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Saint Saviour - AllSaints Basement Sessions

I received a mail this morning from a very large agency in London, called Anorak. An agency with names like Basement Jaxx, Die Mason Die, Nneka, TNGHT,… on their roster. I was stunned that they contacted us, so I replied to the mail. They directly showed us this beautiful session from Saint Saviour. It's a basement session hosted by AllSaints, a london based fashion company. 

Becky Jones, former front woman of Groove Armada, created her own persona as Saint Saviour. She chose to took her traditional music background and remade it into stunning experimental electro. In this session her voice really pops out very clear and you can see that this woman has loads of talent. 

The music brings you into this trance and it's hard to get out. Cool drums, really great guitars, it's all in there and the band brings it out very well. This is one of the best sessions I've ever seen. I can post pages about how good this is but that's not what I'm trying to reach for, listen and you will experience this with me.

Just sit back and enjoy and I'm sure you guys will agree with my words. 

These are the 3 songs they played:

Tightrope

Fallen Trees

I Call This Home

 

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Animal Kingdom

It's been a long time since I've written a review, but I've got an album that you guys will like for sure: The Looking Away by Animal Kingdom. Until last week I had never heard about these guys, but then I saw them supporting Frightened Rabbit in Brussels. I was very pleased by their performance and I had to buy their most recent album, which I don't regret at all, since it is one fine indie record!

The Looking Away opens with The Wave, where Robert Sauberlich immediately demonstrates that he has a pretty charming voice. The Wave might not be the best track on the album, but although it's quite a decent opener for what's coming next. As Sauberlich's voice mysteriously faints away, Get Away With It kicks off with a very danceable guitar riff and drumline which reminds me a little of Interpol. As soon as the upbeat verse stops, the very catchy chorus subtle kicks in. Although the lyrics of the chorus aren't abstruse of anything, you'll be singing along soon!

Follower Strange Attractor is one of my favorite tracks of the album, it's kind of a mix between Two Door Cinema Club and Keane in their better days. What I like about Animal Kingdom is although they're a three-headed band, it sounds like there are five or more guys jamming. Straw Man is that sort of track that won't work if you release it as a single, but it's a great way to let the previous three tracks get through and to draw a line between the previous tracks and the upcoming tracks.

Skipping Disc is more of an acoustic song, which shows how diverse this album and Animal Kingdom in general are. And from the first second that the chorus took off, I new Sauberlich's voice reminded me of someone else's voice: Mark Foster of Foster The People.

White Sparks absolutely is a top class track: the clear Joy Division influences, Sauberlich's magical voice, beautiful lyrics and an upbeat and catchy chorus, there is nothing else to say to these guys than 'Thank you', not only for this track but for the whole album.

It looks like Animal Kingdom have found a great recipe for creating beautiful indie-tracks. I have this feeling that these guys will be performing at a lot of festivals sooner or later, it could be this year or next year, but trust me: Animal Kingdom will gain the respect that they deserve one day!

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Rhye

Finally, they are back!

After some months of disappearance, the mysterious duo is back with The Fall, ready to delight us with their detailed melodies, sensual brushstrokes, sweet perfumes and caresses that give goose bumps. Rhye is equal to eargasm, simple as that. Each time I listen to one of their songs I melt like butter and start to play with my hair. Sometimes I blush, and that’s the moment to tell myself: Don’t Naroa, fight! But it’s already too late, and every part of my body has succumbed to the charms of Rhye. And this isn’t good because they might disappear one more time and my ears will suffer again for love. But before Rhye leaves they will shout: make love to me one more time before you go away…

My eyes still wait to see their lover with videos like Open which will make their retinas jump of emotion… V for Video, please.

- Naroa

SOHN

Oh, I felt in love.

Born in London, based in Vienna. Singer-songwriter and producer SOHN is an ARTIST in capital letters. He is releasing his upcoming EP in November which is produced by Aesop and his first official single is The Wheel.

Sexy and catchy as hell, this beautiful song transports you to an another dimension. I wish I was in some paradisiacal beach staring to the sunset, beer in hand and moving my shoulders like an old little boat swinging in the sea… Listening to this dreamy song is the closest thing to that moment. Who wants to dream with me?

Bon voyage! 

- Naroa

 

One Festival

 

We are proud to present you One Festival! This weekend starts the first edition of this Indie Rock festival and The Music Beam is part of that. The organization asked us if we could collaborate with them and off course we said yes right away! I will give a little information about the bands underneath. See you all saturday in Haacht!

THE GREAT MOUNTAIN FIRE

This is the biggest name on the line up, they are known in Belgium but they are touring abroad also. This summer they played on big festivals such as Dour and Pukkelpop, 2 of the biggest festivals in Belgium. One of their biggest hits is Late Nights. With this cheerful indie it will be hard not to shake your legs. A great band live so we are looking forward to them!

THE DEER FRIENDS

This indieband from Belgium has been on the stage of one of the finest clubs in the country, Ancienne Belgique. They went on a tour in the UK this summer so they are climbing up the ladder. With their biggest hit See The Sea they remind us of The Whitest Boy Alive, one of my all time favorites!

THE DEVILLES

They bring us the hardest rock on the festival. With their loud guitars and drums they will set the whole festival on fire! I'm really looking forward to this show!

ESTHER & FATOU

On the other side we have Esther & Fatou, they will bring peace to the festival with their acoustic guitars and their lovely voices. They've been on the line up for Marktrock and won the great price for Student On Stage. Summer may be over but these two are bringing it back for a little while. After their show they will be interviewed by one of our crew

TIN MAN TOURETTES

This is a new band who like to describe themselves as Kurt Cobain who sings songs from The Beatles. I don't know this band but with that description they have made me very curious! 

Further on Citizens, Pieter Hendrix Experience, The Millicents and Sunday's Ghosttown will bring you rock, rock and rock! I'm really looking forward to this first edition of One Festival and I hope The Music Beam lounge will attract a lot of people during the festival! 

 

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Local Hero

As you guys may remember I've posted Local Hero's first EP here called The Aldgate. Today I'll present you their first full-lengt album which is called From Timid To Timbuktu. 

The first single on the album Black & White was released in August but the full album followed on the 8th of September. 

The band maintains to play their cheerful indie music like on their last EP. With a little improvement this album is better and more complex than their latest work. The band is growing! I've been a fan of these youngsters from their latest EP and they suprised me in the good way with this beautiful album! Enjoy Beamers!

Grizzly Bear

Dangerous, growling and brown snot snorting: Grizzly Bear awakens with a solid wood carved fuckedface from his prolonged wintersleep. Sleeping Ute, opening track on Shields, shakes with guitareruptions and a heavy rythm the lices of his fur, that had build up sinds the release of there successfull Vekatimest. The band sounds more free than ever, maybe because after a long time in the wild they can finally rest at the top of the indiepyramid. 

Damped jazzbrushes, timid organ, a piano hung to a baxter, copper in unexpected corners,... the bears are still making their sandwiches with Beatles-like harmonies and sixtiesmelodies, that we here in Gun-Shy. Proof enough that Shields is more sober and more pure than his predecessor, and therefore we love love love it. 

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