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Glitter Wasteland to release EP

GLITTER WASTELAND is set to release their new EP, “EP 1” on 1st July via 61 Seconds Records.

Having a multitude of nationalities as part of her make-up, singer, Siri Jantey has had inspiration from a greatly broad spectrum. Raised in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Thailand and furthermore as a total polar opposite in a small town in the Swiss Alps as well as crossing great distances such as Australia to Los Angeles. GLITTER WASTELAND’s music can’t help but have a very unique yet diverse sound.

Watch the impressive video for GLITTER WASTELAND‘s “Cold War”.

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INTERVIEW: Talking to Elifantree

We caught up with Helsinki based Elifantree who deliver an experimental musical trip on the border between pop and improvised music. Vocalist Anni Elif Egecioglu, saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen and drummer Olavi Louhivuori make songs with a razor sharp blend of social criticism, surrealism and unique sounds dipping into ambient and electroacoustic textures that create a sound much larger and wider than the sum of their parts.


On their third and latest full-length album Elifantree has developed an increasingly danceable edge to their sound that reveals the band’s original jazz background only upon close inspection.


Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?
Hi! I´m doing great. I´ve been having a week off in the Finnish woods after a very intensive spring.


To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
The foundation of Elifantree´s sound is based on vocals, tenor saxophone (with effect pedals), synths and drums. Recently we also have expanded our sound with EWI (electronic wind instrument), sampler, piano and drum machine.


It takes quite many words to describe Elifantree´s music since it´s not bound to any particular genre. It could be called experimental pop with plenty of freedom. One could also hear elements from electronic, ambient, jazz, classical and rock music. Or simply, as someone put it in a review: “Elifantree´s music is like a Charlie Chaplin movie.”


What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
Jim O´Rourke: Eureca


Little Dragon: Little Dragon


Micachu: Jewellery


Henryk Górecki: Symphony no.3 (“Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs”; recording with London Sinfonietta, conducted by David Zinman, w/ soprano Dawn Upshaw)


Mika Pohjola: Moomin Voices


Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
Sergey Kuryokhin: A mastermind and USSR´s leading experimental pop artist.


Zhala: A fantastic artist who released a great debut album last year. Can’t wait hearing her new stuff.


Prince: His early albums are mind blowing with all its experimental boldness.


M.I.A.: She’s a genius. Have so much respect for her strong statements on the matters of human rights.


Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
Tenor saxophone with effect pedals, EWI (electronic wind instrument).


What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
Every year it gets more difficult to book gigs with reasonable deals and it seems like even the most established venues are running out of money. The western world is richer than ever and yet there’s less and less money for cultural activities. It’s interesting how the neoliberalism works…


Where do you gather songwriting inspiration?
Basically from whatever. Nature, human behavior, all kind of art forms and traveling.


Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when put music together?
Most of the time me (saxophonist) or Anni Elif (vocalist) come with a basic idea. Then we jam with it and try out different approaches until we find a form. After that anything can happen. For writing lyrics Anni Elif gets inspiration from daily life, films, articles and poetry.    


What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
It´s a really tricky question since there have been so many special concerts with Elifantree during the last nine years. One concert that came to my mind was a concert in Paris just three days after the terror attacks in November 2016. It was a very strong experience and felt important. Also a concert in Rabat, Morocco a few years ago was very special. It seemed it gave courage and enlightenment to the people there. These kind of things make you wanna continue.


And the worst?
Probably it was one of Elifantree´s first gigs many years ago when the sound failed completely. At that time we didn’t have a sound engineer of our own and the co-operation with the local sound guy wasn’t very successful. Everything was compressed to the max and there was no monitoring. Learned a lot from that though.


If you weren’t a musician what would you be?
I´d probably be a snowboarder or a linguist.


Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
I don’t have any particular venue in my mind to be honest but one day I’d love to perform in Japan!


If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, who would it be?
There´s one above all: Hermeto Pascoal, a Brazilian mastermind and virtuoso that has inspired me over 20 years.


Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

With Elifantree we are working on our fourth album which is to be released in autumn 2017. We’ll release a few singles on the way. The first single “Inexhaustible” will be released properly in the end of this summer. There will be a bunch of gigs in Europe in the autumn 2016 and me and Anni Elif are gonna spend the whole November in a residence in the heart of Paris writing new music for Elifantree.

Stay tuned on Elifantree’s Facebook (facebook.com/elifantree), Instagram (instagram.com/elifantree) and homepage (www.elifantree.com)


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Listen to new single by V Pages

Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Dom Morley aka V Pages has released his new single “I’ll Stand” co-written in collaboration with Field Stars Colin MacIntyre from Mull Historical Society‘s upcoming alt.pop project with female vocals by Miriam Massie
Morley has produced, engineered and mixed the work for an impressive catalog of artists including  Amy Winehouse‘s number 1 “Back To Black” album for which he was awarded his Grammy. 
Dom made his break by knocking on doors of recording studios and offering to work for free with the promise of a good cup of tea. He ended up working at Metropolis Studios in London, the largest independent commercial studio in Europe, as an in-house engineer where he worked with some of the most inspiring people in the music industry.
Morley’s enviable and inspired production skills combining danceable, emotional textures favored by crafted synth-scapes and powerful vocals come together to create a beguiling and repeat worthy listen.
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EXCLUSIVE: We spoke to Lara Smiles ahead of her performance at Glastonbury this weekend


Fusing an avant-garde mix of indie and electro, Lara’s music is guitar-driven, synth-inspired and brimming with colourful layers of alt-pop. Lara started out writing punk and soul tunes on her guitar – but all-night raves in her teens led to a love of dance music and experimenting with samples. In recent years, having caught the eye of BBC and international DJs, Lara’s music has so far received extensive airplay on radio stations in the UK and across the world. She’s performed at some of Europe and America’s largest live venues and music festivals – and with three Glastonbury performances already under her belt, she’s getting excited to play Glasto 2016.

Lara can reveal that she’s currently working with Tom Findlay of Groove Armada – it’s a dark techno track that she wrote in her tour bus bunk – they loved the tune and a collaboration was born. Her latest single co-produced by legendary producer Youth (Primal Scream, The Verve, The Orb), “Change the World” is out now.

We caught up with Lara Smiles ahead of her performance at Glastonbury this weekend!


Hi Laura, how are you and what are you up to today?
Hi, I’m good thanks! After this interview i’ll be working on some new songs for my debut album.


To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Fusing an avant-garde mix of indie and electro, my music is guitar-driven, synth-inspired and brimming with colourful layers of alt-pop.


What are the 5 most influential albums that have influenced you the most?
Michael Jackson – Bad
Lauren Hill – Miseducation
Paul Simon – Graceland
The Strokes – Is This It
Green Day – Dookie


Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
I’m listening to LCD Soundsystem a lot at the moment to get some inspiration. I love their experimental sound mixing punk and dance.


I’m also listening to Savages at the moment, I love their new and last album. The guitarists sound is amazing. I love the eerie sound of it, she has her own style. And I love the poetic and beautiful voice of Jehnny Beth.


Also been listening to Bloc Party and Lady Hawks new albums, they’re sounding pretty cool too!


Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
I’m constantly trying out new sounds but at the moment I’m using a fuzz face and boss delay pedal for my guitar. I’ve just bought a Micro Pod guitar pedal today and it looks like i’m addicted already!


What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
The main thing I would say is how difficult it is to make money from your own music. If you have a gig you usually have to pay to play especially in London and this can really get you down!
It’s great that there’s so much music out with the internet etc but it also means it’s really hard to get your music heard.


Where do you gather songwriting inspiration?
I get inspired by everyday life, I like to put myself in other peoples shoes when I write which helps me form a story or idea to write about. I get a lot of inspiration when traveling on public transport, it helps keep my thoughts and imagination flowing.


Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when put music together?
There are a few ways that I write. I mainly like to start with a cool drum sample from logic and then I put a guitar idea on top. Sometimes I go straight in with a vocal melody on top of a beat and then write the guitar or other synths on top of that.
I have a few poems lying around and sometimes I get lucky when one fits with a melody, its a great feeling when it just fits!


What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
I also sing and tour with The Australian Pink Floyd Show and we did a gig in Canada at The Bell Centre about 4 years ago. I sung Great Gig In The Sky for the first time and there were around 10,000 people in the arena, it was an amazing experience i’ll never forget!


And the worst?
Last week! We did a gig and it was so dark on stage I couldn’t see what I was playing and we left some equipment at home by mistake so the sound wasn’t right.


If you weren’t a musician what would you be?
I love travelling so I would hope to think I’d be touring with a band somehow, maybe tour managing or assisting artists.


Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
I dream of playing on one of the bigger stages at Glastonbury. I love the vibe of festivals. And I’ve always wanted to play at The Brixton Academy, love that venue!


If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, who would it be?
Paul Mcartney, Massive Attack, MGMT, Hot Chip , Primal Scream, I could go on!


Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I have a new single coming out in August.


I’m playing at Glastonbury on the West Holts Stage Bar on Saturday at 9:30pm and Sunday at 6:15pm.


I’m headlining The O2 Islington Academy on 27th July.

Follow Lara Smiles:

https://www.facebook.com/larasmilesmusic
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77 Bombay Street explore new genres on they new EP ‘Seven Mountains’


77 Bombay Street is made up of four brothers, Matt, Joe, Simri-Ramon and Esra Buchli who draw common comparisons to The Beatles, Snow Patrol and Kings of Leon. Their debut album Up In The Sky’ (2011) has gone double platinum with the single of the same name going one step higher at triple platinum and also going on to triumph in the Swiss Music Awards winning in the categories ‘Best Album Pop Rock National‘ and ‘Best Hit National‘. 

77 Bombay Street’s new EP ‘Seven Mountains’ was recorded at Sydney’s Linear Recording Studios and produced by Chris Vallejo (Passenger and Empire Of The Sun) and feature the bands noticeable confidence. In terms of their style, they have explored new genres, adding elements of classic to their more usual folk-rock style. For the first time ever, they have supplemented their acoustic sound with stringed and wind instruments. Despite being in their seventh year, there isn’t a hint of a seven-year itch here; this is all about a brave new Bombay sound. Stream below!