James Vincent McMorrow teamed up with Manchester atmospheric band NO CEREMONY/// on ‘AWAYFROMHERE’ a track from their debut album. His falsetto is a great match for the band’s epic disposition. The video here is nothing to shout about but it does shine a nice light on the collaboration.
When I’m asked why I go to Austin for South By Southwest, the answer is basically: to see as many new bands as possible. The festival features over 2000 bands playing over 10 days so I try take in as much as I can. You can see/read myself, Una Mullally, Finian Murphy and 45 Sound’s SXSW coverage over at Red Bull Ireland including some video interviews and sessions.And pick up Day & Night on Friday for an interview from SXSW with Little Green Cars from myself. On with the good stuff…
It’s hard to think of a more subjective musical list than a best songs list. Some people choose their list based on how much songs have changed the world, others choose songs that made the biggest statements or became a cultural phenomenon. My list of 100 songs didn’t change the world, they changed my world this year in small and immeasurable ways. Enjoy and do check out the Readers’ Poll and my favourite albums, remixes and more of the year.
Ending the four part series this week, in which various artists, media and music fans I trust answer the question: “What are your five best new musical discoveries of the year?” Their answers were then rummaged through by me and I picked a cross-section list of 40 of the most interesting, diverse new artists, in no particular order, from their choices.
NO CEREMONY/// continue their elegiac journey into unsettled modern electronic balladry. Inside the darkness, there are big pop melodies crying to get out. ‘FEELSOLOW’ is another beaut from the Manchester band. It’s a free download from their website on Monday and out to buy next month.
For our 41st podcast Aoife and I got ourselves a better audio setup with two pro microphones (thanks to all who helped with that) and took a return aural trip to Canada via the Caribbean, Cambridge, Malmo, Manchester, LA and New York. Better equipment also means you can hear our dog Daffodil barking from downstairs throughout if you listen closely but I trust it won’t detract from these 13 songs, which are some of the finest I’ve heard over six weeks and collected together. Also, Bruce Willis makes an appearance. You’ll just have to listen.
‘HurtLove’ is a modern proposition for a song. It might be built on reverberating piano chords but its twisted whirling vocals and creeping distortion add a zeitgeist spin on the overall effect. It’s post-dubstep in the vein of James Blake in that it’s airy and awkward and like Blake, it conjures up a strange and unique atmosphere that is edifying and repeatable.
It’s from Manchester’s No Ceremony and is released on a 10″ vinyl on February 20th backed with the similar ‘WeAreMe along with ‘Deliverus’.Grab the download below and listen to the other tracks. Order the vinyl here.