Hey Elbow #2 - Martin

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Sorry for the unannounced break on the blog, if you looked on my twitter account you may have seen I had a couple short breaks. I had hoped to sandwich in a few posts whilst away and in transition from Brussels to Staffordshire, but alas, that was not to be. Normal service shall now be resumed up until Christmas when I'll probably take another break, this is a 'hobby' after all....

Anyway, I wanted to go and see Hey Elbow when they supported (and provided a backing band) for Alice Boman in early September but the date was no good for me, something I can likewise say to their next London date, similarly with Alice Boman (at London's Lexington on December 9th) so for now I'll have to admire the band from the comfort of my home and headphones.

Their second track "Martin" gives me chance to do just that, it sees the Stockholm trio find a home on Adrian Recordings and perhaps introduce their eccentric cacophony of noise pop to a brand new audience. I'm going to stick with my earlier comparison of These New Puritans esque mayhem, now with added  discordant rhythms and breathy vocals that recall St Vincent, in the mix too. "Martin" quickly revels itself to be a fantastic and abstract beast with quirky electronica, bellowing horns and pounding drums colliding to the most addictive of results.

The track is released November 26th with a debut album announced to follow, presumably in 2015.

Hey Elbow - New Music "Introducing"

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Continuing with my Scandinavian love-in (although most weeks could be considered that here), Hey Elbow are a new trio from Malmo whom have just released their debut single "Blanca" via Double Sun.

The track is big, bold and brilliant, combining echoed, uncompromising vocals and dreamy backing harmonies with a wall-of-sound backdrop where huge sounding electronics, big pounding kettle drums beats and soaring horns hammer home the unsettling, don't listen to on your way home alone at three am mood. I've seen Chelsea Wolfe comparisons in every review I've read, I don't get that at all, I'd go with Esben and the Witch with the brass elements of These New Puritans. That sounds like something I'd love now doesn't it...

Get the track on iTunes now.