Our Drownloads 'blog veered off-road slightly this week, taking new routes through the undergrowth and returning with plenty of tales to tell the tourists on 'safari'. Check it all, it's all top drawer.
The Twilight Sad
‘That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy’ - exclusive remix
(click for Mike Diver’s full post)
There’s no doubt that as 2007 has progressed Glasgow’s the Twilight Sad have emerged as one of the biggest, boldest and best draws of the British tour circuit.
DiS is therefore mega-chuffed to present an exclusive remix of one of the choice cuts from debut album Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters’ - ‘That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy’, as re-imagined with subtlety and love by Björk collaborator Ensemble, AKA Olivier Alary.
Download: the Twilight Sad – That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy
(click for Gareth Dobson’s full post)
Sleeping States are one of those much-discussed, but rarely discovered gems found shimmering at the bottom of the well. One of those wonderfully 'found' artists who demand the listener to proceed and tell the world of Markland Starkie's languorously beautiful songs as if it were their sole mission in life, and one which should be approached with the appropriate level of zeal.
'September, Maybe' is taken from the second Sleeping States album and sounds like the music of a man waiting for the rest of the world to catch up and find him. A piece of effervescent, folkish nearly-pop, it encapsulates the sparse beauty that Starkie produces with seemingly little effort.
Download: Sleeping States – September, Maybe
‘Hans Herman’ - exclusive download
(click for Samuel Strang’s full post)
As Glaswegian jerk-merchants Errors continue to court admirers with a trail of sprawling electronic soundscapes, ‘Hans Herman’ seems an appropriate introduction for the Scottish beatniks.
Signed to Mogwai’s Rock Action imprint since 2006, rather than any particular rock-rock pretence the quartet are far more indebted to Autechre’s paranoid electronica and the spiralling intricacies of Gui Boratto’s minimal tech, as soft drones and fractured hooks scythe into the skull.
With an imminent debut album set to follow the sold-out release of the How Clean Is Your Acid House? EP, this track surely underlines the potential of these young rapscallions. Find your exclusive download below.
Download: Errors – Hans Herman
Banjo or Freakout
‘Mr. No’ - exclusive download
(click for Samuel Strang and Kev Kharas's full post)
Moments of inspiration pass more frequent with boredom. Lonely souls contrive to conjure a lot of the best things out of thin air ringing with the sound of silence. In your ears. Sat waiting for his work-bound girlfriend in her Hackney flat, Alessio Natalizia decided that he may as well take some of that dead time and turn it into the most fragile, haunting but brilliantly busy music we’ve heard all year. Pop makes girlfriends proud, we reckon.
Born in Turin, Natalizia has lived in London for the last three years, shops at Sounds of the Universe and continues to release in streams that hark back to some of the most affecting sounds of the year. Shocking Pinks, Deerhunter, No Age all screaming softly as they get channelled through the stark surface and constant grind of Arthur Russell. Natalizia’s timid voice rises in brave arcs like a Panda Bear cub.
Banjo or Freakout plays his third show at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, London on the 7th of January.
Download: Banjo or Freakout – Mr. No
More and many still to come in the approaching weeks, months, years.
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