Introducing Le Thug…

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!

Le Thug’s new Place Is EP will be released in digital and vinyl formats on February 16th. The EP available for pre-order at Song, By Toad Records.

Le Thug – Basketball Land from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.

Le Thug Facebook

King Eider: Drink Me Dry

King Eider are described as an “Edinburgh-based folk-blues collective.” They had me at folk-blues. I love the bluesy, multi-instrumental style of their debut, self-released single, “Drink Me Dry.” One wonders why they’re self-releasing instead of on Song, By Toad Records. You can stream the song below. The single will be released on June 10th, at which time I assume you’ll be able to purchase it at the usual sites.

Buy @ Amazon (available June 10th)

King Eider Official Site

Meursalt: Live in London in November

Scottish band and Song, By Toad favorite, Meursalt, will perform live at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday, November 6th. The band will be accompanied by a full string section called The Pumpkin Seeds. Rob St. John and Withered Hand will also perform. Sounds like a very cool concert to me. Check out the flyer, hear a live version of the new song “Hole” and buy tickets below.

Buy Tickets

Meursalt Official Site

Mp3 Menagerie: Eagleowl, The Silent League, Slang Chicken

Eagleowl – Laughter (mp3 expired) *

This is the B-side to the new Sleep The Winter single by Scottish band Eagleowl, which will be released on December 14th. I reviewed their previous EP last December. It seems the band have left Song, By Toad Records in favor of a new label called Kilter.

Buy @ Amazon

*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of label


The Silent League – Here’s a Star (mp3) *

Pretty, atmospheric ballad from the upcoming album by The Silent League. But You’ve Always Been The Caretaker will be released early next year.

Buy @ Amazon

*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of artist’s PR rep


Slang Chicken – Tropics (mp3) *

Trippy little song from L.A. band Slang Chicken’s upcoming album Psychedelic Judaism, to be released in early 2010.

Buy @ Amazon

*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of Filter Mag