By Tom Fake
February 5, 2014
The Hot Five – My favourite new tracks of the week, usually rounded off with a classic, obscure or alternate track from my music collection. Tracks usually concentrate on guitar-based music, but really focus on anything and everything that I come across.
Track of the week: Horse Thief – ‘Devil’
Texans Horse Thief are set to release their debut LP Fear In Bliss on April 14. Released on Bella Union, the album is preceded by ‘Devil’, their new single. There’s a nice sense of simplicity about their music, making it easy to listen to; it’s the sort of song you can have on repeat in the background and not tire of it. Discussing the new album, the band said it was about “finding yourself and what you believe in, and finding the comfort in acknowledging fear.”
Horse Thief will be joining Midlake (also from Denton, TX and signed to Bella Union) as special guests on their UK and European tour, which starts in Manchester on February 20.
Spike – ‘Fooling Around’
Like any good nostalgia-searching music lover, I like to support independent record stores. Cardiff’s Catapult Records provided my latest LP, Orange Cloud Nine by Dutch musician Spike Wolters. The album has a totally different feel, and jumped out at me straight away. The album consists of sixteen songs that were recorded at Spike’s home in the early 80s, and as a result the album is probably unlike anything you’ll listen to today (I certainly don’t know what to compare it to!). I’ve only chosen the one track here of course, but if you like what you hear then it’s definitely worth giving the album a try!
Daniel Wilson – ‘Will You’
Following the discovery of Kwabs a few weeks back, here’s another minimal yet soulful track that you should hear. ‘Will You’ is the lead single from his new EP, Young Rubbish, which is due in March. It demonstrates Wilson’s outstanding falsetto vocals, as well as gospel-influenced backing vocals and harmonies over minimal synths that allow maximum exposure to the exceptional vocal. The only problem is at only two minutes and forty seconds, you just don’t want it to stop when it does.
The Family Rain– ‘Carnival’
The Bath brothers’ fantastic single from last year has now become the first track on their debut album, Under The Volcano, which was released on Monday. Its been rerecorded at the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin (the same studio that produced David Bowie’s Heroes and Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life), which gives it a more polished sound. Frankly it’s a great start to a great album, hopefully the first of many from The Family Rain.
Hidden track of the week: Fiction – ‘The Apple (A Song For Alan Turing)’
London quintet Fiction released this track, the last track on new album The Big Other, in the spring of 2013. ‘The Apple’ storms into life with an upbeat guitar / drums combination, before vocals enter to cast a slight cloud over proceedings. Dedicated to Alan Turing, who was an important figure at Bletchley Park during World War II, you get the impression that the contrasting moods set by the drums, guitar and vocals may have meanings deeper than just music, celebrating Turing’s achievements and mourning the horrific events that unfolded at the end of his life.
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