Birdpen – Lifeline

Potential Summer Dance hit

This song could easily be remixed into a summer classic. It has all the right elements: dreamy washing vocals full of pain and sentiment alongside a pulse that seeks a mechanical beat. And it’s a top video too.

Produced in Argentina by director & editor Pierre-Alexis Morin, you’ll see classic apocalyptic wastelands in which actor Juan Diego Puentes is the mouthpiece for the lyrics, while elements of mystery and grace are conveyed by dancer Micaela Racciatti. The art director Sebastien Plassiard has delivered in intriguing short, whose palette is white to light grey and a little in between.

The track is taken from Birdpen’s Third album ‘In The Company of Imaginary Friends’ will be released on May 8th in Germany and May 11th in the rest of Europe. It is another great album from Birdpen and well worth investing. Until themn you might like to check out some of their back catalogue. Maybe start with their second album Global Lows

Scarlet Soho – When the Lights Go Out

The Rebirth of Synth Pop

This is classic pop. Synths, boy, girl, top tune and the beat of machines driving the song along. Dangerous too. A couple of plays and this excellent melody will stick in your head, while the awesome bass line gives the whole track that great, Friday night feeling.

The song is track two on the album ‘In Cold Blood‘ which is released 13 Feb 15 and contains a fine collection of similarly styled music that equals this song for melody, but matches the quality with variety.

The album is available to download from Amazon

We Are Bodies – Capsize

Day in the Life of a Record Shop Owner

This is a new project for Dave Pen (Archive, Birdpen) and Robin Foster. They have worked together on a couple of albums, the last being the soundtrack for the award winning Metro Manila.

The last video they were involved in was the excellent ‘Forgiveness‘ which was directed by David Procter. That also was a hard hitting story in which we seemed to arrive in the middle and were left wondering what happened next.

If you want to know what they are doing next follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Metro Manila

Great drama and gritty scenes it has being picking up awards and nominations left, right and centre.

The big one was at the Sundance Film Festival (2013) where director Sean Ellis won the Audience Award, World Cinema – Dramatic.

The soundtrack was Nominated in the Public Choice Award at the World Soundtrack Awards (2014) and the film was also nominated for a Bafta (2014) for Best Film not in the English Language.

No spoilers, just get on and watch it!

Archive – Feel It – Epic New Video

Archive Step Up the Visuals

One of the new tracks from Archive’s latest release – Restriction. Sung by Southampton’s Dave Pen (right) who was featured in this blog: Binaural Interview with Archive’s Dave Pen.

This video is a great step up for the band and really captures the live experience. Word is the next tour set will mimic the videos.

The latest album is another craft collection of songs and as always you have to think about the tracks, investigate them and let them win you over, rather than meekly sit there thinking “another Archive album, good.” I love ’em.

There is a vinyl version, which is very tempting with such a good album cover, but the link below will take you to the CD. Hopefully you’ll fall in love with Archive too.