Saturday, April 21, 2018
Words: Linn Branson
Roman Lewis is just 17 years ago. Apart from sounding at least a decade older, and with looks that resemble a male version of a Pre-Raphaelite muse - full lips, dark, tumbling hair - which is a fair starting point to make an entrance to guarantee notice, he has also employed the services of one of the best producers around, namely Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals, The Amazons) to record his official debut single.
‘Mindless Town’ is a simple, unaffected track, that utilises just his effective voice and acoustic guitar to put across a song with sincerity and aplomb that has drawn comparisons to Jeff Buckley.
And while the Londoner may be called a 'newcomer' in terms of putting out his first official track, he is something of an old hand already, having started playing in public three years ago. He can also be heard even earlier on a track called 'Testimony' by MultiMillion Music from...2012, when he can have been no more than 12 or 13!
Lewis was picked up a few years ago by Amazing Radio's Charlie Ashcroft with tracks 'Lighter' and 'Relatively Minor', but is now seemingly returning in a new, more professional light.
Before you go, check him out here back in 2015 performing an original song, 'Confession'.
Words: Ellie Ward
With the announcement yesterday (April 20) of the death of EDM superstar Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, at the age of just 28, Norwegian artist Kygo later in the evening paid tribute to the late musician during his set at Coachella.
Pausing to say a few words about the Swedish DJ, musician and producer's legacy, Kygo spoke about he had been an inspiration to him starting to make music.
He concluded his set, saying: “Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration and he was the reason I started making electronic music. So I don’t think I would have been on this stage tonight if it wasn’t for him. And I know he has inspired millions of other producers out there.
“In honour of Avicii, I want you guys to dance and sing along and celebrate the life of a true musical genius. This next song is called ‘Without You.'”
Credit: Neil Wheeler
Words: Sam Geary
After kicking off 2018 with 'Arms Length', Reading quartet Mellor's new single, 'Tri-State Blues', was released yesterday (April 20).
Once again Gary Kingham's big, rocky vocals break over high voltage guitar riffs, and pummeling drums and percussion.
28 Are You Listening Festival? - Reading
03 The Monarch, Camden, London
12 The Half Moon, Bishops Stortford
25 The Star, Guildford
16 The Black Prince, Northampton
With the vibrant indie music scene in Australia and New Zealand constantly outshining much of the output from their British and American cousins, Little Indie picks our weekly bunch of some of the best new tracks on offer.
MILD ORANGE - SOME FEELING
Produced and mixed by the 'mindpop' Dunedin, NZ four-piece's vocalist/guitarist Josh Mehrtens, and taken from their debut full-length 'Foreplay'. Introspective, mellow and flowingly melodic with smooth spoken word intro by guest artist Bena Simanu.
COYOTE - POPPY
Also from Dunedin, NZ, these lo-fi alt-popsters pitch up with this new tune that goes from the off-kilter vocals to raging screams, while toir-tapping drums and infectious guitars cocoon it all - quite well, as it happens.
CHINA ROSES - PIEDATERRES
Chilled pop-electronica from the Adelaide duo - vocalist Jessica Fisher and producer Pietro Filippone (also of Aletro). Fisher's voice is addictively sultry, while the production is precise and understated. The song, says Fisher, "is inspired by love and appreciation for those in your life who believe in what you’re creating. It’s written about surrounding yourself with people that believe in you, and encourage you to fulfil your potential."
FLUIR - CHANGE
Sydney-via-Melbourne's FLUIR (pronounced 'flu-e-air') precedes her debut EP dropping later this year, with this single cut, written and produced with PNAU's Sam Littlemore. Bright, infectious electronic pop, with bouncy synths, snapping percussion and funky beats.
PARADISE CLUB - AWAY
Back to Adelaide for a different kind of sound from this four-piece, with this nostalgic and dreamy new single, after 'Saturday Night' and 'Cap 2', that "deals with relationships and travel. Sometimes you’re on what feels like the other side of the world and can’t be there for the ones you love most. It’s a common circumstance to find yourself in but not always the easiest to talk about. This is us
opening the discussion, any takers?"
HAIKU HANDS - JUPITER
Creating something of a buzz in their native Australia, this experimental electro-hip hop female outfit from Sydney, are only on their second single, (released on April 17), here - after debut 'Not About You' - but their punchy attitude, and bouncy rhythms with a guitar-filled beat, is flavour-filled. They arrive in the UK next month to play The Great Escape, Dot to Dot and London's Birthdays on May 22.
Sheffield garage-rockers Wulfman Fury share their live performance video - with a dark edge - to latest track, 'Getaway'.
Directed by Tailor, the radio-friendly, synths 'n' grit cut is given a fresh perspective. We just hope the burly bloke isn't their manager!
Have a watch above.
Credit: Melanie Tjoeng
Following last year's 'Live & Acoustic' EP, ISLAND released their debut album, 'Feels Like Air', earlier this month.
You can now stream all 11 tracks below.
The band are currently on tour in Europe, to be followed by further UK dates.
20 Musik & Frieden Berlin, Germany
21 Polimagie Festival Dresden, Germany
23 Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof
24 Paradiso Amsterdam
25 Tivoli Utrecht
26 Café Café Hasselt Belgium
27 Supersonic Paris, France
04 Costello Club Madrid
05 La Nau Barcelona
12 Whelan's, Dublin
14 Buyers Club Liverpool
15 King Tut's Glasgow
16 The Cluny Newcastle upon Tyne
17 Ruby Lounge Manchester
18 Castle & Falcon Birmingham
19 Bodega Nottingham
21 Thekla Bristol
22 Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff
31-Jun 2 Modular Festival Augsburg Germany
29-Jul 1 TRNSMT Glasgow
5-9 Barn On The Farm Gloucester