After multiple tantalizing social media teases, and a solid week of unrelenting speculation from fans, Boston Manor have today dropped their brand new single, “Liquid”. This is the first release from the UK five-piece since their sophomore album, Welcome To The Neighbourhood, and is made even more special by the guest appearance of John Floreani (Trophy Eyes).
Boston Manor have locked in their sound as an alternative, synth-filled, mesmerizing blast of rock and roll. Their digital, noir-themed, atmospheric music meets the listeners’ ears like an orchestra. Each song tells a story and inspires imagery to take you on an adventure as you listen. “Liquid” is no exception to this.
Buzzing synth, revving guitars, and dreamlike vocals open up the song with an atmosphere of post-apocalyptic dread. Resonating like the soundtrack of a sci-fi thriller, you want to float away, as this powerfully catchy song makes your head spin. The large chorus will stick in your head for hours, as the cries of release make for a perfect peak of the track.
John Floreani’s soft clean vocals fit the Boston Manor formula perfectly, as his vocal tones hover above the growling synth and guitars. This compliments the vocals of frontman Henry Cox perfectly, as Henry displays the overwhelming and melancholic intensity that he always does. A moody bridge leads into the climax, as Henry and John close out the song together, united as they lead us out of the imaginative darkness, the song comes to a close.
Check out “Liquid” here:
Corridor reveal new song “Domino”
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”:
Chrissie Hynde covers The Kinks’ “No Return”
“Jazz is something I grew up around and I’ve always had a soft spot for it”
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.”
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.