Dog In The Snow #6 - Africa / Concrete Wall

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Here follows a long overdue catch up with Dog In The Snow, the Brighton duo of Helen Ganya Brown and Eva Brown have featured here with both the tracks I'm going to talk about now previously but their paring as a downloadable single (available now on iTunes) provides sufficient ammunition to hopefully introduce a few new listeners to their wonderful music, for that is what this blog is all about...

"Africa" is Dog In The Snow's second official single and does a brilliant job of introducing the undulating rhythms and otherworldly essence that make the duo one of the most exciting, underrated new UK acts. It remains very similar to a demo version I talked about almost two years ago now, restrained and fresh throughout, with soft ringing guitar patterns and eerie backing vocals gently rising amongst subtle layers of synth and echoey beats. The result is stark, organic and wholly beautiful.

From the same original set of demos also comes the claustrophobic "Concrete Wall", a track that is sparser and spectral still with a sole looping guitar washing over tingling synths and shimmering effects whilst Helen's ghostly vocals enchant with every whisper. Delicious.

Dog In The Snow #5 - Factory

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A week long catch-up is brought almost up to date by one of my 'tips for 2014', Dog In The Snow. The next in an increasingly long line of wonderful tracks from Helen Ganya Brown's project "Factory" is actually the first release you'll be able to part money with and buy when it's released digitally on March 3rd via a new label to me, Tidal Wave.

The track is sparser and more experimental than some moments we've enjoyed previously from Dog In The Snow, that's not a bad thing, and as the tracks title perhaps indicates "Factory" is propelled by disjointed, mechanical beats and random industrial samples which blend around Helen's soothing, ethereal toned vocals with luscious key tones adding in some lighter shades amongst the strangely compelling darkness.

Tips For 2014 #5 - Dog In The Snow

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Here's a post I alluded to the other week, Brighton's Helen Ganya Brown aka Dog In The Snow has featured here no less than four times this year with a series of tracks released introducing an eerie / beautiful sound which though stark and ethereal remains strangely rich too. The result is a compelling, hypnotic tapestry of luscious soundscapes that hints at much more to come (There hasn't been any 'official' release yet).

The first track I heard "Africa" was mentioned here again just a couple of weeks ago after the release of a sublime live video. I called it a 'performance so perfect and polished that you could easily be fooled into believing it was a studio release aside from the clapping that book-ends the track and the odd bit of feedback. The track, of course, is outstanding, combining the otherworldly essence and mystery of a Planningtorock with a melody and rhythmic groove you'd expect from Foals with the addition of Helen's ethereal, softening vocals - the result is as captivating as it sounds'.

"Fire In The Sky" swept around some UK blogs earlier this year with a combination of experimental mysteriousness and unsettling chills, it jumps right at you with tribal drums loops, melodramatic piano and claustrophobic synths, sounding harsher than the haunting beauty of "Concrete Wall" or "Brother" - I don't think I'd seen the stunning live version of the latter I've included below, it comes with a rather uncompromising finale.

Hopefully the tracks we've heard so far will have an official release in 2014 along with a couple of new ones (I'm greedy). I can't think of any new act making music quite as chilly and effecting right now. Remove images of furry things rolling around in white stuff and listen below.





Dog In The Snow #4 - Africa (Live)

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We're half-way through November already and traditionally it's not going to be too long before the first 'tips for 2014' posts start cropping up, one act I'm featuring here for the fourth time this year and should definitely be on the short-list for such features is Brighton's Dog In The Snow...

"Africa" (a track I've previously covered back on my Introducing post in January) has been given a new lease in the form of a slow-burning live video recorded earlier in the year. The performance is so perfect and polished here you could easily be fooled into believing it was a studio release aside from the clapping that book-ends the track and the odd bit of feedback. The track, of course, is outstanding, combining the otherworldly essence and mystery of a Planningtorock with a melody and rhythmic groove you'd expect from Foals and then adding Helen's ethereal, softening vocals. The result is as captivating as it sounds.

Dog In The Snow #3 - Fire in the Sky

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Brighton's Dog In The Snow have already established themselves as a new band to follow with four tracks full of experimental mysteriousness and beautifully haunting chills, they return this week with the commanding "Fire in the Sky", their first new track since February's "Fear" to surely convert more admirers to their following.

There are many layers and textures to the track, the foundation of which jumps right at you with tribal drums loops galloping throughout, they are gradually joined by melodramatic piano and claustrophobic synths, the rhythmic melody is uncompromising throughout creating a hypnotic, unsettling atmosphere amongst Helen's entrancing and engaging vocals. That's five great tracks now - surely enough for an EP release?!

In the meantime you can grab a free download of "Fire in the Sky" via the Soundcloud link below.

Dog In The Snow #2 - Fear

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Dog In The Snow released their new video last week (I posted about their first three last month), entitled "Fear" its title tells you alone that the Brighton duo are taking their stark sounds to the next level of haunting / creepy. Echoing around bleak landscapes "Fear" is their most dramatic track to date and also possibly their best....

Amongst a sparse mix of melodramatic choral vocals, minimal guitar and soft synths heavy toms burst out as the repetitive rhythms make up a delightfully eerie, unsettling melody. "Fear's" sombre-hued mysteriousness chills amongst Helen's deadpan delivery and will no doubt find a home with fans of darkly-laced music.

There's a break in "Fear" when it all goes a bit mental with various sound effects sounding like the murder scene off a low budget horror film - that's my favourite bit.

Dog In The Snow - New Music "Introducing"

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Dog In The Snow, there's certainly going to be a few of them today, I'll focus on the music though and this Dog in the Snow are from Brighton, primarily the work of Helen Ganya Brown with support from Marie-Eve de Gaultier (according to their website), their experimental sounds come to life (so far) through three videos that combine striking visuals with haunting soundscapes.

"Concrete Wall" offers a beautiful, icy listen perfect for a day like today, a sparse musical canvas of restrained guitar awash with ethereal grace which makes for a ghostly, intimate listen full of melancholia which slowly opens up around the listener.

Likewise "Brother" is eerie / beautiful, the instrumentation remains stark but is strangely rich too, where repetitive guitar chimes and electronic beats make for a brooding, edgy affair while perhaps the finest of the three is "Africa", which starts off similarly subtle and delicate but blossoms around almost tropical rhythms and intricate melody to something much more expansive, something completely magical.

The tracks aren't currently available to download so enjoy these videos for now, I'm sure this is an act you'll be hearing much more from in the future months.