Teleman – ‘In Your Fur’


Hot on the heels of Teleman‘s debut single/video, ‘Cristina‘, comes b-side ‘In Your Fur’.

Be assured that b-side does not denote a drop in quality, in fact, it’s another exquisite pop song. ‘In Your Fur’ illuminates the former Pete & The Pirates trio’s more warped psychedelic side with a rich blend of guitar, drum and synths, the perfect backdrop for lead singer Tom Sanders’ distinctive and bittersweet vocals. An absolutely wonderful little ditty. 

Hopefully we hear a lot more from Teleman throughout 2013 and beyond but for now, ‘Cristina’ & ‘In Your Fur’ are on Moshi Moshi.

The Pictish Trail – ‘The Handstand Crowd’

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The Pictish Trail is set release his second album Secret Soundz, Volume 2 on January 21st through Fence Records, which he heads up with Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote. 

The album was recorded in a caravan on the Scottish island of Eigg, and with the release date only around the corner the Scottish alt-folker has given us a sneaky glimpse at what we can expect. ‘The Handstand Crowd’ is a wonderfully melodic and beautiful lead single; the vocal is a tender and the folk-inflicted with a slight electronic haze. A fantastic lo-fi folk gem, just what you would expect from The Pictish Trail really.

Secret Soundz, Volume 2 is coming on the 21st January but before all that you can listen to ‘The Handstand Crowd’ and earlier single ‘Michael Rocket’ below.

Introducing: Ieuan Williams


Ieuan Williams is a singer-songwriter from South Wales, who is currently based in Bristol.

Influenced by the likes of Elliott Smith, Ben Marwood, Jeffrey Lewis and The Tallest Man on Earth (there is also a certain hint of Frank Turner to his sound); alternative acoustic folk is the order of the day. There is an honesty in it’s simplicity. This one man and his guitar approach allows for a full appreciation of his intuitive songwriting and storytelling ability. Williams’ songs are both touching and stirring as his distinctive voice clamors above the acoustic strums and picks.

His music is impassioned without ever being wholly angry, something that might suit his style perfectly, if he choose to go down that road. William’s may only be finding his feet bu there is plenty on offer already to enjoy. There are a few choice cuts below but there are plenty more on soundcloud & his latest EP is available on bandcamp

(Video) Teleman – Cristina

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Teleman announced their arrival late last year with this song, ‘Cristina’, but the band have gone and released this simple but lovely video to accompany the song.

Comprised of former Pete & The Pirates trio, ‘Cristina’ is a simplistic slice of blissful pop, a gently propulsive song allowing lead singer Tom Sanders’ distinctive and bittersweet vocals come to the fore. Hopefully we hear a lot more from Teleman throughout 2013 and beyond but for now, ‘Cristina’ is out on Moshi Moshi and joined by ‘In Your Fur’.

(Download) The P Affection – ‘Oh Celina’


2012 was a good year for The P Affection, impressing at every turn, releasing their excellent second album Cakes For Occasions and their live shows (the ones I saw) were impeccable.

The Naas based indie rockers have kicked off 2013 in style with ‘Oh Celina’, the second single from the aforementioned LP. It’s an irresistibly snappy mix of indie-rock and power-pop, just the kind of thing that makes the album so enjoyable, a truly excellent tune. 

You can download ‘Oh Celina’ for free below & if you like the cut of it’s jib, why not check out the album, Cakes For Occasions, over on bandcamp

The Dead Heavys – ‘Slow Robot’

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The Dead Heavys announced themselves last year with ‘Everybody in the Nite’, a funky indie rock number tinged with a psychedelics and a catchy pop sensibility. 

If ‘Everybody in the Nite’ were a statement of intent from the Waterford 5-piece, ‘Slow Robot’ goes much, much further. It delivers a tune with an undeniably infectious groove which will leave you powerless to resist it’s temptations, simply wonderful stuff.

As far as I can gather it is taken from the same release as ‘Everybody in the Nite’, their debut EP produced by Jagz Kooner (Primal Scream, Kasabian & Sabres of Paradise). Whatever the case, you can give ‘Slow Robot’ and it’s companion ‘Lazarus’ a spin below. 

Miles Kane – Give Up

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Miles Kane announced himself as a artist in his own right in 2011 with debut solo album, Colour of the Trap, an intrepid adventure through a spooky ’60s parallel universe done with style, swagger and poise.

Kane has unveiled a brand new single ‘Give Up’, which is taken from his forthcoming second album, due for release later this year. ‘Give Up’ is a gritty rocker of a tune with his recognizable powerful scouse rasp and dirty guitars ensuring little or no quarter is given. It does certainly suggest we can perhaps expect a heavier side to Kane’s music in the near future. Either way it is a top tune which will keep us entertained until details of the new album arrive.

‘Give Up’ is set to be released on February 24th, along with ‘Woman’s Touch’ and ‘The Competition’ on a brand new EP before releasing the follow-up to Colour Of The Trap.

Factory Floor – ‘Fall Back’

Factory Floor 2013It’s hard to believe it has been over 12 months (November 2011 in fact) since Factory Floor released their last single ‘Two Different Ways’.

Whatever the case, the London electro industrial trio are back with a brand new single ‘Fall Back’, the first taken from their forthcoming debut album which will be released through DFA later in the year. ‘Fall Back’ is a thick, and inspired eight minute slice of spiraling and swirling synths, with that all too recognizable hypnotic groove.  

Factory Floor’s debut LP surely has to be one of the most anticipated releases of the year? Until then though, we have ‘Fall Back’, released on January 15th on DFA Records.