“Shield” was actually born quite some time ago, back when Danish dream-poppers, Another Juggle, were working on their previous album. However, the band being the musical perfectionists they are, found patience with the track and decided that they needed to spend more time with it since unlike their other tracks, it was written in 6/8 time. Band member, Thomas Haar, told me this about how the track came to be one of the first nights in their new recording studio:
“I brought a cheesy vintage piano with me which I had just picked up (I have a habit of collecting old keyboards and synths). To begin with we used its rhythm box as a starting point for the song which helped the 6/8 to make sense without being cheesy.”
And what they created is anything but cheesy. This track is oozing with everything soothing that I love about Another Juggle: delicious melody, beautiful lyrics, perfect musical layering, and an overall dizzy-ingly dreamy track. “Shield” is the latest single off of Another Juggle’s upcoming record. Check it out and keep up with Another Juggle via their Facebook and Soundcloud pages.
MFL and Maybelleen have had a longstanding musical relationship. The brother duo (Pierre-Louise Camiré and Charles-Emile Camiré) was one of MFL’s first interviews back in 2015. Since then, they’ve consistently been producing the classic Maybelleen poprock. The brothers have nailed a genre that both represents something fresh and current but also has a classic retro rock sound to it. Upon interviewing them a few years ago, I was instantly caught by how motivated the young brothers were. Now they’re at it again with the release of their newest single, “Hey Ruby”, which is off of their upcoming EP, Neon Lights & Magic Moments, due out May 18th.
This is what Maybelleen had to say about their new single/music video that they produced themselves:
“It introduces you to short clips of life events, ranging from astronauts trainings to romance scenes from the 20th century. We obviously got inspired by our UK tour and all the people we’ve met through our journey. We wanted show different state of minds/emotions that we all experience when laughing, saying goodbye, being focused or having one’s head in the cloud. We played this gig in Glasgow, one of our best night, the crowd was really into it and we decided to go at the after party… There was this girl that no one really knew, standing alone, she looked mysterious. We decided to chill with her and we soon got to know each other’s names. Hers was Ruby. Everyone was just jamming with guitars and this song popped out. We pretty much jammed until the light of day.”
Stay tuned for more from Maybelleen and keep your ears peeled for Neon Lights & Magic Moments (May 18th).
Danish synth poppers, Another Juggle, are at it again. I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing these fellows over Skype a couple of years ago (check it out here) and reviewed their previous release, Dance Sunshine, Dance (check out the review here). What I learned about these musicians is that they are perfectionists in the most beautiful way. Every note has a purpose, every strum of the guitar expertly timed. If you listen to their music with this in mind, you will understand. To give themselves a true challenge, they chose to reinterpret Grant Lee Buffalo’s 1993 track, “Fuzzy.” The original track lays the ground perfectly for Another Juggle’s gorgeous synth wave. Their interpretation adds new punctuation to the track but does not make it unfamiliar. To add to the excitement, esteemed recording engineer, Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Deerhunter, Wild Nothing, Animal Collective among others), mixed the track.
Another Juggle had this to say about the new track:
“Fuzzy is an indie gem that has been lying well hidden since the band Grant Lee Buffalo released it 25 years ago in 1993. It has not been forgotten, but it´s certainly not everyone who knows this song. We think the song is just perfect and ready for a new interpretation. As a follow up on our previous album, ‘Dance Sunshine, Dance’, we wanted to raise our ambition even higher and made a list of the producers and mixers which we would most like to work with. Nicholas was on top of that list. We are very pleased and proud to present the first single and are looking forward to presenting more songs towards the full album release by the end of 2018.”
Check it out:
If you’re curious about the original track, here it is:
LACEI has been a long time favorite of MFL, and with a new year, they’ve brought us some new music. Their newest single, “Wanderer”, is a track about finding your purpose in the world through the chaos that is constantly unfolding, every day, every minute. In the words of LACEI:
“Wanderer is about breaking through the confines of society and following your dreams, making your own truth. There are so many crazy things going on in the world right now, if we can find light in the darkness we can begin to wander on this earth with a purpose. Each and every person has one. What is yours?”
Follow LACEI on Spotify, Soundcloud and Facebook.
Aiming for an April release of his newest, Dead Dog EP, Howlie has given us another single to satiate us until we get the EP in its entirety. The title track is just as much a melancholic beauty as his other releases. Check it out:
Fake Guns’ new single, “Green”, is a wild rock track that, true to Fitts’ songwriting ability, is ridiculously infectious. Fake Guns at first remained mysterious but now we all know who is responsible for the monstrously delicious indie rock they’ve been cranking out. Fake Guns is the work of Alex Fitts (of the Kickdrums, see our interview here) and Chris Wall. Following their previous releases, “Yellow” and “Blue”, the duo is back with another color of the rainbow, “Green.”
Kiko King & creativemaze came together coincidentally in 2011 in Berlin. Creativemaze’s experience as an audio engineer lays the foundation for Kiko King’s mind-bending poetic abilities. For their latest record, Gnothi Seauton, the duo linked up with trip-hop mastermind, Tricky.
Melodic piano underlies profound lyricism that gets ripped up, rearranged and reassembled during the chorus. The accompanying video is similarly simple but suddenly deconstructed, offering the listener and viewer a unique musical experience. The official release date for the video is February 3rd but luck for you, you get to check it out early!
You can find “Resolution for Solitude” and all the other tracks from Gnothi Seauton on iTunes now.
The last we’d heard from Slowdive was their record, Pygmalion, from 1995. 19 years later, in 2014, the band announced that they were getting back together. Now in 2017, they re-introduce themselves to new and old generations of fans with their new track, “Star Roving.”
The new single is equally as expansive, cyclical and lush as we remember the sounds of Slowdive to be. They have a way of filling space with sound that is unlike any other.
In addition to releasing their new single, Slowdive also announced their signing with Dead Oceans.
Swedish musician Jens Lekman is set to release his latest album, Life Will See You Now, on February 17th. In contrast to his previous record, I Know What Love Isn’t, the new record is rumored to be more upbeat, full of “disco, calypso, samba and bossa nova.” The perfect introductory track was released earlier this month titled, “What’s That Perfume You Wear?” Lekman thanks Ralph MacDonald for the steel pans sample, which contributes a bulk of the fun rhythmic quality to the song.
The track came with a video produced by Christopher Good who chose to represent love as a vase. About the video/track Good says:
“You’re trying to recreate it but can’t quite get the pieces to fit right anymore; it’s all a jumble now and won’t hold water any longer. A danceable nightmare of heartache.”
Check the video out here:
Find out more about Jens Lekman on his Facebook page or website.
With Alex Fitts of The Kickdrums on vocals and his partner in crime, Chris Wall on drums , Fake Guns’ debut track, “Blue”, is the perfect resuscitation for summer. The track is laced with a killer chorus, sizzling summer synths and a melody that’s made to be blasted from your car stereo.
The duo has been remaining relatively mysterious and all they’re willing to reveal about themselves is that besides “Blue”, more music is to come!