Rambling across the MerseyApril 14, 2014
14 April 2014 I’ve been listening to a lot of global music in recent months while researching for my book, but in the meantime let me bring you up to date with some of the best new local sounds.
Ian Prowse – The Murder of Charles Wootton
Hughie Jones – Blow the Man Down
The White Widows – Talkin’ to Yourself
Brilliant debut single. They just launched their album on Friday so I’m looking forward to hearing that.
The Vibes – Rambling Man
One of my sounds of 2013 : they’ve been back in the studio and there’s a new EP in the works which they tell me will be “just as raw if not more so than the last EP”. Sounds good to me. Here’s a taster of it.
Electric Lips – Not Coming Back
Meanwhile The Vibes mates, rockers Electric Lips, have released their debut EP Snake Eyes, and have just expanded to a 4 piece. CDs are available at gigs, so you know what to do.
Evian Christ – Waterfall
Josh Leary, a young producer from Ellesmere Port, has a teacher training qualification and a credit on the latest Kanye West album. His new EP Waterfall was reviewed in Pitchfork (they gave it 7.3), and was the subject of a long feature piece in the Guardian. Expect noise, technical wizardry and crashing bass.
Ninetails – Sinn Djinn
From the EP Quiet Confidence. Electronic soundscapes aren’t really my thing, but this is a bit unusual, and worth a listen.
Stephen Langstaff – Home
Last month he was in America where he played three shows at SXSW, and toured in Texas and Nashville, and wrote this song.
Mark Pountney – Treat me Baby Like You Should
If you had to guess which of these artists also fronts a Beatles tribute band, you’d probably have got it right. While the new album Mark One is steeped in the 60s, it’s very much his own material, and let’s hope he stays away from the covers from now on, because this is great feelgood music.
Tear Talk – Parallel
According to their own record company, Tear Talk “is one of the most awkward, introverted and melancholic bands (their words) out there today”. That endears them to me a lot ! On their 3 track EP Breathe they sound like New Order meets The Cure.
Matt Swift – Everton Songs
In the week in which Everton moved into a Champions League place, surely you can allow me a little indulgence.