This week’s picks from the folks over at the magnificent Rormix app are in (once again, not paid to promote them, it’s a good idea so go download the app and discover new music). 5 videos for you to watch as per usual, go on, give them all a click and see if you can find something you like. You will. Probably;
Holm. – Cares
Last week Rormix had the pleasure of premiering a video by the electronic genius Holm., AKA J Thatcher. ‘Cares’ comes from his forthcoming EP ‘I Feel A Great Peace’. The EP will be available over the next few weeks on both SoundCloud and BandCamp. He’s certainly been busy, as Holm. has another EP entitled ‘EASE UP MAN<EASE UP’ being released today (30th September), available from the same links.
He describes himself as writing “slightly lonely music for slightly lonely people’, his attention commanding vocals and electronic dream-synth fired off our imagination straight away. The video is perfect, shot by Wahoo Labs In Pennsylvania and New Jersey during July and August of this year. Be prepared for dusky sunsets, night time frolicking and smoke bombs making you want to step into your screen.
“I’m not the kind of person to take anything too seriously, so this video is basically a product of that attitude” states Thatcher, “There’s really no point other than a bunch of people messing around”. Not so lonely after all then, hey?
Raglans – White Lightning
Raglans are an Irish band who have been gaining recognition across the UK for the past year. They were special guests to Haim and The Libertines in a sold out show at Hyde Park, and are accompanying The Fray on their European tour this fall. For fans of the Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines and The Lumineers, the band have got up-tempo indie rock down to a T.
Their latest video ‘White Lightning’ is a prime example. Premiered on the likes of Clash Magazine and MTV and directed by the wonderful Finn Keenan (also behind the bands two previous videos, ‘The Man From Glasgow’ & ‘Digging Holes’), the video uses some playful stop motion techniques that work perfectly with the energy filled single.
Lead singer Stephen Kelly told Clash magazine “Let’s get something straight, the song is not about Cider! It’s about being away from someone and thinking a lot about it, how and where it began which is usually always the best part. It’s kind of a no nonsense pop song but we feel we’ve given it enough energy that it comes across as genuine which is all we want our music to be perceived as. I’d honestly never even heard of White Lightning cider when I wrote the lyrics so let’s nip that in the bud shall we?”
Speak, Brother – Dry Bones
Speak, Brother are a 3 Piece Folk / Indie band, fronted by James Herring, who were informally known as the James Herring Band until the end of 2013. Now, they take a joint musical leap forward together showcasing their own blend of the rising neo-folk scene. They’ve been compared by Cross Rhythms to Athlete and Mumford & Sons and inspired by the likes of Kate Rusby, Laura Marling, Newton Faulkner and Kings of Leon.
Armed with the experience of 100+ gigs including festivals such Birmingham Artsfest, Godiva, Banbury Folk Festival and Folk On The Water as well as many coffee shops, folk clubs and bars, the trio are poised to release a set of fresh new singles in the coming months each with their own video. You can find their first video ‘Dry Bones’ on Rormix.
argonaut&wasp – Pistol Pump Funk
argonaut&wasp are a Vermont based duo comprised of Theo Klein and Trey Schibli. Their debut release ‘In the Drown’ threw them straight to the top of the bill in the small town of Burlington where the two indie magicians reside, and their latest offering ‘Pistol Pump Funk’ definitely didn’t disappoint.
Both tracks hold the features of classic indie anthems, entwined with powerful electronic backbones and percussive elements that wouldn’t be out of place in club and dance productions.
The video for their latest track ‘Pistol Pump Funk’ is a clever parody of classic spaghetti westerns, following the duo through old saloons – but set in modern, graffitti filled streets. The track really is the perfect summer anthem, with indie, dance and funk influences and a beat that will keep you dancing hours after it is over.
Mode Moderne – Electrocute Me
Mode Moderne are a 4 piece alternative band who debuted in 2009 with their first album ‘Ghosts Emerging’. In the past three years the band have signed with Light Organ Records and released two albums – ‘Strange Bruises’ and their latest offering ‘Occult Delight’, recorded with Joshua Stevenson. The album has received praise from the likes of NME, Pitchfork and Drowned in Sound – and with vocals being compared to the Manchester legend that is Morrissey and sounds similar to that of Joy Division.
We love a band influenced by Manchester.
The band already have two videos on Rormix, and there are two more in the pipeline so keep your eyes peeled!
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