Glastonbury & Hard Rock Calling see 2013's festival season move into full swing
Albums of the week... Following 2011's massively successful collaborative album with Jay-Z 'Watch The Throne', Kanye West makes a return with a new solo effort entitled 'Yeezus'. He proves yet again that he is one serious hip-hop artist as he introduces a brand new edge to his sound that has not failed to engage his devoted fans with a number one spot on six charts including the US, the UK and Canada. As Joe Wilde summarises, 'This may be his best album to date and is probably his most discussed one too, but one thing it definitely is, is a Kanye West album and no-one can do anything quite like what he can do.' Read the Yeezus album review here.
Another album that's gaining some serious attention is everyone's favourite Icelandic rock band Sigur Ros, whose seventh album 'Kveikur' has not left any disappointment in the wake of its highly anticipated release. Their sound remains familiarly ambient as on 2012 offering 'Valtari', though has definitely become noisier and a little darker. Our reviewer Jim Pusey had only good things to say, revealing, 'Despite all the darkness to be found here, Sigur Ros have managed to create one of their most compelling albums to date by embracing that darkness and quite literally shining a light on it.' Read the review of Kveikur here.
Cattle & Cane unveil a simple, countryside video to their debut single 'I Will Rise' which they released on June 24th 2013 through Toasty Records alongside a B-side entitled 'Red' which they have offered as a free download.
The video features the four siblings playing electric, bass and acoustic guitars and singing along while enjoying a gloriously sunny day by the hills and lakes of their home country. While the scenery itself evokes feelings of peace, reflection and general contentment, the upbeat layered melodies and spine-tingling vocal harmonies make it a warm, contemplative number and the perfect soundtrack to the summer.
Cattle & Cane have had an excellent start to their music career, with two acclaimed EPs; 'Sold My Soul' and 'Cattle & Cane'; recognition from the likes of iTunes and BBC 6Music, sold out shows and their music being used on several TV shows and commercials. Frontman Joe Hammill even landed himself an Alan Hull Award for young songwriters in the North East - an accolade set up by folk rock band Lindisfarne's frontman. The band have currently been performing a handful of dates and will support Half Moon Run on July 2nd 2013 at The Deaf Institute in Manchester.
Another gem from Teeside, Cattle & Cane are a quartet that fuse together a wealth of folk, indie and blues influences and, on this their debut EP, showcase a mature and refined, fantastic sound that combines powerful choruses alongside contrasting gentle tenderness of the likes of Shady Bard and Fleet Foxes.
The EP's title track opens with an intricately picked guitar introduction sounding a bluesy folk vibe right from the off beneath Joe Hammill's smooth vocals. As the track pushes into a bigger chorus with a stronger, pop feel, his sister Helen joins him singing; two lush and smooth vocal tones that perfectly complement each other, then here's much of a fuller band feel to 'Sold My Soul's' second verse with dual vocals from Joe and Helen Hammill and violin and Paul Wilson's bass both doubling the melody that's picked out on the guitar throughout. After launching into a second chorus with a much fuller sound to how the song peacefully started out, the track then breaks down before building back with layers of stabbing strings, pounding drums and chugging guitars sounding a big, catchy and feel good sound which then dies away again to the solitary, peaceful, picked, Nickel Creek-like bluesy guitar.
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