I love Le Thug’s new song, “Basketball Land.” This is what I mean when I say a song is “atmospheric” – it has a particularly powerful, chill-producing, mood-affecting ambience.
The Glasgow band/trio is comprised of vocalist Cleo Alexander, guitarist Michael Gilfedder and keyboardist Dan McColgan. They’ve made occasional waves among the Scottish music blogs, but haven’t received much support on this side of the pond yet. I hope that’s about to change.
Le Thug came to my attention from our pal Song, By Toad, who recalled “the stunned silence in the room once they’d finished their songs. Cleo’s voice is absolutely gorgeous and the way it cut through the wall of noise made by the guitar and keys left us all a bit gob-smacked.” Same here!
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The Vespers will release their third independent album, Sisters & Brothers, on February 10th. A “Southern Folk Pop Family Band” comprised of two sets of siblings, The Vespers sound like no one else. Their honeyed harmonies are layered over lush folk instrumentation with songs ranging from heartfelt and genteel to fierce and bombastic.
The standout tracks are the thunderous, dramatic opener “Break the Cycle” and the delicate exploration of faith in the modern age “Cynical Soul.”
Other highlights include “We Win,” “New Kids,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “The Curtain” and “Please.”
You can download a free, legal mp3 sample including tracks from the new album at Noisetrade.