Following hot on the heels of February’s ‘Ores & Minerals’, an album which The Quietus called ‘the first great guitar album of the year’ and which The Guardian proclaimed as ‘Marvellous and highly recommended’, Mazes return with ‘Better Ghosts’, a mini-album that blurs the lines between ‘Ores & Minerals’, their acclaimed live show, and what the future of Mazes may sound like. The ten track mini-album will be released on 11th November via FatCat Records on vinyl and digital download.
The above track, ‘Hayfever Wristband’, is a spare, willingly off-kilter video, well worth checking out for its minimalist approach.
If this band were a biscuit they’d be: A pink wafer
London based trio The Paul Garner Band returned this summer with their first album since downsizing from four to three members, and have barely missed a beat in transition. Since their founding in 2006, the group have spent the last 7 years honing their indie-blues sound and 3 Get Ready (a nod to their new set up?) is a great example of their sound.
The first half of the album is solid, a collection of varied blues tinged tracks that veers into reggae, straight 12 bar blues and a couple of rockier numbers, but the LP really comes into its own in its second half.
Track 6, ‘Louisiana Blues’, opens with some superb clean guitar work over quasi-funk chords which lasts almost a full minute before the bluesy vocal kicks in. The lyrics remain spare throughout, giving ample time to the licks and riffs that truly shine on the guitar. Soon after that, ‘Silver Bullet’ packs a powerful, shuffled punching rhythm. The bass and drums carry the whole track, fostering a deep momentum that never lets up from the minor verse to the ascending chorus.
Finally, album closer ‘Looking For Something’ goes full traditional, a mellow 12 bar blues line shaped by a picked guitar solo that really calls to mind the old school of blues.
If this band were a biscuit, they’d be: a Kit-Kat.
After some pretty troubled times, (Steve spent most of his late teens and twenties in a haze of alcohol and substance abuse), Steve Rich has really pulled himself together. After recently playing the legendary folk/blues venue The Troubadour, Steve is set to release latest single ‘Somebody Someday’. Paired with beautifully honest lyrics, is a surprisingly uplifting melody that will sit well on any summer evening. We’re a little bit in love with this track.
If this band were a biscuit, they’d be: a penguin bar.
This surreal, trippy video comes to you courtesy of Night Moves. The Domino-signed band have numerous inspirations, from Pink Floyd and Todd Rundgren to Curtis Mayfield and Neil Young. Night Moves’ debut album blends both psychedelia and Americana, with modest bursts of soul and pop.
If this band were a biscuit they’d be: a pink panther wafer.
Portsmouth based, multi tasking, hardworking musician and father Simon Kent has burst onto the scene with this delicious slice of alternative delight. Following his last release ‘Everything’s Alright’, his awesome new single ‘Where I Stand’ is out in September.
Haim have unveiled a new video for latest single, ‘The Wire’. The ever-cool sisters don’t disappoint; another quirky video to sit alongside their punchy rock style. Stick it to ’em girls.
Get out your kilts, Glasgow based singer-songwriter Aaron Fyfe is back with another stunning release. Following up from his beautiful début EP ‘Closer to You’, Fyfe is set a double A-side release ‘Freedom Fighters/Angels’ in October – we canny’ wait!