New Music

Moon's Song of the Week: Burning Streets of Rome by The Smittens

 

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Aching for a bit of 90s-esque alt-pop? We’ve got you covered. American indy band, The Smittens, have hit on an ingenious way to make a video about Rome without actually having the fly out to the eternal city itself. Everything about this video – from the clever use of Google Street View to the quintessential ‘dancing in your bedroom’ shots – is wonderfully low-fi and to my mind that just adds to the charm of what is already a lovely song.

Burning Streets of Rome is out now.

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Moon's Song of the Week – Octopus by Bloc Party

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The first slivers of content from Bloc Party’s forthcoming sort-of-comeback (I’m not sure how long you have to be away to be able to “come back”) album “Four” began to hit the internet this week in the form of a new song and video. The track is already causing debate amoungst fans but that’s kind of par for the course with a new Bloc Party track.

I’m a little on the fence about it right now but that’s how I generally start off with the band and I always end up loving the music so I’m willing to let this one settle for a bit. It has to be said that Bloc Party off form are still better than many bands at their best.

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Moon's Song of the Week – Tomorrow by Niki & the Dove

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Scandinavian electro pop act, Niki & The Dove’s debut album officially came out this week and that means with national newspapers rushing to review it, the small window during which I can pretend they are this cool little band nobody else knows about is rapidly closing. As much as I’ve enjoyed my brief little holiday as a hipster, the band thoroughly deserve the meteoric rise that doubtless now lies before them so here’s one more track of theirs to see them on their way.

Tomorrow is another collection of quirky beats and soaring vocals that offers shades of Florence Welch and Kate Bush while still retaining the band’s own style.

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Moon's Song Of The Week: Someone Else's Road by Fred's House

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This week’s pick comes courtesy of the lovely Fred’s House. Fred’s House are a folk-pop foresome from Cambridge who play amazing, harmony infused pop that falls somewhere between Simon & Garfunkle and The Magic Numbers. Someone Else’s Road is their first full music video and is very silly in all the right ways.

The main reason for posting the band up is that they’re fantastic but the main reason for posting them up today is that they are launching their second EP “Looking Glass” at Proud Camden in London this Sunday. If you fancy spending an afternoon having a beer and listening to some chilled out music then pop along at 4pm to join the fun.

Oh, and you can download looking glass for free HERE and stream their other tracks, including some of the new ones, HERE.

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