With big band brass, strings and luxuriously layers of timeless instrumentation, it’s impossible not to be uplifted by ‘Follow’, as fans of Dry The River or Eliza and The Bear will fall in love with the overwhelming cheer that this British equivalent of Beirut produce.
3200 Tigers fit rather nicely into the electro-pop ‘class of 2013′, bringing a fresh take to the genre through a clearly vast pool of influences, putting as much emphasis on the calculated instrumentation as the synonymous saccharine vocals.
As Catfish and The Bottlemen become one of the most important acts to watch over the coming months, we went to the pub with frontman Van McCann to discuss tenuous comparisons, constructive criticism and blowing money on holidays.
To keep us topped up with LO goodness until then, the twosome have dropped third single ‘Wonderkind’. Four-and-a-half minutes of dreamy kaleidoscope pop, the great thing about this track is that underpinning the lushness and the trickery is a melody
New single, ‘Sadie’, the first release from an as-yet-untitled EP that will come later in the year, is a falsetto drenched slice of goodness that bubbles away on a rousing after-dark synth line
The video for it is beautiful, consisting of young couples doing things that only ever seem to work on film, such as lighting flares and laying down in meadows and running in slow motion, hand in hand.
Two Hours Traffic have undoubtedly produced a solid, pop record, but one that, sadly, is no more than just that
Keeping it in the family, Hackman’s brother has reworked ‘Bath Is Black’ into an unexpected downtempo electronic hit. The floaty vocals remain, however guitars are replaced with soothing synth chords, handclaps galore and a quietly intense future garage breakdown.
The meticulously choreographed video for ‘Cold Front’ perfectly encapsulates the raw emotion of the single, as slick visuals accompany the smooth electronic instrumentation, whilst Welsh’s impassioned vocals melt over increasingly gritty (shadow based) scenes.
With an expanded line-up and new location it will undoubtedly continue to go from strength to strength in the coming years
The track itself is a rootin’ tootin’ cowboy bootin’ pleasure, and highlights Carr’s gravely voice over the top of rolling acoustic guitar and some choice handclaps
‘Going Nowhere’ takes the gloriously retro nuances of F.U.R.S’ sound into more sumptuous territories, as saxophones, Roxy Music-esque guitars and ‘doo wop’ backing vocals combine to create a track that is altogether rather refreshing.
‘It All Feels Right’ is summer encapsulated, as meticulously retro production reminiscent of The Avalanches throws dreamy strings against a perfectly balanced mix of live and computerized instrumentation. Put this on (along with some suncream) and pretend it’s hot outside.
As you can see they are pretty simple. Big graphic on the front. Plain back. These beauties are printed onto super soft, premium cotton. They are softer than a baby’s bum and fresher than a daisy.