Lazy Day #4 - Disappear

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It's been a long eighteen months since we last heard from the brilliant London quartet Lazy Day so I'm very glad to have news of a new track "Disappear" come my way to start a new week afresh...

“Disappear” is actually an old track that was on Tilly's Soundcloud ages ago, that original demo was a solo lament played out through ringing guitar patterns and magnetising vocal (it makes me old to think it's five and a half years since I first heard it). The newly released single version however is fully formed (and is due via Lost Map on 7" vinyl November 4th), it retains the ambient beginnings, chiming and nonchalant guitar flanking the front and centre vocals before exploding at around the minute mark with tight percussion and cascading melody. It's brilliant.

There's a live show at London's Victoria on November 10th. Come (details).

Lazy Day #3 - Portrait

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Record Store Day. I remember the first two years. I was one of those keen beans queuing up for hours on end to get into Rough Trade East, somewhere I usually walk in and wander around freely became sheer pandemonium as people sought to find some rare, bespoke releases for the day. It was a huge success around the UK and more.

Then major labels properly caught onto a 'good thing', last year saw the event morph into a re-re-re-release farce, seeing the official Record Store Day release list swamped with vinyl that hadn't been seen for thirty years, mainly with good reason too. For me at least, it lost a fan, I never went to a record shop last RSD, all the marketing/PR resources that major labels have at their disposal to overshadow independent, interesting releases meant (in part that) people were more keen on spending their cash on £29.99 Aerosmith/REM/Dinosaur Jr LP's or £12.99 Picture Discs. That's not what record stores are about, they are about discovery and enhancing the experience of music, sifting through sleeve after sleeve unsure what you'll find, taking a chance on something because the artwork and the shops write up sounds cool.

I've not looked through this years list in full but what I've seen is a carbon copy, Rolling Stone's headline on the event ran with 'Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, U2 Plan Releases;Johnny Cash, Brian Wilson, Bruce Springsteen will also put out unique vinyl'. Give it a fucking rest boys. It means the actually special releases get overwhelmed and completely lost for the normal record store attendee (it also means that limited pressing plant resource is taken up by your 5000 'special edition' copies of the 25th pressing of Macca's latest, greatest guest appearance). Instead it's left to hardcore geeks like yours truly to sift out the actual good releases whilst all the collectors are searching through eBay to find one of the countless releases that is being re-sold in the name of profit...

A rant, it's because I care about independent, creative artists ahead of the gravy train. 

I'll come to topic now, exciting news from one of my favourite, most talented and wonderful artists (sorry for all waffle) Lazy Day. The London based quartet led by Tilly Scantlebury have announced a Record Store Day (eek!) split single with Tuff Love due via Lost Map Records.

Lazy Day's contribution "Portrait" is a track that's been included in their live sets thus far (that'd be two -three on Friday) and sums up exactly why they've got some obsessive fans following their every release (that'll be me), an addictive, sumptuous slice of darkly-hued melodic melancholy which sees the marriage of intoxicating guitar fizz, soft percussive beats and Tilly's magnetic vocals combine with enriching results, their most personal, emotive track to date is powerful in both its message and delivery.

The single will be on sale in select independent record stores around the UK from Record Store Day on April 18, 2015, then thereafter also from the Lost Map webshop and as an iTunes/Bandcamp download. Make sure it's on your list ahead of Macca, or I'll be knocking on your door...

Fifteen For 2015 #12 - Lazy Day

Lazy Day, led by Tilly Scantlebury, one of this blog's favourite voices may have only formed as a band towards the end of 2014 and played their very first show just last week but have already given me more than enough to line-up as a devoted follower (plus I have the t-shirt).

The debut, sold-out, live show saw Tilly's magnetic voice joined by layered guitarscapes and carefully placed percussion with plenty of reverb and immersive noise adding an extra dimension to the already wonderful recorded output we've heard so far.

The newest of which "Oldest Friend"  lets you straight into the secret, a mid-paced jangle that rings around Tilly's luxurious voice and pulls you firmly within its cascading melody. "With My Mind" has a brooding intensity and a hypnotic guitar riff oozing around sumptuous, soothing tones whilst much like the recorded version, the live performance of "TV" saw the band down tools and let Tilly take over solo on her most intimate and beautiful track to date, her echoed vocals and reverberating guitar chords are all it takes to steal your heart.

2015 will surely bring some further live dates and hopefully an EP too, you should join the queue too.


Lazy Day #2 - Oldest Friend

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When I called Tilly Scantlebury's Lazy Day 'hypnotic guitar riffs and sumptuous, magnetic vocals' on her debut track "With My Mind" little did I know they'd be another track following that perhaps exceeds the first.

"Oldest Friend" is the latest release from the London based artist (to be found on the upcoming Beech Coma compilation tape - already sold-out but available digitally via bandcamp) and weaves its way into your conscious with ease. As mid-paced guitar jangles ring around Tilly's dreamy vocals you are immediately entranced, her luxurious voice immersing you within the luscious, cascading melody that builds with increased layers of harmony and volume. Spellbinding, as ever.

Live shows to follow, you will want to be there.

The Best Songs of 2014 So Far (Part Two)

10. Lazy Day - With My Mind

"With My Mind" is most fully realised track that Tilly has released thus far under her Lazy Day pseudonym. Earlier tracks shared on her Soundcloud suited the band name (currently just Tilly, with hopefully a live band and dates to follow) perfectly, full of plaintive daydreams and spacious, echoed vocals. "With My Mind" takes that further with a brooding intensity and a hypnotic guitar riff that will embed itself in your brain, couple it with Tilly's magnetic voice, her sumptuous, soothing tones wrap around you and soon you're lost deep within.



9. Rae Morris - Skin

Rae returns to make 2014 her own with a new track "Skin", easily her finest to date and as devastating a moment as the year has offered us to date. "Skin", and please excuse the pun, gets under exactly that as metronomic piano chords chime with elegant simplicity amongst delicate vocals and luscious string instrumentation. It's all beautifully timed and Rae's lyrics possess a dark, haunting edge, the result is sure to bring goose-bumps to listeners all over.



8.Sea Change - Bridges

Sea Change (aka Ellen Sundes) was one of my revelations at The Great Escape (and judging by the reviews I've read, many others too). Even as an act I'd blogged about before the festival I was taken aback by her live show, performing as a trio in a pitch black (and tiny) basement I saw as intense and chilly a set I've ever, extraordinarily dark, her (surprisingly) epic electronic soundscapes and bass guitar rhythms combined perfectly around her undeniably sweet, ethereal vocal. It was simply stunning. The studio version of "Bridges" was released a couple of days before I departed for Brighton and with some distance from that performance the track still mesmerises, it starts relatively calm with ambient glitches, effects and spectral vocals immersing you within its hypnotic, dream-like state before spiraling to a searing finale of electronic noise, guitar and emotion.



7. The Night VI - Sienna

"Sienna" is simply magnificent, built around the crystal clear voice of Sophie-Rose, here filled with more heartache and emotion that you could bottle, the track will connect with anyone whose ever let someone they love slip through their fingers (pretty sure that's most of us) and supported by spacious, blissed-out instrumentation it provides an irresistible listen from its first to last moment.



6. Lykke Li - Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone

...sparse and confessional with languid, haunting acoustic echoes the sole accompaniment for Lykke's devastating delivery, you can tangibly feel her emotion throughout - what a beauty.



5. Sophie Jamieson - Stain / Other

"Stain" leaves exactly that on you, combining Sophie's delectable vocals, heart shattering lyrics and restrained instrumentation, the perfect marriage of space and structure to get under your skin with spine-tingling effect. The track comes backed with "Other", a fully realised beauty which highlights her bands influence more than ever. A stark, haunting drip feed of emotion.



4. Eliza Shaddad - You For Me

Labelled as a radio edit and yet six minutes in length (that's the same length as Bohemian Rhapsody, a story I'm sure we've all heard) the track epitomises the soft and graceful style of Eliza's music. "You For Me" really is as pretty a moment as I've heard all year, a genuine love song with ringing guitar patterns and a delicate, haunting backdrop which slowly introduces Eliza's stunning vocals, gorgeous and defiant, here coupled with lyrics as optimistic and heartfelt as you're ever likely to hear. "You For Me" is the sort of track that will bring you to a stand still whatever you are doing - simply magical.



3. Lisa Alma - Bittersweet

"Bittersweet", comes backed with a beautiful, pure black and white video, the imagery the perfect compliment to the track which leaves you longing, desperate for more. Backed by little more than subtle drum pad beats and minimal, spacious synths it's Lisa's vocal that steals the show and has me hooked. It immediately makes me think of Prince's falsetto, not just any old Prince either, the Purple One at his 80's best, seducing with every note, whispered, extended words that make you fall hopelessly under their spell. I love the extended outro too, with a smouldering guitar that captures the feeling of the track, just bloody gorgeous.



2. Broken Twin - In Dreams

A true highlight of an extraordinay album, as intimate and arresting an experience as music can offer



1. Shura - Touch

effortlessly sexy / cool melody that swoons amongst soft-glittering electronics and Shura's luxurious vocal, its simple and refined and despite its lyrics of "I wanna touch you but it's too late, I wanna touch you but there's history..." is straight-up baby-making music.



Hands down track of the year so far. Go and give it your love. 550k+ plays, Wow!!

Lazy Day - With My Mind

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Lazy Day might be a new name to you but perhaps Tilly Scantlebury and Hella Better Dancer are not, they certainly aren't new to me with HBD being a band I've supported on this blog for almost three years now with the relationship leading to my little label Beautiful Strange releasing a physical version of their (and with that knowledge you maybe aware that a biased opinion awaits) stunning single "Sleeptalking" late last year (the band also played for Beautiful Strange live shows on a couple of occasions, yes I'm lucky).

So with that in mind, it's with great pleasure that I got a sneaky early listen to the track I'm going to try and refrain from painting with too many superlatives today. "With My Mind" is most fully realised track that Tilly has released thus far under her Lazy Day pseudonym. Earlier tracks shared on her Soundcloud suited the band name (currently just Tilly, with hopefully a live band and dates to follow) perfectly, full of plaintive daydreams and spacious, echoed vocals. "With My Mind" takes that further with a brooding intensity and a hypnotic guitar riff that will embed itself in your brain, couple it with Tilly's magnetic voice, her sumptuous, soothing tones wrap around you and soon you're lost deep within. Quite brilliant.