PLAYLIST: August 2018

The British heatwave rages on with its blue skies and scorching sun, and us Get In Her Ears girls are here to help you through the head-melting heat with a mixture of cool new tunes. Take some time to scroll through our track selections, and hit play on the Spotify link at the bottom of the page…

Dream Nails – ‘Merkury’
Fast becoming known for their sparkling combination of activism and catchy tunes, GIHE faves Dream Nails are back with a new disco-punk banger. Perhaps less political than previous hits, ‘Merkury’ is a tongue-in-cheek take on the adverse effects of the planets misaligning and causing havoc in our everyday lives when Mercury Retrograde strikes. Flowing with sweeping honey-sweet vocals and shimmering melodies alongside groovy basslines, it’s a truly infectious intergalactic delight. Watch the wonderfully spacey, psychedelic video for ‘Merkury’ here. (Mari Lane)

WHITE RING – ‘Nothing’
Warped, watery vocals and thumping percussion combine in densely hypnotic style on WHITE RING‘s latest single, ‘Nothing’. Taken from their recent album Gate Of Grief, the track is accompanied by a video which shows the pair immersed in their own sound. Watch it here(Kate Crudgington)

AyOwA – ‘Sommer’
I couldn’t not include ‘Sommer’ by AyOwA in August’s playlist. Having seen these guys for the first time last week at our Notting Hill Arts Club event, they totally stole the show for me!  Seeing AyOwa peform Sommer was a highlight for me – more heady and more haunting then I could have wished for. (Tash Walker)

hear – ‘OYSTERS’
I’ve found a new addiction and it comes in the form of new musical project hear with their dark, hypnotic, lyrically enchanting music. ‘OYSTERS’ in particular stood out for me with it’s poetically pertinent messages of sexual perversion, discovery, frustration, desire… ‘did it please you well? to see her hanging there’. It’s hard for me not to draw parallels to early Savages, however hear are of course distinct in their own version of post-ponk. hear is a musical project from Jorinde Croese and Natalie Connlly who aptly say “We’re not quite sure how to classify – labels perhaps feel a little old, and the music doesn’t quite come from obvious reference points, at least not for us.” Without a doubt hear are now firmly on my ‘Ones to Watch’ list, fingers crossed for some live dates soon. (TW)

Something Leather – ‘Disappear On Me’
I saw Brighton’s Something Leather live for the second time at The Lock Tavern last weekend at We Can Do It’s all-day gig, and they didn’t disappoint! The trio’s sound ricochets between loud and quiet, up and down, mad and melancholy – and I can’t get enough of their marvelous noise. (KC)

Æ Mak – ‘Love Flush’
‘Love Flush’ is the latest single Æ Mak (pronounced “Eh Mack”). Having just played Latitude with what sounded like an incredibly energetic show, I think it makes sense that so much of the media are drawing comparisons to early Bjork. Of the track she says “‘Love Flush’ is a twisted love song. It’s about choosing your own ambitions over a true love, pushing that someone away to embrace this higher vision you have of yourself, even though that’s what made you happy. Ego’s a bitch.” I could not be more into how this track starts and then breaks into an alt-pop tune! Enjoy. (TW)

Temples Of Youth – ‘Darker Places’
This duo have been firm favourites of the GIHEs team for a while now, and new single ‘Darker Places’ is another electronic treat. Paul’s trademark atmospheric guitar sounds combine with Jo’s jaded beats and beautiful vocals to create this sultry pop-noir gem. (KC)

Princess Chelsea – ‘I Love My Boyfriend’
What a sweet sentiment from New Zealand’s retro-futuristic pop artist Princess Chelsea. She might be mocking romance, or she might be promoting it – either way – I love her strung-out bass lines and sugary vocals. The single is taken from her upcoming album The Loneliest Girl, released on the 7th September via Lil’ Chief Records (KC)

Value Void – ‘Babeland’
‘Babeland’ by London trio Value Void is taken from their upcoming debut album, set for release on 26th October via Tough Love. They’ve described the record as “a luxuriantly deep, shag pile-warm, analogue proto punk collection”, and ‘Babeland’ is a track about one night in a pub when everything looked grim except for two very attractive men kissing. I love the hazy dreamlike sound to that track which seems the perfect accompaniment to the hazy warmth of this endless London Summer. (TW)

H.Grimace – ‘In The Body’ 
Following last year’s debut album Self-Architect, GIHE faves H.Grimace have returned with a gritty new single. Inspired by poet Vivienne Griffin and reflecting on society’s pressure on the individual, ‘In The Body’ is filled with the band’s raw post-punk sound and scuzzy, seething power, alongside the deep, sweeping vocals of Hannah Gledhill; creating a dreamy, Sonic Youth-reminiscent haze. (ML)

Happy Accidents – ‘Free Time’
Taken from their latest album Everything But The Here And Now, ‘Free Time’ is the perfect example of Happy Accidents’ instantly uplifting pop-punk. Oozing luscious harmonies and an infectious buoyant energy, I fell in love with their shimmering creations when coming across them at Indietracks Festival last weekend, and now I’m truly addicted. (ML)

Le Tigre – ‘TKO’ 
With it being LGBTQ+ activist and artist J.D.Samson’s birthday on Saturday, I couldn’t not include a Le Tigre track in this month’s playlist. She holds a very special place in my heart, and the memory of dancing the night away in total euphoria to tunes that she hand-picked at M.I.A’s Meltdown Festival last year is still one of my life highlights. Really, Le Tigre’s ‘TKO’ should be on every playlist ever – it’s an instant blast of empowering energy on each listen. (ML)

Get In Her Ears w/ AyOwA 02.08.18

Fresh from their first night at Notting Hill Arts Club, Tash and Kate were back in the studio with heaps of new music from the likes of LIERS, Bess Atwell, Pi Ja Ma, Temples Of Youth, Value Void & Bugeye.

Plus, Tash aired her pre-gig interview with Get In Her Ears favourites AyOwA!

Listen back to the show here:

Get In Her Ears Live @ Notting Hill Arts Club w/ Black Gold Buffalo 01.08.18

We found ourselves in West London on Wednesday night, excited to put on our first gig at the expertly run Notting Hill Arts Club! Whilst we love our Riot Grrrl inspired line-ups we curate for our monthly residency at The Finsbury Pub, we wanted to branch out and find a platform to promote our favourite electronic-based artists too.

For our debut gig at NHAC, we chose Black Gold Buffalo to headline, with support from the beautiful AyOwA and Bamboo Smoke.

The task of opening events fell to South Londoners Lou & Tom – aka Bamboo Smoke. Accompanied by their drummer, the pair seduced their crowd with sultry vocals, smooth bass lines and ambient guitar sounds.

Penultimate act AyOwA wooed the crowd with their dark electronica and intoxicating energy.  The performances of their singles ‘Sommer’, ‘Rus’ and ‘Alt Det Du Ku’ were particular highlights, with Hannah’s beautiful vocals (performed in their native Danish), pulling you into their dreamlike creation.

Headliners Black Gold Buffalo performed – as their name states – a powerful, precious set of pop-noir gems. The band released their debut self-titled album earlier this year (read our review here) so we were excited to hear their songs in the flesh. Singles ‘Magnets’, ‘Lay It Down’ and ‘Pearls Deep’ (which we regularly spin on our GIHEs radio shows) were mesmerising, whilst album tracks ‘Body Of Verity’ and ‘Penkenna’ showcased front woman Keziah Stillwell’s vocal abilities perfectly.

Huge thanks to the bands and to Notting Hill Arts Club! Keep your eyes peeled for more gig announcements from us soon!

Photo Credit: Jon Mo

Track of the Day: AyOwA – ‘Alt Det Du Ku’

AyOwA are without a doubt my favourite Danish act. I’m a true sucker for a claustrophobic synth jam, and these two more than deliver on that front, each and every time. This is their new single ‘Alt Det Du Ku’ released via Music For Dreams and taken from their upcoming EP Goodbye. This track is still a distinctly electronic track with the modular synths and old tape machines but there is also an exploration into the acoustic. A song about standing between break-ups and breakthroughs and in the abstract of looking forward to the future whilst being back in time simultaneously.

The rhythm is feverishly infectious and with those haunting vocals sung in Danish by Hannah Schneider, ‘Alt Det Du Ku’ kidnaps your attention and holds you captive right to the end.

 

‘Alt Det Du Ku’ is out now, check out AyOwA’s socials for more music and updates.

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Tash Walker
@maudeandtrevor

Track Of The Day: AyOwA – ‘Insomnia’

What dreams may come when listening to this majestic new track from Danish electronic duo, AyOwA (Hannah Schneider and Nicolai Kornerup)! 

The first single from their forthcoming EP Farvel, ‘Insomnia’ is sung in Danish, to the haunting lyrics of Danish writer Mette Moestrup. For those not fluent in Danish, the vocal effects of the language make us feel our way into the song. It begins like icy air creeping into a dark house, then sweeps and soars into droplets of crystallised sound towards the majestic chorus. To hear it is to feel the heartbeats and clicks in a waking dream.

 

AyOwA use Modular synths and old reel-to-reels effectively, lending the sound the quality of something unique, yet familiar. They have blended a haunting mix of timeless ambience with crystal-sharp vocals and crisp, clear sounds in a Bjork-like Scandanavian reverie. There are also echoes of other European nineties sounds, like Robert Miles, and Stereolab.  

The overall effect of this track is slow, melancholic, and cinematic. It is the sound of ice breaking above the darkened city on the tallest church spire… To sleep, perchance to dream.

Farvel, the upcoming EP from AyOwA, is set for release in May 2018 via Music For Dreams.

Fi Ni Aicead
@gotnomoniker