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Francis and the Lights

Francis and the Lights

Monkey Safari – Coming Down (Hi Life Radio Edit)

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I’m pasting how this song came about. It’s lovely.

Monkey Safari’s ‘Coming Down (Hi – Life)’ started as just a bootleg using a ‘Youtube’ rip of ‘Bon Iver’ covering Anais Mitchell’s ‘Coming  Down’ but is now a unique record of its own. A deep and emotional journey through beautiful live musical elements, enhanced only by flawless production and soothing vocals.

Interview: Quickfire with Vanbot

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One of my favourite newbie electropop princesses to emerge from Sweden, Vanbot has certainly been carving a name out for herself. You’ll be hard pressed to not find a music blog that claims to have some knowledge of Scandi music without featuring Vanbot’s tracks. Here’s a few short and sweet questions I threw to the lady herself. Check it out!

For those readers who may not know who Vanbot is, how would you describe your sound?

I try to create tension between the beautiful and the skewed electronic sound. I’m hooked on the idea to find a balance between catchy melodies and twisted synthesizers.

What inspires you to write?

I’m inspired by the things in life that communicate something hidden, an honest message. That’s what I call the nerve and that is something I always try to reflect in my songs.

Who are your musical idols?

I listen a to a lot of different music such as Apparat, Crystal Castles, Niki & The Dove, El Perro Del Mar.

Who’s your favourite up and coming singer?

I like the sound of NONONO (video below) and Sad, Vibrant and The Power!

Is it easier to write songs that are happy, or sad?

I feel the need to express my feelings and thoughts much more in hard times than in the good times. I think the hard times makes us come closer to life and to each other, and life becomes more real. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s sad.

Why do you think so much good music comes out of Sweden?

I’m really proud of my fellow Swedes. In Sweden we have a tradition of music schools from early ages and also a lot of opportunities to study music for free after high school. That gave me the opportunity to dare to try!

Who would you love to collaborate with?

I would love to collaborate with Apparat. I love their sound! It’s repetitive like Steve Reich, emotional like Bon Iver, and atmospheric like Loney, Dear.

What’s planned in the future for you?

My focus is primarily on the album that will be released this fall, I’m really excited about that! But we will also try to squeeze in some shows when we’re not in the studio.

Follow the lovely Vanbot on Facebook here!

New Music: Matt Corby

This guy is pretty well known in native Australia and now he’s starting to make an impact in the UK and Europe. If you give that video a listen you’ll feel the full power of this chap, it’s very intense pop but it’s so easy to listen to. It’s the sort of sound you can get lost to, which makes a nice change form the usual. Think a cross between Jeff Buckley, Wild Beasts, Nick Drake and Bon Iver. What’s more, he’s released a free EP (above), which you can download here.

New Music: Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen’s new album ‘Voyageur’, released on January 23rd on Rounder Records, was produced by Edwards and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). She recently supported Bon Iver on his UK and European tour. Check out here.

New Music: Johan Reinhold

I actually really like this- it sounds very different to a lot of the music I get sent, which makes it refreshing and new. And on top of that, it’s a very slick production. That’s because Johan Reinhold is a Swedish Grammy nominated indie electro-pop singer/songwriter who has just released this song, “Shoot Me Down” which was created by some of Sweden’s most prominent producers and engineers like Astma & Rocwell and the Lasse Mortén (who produced Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn & John, and Primal Scream). Check out here.

Free Download: Bon Iver ‘Perth’ (Jack Deezl Remix)

Im not Bon Iver’s biggest fan, and I’ve got no idea who Jack Deezl is but I like this delicious remix of ‘Perth’. It’s Sunday afternoon listening, you know?

Free Download: Wakey!Wakey! ‘Feral Love’

Wakey!Wakey! is the chamber pop product of Michael Grubbs’ eclectic musical education- formative years spent listening to an improbable mix of Gershwin, Brahms and Zeppelin were followed by a stint in NY in the company of ‘Anti-Folk’ contemporaries including Regina Spektor and The Moldy Peaches. The most surreal point in Grubbs’ backstory came when cult U.S. show ‘One Tree Hill‘ synced a series finale to a Wakey!Wakey! track (past contributors to the soundtrack include Iron & Wine, Frightened Rabbit and Bon Iver). So enamoured was the show’s producer that he gave Grubbs a recurring acting part as a bartending musician, in a surreal case of life imitating art/art imitating life…

The band will be headlining London Scala on June 14th (having sold out the Garage last year) which follows on from sets at SXSW earlier this year.

MP3: Wakey!Wakey! – Feral Love

New Music: Volcano Choir

I have a feeling this band has been around for a while but I’ve only just stumbled across them and was simply blown away by what they were making. A collaboration by Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver, who I’m not a massive fan of as it goes…) and Collections of Colonies of Bees. ‘Island, IS’ is a surprisingly upbeat yet numb track which makes you feel a little warm inside. The video to said track is also very clever, see is you can spot why here. Check out here.