Wednesday 6 January 2016

Living Hour - Seagull

Article by KevW

If you follow the music press much, then you'll have noticed that end of year list season has given way to tips for 2016 season. Everyone is quick to regurgitate articles about new acts they think will do well. We stopped doing our own bands to look out for lists, because that's essentially what we do every day, so just scan through the site and you'll find plenty we're excited about. However, if we had to isolate, say, a dozen new bands, then Living Hour would very likely be one of them, because it took a full 15 seconds of new track 'Seagull' to stop us in our tracks and just listen.

Taken from their forthcoming debut album which is due on February 19th, this is a sublime piece of expansive, shoegazey dreampop with a vocal that's simply gorgeous, a strong sense of melody, and a perfect use of distortion. 'Seagull' is rich, lush, moving and, much like its title would imply, seems to soar with ease. Living Hour's songs are apparently inspired by the skies above their home in south Winnipeg, and that's telling, because this track seems to reach for the heavens and comes as close as anyone else to reaching them. Genuinely one of the best dreampop songs we've heard in quite some time.

Living Hour's website

Buy: 'Living Hour'

Catch them live:

March 3    Winnipeg, MB    The Good Will Social Club
March 4    Fargo, ND    The Aquarium
March 6    Des Moines, IA    Des Moines Social Club
March 7    Rock Island, IL    Rozz Tox
March 9    St Louis, MO    Foam
March 11    Denver, CO    Lion's Lair
March 13    Phoenix, AZ     Trunk Space
March 18    Santa Barbara    CA    FUNZONE
March 19    Fresno    CA    Peeves Pub
March 22    Santa Cruz    CA    Bocci's Cellar
March 25    Davis    CA    Third Art Space Collective
March 29    Portland    OR    The Analog Cafe
March 31    Bellingham    WA    Loudhouse
April 2    Rossland    BC    The Flying Steamshovel
April 3    Kamloops    BC    Zacks Coffee

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