WATCH: Colleen Green – ‘I Wanna Be A Dog’

Witty metamorphosis collides with anthemic nostalgia to take us for a drive in the sunshine in Colleen Green’s new track ‘I Wanna Be A Dog‘. In anticipation of her upcoming record, Cool, Green gives us a taste of her evolution since her previous releases, in both personal and musical disclosures.

‘I Wanna Be A Dog’ is a humour-filled track pivoted at the tropes and complexities of the human experience. What a paradise a dog’s life seems when life becomes puzzling, the playful track reflects. However, Green is self aware even in her fantasies; she is unafraid to include herself as accountable for her own complexities as she unravels that she’s “still getting pulled back by my own leash, that I put on myself repeatedly.” Green makes the debacle of getting in
your own way a relatable obstacle and one that manifests in its own unique character as she reveals her habits of overthinking and lethargy.

With buoyant vocals, driving guitars and an uplifting groove, ‘I Wanna Be A Dog’ carries an early 2000s pop-rock disposition that characterises an endearing, nostalgic warmth. The vocals remain both confident and nonchalant throughout the whole track, perpetually conveying a lo-fi attitude and a punk demeanour. Colleen Green hosts an escape to another life, or a previous one, in her feel-good, sing-along anthem, ‘I Wanna Be A Dog’.

Directed by Steele O’ Neal, watch the new video for ‘I Wanna Be A Dog’ here:

Cool, the upcoming album from Colleen Green, is set for release on 10th September via Hardly Art. Pre-order here and check out Colleen Green’s Patreon page here.

Jill Goyeau
@jillybxxn

Photo Credit: Jason MacDonald

#ThrowbackThursday: GIHE w/ LibraLibra 14.06.18

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we’re unable to make it in to the Hoxton Radio studio to broadcast our weekly live new music show from 7-9pm. Instead, we’re sharing previous show recordings as #ThrowbackThursday sessions, so you can still enjoy 2 hours of new music tunes & chats with some of our favourite artists each week.

Today, we’ve picked our June 2018 show with with the wonderful Brighton-based band LibraLibra (which was recognised as part of the Mayor of London’s #SoundsLikeLondon 2018 campaign!) Beth, Joe & Guy joined Kate in the studio to talk about playing live with ILL, their creative process, their single ‘Tongues’ and the joy of playing live. They basically laughed for 15 minutes straight.

Listen back to the show here:

Tracklist
Placebo – Scared Of Girls
Slander – Slow Motion
Where We Sleep – Veins
Gurr – Hot Summer
Malunga – Never Let Me Go
Carolyn’s Fingers – Twice Born
Indian Queens – Pretty Little Thing
Mercy’s Cartel – Feel My Vibe
Nick Wilson – All The Same
Pitou – Give Me a Glass
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Rebecca Phillips – Burnt Peach
**LibraLibra Interview**
LibraLibra – Animali
LibraLibra – Tongues
Yumi & The Weather – Look At The Night
Anna Aaron – Why Not?
Bad Sidekick – Circus
Noga Erez – Bad Habits
Everything By Electricity – A Place To Call My Own
Foxtrott – Wait
EVVOL – Release Me
The Breeders – Cannonball

Premiere: Deva St. John – ‘The Information Age’

Having wowed audiences at a Sofar Sounds showcase in August, and with a BBC Introducing headline show planned for next month, London born artist Deva St.John blasted into ears last year with her debut single ‘Afterlife’. Now, sharing a brand new release, she looks set to be a definite one to watch.

Oozing the soaring grit of her impassioned vocals, ‘The Information Age’ is a sarcastic salute to the often oppressive nature of social media. Building in tension with a poignant raw emotion alongside a riotous energy and catchy, raging hooks, it’s an instantly infectious alt-rock anthem. Of the track, Deva St. John explains:

I wrote ‘The Information Age’ after spending way too long comparing myself to other people. I was beginning to feel my self worth deteriorate with every passing post; watching people I love allow misinformation to cloud their judgement, while knowing the media I’m consuming is probably just as manipulative; seeing the growth and decay of important news due to a lack of any public attention span; watching entire gigs through an audience member’s phone screen. It’s become so easy to distract ourselves. I wanted to remind people that a hive mind isn’t the answer, especially when your Queen Bee is a sewer rat.”

Recorded with Clem Cherry at London’s Eastcote Studios, and mastered with John Davis at Metropolis, ‘The Information Age’ is out tomorrow 1st November.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

 

Track Of The Day: Palm Haze – ‘Second Round’

Described as “another story told by the unconscious”, Vancouver-via-Brazil shoegaze duo Palm Haze have shared their latest single ‘Second Round’. Taken from their recent album Rêve Bleu – released via YHS Records – the track is a deceptively calm swirl of sultry vocals and riotous, fuzzy guitar sounds.

Formed of vocalist/bassist Anna Wagner and guitarist/producer Lucas Inacio, Palm Haze blend elements of alt-rock, shoegaze, and trip-hop to create moody, furiously dark noise. The pair lose themselves in the chaos of the loud and the quiet, which they demonstrate clearly on ‘Second Round’. It’s a five minute journey in to the “forbidden paths” of their inner world.

Speaking about their recent album Rêve Bleu, the pair explain: “[the record] will bring up chaotic emotions and thoughts, taking you much further from reality and closer to the wonders of uncertainty. Where could you go? What could you do? It’s a fantasy you fall on accidentally…It’s the kind of dream you’re afraid of, but also tempted towards.”

Listen to ‘Second Round’ below and follow Palm Haze on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: by Philippe Hardardt

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut