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7 27 Issue 61 / 2014 INDIE / ROCK ARTIST OF THE MONTH ALECS With his first EP 'The Fulham Tapes' recently released, we went to the Century Club in Soho to enjoy his music and to get a better idea of this new rising talent. OUR PLAYLIST Battles Gloss Drop Go Radio Close The Distance Daisy Brand New Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends Here's the Indie on our playlist this month: ALBUM OF THE MONTH TEMPLES - SUN STRUCTURES TRACK OF THE MONTH ANOTHER WAY FEAT. MATT CORBY Sun Structures is the highly anticipated debut album of Temples, a band who have been cracking out songs of huge stature in such quick succession it is as if guitar music has only just been discovered. Perhaps not, but it is certainly being reimagined. The originality and flair heard in the structure, style and instrumental sounds of these songs constantly fluxuates and fascinates, with outstanding results. Choruses are instantly memorable and riffs immediately loveable, with each track taking the listener to a different place and moving them in a way few bands can achieve these days. Ranging from unforgettable, 12-string psychedelic rock that sounds as if it could be penned by the hands of Lennon & McCartney ('Shelter Song'), to the sort of swirling synth explosions and hypnotic bass rhythms that have propelled Tame Impala into the limelight ('Mesmerise'), this album has it all. Between the bands inception in November 2012 and the release of their debut album in February 2014, this Kettering four-piece have been declared the best new band around by both Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr. Now they bring 12 incredible tracks of psych-rock, dream-pop and alternative indie magic to our ears. Matthew & The Atlas is the pseudonym of British frontman Matthew Hegarty and his quartet of talented musical friends, whose new track 'Another Way' is an exciting insight to the promising future they may hold. Featuring a delicious vocal contribution from rising Australian singer- songwriter Matt Corby, Hegarty sings "Someday soon I'll live as I should have lived" with all the oaken reflectiveness of an artist whose music could capture audiences in bars and arenas alike. Merging beautiful melodies with powerful soundscapes, 'Another Way' is an epic lullaby that demonstrates maturity and originality within the popular British indie-folk genre of today. The group shine on this record and prove the potential for success when a magical collaborative team is formed, alongside the musical freedom and knowledgeable guidance of an ambitious young label. New folk-rock power-ballad as a warm addition to the Communion label's al- ready glowing collection of songwrit- ers. Alex Treharne, aka Alecs, grew up in West-London and is now jumping into the music scene with his first EP. "The Fulham Tapes" are based on the happenings of a relationship, so it goes from the initial happiness stage to the final break-up stage. His music sounds really good. It is both penetrating and relaxing at the same time, and you can tell that its production required a deep attention to every single and minimal detail. His performances on the stage are quite entertaining: He is able to engage the crowd very easily, with brilliant and clever jokes. At some point of the concert he asked everybody to pull out their smart-phones, take a picture of him and put it on the social networks with a particu- lar hashtag. That means that he also knows how to sell his image, which is vital in this jungle they call 'music industry'. What else to say? Oh, yeah, He is an incredibly nice guy overall. So take the time to enjoy this interesting new artist's creations. More @

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