Album Review: Romance – The Gloomies

THE GLOOMIES‘ latest album ‘Romance’ immediately welcomes nostalgic vibes from the eighties, glazed with a hazy layer which somewhat gives off a futuristic sound.

Comprising of ten tracks, ‘Romance’ encompasses a ray of genres, including indie rock/shoe glaze, lo-fo pop, a brief injection of funky soul (featured in fourth offering, ‘LOOPS’) and concludes with a bop rock (ish) piece through ‘It’s OK’, still obtaining that sound from the decade that provided great music (with the exception of the last track, ‘It’s OK’) along with the strong presence of the hypnotic soundscapes.

Since the release of their  dreamy/mesmerizing single ‘Space’ last November – which is included on this album – I was eagerly waiting for the duo to dish out an album…and finally, here it is! Believe me on this one, it’s definitely worth the wait.

So without further ado, listen to ‘Romance’ below:

Must Listens: Palms, Loops, Tiger, Vampire, Space

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New Music Video: Julia – Bella Loka

Following the release of music video for single, ‘Go Down’, Tea and David Boothby – otherwise known as BELLA LOKA – shows no sign of slowing down and churns out another video for bittersweet single entitled ‘Julia’, release in conjunction with their album, ‘The Light, The Mud & The Dark’ on 28th April.

The four-minute offering documents a complicated relationship between mother, son, and daughter-in-law. Featuring cello from guest musician Mark O’Connor, the song was produced by guitarist David Boothby and mixed by Rob Cass & Pearse MacIntyre at Abbey Road Studios.

Tea Boothby’s touching video was partly filmed at the Alton Towers theme park resort along with  glimpses of video footage of David as a child….so it’s time to watch the video for heart-wrenching single ‘Julia’…and if it did pull your heartstrings, it’s worth sampling their album here.

EP Review: Escape – Bella Loka

Bella loka Escape

Originally from Bristol, husband and wife act BELLA LOKA moved to London’s Camden Town to work on their latest project, Escape set for release on 2nd September.

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the five-track production features singer/songwriter Tea Boothby’s angelically-light vocals which lures you  into a colourful fusion of 80-esque indie pop and refreshingly-sweet electronic (slightly rock) melodies (well executed by David Boothby).

With the support of loyal fans, funds were raised for Escape through a £10000 Kickstarter campaign…after sampling the EP, It’s very safe to say that this couple did their fans proud.

The #Mustlistens: Escape, Alive, Wake Up (You Could Do Much Better)

Star Song: Breathe Audio – All My Sins

Breathe Audio

Today’s song is from Jack Bicknell and Nick Proudlock, otherwise known as BREATHE AUDIO. The British duo started out in late 2012, bringing their very unique infusion of indie pop and electronic and perhaps a little soft rock to the scene. Their signature sound was well-received as in their short existence, the indie act was fully booked for live shows around Manchester.

In February, they released their uplifting 80’s inspired pop track Born Again available on SoundCloud – and there’s no stopping BREATHE AUDIO as they churned out another equally uplifting indie pop/electronic creation, All My Sins. So what’s the next for these guys? Well they’ve locked themselves away in their ‘home studio’, writing and producing incomparable productions – and the plan is to release a single every six weeks. So maybe there’s an album in the pipeline? That depends on you! Go on, show your appreciation and have a listen to All My Sins – because good original music starts right here!