It sometimes feels all bit strange when things just fall into place. It was not even 24 hours after one of my friends (hello Claire) was explaining to me why I should check out The Graphite Set, did their debut EP drop through my letterbox. If that’s not the universe telling me to turn up the stereo and have a listen then I don’t know what is.
The EP itself, These Streets, will be released by Thumbscrew Music on 3rd June, and sees Lily Buchanan’s rich thunderous voice paired with some grungy blues and almost gothic-folk. We’ve got the premiere of the hypnotic psych-folk I See No Lies below that’s bursting with energy and anger.
The Graphite Set headline The Sebright Arms on 5th June
My introduction to Amber States was the fantastic Son of a Gun that I picked up on the Teeth Records Grapefruit compilation, and it soundtracked that summer for me pretty damn perfectly. Now with Breathe in the Water, their euphoric/melancholic sounds will be soundtracking the sunshine in 2013 as well.
We’ve had the track on repeat since the showed off a video of them playing on the busk barge back in February, but its getting a proper release on May 27nd and comes with a hazy 90s sun-kissed video that we’re premiering below.
If you fancy catching them live, and you should, they’ve got a short tour of Communion nights in Scotland and the North starting on May 23rd, and will be back in London on 8th June.
And here’s Son of a Gun for those that haven’t heard it before:
When I wrote the introductory post on Decibels back in November, it was the infectious energy of Ruza being beaten out live on stage that really made my ears prick up and take notice. Lucky then that that is their next single with release due on the 15th April on Nein Records.
Ruza is another cool-as-fuck groove from the band, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that they brought on remix extraordinaires Holmes Price, Tronik Youth, Skeleton Army, and Shit Hot Soundsystem to give their own interpretations, the latter of which we’ve got an exclusive download of below.