Premiere: Alice Robinson – ‘Rise’

Having already charmed crowds at a number of Irish festivals including Carrickmacross Arts Festival and Gothic Species Festival, Louth-based artist Alice Robinson is now ready to share her spellbinding debut single.

Exploring the theme of inequality in modern society, ‘Rise’ oozes an overwhelming, stirring emotion. Flowing with twinkling hooks and Robinson’s soaring, cinematic vocals, it’s driven by a subtle, haunting power and grandiose ethereal aura. Bringing to mind the beguiling musicality of the likes of Tori Amos or PJ Harvey, ‘Rise’ is an epic, and truly immersive, debut from the Irish songwriter.

Watch the surreal new video for ‘Rise’ here:

Catch Alice Robinson live at Fibber Magees, Dublin on 29th November.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Premiere: Twist Helix – ‘Newcastle’

Following dynamic single ‘Graphite’, indie-electro trio Twist Helix have now shared another bold offering from their upcoming album Ouseburn. 

An ode to the band’s industrial hometown, ‘Newcastle’ flows with twinkling keys as the emotion-strewn vocals of frontwoman Bea Garcia soar. Propelled by ’80s-reminiscent vibes and luscious, electro-driven layers of sound, it’s an anthemic offering that builds with a stirring majesty. Interweaving a raw, impassioned power with catchy, uplifting hooks, it’s a truly euphoric slice of dreamy alt-pop.

Of the track, the band explain:

As a group we were tired of cliches of industrial decline, on ‘Newcastle’ we wanted to give a different vision of “The North”. We wanted to capture a feeling of optimism and possibility about our region and portray a city and its people rising like a phoenix from the ashes of industry.”

Listen to ‘Newcastle’, for the first time, here:

 

Ouseburn, the upcoming album from Twist Helix, is out on 5th October via Paul Black Music.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

Introducing Interview: Belako

Having wowed us with their immersive live show at Finsbury Park supporting Queens Of The Stone Age in the summer, Basque Country band Belako are now about to embark on a UK tour.

Spending the year touring a dozen countries, 3 continents and gathering a host of new fans along the way, the band also released latest album Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence – a collection of poignant, genre-pushing offerings executed with gritty passion, marking themselves out as a definite band on the rise.

We caught up with Belako to find out more…

Hi Belako! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves and what you do?
Hi! We think of ourselves as a band that mixes different influences and turns them into eclectic songs in constant transformation. We do punk, noise, rock, synth pop, new wave, no wave. We’re still trying different sounds on our recordings but our live shows are much more organic, visceral and the best presentation card we have so far.

How did you initially get together and start creating music?
Cris and Josu met at the university of Fine Arts. Because of their shared passion for almost all the same bands, they went to rehearse some covers (Massive Attack, Pixies…) with Lore, Josu’s sister, in an old abandoned factory in the suburb named “Belako”. A few months later Lander joined them and the team was made. We started creating our own music since the very beginning, it all happened pretty naturally.

Your fantastic album Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence is out now, can you tell us a bit about it? Are there any themes running throughout it?
We think its title sums up pretty well all of the lyrics in one sentence, as all of them are about different violent situations we observe from the lucky side of the planet in the media (trivial violence = T.V.), while we keep a passive attitude about them. We feel very proud of this album, it has a lot of different musical arrangements but all of the songs are connected in a certain logical order.

We’ve heard about the track ‘Over The Edge’ as being “against gender violence” – do you feel it’s important to address this issue in music?
It is crucial to address this issue in every field – we are musicians, so we do it in our music, in our gigs and whenever we are asked. We understood at some point how lucky we were because of the chance we have had with the band to raise our voice and be heard. This should matter always to everyone – women are being murdered, raped, beaten, humiliated in many different ways all over the world.

We love your gritty, post-punk sound, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
We are inspired by Gorillaz, Talking Heads, Flaming Lips, Grimes, MGMT, The Voidz because of their unlimited creativity, and Savages, Dream Wife, Empress Of, Surfbort, Idles, because of their attitude and live performances. We also take strong influence from bands from our home, the Basque Country, because of their sound and use of the Basque language in music which we try to conserve – they are from the ’80s, Itoiz and Hertzainak.

We were blown away seeing you live at Finsbury Park with Queens Of The Stone Age this summer, but is there a particular concert you’ve played so far that stands out as a highlight?
Fortunately, there are a lot of special concerts in our minds when we’re asked about this and it is hard to choose just one or two. Thinking about the first time we came to the UK, we fell in love with Scotland – playing at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh with the magnificent Scottish duo Nice Church (after whom we named a song on our last album) was a gift. Small dark noisy venue, the best.

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see much live music?
The Basque Country has a lot of interesting bands and we try to catch as many gigs as we can. There is a huge tradition of punk-rock but nowadays you get to see alternative projects that should be touring abroad as well!

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new Spanish bands/artists who you’d recommend we check out?
From the Basque Country there’s Lukiek, Vulk, Cecilia Payne, Toc, LesteryEliza, Yellow Big Machine… From Catalunya there’s Mourn, from Madrid, Favx, and from Valencia, La Plata.

And how do you feel the industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
It is a very hostile world, ruled by social networks, the amount of followers you have… Basically we live in the image era and both mainstream and alternative bands play the same game. Usually the profiles people get to see on the internet are detached from the artists or bands’ realities. All that might recall success or fame doesn’t mean an easy and solved life, follows and likes aren’t money on your account, but they are the vehicle to get bigger audiences, and live shows are what most musicians make a living out of nowadays.

Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Belako?
We will play London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham (17th to 20th of September), then off to Hamburg for the Reeperbahn Festival, Bime Festival in Bilbao, and several dates in Spain including big venues in Madrid and Barcelona.

Huge thanks to Belako for answering our questions!
Thanks for asking 😉

Catch Belako live in the UK at the following dates. Tickets here.

17th September – The Lexington, London
18th September – Gullivers, Manchester
19th September – Stereo, Glasgow
20th September – The Flapper, Birmingham

 

WATCH: Noga Erez – ‘Cash Out’ (feat. SAMMUS)

Noga Erez has shared a set of brutal but fascinating new visuals to accompany her latest single ‘Cash Out’. Co-starring Philadelphia rapper SAMMUS, the video was directed by Hen Makhluf and conceived by Erez and her collaborator Ori Rousso.

The visuals tell the story of a society without men, where women are left to fend for themselves, pitting against each other in punishing street-fights. It brings the track’s context about the contradicting pressures piled on women through consumerist society to life, with stunning clarity.

Speaking about the new video, Erez explains: “We tell a story about a society of women left in a world without men. Specifically, focusing on a group who arrange street fighting meet-ups – fights for the mere joy and rush of adrenaline. In that female-only world we imagine the behaviour of the women and how much of the societal female characteristics remain and what’s lost.”

“The [song’s] intention is to list out things that can make you a successful woman, in the most twisted, chauvinistic way. What society’s version is contradicts itself (eat breakfast, not too much), and is derived from the image of well-being and wealth that is presented to us alongside commercials about food, food porn etc. It all sums up a person feeling that their mind is exploding from consuming everything that we are fed by society and advertising companies.”

Alongside SAMMUS’ blistering raps – “I can handle many scandals like I am the Pope, not the sistine’s / What I can’t do is dismantle every single trope in our histories.” – Erez’s message is more powerful ad relevant than ever. Check out the video for ‘Cash Out’ below and follow Noga Erez on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Introducing Interview: Majestic Minds

Having just released their debut single as new collaborative duo Majestic Minds, producer Haides and singer-songwriter Marlie have, between them, previously received praise from the likes of Magnetic Magazine, The DJ List and Music Ninja.

Now, with the release of the slick, soulful sounds of ‘Oxygen’, hope to win over fans with their mesmerising blend of nostalgic feel-good tunes and unique take on UK dance.

We caught up with Majestic Minds to find out more…

Hi Majestic Minds, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about the band?
Hello! Majestic Minds consists of two people, myself (Haides) and Marlie. We are relatively new as a duo but we have been working in the music industry individually for a few years now.

How did you initially all get together and start creating music?
We had a session together which was put together by mutual management and we just started making music and putting some ideas down. It wasn’t till a little later that we found a sound that we both liked and could draw from the same musical influences.

Your new single ‘Oxygen’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
So, this song is about needing someone in your life as a necessity just like you need oxygen and water. Initially the original song we created was much slower and more emotional, then after listening to it a few times we took the vocal by itself and sped it up over a Garage beat. The track then developed a whole new feel. With the combination of an emotional top line mixed with a beat that makes you want to dance, we knew we were on to something and had to release it!

 

You’ve been compared to the likes of Flume and Artful Dodger, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
We have both grown up listening to all genres of music. We found a common ground when we were discussing old house and garage tracks that gave us nostalgia upon listening to them. So for ‘Oxygen’ we drew influence from artists like Craig David, Disclosure and MJ Cole.

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
We live in different parts of London (Croydon & Streatham), but there is always something going on whether it’s at Box Park or somewhere in central. I (Haides) like to see a lot of DJs playing so I mainly go to club nights in London.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
Energy!

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
We would recommend Dom McAllister and Iyamah. They are some of our favourites at the moment.

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 hard for everyone to get noticed. There are so many people making music these days whether they are an artist, songwriter, producer or musician – making good music is only one part of it. You have to connect with the right people and develop a loyal fan base from the word go to make sure that when opportunities do come, you and your music are ready.

Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Majestic Minds?

We have four more tracks from our debut EP still to come, but we will be playing in London at some point in the near future to present our EP. We also have our own individual projects that we are working on at the moment too,, but we will be back in the studio again very soon to take Majestic Minds to the next level!

Huge thanks to Majestic Minds for answering our questions! 

WATCH: Ah! Kosmos – ‘Wide’ (feat. Özgür Yılmaz)

A mesmerising montage of striking, sensual images make up the new visuals for Ah! Kosmos‘s new video ‘Wide’. The track is taken from her upcoming second album Beautiful Swamp, which is set for release on October 5th via Compost Records.

Born in Istanbul and now based in Berlin, Ah! Kosmos (aka Başak Günak) is a sound designer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. She sweeps listeners up in to a rapture with her intense soundscapes filled with rhythmic guitar melodies, and her collaboration with guitarist Özgür Yılmaz on ‘Wide’ is another stunning example of this.

The breathtaking new video – directed by Berlin-based artist Harun Güler – perfectly compliments the track’s atmospheric guitar, captivating percussion and hypnotic vocals. The visuals provide further insight in to her upcoming album Beautiful Swamp, as Ah! Kosmos explains: “Swamp as an image represents this album’s process. Sinking into the step that I’m taking, and taking the next move from that sunken space. The ground was pulling me in and this slowly let me find my sensibility, softness, flexibility and also power”. This flexibility and power has been developing since her 2015 debut record Bastards, and we can’t wait to see where it takes her sound next.

Watch the video for ‘Wide’ below and follow Ah! Kosmos on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Fürkan Temir

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

WATCH: She Drew The Gun – ‘Resister’

She Drew The Gun uses body paint and bright lights to rev things up in her new video for latest single ‘Resister’. The track is a measured but rallying cry to persevere in the face of adversity, and is taken from her upcoming album Revolution Of Mind (due to be released on October 5th via Skeleton Key Records).

‘Resister’ hosts buzzing guitar riffs, persistent percussion and lyrics fused with empowering messages. Guitarist & songwriter Louisa Roach says the new record is permeated by themes of “Empowerment; arming yourself with knowledge; questioning the status quo…” and her new video is further proof of her determination to keep on resisting any forces that try to oppress her.

Produced by James Skelly (The Coral) at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, Revolution Of Mind is set to be another powerful collection of songs from this affluent and informed songwriter. She Drew The Gun will return to the live scene following the release of their album, supporting The Coral on all dates of their UK tour. Watch the video for ‘Resister’ below and follow She Drew The Gun on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut