Archive for July, 2011

Channel Cairo – “Elephant Room” stream + pre-order (out 29 August)

Channel Cairo’s long awaited debut single, “Elephant Room” (formerly just “Elephants” when we previously talked about it) is now available to listen to above. It’s released on Monday 29 August through the Laissez Faire Club label, and is available to pre-order from our shop HERE.

For anyone that does so, you’ll get to download the B-Side (“Underrated Grace”) immediately, and you’ll be sent the mp3 of the A-side and physical 7″ on or around 29 August. N.B. It’s super limited – there are only 500 copies being pressed, so if you’d like one, don’t delay!

The single launch party is scheduled for Thursday 1 September at The Borderline off Charing Cross Road. Full details of this will emerge in the next few days.

Laissez Faire Club: Monday 18 July @ The Social w/ Them Changes, Strangers & Sleepy Age (NZ)

We’re back in action this Monday night at The Social on Little Portland Street, after our successful opening night there back in May with Channel Cairo, Bravestation and Deep Sea Arcade.

This time, we’ve got an equally enticing lineup for you – exciting London trio Them Changes are booked to headline, with their punchy, hooky-as-hell, three minute power pop. Their self-promoted Hooligan Soup event at Camden’s Wheelbarrow has been causing quite a stir of late, and with their debut single ‘Lie To Me’ being released to much fanfare earlier this year, we’re predicting big things for this group. Check out their risque video to said single below, and come down and see what all the fuss is about.

Support comes from dark electro pop trio Strangers (who we introduced to you a little while ago), whose debut single ‘If I Found Love/It Was A Sin’ has just been released on 7″ via Killing Moon and is the subject of much industry whisper and buzz right now. With lead singer David Jones formerly fronting one of our favourite mid-noughties outfits The Departure (their ’05 album Dirty Words is a lost masterpiece), we’re delighted to have secured an early appearance from his new outfit. Again, this is the beginning of an exciting road.

It Was A Sin – [ EP2 ] by [STRANGERS]

Opening the evening are New Zealand synth / disco pop outfit Sleepy Age, who are currently in the middle of a maiden tour of the EU. Their video for ‘Decor’ is excellent, and has won them many a blog plaudit of late. We assume the live show will replicate this.

For ticket information, see our EVENTS page. We’d love to see you down there.

Channel Cairo – “Twenty” (demo) // FREE MP3

Ahead of our impending single release from the amiable Anglo-French quintet Channel Cairo, we’ve decided to whet your appetites with a free mp3 download of their track ‘Twenty’. It’s available for a limited time below:

Introducing: Youth Lagoon

Another gem from across the pond we’ve recently come across is Youth Lagoon, aka Trevor Powers – a one-man band from Boise, Idaho.

This is dreamy, emotive lo-fi pop that’s a soundtrack to the balmy summer as much as the bleak midwinter – tracks like “July” and “Cannons” recall the likes Bon Iver, The Antlers, Crystal Stilts and fellow tortured heart on sleeve songwriter Perfume Genius. Sitting amongst such vaunted company (and possessing a great deal of melody and charm), it’s highly unlikely that Powers will be recording in his bedroom for too much longer.

Indeed, his 8-track mini album, “The Year Of Hibernation” (perhaps that’s where the Bon Iver image comes from) was originally due out on 5 July in the States via small indie Juno Beach Records, but a statement on their website declares that this won’t be happening after all, and that the project was “mutually nixed” due to some larger labels taking a serious interest.

Check out and download the two aforementioned tracks below, and be sure to keep an eye out for the new LP release date. On the evidence we’ve heard so far, it could well be list worthy come December.

MP3: Youth Lagoon – July
MP3: Youth Lagoon – Cannons

Past LFC performance