich, lyrically weird, totally unique, perfectly concise pop music that is still completely accessible and overflowing with hooks. I guess it wouldn’t appeal to everyone, in a Top 40 radio kind of way, but it’s right up our alley here, and so we’re going to keep talking about it. The new single is “You’ll Wait A Long Time For Me,” and it bears all the classic House of Jed hallmarks − crisp and clear, uncluttered production, tight and driving beat, and vaguely spooky (the extended bridge after the last chorus seriously reminds me of the ending of “Thriller”). Listen…
Somewhere between atmospheric electro pop jams and dancefloor bangers lies Iman‘s brand new single, “Wishing.” The London-based independent artist has been best known until now for writing and recording with Ed Sheeran and Rudimental, and was also called into writing sessions for Kanye West. But her smooth and sweet voice is quickly coming to the fore, as she gains international attention, and this new single demonstrates why. The clever and precise production is subtle enough to pull off the trick of creating a mellow vibe for a should-be dance pop hit.
Meanwhile, Iman is in the midst of a tour funded by a grant from PRS For Music Foundation. Here are the dates:
- 24th April 2017 – Lost in The Manor Vs Lady @ The Finsbury Pub | Free Entry | Get More Info here
- 27th April 2017 – Discovery 2 @ The 229 | Get Your tickets Now
- 28th April 2017 – BlueBerry Nation @ Ma Dame West London | Get your Tickets Now
- 6th May 2017 – Acklam Village | Set time – 5.00PM – 5.45PM | Free Entry | Get More info here
Juno-nominated Canadian duo Madison Violet have released the video for their single “We Are Famous,” from the forthcoming LP The Knight Sessions. It’s a fun clip, showcasing candid footage of members Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac on the road and in the studio, intercut with nicely staged performance shots. In that structure, it’s oddly reminiscent of the heyday of classic ’80s-’90s MTV videos, particularly of the glam/hair metal variety, but this time without the bluster and absurd self-seriousness. However the lightness of the Madison Violet video simultaneously belies and compliments the meditative, near-cosmic vibe of the mandolin and acoustic guitar-driven song itself. Check it out below. Follow @MadisonViolet on Twitter.
Our very own hometown of Boston is losing one of its great rock and roll bands. Aloud, who you might remember hearing about on these very virtual pages, are moving out to Los Angeles, but they’re leaving us some parting gifts. Firstly, they will of course be touring their way out west. The No Sleep ‘Til LA tour commences April 24th in Manhattan. See the current list of dates below. Secondly, they’ll be releasing a new limited edition, double A-side 7″ single – “Empty House” / “Falling Out Of Love” on the same date, which you can pre-order now, right here.
While we await the new songs, let’s enjoy this one, shall we?
Don’t forget to see the tour dates below. Aloud is the real deal. Catch them if you can.
NO SLEEP TIL LA TOUR:
4/24 • New York City, NY • Berlin
with Gillian, The Come On
4/25 • Pittsburgh, PA • James Street Downstairs
with Park Plan, Zoob
4/26 • Grand Ledge, MI • The Fledge
with Hat Madder, Tidal, Stop Bobby Hatch
4/27 • Chicago, IL • Quenchers
with The Runaway Five, Jesse W. Johnson and Coyote Scream
5/2 • Denver, CO • Mercury Cafe
with Married a Dead Man
5/4 • Albuquerque, NM • Burt’s Tiki Lounge
with Gerunding, Eileen & the In-Betweens, Train Conductor
5/6 • Los Angeles, CA • El Cid
with Jacob the Horse
(additional tour dates TBA)
Nashville pop/funk band The Love Elektrik burst onto our charts just a few months ago, and have been featured on our radio show a couple of times already. They’ve now released their new single, “Supernatural,” a catchy, slow burner about which the band says, “We’re not 100% sure, but we think this song is about an encounter with a vampire stripper at an EDM festival. Listen and decide for yourself!” You know…that old chestnut. Listen below, and buy it here.
As comfortingly familiar as certain strains of retro-tinged garage rock can be, it often has a downside of being perfectly predictable. Not too bad a downside, of course, if you’re just trying to recapture the raw excitement of vintage rock. But it’s so much more thrilling to hear the classic tape echo tones and amped-up fuzz-jangle taking unexpected musical turns. That’s what Australia’s Royal Chant has brought us with their new track, “I Get A Kick Out Of Being Kicked Around By You.” It’s a great title, to begin with, and the Merseybeat groove of the track is a baseline for inventive melodies and chord changes that never do quite what you expect them to to. Royal Chant has cleverly paired the song with some cut together ’70s-era home movies to complete the vintage vibe. Watch below.