Klangstof – ‘Everest’


Netherlands-based outfit Klangstof have announced new EP – following up their debut LP Close Eyes To Exit – and they have shared the lead single and title track, ‘Everest’

A slinky, stop-start, swooning slice of ‘synthesizer heaven’, ‘Everest’ shifts through textured verses and a ethereal atmosphere and dreamy chorus to boot. Influenced largely by 80’s synth pop, it is a woozy alt-pop escapade with mild psychedelic feels. It’s a gentle introduction to their sound, laid-back yet focused with flourishes of synth and electronics – it is an equally affable reminder to what makes them a hugely likeable prospect.

The Everest EP is out 3 November via Mind Of A Genius, listen to the lead single and title track below:

Duncan Lloyd Announces New Album; Shares ‘Heads Of The Bastille’

Duncan Lloyd 1 (Photo Freya Frenesi)

Duncan Lloyd is probably best known as the guitarist with Maximo Park but away from the day job, he’s kept himself busy with various side-projects including Decade In Exile, Nano Kino and solo work under his own name.

It is the latter which demands our attention, with the release of new album, I O U O M E, and follow up to 2008’s Seeing Double. The first single from the new record is ‘Heads of The Bastille’, and it’s a beaut! Lloyd’s hushed vocal has a tactile warmth and echoes through the melody and shimmering guitar, tempered with a mild coat of fuzz. Bristling with an nocturnal moodiness, it is permeated with a sense of intimacy, melancholy and understated optimism. A tantalising taste of what Lloyd is capable of and marvellous intro to the new record.

I O U O M E is set to release on 26th May, but before then whet your appetite with ‘Heads of the Bastille’.