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WATCH: SKYND – ‘Jim Jones’

An industrial spiked exploration of how manipulative the human mind can be; SKYND have shared a video for their latest single ‘Jim Jones’. The duo – formed of vocalist SKYND and producer Father – are inspired by true crime, so far sharing tracks about infamous serial killers and their victims including ‘Elisa Lam’, ‘Gary Heidnik’ and ‘Richard Ramirez’.

Both their sound and aesthetic are intensely dark and unsettling, and their new material is no exception. Speaking about the new single, SKYND explains: “I always wanted to write about Jim Jones because I’ve long been fascinated by how easily people are manipulated when it comes to religion. It was interesting how people followed him while ignoring all of the facts to the contrary about who he truly was.We put the facts of the story into music. I was also intrigued by the audio tapes of him talking his followers into suicide, I knew I had to write about it.”

Producer Father also offers some insight in to the song’s context: “Although this horrible mass suicide happened 30 years ago, this case, at its core, is more relevant than ever. Where it has always been easy for religious leaders and governments to brainwash people, it became very easy for the silver-tongued Joe Blow to do so in recent years through the help of social media and the internet. Through the invention of the World Wide Web, we’ve been promised the age of information, which ironically became the age of misinformation. It is now harder than ever to tell the difference between the facts and what’s fake. Could this development lead to a fatal event like in 1979, but on a global scale? It’s harder to imagine that it couldn’t.”

SKYND’s uncompromising vision and wariness of the warped minds of others has culminated in a fascinating new video for ‘Jim Jones’. Watch the visuals below and follow SKYND on Facebook for more updates.

SKYND UK Live Dates 2019
5/9 — The Great Escape — Brighton
6/14 — Download Festival — Donnington

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Something Leather – ‘Sip The Thrill’

A cynical psych-tinged commentary about how we try to simultaneously stall and speed up time; Brighton trio Something Leather have shared their latest single ‘Sip The Thrill’. Their sharp percussion, dark guitar noises and striking use of their vintage Philips organ gives their skepticism an intensely appealing sound.

Released on purple 7” vinyl via We Can Do It Records, this is the third single the band have shared following ‘Shotgun Persona’ and ‘Disappear On Me’. They’ve managed to secure impressive support slots with Black Midi, Phobophobes, Madonnatron, Saint Agnes and JOHN, and they’re slowly building up a reputation as one of the most vibrant and distinctive live bands on the scene. Their beloved 70’s Philips organ is fixed up with old parts of frontwoman Phillie’s grandmother’s first colour TV, giving them an authentic sound with real character.

Speaking about ‘Sip The Thrill’ the band explain: “[It’s] a song about the contradictory way in which we try to live forever without enjoying the process, dedicating so much of our time denying the inevitable. From the stop-start attack of the drums and guitar, to the driving energy of the organ and frenetic ending, juxtaposed with the dark nature of the lyrics, it’s a cynical song about chasing time.”

Watch the video for ‘Sip The Thrill’ below and follow Something Leather on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Madeline Spencer

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

WATCH: Hatchie – ‘Stay With Me’

“I’m a sucker for crying-in-the-club tracks” says Australia’s Hatchie – and we’re happy to sob under the strobe lights to her catchy new single ‘Stay With Me’. The electronic-pop gem is taken from her highly anticipated debut album Keepsake, which is set for release on June 21st via Heavenly.

Hatchie (aka Harriette Pilbeam) explains how ‘Stay With Me’ came to be: “[The song] was written as a writing exercise in an effort to step away from my usual style into something more fun and dancey. We originally wrote it with someone else in mind, but realized it was the perfect fit for my album as I wanted to expand into a different sound. It became one of my favourite songs on the record”.

On her upcoming album, Hatchie has blended and explored new textures – from industrial to new wave to dance-pop. Despite not being a sentimental person, Hatchie says the record is “a keepsake in itself” – an aural memory of moments and experiences translated with her shining, upbeat energy.

Watch the video for ‘Stay With Me’ below and pre-order your copy of Keepsake here.

Hatchie UK live Dates 2019
9-Jun Green Door Store, BRIGHTON UK
11-Jun The Louisiana, BRISTOL UK
12-Jun Moth Club, LONDON UK
13-Jun Yes, MANCHESTER UK
14-Jun Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS UK (Heavenly Weekender)

Photo credit: Joe Agius

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Hockeysmith – ‘Never Knowing’

Self described as “Kylie on acid”, Cornish electronic Producer Hockeysmith has shared her new track ‘Never Knowning’ taken from compilation album EEL.COMP1. Released via new label EEL – which was set up by Annie Hockeysmith (Hockeysmith) & Lukasz Kucharski (omoo) – the collection is designed to celebrate artists connected to the new Cornish underground scene, and is set for release on 18th April.

Following on from the release of her EP Tears At My Age earlier this year via Ex-Local, Hockeysmith is now turning her attention firmly to the talent in her hometown. EEL intends to broaden the scope of listeners to the Falmouth electronic music scene through their independent label that lays homageto the history of Cornwall’s rave scene, and the likes of Aphex Twin, John Peel and Luke Vibert.

EEL recordings takes its name firstly from Earth, from Cornwall. The second ‘E’ stands for eel, for the eely, slimy, grimy electronic music. The ‘L’ is for Loop, the repetitive cylinder of sounds and for the loopy musicians soon to be on the label. It’s an exciting new venture, and one we’re sure will be prosperous for Hockeysmith and her talented friends.

Listen to ‘Never Knowing’ below and follow Hockeysmith on Facebook for more updates.

Hockeysmith UK Live Dates 2019
14th April – Thekla, Bristol (TVAM Support)
26th May – Poltimore Festival, Cornwall
10th August – Boardmasters, Cornwall

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Grizzly Coast – ‘Half-Light Boy’

“Will you shine for them, like I shined for you?” asks Grizzly Coast on her bitter sweet new single ‘Half-Light Boy’. The track is a “sobering realization that not every person you encounter will have the same heart as you”.

It’s not all doom and gloom though! Grizzly Coasts’ buoyant guitar and gentle yet sturdy vocals are a reminder that “someone else’s lack of care for you is often due to something lacking in them – it is never an expression of what you deserve”.

Written when she was walking home from a grocery store as a compromise for a confrontation she knew she would never bother to actually have, the story behind ‘Half-Light Boy’ will resonate with anyone who’s felt like like they’re shining the spotlight on someone else, whilst simultaneously living in their shadow.

The track was produced by Taylor Lucas in his home studio, and he is also set to produce Grizzly Coasts’s new album. We’re excited to hear more from this talented newcomer. Watch the video for ‘Half-Light Boy’ below and follow Grizzly Coast on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Grace Lightman – ‘Zero Impact’

A careful yet catchy electronic curation; London-based electronic pop artist Grace Lightman explores what it’s like to have ‘Zero Impact’ on her new single, out now on Handsome Dad Records.

Describing her own sound as “one part ABBA, two parts Twin Peaks” through her gentle vocals and mixture of poppy and gritty synth textures, Lightman has created an electronic pop gem. She collaborated on the new single with longtime mentor and co-writer, Patrick J Pearson as well as Ben Baptie (previously mixed & engineered; Moses Sumney, Young Fathers, Puma Blue, Lady Gaga) who produced the single.

Speaking about ‘Zero Impact’, Lightman explains: “[the song] is about trying to exist in the world without disturbing those around you, almost like an apparition. Treading on eggshells while essentially trying to fit seamlessly into humanity. Just thought I would present that musically in a more attention seeking way.”

We’re loving Lightman’s musical juxtapositions and look forward to more details of her debut album in the coming months. Listen to ‘Zero Impact’ below and follow Grace Lightman on Facebook for more updates.

Grace Lightman will play Bluedot festival Jodrell bank, Cheshire on Friday 19th July.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut