WATCH: ESYA – ‘Blue Orchid’

“I only came here for the meat” broods ESYA on her latest track ‘Blue Orchid’, lifted from her new EP Absurdity of ATCG (II) – Emergent Form, released in digital form today (15th Nov). Filled with buzzing synth textures, direct vocals and pummeling beats; the song fleshes out the absurdities of our relationships and interactions with each other.

ESYA (aka Ayşe Hassan of Savages/Kite Base/180dB) has been busy cutting her teeth on the solo electronic music circuit since the release of her debut EP, Absurdity Of Being, in 2018. The first of a trio of records, Absurdity of ATCG (I), followed shortly after, and her latest release Absurdity of ATCG (II) – Emergent Form, now completes her “wonky exploration” of alternate personas.

Laced with themes of acceptance and growth, ESYA’s music is a captivating blend of experimental electronics and urgent lyricism. ‘Blue Orchid’ extrapolates on these elements, as do the other six tracks on the new EP. They’re also underscored by a scientific idea, as ESYA explains further:

“This EP is about becoming the next version of yourself, about engaging in the process of coming into being, or becoming prominent…ATCG refers to the building blocks in human DNA, that set the foundations of what we will be before we take our first breath along with the absurdity we encounter in the life/society we are born into. The intention is to be honest, abrasive and direct, confronting the things we fear the most.”

We can’t wait for ESYA to headline our next gig at Notting Hill Arts Club on Sat 30th November. Tickets are available on DICE, and you can find all the event info here. Watch the video for ‘Blue Orchid’ below (directed by Alex Keegan), and grab a copy of ESYA’s new EP on vinyl here.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

WATCH: Ellen Krauss – ‘Criminal To Love’

Tender vocals and raw guitar sounds underscore Swedish artist Ellen Krauss‘ poignant message about heartbreak on her latest single ‘Criminal To Love’. The track is accompanied by a dramatic new video, which shows Ellen and her friends executing elaborate acts of vandalism on the sunny streets of LA.

“Destructive love is strangely attractive and before you know it, you are in the middle of it” laments Ellen about the concept behind her latest release. It’s a familiar feeling for many who feel they are tangled up in an unequal relationship, but Ellen somehow manages to turn these feelings of inadequacy and weakness in to captivating songs that show her strength as both a songwriter, and a young woman.

The video for the new track is also another example of how Ellen takes a difficult situation, and turns it in to something more manageable. Ellen explains further: “Making the video for ‘Criminal to Love’ was a cool new experience. We shot it in the suburbs of LA, in a torn down liquor store and a staged trailer park. I like the way the film gives the audience behind the scenes footage and an honest view of film-making. Someone’s powdering my nose, and then it cuts to me robbing the cashier. I had lots of fun making this. Throwing eggs at people is not an everyday thing, nor is spray painting for me.”

Ellen will be releasing more music throughout the year, with her first EP currently in the pipeline. For now, we’re content to sit with her new video. Watch the visuals for ‘Criminal To Love’ below, and follow Ellen Krauss on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scrounge – ‘Badoom’

Savage guitar licks, driving beats and karaoke inspired visuals combine in the new footage for London duo Scrounge‘s latest single ‘Badoom’. Taken from their debut EP Ideal, released today via Fierce Panda, the track showcases the band’s ability to take relatable concepts (such as feeling burned out), and turn them in to punchy, cathartic sounds.

Formed of guitarist & vocalist Lucy, and drummer Luke; Scrounge have been on GIHE’s radar for a while, playing shows for us at The Finsbury Pub and gigging across London with the likes of Italia 90, Great Dad, and Hussy. ‘Badoom’ is the pair’s first video, shot and directed by Amanda Tooke who they’ve been collaborating with artistically since they met at Goldsmiths.

Lucy takes centre stage in the new footage, performing a stellar karaoke routine to ‘Badoom’. As the track escalates, so do the visuals; resulting in multiple manic versions of Lucy shouting the eponymous lyric in furious style. This is reflective of the track’s context, which the band explain further: “’Badoom’ represents the release of the underlying tension caused by the stress and mundanity of everyday life.”

Scrounge’s music is far from mundane, and we’re thrilled to have them play live for us again at Notting Hill Arts Club on 30th November, supporting ESYA (event details here). Watch the video for ‘Badoom’ below, and listen to their new EP Ideal on Spotify here.

Order your Limited Edition cassette of Scrounge’s Ideal EP here.

Follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

WATCH: I SEE RIVERS – ‘Collide’

Impassioned vocals and delightful melodies combine on Nordic trio I SEE RIVERS‘ latest single, ‘Collide’. The track is accompanied by a set of beautifully choreographed visuals, featuring two dancers clashing before finally resolving their differences and coming together again.

The trio, formed of Eline (Keys, vocals, percussion), Gøril (guitar, vocals, drum pad) and Lill (drums, vocals) met whilst studying in Liverpool, despite originally coming from Norway. The band have since relocated to Pembrokeshire in Wales, and are recording their debut album in the newly renovated Carmel Chapel with the aid of Owain Jenkins.

Speaking about their new single, the band explain: “The themes of ‘Collide’ are of conflict and reconciliation, turbulence and transparency. In contrast to the familiar voices and relatable lyrics, the production of the song is both more contemporary and more adventurous than our previous releases, focusing more on creating space using a combination of gritty, acoustic sounds and sweeping, synthesized elements.”

We welcome this new direction in sound from I SEE RIVERS’, and embrace their pitch perfect voices and developed “float pop” sounds here at Get In Her Ears. Watch the video for ‘Collide’ below, and follow I SEE RIVERS on Facebook for more updates.

Listen back to our radio show with the trio here.

Photo Credit: Ollie Couling

Kate Crudginton
@kcbobcut

WATCH: HIDE – ‘Raw Dream’

**WARNING: Nudity & graphic content**

Brutal beats, abrasive synths and cutting vocals infiltrate HIDE‘s latest single ‘Raw Dream’, taken from their upcoming album Hell is Here, which is set for release on 23rd August via Dais Records.

Based in Chicago, HIDE are comprised of fine artist Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher. They describe their new single as “an anthem for the rise of the disenfranchised – a long overdue and joyous recalibration of an imbalance of power”. The track is accompanied by a video shot by Eon Mora, and edited by Christopher Michael Hefner and the band.

HIDE are renowned for their electric live performances, and dedication to channeling the voices of those who have been downtrodden, abused, or ignored. Their 2016 EP Black Flame was dedicated to the memory of Reyhana Jabbari – a 27 year old Iranian woman who was hung for allegedly killing someone who tried to rape her. Their 2017 debut album Castration Anxiety addresses issues of power dynamics and representation. Now, with ‘Raw Dream’ and their upcoming second album, the pair continue to transform vulnerability in to more powerful, distracting industrial tunes.

HIDE will be playing at The Shacklewell Arms on 3rd October, and we strongly recommend you grab a ticket before they sell out the venue. Watch ‘Raw Dream’ below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

WATCH: Montauk Hotel – ‘White Billboards’

Dublin four-piece Montauk Hotel have shared visuals to accompany their shimmering single ‘White Billboards’ released via Reckless Records earlier this year. The track is a reflection on the power of advertising in society and how the models featured within these adverts influence our choices, happiness and feelings of adequacy.

Through a montage of vintage advertising footage, the video gently questions whether a society with empty billboards would give people more freedom, or whether it would leave them lost and unable to regain a personal identity. Montauk Hotel’s luscious soundscape makes these poignant themes easier to reflect on.

Watch the video below and follow Montauk Hotel on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Julia Shapiro – ‘A Couple Highs’

“When the rest of my life felt out of control, I felt like this was my chance to be in control of everything” explains Julia Shapiro about her upcoming debut solo album Perfect Version, which is set for release on June 14th via Hardly Art. Having taken a step back from life as Chastity Belt’s vocalist & guitarist after a difficult year, Shapiro has returned with the second single from her new record titled ‘A Couple Highs’; and it’s a breezy, soothing drop of aural medicine.

The track is accompanied by a set of visuals directed by Claire Buss, and is a subtle homage to Kelly Reichardt’s 2008 film Wendy and Lucy, showing Shapiro and her canine doppelganger explore the quiet beauty of suburban Seattle. Shimmering guitars and Shapiro’s gentle voice make the track a real tonic for the ears, and the knowledge that Shapiro played all the instruments herself makes for extra listening satisfaction.

Over the course of a tumultuous year of trying to find stability amidst depression and surgery, Shapiro ultimately rediscovered the parts of music that she loved through the process, and it shines through on her latest single. Watch the video for ‘A Couple Highs’ below and follow Julia on Twitter for more updates.

Pre-order your copy of Julia Shapiro’s Perfect Vision here.

Photo Credit: Eleanor Petry

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut