Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Slow Skies - Ice Field

How to fall in love in 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Introduce yourself to the music of Slow Skies by way of their debut EP Silhouettes released in 2013.

Step 2 : Wait. For then the fires have time to grow.

Step 3: Your patience is rewarded. Slow Skies return with a new song Ice Field from their forthcoming second EP Keepsake. The opulence of their sound is rediscovered.

Just wonderful. No big builds, no epic crescendos, no big X-Factor big chord changes, just pure unadulterated beauty to fall in love with.

Slow Skies - Ice Field

Salt Ashes - If You Let Me Go

In amongst the hundreds of new music submission emails we get weekly there will occasionally be one from somebody who has stumbled across Breaking More Waves having found an old post about an artist that name checks songs (often demos) that are no longer available on line, asking if we have copies of these songs to share. We still get a lot of requests for people asking for Marina & The Diamonds’ Mermaid vs Sailor demo EP which we mentioned in 2008, Neon Fashion and Glowstix and Do It Well by Charli XCX which we mentioned here and more recently we've had a small number of requests for Salt Ashes early songs such as Love In The Echo and Edge Of The Heart which we streamed in 2011 when we introduced her to blog readers (here). The answer to all these enquiries is a big fat no.

But the fact that people are asking about the Salt Ashes songs demonstrates one thing; that she’s developing a small but determined group of fans. 

Yesterday those fans had something new to cheer as Salt Ashes released a new tune. Well, sort of new, it first surfaced in an earlier form in 2013 – you’ll have to email the blogs that featured it to see if they have a copy if you want to hear it, but we expect you’ll get the same answer as the one we give.

So to the new song. It's called If You Let Me Go

“You don’t need to rescue me, rescue me, if you let me go,” Salt Ashes shrieks over a tough disco pop groove that threatens to make you lose your inhibitions on the dance floor, taking reference from early Madonna and Nottingham based singer / producer /sometime DJ Ronika. It’s another piece of classy pop from the Brighton singer that will have you thrusting your hips as if you were the hottest thing in ‘da club’. Which you’re probably not. But then pop music is all about fantasy so if you think you are when listening to this, the song has done its job.

Salt Ashes - If You Let Me Go

Monday, 1 September 2014

Golden Fable - Armour

Welsh band Golden Fable return to the fold with a slice of celestial dirtiness this week in the form of Armour. It’s the first track to be taken from their second album Ancient Blue which was recorded with David Wrench (Bat For Lashes, Caribou) and Jimmy Robertson (Anna Calvi) in Snowdonia. Sonically it’s a wonderful contrast made from a bed of disorderly and effervescent guitars that sound like they’re trying to scratch an itch and Rebecca Palin’s beguiling vocal delivery, tones that are surely sent from the heavens, or at least the Cocteau Twins back catalogue.

Extra marks as well for the band’s promo picture. There’s no jetting off to a Mediterranean beach with the group lounging in their swimwear whilst drinking Pina Coladas for this one. No, instead they’ve launched themselves fully clothed into what looks like the chilly sea just off the coast of South Wales. Mind you, with a song on the forthcoming album called Warm Sun, we’re figuring that Rebecca, Tim and Jack may still be trying to work out a way to convince their label that that the bikinis, swimming trunks and cocktails shoot needs to happen.

Ancient Blue will be released on 10th November so put it on your Christmas list now.

Golden Fable - Armour

The True Cost Of Gig Going (Part 8) - Travel

This year as part of an ongoing project to determine how much going to see a band really costs we’ve been religiously recording every gig and festival we attend and how much we spend, not just in terms of ticket price but what we squander on travel, drinks, merchandise, accommodation and any other additional costs we encounter.

This month rather than give our usual full price breakdown we’re examining just one particular aspect - travel.

This year so far we’ve been to 42 gigs and festivals and have enjoyed 270 different performances at them.

In doing so our most visited town or city is London (75 miles from where we live), with 36% of our gig attendance.The second is Portsmouth (24%), our home city, where all gig venues are within walking distance and therefore there are no travel costs. Brighton clocks in third.

Here’s the full breakdown of our gig attendance by town and city for 2014 so far:

Here’s some more travel related statistics and facts:

  • So far we've spent £676 on travel to gigs and festivals this year.
  • We've journeyed 1,966 miles to get to the gigs, but including travel home afterwards that's 3,932 miles.
  • That's an average travel distance of just under 94 miles per gig or festival.
  • So far this year it has cost an average of 17p per mile to go to gigs, helped by the fact that 10 of them we were able to walk to at zero cost as they were in our home city.
  • This month we'll be travelling 5,300 miles to go to 1 gig - although that's not technically correct as we're actually travelling for a holiday, but we couldn't resist fitting in a gig whilst we were there! We'll only be counting the travel distance and cost for that gig from our hotel to the venue and back.