Track Of The Day: HOST – ‘Taste of Your Love’

An electro-pop gem that contemplates the short-comings of an unhealthy romance; Irish artist Host has shared her new single ‘Taste of Your Love’. Taken from her upcoming debut EP Adolescent Content (set for release later this year) the synth-pop star channels her love of bands like Diiv, Wolf Alice, The Japanese House, and The Cure on her new tune.

Speaking about her new track, Host explains: “Have you ever had someone you really care about do something so idiotic that it makes you look at them in a completely different light? ‘Taste of Your Love’ is that lingering bad impression that I just couldn’t shake, and everything built with this person, this solid foundation, just turned to quicksand. It’s sad really… this idiot, that you still adore nonetheless, has now forced you to cut them out and change your entire life.”

Despite its sad premise, we guarantee Host’s new single will have you up and dancing around your bedroom in no time. Listen to ‘Taste of Your Love’ below and follow Host on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

EP: Hockeysmith – ‘Tears At My Age’

Self-described as “Kylie on acid”, Falmouth-based Hockeysmith‘s new EP Tears At My Age is a sympathetic lo-fi dance-pop infusion designed to overcome romantic unhappiness. Released via Ex-Local in January, Hockeysmith (aka Annie Hockeysmith) has created four new tracks that cover uncomfortable emotions in a breezy, effervescent way.

Most listeners will be able to identify with the sentiments expressed in eponymous opening track ‘Tears At My Age’. It’s five minutes of ambient electronics that wash away the shame of tears shed by girls over their undeserving lovers. Hockeysmith has reclaimed these sad hours and transformed them in to something positive here via shoe-gazey synths and gentle vocals.

Up next is shimmering electro-pop gem ‘Lonely Loving Me’. Speaking about the track, Annie explains: “I wrote this in a cabin in Cornwall one winter after listening to tuns and tuns of early Kylie Minogue. It explores the idea of loving and being loved as an ambitious person. It can be lonely loving yourself and lonely for someone else”. It’s an 80s inspired feel-good tune designed to get you moving around like Minogue, whether in your bedroom or on the dance floor.

Inspired by both dance & rave subculture in her hometown of Falmouth and in the frequently visited Copenhagen, Hockeysmith’s love and exploration of these scenes shows clearest on the final two tracks of her EP. ‘Messed Up’ is six minutes full of excitable dance beats that form the perfect backdrop for getting “dressed up messed up” to. It’s an ode to the blissful but tainted state of diluting your sorrows on a night out, encouraged by siren-like synths and layered beats.’Dare You’ sees Hockeysmith’s former sadness come full circle, as she calmly embraces the idea of loving anew and moving on. More rave-inspired beats and gentle vocals combine in hypnotic fashion here, closing the EP on an optimistic note.

On Tears At My Age, Hockeysmith has crafted an intriguing mix of synth textures and beats inspired by her surroundings in Cornwall and experiences in Copenhagen that work together to distill any shame or uneasiness leftover from broken relationships. A definite mood-lifter.

Listen to Tears At My Age on Spotify. Follow Hockeysmith on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

EP: Kid Cupid – ‘Unholy Ceremony’

The release of ‘Easy’ last year had many in eager anticipation for Kid Cupid‘s debut EP. And so it’s with excitement that we’ve greeted the release of Unholy Ceremony. And a multi-layered offering with Laura Shaw’s soaring vocals throughout has ensured that excitement was not misplaced.

Pumping basslines provide the heartbeat beneath Shaw’s velvet vocals on ‘Low’, deeming the track a strong opening for Unholy Ceremony. The variations of the tempo throughout aids the message which is nestled within the lyrics, as Shaw reflects upon the ups and downs of co-dependent relationships, as building riffs underpin the drama of the track.

‘Better’ provides us with dose of daily motivation via uplifting lyrics in a mellow, lo-fi setting. “I want to tell you, all the good things about youShaw sings amongst a subtle touch of catchy electro-pop whilst the dramatic percussion within the bridge exposes the vulnerabilities we all have within ourselves. ‘Cold Body’ continues with the theme of vulnerabilities as a haunting atmosphere greets us in the intro before Shaw’s vocals float atop keys and bass, and tribal rhythms have the track bursting at the seams with energy.

 

‘Burn’ is a beautifully appropriate closer to Unholy Ceremony. The tangible electrical energy of the intro leads us into a marching beat. Like the overall atmosphere of the EP, ‘Burn’ takes us down an emotional rabbit hole as the complexities of human emotions are dissected.

Unholy Ceremony carries an unapologetic attitude which is carried within Kid Cupid’s style of perpetual energy and noticeably passionate vocals. With this debut collection, Kid Cupid have left us once again in eager anticipation of their next offering. 

Unholy Ceremony is out now.

Nicky Lee-Delisle 
@Nicky___Lee

PREMIERE: Host – ‘b4me’

“Cut your hair but not your ties” advises Irish artist Host on her new track ‘b4me’, which we’re premiering exclusively on Get In Her Ears today. The song is an infectious slice of electro-pop that navigates the tricky territory between being in love with the idea of being loved, and not being able to reciprocate that desire.

Following on from her debut single ‘Goodbye’, Host has spent most of her year writing, recording and producing music alone. ‘b4me’ is another sharply produced offering from the newcomer, who had this to say about her new track: “Usually, like many other artists, I write my songs based off an exaggerated version of the truth; but ‘b4me’ is far from fiction. I produced the song fully before adding a lyrical element to the music and for me, that alone spoke volumes, but sometimes you just have to speak your thoughts aloud to make them fully register”.

Fact or Fiction: we’re happy to dance along to Host’s upbeat tunes. Listen to ‘b4me’ below, and follow her on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

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   

EP: Temples Of Youth – ‘Temples Of Youth’

In the internet age, mature and fully-formed music can come from nowhere and stun instantly. And so it is with Winchester’s Temples of Youth – an electro-soul duo crafting well-worked and subtly smart neo-pop. Consisting of Paul Gumma’s precision hooks on guitar and Jo Carson’s synths, drums and, crucially, her rounded, emotive vocals, Temples of Youth have made quite the impression during their live dates, and previous singles ‘Amber’ and ‘Churches’ have met with critical success from the likes of Clash and Wonderland. Now comes their debut, self-titled EP.

Opener ‘Churches’, with its low-key guitar chords and bluesy lyrics sees the band at their most XX-ish. But as the song grows, it turns into something more than a mere facsimilie. With lyrics dealing with isolation – based on a real life experience of rejection from a religious group – the song’s sound also evokes the outsider-pop of Lonelady, Everything But The Girl and London Grammar.

Bluesy pop is a risky gamble: too much and it can sound maudlin. But on ‘Dunes’, the EP’s third track, Temples of Youth hit the sweet spot somewhere around the Chris Isaak-Lana Del Rey mark. As guitar notes roll like sea-waves on a winter’s day around bitter-sweet vocals, it’s a song that’s both chilling and warmly comforting – like the last, bright, dying embers of a fire.

‘Sometime’ is a gentle pop ballad with the feel of the better end of ’80s synth-pop in the manner of Talk Talk or Tears for Fears, whilst closer ‘Twice’ is even more stripped-back and, with its gently picked guitar, shows the influence of Nick Drake and Bon Iver – both cited as favourites of Jo and Paul’s in interviews.

But it’s second track ‘Amber’ that’s the standout. A sweeping epic, with synths in the cinematic mould of Vangelis, it invites the listener to dive into a world of “empires falling”, carried onward by a subtle yet driving guitar line and Jo’s voice at its very best. By the song’s synth and drum outro, you’ll be yearning to hear it again.

Live, the pair cut an impossibly cool swathe and are totally at home on stage amidst the dry ice. That feeling isn’t lost here, either. Ice-cold but with a certain confidence to back it up, Temples of Youth is an excellent introduction to a band whose grown-up pop music is primed for worship in 2018.

Temples Of Youth is out now. And make sure you catch the band in all their glory, headlining for us at The Finsbury this Friday 8th December!

John McGovern
@etinsuburbiaego

Introducing Interview: Kraków Loves Adana

Kraków Loves Adana release their first single ‘American Boy’ from their upcoming album Songs After The Blue this month via Better Call Rob & Rough Trade. The song channels the anger one feels in a world with its recent political developments and the inevitable powerlessness that comes with it – meltingly melancholic and raging in equal parts.

We caught up with Deniz, one half of Kraków Loves Adana to talk DIY production, inspirations and what 2018 has in store…

Welcome to Get In Her Ears!  Can you tell us a bit about Kraków Loves Adana?
We are a duo living in Hamburg consisting of me, Deniz Cicek, and Robert Heitmann, who also has his own label Better Call Rob. We founded the band in 2006 after meeting in a night club and have since released three LPs, the last one Call Yourself New on Rob’s own aforementioned label. The upcoming record ‘Songs After The Blue’ is set for release early in 2018.

Deniz, we understand that you record and produce all the music yourself, which we totally respect, what inspired you to do this?
I have worked with several people on our first two records and was never satisfied with the final outcome. I often felt overlooked, undermined and almost crippled in my own work, so becoming truly independent – especially as a woman – was a rebellious act for me at that time. Being capable to write, record and produce all the music by myself also heightened my creative abilities as a songwriter so I encourage everyone to do so in the first place. It is always good to know what you are doing. But I don’t live under a bell jar, so if the time and the chemistry is right, I am open to any kind of collaboration with other creatives.

Your previous single ‘Never Quite Right’ was inspired by a Bukowski quote, but who would you say are your main artistic and musical influences?
I am influenced by all the pictures and movies I see – the songs I hear, the books I read, the people I meet etcetera. But I am truly inspired by great minds that have something to say and make their mark on the world. For the upcoming record, I was mostly inspired by books like Rainer Maria Rilke’s ‘Letters To A Young Poet’, Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’ and Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids’. I also rewatched a lot of movies from my youth like Heathers, Girl Interrupted and The Breakfast Club.

Deniz, how have you found the transition from working full time as a dentist to now fully focusing on your music?
I still have a day job, but not as a dentist. Rent in Hamburg is high and being unemployed for a while I realised that not having any touch with reality actually blocks me in my creative endeavours. People sometimes ask me why I torture myself by doing a job that doesn’t match my education, but little do they know about the profession. I am happy with how things are for now, but am open for anything new that comes my way.

What can fans expect from your live shows and, more importantly, are you planning on coming to the UK anytime soon??
People who will see us live can expect a strong and memorable performance. I may be an introverted person in real life, but as soon as the lights turn on I am a full on entertainer. Sometimes I even think to change the genre and become a comedian, but maybe I have watched too much Seinfeld the last couple of months, so who knows… We haven’t any confirmed shows for the UK yet, but would be happy to play there, so if you are a booker in the UK and are reading this, hit us up!

We’re loving the new single ‘American Boy’ which we played on the last radio show – what’s it all about?
Thank you! With everything that is happening in the world, especially with someone like Trump becoming president, I felt that writing music for the sake of itself has become a selfish and almost hollow act. I had the urge to express the anger I felt with the world, but also the frustration and lack of power that arises when you want to do something about it but are left with a feeling of powerlessness. All these ambivalent emotions are captured in the song.

Your next album Songs After The Blue is set for release in 2018, what can we look forward to on the record?
The main theme of the record are the struggles and aspirations of the self-made creative.  The songs are definitely catchier than their predecessors with much more use of synths and drum beats. The order and mood of the songs go hand in hand and reflects the stages of being creative.

Finally as we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new/upcoming bands or artists you’d suggest we check out?
I must admit that I mostly listen to old stuff, but you should definitely check out our Swedish label mates Wy who released their debut Okay in October. They make music that is dreamy and melancholic and they are also doing everything themselves with a lot of love for the visuals.

Huge thanks to Deniz for answering our questions! 

‘American Boy’the upcoming single from Kraków Loves Adana, is out now.

 

Tash Walker
@maudeandtrevor