Wednesday 26 September 2012

Five For Free #117

Old English - We've Been Here Before

Matt Henderson says that Old English could be called an "accidental band". Originally he started work on what was to be his second solo album but it soon blossomed into a collective effort. Judging by the sound of new single 'We've Been Here Before' with its masterful blend of beats, melody and rich arrangements this is a very good thing. The album, 'Prose & Kahns is due early next year.

Old English's website

METALEG - Working Too Hard

Brooklyn's METALEG are an unusual one to get your head around, their songs a strange mixture of hard rock, punk and 60s pop. It's something that really shouldn't work but does. Have a listen to 'Working Too Hard' go from 80s metal through to garage-punk and then the jangle of a mid-60s beat group for the chorus. Abnormal and unconventional but oddly appealing.

METALEG's website

Buy the single

In Valour - Into The Light

Irish/Australian duo In Valour released their first EP just last month but it sounds like they've been making sweet music together for years in this impressive set. Taken from 'Music To Imagine By' is 'Into The Light' which is a simply beautiful track where dreampop meets electronica and proves to be a match made in heaven. Check it below or head to their website and get the whole EP for nothing.

In Valour's website

Stream or download the EP

Chase King - Bed Of Lies

More sounds from Brooklyn and a track called 'Bed Of Lies' which is a single taken from the recent album by Chase King. 'South Tropical Trail' was released in the summer and this track brings with it a warm and fuzzy glow, it's the perfect kind of hazy, dreamy, laid-back guitar-pop for listening to while the sun shines. Don't worry though, it still sounds great in the chilly sharpness of the autumn air.

Free download: 'Bed Of Lies'
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Chase King's website

Buy the album

Constables - Are We Still Here

Finally to Helsinki where you'd expect that chilliness to be even sharper, but a good bit of energetic indie-rock should go a long way to keeping the cold out and the new EP from Constables should be just the tonic. 'Are We Still Here' is thrashed out with enough fervour to blast those post-summer blues away, and if you like this you'll find more of the same on their 'Opening Night' EP.
Constables' website

Stream or buy the EP

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