Track Of The Day: Maria Kelly – ‘july’

Having played at festivals such as The Great Escape and Electric Picnic, as well as sharing stages with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Lisa Hannigan, Irish artist Maria Kelly released her latest EP notes to self at the end of last year.

Taken from the EP, new single ‘july’ looks inward, exploring the idea that we are ultimately in control of how we feel, and must take responsibility for what we choose to dwell on. Another truly beautiful offering from Kelly, it flows with her silky smooth, emotion strewn vocals and a delicate, spine-tingling musicality. Oozing a heartbreaking sense of vulnerability, it sparkles with a mystical grandeur, creating a simply mesmerising slice of alt-folk. 

Directed by Gareth Walsh, watch the new video for ‘july’ here:

notes to self is out now via Veta Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Tallies – ‘Easy Enough’

Consisting of Sarah Cogan, Dylan Frankland, Cian O’Neill, and Stephen Pitman, Toronto-based Tallies have just released their eponymous debut album.

Taken from the album, the band’s latest single ‘Easy Enough’ oozes a captivating, dreamy haze as the raw vocals of Cogan soar alongside a whirring scuzz. With its shoegazey, spiralling hooks and luscious emotion-driven energy, it’s impossible not to get sucked into its hypnotic allure and fall instantly in love with the unique, swirling charm of this Tallies.

Produced by Christopher Mills, watch the new video for ‘Easy Enough’ here:

Tallies’ eponymous debut album is out now via Fear Of Missing Out Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ Wolf Girl, 11.01.19

Following a year’s worth of super amazing bands playing for us in 2018 – including Wendy Rae Fowler, Witch Fever, The Magnettes, The Menstrual Cramps, Sit Down and Fightmilk  – we were back at The Finsbury on Friday for another jam-packed night of the best new music, for our first gig of the year!

Kicking things off was brand new project KIN for their second ever gig. Considering it’s still such early days for the band, their deliver their captivating alt-pop with an alluring majesty, leaving us all eager to hear more.

Next up, The Other Ones deliver an energy-fuelled, hair swirling set filled with uplifting punk-pop gems. Oozing a magnetising charisma, they win us all over with their animated, fiery passion.

Penultimate band of the night, Argonaut, blast onto the stage with a riotous, explosive force. Delivering empowering anthems with a truly immersive energy, they assure each of us that “You are beautiful”, capturing an inclusive Riot Grrrl spirit; even jumping into the crowd to whirl me and fellow GIHE gal Kate round in a whirl of exuberant, patriarchy-smashing joy.

Headliners Wolf Girl deliver their utterly dreamy indie-pop anthems to a crowd of adoring fans, each singing and bopping along to their infectious jangly scuzz and twinkling uplifting harmonies. Celebrating queerness and being able to be yourself, a driving energy propels Healey’s luscious vocals as each and every offering fills me with a sparkling sense of bliss that only comes with seeing my most favourite of bands.

Huge thanks to the four amazing bands who made our first gig of 2019 so special! Make sure you catch us next month at The Finsbury on 8th February with headliners Muertos.

Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles
Photos: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto

Introducing Interview: LUNIR

Having received acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Amazing Radio’s Jim Gellatly, Scottish duo LUNIR create luscious, soul-strewn creations, fusing together glitchy electronics and silky-smooth, soaring vocals.

With their new single ‘Wadidi’ released at the end of last year, we caught up with LUNIR to find out more…

Hi LUNIR, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about the band?
Thank you! So, there’s two of us: Becky and David. We make music.

Your new single ‘Wadidi’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
It’s a soulful but very playful track about independence and self-actualisation.

You’ve been compared to the likes of Solange and LION BABE, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
Yes, Solange is definitely up there, and not even just for her music but the way she approaches art and style and performance in general, so those comparisons are definitely flattering. Other artists we’re really into are Emily King, Kimbra, Glass Animals, Royal Canoe, Queen, Lianne La Havas, Hiatus Kaiyote… The list is endless and constantly grows!

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
At the moment it feels like we don’t have ONE local music scene. Our current place is Cologne and we’re still exploring what’s what and who’s who, which is really fun. But there is also Edinburgh, where we’re from as a band, and which never ceases to amaze us with an abundance of cool new artists and a compact yet vibrant live music scene.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
We approach music in a very detail-oriented, maximalist way but at the moment keep the number of people involved in the process rather minimal. David generally looks like an octopus on stage, doing a million things at once – singing whilst playing drums with one hand and synth keys and bass with the other. The fact that there’s only us, however, means that rather than worrying about communicating what’s happening with lots of other people, we can be really spontaneous and just have fun on stage.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
Yes! Garth, JEFFE, St. Martiins, Scarlett Randle, VanIves.

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
It’s probably both easier and more difficult for bands now. It’s so much easier to produce music yourself, to self-publish, self-release etc. But it can also be tricky to cut through all of that and reach the people you want to reach without going bankrupt in the process.

Finally, what does 2019 have in store for LUNIR?
Plenty of new music!

Huge thanks to LUNIR for answering our questions!

‘Wadidi’ is out now.

Track Of The Day: Track Not Found – ‘Run Me Down’

Following their EP The Only Way Is Lost and last year’s ‘Science (Gone Wrong)’, Guernsey’s Track Not Found have now signed to Funnel Music and shared a brand new single.

Oozing a raw, punk-infused energy ‘Run Me Down’ is propelled by scuzzy throbbing bass and gritty vocals as it races with an immense, soaring power. Filled with catchy hooks and an impassioned, gutsy emotion, it’s an instant ear-worm, marking this young band out as definite ones to watch in 2019.

Watch the new video for ‘Run Me Down’ here:

And keep your ears peeled for more from Track Not Found this year!

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Martha Fitzpatrick Photography

Track Of The Day: Argonaut – ‘Girl Talk’

Since releasing their third album Forever last year, London band Argonaut have undergone a line-up change incorporating additional female members including former luminaries of legendary indie groups Hefner and Monochrome Set and UK Riot Grrrls Linus. Now, with their latest EP, appropriately entitled The New Argonaut EP, the band have stayed true to their DIY roots with this collection of infectious offerings.

Taken from the EP, latest single ‘Girl Talk’ is an empowering, punk-pop anthem. With motivational lyrics such as “You rock, you can change the world, you inspire boys and girls, you can do anything!”, it’s the perfect pick-me-up to kick start the new year. Filled with shimmering hooks and a magnificent punk-rock spirit, it’ll leave you ready to face 2019 with all the immense, buoyant energy that it oozes.

Filmed on Hampstead Heath, the video for ‘Girl Talk’ is available to watch now:

The New Argonaut EP is out now, order here. And catch Argonaut live for us at The Finsbury, next Friday 11th January, supporting Wolf Girl!

Mari Lane
@marimindles