Posts Tagged ‘god is in the tv’

Luxembourg Signal at God Is In the TV

Dream-pop Supergroup The Luxembourg Signal take us on a ‘Distant Drive’ for our awesome track of the day. Spiralling off into the galaxy like a rotating, lit up comet, fired by drum shots, electric cartwheeling guitars and lashed by the hypnotic allure of Beth Arzy’s shimmering vocals, as she stares into the middle distance and contemplates what it’s all worth(“I am here life gets better”). Like the meeting point between the swoonesome pop ofthe Sundays, the intergalactic gaze of Spaceman 3 and the achingly bittersweet landscapes of Mazzy Star. Gorgeously otherworldly pop!

It’s lifted from their sumptuous new album available via Shelflife on September 30th on limited edition vinyl, cd and digital formats. The first 100 LP pre-orders direct from the label website will be available in electric blue vinyl.

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Hobbes Fanclub at God Is In The TV

Having waited years for the arrival of their début album Up At Lagrange, within a matter of days The Hobbes Fanclub have now also unveiled a brand new video. A suitably understated hand-held camcorder snapshot of the band as they visit les attractions touristiques de Paris, the video is a delightful accompaniment to ‘Stay Gold’, the second track on the new record.

The video footage follows the intrepid Bradford trio of chief songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Leon Carroll, bassist and fellow singer Louise Phelan and drummer Adam Theakston as they first take in the familiar sights of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and the French capital’s sun-kissed skyline before heading off in the direction of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile and the Champs-Élysées.

The vintage family holiday feel of the video is matched by the nostalgia of The Hobbes Fanclub’s music. ‘Stay Gold’ is a bold slice of chiming power-pop that surely has its nascence in the early ‘90s. Its incessant, jangling guitar melody and irrefutably catchy vocal harmonies owe much to those Big Star aficionados from Bellshill and men with whom they share half of their name, Teenage Fanclub.

On Up At Lagrange, and when placed upon the glorious platform of guitar noise generated by Carroll, the male/female amalgam of his and Phelan’s voices brings to mind the light and shade that My Bloody Valentine contrasted to such dizzying effect on their second album Loveless. By combining these reference points, The Hobbes Fanclub will never be marked out as true sonic pioneers. But the manner in which they produce their euphoric and wistfully crafted songs is still a thing of quite reassuring joy.

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Cosines at god is in the tv

Cosines are name I’d heard but until now I had never had the fortune to listen to a bar of their music, that’s all changed now. Cosines are London group, with a charming slant on DIY pop music.

Their second single ‘Commuter Love’ is out on the 12th of May via the marvelous Fika Recordings imprint (home of Tigercats, Making Marks, the Smittens). Honing into view on the back of a charming fuzz box glam pop riff cribbed and subverted from Norman Greenbaum’s 60s hit ‘Spirit in the Sky’ a giddy kick beat and sinewy synth trails, all painted with alluringly push-pull of knowing fem-vox that surf the teasing line between Saint Etienne and the 70s pop swing of mid periodBelle and Sebastian. Telling the tale of the modern day frustration of having a relationship with your job rather than the one you want to have with your friends(“This job stupid don’t give me no time/to have fun with my best friend…Commuter love don’t turn me on!’), there must be more to life than this indeed! A delightful slippery pop ear worm swaying on the tube-line, the-nine-to-five work treadmill has never sounded so infectious!

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