Friday, 12 March 2010

Miaoux Miaoux EP Launch

Looking for something to do on Tuesday night?
Well, look no further. In fact, look back up to the top of the post at the poster.
Get yourself down to the 13th Note for this, it should be good. If you missed it, I thought the EP was great.
There, fairly shameless promotion done for the day.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

EP Review: Miss the Occupier - The Heart Is Deceitful (Above All Things)

It's been a while since I've heard anything new from Miss The Occupier, so a month or two ago when we were promised a new EP I got terribly over excited. Happily upon getting my grubby paws on the release the excitement was worthwhile.

There's no gentle starts, no easing the listener in, instead opening track Glue Me To Thee goes off like a rocket. High velocity would be an understatement. I'm trying to write this review at 2.30am, and Glue Me To Thee was more effective at removing any chance of imminent sleep than half a dozen Red Bulls, and roughly 80 times more enjoyable. Two minutes of buzzsaw guitar, driving bass and drums and singer Roz's snarling vocals will do that to you.

After the incendiary start title track The Heart Is Deceitful (Above All Things) almost feels like a welcome respite, but it's hardly a slow paced, low key affair either. Roz Davies retains a bit of her snarl, but mixes it with sweet, seductive vocals. The song picks up pace as it goes, the band augmented by a bit of cello from Caroline Gardiner that manages to be both unobtrusive and essential sounding, before kicking up a gear to reach a frenzied, before finally, beautifully slowing and fading to nothing.

The final two EP tracks Punchdrunk and Shamefaced and You Know It's Vulgar don't deviate much from the scuzzy guitar, cracking melody formula, but when your formula is a winning one you wouldn't expect them to, or in my case want them to.

All in, all four tracks on the EP are fantastic, thrilling, high paced and just plain fun to listen to. Maybe avoid it if you were planning on sleeping right after it though...

Miss The Occupier - MySpace

The Heart Is Deceitful (Above All Things) is available on March 15th 2010 from all good download stores, and probably some bad ones too.

Miss the Occupier - The Heart Is Deceitful (Above All Things) - EP

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

beneath us, the waves

beneath us, the waves is Warsaw-based, Scottish musician and composer, Neil Milton. Regular readers might recognise the name, as he is also one half of We Sink Ships who get fairly regular plugs round here due to me being a huge fan of their work, and I've nodded at his DJing before too, not to mention the occasional mention of Too Many Fireworks, Neil's record label. He's a busy man, is our Mr. Milton.
As mentioned, Neil is currently based in Warsaw, but he's heading back to Scotland soon for some gigs, so now is as good a time as any to get round to writing about the music he makes, instead of all the other stuff.
beneath us, the waves make music that is, and since I can't describe it any better myself I'll use Neil's own words, glacial, minimalist and classical. Since "classical" is usually a description that normally would have me either scurrying for cover or staring blankly in confusion I'll add another - accessible. Neil may not be classically trained, but he makes modern classical music, yet so accessible that even someone like me can listen to it without being frightened off. There's a lot of ambiance and soundscapes going on in the music, while with influences like Sigur rós, Jónsi & Alex, Ólafur Arnalds there's a very Icelandic feel at times.

Using acoustic instruments and samples of acoustic instruments alongside field recordings and found sounds instead of synthesis, Neil makes beautiful, organic, atmospheric music. Simple melodies and gorgeous compositions grab the attention and never give your mind a chance to wander. While Neil is back in Scotland he has a few live dates lined up, do try and catch one.
beneath us, the waves: MySpace - Facebook - Soundcloud - Reverb Nation
Beneath us, the waves are playing the Liquid Ship in Glasgow on the 1st April and at Stereo in Glasgow on the 12th April,as well as a couple of dates in Edinburgh. Check out one of the links above for more details.

Monday, 8 March 2010

This Week's Thing

I'm skint, so I'm ignoring the gigs this week, since I won't be going to any.
If you want a quick recommendation then you should go see Julia & The Doogans and Be A Familiar at The Mill on Thursday.

So, what records are out this week then?
North Atlantic Oscillation warm up for their album release in a few weeks with a new single, Drawing Maps From Memory.
I Will Leave You Now, And Two Loudspeakers Will Take My Place, the new album by The Japanese War Effort is out today. I liked it.
Quests are Steven Gribbin, Shaun Murawski and Steven Hill, and they have an EP out. You can get it from Bandcamp.
Oh, the new album by Trips and Falls just popped up on eMusic. It's called He Was Such a Quiet Boy and is released by Song, by Toad Records, which qualifies it for a mention here despite the band being Canadian. CDs can be ordered from here.
Lovers Turn To Monsters have a new EP, Tiny Bones, available for free on Bandcamp. It's a good way to spend 12 minutes, and it comes with some nice pictures and drawings too.
Not new, but good, Cancel The Astronauts have put their debut EP up on Bandcamp for free. They were one of the first ever bands to ask me to write them a review, incidentally.

I think that's about it for this week. As always let me know I've missed anything. If you have something out next week tell me that too. Also, I got bored today and made a Facebook Group for Aye Tunes. Join it if you want.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Miaoux Miaoux: Blooms - EP Review

Miaoux Miaoux is Julian Corrie, and although he already has an album, Rainbow Bubbles, to his name my exposure to him previous to this EP comes only from a Zoey Van Goey remix and being a member of Maple Leaves.
The upside to this is that it means I can approach the Blooms EP with no expectations or preconceptions. The downside is that I've clearly been missing out.

Even without knowing what to expect I didn't think I'd be quite so impressed. Put simply, this EP is fantastic stuff.

Some songs and albums seem to match up perfectly with the time of year and Blooms is one of them, it is perfectly fitting in both title and content for the dawning of spring.
The three songs on the EP sound bright, fresh and new, positively bursting with energy.
There's never a dull moment, but for me Snow particularly stands out, with a lengthy intro and a sweeping melody that grabs hold from the off, sweet, gentle vocals, before building to a crashing, beautiful climax, it's a song that just makes makes me smile like an idiot.
As I said already, fantastic stuff.

MySpace - Bandcamp

The Blooms EP will be launched on Tuesday 16th March with a gig at the 13th Note. It will be available on CD, and also as a download from