Track Of The Day: Galexi – ‘Landscape’

Shrouded in mystery and magic, Galexi have previously received acclaim for their innovative rendition of Pink Floyd’s ‘Us and Them’. Comprising of ‘The Priestess’ and ‘The Scientist’, the alt-electro duo have now returned with a brand new offering to soothe our mind and bodies.

Written as an ode to Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’, and reflecting on “the tenuous boundary between life and death“, ‘Landscape’ is propelled by a steady, glitchy whirr and rich, soaring vocals oozing a majestic, twinkling splendour. With shades of hypnotic trip-hop, such as Portishead, a soaring, ethereal soundscape is created: with its utterly captivating emotion-strewn power, it’s impossible not to immerse yourself in Galexi’s exquisite, spellbinding aura.

Landscape‘ is out now. Find out more about Galexi at their website.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Five Favourites: Fable

With acclaim from the likes of The Guardian, Rolling Stone and BBC 6Music’s Chris Hawkins, Brighton based artist Fable has recently made her return to music after taking some time out after suffering from depression and burnout following the loss of a close friend. Now an ambassador for mental health charity My Black Dog, her upcoming debut album is due later this year. Covering a range of poignant issues, the album is filled with heartfelt offerings that blur genre boundaries with a sweeping, dark majesty and hypnotic splendour.

Following the release of spellbinding recent single ‘Orbiting’, we spoke to Fable about the five albums that mean the most to her. Check out her choices below, and watch her video for ‘Orbiting’ at the end of this article. 

Radiohead – In Rainbows
This album crept into my life when I was in my early teens. It grew almost organically in my mind from a whisper of “Ah, this is agreeable, I’ll give it another go” to “I think this is the best album of all time…” Every song paints a picture in my mind – Thom’s delivery of profound nothingness is everything. ‘Nude’ is probably my favourite track with its glittering darkness that literally breaks me every time I hear it, and ‘Reckoner’ offers a cryptically wise piece of lyricism over the beautiful simplicity and a supernatural presence. I remember listening to it on the bus home from school feeling like the music understood me, not the other way around. And, if I could pick more, there are a few Radiohead albums that would make the list. The infinite possibilities of creative freedom that Thom displays in his writing is what I am constantly checking myself for.

Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love
Kate Bush is my inner child, she lifts my spirits and always tells the truth. My mum had the cassette and I would rewind ‘Cloud Busting’ for the line “… just saying it could even make it happen” – the open endedness and desperation in her voice is so moving, it’s hopeful and hopeless at the same time. I’ve definitely drawn from her work subconsciously, especially in my 4th release from the album that’s due out in the Autumn.

Gorillaz – Demon Days
The first album I ever bought on CD – I fell in love with it instantly. The theatrics of the intro setting the stage to drop straight into that filthy drum machine on ‘Last Living Souls’ is superb and the contrast between organic sounds and electronic are perfectly balanced. I love it when an album plays with the flow of time and really takes you on an adventure like this one does. I think Damon’s concept was to begin at dusk, take you to meet his demons with the last track representing the sun rising. When I heard that it all made sense. I used to go to countryside raves frequently and the last track ‘Demon Days’ would be the song I’d bang on the car speakers at sunrise.

David Bowie – Black Star
I’m still here wondering how this is possible – how someone can create such a relevant and stunning piece of work at 69, put on a staged musical production of the album, all whilst battling cancer. If anyone can, it’s Bowie, but it must have been exhausting. There is an urgency to the album which really breaks my heart. Here is a poet’s experience of mortality, documented in song. This album will always remind me of loss -I saw Lazarus the musical the night after hearing about the death of my friend and the music had such an impact on how I remember that time. It’s been really hard to pick a single Bowie album but this one will always be sentimental. 

Portishead – Dummy
There’s something really special about this album and it features in one of my earliest memories: I was 4 in my parents’ kitchen when I heard ‘Numb’ on the radio. Even at that age, this track completely enchanted me. Everything about it is an unsettling contradiction – it’s kinda like marijuana, in how it gets you loose and comfortable before unveiling the dark truths. Beth’s vocals are deliciously heartbreaking and reminiscent of Billie Holiday, who I also adore, along with the jazz influence. From that moment in the kitchen, they’ve been a huge influence on my writing. Their use of space and sonic contrast is so inspiring, it’s blunt yet silky and holds your hand through the haunted house of comedowns and urban decay. Everything about it is beautiful. My most recent single ‘Orbiting’ has had Portishead comparisons drawn in the press, which didn’t surprise me – I guess we’re having another societal comedown that needs a soundtrack.

Huge thanks to Fable for sharing her Five Favourites with us! Check out the video for recent single ‘Orbiting’ below:

 

Premiere: Flor And The Sea – ‘Kings & Queens’

Originally founded in 2015 as a five piece, and now starting to become known for their immersive live shows, Munich-based duo Flor And The Sea have now announced the release of their new EP Kings & Queens. 

Lead single and title track ‘Kings & Queens’ offers a twinkling ethereal soundscape. Propelled by driving electro-strewn hooks and the soaring splendour of Chaem’s vocals, it builds with pulsating beats to an anthemic slice of ambient indie-pop with shades of the likes of Portishead. An instantly captivating offering set to uplift on first listen with its shimmering vibrant energy.

Listen to ‘Kings & Queens, for the first time, now:

Kings & Queens, the new EP from Flor And The Sea, is out now. Listen here.

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

LISTEN: Chinwe – ‘Intoxicated’

A sultry, lo-fi tune that lives up to its namesake, East London songwriter Chinwe has shared her latest single ‘Intoxicated’. Influenced by the likes of Nina Simone and Portishead, Chinwe’s latest offering falls somewhere between the two musical worlds – spaced out yet soulful, melancholy yet uplifting.

Raised by her Nigerian father and Jamaican Mother, Chinwe was surrounded by a an eclectic collection of music from a young age. She began learning how to play the violin, but once she started to teach herself chords on the guitar her true musicianship began to shine through. Now, the young producer is captivating listeners with her smooth, intense vocals and heady beats.

Listen to ‘Intoxicating’ below and follow Chinwe on Spotify for more updates.

 

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut