Artist Alert: NewVillager

NewVillager, from what I’ve read around the web, is an artist collective that is not just about the music but also the accompanying visuals, whether it be at their live shows or in their videos. Ben Bromley and Ross Simonini, the men behind NewVillager, are so dedicated that for their album “they recorded 10 versions of every song, each with different melodies, chords, rhythms, production, and lyrics, in an attempt to find the best overall representation of the NewVillager mythology“.

I’m all about the music, and what gorgeous music it is. My favourite NewVillager song is Black Rain/Genghis On, which is also the most incredibly difficult song to find online. If you like electronic pop like MGMT, Friendly Fires or Passion Pit, NewVillager are definitely the band for you. If you haven’t heard any of the aforementioned bands, then what the hell are you waiting for?

Black Rain/Genghis On

Shot Big Horixon

Rich Doors

Artist Alert: The Vaccines

In just one short year, The Vaccines seem to be everywhere. It’s difficult to look for indie music without encountering them on almost every blog, and even my Facebook news feed has been diligently feeding me posts from my friends Z and Z about their love for The Vaccines. They’re playing to sold-out shows across the UK and in Europe, and their debut album – the amusingly titled What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? – is an undeniable hit.

I first heard this London band on Post Break Up Sex, which I liked. I then heard their cover of Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night (TGIF), which I really liked. Then I heard Wetsuit and I fell in love. Absolutely in love. I haven’t posted in a while because life got in the way – my recently played tracklisted on iTunes was, until very recently, empty because I just didn’t have the time to listen to anything. But, as The Vaccines say, “We all got old at breakneck speed. Slow it down, go easy on me.”

Post Break Up Sex

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)