NEW SHAPES 2014

"Not a whole lot is yet known about the darkly tinted electronipop act Kate Boy, except that three of them hail from Sweden, and one from Australia. Earlier this month, the group went from obscurity to growing concern when their track "Northern Lights" was suddenly spackled across the blogosphere with much ado. But the excitement wasn't for naught. The song and, by extension, its video (watch that below) are as subtly hypnotic as they are propulsively powerful.

Now we've got the promise of a full Northern Lights EP due January 22 via IAMSOUND (Salem, Lord Huron, Charli XCX), and a second song to hear, "In Your Eyes." While perhaps not quite as exciting as the Peter Gabriel cover we expected it to be, its subdued yet engrossing nature makes a case for Kate Boy being more than a one-trick pony. Mentions of the Knife have been pretty much unavoidable so far, though Jessie Ware and Little Dragon also come to mind." --SPIN

Made In Heights

Sometimes our dreams are so brilliant and our desires so mysterious that we lock them deep inside ourselves to feed and play with only when we sleep… As if acknowledging them in waking life will betray the veil of control we shroud around our lives. But sooner or later every thought becomes manifest, and every dream finds a way into this world, whether by will or by war.

The Heights started as a series of hang outs in New York where we would walk a lot, and talk a lot, and eat at bodegas. We explored the wilderness of our ideas, the steep and elegant climbs of our imagination, the desires we had trapped inside of us, and the murky mistakes that seem imperative to the process of becoming true….

We're based in Los Angeles now. We're not finished.

Fenech-Soler

SEINABO SEY

Some find their voice early. Others have to look for it for a long time.

Seinabo Sey found her voice early.

She found it in the music played in her home when she grew up in her father's native Gambia and in Halmstad and Stockholm, Sweden. She found it in recordings by Lauryn Hill and Destiny's Child when she started writing music as an adolescent. She found it while touring with Oskar Linnros and Maskinen and when meeting and collaborating with Stor and Linda Pira.

And she found it when she met producer and songwriter Magnus Lidehäll (Mapei, Veronica Maggio, etc.).

"Younger," Seinabo Sey's first single in collaboration with Lidehäll, is an explosive pop song with an outstanding vocal performance and an incomparably sophisticated and modern production showcasing why Sweden is one of the leading countries in pop music in 2013.

Despite attending Stanford simultaneously, it wasn't until two years ago that Brodie Jenkins (Ghost & Gale) and Johnny Hwin (blackbird blackbird) fatefully met and thus began Cathedrals.

"Jenkins' almost hauntingly pure voice is layered over Hwin's guitar, synth, and computer magic for a dynamic that's clearly hit a nerve; each of their singles, in all its danceable, head bob-able, simultaneously otherworldly and more-human-than-a-lot-of-electronic-music glory, has garnered a seriously impressive amount of chatter. Plans for the rest of the year: Getting an album out as soon as possible." --SF Bay Guardian

VÉRITÉ

Don't bother asking Twin Peaks about the deeper meaning of their band name. They simply thought it sounded cool, which explains why their second album Wild Onion (out August 5th on The Grand Jury) isn't as spooky or surreal as David Lynch's short-lived TV show. It's more like a modern day Nuggets, with Ty Segall, Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees curating instead of Lenny Kaye. Not literally, of course. But the spirit of those garage demigods is alive and well alongside subtle nods to everything from the Pixies and Tame Impala to the godfathers of guitar-guided pop music, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

If combining the influence of so many classic artists seems like a lofty goal for a group of 20 year olds, just remember that Twin Peaks' core quartet—frontman Cadien Lake James, guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan and drummer Connor Brodner—has roots that reach back to elementary school. And while their friendships were forged long ago, James also learned the ins and outs of the local Chicago scene with his last project: Teenage Dream, a minimal-yet-mean duo with his older brother Hal.

"We played our first show when I was a freshman," says Cadien, "and of the three people who came out, one was Alex White of White Mystery. She loved it. Alex has taught me a lot about being business smart and taking things slow, about being grateful and expressing thanks where due, and about being a gracious musician. The generosity of all the bands in the scene out here is pretty amazing."

The only problem? Hal was asked to join the Smith Westerns, and since Cadien didn't want to go the solo route, he found the perfect outlet in Twin Peaks. Having quickly cut their debut LP, 2013's Sunken, so they could sell it on tour, the band was excited to spend more time developing Wild Onion, a record that reveals a level of maturity beyond all the amp-singeing solos, ragtag rhythms and dizzying voices of three distinct singer-songwriters. Unlike acts who let their egos get in the way, Cadien, Clay and Jack share the spotlight and play to one another's strengths as Connor keeps things moving with a steady beat.

So while it's hard to tell who's screaming what sometimes, the album's overall vibe couldn't be more cohesive, whether it's expressed through sun-kissed psych ("Mirror of Time," "Strange World"), crowd-riling choruses ("Making Breakfast," "Good Lovin'") or hooks that take just seconds to sink in ("Flavor," "I Found a New Way," "Strawberry Smoothie"). Step back for a minute and you'll also notice that everyone's facing the cold, hard realities of life head-on, whether it's relationships, the death of a family member, or getting used to the fact that three-fourths of the band (Cadien, Jack and Connor) left a school they loved (Evergreen State College) to pursue the crushed barriers, rushed stages and tireless recording sessions of Twin Peaks fulltime.

"The album deals with a lot of insecurities that arise when you're growing up," explains Cadien, "It's about adopting them and being vulnerable to let out the tunes. It ain't ideal, but it's sublime."

Or as Jack adds when asked about a song he wrote (the rise above anthem "Fade Away"), "It's about looking at life and smashing it in the face until you break your hand. I hope you play this during your most epic of battles on this world."

Circa Waves

Circa Waves are Kieran Shuddall (guitar / vocals), Joe Falconer (guitar), Sam Rourke (bass) & Sian Plummer (drums).

They formed in Liverpool, England in mid-2013 and released their debut single, Get Away in December of that year on renowned independent label, Transgressive Records.

Signing to Virgin Records in early 2014, they released their second single, Stuck In My Teeth in March 2014 to coincide with an appearance on the prestigious NME Awards tour alongside Interpol, Royal Blood and Temples. The tour culminated in a rapturous sold-out show at London's Brixton Academy.

Recording their debut album with Dan Grech at the famous RAK studios in London, the first single from the sessions, Young Chasers was released in July, following a run of their own sold-out UK headline shows.

The summer of 2014 also saw the band appear at most of the UK's leading festivals, playing to packed tents at Reading / Leeds and Latitude and a prestigious appearance on the 2nd stage at Glastonbury being highlights.

Having also played a number of the most respected festivals around the globe over the summer, including Summer Sonic in Japan, Oya in Norway and Splendour In The Grass in Australia, the band play their biggest UK headline tour to date in November, a run of shows that includes an appearance at Heaven in London.

The sound of strumming guitars; the feel of soft, wet clay; the scent of fresh brewed coffee: this was Zella Day's childhood. Secluded in the quaint mountain town of Pinetop, Arizona, Zella's creativity flourished with the forest at her doorstep. High above Phoenix Valley, Pinetop holds a population of 7,000, and Zella's family-owned Mor Mor Coffee House was an only sanctuary for artists. Surrounding herself with local musicians, Zella was inspired to pick up the guitar at the young age of nine. Before long, the blossoming chanteuse started performing sets including Bob Dylan and Elvis songs - selections inspired by her coffee house family.
The native Arizonan had found a calling in music and used it as a form of selfrealization, penning her experiences and discovering herself through the intricacies of song. She drew inspiration from the serene Arizona mountains and turned to Clint Eastwood, old Western films, and cowboy rebel culture to help shape the attitude behind her music. The result is a raw, organic sound unconfined by the boundaries of genre. It effortlessly floats between the tonalities of female frontier-maker Stevie Nicks and art pop songbird Lana Del Rey while invoking imagery painted by Old Arizona and a free-spirited perspective.
Her upcoming self-titled EP is the ideal introduction to Zella, both as an artist and as a woman. The four-track collection showcases her Western Bohemian persona, juxtaposing the crunching drum machines and menacing electronics of its single, "Sweet Ophelia," with chiming keys and soaring melodies in its lead-off track, "East Of Eden." Though sonically diverse, this debut encompasses all that the musician is. Each song comes straight from the heart as she sings about her love of Arizona ("Compass"), the strength of women ("Hypnotic"), and what it's like to grow up with a rebellious soul. Consequently, it's not surprising the cover artwork features Zella standing in front of a vibrant yellow backdrop. Like the songs themselves, the pop art-influenced cover illustrates the songstress' perception of the world and femininity with what she calls "fully clothed sexuality." Drawing from the examples of beauty in Zella's life, the imagery is both sensual and proper (the only skin revealed is her face) and yet another testament to the importance of girl power that engulfs this album.

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