12:30 New Desert BluesFishbowl
13:40 On and OnThe Courtyard
15:30 Empress ofFitzherberts
16:00 Susanne SundforThe Courtyard
19:30 Marika HackmanUnitarian Church
Welcome to the start of Great Escape week on the blog. For the next few days i’ll be going through who you should see and when. So let’s start with Thursday. This is who i’ll be gearing up to see this time next week…
The Dome Studio Theatre
It’s May and that means Great Escape, Sunshine and END OF MY DEGREE! However, we’ve got a few weeks to go yet, so lets lament on the great month of music that was April.
This playlist includes beauties from Merchandise, Bonobo (my favourite album of the month), Lorde and Gambles. However, my favourite track of the month ‘Supposed to Be’ by Tom Odell isn’t up on Soundcloud, so i’ve posted the YouTube link below for your listening please.
I haven’t yet heard the EP, but based on this I think I can say it is incredible.
I have wanted to make playlists for this blog for ages, and this morning I was having a read around Skeletory‘s blog (amazing blog, check it out) and I realised that Soundcloud allow you to make sets!? I don’t know why I never realised this before, as I’ve listened to loads of sets but never thought about making one.
So this first playlist is a summary of my favourite tracks of this last month. Be prepared for playlists for every occasion, festival and season of the year. Looking back, it’s been a good month for music. Ahhhh…
The Great Escape is without a doubt one of my favourite UK festivals. Every year the line-up is incredible and, how better to spend a weekend in May than running around beautiful Brighton seeing some of the best new music the world has to offer. Last year my highlights were Grimes, Palma Violets and Alabama Shakes, and judging by the line-up just announced for this year, 2013 could even top that!
You can view the full line-up of their website, but here is a few of my highlights so far…
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
You can purchase tickets here, and they are only £45 for the weekend. See you there!
Almost everything I read about Merchandise begins with calling them a ‘punk band’. Don’t let that put you off, because they actually sound a bit like The Smiths, but fuzzier, and slightly less assured in their sound.
Last year they released an EP called ‘Children of Desire’, a mixture of experimentalism and melodic pop songs. They have self-released a whole heap of EP’s over the last few years, all available for free on their website. It seems they have been experimenting with their sound, and this latest record, is the most whole sounding, and one of the most beautiful and euphoric records I have heard in a while. If you remember me harping on about Liza Thorn’s new band STARRED‘s EP ‘Prison to Prison’, there seems to be some correlation between that record and ‘Children of Desire’. Both are clearly experiments, both seem to be coming from a band developing their sound, creating their own genre and showing heaps and heaps of potential.
My favourite track from ‘Children of Desire’ is ‘Satellite’, the ballad of the EP which sees singer Carson Cox romantically repeat the line No you’ll never escape my mind to a building piano line. ‘Become What You Are’ at almost 11 minutes long still manages to be a well formed pop song and lyrically I find myself hanging on to every word.
The band are from Tampa in Florida and are currently unsigned. You can download their whole back catalogue for free here.