Two years ago, the music of Rose Keeler-Schäffeler found its way into my heart. Her soundcloud resembles an almost unconscious stream of recorded ideas, tiny steps towards her inevitable (underground) stardom. I guess its pretty easy to understand why R Stevie Moore is one of her biggest fans: not only is she prolific but her artistry shares the same glorious lo-fi aesthetic.
Don’t Look At Me is her strongest work to date, vocals immersed in jangly beats, with nods to the 60’s girl-pop/Phil Spector era, sonically at least. Keel Her is a compelling, authentic voice with the ability to convey complex emotions into simple euphoric pop structures. What’s not to love?
Don’t Look At Me is released via Critical Heights on download and 7″ on 6 January 2014
As anyone who has witnessed the mighty Brown Brogues live will attest to…. they are pretty hard to ignore. The two-piece consisting of Mark Vernon (guitar) and Ben Mather (drums) bury addictive singalongs into raw unadulterated garage fuzz. A huge part of Manchester’s thriving DIY community, it’s beginning to feel like we can no longer contain them.
New album Triflin’ (Stream here) is an evolution of their sound. More defined, more measured in its approach but still exuberant, full of distortion. Lead single Split Disc is a perfect example with a dirty, delirious expanse that’s both comforting and disorienting. Brown Brogues might punch you in the stomach but they’ll do it with a smile.
Brown Brogues have announced the following shows:
5 Bristol Stag and Hounds
10 Newcastle Brew Dog
11 Stockton The Green Room
12 Edinburgh Henrys
17 Liverpool Sound
18 Sheffield The Bowery (Free Show)
19 Birmingham Secret Greasy Location
23 Manchester The Castle Hotel
24 London The Lock Tavern (Free Show)
25 Bath The Royal Oak
26 Plymouth Tiki Bar and Grill
8 Southampton Lennons