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We’re back with our “Pick of the Week”. We haven’t been slacking off over the holidays, we just didn’t see (or hear) new releases that made for a good HorizonVU fit. Jaguwar, the Dresden trio of Lemmy Fischer (vocals/guitar), Oyèmi Noize (vocals/bass) and Christoph Krenkel (drums) have released their LP “Ringthing” (as in the Electro-Harmonix single sideband modulator) and the album’s content certainly stays in line with its title. The band offers up a cornucopia of special effects ranging from noise and sweeps through to inventive applications of dynamics, which are truly notable. There are also some great vocals from Fischer and Noize on “Night Out” and “Whales”, for example. It is the case that while the all the effects tracks swirl and twirl through the songs they don’t leave much room for the vocals to live often getting in the way. Nevertheless, the LP is solid and offers up some well written and well-executed tracks. It’s likely that you’ll enjoy the melodies, and frankly, the album might serve as a reference work for alternative/shoegaze.

Shout Out Louds
Ease My Mind

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The Swedish band, Shout Out Louds, is back! Adam Olenius, Bebban Stenborg, Ted Malmros, Carl von Arbin, and Eric Edman have released “Ease My Mind”, a stellar contribution of dream pop. The opening track, “Jumbo Jet” makes puchasing the album worth your while. The song was motivated by Olenius’ fear of flying gives some special understanding of the composition and lyrics. If you’re in the market for some nostalgic, shoegaze, indie pop, ” “Ease My Mind” is for you.

Black Honey is a forcible indie rock band fronted by Izzy Baxter whose powerful, yet dreamy vocals captivate audiences. The Brighton-based band’s members are Izzy Baxter, guitarist Chris Ostler, bass player Tommy Taylor, and drummer Tom Dewhurst. HorizonVU first got to know Black Honey at their Paris performance in January and the band’s videos have been repeated posted on our social media pages. Black Honey performs Tuesday, 19 September at Paris’ Supersonic. We’re fortunate to have caught up with Izzy prior to the 19th show.

HVUM: Hey, first off, thanks for your time. Let‘s start by talking about one of the band’s power songs that resonates with fans. What can you tell us about “Corrine”? How did it come together?

IB: Corrine is about honouring both friendship and fuck ups equally.

HVUM: We know Black Honey is a Brighton-based band and that you, Chris Ostler, Tommy Taylor and Tom Dewhurst have known each other for a fairly long time. We don’t know very much about you apart from the band. What’s a side of you that most people don’t know about? Give us a run-down on Izzy.

IB: I am a creative so I love to paint and draw. In my free time I give my friends stick and poke tattoos or go around charity shops looking for cool weird things and cult movies. I’m writing a poetry book too, though I think that’s something very typical of me.

HVUM: Did you deliberately point your life’s compass toward music or was it more happenstance?

IB: It was kind of both, I had to work really hard to learn the more technical side of music. I am a slow learner, dyslexic and pretty much have no rhythm. But was completely mesmerised with the emotional draw it had on people and I have always been a very determined person.
It was really no other way for me.

HVUM: There’s a photo of you on Facebook in a jacket with “Problem Child” on the back. Are you really a problem child? How so?

IB: yeah, I’m fucked up. I think that’s ok though, I think everyone is a little fucked up really.

HVUM: Generally, what motivates or inspires you?

IB: I guess it’s all about figuring out the world around me by exploring myself and my surroundings. Artistically I love Andy Warhol, cult movies, seeing the world with my band. I like weird things like guitar tones that conjure memory or beats that feel fierce or twisted.

HVUM: When you perform, what do you want your audience to feel?

IB: I want them to forget all of their worries for a moment.

HVUM: Let’s have a listen to another Black Honey power song, “Headspin”.

HVUM: Critics have praised the song and framing it as Lynchian, meaning something like an uncomfortable sense that you’re in someone else’s dream; the familiar becomes elusive and dark in a weird sort of way. Your view on the song?

IB: yeah that’s pretty spot on, I guess through exploring this weird dark swaying romance I find the colours and the lights in a more honest but complicated way.

HVUM: Technical question…As far as gear is concerned, we see you with the Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster. What do you like about it?

IB: I like that it sounds great, has a tremelo arm, really nice tones on both ends of the pick up switch, it’s light, cheap and sturdy so I can throw it across the stage as much as I want.

HVUM: Finally, if you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

IB: I think it would be quite fun to push Trump down the stairs or maybe pull his trousers down during his next rally.

Izzy, thanks very much for meeting us. We look forward to seeing you, Chris, Tommy,and Tom on 19 September. We’ll be there in force and for our Paris followers know that Black Honey will be back in Paris 31 October opening for Royal Blood. Well done!

HVUM: LOCK is Gita Langley Harcourt (vocals, guitar, synths), Edie Langley (vocals, guitar) and Gabi Woo (drums). HorizonVU Music has been following LOCK for many months now having first came upon the music, while through videos on YouTube and our team has been hooked on LOCK’s dreamy and ethereal sounds ever since. The compositions are impressive, and the lyrics darkly romantic. Certainly, there are elements of pop, pop-rock, grunge and shoegaze, but it’s probably best not to pigeonhole the group’s music, but rather take in the sensual and unerring realization of music emanating from dazzling vocals and instrumentation. LOCK has certainly received critical praise, but deserves to be far more out front and center.

It’s a real pleasure for HorizonVU Music to have the chance to connect with you for a visit. Let’s talk a bit about your background, what’s been going on with Lock and talk a bit about the future.

We’ve done our homework reading your profile and interviews that you have done. We understand that you are London-based and that, Gita and Edie, you come from quite the musical family.

We have a following of young female emerging musicians and they like to hear about success stories. Can you tell us how your story evolved? What drove you towards the joint project, Lock? How did you meet up with Gabi?

GITA- Edie and I have played in bands together before and we’ve sung together and played along side our siblings since were were really little. A few years ago I was getting more into production and we were both wanting to start a new project that was a little darker, more cinematic with electronic elements but still using live instruments. Our sound is constantly evolving because we are inspired by new music, films and books that we are obsessed with. We were on the hunt for a badass drummer to join our band and a friend hooked us up a meet with Gabi.

EDIE -Gabi just fit perfectly, and she leaves our tummies ripped from laughing.

HVUM: Just an observation, Gita and Edie, I think it’s fair to say that you project different personalities? Is that a reasonable perception? Intentional? How do you connect with one another on and off-stage?

GITA-Yes, Edie’s the baby of the family – out of 8 kids… that’s gotta count for some personality traits ha. I’m in the middle, poor me…. yeh, well I guess we do project different personalities on stage.. And I think it’s cool that way. I feel like behind my synths i can shut my eyes and be the introvert in a way…. Edie has more badass in her blood…. Edie?

EDIE-I think we are both much for confident on stage than we are if you came up to us in the street. At school everyone thought that the Langley girls had a constant resting bitch face so I’ve spent years perfecting a daily happy smile so people don’t hate me when they first meet me. I guess we are kind of different too but we are the most similar out of all of our siblings and we usually turn up to band practice in the same outfit so…great minds…

HVUM: When you look back from where you are today were there any real unexpected challenges along the way? How did you or how do you get over the bumps?

GITA-Unexpected challenges… Yes definitely. I’ve suffered from chronic nerves in the past….when I was studying violin at The Royal Academy Of Music I felt like my world was going to end. It was quite competitive and I don’t think my soul could really handle that sort of an environment. When I left and I began writing and performing my own music I feel like I found my feet and a weight lifted in me.

EDIE- I was never ever nervous about being on stage before being in LOCK. I could sing on any stage in front of anyone and I would just thrive off the buzz, but now I have serious butterflies and panic before most gigs. I think it’s because I really care about this and don’t want anything to go wrong. We’ve had a few gigs that have had horrific sound in the monitors and we haven’t been able to hear a thing so I dread that happening again, but we dealt with it and it makes us more aware of what we need to hear/change.

GABI: I also suffered so badly from nerves. Growing up I was so quiet…. Like Edie and Gita, I studied music from an early age and for most of my childhood I was at home practising piano or flute. There was such a pressure to pass all the grades and that made me even more nervous. I always knew I wanted to do something in music but to be able to do it I needed to find another instrument… something that I guess I wasn’t expected to be good at. I spent years going down the classical route so the only way out of it was to learn the drums. When I play the piano (the instrument I am best at and even teach), I fall to pieces, but when I drum its as if I become possessed and for that 30 mins on stage I turn into an animal.

HVUM: Oh yeah, animal is good! The music market is pretty crowded, especially the market for popular music. What do you thing really gives your work the force of music personality?

GITA- We like to think what we are doing is pretty unique. I wouldn’t say we exactly sound like anyone else at the moment. I think we come from a genuine place and it’s honest so hopefully people will connect with it.

EDIE- Yeah we do what we do and just hope people love it as much as we do. And if they don’t then fuck it.

HVUM: One thing that we’ve noted is that your music can handle diversity, always staying to gripping harmonies whether you’re performing acoustic or electro. How do you see your music as far as cross-genre versatility is concerned?

GITA-Yeah, we love the harmonies.. I think it stems from our classical days – it’s just so damn pleasing!! I think, being sisters, our voices – even though they are quite different – have a familiar tone.

EDIE- I’d say we are pop with some indie/grunge and some Andrew sisters thrown in.

GITA -Are we radio 1 or radio 2? We don’t know… It’s a mind fuck really so we will just carry on making the music we want to make and see how it all pans out.

HVUM: Excuse me a second…For readers who aren’t familiar with the Andrews Sisters, breakout those 78s in your grandparents collection and groove on some great swing and boogie-woogie. Okay, back to LOCK, let’s take a look and listen to how well you can mix it up with «New York vs Paris”. Let’s have a look and listen.

HVUM: What’s the story behind “New York vs Paris”?

GITA- New York Vs Paris is really just a daydream… imagining yourself far away… choosing between two amazing, vibrant and romantic cities. It’s loneliness and heartache all wrapped up in a snow globe.

HVUM: Okay. Just for fun, as far as LOCK is concerned, what is the funniest thing that has happened to you lately? Really funny!

EDIE- Gabi’s face when we busted her sending tit pics

HVUM: Finally, if you had to describe LOCK as an animal, what would it be?

EDIE- We’d be a leopard obviously cause we (i) am obsessed with everything and anything leopard print. And we fierce!!

HVUM: Thanks so very much for taking time to meet with us! Where can we look to see you live? Any new recordings or merchandise coming online?

EDIE- We are headlining a really great night at The Box in Soho on September 28th and we’re supporting the Libertines in Hull and Lowestoft for part of their seaside tour and we literally cannot wait. We’re gunna make the rest of this year ours.

GABI – We are about to film a video for our new song ‘Hey Compadre’, which will be out later on in the year. Stay Tuned!!

HVUM: And that we will! Thanks very much for taking time for us. We thoroughly appreciate the visit and we will be following you on your journey. We wish you total success going forward and…visit us in Paris!
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Marika Hackman
I’m Not Your Man
Sub Pop

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English artist Marika Hackman releases her second album, “I’m Not Your Man”. She began recording her first full-length album, “We Slept At Last” in 2014. The latest effort is far more aggressive than the first in the sense that it packs a much bigger or louder punch owing to the inclusion of a full band, London-based Big Moon. The result is a grungier sound, which works for Hackman. In addition to the grunge, the listener will hear obscurations of sound as in shoegaze or neo-psychedelia. Her vocals remain true to earlier recordings, light and sugar-coated. Overall, there’s plenty of energy, temperament, and sexuality to make “I’m Not Your Man” a pick of the week!

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Rachel Browne and Andrew Futral (Field Mouse) Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Rachel Browne and Andrew Futral (Field Mouse) Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Field Mouse is a four-piece dream pop band from Brooklyn, NY. Seamlessly interweaving influences from shoegaze, indie, and power pop, Field Mouse offers lush sonic textures and expansive soundscapes to complement the airy, wistful vocals of singer/guitarist Rachel Browne. Through complex and delicate harmonies, the songwriting of Browne and guitarist Andrew Futral breathes new life into common themes of lost love and renewal.The band has been honing its sound since its formation in 2010, and has solidified its lineup with the recent addition of bassist Danielle DePalma and drummer Geoff Lewit. Their first release on Small Plates Records (http://smallplatesrecs.com/) finds the group realizing its musical vision, incorporating rich synthesizers and feedback to give an edge to its soaring arrangements and pop sensibilities.Brooklyn’s Field Mouse are recording their first full length album this winter. During the process, they will be self-releasing a few songs. The first,
Tomorrow is Yesterday, is an energetic take on melodic early-90s indie rock, with singer-guitarist Rachel Browne’s sweet, wistful vocals over a surge of feedback mixed with dreamy pop.

See Field Mouse on Tour 2013

4/19/13-PA, Philadelphia @ MilkBoy
4/20/13-DC, Washington @ Rock N roll Hotel
4/21//13-NC, Chapel Hill @ Local 506
4/23/13-FL, Gainsville @ The Atlantic
4/24/13-FL, Orlando @ The Social
4/26/13-GA, Atlanta @ The Masquerade
4/27/13-TN, Memphis @ Crosstown Arts
4/28/13-TX, Dallas @ The Prophet Bar
4/30/13-TX, Houston @ Rudyard’s
5/1/13-TX, Austin @ Mohawk
5/3/13-TX, El Paso @ Gallery 127
5/4/13-AZ, Scottsdale @ Pub Rock
5/6/13-CA, San Diego @ Soda Bar
5/7/13-CA, Los Angeles @ Echo
5/8/13-CA, San Francisco @ Bottom Of The Hill
5/9/13-OR, Portland @ Doug Fir Lounge
5/11/13-WA, Seattle @ Sunset Tavern
5/13/13-UT, Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge
5/15/13-CO, Denver @ Larmier Lounge
5/16/13-KS, Lawrence @ Jackpot Music Hall
5/17/13-MN, Minneapolis @ Triple Rock
5/18/13-IL, Beat Kitchen @ Beat Kitchen
5/19/13-MI, Lansing @ Mac’s Bar
5/20/13-OH, Cleveland @ Beachland Tavern
5/21/13-ON, Toronto @ The Drake Hotel
5/22/13-PA, Pittsburgh @ Club Cafe
5/23/13-MA, Cambridge @ TT the Bear’s Place
5/24/13-NY, New York @ Bowery Ballroom

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