Tag Archives: 2013

Floor Staff. New Video. The Guest.

6 Aug

Check out the wonderfully strange new video for Floor Staff’s fantastic track ‘The Guest’.

 

The video fits perfectly with the unique styles and sound of Floor Staff.
Get yourself over to The Button Factory this Saturday night to catch them live along with the fantastic Elaine Mai.

Here is my full review of the EP.

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London Grammer

16 Feb

 

Caught somewhere between Annie Lenox powerhouse vocals and Massive Attack style huge soundscapes London Grammer are gonna be all over this year pulling an Alt J or The XX style assault on the current music scene.
While last year saw them release their first ep and debut album it will be this year that things take off and you start hearing them all over the radio.

 

 
Powerful brooding vocals, emotive lyrics and nicely crafted atmospheric soundscapes offering a pop and trip hop sound not really heard since the 90’s. A welcome return.

Anyway I’m sure most of ye knew this information already but I wrote it anyway just incase.

Daughter. I do love.

4 Feb

Daughter

This is a late post as Daughters album came out in March 2013 but I don’t care, if you haven’t heard it now is the moment. Originally the solo work of Elena Tonra, Daughter are now a three-piece with added guitar and drums. Based in london and producing beautiful music since 2010, a few ep’s and last year an amazing album. Beautiful lyrics highlighted by ethereal vocals from Elena, soft and delicate but full of power and leading their sound. Definitely one to put on the headphones and turn up late at night.

 

 
It’s so good to see and hear Daughter played in lots of places. I heard her album in a burger joint in South Africa, I’ve seen it on the shelf inside the door of Tower Records. I loved her voice the first time I heard it on the below track ‘Peter’ and her sound has grown immensely since then but that beautiful haunting vocal still captures me.
 

 

Leanne Harte. The Welcome Return.

16 Jan

Leanne Harte
Leanne Harte has returned in a solo sense to the world of music. Having broken the Irish music scene at the tender age of 15 and suffering all the ups and downs of any normal music career it lead to her taking a well deserved break from the industry. But thankfully it didn’t scare her away completely as Leanne continued to play guitar as part of Queen Kong and the electro-rock burlesque troupe Midnight Burlectro. This continued to ease her back towards a solo career and her love of songwriting and performance.
2013 saw the release of Restless Sleepers the new EP from Leanne Harte. A welcome return from one of our most talented singer songwriters.

A five track EP full of clever melodic hooks and honest emotive lyrics. From the opening acoustic guitar of title track Restless Sleepers with its imploring vocals calling for understanding from the songs subject. Before the strings and electric guitar arrive in the chorus to change the feeling of the song to something more of resolution and determination.
Wrote Away is a softer more emotional affair with the same strained vocals dragging you headlong into the song.
The last song on the EP ‘Not Another Love Song’ has a quality to it that I personally love to find randomly in a song. It’s what I like to the call the “this could be a James Bond movie song” (could probably come up with a snazzier title). It’s a strange occurrence that happens I think when certain song structures are paired with certain guitar effects. The twangy delayed sound of the guitar throughout, accompanied by strong lead vocals driving along with the drums and bass, before dropping into the bridge where the guitar gets some whammy-bar style wavers. The guitar solo has that strung out twangy falsetto sound in spades leading the song toward its closing chorus. While I’m sure not everybody agrees with that idea I think it’s a fine quality in at least one song by any artist everybody knows James Bond and even sub consciously being linked to the likes of Shirley Bassey can never be a bad thing. Another example like The Last Shadow Puppets (The age of the understatement) just to show it’s not a once off.
Anyway that’s besides the point, the point being welcome back Leanne Harte and keep bringing us more good music.

Catch Leanne live 25th January – Supporting Ewa Gigon – The Joinery, Arbor Hill, Dublin.
26th January – Saucy Sundays, Grand Social, Dublin.

Itsatangent Playlist Seventeen. Dec 2013. Best Of The Year.

30 Dec

Itsatangent Playlist Seventeen. Dec 2013. Best Of The Year. Feat: Come On Live Long, Sam Amidon, Chrvches, Bad Bones, Hozier, The National, John Grant, The Dying Seconds and so on….

Check It out on Youtube here.

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