Trophy Wife – ‘Microlite’

Oxford trio Trophy Wife have been making waves this past month landing a support slot with Foals on their UK Tour and unequivocal praise from musical pundits the world over.

As is often the case it’s taken me more time than most to appreciate their debut offering but I gotta say I’m quite taken by it. This is simply wonderful & fresh indie pop here, like a whispering breathe of fresh air.

‘Microlite’ has announced their arrival with a lingering feeling of great promise of what may be on the horizon. Check it out/grab the acoustic version below.

Trophy Wife – Microlite via chickendonut

Trophy Wife – Microlite (Acoustic) via fadedglamour

El Ten Eleven: Video and Album Stream

LA-based instrumental indie rock duo, El Ten Eleven have just released a video for their latest single which is taken from their new album It’s Still Like A Secret, out now.

There is more than meets the eye to duo Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty. This isn’t simply indie-rock without the vocals, they create pounding soundscapes of almost Holy Fuck! proportions using a plethora of instruments, looping devices, effects pedals and drums. I knew nothing of these till last week yet this is album #4, it could be worthwhile trawling through their back catalogue.

You can watch the video and stream the album below.

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Video: The Vagabonds – John Mellor

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I have been away for the past 5 days or so and I can’t think of a better way to begin sifting through everything I’ve missed than with the new video from Dublin based punk-rockers The Vagabonds. Clocking in at 1.54 ‘John Mellor’ is as close to punk-rock perfection as you’re likely to hear this year.

It’s the first taken from their debut EP Another Victory for Hysteria which is out this week and to celebrate they play Sweeney’s, Dame Street, Dublin this Saturday December 4th. (Doors @ 9/€5).


The Coral – ‘Butterfly House’ – Acoustic

It’s been an excellent year by all accounts for The Coral who have been rejuvenated by the release earlier in the year of Butterfly House, arguably their best, most complete album yet.

Following an amazing reaction to the band’s acoustic shows they have decided to produce an acoustic version of the album. It was recorded in one day and according to frontman James Skelly “Everyone liked the acoustic gigs so much they asked us to record the tracks acoustically. We record and mixed the album in one day. Everything is live. The songs stand up really well and the album shows them in their raw form”. No complaints here.

To demonstrate their acoustic prowess, here’s a cover version of The Byrds classic ‘I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better’ which only this week was announced as a b-side to ‘Walking In The Winter’.

The album will be released on December 6th, a nice year-end finale.

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Mp3: The Coral – Coney Island via The New Montreal