Prodigious Australian talent Vancouver Sleep Clinic keeps up his incredible run of form with the recently outed “Flaws”. What’s really satisfying is that he’s not simply re-treading earlier ground, as that familiar Bon-Iver-esque voice gives way to a stark beat covered in ethereal vocals. It’s probably his most immediate moment to date, yet ironically the final third contains his most obtuse, too – as his impassioned cry rings out over glacial production. Given that sort of range, it’s tough to keep patronising him on account of his age; this bloke, young as he is, is simply a really talented musician. Let’s hope he keeps proving us right in 2014.
You can pre-order his forthcoming Winter EP here.
There’s something indistinct and transportative about “Running” that reminds us of The War On Drugs at their rambling best, or the foggy soundscapes of fellow Merseysiders By The Sea. Veyu already seem to have struck the right balance between clarity and mystery, however, as sharp melodies still find ways to pierce through towards sunlight on this, only their second track.
The first comparison seems particularly apt given that “Running” seems to gallop along like Mr Granduciel’s epics; it sounds like the perfect cassette to have stashed with you if you decided to hitch a ride across America. It poses more questions than it answers, keenly fraught with the everyday existential crisis of direction, yet still managing to remain anchored by a maudlin sense of purpose.
“I don’t know every part of wrong from right, all I know is this is life…” comes the stark analysis from frontman Adam Bresnen, but they’ve made more than their fair share of wise decisions so far. “Running” aside, they’ve retained their independence by occupying their own gallery space in Liverpool, the Fallout Factory, using that freedom to explore their own sound and its intersection with images. It hardly requires a great logician to therefore explain how “Running” manages to be so visually evocative and sonically ambitious; here’s hoping there’s many more boundless moments where this came from.
As it happens, there’s a cracking feature on the band in this month’s Bido Lito!. And, yeah, you should go and read it.
Goodbye Chanel’s new tune “Foreva” is a blissful contradiction; desperate vocals rub shoulders with effervescent melodies, while the track’s hazy atmosphere washes over wandering tropical guitars. Imagine Foals steeped in Pina Coladas on a sun-soaked beach, and you’re part way there. That it manages to be simultaneously euphoric and lovelorn is just an indication of how well put together “Foreva” is – as far as I’m concerned anyone who tricks my emotions into considering two opposing feelings at once is a consummate professional. Needless to say, it promises a lot of the Leeds-based group. Their hopefully equally sweltering EP, Hot City Nights, is out via Dead Young Records in April. Now I’m not one to wish away the days, but for five more tunes like this I’d happily lose March. Sorry, March, but…