Track Of The Day: HANYA – ‘Texas’

Having charmed us on more than one occasion playing for us live, and with acclaim from the likes of BBC 6Music’s Steve LaMacq and The Quietus, Brighton band HANYA return with a beautiful new single.

Propelled by a dreamy haze, ‘Texas’ flows with twinkling hooks and the soaring, effervescent vocals of front person Heather Sheret. With shades of the lush surf-pop of Real Estate or Best Coast, it’s a shimmering slice of exquisite indie-pop oozing a blissful tranquility and spellbinding ethereal splendour. The perfect soundtrack to soothe these post-summer blues. Of the track, the band explain:

“‘Texas’ was entirely written and recorded during lockdown, experimenting with working remotely as a group. The track explores the startings of a relationship – the head-over-heels uncertainty, the self-doubt and the desire to know each other entirely.”

 

‘Texas’ is out now. Listen here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Jessie Morgan

Video Premiere: LibraLibra – ‘Listerine’

With support from the likes of Radio X, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, Brighton-based LibraLibra have been firm favourites of GIHE for some time now, never ceasing to impress. Having just released their debut EP, they have now shared a brand new video for poignant EP closer ‘Listerine’.

A step away from the usual high energy riotous cacophonies of previous releases, ‘Listerine’ reflects on lingering painful memories. Showcasing the incredible soaring splendour and versatility of front woman Beth Cannon’s vocals with an almost operatic force, the track oozes a  glistening soulful majesty, creating a striking cinematic soundscape. With blissful twinkling keys providing the backdrop to Beth’s vocals, it’s filled with poignant, reflective lyricism as a raw, emotion-strewn power builds to a magnificent, immense anthem of self-realisation. Exuding an exquisite effervescent beauty and starkly stirring sentiment, it will sweep you off your feet with its spellbinding melancholic grandeur.

Of the track, Beth explains:

It’s for anyone who can’t get rid of that bad taste in their mouth. A taste that haunts you, that makes you wanna scrub your mouth out with soap. Originally I wrote this to try and explain the meaning behind the song: There is this scene in the film ‘Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind’ by Micheal Gondry where Jim Carey’s memories are in the mist of being erased and he’s a child trying to hide from the erasure process with his memory of Kate Winslet as a kid and they are scared and they are running whilst the world collapses around them. ‘Listerine’ is built around the concept of wanting to go back and protect the younger you, to take their hand when their world is crumbling around them and tell them everything is going to be ok. Together we can run and together we will conquer even the darkest days. It’s a song of reflection and hindsight and like ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ reminds us when it comes down to it even the most painful memories make us who we are. Now this still rings true but at 4.44am I’m lying here wanting to say more, but I can’t, not right now, the wounds are too deep, the pain is still so real and so raw even 17 years later, I can’t find the words to explain, it’s only through the music that I can find some sense of meaning and for me it provides a melancholic moment of hope.”

Watch the beautifully hand made new video for ‘Listerine’, created by Patrick Mcnaught, now:

Hail Mary, the debut EP from LibraLibra, is out now via LibraLibra Records. Listen on Spotify now.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

WATCH: CIEL – ‘The Shore’ (Live Session)

To celebrate the physical release of their debut EP Movement on 7″ vinyl, Brighton-based CIEL have shared a live video of their single ‘The Shore’. Released via Manchester label Box Bedroom Rebels, the alt-pop band have included a bonus track on the EP titled ‘Wasn’t Enough For Me’, which was written and recorded by the band while in isolation.

Formed of Dutch musician Michelle Hindriks and the friends she made when she relocated to Brighton, CIEL enlisted the help of Producer Jack Wolter (Penelope Isles) to help them create the atmospheric sounds on their EP. Lead single ‘The Shore’ is a dreamy rumination about seizing the moment, and not letting life pass you by, with Hindriks’ pensive vocals floating above beguiling guitars, snappy beats, and blissed out synths, to reflect the waves of thought she sings about.

The Movement EP comes in a double sided sleeve, one of six different designs, with a gate-fold insert, one of ten numbered Polaroid photos, a CIEL postcard, sticker set, personalised confetti and a small signed A5 poster. You can order your copy here.

Watch the live video for ‘The Shore’ below and follow CIEL on Facebook and Spotify for more updates.

Photo Credit: Jantina Talsma

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Winter Gardens – ‘Tapestry’

Having previously charmed us live at The Finsbury, Brighton band Winter Gardens have now announced that their debut EP is set for release next month.

Title track and latest single, ‘Tapestry’, oozes a euphoric ethereal haze as twinkling, shoegaze-inspired hooks whirr alongside the soaring vocals of front person Ananda. Flowing with a rich anthemic emotion, it’s an utterly captivating slice of other worldly dream-punk, highlighting Winter Gardens as definite ones to watch.

Commenting on the forthcoming record, the band explain:

“The EP epitomises our shared love for the beauty in the world, both obvious and hidden. ‘Life’s Rich Tapestry’ is how we perceive nature, art, and world affairs.”

Tapestry, the debut EP from Winter Gardens, is set for release on 25th September via socially conscious independent label Austerity Records.

Mari Lane 
@marimindles