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Alt music roundup: Belle Haven, Between You and Me, John Floreani

Josh Hockey has got the round up of the new music making waves this week in the alternative/emo landscape; including new music from Belle Haven, John Floreani.

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Belle Haven – “Forget You”

Melbourne based Belle Haven have been very quiet for about a year now. They completed their You Me & Everything In Between headline tour with Casey in June 2018, and have done very little since then. They re-emerged with a free show on April 20 with Terra and Reside, and have now released their brand new single, “Forget You”.

Signifying an enormous change in sound, “Forget You” has seen Belle Haven move away from their post-hardcore sound. Moving in a punk, more alternative, and more classically emo direction, they have clearly made an active effort to reinvent themselves. However with this they have retained their instrumental prowess, and have also continued on with writing the emotionally charged lyrics that they have become known for.

On “Forget Me” vocalist David De La Hoz says: “The Song is about self sabotage. It can be one thing to acknowledge that you’re a self saboteur, but a whole other thing to try change that.”

Between You & Me – “Famous”

Between You & Me have today dropped their brand new single “Famous”. Having just joined Hellions on their Australian tour, they are about to take off to Europe for their co-headline tour with Story Untold. Between You & Me are on a hot streak. Having had the pleasure of seeing them live multiple times in the last few months, I have loved the energy that they are able to bring to their live performance. Seeing them live adds that extra edge to their music, as it adds that extra edge of personality to it all. This makes listening to them at home or wherever you are even more enjoyable, as it adds a smile to your face knowing that everyone playing the music is loving it.

Sticking to the classic pop-punk formula, “Famous” is a slight change of pace for BYAM. Taking a softer and more pop approach, the dance-heavy song makes you want to move rather than jump into a circle pit. That isn’t a bad thing, as it works as a breath of fresh air.

I can feel myself becoming a bigger Between You & Me fan as each day goes by, and with that said I simply cannot wait to see where this different sound takes them.

John Floreani – “Oh Brother”

“Oh Brother” is the second single off John Floreani’s upcoming album Sin and is really goddamn good. Following the traditional acoustic sound that Floreani has gone for in the past, “Oh Brother” thrives.

Speaking about his relationship with his brother and the troubles they have had in the past, Floreani’s beautifully melodic track tugs at the heartstrings in all the right ways. The way he sings in a deeply raw tone adds a sense of care to it. You can feel the emotion and pain as he sings and plants “Oh Brother” firmly in the heart after just a few listens.

As Sin has become one of the most highly anticipated events for Floreani fans around the world, its June 7 release couldn’t come any faster. He is playing multiple shows in celebration of the album, including dates in Melbourne, London, and Los Angeles.

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Corridor reveal new song “Domino”

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Montreal francophone band Corridor have revealed a new track from their upcoming album Junior. The new Sub Pop Records signees have been previewing new music since their signing back in July and most recently released the animated music video for “Topographe“.

The new song features the band’s trademark spirally guitars and infectious percussion work. Speaking about the new track, Corridor’s vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Robert has said the song is about the sometimes stressful effect of being a musician/creative on those around you;

“Art doesn’t necessarily make you a better person. There can be angst, stress and so on. It can have a negative, direct impact on the people closest to you. Domino is about navigating just that.”

The song was also the first song the band wrote for Junior and has been a staple in their recent live sets.

Corridor will embark on a European and North American tour starting late October and their new album, Junior, will be released October 18th. You can pre-order the album digitally and physically here.

Check out the new song “Domino”:

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Chrissie Hynde covers The Kinks’ “No Return”

“Jazz is something I grew up around and I’ve always had a soft spot for it”

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Singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde has given the Kinks track “No Return” a jazz makeover in her rendition of the song. The cut comes from her upcoming new covers album Valve Bone Woe, where Hynde takes on some noted singers and songwriters including Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Hoagy Carmichael, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and of course, Ray Davies. The original, written by Davies, was released on The Kinks’ 1967 album Something Else.

The new album was produced by Marius de Vries and recorded with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble at Air Studios in London. In discussing the new songs, Hynde talked about the genesis of what would become the new album and how it came to be;

“I thought that was a perfect title for the album I’d been working on with producer Marius de Vries. After we’d recorded “I Wish You Love” for the Eye Of The Beholder soundtrack I’d often expressed a desire to do more along those lines. What eventually emerged was the idea to do what we refer to as our Jazz/Dub album. I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I’ve always had a soft spot for it.”

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Photo by: Jill Furmanovsky

Other covers from Valve Bone Woe include the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No,” Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You,” Nancy Wilson’s “How Glad I Am,” Charles Mingus’ “Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters,” Johnny Mathis’ “Wild is the Wind,” and John Coltrane’s “Naima”.

Valve Bone Woe is out Friday, September 6th via BMG. The famed Pretenders’ frontwoman last released a solo album in 2014, titled Stockholm, while The Pretenders last studio album was 2016’s Alone.

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