Don Henley’s ‘The Boys of Summer’ is one of the most enduring songs of the 80s. There’s something in the narrative that seems to resonate with so many people. Maybe it’s the thoughts of summers past; maybe it conjures memories of lost friendships. Whatever it is, so many people love it and over the years it’s been covered in a variety of styles.
Finding a sound somewhere between a sixties surf band, easy listening library music, Saint Etienne’s quirky instrumentals and Air, Norway’s Orions Belte make neo-psych pop and downtempo sounds that totally mess with the fabric of time. Their debut album ‘Mint’ plunges the listener into downbeat moods that seem to constantly waver back and forth between sixties kitsch and mellow alt-pop from the 90s mellow pop. Occasionally, it’s as if things are deliberately presented at the wrong tempo, but the results are always finely crafted.
New York’s London Plane will release a new LP on May 18th 2018. ‘New York Howl’ promises a mix of indie rock sounds with a peppering of synth in a very 90s style.
Ahead of the album, they’ve released the title track via a new video clip which you can watch in full as part of the below press release.
With wistful acoustic guitars and harmony vocals aplenty, folk-pop troupe have been favourably compared to Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens.
Their current single ‘Futures’ features a world of harmonies and its feelgood qualities bode well for their new full length album ‘ExtraLife’, released on February 23rd.
The uplifting sounds of the single have been complimented by an animated video clip, which you can watch in full below.
The Canadian alt-folk/alt-pop outfit The Franklin Electric will be back in London next month for a low-key show promoting their second album, the 2017 release ‘Blue Ceilings’. The London show follows a short run of dates across Germany and a trip to The Netherlands.