Klac Tik – The Servants

Klac Tik.  As names go it’s original and unique; some might go as far as weird.  These are just three of the words that describe the ten track experience that is The Servants.  Klac Tik combine sounds effortlessly and creatively to create sound-scapes that will transport your mind and give it something to ponder in the process.  Sit back, ideally with headphones the size of a small house strapped to your head, and get ready to visit more places than an indecisive millionaire.

St Barnaby’s Lurch introduces you to Klac Tik’s sound.  Within the first minute you’re treated to a dark but persistent acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies that verge on choral.  As St Barnaby’s Lurch reaches it’s chorus the tone of the track becomes happy and uplifting.  A warm bass line and trumpets cement this in your head and help make your first trip a pleasant one.  Underneath a multitude of sounds however the lyrics explore a damaged emotional state as lines such as ‘They gave you nothing/If not everything’ echo down your ears, before getting enveloped by the chorus.  Acting like Robin to the instrument’s Batman these catch you by surprize.  St Barnaby’s Lurch is an ideal introduction to Klac Tik’s sound.

Klac Tik, Soren Bonke, Jonathan Beyer, Matthew Mitchinson, Andy Joseph

Much like a person with many moods, The Servants feels like one individual experiencing a spectrum of emotions in a highly human and relatable way.  Reborn is simple yet harmonious tale of finding happiness in the world around you.  A kind and organic drum beat leads you along assisted by another wide assortment of instruments.  The sense of peace delivered by Reborn is echoed in Nympherous, an oriental lullaby.  Supported by lilting sounds Nympherous is a story of finding comfort in others.  It’s not all peace and comfort however.  Fire Souls shows a timid but quietly positive side to Klac Tik as they celebrate the effect life events have on clearing indecision.  Kierkegaard highlights this indecision with a muddled forced feel and a sense of inaction as more sounds than you can keep track of float around your head.  Kierkegaard has the feel of a track that will only improve with listens.

Not all the places Klac Tik take you to are as pleasant as the above.   As the emotional tour flies into illegal airspace tracks such as Quenched Man explores risk taking and what happens when the risk wasn’t worth talking.  Set to a somber soundtrack Quenched Man highlights the power of Klac Tik’s music.  Curved Mirror doesn’t improve the mood as it shows the power of negative reflection, somehow in a way that makes you want to keep listening.  Cool Luke Hand manages to capture an eerie mood, be it one with inspired vocal production, as it speaks of the way people can lock themselves away.

The Servants, Klac Tik

After Lohrengrin highlights again the musical ability of Klac Tik, Landing Party finishes the trip.  Bi-polar in nature, the initially trumpet led intro becomes something murky and uncertain.  Finding it’s strength again Landing Party ends in a new and balanced place.  Start to finish The Servants by Klac Tik is an emotional and musical journey.  Written very much as a complete  entity this is a rare and enjoyable experience.

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David Horn

Track Listing:

  1. St Barnaby’s Lurch
  2. Kierkegaard
  3. Reborn
  4. Fire Souls
  5. Quenched Man
  6. Curved Mirror
  7. Nympheous
  8. Cool Luke Hand
  9. Lohengrin
  10. Landing Party

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Cambridge Folk Festival Announce Friday And Saturday Headliners

Yep, Cambridge Folk Festival have announced the headliners on Friday and Saturday!

In it’s 49th year the Cambridge Folk Festival has confirmed that it’s Friday night will be headlined by Bellowhead and Levellers.  Saturday will be headlined by KT Tunstall and The Mavericks.

KT Tunstall

They join an already extensive line-up which includes Willy Mason, Lucy Rose and Paddy Glackin & Dónal Lunny aka LAPD.  The event takes place across the 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th of July at Cherry Hinton Hall.  Acts across four stages promise to bring a diverse and interesting atmosphere to the festival.  The Sunday night headliners remain to be announced.

Find more information here.

David Horn

 

The Zolas Release Video For Escape Artist

Escape Artist is one of the deeper and more thoughtful moments on The Zolas’ album Ancient Mars, and has now been put to moving pictures – commonly called a video.

Escape Artist is the half way point of Ancient Mars.  A reflective piano starts the track  as bare and honest vocals tell the story of someone forced to hide their true self from the real world.  Restrained and subtle drumming add to a dynamic edge to the song as the story picks up. As the person lives their dream Escape Artist finds a new and sense of energy and positivity.  Escape Artist is a feat in story telling and  delivery.

The Zolas

The video shows the duel life of the protagonist, at first fitting in with friends before returning home to live out what makes him happy.  Escape Artist translates into a video which shows the contrast and of these two worlds and the level of happiness each brings.  The video shows story in an engaging and human way, ending bitter sweet as the main character rejoins the life he has to live.

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Darktown Jubilee Release Video For Stay

Manchester indie rockers Darktown Jubilee have released the video to their next single Stay.  Stay follows their last single Breakdown and is available on iTunes now.

Filmed in the best location, at a karaoke bar, the video features a wide array of people.  Inside the bar everyone from your gran to Elvis and even little people in gimp suits can be found singing and dancing to Stay.  Finding her way through a sea of happy and unique people is Emmerdale’s Gemma Atkins.  As she enters a clothes shop dressing room she finds herself in this karaoke Narnia.

Directed by Jason Wingard, Stay is a genius take on the karaoke bar and the people that can be found there.  You’ll laugh, you’ll (not) cry and you’ll laugh again.

Vocalist and guitarist David Boardman says “…we were keen to show another, more playful, humorous side to the band whilst still remaining true to the essence of the song. The initial idea was to have the lead character enter a surreal, dreamlike scenario in which a procession of weird and wonderful characters were singing the song in karaoke style…It was a cool video to make which included nods to some favourite films and formative influences!”

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Fine Times – Hey Judas

Fine Times

Synthy goodness.  This is one of the best kinds of goodness and Canadian two piece Fine Times have it down.  The first single from their forth coming self-titled debut album is Hey Judas.

Entering your ears in a big shimmering cloud of synths Hey Judas drifts along at a lazy pace, sounding like a fun fair squashed into a record.  After the triumphant opening the synths are joined vocals.  These add an indie vibe to the Hey Judas and sound more like they are talking to you  rather an listening to someone sing, or yodel, tracks at you.  The drums are instrumental in creating the relaxed vibe of the track.  They sound restrained and warm, like a friendly polar bear.

Fine Times

Adding an infectious layer to Hey Judas the chorus kicks in.  ‘Woah oh oh oh woah oh oh oh, woah oh woah oh oh’.  Lyrical genius, no.  Will you be singing and thinking it after two seconds? Yes.  Happily the verses are there for all your lyrical needs.  The verses tell a story of a close couple sharing life together.  The romantics among you will say ‘awww’ at first as they buy meals for each other.  As the song continues, what the couple shares gets more and more personal however.  ‘Just beat me and rob me like a heathen.’  The song asks  if they are deviants, it’s up to you want the answer is.

As the song ends it gains a big feel like the ending to some cinema epic, set in slow motion.  Hey Judas is a joyfully synthy and indie track.  With a relaxed Sunday vibe it is the perfect song to chill to, it would also make a pretty interesting Sunday. The album will be released in April.  If you remember anything from this track remember ‘Don’t Stop here’.

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Darktown Jubilee – Stay

Manchester has always had a thriving music scene, proven to this very day with emerging bands such as The 1975, and Darktown Jubilee.  Here with their debut album, Darktown Jubilee have a whole new set of warm and honest indie rock.

The single version of Stay has been mixed by Cenzo Townsend, who has previously worked with the Vaccines and Macabees.  Working with Cenzo Townsend vocalist and guitarist David Boardman said “It was a dream to get Cenzo to remix it for us. He has mixed some of the greatest records of the last 10 years and I think he definitely brought out the best in the track.”  The result is a charged and emotional record.  Coming in straight on a drum beat the track storms along on a hooky riff and heartfelt synths.  Adding to the audio blender are the vocals.  These add an honest, emotional and sincere quality to the track.  Stay has all the horn marks of an indie rock classic, showing the bands influence from bands like The Killers but also their own sound

The debut album The World, The Flesh and The Devil is available on iTunes now.  Find this band for some heartfelt indie rock.

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Darktown Jubilee on iTunes

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