Getting things off to a lively start are Finnish indie/dance stars Satellite Stories whose sound could be described as a mash up of Friendly Fires, Delphic and lots of Two Door Cinema Club. They have a couple of gigs in London lined up for the end of the month and to get you in the mood they're offering sprightly single 'Sirens' as a free download, their album 'Phrases To Break The Ice' is out now.
Satellite Stories' website
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Kitten Berry Crunch - Black & Blue
We can of course rely on Brooklyn to throw up some lively experimental treats to brighten up the dark days, not least the new EP from synth-pop collective Kitten Berry Crunch (the name? No idea, maybe it's a delicacy in some parts of the world). Taken from their new EP is the giddy bounce of 'Black & Blue', a trans-genre musical feast for the ears.
Kitten Berry Crunch's website
Stream or buy the EP
Allo Darlin' - Northern Lights
It's always summer when Allo Darlin' are on the stereo and the latest single from their exceptionally good 'Europe' album is pure indiepop heaven. With jangly guitars in abundance and overflowing with melody, 'Northern Lights' is one of the highlights of one of the records of the year. The great news? It's free to download from the link below. Grab it, and then (if you haven't already) buy the album, pronto.
To download 'Northern Lights' for free head here
Allo Darlin''s website
Buy the single
City Brat - Savage Friends
More indie/electro-pop experimenting from Brooklyn comes to us with this brand new video from one-man band City Brat. Spilling with ideas, new EP 'Strange Summer' (these muso types just won't let go of the sunshine) is free to download and 'Savage Friends' is a heady mix of genres that's best described as Vampire Weekend getting high with The Postal Service at a kids' birthday party.
City Brat's website
Stream or download the EP
Chris Helme - Blindeye
Former Seahorses and The Yard frontman Chris Helme has just released his new solo album 'The Rookery' to widespread acclaim from the music press. You can get your hands on free track 'Blindeye' which shows his nifty way with a tune and a quietly brooding arrangement, and then you can catch the man on tour across the UK throughout the rest of the year.
To download 'Blindeye' for free head here
Chris is playing the following dates:
7th Oct 2012, Rock Your Mind Festival, Middlesborough
12th Oct 2012, Kings Hall (with Simon & Oscar of Ocean Colour Scene), Herne Bay
3rd Nov 2012, Venue Cymru (with Turin Brakes), Llandudno
4th Nov 2012, Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
9th Nov 2012, Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
10th Nov 2012, Tollbooth, Stirling
23rd Nov 2012, The Square (with Mark Morriss of The Bluetones), Harlow
29th Nov 2012, Compass, Chester
30th Nov 2012, Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
1st Dec 2012, The Junction, Oldham
6th Dec 2012, Chapel Arts Centre, Bath
21st Dec 2012, The Blue Room (with Mark Morriss of the Bluetones), Blackpool
22nd Dec 2012, Cumbernauld Town Hall, Cumbernauld
Chris Helme's website
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