It's August, Can you feel the sun? Asks Calabrian musician HAN. A blurry fuzzy goodness of a summer track that takes you right down the shore, full on vacay mode. And speaking of sun and taking a quick vacation: Team Poule will be off to Japan next month for an extended trip of Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. If you want to say Hi or have a hot tip on where to find fire ramen or slick soft drinks, hit us up. Would be a charm. In the meantime, push play for HAN and gaze. The single is out now on Mission Street. Team Poule says, mmh can't wait!
A sunny - and much less grey than indicated above - tenth edition of Hamburgs MS Dockville festival celebrated the big ones last weekend: Foals, Bastille, Milky Chance, Aurora, Crystal Fighters, Hinds, Ry X, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kakkmaddafakka and tons more shared the two major stages Schots over three days. A line up of evergreens really. Greens then are a point worth emphasizing because the festival traditionally takes place on the river island of Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, a vast green archipelago nestled in the southern part of the city, also hosting large parts of the harbour and maritime industry. The major stages are only half the fun though because, doesn't it always feel a bit too routine and a bit too choreographed inside that metal scaffolding? So, naturally, the smaller stages are the places that make the Poule's plumage tickle. [More…]
Well, well, well. Here is a keeper for the upcoming 10th edition of MS Dockville in Hamburg this weekend. Danish duo Shy Shy Shy are one those bands that sound ecstatically good on tape and are still a revelation when given a proper stage. Just marvelous. Their aesthetically challenging new music video to Soft & Hard is attached below. Nevertheless, it is exhibit A in your quest for a band to see on Saturday, just after lunch. Shy Shy Shy will play Maschinenraum at 240pm. Team Poule says, so much vibe, can you feel it?
South London trio Beaty Heart just released their sophomore album Till The Tomb in July and are now busily presenting it to the world, making a stop at Hamburgs MS Dockville festival this weekend, too. The three day festival will kick off on Friday on Hamburg's lovely green lung that is the river island of Wilhelmsburg. Attached below, thus, is Beaty Heart's new video for Raw Gold - which, depending on your geographical whereabouts, might (not) be viewable. Also very much depending on your geographical whereabouts, you will be able to see them play the Grossschot stage on Saturday at 230pm. Team Poule says, those are some exciting whereabouts!
Dreamy synth pop band Dark Colour have been around for a while now and they always manage to produce that special something. Their new album Animal came out in July and is mixing both dreamy and more driving songs of the spectrum, a great melange of blurry synths, determined vocals and banging acoustics. Over eight songs Dark Colour appear to be telling a story of extraterrestrial life, eternity, love and destiny.
At a running time of just over 25 minutes, Animal serves as the perfect companion to your average working day commute or dinner preparation. Attached below is the dreamy track Sunset, concluding the album. Animal is out on your favorite online outlets and will be out soon on a very physical vinyl via Kitabu Music. Team Poule says, this one is a hit.
Just little over week until Hamburgs lovely city island Wilhelmsburg opens its gates for MS Dockville, August 19-21. On the ticket are Icelandic wonder poppers Vök who secured a key slot at the Butterland stage, playing Saturday night at 9. Vök produce a charming twist of dreamy electro and pop, should be a perfect setting for them at Dockville. Attached below is their hit single Waterfalls from a year ago. Team Poule says, gonna be right on the spot this one.
MS Dockville, your favorite festival when it comes to extensive shenanigans on a green river island in Hamburg, Germany's second city - and pictured above. This year, for its 10th edition, the festival seems to have put together a bit of a best-of from previous years, with major names including Foals, Bastille, Crystal Fighters, Milky Chance, Kakkmaddafakka, Aurora, Ry X, Hinds and really, many more.
A first pick out of the rich line up that should not be missed are Britain's Honne. The duo's supreme abilities are hardly a secret anymore, fusing a rather memorable mix of RnB, soul and ambient vibes. One for the open skies this. Attached below is Good Together off their just released debut album Warm On A Cold Night. They will be playing Maschinenraum on Saturday at 710pm. MS Dockville will take place in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg August 19-21. Team Poule says, ten years of fun - cannot wait!
Hold on to your schnitzels and bratwursts! Here comes a precious little gem from the German part of the world. Fluffy Floor hail from the lovely hut that is Saarbrücken, just off the French border. And on their latest issue Lobs they are going at it so hard, the riffs and drive make you wonder what it is they put in their drinking water down there. Super good. A full blown surf anthem of proportions unseen within that particular region. Team Poule says, where did that come from?