It’s that time again! Let us create the soundtrack to your weekend, this week we’ve got tracks to suit all of the situations, from carnival feelings with Cadenza, to the chilled out vibes of Moriarty – have a listen and don’t forget to tweet the list @AfterNyne.
The Phoenix Foundation – Mountain
New Zealand experimental pop sextet the Phoenix Foundation will release sixth albumGive Up Your Dreams this summer, and ‘Moountain’ is the opening track. The humongous track is indicative of a new focus on rhythm that comes along with the addition of drummer Chris O’Connor, with a tumbling percussive onslaught acting as the current for a hallucinogenic swirl of synths, guitars, and vocals. It reminds me of Yeasayer’s new millennial prog-pop as filtered through the dark psych of latter-day Flaming Lips.
Cadenza – Foundation
Oliver Rodigan aka Cadenza (David Rodigan’s son) has released his new single ‘Foundation’ which we love. Oliver is set for a big summer performing at numerous festivals, and of course Carnival. He has had online support from the likes of Pigeons and Planes, Complex, Hypeptrak, Fader, Dummy and more. As well as being co-signed by Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Diplo and more. Keep an eye out for our interview with Cadenza going live next week.
Inner Tongue – Tz, Ka
What does a musician do when they’re forced to spend months in absolute, total silence? In the case of Inner Tongue, they simply continue on as before: writing lyrics, harmonies and melodies, working on perfect beats, all the time unsure how, when – or indeed whether – the individual components will ever be combined. Fortunately, on this occasion we can skip straight to a happy ending: in May 2015, Inner Tongue releases his debut EP, Tz, Ka.
Diamond Youth – Thought I Had It Right
Formed in 2012, the quartet calls Baltimore home, although the members of Diamond Youth are currently spread out across the country. Sharing a common background in art, design, skateboarding and music, the band has previously released three EPs, including the critically acclaimed 2013 EP Orange and 2014 EP Shake, on Topshelf Records. Drawing influence from bands such as Pixies, Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Nerves, Diamond Youth writes infectious, catchy songs that are full of sunny guitar lines, warm reverb and gorgeous harmonies.
Moriarty – Long Live The (D)evil
Named after Jack Kerouac’s notorious On The Road character Dean Moriarty, this group of French based childhood friends create an impressive modern bohemian sound using a wealth of weird and wonderful instruments. Their debut single ‘Jimmy’, which sounds like it was recorded around the turn of the 19th century, was a success throughout Europe and launched the band internationally. Their debut album Gee Whiz But This is a Lonesome Town (Naïve Records, 2007) went to sell 170,000 copies worldwide and was certified Gold in France. Moriarty play at Oslo in Hackney on 8th June.