EP: Indian Queens – ‘You When I Close My Eyes’

The ever cool Indian Queens have shared their debut EP You When I Close My Eyes, and it’s an atmospheric, driving compilation of sounds that prove the Hackney trio are set for big things. Released via Cool Thing Records, the EP is filled with hazy guitars, mesmeric vocals, and brooding percussion; making it the perfect soundtrack for an autumnal evening in London.

The record opens with title track ‘You When I Close My Eyes’, which was inspired by the binary opposites of “ugly and beautiful”. Jennifer O’Neill’s clear, strong vocals permeate the track, alongside sultry bass lines and grungy guitar riffs. ‘Wish You Well’ follows, blushing with an intense romantic need to be next to a lover, with its hushed vocals and catchy chorus.

The band’s first single ‘I Get No Rest’ – written during the midst of a massive political shift (Brexit, the general election) and in the wake of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire – is a response to the inescapable feeling that (as Jennifer puts it) “rich ‘important’ people were taking the piss out of our lives”. The song’s steady percussion and moody bass lines create a jaded, but seductively atmospheric tune that remains in the mind long after it stops spinning.

Equal parts driving and delicate, ‘Pretty Little Thing’ is as attractive to the ears as its name suggests. It’s an infectious blur of hypnotic vocals and shoe gaze guitar sounds, inspired by a childhood memory of being safe and happy in a Grandparent’s garden. This nostalgic undertone makes the track ring out with warmth and understated joy, before closing track ‘Us Against The World’ proves that Indian Queens have the potential to produce original, magnetic, meaningful sounds.

Together, Jennifer, Katherine, and Matt have created an EP that warrants all the praise it’s been receiving from critics and fans alike. It’s no surprise the band received a standing ovation earlier this year after their set at Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival – You When I Close My Eyes is a stunning debut from this compelling trio.

Download Indian Queens’ debut EP here. Follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Five Favourites: Annabel Allum

After seeing Annabel Allum support Australian songwriter Stella Donnelly earlier this year at The Lexington, we knew her talent would take her to the places she wanted to be. She’s been gigging relentlessly this year, with spots at Reading Festival, BBC Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend, The Great Escape and Boardmasters and more, and now she’s heading out on a headline tour of the UK.

We caught up with Annabel to ask her about her “Five Favourites” – Five artists or albums that have influenced her songwriting technique. Check out her responses below and make sure you head down to one of her tour dates too.

1. ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ 
The sounds, the experimental element of it. Just the whole feel of this record stands very close to me. It always has done. Every track has a very vivid memory or feeling.

2. Janis Joplin
Her energy and freedom inspire me to let go, her attitude does too. What a woman. And her voice- fucking hell. Not gonna try and use words to explain that one.

3. The XX – ‘XX’
This record always reminds me that less can be more. Space in music is valid, and I don’t always need to fill it.

4. The Mouldy Peaches
Haha, I don’t care what any of my musician friends say, I fucking love the Mouldy Peaches. They remind me to stop taking myself so fucking seriously and singing about real life tiny funny experiences is good. And being loose as a band can be fucking cool too. They’re brilliant.

5. Jimi Hendrix – ‘Are You Experienced?’
Because it reminds me to stop thinking about what is musically correct. I know fuck all music theory, but I know what sounds and feels good.

Annabel Allum UK October 2018 Tour Dates
13th – Crofters Rights – Bristol
15th – Sticky Mikes – Brighton
16th – The Shed (Vault Stage) – Leicester
18th – The Hifi Club – Leeds
19th – Cuban Embassy – Birmingham
20th – SWN Fest – Cardiff
29th – Studio 2 – Liverpool
30th – Moth Club – London

Photo Credit: Caitlin Traetto

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Laura Gibson – ‘Domestication’

Following beautiful tracks such as ‘Empire Builder’ and ‘Damn Sure’, acclaimed artist Laura Gibson is now ready to release her new album Goners later this month. In the meantime she has shared a poignant new single, ‘Domestication’.

Questioning the things we are presumed to desire from womanhood, ‘Domestication’ oozes a delicate emotion as folk-strewn twinkling melodies flow alongside Gibson’s raw, soaring vocals. With the addition of sweeping strings, it’s filled with a rich musicality and subtle passion, creating a sparkling, cinematic splendour that is truly spellbinding.

Of the track, Gibson explains:

“… at times, though I know better, I’ll catch myself thinking in terms of what I should desire of womanhood instead of what I actually desire. I catch myself feeling I am failing at something, at some ideal I was never actually aiming for. I finished these lyrics a year ago. It’s strange to release the song now, when it feels so much is coming to a head. So much has cracked open for women, in the year since writing ‘Domestication.’ So much remains the same… Though I’d meant ‘domestication’ in the animal sense, when it came time to make the video, I liked the idea of using the term in the homemaking sense. I’d been obsessed with this photo I’d found of the pastel women of the FLDS cult, and wanted to build a world and a story around the aesthetic, something like the speculative societies of Margaret Atwood or Ursula Le Guin. At the end of the story, I wanted the women to act like wolves.”

Watch the eerily poignant new video (co-directed by Gibson and Alicia Rose) for ‘Domestication’ here:

Goners, the upcoming album from Laura Gibson, is out 26th October via City Slang.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

Introducing Interview: Jo Marches

Set to release their new EP Day In Day Out later this month, Utrecht band Jo Marches deliver captivating electronic soundscapes, propelled by the soaring, dreamy vocals of front-woman Johanneke Kranendonk.

We caught up with Kranendonk to find out more…

Hi Jo Marches, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about the band?
We’re a band from the Netherlands playing synth drenched psychedelic pop music. We released our first single and EP in 2016.

How did you initially all get together and start creating music?
It all started with me looking for a new approach to my songs and sound. I was playing with a band that had a more singer-songwriter approach, and I kind of missed the loudness of my first bands. I was really looking for a way to combine pop melodies in songs and a strong sound, but I wanted to stay away from the use of heavy guitar and drum sounds. At a showcase festival I was then introduced to David Hoogerheide. His ideas on producing really spoke to me, so we decided to spend a day in my home studio. We finished our first single that day and so we started working on the EPs. The live band was formed after the recordings.

Your new EP Day In Day Out is out very soon – can you tell us what it’s all about? Are there any themes running throughout the EP?
The EP is about letting go of old ideas and the fight to create room for development. There are so many ways in which we all limit ourselves because of common ideas on how we should be dealing with life. I was seeing people around me desperately looking for meaning but at the same time stubbornly holding on to old ideas or habits, addictions, scary religious stuff, depression and loss. For example ‘Clearing’ is about a discussion I had with a friend about inequality between men and women. I really tried to open his eyes on this subject but he kept referring to scary, nearly religious, self help stuff, making the whole conversation impossible. It freaked me out and I kind of got obsessed by reading and watching everything I could find on cults and religious sects. So that’s all in there, in one song, haha.

You’ve been compared to the likes of Tame Impala and Bat For Lashes, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
We definitely were a fan of the Tame Impala records! Other influences are Broadcast, Blonde Redhead, Caribou, The Dø and Portishead.

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
I live in Utrecht but the other band members live in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Holland is quite small so you can easily get to another town for an event.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
Loud synthesizers, melancholic swaying and dimmed lights.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
Ooo, where to begin?!  I love Munya from Montreal! And you should check out Kalulu from The Netherlands. L CON from Toronto has just released a wonderful record too! And if you have the chance to see Blue Crime live go see their show – they’re an awesome band!

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
In a way it is difficult to get noticed but I love the opportunities that online streaming services such as Spotify create for DIY artists. It’s easy to share your music with people all over the world and that’s pretty cool!

Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Jo Marches?
Foremost the release of the EP and next video. And I’m leaving for Berlin next week to start recordings for our first album. At the end of the year we’ll also be doing a few shows opening for a really cool band. Really excited about that!

Huge thanks to Jo Marches for answering our questions!

Day In Day Out, the upcoming EP from Jo Marches, is out 26th October.

Video Premiere: Guttfull – ‘The Power’

Ahead of the launch of their debut album Tits And Nails next month, queercore sax punks Guttfull have shared another fantastically riotous new single.

Inspired by the Naomi Alderman novel of the same name, ‘The Power’ looks to a dystopian near future where women rise up and create a matriarchy, asserting their power over men by using an electrical force through their bodies (or, as songwriter Cassie Fox puts it, “zapping the bad men to death – pew pew!”). Oozing all the gutsy energy we’ve come to know and love, it’s another unapologetically angry, hugely catchy offering from the band.

Combining the politics of punk with a sparkling pop-fused colour, Guttfull have once again created a resolute feminist anthem, an uplifting call to get up, celebrate your womanhood, and dance the patriarchy away. As Guttfull reassure us, we all have the power in our hands.

Watch the vibrant, 70s-inspired video for ‘The Power’ here:

Guttfull’s debut album Tits and Nails is out 10th November on Loud Women records. Catch Guttfull live:

13th October – The Loud Women 3rd Birthday Party, N7
27th October – The Railway, Southend-on-Sea with T-Bitch
9th November – DIY Space for London with Fuzzhoneys and Stef Fi
10th November – Tits and Nails album launch, Hope & Anchor, N1, with Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something and more.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Premiere: Emma Lohan – ‘Three Sparrows’

Galway songwriter Emma Lohan has shared her latest single ‘Three Sparrows’ ahead of the release of her debut album Black Atlantic on 25th October. The track is a nod to her “lyrical hero” Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, and is accompanied by a beautiful stop-motion video directed by Marta Barcikowska.

Filled with double entendre, ‘Three Sparrows’ is “an escape encapsulating a dangerous love affair” along the stormy Salthill Promenade of Emma’s hometown in Galway. Emma’s fusion of folk and romance combine beautifully here, making ‘Three Sparrows’ a charming, gentle listen.

Emma will be playing a headline show to celebrate the release of Black Atlantic on October 25th at NT’s Bar in London Fields. She’ll also be playing a show on October 26th in Wales, at the Small World Puppet Theatre. Watch the wonderful video for ‘Three Sparrows’ below and follow Emma Lohan on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Nimmo – ‘Orange Skies’

The fear of being forgotten permeates London-based electronic outfit Nimmo‘s latest track ‘Orange Skies’. Produced by Maya Jane Coles, the single is taken from the band’s upcoming EP Songs From The Credits, which is set to be independently released in November, and is accompanied by a self-directed set of visuals.

Nimmo are comprised of best friends, musicians & vocalists Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett, and together they create sharply produced, lo-fi electronic sounds. Talking about their latest track ‘Orange Skies’ in a recent interview with The FADER, Sarah explains: “[it’s] a song about the paranoia of dying and not having control over the way you’re remembered.” This theme of uncertainty and a need for some form of control is brought to the forefront on Nimmo’s upcoming EP. The duo are using their independent release to promote their renewed ethos of putting friends, family and their network of London-based queer creative collaborators first.

The accompanying video for ‘Orange Skies’ is set on a concrete football pitch from Sarah and Reva’s childhood, and sees friends and relatives pass through the band’s own funeral. Having spent the year playing European festival shows, Nimmo are now back to releasing music on their own terms. Watch the video for ‘Orange Skies’ below and follow Nimmo on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut