Fantazmaz: Punk Rock, London, UK
Someone call Tony Hawk, we got a hit here. “Fantazmaz are a statement as much as a band. Vocalist Thamilla has a commanding and powerful voice that soars with sass whilst providing those irresistible melodies. This is the sound of anger and attitude conveyed with a modern grunge-punk grittiness and rarely does something come along sounding so fitting for the times.” Bandcamp. –HN
Westerman: West London Crooner Takes His Time
Westerman does not demand your attention – his songwriting does that for you. The West London crooner takes that pleasant Spring sun feeling Real Estate perfected and emphasizes the melancholy of feeling sad on a beautiful day. The delivery is understated and restrained, the kind of writing that rewards multiple listens. Very excited to see what Westerman does next. Check out more via Blue Flowers Music.
“Describing people’s incessant urge to document their everyday lives, Westmeran asks “is it right to lay it all out like that?” Questioning whether we’re recording our lives or just feeding into narcissistic performances, “Keep Track” is a thought provoking and poignantly delicate song.”
Theo Alexander: if My Bloody Valentine tried writing a piano ballad
“Haunting” is a lazy and inaccurate way to describe one’s sound, except when you’re talking about London composer Theo Alexander. Layers of piano echo on top of each other to create an ancient, claustrophobic sound that sounds eerie and beautiful – imagine if My Bloody Valentine tried writing a piano ballad. Alexander is currently based in Prague and has taken inspiration from the Charles Bridge and Kafka to heart and to excellent results. Haunting, indeed.
“‘Points of Decay’, is an album of deconstructed piano pieces that have been manipulated and re-spliced through a series of tape loops. Each piece makes use of a recording technique that runs a single recording through a seccession of different mediums, to achieve a heavily degraded sound that is unfamiliar to most piano recordings.
As each layer reveals or obscures another, textures are heard that would not otherwise be possible without the experimental studio techniques that drove production and writing respectively.
A major inspiration for album was the portrayal of memory in Samuel Beckett’s ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’.”
This London based alternative-R&B artist (a genre which The Weeknd helped make famous) is pronounced “silk”.
From: London, England
For Those Who Like: At The Drive-In, Arctic Monkeys, British guitar indie-rock.
Where Can You Find Them: Bandcamp (with free downloads), Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Spotify
In America it seems that we’re always scraping to find the next great guitar-rock band, but overseas it seems that there are plenty of them forming each week. The Savage Nomads is one of the young British bands that you’ll wanna know sooner than later. The band grabs your attention with an unconventional singing delivery that feels strangely familiar i.e. XTC or Arctic Monkeys, but the band keeps your attention with some solid songwriting.
Check out their new single “Jaded Edges” below, which you can also download for free via their bandcamp site.