Album Review: Meesh – Tunnel Traffic

It’s been some time (I think roughly a year and a half) since Adam Hachey, the brainchild of TUNNEL TRAFFIC, appeared on NEW LEASE MUSIC with his 2015 album, ‘Absolute Dreams’. Out of nowhere, this alternative folk-rocker recently emailed his new album, ‘Meesh, in which he produced while making his big shift to the City of Brotherly Love.

Unlike his previous collection, which was an atmospherically intense affair, ‘Meesh’ gets right down to it with bursts of zesty guitar licks through the first few tracks, ‘Lesson Learned’, ‘Pockets’ and ‘Anew’.

The psychedelic ride passes and makes way for a softer journey of lo-fi/new wave(ish) arrangements and the rich influence of that  70s inspired soulful rock, before turning up the tempo through efforts, ‘Maxwell’ and ‘All Day, Err Day.’

The latter part of the album is what I personally think is classic TRAFFIC TUNNEL. With the return of the zesty guitar plucks, the almost stripped back pieces becomes intense and personal, where you can not only hear, but FEEL every word uttered.

‘Meesh’ sees Adam comes out of his comfort zone and go down the experimentation route, which is great – but personally, he’s at his best when he perform songs that hone right into the soul.

Must Listens: Familiar, Slope Day, Mitch, Memorial

New Music Video: 2 Lovin U – Miguel x DJ Premier

Having dropped the audio online last month, which was instantly picked up by the online music tastemakers and shakers, including Rolling Stone, Hot New Hip-Hop, Pitchfork, XXL Mag, Consequence of Sound, Spin and even the Guardian making it their Track of the Week; Hip-Hop icon, DJ Premier, and R&B superstar Miguel, reveal the video for ‘2 Lovin U’.

With the video opening to the vision of Miguel, there is almost an instant sense of relief to know that both parties are bringing everything to the table for the visuals of this worthy record. With Preemo taking his certified position behind the decks, there’s a dreamlike glow to the video that throws back to some 80’s inspiration with the movement of scenes and flashes of gold and light throughout.

Ever the revolutionaries in their own fields, the pair have no hesitation in creating unpredictable music together that is destined to strike a chord. Having previously teased fans with the collaboration via a video snippet on Miguel’s instagram during his Wildheart album campaign, the release of the album, (which was later nominated for two Grammy Awards), left fans in suspense as the track mysteriously eluded the tracklisting.

With the mystery now resolved, we get to enjoy the fruits of their labour via the stirring new single, which comes edged with rocky guitar riffs and splashes of hip-hop undertones as DJ Premier scratches through the beat.

As Miguel has previously stated, he and Premier were always going to find a special way to release this track, now entitled ‘2 Lovin U’; and true to their words, they have. “The track having a different title gives it a new light” DJ Premier stated; a statement reflected perfectly in the video too.”

Here your chance to check out the video for ‘2 Lovin’ U’

Song of the Day: Friday Afternoon – Love Ghost

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Managed to find another dish of the day – that’s twice in one week, you lucky people! This time it’s from Los Angeles-based alternative/cinematic rockers LOVE GHOST.

Inspired by the 90’s grunge subculture, the five-piece band pays tribute to the most influential genre of alternative rock, while creating a unique and modern sound. Having grown up together, they’re able to poignantly express both the hardships and joys of suburban teenage culture within their music.

The band was formed by 15-year-old frontman Finn Bell,  who demonstrates maturity beyond his years with his soulful lyrics and arrangements. Despite the band all being teenagers, their raw musical skill creates a nostalgic triumph of distorted guitar melodies, heavy drums and emotionally stimulated lyrics. LOVE GHOST’s musical composition is inspired by a mix of old universal horror films meshed with iconic grunge artists such as Nirvana and Alice in Chains.

Smashing Pumpkins inspired Friday Afternoon aims to reflect the importance of standing up for oneself especially during a time of hardship in teenage years. Written in the Spring of 2015, Bell reflects upon his own experiences through creation, and actively urges his audience to do the same.

Lead vocalist and lyricist, describes his process as a continuous stream of consciousness, drawn from his emotional response. Bell expresses ‘It’s a shame that people tend to shy away from anything that feels too personal, because those types of things let you know who you really are.’

Despite only being together for a little over a year, the band has seen tremendous success, opening for such artists as The Tubes, Berlin, Ozomatli and Buckcherry. LOVE GHOST has also played several high-profile festivals including Make Music Pasadena and Echo Park Rising.

 

 

Song of the Day: Delroy Lindo – Forebear

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One of NEW LEASE MUSIC’s hot favourites FOREBEAR makes an appearance for the first time this year, but a tad more broody and darker than usual.

Their latest single, Delroy Lindo ( in the words of  frontman Scott Goldbaum) tells a story of two people moving to the West Coast to be together only to have the illusion of what they thought waited for them be eaten alive by their false romanticism.

Delroy Lindo is the lead single from their highly anticipated album, Good God, set for release on 26th August. For now, have a listen.

New Music Video: Blues Flute – Flamingo Bay

Canadian fierce rockers FLAMINGO BAY kick off the year by unveiling a black and white visual to their latest single, Blues Flutes, taken from the sophomore album, Steak ‘n Eggs, released last April.

The trio have every reason to celebrate as their previous single, Steak ‘n Eggs will be re-released later in the month through Wiener Records. Well done guys!

For more information on the band and upcoming shows, please visit their website.

For now check out the video to Blues Flute.

New Track! Do What You Like – Brothers Water

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Chris Redgate (vocals), Ed Campbell (guitar), Joe Ashmore (guitar), Josh Thomas (drums) and Sean Luttman (bass)  – aka – indie rock band BROTHERS WATER reveal their new single, Do What You Like, taken from their debut EP, Your Name In Paint.

A distorted guitar takes centre stage in the four-minute reflective single, perfectly balancing the soothingly atmospheric arrangements. Describing their latest offering,  vocalist Chris Redgate said: “It’s a song about being betrayed, and how sometimes an apology doesn’t even come close to making it right.”

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The EP was recorded at the Doghouse studio, Henley, under the guidance of Michaelis ‘MSM’ Michael (Skepta, Zak Abel) with help from Sticky Blood producers Andy Nicholson (Arctic Monkeys) and Jamie Shield. An early release of first single ‘Mascara’ has had airplay on Radio 1 and BBC Introducing, setting a precedent for what should be a noteworthy debut.

Your Name In Paint EP is set for release on 31 January 2016. For now, listen to Do What You Like.

EP Review: DreamVacation

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Gerry Matthews (bass/backing vocals), Morgan Terrinoni (guitar), and Noah Alexander (drums) -aka LA  indie rock band DREAMVACATION – have released their self-titled EP this month.

Produced by John Rausch (Taylor Swift, Pink, Florence and the Machine), the three-track set display the opposite ends of  the rock music spectrum. The result is a delicate presence of  panoramic soundscapes with the almost aggressive guitar gently ripping through the arrangements.

These rockers are definitely worth their weight in gold because they sure know how to effortlessly create a perfect balance of bitter and sweet. It’s worth a trial; have a listen right here.

 

EP Review: Do You Feel Electric? – Miss

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Fresh blood to the music scene, electronic rock duo MISS have released their entirely self-produced EP, Do You Feel Electric? last month.

Their four-track collection displays an avant-garde (and I have to say) a very dark approach to the aforementioned genres,  creating bitter-sweet volcanic bursts of excitement, well executed by the guitar and the piano (in Shelter).

Based in London and Sussex, these alternative rockers took a big gamble with their debut offering…and it could pay off quite handsomely. Show your support and take time out and listen to the EP.

Must Listens: Smokescreen (watch the video here), Shelter.

EP Review: House Above The Sun

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Formerly known as The Healing, HOUSE ABOVE THE SUN have released their self-titled EP this week.

Following suit of their 2014 acclaimed EP, Childhood Home, the four-track offering displays a melodic presence of folk music that meets a real spine tingling, 70s-inspired rock – very reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and Dr Hook. Sure to hit the spot with die-hard fans of these 70s cult bands.

Must Listens: Footsteps, Love’s Ugly Twin.