Pluto Jonze- ‘Swingin’ Like I’m Bowie’

Pluto Jonze

As a tribute to his idol David Bowie, psych-pop sensation Pluto Jonze has released the track ‘Swingin’ Like I’m Bowie’. The Australian artist has been around the music scene since 2012 but is looking to expand his audience to across the world, having not released a track for three years, what better time is there to tribute his, and millions of other’s absolute idol? On Bowie, Pluto Jonze commented “Last year sucked, I couldn’t listen to any of his songs without this sadness pinching me. Anyways, I’m over that and can now appreciate with clear eyes how he wanted his art to transcend himself and live on. He pushed the artistic envelope right to the end and this song is a celebration of that intent.”

Obviously there is strong Bowie influences in this track, however the groovy, psych-pop chorus screams Beck’s track ‘Dreams’ at us it in the best way possible. Jonze considers himself to be within the pop genre, but his strong melodies and hooks, often driven by psychedelic production elements and lyrics make his sound stand out from that classic ‘pop’ sound. His pop-punky voice complements the funky guitar throughout the track as well as the more rocky riffs embedded. I’m sure the way he sings “Bowieeeeeeee” with such conviction along with attitude will remain playing round and round in your head for at least the next day.

You can catch Pluto Jonze in the UK at the following dates:

Sun 6 Aug – The Islington, London

Tue 8 Aug – The Islington, London

Wed 23 Aug – The Portland Arms, Cambridge

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/plutojonze/?ref=br_rs

https://twitter.com/PlutoJonze

https://www.instagram.com/plutojonze/?hl=en

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Pallab and his debut album, ‘Grey Day’

Pallab Sarker, a singer-songwriter from Walthamstow, is set to release his debut album, ‘Grey Day’, in the autumn, after landing a record deal with Bongo Boy Records in the USA recently. His hit single, ‘Morning in Brixton’, loved especially by college radio stations in the USA, is the reason for this success.

His songs are both beautiful and emotional, including the track, ‘The Station’, which takes listeners on a charming journey. Pallab’s vocals and his fabulous poetry, influenced by his mother, who was a poet and storyteller as Pallab was growing up, are complemented by the gorgeous harmonies created by the guitar, with sad, but captivating string instruments on lots of his tracks, enticing us into the story.

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‘Morning in Brixton’, a soft soulful indie song, sharing Pallab’s thoughts and feelings, with a magnificent instrumental, this song can be listened to on repeat due to the enticing atmosphere it creates. Pallab, however, uses a variety of musical styles, and ‘Not Gonna Fall in Love with You’, is a more dynamic, toe-tapping track with a superb beat and catchy melody and lyrics.

Pallab has incredible vocals which lure in a wide audience to his ballad style songs, which blends remarkably with the outstanding harmonies. Pallab is hoping to release a lot more music, and tour the UK and US later in the year, so make sure you don’t miss out on his journey or his debut album, ‘Grey Day’, coming out soon.

Go check out Pallab Sarker and his upcoming album release at…

https://pallabsarker.com/home

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvQM0GOGAT-GYjJvVwVXQQ

https://soundcloud.com/user-135003185

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/morning-in-brixton-single/id1200315851

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Morning-Brixton-Pallab-Sarker/dp/B01N9WJNSF

https://play.spotify.com/album/3bZN8CTCZWu6U6fabqnHpR?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Salute Music Makers Competition

Ever thought all the X-Factor and The Voice contestants all seem pretty similar? The same sounding backing track? The same sort of songs? The same aspirations? Well, if this is something that sounds boring to you then the Salute Music Makers Competition may be for you. Representing a multi-cultural diversity, this new music competition platform empowers the singer/songwriter in all genres. The competition claims to ‘change the face of UK music’, with the cash prize of £50,000 to kick start your career in the music industry, on your own terms with no strings attached. It was the idea of entrepreneurs Lars Bylehn, Jean- Claude Charnier, Patrick Butterfield, Minesh Patel and Michael Bylehn and the face of the competition is ex-front-man of The Undertones Feargal Sharkey…. How exciting!

Their main aim is to redefine and reposition writers, whilst supporting and empowering DIY UK talent. Sounds great for aspiring musicians who are part of the next generation of unsigned artists. The idea behind the project is to create an accessible and fair opportunity for a diverse range of music makers to showcase their wide range of talents.

The competition features an app, where the ‘music makers’ will be allowed to upload an example of their music. Following this, a listening phase will follow. During this time, the Salute team, along with respected curators, will listen, rate and evaluate the applications, narrowing down the applicants to a top 100. The next step is a public vote to whittle the top 100 to a final 6, each of the top six will go home with £10,000 and participate in the Salute Finals TV show. The contestants are encouraged to perform their own material each week under a different theme. This helps to steer the competition away from the ‘karaoke style’ of other singing competitions.

You can enter the competition from April 27th until 30th July. The top 100 artists will be revealed by 15th October. GOOD LUCK.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULW7xUq0BLs

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The Seamonsters- Wonderland

When I think of The Seamonsters I think of six, Doc Martin-wearing young girls, fresh out of Sheffield, coated in glitter and generally having a bloody great time on stage and playing music together, and at least by the end of 2017, you all should be thinking the same. Today marks the day of the release of their brand spanking new track Wonderland on Twin Records. The girls start the track as they mean to go on, with an echoing retro sounding guitar riff, continuing this throughout the track but making it a heavier electric sound as the track goes on. It is clear that the band have been influenced by the likes of Black Honey with the same amount of sass, bass and electric guitar. It is very refreshing to see a group of young girls taking up a rocky sound as it is something that the music industry is certainly lacking. The single is out from today, 21st July. It is certainly not one to miss.

Ciircus Street- ‘Mouth Like That’

Album Review: ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’ by The Moonlandingz

When I first heard Fat White Family’s debut album Champagne Holocaust, four years ago, I knew that I was listening to the most important band of that time. Heavily influenced by The Fall and The Country Teasers – the Fat Whites created an album, that certainly lyrically, was much more interesting than anything else at the time.

As well as the electric live shows, the band’s follow up: ‘Songs For Our Mothers’ cemented their status as the most interesting band in the UK. So when I discovered the songwriting partnership of the South London band, singer Lias Saoudi and guitarist Saul Adamczewski, had begun a side project, I was eager to find out what other musical interests they were influenced by.

Saoudi, who adopts the alter ego of fictional narcissist Jonny Rocket on the album, and Adamczewski, have teamed up with Sheffield electro-duo, Eccentronic Research Council, to create The Moonlandingz’ synth-pop driven debut album Interplanetary Class Classics. The album also features Yoko Ono, whose son and friend of the band, Sean, deploys psychedelic guitar on the track ‘Sweet Saturn Mine’. Rebecca Taylor of Snow Club, drummer Ross Orton, bassist Mairead O’Connor and Randy Jones, the cowboy from The Village People, complete the line-up.

The album opener ‘Vessels’ begins with heavy drumming and Saoudi’s low vocals drenched with fuzzy guitar that eventually leads to the front-man returning to the voice that served him so well on Fat Whites’ debut in the chorus. Like ‘Vessels’, tracks such as ‘Sweet Saturn Mine’ and ‘Black Hanz’ are undeniably catchy pop tunes, where the lyrics apply the same sinister, ironic outlook Saoudi has used many times. For example, in ‘I.D.S’, written about everyone’s favourite bastard Iain Duncan Smith, Saoudi expresses his displeasure at Duncan’s policies, singing: “40,000 years of job club.”

Saoudi channels his inner Lou Reed on the album’s best track, ‘The Strangle Of Anna’, paying homage to Reed’s New York band with they lyric: “I made you listen to Sunday morning, you spit it out across the parquet flooring.” The song also has elements of The Velvet Underground’s ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’, with Rebecca Taylor’s impressive PJ Harvey-like vocals. The Moonlandingz wrap it up with Yoko Ono wailing on the electronically-led ‘The Cities Undone’, which also features The Human League’s Phil Oakey.

This album, musically, doesn’t offer anything too original, but nothing does these days, it seems fairly impossible. But in an era where most popular music makes me want to die, it’s refreshing to see the likes of Saoudi not pretending to be a wild original or taking himself too seriously. And much like the Fat Whites, The Moonlandingz’ debut is lyrically, heads and shoulders above the majority of the landfill-indie that occupies popular guitar music today.

Joe Forte

Atticus emerges from the underground with ‘These Walls’

Emerging into the fray of contemporary electronic music is singer-songwriter, Atticus. With a powerful electronic sound, combined with an indie aesthetic, Atticus seems to already have cracked the recipe for modern music that breaks boundaries and offers something just a little different.

Over his career as a musician, Atticus has played around with a number of genres but has found a home for his raspy, yet enticing vocals in the electronic category.

The new single ‘These Walls’ is a track that breaks out, both sonically and metaphorically from anything you’ve heard before, blending an ambient James Blake like atmosphere with swelling bass lines and evocative, jarring beats.

After unfortunately losing his Mother at the tender age of 16, Atticus is a songwriter who channels his emotions into his music and the result is a form of intriguing music with a meaningful background too.

‘These Walls’ is out for release 24th March 2017.

Find out more on Atticus here:

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/officialatticus

https://www.facebook.com/officialATTICUS