Millions Like Us Podcast – Episode #4

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Delighted to once again to share a brand new episode of ‘Millions Like Us’, a music podcast with myself & Justin Beats, in conjunction with Vancouver news & culture site 604now.

A bi-weekly digest of music from metro Vancouver and beyond, the fourth installment has the usual chatter and top tunes, comprised from an eclectic mix of styles and genres. There’s also a chance of winning tickets for the excellent Girl Band, for their show in The Media Club, Vancouver on November 20th.

Edit – Girl Band have unfortunately had to cancel all their upcoming shows, including Vancouver, due to health reasons. We wish them a speedy recovery and hopefully we’ll see them visit Vancouver in the future.

That#s about that then, we hope you enjoy episode 4. You can read more on it here and listen to episode #4 below, and the tracklist (with links) is after the jump. If you would like to get in touch the show, you email them at millionslikeuspodcast[at]gmail[dot]com.

You can subscribe to ‘Millions Like Us’ on iTunes & Podcast Republic or find us on Facebook & Twitter. Until Episode #5, here’s to good listening.

Episode 4 Tracklist:

Silver Matter – ‘Punks Grown Up’

Joanna Gruesome – ‘Last Year’

Knife Pleats – ‘One Step Too Far’

Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’

New Pope – ‘Christopher’

Martha Ffion – ‘So Long’

Mt. Wolf – ‘Hamburg’

BOUSADA – ‘Cast in Gold’

Lil Dicky – ‘Professional Rapper’

Auramics – ‘Founders of Time’

Fake Tears – ‘Second Wind’

Dead Soft – ‘The Wind’

Half Man Half Biscuit – ’24 Hour Garage People’

 

Villagers announce new album ‘Where Have You Been All My Life?’ and share ‘Memoir’

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Not content with producing one of 2015’s finest records, Villagers have revealed details of a new album, called Where Have You Been All My Life? and due for release on January 8th.

Recorded in one day at London’s RAK Studio with Richard Woodcraft (Radiohead, The Last Shadow Puppets) and Villagers live engineer Ber Quinn, the album brings together re-imagined versions from Conor O’Brien & company’s back catalogue. One of them ‘Memoir’, which was originally written by O’Brien for Charlotte Gainsbourg, has been unveiled. A firm fixture, and one of many high points, from Villagers’ recent visits to the West Coast, ‘Memoir’ is focused, sincere and an upfront and personal sound, capturing Conor O’Brien’s on-point lyricism. A patient song that builds gradually, drawing you in more and more, making you wait for its voice to be heard. An interesting and exciting first glimpse into the forthcoming LP.

Over the coming months, Villagers have a huge amount of live dates across Europe, including a show at Vicar Street in Dublin on January 28th. There is a full list of tour dates here.

 

The Statics – ‘Fake Sorrow’

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The Statics have been one of Ireland’s finest guitar bands for quite sometime now. Their utterly lovable, infectious and heartwarming indie sounds, have proved pretty irresistible thus far.

The Dublin indie out are back with a brand new single ‘Fake Sorrow’. The new track not only adds to an every growing collection of top quality singles, it, like ‘Get On It’, continues their trajectory toward rockier territory. ‘Fake Sorrow’ offers further proliferation of this rawer, grittier and rockier edge, while retaining their penchant for melodious indie-jangle and adding a grainy sort of early Strokes sound. The latter is hardly surprising given The Statics team up with producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes classic Is This It & Room On Fire). ‘Fake Sorrow’ is pastures new of sorts, but importantly retaining the essence of what, and continues to make The Statics’ such an exciting and endearing proposition.

‘Fake Sorrow’ will be released digitally on November 14th, a launch happening on November 28th at The Workman’s Club, Dublin. Check it out below.

 

Introducing: Jade Statues

 

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Every now and then, I like to step aside and let others air and share some thoughts on acts/music they feel are much deserving of more attention. On this occasion, it’s my good mate and ‘Millions Like Us‘ co-host, Justin Beats who is here to persuade you of the virtues of Vancouver producer, Jade Status. A big thanks to Justin for taking the time to write this up. Now then, I’ll leave you in his capable hands.

Jade Statues is the moniker of Vancouver’s ambient-electronica experimentalist Jacob Sexsmith. Last month he released a 9-track record, Executive Towers through the UK based Internet label ‘DREAM catalogue’. Previously releasing tracks online through Vancouver’s creative ‘Mountainous Collective’, his 2014 track ‘Phtallo Green’ received much positive exposure. This most recent project sees JS propel his experimental sound into newer, unknown grounds and to mind swelling effect.

A proportion of the JS sound makes you want to throw it through a sizeable sound-system and watch the walls pixelate until they digitally melt. Others are best sampled alone through headphones, preferably with a wide open space to vacantly stare into, that or a blank word document. Sounding like we’ve broken through to the 4th dimension? The Executive Towers digital journey would certainly be my imagining of what that sounds like; swirling vacuous synth, Tibetan mountainside bells, the glitchy inner workings of Microsoft 95, surreal vocals that beguile, as much as they haunt. Sexsmith openly admits such influences as Brian Eno, Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin have shaped his sound, it’s easy to hear this. What’s more entrenched is the deft sampling of abstract vocals, video game snippets and inanimate accapella and borrowings of trap style.

Executive Towers is out now & available from bandcamp, or if you’re into the full immersive experience it doubles as a sountrack to an online surrealist game.

 

Field Music announce new LP, ‘Commontime’, unveil new single ‘The Noisy Days Are Over’

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UK art rock duo Field Music have announced plans to release a new album in the new year. Entitled Commontime, it will be their fifth LP and is due out February 6th, 2016 via Memphis Industries.

The new 14-track offering follows the Sunderland pair’s 2012 LP, Plumb and a series of side projects and other ventures, including their soundtrack for 2015 film, Music for Drifters. Accompanying this splendid news is a new single from the forthcoming record, entitled ‘The Noisy Days Are Over’, and it’s a beaut! While lyrically it contemplates ageing and struggling to say farewell to youth, there’s an undeniable Talking Heads vibe going on. Layers of synths, playful jagged guitars skip around the peppy vocal harmonies and interspersed with some jazzy, off-kilter rhythms, with a great saxophone line to boot, before things get very left-field toward the end. It is all done in that funky, proggy, poppy way Field Music are both, great at and renowned for. Brilliant, inspired and almost immediately recognisable Field Music pre-eminence.

Take a listen to ‘The Noisy Days Are Over’ below, and enjoy!