Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Get your eardrums round this!

EardrumsPop is a net label run, unsurprisingly, by our friends from the Eardrums blog, which releases, among other things, unfailingly enjoyable and melodic free monthly download singles. The latest of these is by the ineffably ace Baffin Island - a collaboration between Idaho combo The Very Most and Glasgow's own Hermit Crabs. Tim from the Eardrums team explains where the band's name comes from along with a bit more about their sound:

"Baffin Island is the exact midpoint on the map between their homes in Boise and Glasgow and their musical style can also be seen as a midpoint between the two bands music: they combine the densely-layered indie pop of The Very Most with the more stripped down, thoughtful folky sound of The Hermit Crabs. The result is as sweet as you'd expect with healthy doses of Phil Spector, handclaps, delicate vocals, and lots and lots of reverb."

Sounds fab, eh? And it is. All three songs on the single are terrific, especially lead track You Invited Me. Listen to the soundcloud below and see if you concur!

If you like what you hear - and I'll be surprised, not to mention a little disappointed, if you don't - get yourself over to Eardrums and download the single for free. Best decision you'll make all week.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

The Gang's all here

Regular visitors will have noticed that we may have taken our eyes off the ball, blogwise, of late. Slightly. But all that's going to change. Oh yes. Starting right here, I intend to update this blog at least once in a blue moon. Or maybe even twice. We'll see how it goes. No point trying to run before you can walk, etc.

So, anyway, what better way to get back into the swing of things than to tackle some of the many email submissions we've received of late yet have thus far stubbornly failed to act upon. I'm going to start off with something that landed in our inbox in early September and which I've listened to many times since then but, obviously, never quite got round to blogging - namely the splendidly angular guitar pop of Fortune Favours The Brave by Edinburgh three-piece Come On Gang! Here's the rather ace promo vid.

You can download the single for free simply by clicking this link to the band's official site and entering your email address in the box provided. Signing up to the mailing list will also be the best way of finding out exactly when Come On Gang!'s hopefully imminent debut album is being released.