ALBUM: Anteros – ‘When We Land’

After putting it off for many years, I’ve finally learned to drive, and as every 27 (or 17) year old knows; a perfect driving album is key to any good road trip. Enter When We Land, the debut album from Anteros released via Distiller Records. It’s the perfect dream-pop companion to hit the open road with.

Since forming in 2014, the band have been making the rounds touring the UK with groups such as Two Door Cinema Club, Blaenavon, and White Lies. They hit up Glastonbury and Reading along the way, honing their disco-pumping rock. I love a band that waits a little while to put out their debut album, and just like driving, this album is well worth the wait.

Standout Tracks include ‘Honey’ – an absolute thumping ear-worm with a lovely, sticky, fuzzy-bee of a bass tone. If ‘Honey’ is the call, then ‘Afterglow’ is the superb melancholic response. This banger would sound at home on the Atomic Blonde soundtrack. It sounds like you’re trying to dance your troubles away in a Berlin club and don’t want to find the exit.

‘Drive On’, the lead single from the album, keeps this record steaming on, and I particularly love the exposed fragility of Laura Hayden’s vocal in the bridge. ‘Ordinary Girl’ is a slowed down power ballad to gesticulate to, the best part of which being the drop before the gargantuan chorus kicks in. If the rest of the album is a night out, then this is the crippling, reflective hangover. Actually, this track is the reason for the night out in the first place; there’s an underpin of heartbreak to this album, and ‘Ordinary Girl’ finally gives the listener some answers as to where this heartbreak came from.

If you’re a fan of Black Honey, Dream Wife or Goldfrapp; you’re definitely going to be interested in Anteros’ album. It’s a great debut from a hard-working new band and it’ll take them to all the right places. Grab your copy here.

Anteros UK Live Dates 2019
26/03 Banquet Records in-store, London
27/03 Rough Trade in-store, Bristol
28/03 Rough Trade in-store, Nottingham
07/04 The Waterfront, Norwich
08/04 The Joiners, Southampton
09/04 Scala, London
11/04 Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
12/04 Dryden Street Social, Leicester
13/04 Arts Club, Liverpool
15/04 Stereo, Glasgow
16/04 The Cluny, Newcastle
17/04 The Gorilla, Manchester
19/04 Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
20/04 The Key Club, Leeds

Mark Docherty

Track Of The Day: Emilie Kahn – ‘Will You?’

Beautifully melancholic and expertly produced, Montreal songwriter Emilie Kahn‘s latest single ‘Will You?’ makes for a poignant and earnest listen. The track is taken from  her second album Outro, which is set for release on 22nd February via Secret City Records.

The new song is accompanied by an equally beautiful music video, directed by Aaliyeh Afshar and Max Taeuschel. Speaking about the visuals, the pair explain: “We wanted to highlight Emilie’s performance while exploring the dark but tender feeling of the song. Playing with the mirror, blinds and faux walls, we wanted to delve into the liminal divide between life and death in a physical way”.

Emilie Kahn’s alternative pop tunes have an exquisite pain about them, and ‘Will You?’ is another shining example of the songwriter’s ability to achieve so much through minimal but focused music. Listen to ‘Will You?’ below and follow Emilie Kahn on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: BaoNgho

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Laura Musgrave – ‘Two of a Kind’

Leicestershire songwriter Laura Musgrave has shared her latest single ‘Two of a Kind’ with a heartwarming video to accompany it. The footage features photos of Laura’s fans who submitted their “two of a kind” photos, whilst Laura’s gentle vocals celebrate the special unions they have.

Although she never stopped writing music, Laura returned to recording again after a decade long hiatus in 2018. The break not only gave Laura the chance to feel more comfortable with her style of music, it also helped her to find inspiration in other genres too; including folk, country and blues.

Laura’s perseverance and ingenuity have led her to create easy-listening tunes like ‘Two Of A Kind’. Listen to the the track below and follow Laura on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Noga Erez – ‘Bad Habits’

Tel Aviv renegade Noga Erez has 2018’s shortcomings in her interrogative spotlight in the video for brand new track ‘Bad Habits’. It’s a snarling tirade of anger, spoken through gritted teeth; and it marks an exciting change in style since her 2017 debut album Off The Radar (released via City Slang).

“‘Bad Habits’ is written from a place where one feels they’ve lost all direction and meaning”, Erez explains. “2018, so far, feels to me like living in a place that continues to go down a sloppy road that leads to the loss of any core values that we have grown up with.”

Erez exhibits an intense defiance in both her lyrics and her music: “I’m no-one, but who the fuck are you? Huh?” she repeats, as the beats of Ori Rousso – her partner, co-writer, composer & producer – helps ‘Bad Habits’ mutate in to a “gritty, truth-seeking alt-pop” anthem – culminating in Erez’s vicious “Fuck you” at the close of the song.

Noga Erez is set to play an extensive amount of European Festivals this summer, so we recommend following her on Facebook to keep updated on dates and tickets. Listen to ‘Bad Habits’ below.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut