Whoa Nelly. Here come Light Music and they are packing heavy. The quartet out of Milwaukee just released their debut album Ocean's Daughter on The Record Machine - and it's a grand one. Beautifully produced sort of indie pop in the most broad sense. They showcase the full spectrum of their single musical experiences, all melted together in ten brilliant songs that range from rock numbers to slightly more folky tracks. Warm riffs, driving harmonies and confident vocals.
Attached below is You Run Me, their second single and last track on the album. Wait for the second half of that song, superb. Get Ocean's Daughter here, not a single skip, not one.
Hamburg's historically mostly industrial used river island of Wilhelmsburg played host to the ninth edition of music and arts festival MS Dockville last weekend - attracting a total of more than 60.000 international visitors and enthusiasts over the course of three days and nights. Six stages hosted over 130 artists from around the globe as well as a fine selection of local heroes. The main stages saw memorable performances by good old Interpol, Caribou and a banging light show, Django Django, Icelandic circus FM Belfast, sunny good vibes by Darwin Deez, dreamy pleasures by Little Dragon, noise legend Dan Deacon who had the audience almost literally eating out of his hands, and really many more.
Naturally though, it's the smaller stages that Team Poule is drawn to. The first highlight came in the form of beard-heavy electro wizard and Bavarian Occupanther, who showcased his vast and spheric repertoire twisting and turning the knobs and buttons at Klüse stage, looking over the illuminated harbour, as pictured above - supported by a live guitar player who was the icing the cake really. Attached below is Color off Chimera - which is not a deadly virus hunted down by Tom Cruise but his latest EP, out since May on lovely Humming Records. [More…]
This just in. A new banger by Team Poule's favorite dreamer Thomas Crystal, turning down lights and temperature a little this time. Standard American is a fast and dark 80s-fused pop track, and an ode to the great United States of America. It goes like, It's a wild ride, go faster.
Never put all your eggs into a single basket. So on the look for diversification and new wells to drill for our regular new music routine, Team Poule ran across these guys Wild Echo on fancy new source of anything exciting and worth investing time (and coins) in: Tradiio - get a virtual stake in bands and songs and earn sweet perks afterwards while finding your new favorite band.
And don't you know it, emerging out of the vast base, here come Wild Echo. Their music has a strong pop'y edge to it while also pushing the rough notes underneath. They had an EP out in January, six songs ranging from forward indie pop numbers to the great and very catchy and dreamy piece Deep Water - attached below.
The five of them are pictured above and residing in London, usually. They just returned from a gig at prestigious Field Day Festival, reason enough to enquire and see what Wild Echo are all about.
You just played Field Day in London, how was that? First time?
Field Day went really well. It was our first time playing there, although we had been there before. It's always a great festival with an amazing line up, so we were really happy to be a part of that. [More…]
MS Dockville is going down hard this weekend in Hamburg, starting Friday for three nights of extravaganzas. Globetrotter and polyglot Luka is nicely set in the line-up with a slot on Sunday afternoon at Klüse - a stage slighty elevated, right by the great Elbe river, opposite of impressing harbour machinery. Luka's electronic ambient vibes have seen an equally fast and steep rise in popularity this year, sporting him gigs at Primavera and Field Day and features with Kitsuné, XLR8R, The 405, FADER and so on and on under his stylish belt. Rightly so.
Luka is playing Klüse on Sunday, at 18h30. Attached below is his latest treat, Fault Lines.
US trio Lemonade have been a Poule favorite ever since their banging single Lifted in 2010. Through Cascine now comes the next puzzle piece to their grand catalogue. Dancer On The Shore features the trademark steel drums and easy go sailing summer feelings, a perfect companion to your day under the palm trees with a light breeze around your ankles and a pink drink in your hand.
Meanwhile, the brothers and sisters at Cascine are celebrating their 5 year anniversary at The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, Sep. 17. Catch Lemonade alongside Chad Valley, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma and Cuushe.
Woman are a band from Cologne and - on the back of having just played with Britain's infamous ensemble Jungle - they will be exciting to see at MS Dockville festival in Hamburg next week. Furthermore, their electronic vibes are warm and overflowing with bass and rhythms and the demo track Psychedelic Lover, attached below, will be sure to be stuck in your head for the rest of the week. At least.
Woman will be playing Sunday, 15h10 at Maschinenraum. Should be great scene to watch on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Wawawewa! It's August, that time of the year again. Hamburg's lovely river island of Wilhelmsburg is playing host to no less than six official stages for MS Dockville, August 21-23. And what a fine line-up the chaps managed to bring together this year: Interpol, Caribou, Four Tet, Little Dragon, Darwin Deez, Rangleklods, Sylvan Esso, All We Are, Dan Deacon, Hayden James, yadda yadda yadda the list just goes onnn and on. Plus lots of local acts. Surreal! And what's most beautiful about MS Dockville is the fact that it's taking place on an actual island, with a whole lot of green and bees and a small forest and the silver Elbe running by.
Team Poule's first hot tip is Danish electronic legend Sekuoia. He has been at it for some time and sports one of the finest live performances currently on the market. Should be a banger to watch under the skies - playing just before Rangleklods. His latest EP titled Reset Heart came out in March on Berlin label Humming Records. Attached below is the total dreamer Waves taken from his last record. Sekouia plays Maschinenraum on Sunday, 19h10.