Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Troumaca - Layou/Sanctify

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The last time we featured Troumaca on the site was way back in 2011 and it's safe to say they've progressed a bit since that demo. The fact that they haven't featured since then is purely our own fault for not having our ears to the ground, so hopefully coverage of their very fine new single will go some way to rectifying that. The Birmingham band have been constantly experimenting with different forms of popular music, incorporating dub, reggae, electronica, chillwave and plenty more besides. So it's of little surprise that 'Layou' and its B-side 'Sanctify' defy just about any classification besides the sweeping "alt-pop" category.

With a tribal but laid-back feel, 'Layou' is almost meditative in the way it builds layers of percussion and synths to form a mid-paced groove that's full of style and full of soul. (Insert customary reference to Yeasayer here). It does come filled with a little wonder and mystery which is certainly appealing. The tempo increases on 'Sanctify', a song that many would have picked as the lead-track, mainly for this reason, but also because it seems more immediate. Really the two songs are equal, as 'Sanctify' matches its counterpart with sweet melodies and an intricate arrangement. They're unquestionably an individual bunch.

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Catch them live:

FRI 09 AUG Knee Deep Festival 2013, Cornwall, UK
FRI 09 AUG Strawberry Fields Festival 2013 Leicester, UK
THU 22 AUG Shambala Festival 2013 Northamptonshire, UK
SAT 24 AUG Shambala Festival 2013 Northamptonshire, UK
THU 05 SEP Bestival 2013, Arreton, UK
THU 19 SEP Paloma, Nîmes, France
FRI 20 SEP Stereolux + Les Nefs, Nantes, France
SAT 21 SEP Stereolux, Nantes, France
THU 10 OCT The Think Tank, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
FRI 11 OCT The Duchess, York, UK
SAT 12 OCT The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent, UK
MON 14 OCT The Bodega Social Club, Nottingham, UK
TUE 15 OCT Art School, Glasgow, UK
THU 17 OCT Soup Kitchen, Manchester, UK
FRI 18 OCT The Cockpit, Leeds, UK
SAT 19 OCT Gathering 2013 Oxford, UK
SAT 19 OCT Oxford Gathering Festival 2013, UK
MON 21 OCT The Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
TUE 22 OCT Start The Bus, Bristol, UK
WED 23 OCT Electrowerkz, London, UK
FRI 25 OCT Esquires, Bedford, UK
SAT 26 OCT  Rainbow Warehouse, Birmingham, UK
SAT 09 NOV Festival Les Inrocks, Nancy, France

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