Sounds on Sunday 7

More new sounds for you this week, ranging from electronica to folk and Sweden to Brooklyn (via Sheffield). Listen to the Soundcloud playlist, let me know what you think in the comments below, and please mention any new music you’d like to share.

Grok Enrol & The Nu-Thing – Bulk Enrolment (extended mix) – Grok Enrol is a Sheffield-based musician working under the guises of The Weird & the Wonderful, and Grok Enrol & The Nu-Thing. The present line-up is Grok Enrol and Phill Geldoff, who are working on a debut album, due out in 2017.

Delicate Features – The Sun Tangled In Your Hair – The project Delicate Features was formed in St. Petersburg in 2012 by a musician Pavel Diakov-Astvatsaturian and a singer Radmila Nikogosian. In August 2014 their debut album “The Passenger” was released by Los Angeles based record label Not Not Fun. They rarely perform on stage, remaining a St. Petersburg mystic treasure. On the 28th of November 2016 their second album «Sky of Earth» is out on Not Not Fun.

Vital – Invisible – from the recently released “The Vital Album”. Two of the tracks are due to be released in major video games in Spring 2017. “There is an Afro-Caribbean flavor (Jamaican?) to these tunes that make them unique and subtly brilliant.”

Hugh Macdonald – On My Way – Hugh is a talented 19-year-old singer/ songwriter currently studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is originally from South Africa and the UK. He released an EP on the 1st of November called MÅNGATA and has just finished a tour of the West Coast. He also has some festivals lined up for the summer of 2017.

Jesse Ruben – Scared of America – Brooklyn singer/songwriter Jesse Ruben says “I think there are things we could be doing better. This isn’t a protest song. It’s just what I’ve noticed recently. It’s our job as writers to say these things.” You can read more about his inspirational life here: http://www.jesseruben.com/about/

Hideout – Doctor – “Hideout is Manhattan-based songwriter Gabriel Rodriguez, who’s also a long-time member of indie-pop band Cults. Sophomore album So Many Hoops/So Little Time is due out 2/3/17 via Small Plates Records.”

Albin Eidhagen – Run Run Run – Albin Eidhagen is from Sundbyberg, Sweden, and recently released this debut single. He says: “I usually write music in English but sometimes the only way to express myself naturally is with my mother tongue. In my new song Run Run Run I start out with English but to make my music as honest as I wish it to be, I had to sing the chorus in Swedish. The translation would be something like this: “So I run run run run, tears were falling from my cheeks, can you feel my heart is burning. So I run run run run, falling down into your hand, wonder when the wind will turn.”

Harry Phillips – Bimini – A newly-released (debut) delicate ballad from Harry Phillips, you can read more about him here in this excellent interview from Highclouds: http://www.highclouds.org/newcomer-listen-to-the-debut-folk-track-by-harry-phillips-called-bimini/

8 thoughts on “Sounds on Sunday 7

  1. Our days are so crazy here that all I want to do when I get home is just shut off and crash. This is by the way of a sheepish apology for my yesterday’s comment.
    Of the first three I find Vital to have an edge, maybe because they appear to have paid more attention to sound quality. This despite the Delicate Features sounding a bit like PSB. And I didn’t get the Grok Enrol joke till I heard the song. All three are okay.
    It really gets interesting from then on with Hideout and Harry Philips standing out. Jesse Reuben is good and it is so nice to see musicians like him get involved in current events. Thanks for the music Ali.

  2. Grok Enrol & The Nu-Thing – Bulk Enrolment (extended mix) I rather enjoyed this one. Spaced out electronica has grown on me over the last few years.

    Delicate Features – The Sun Tangled In Your HairI’m not sure what a mystic treasure is in musical terms, but it sounds like something from Dungeons & Dragons. Musically we have more electronica, but less-spaced out and more Tangerine Dream (which is a Good Thing really, I am a huge fan of TD). I sort of drifted away about halfway through, but that might have been the point and i did come back before the end. Classic Trance.

    Vital – Invisible This reminds me of something, but I can’t think what. Too much Autotune on the vocals, though. It is OK, but not great.

    Hugh Macdonald – On My Way This is inoffensive enough, but it isn’t grabbing my attention. His voice is a bit annoying.

    Jesse Ruben – Scared of AmericaThe guitar riff is very like Hang Onto Yourself crossed with something by America and he has a few Dylan stylings in his voice in places, but I like it.

    Hideout – Doctor When I saw the phrase “indie-pop band”, I feared the worst, but this was better than expected. There is a nice 60s feel to it, a bit Byrds, a bit Lovin’ Spoonful and even some Buffalo Springfield and Moby Grape in the mix too. This is a good tune.

    Albin Eidhagen – Run Run Run For a debut, this is very mature-sounding. I like it. The pedal steel guitar has a sort of David Gilmour solo work sound. Nice.

    Harry Phillips – Bimini – Another rather accomplished debut. Some good ideas here, but I found the percussion sound intrusive and unnecessary. Nice sax though.

  3. Loved the two spacey openers, Grok Enrol and Delicate Features. Didn’t get on with the following two at all I’m afraid. Jesse Rubin was ok but a bit derivative. I liked Hideout a lot. Nice mix of the familiar and the original. Albin Eidhagen was great. Agree about the percussion in the Harry Philips song. I really liked it apart from that. Sorry, even less articulate than usual today.

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