Category Archives: Alternative

Elsiane unleash their brand of alternative-pop

Canadian alternative pop duo, Elsiane are releasing their experimental masterpiece, Death of the Artist on 21st April, but the new record is anything but.

If anything, this record from the talented pair is a ‘rebirth’ as opposed to a death, their  3rd album since Elsiane’s inception in 2000. Despite their varying musical backgrounds, Elsieanne Caplette and Stephane Sotto have come together to form a vehicle for their alternative tendencies and Death of the Artist is arguably their best work to date.

You might assume that any act’s dream is to sign for a major label, but having dealt with one and realising that many simply try to mold artists into something that ‘sells’, Elsiane threw in the towel, deciding to release their record independently instead.

The band’s 2007 debut album revealed them as one of the hottest acts in Canada, whilst their sophomore release Mechanics of Emotion confirmed this. However, difficult times lay ahead for the pair, who struggled with the music lifestyle, separating as a couple, and almost as artists. Fortunately for us alt-pop lovers, Elsieanne and Stephane reunited to give us Death of the Artist.

With a sound akin to Massive Attack combined with Kate Bush, Elsiane are creating some music that you should definitely check out.


Matt Boroff reveals his ‘Grand Delusion’ in new video

For a true insight into a songwriting mind, check out Matt Boroff’s new video discussing the concepts and ideas that drive his new album, Grand Delusion.

It can take a long time to fully understand what an album is about, and the cryptic nature of Matt’s lyrics would unlikely change this, but his new record is one worth delving into. With a distinctly current agenda, addressing some of the society’s most pressing issues at this time, Grand Delusion  challenges our perceptions of how we see the world and pushes us to question it.

Matt’s new record has been put together with the help of Alain Johannes from 11AD studios, Jack Irons (former Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam drummer) and Mark Lanegan. Grand Delusion is out May 5th.


‘Twist Your Arm’- Ten Fe

British electronic duo, Ten Fé have been building hype for a while now and have been tipped as ones to watch for 2017. Now they are back with their latest single, ‘Twist Your Arm’.

There’s some blues-like-slide guitar sounds in there which fit unexpectedly, yet beautifully with a base of electro-rock-pop, but what is most clear is the quality production values the heart of the track.

Ten Fé have been compared to Primal Scream and I don’t think there’s anyone who wouldn’t want a modern day version of them, right?

Check them out!

Marilyn Carino’s Unique Brand of Electro Synth-Pop

Brooklyn native, Marilyn Carino, is a supremely talented musician and songwriter making waves in alternative circles with her new album, Leaves, Sadness, Science.

Her latest record, which also features the talents of R.E.M bassist, Mike Mills, employs a wide range of elements from Electronic, Hip-hop and even Soul, displaying her smorgasbord of influences, as well as her versatility as a musician.

Carino recorded her first album at Neil Young’s studio with Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot acting as producer. She then flew to London on a one-way ticket and stayed for a year working as an engineer in reggae recording studios. Upon returning to the U.S. she co-founded the vintage electronic group Mudville, producing three critically acclaimed albums and wrote lyrics for the great producers Sly and Robbie (Grace Jones, Simply Red). Mudville’s song ‘Wicked’ even won the 2008 Independent Music Award for Best Song. She recorded and produced her first solo album ‘Little Genius’ in 2011, and recently contributed vocals and lyrics to the Words Hurt indie hip-hop collective’s ‘Fuck That Pretty Boy Shit’, featuring Samuel T. Herring, vocalist of Future Islands.

As is evident, Marilyn has worked with some of the best in the business and this is reflected in her latest work, including the single, ‘When The Innocents Go To War’ which exhibits deep synth lines and haunting vocals which make for a potent combination.


‘You Show Me Yours At Xmas’ – The Senti-Mentals

Paul Eccentric and John Dobinson are the minds behind the musical-steering wheel of The Senti-Mentals and they putting their stamp on the Christmas song marketplace with their cheeky festive number, ‘You Show Me Yours At Xmas’.

The pair have joined forces, creating a 50s style doo-wop duo with influences from ska and rock-pop too; it’s a potent combination.

‘You Show Me Yours At Xmas’ is intended to be an amusing Christmas party singalong based on “that one guy from accounts who assumes that every lady in the office wants to go home with him but he couldn’t be further from the truth.” The humorous track mixed by Pete Hammond was originally about the ridiculousness of the ‘chatting up’ process, but soon became an entirely different beast with a comedic edge.

Perhaps the best thing about the single from the Senti- Mentals is how they are diverging from the Christmas song cliche that we are so familiar with. Instead, with ‘You Show Me Yours At Xmas’, we are presented with an alternative that’s a little bit risque, but also hilarious (see the video) – what more could you want?



‘World Breaker’ by QTY

Sounding like a combination of The Velvet Underground and the Strokes, QTY have released their beautiful track, ‘World Breaker’.

Building from the bare bones of drums and clean piano, the track gradually mounts up further layers of lightly overdriven guitar and emotive vocals.

The husky whisper of Alex Niemetz provides a wonderful contrast the the Julian Casablancas-esque tone of Dan Lardner’s vocals.

There’s nothing over the top or flashy here, just good quality, simple songwriting with the perfect recipe for an indie-rock ballad.


Everything Under release ‘Happy Matters’

Chicago based Everything Under produce a unique brand of electro-rock blending influence from 80s synth and 90s grunge.

Consequently , the band have a dark and looming sound that has quickly become their trademark and is exhibited on their latest single, ‘Happy Matters’.

‘Happy Matters’ combines poetic lyrics with deep, droning synths and a catchy chorus line to create a piece of electronic rock like no other. The track also comes with a particularly trippy video that exemplifies the style of Everything Under and what they are doing with the genre.

The band aim to produce music that is more accessible than previous incarnations of electro-rock and as a result, they are reinventing it for the modern age through their distinctive amalgamation of sounds and songwriting techniques.

‘Happy Matters’ is taken from the band’s upcoming album, Where Have The Kids Gone At Night? which is out April 2017.




Review: ‘Dirty Love’ by Chey

Talented singer-songwriter, Chey is breaking out of the small Welsh village that she inhabits with her storming, powerful single, ‘Dirty Love’.

Spotted by highly-acclaimed producer, David Ezra, who has worked with X-Factor finalists Reggie and Bollie, Chey has joined her vocal talents with David to form a potent combination with a classy, sophisticated track.

‘Dirty Love’ would not sound out of place as the theme tune for a Bond film, but it has a slightly more 90s pop-ballad edge to it. Chey’s beautiful vocals whisper delicately throughout the verses before unleashing their power during the chorus. The violin section provides a fitting harmony to the feel of the track and mixes oddly, yet satisfyingly with deep, dark overdriven guitars in the chorus that create a seriousness to the aura of the song.

‘Dirty Love’ offers a new perspective on a love affair where the woman is in total control. Speaking on the track Chey says “I wanted this song to emphasise the power of a woman, and how she uses her sexuality to get what she wants.” Her originality of influence for the track makes for truly inspired and soulful lyrics that prove that the song is not just powerful, but emotive too.

Chey also notes that ‘Dirty Love’ was written ‘in the heat of the moment, having feelings about someone else can sometimes be the trigger you need to move on from the relationship you’re in. I recorded the vocals the same day it was written to reflect the emotion I was feeling at that time. I wanted the single to be raw and edgy and convey as much passion as possible’.

Overall, ‘Dirty Love’ oozes quality and potency through its professional production, but this would take away from Chey’s supreme gift as a singer-songwriter which should certainly not be overlooked. Watch this space.


‘Stained’ by HMLTD

The new video for ‘Stained’ from London based HMLTD is certainly not for the faint hearted.

What’s actually going on the video is difficult to say, especially with the ultra-flashing strobe lights, but there’s a lot a lot of blood and squishy body parts that are more than likely to make you feel a little squeamish.

There’s a definite punk vibe to the beginning of the track, particularly in terms of vocals, but as the song goes on, the band explore a frankly quite haunting realm of dub-style-bass that is accompanied with some terrifying visuals.

Directed by Jenkin Van Zyl, the video gives an intriguing insight into what is to come from HMLTD. ‘Stained’ comes from the band’s debut double single, following on from ‘Is This What You Wanted’.

You’ll have to watch the video to understand.



Twin Peaks ‘Holding Roses’

Chicago psych-rockers Twin Peaks are back with their latest single, ‘Holding Roses’ and its childishly drawn, but nonetheless entertaining animated video.

The video was made by a good friend of the band and supposedly it is based on real photographs. ‘This video features the band in a crazy, crazy world, zooming from place to place always revealing the bigger (or smaller) picture’.

The track itself is arguably a little more chilled out than some of their previous work, such as ‘I Found A New Way’, but it still features their distinctive gritty vocals and garage rock sound that they have built their fan base on.

The guitar work on ‘Holding Roses’ is careful and wistful, lilting along gently as if it were the work of New Jersey band, Real Estate, until the chorus where the track powers up a bit more into a sort of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers anthem.

Twin Peaks’ latest album, Down in Heaven, is out now.