Pick of the Week – Dutch Uncles

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Dutch Uncles have returned with another triumphant wonky pop wonder in the shape of ‘Decided Knowledge’. Dusted with disjointed beats and syncopation, it perfectly encapsulates Dutch Uncles’ knack to pull together an eccentric bunch of ideas into a single body of awesome art-pop. The track was written after lead singer Duncan Wallis had a particularly bad job interview (we’ve all been there), and realising how wrong he was for the job in the first place. It judders along with an 80s pop influence, and finds a balance between creativity and catchiness.

The track is taken from Dutch Uncles’ upcoming album, O Shudder released 2nd March 2015 through Memphis Industries, and the band will also be playing a string of live dates in April, including a headline show at the Koko (not to be missed!) :

26th March – The Sugarmill, Stoke
27th March – The Ritz, Manchester
10th April – Koko, London
24th April – Belfast, Limelight 2
25th April – Dublin, Workman’s Club

Song of the Day – Nic Hessler

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Today’s song of the day comes from the absurdly talented Nic Hessler. Take a listen to his latest single ‘Hearts, Repeating’ and you will be astonished to know that this beautifully crafted guitar-pop number was written by an 18 year old. At the age of 14, Hessler created the moniker Catwalk as a route to begin his songwriting journey. At 18, Captured Tracks snapped him up, and ‘Hearts, Repeating’ is the first demonstration of how far his ability has come in that time. The song captures the wonder and perils of young love through its playful melodies and catchy chorus which will leave you pining for warmer climes. The song is taken from Hessler’s upcoming debut album Soft Connections, an album that shows a maturity and paves the way for a solid future for Hessler.

Soft Connections will be released via Captured Tracks on the 15th March 2015.

Song of the Day – Raye

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Raye may only have 17 years to her name, but her music speaks of a maturity far beyond her years. ‘Bet U Wish’ is the tantalising new single from the Croydon based singer’s debut EP Welcome to the Winter that speaks of a love gone wrong, and walking away from someone when you know they’re no good for you. It’s soulful, dark, feminine R&B that speaks of relatable themes and the trials and tribulations of growing up in this world. And, it’s going as a free download on on rayesongs.com, so what are you waiting for?

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Pick of the Week – Les Bonbons stream new album

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We’ve got something a little different for you on The Music Shepherd this week. Prepare yourself for a vagabond-pop explosion, where the spirit of a past Paris and London are brought to life in a modern playing field. With comparisons to The Divine Comedy and a gypsy Jarvis Cocker, it’s a Franglais mash up of brass, big guitar riffs and strings that sparkle with unique shades. The album is sensuous, tongue-in-cheek fun, full of layers of luscious melodies that creates an enigmatic atmosphere that draws you into its warmth. Les Bonbons have created a sound that is at once as endearing as it is mysteriously entrancing.

The self-titled album is now available to stream in full and available to download through all major digital outlets.

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Song of the Day – ADRIA

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Today’s Song of the Day comes from Australia’s new singer-songwriter Adria. Having worked with Matthew Wiggins – a man who has worked with the likes of Lorde, Adele and Florence and the Machine to name but a few – ‘Pull Me Under’ is a debut track that possesses a magnificently mature power and elegance. With a feeling of melancholy depth created through multilayered beats and Adria’s stunning lead vocals as well as the decadent supporting piano parts. It’s a highly impressive track and it will be interesting to see what 2015 has in store for this young Aussie singer.

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Song of the Day – The Ropes

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‘Sadness Is The Rich Man’s Drug’. Well, that’s quite a statement. And one that drives the leading track from The Ropes’ latest EP. The mysterious duo’s latest EP is all about minimalist textures, hand claps and lead singer Sharon Shy’s gloom-filled, but endearingly beautiful drawl. For any fans of dark, shoe-gazy minimalism and dark lyricism, you have come to the right place.

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Track Premiere – Remi Miles ‘I Want You’

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The Music Shepherd is proud to premiere the pop-tastic new track from Brighton’s brightest new upstart – Remi Miles. ‘I Want You’ is fuelled by pop hooks, quirky synths and glistens in its full-on pop simplicity that ensures happiness. It’s literally impossible not to smile when you hear it. It tells the tale of a big night out on the town, full of lust, strobe lights, whiskey and late-night conversations. It’ll have you dancing like no one is watching in no time and will undoubtedly also get stuck in your head for the rest of the day (you have been warned.) 2015 is looking like a big one for Mr Miles, so keep your eyes peeled for more of his infectious music.

Catch Remi Miles live later this month:

Wednesday 12th November: King’s Sessions @ The King’s Head,London

Wednesday 19th November: Gold Dust @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London

Sunday 23rd November: Ting Tings support @ The Haunt, Brighton

Friday 28th November: Live @ Also Known As, Banbury

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Song of the Day – Kate Boy

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With a sound that echoes early tunes from The Knife, Kate Boy are the Swedish based trio that are capturing the attention and hearts of listeners across the globe. Signing to Fiction Records, the trio have spiced up a concoction of infectious and perfectly articulated beats and melodies and paired it with a pop flare. It’s catchy, clever and will leave you wanting more. They’ve got much more set up for 2015, but for now listen to ‘Open Fire’ and revel in the modern electronic pop marvellousness.

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Song of the Day – MOURN

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You could probably guess that with a band named MOURN there was going to be much room for light and happiness. ‘Silver Gold’ is a heart-racing stampede of PJ Harvey-esque noise fuelled by the phrase ‘deliver me from heaven‘ that suddenly springs into a monster of crashing darkness. It’s hard to believe that such defined darkness could come from a band so young (the Catalonian foursome range from 15-18 years old) and that they would be able to create such a screeching and screaming smash-up of haunting doom and powerful guitar riffs that creep down your spine.

Early next year will see Captured Tracks release their debut album which is already available digitally.

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Song of the Day – Juce

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‘6th Floor’ is the brand new track released by the 90s loving girls that call themselves JUCE. The trio dress like they have just come out of a 90s romcom and have a sound that is packed with effortlessly cool grooves and lusty lyrics. Think Blood Orange bass lines, the catchiness of HAIM and Prince-style funked-up guitar riffs all injected into one song, and you’ll have something similar to the groove-ridden pop that JUCE have brought to this world. From the first listen, you are brought into the seductive 90s disco. And you’ll never want to leave.

The trio have just signed to Island Records and are set to release their excellently named ‘Taste the JUCE!’ EP on 3rd November.

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