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Overjoyed And The Reason For Remixes

8 May

I don’t normally buy singles. Why pay a pound more for six remixes that are almost inevitably worse than the original. I bought Overjoyed, Bastille’s first single. I don’t regret it.

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Need Your Love – The Temper Trap

17 Apr

The Temper Trap: I've missed you guys!

Don’t you hate it when you find a new artist that you love and six months later people are telling to listen to the aforementioned artist because they’ve become huge. Well since pretty much everyone we back is destined to be huge so you probably know the feeling. Continue reading

Overjoyed – Bastille

28 Feb

I’ve already made the point that this site over-features Bastille. But he/they produce some of the finest music you will ever have the pleasure of hearing.

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These Streets – Bastille

14 Feb

Could this blog ever feature someone too much. The answer is probably yes for pretty much all people. Find out after the jump why no such rule applies to Bastille.

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The Can You Hear This Countdown: Artist of the Year

23 Dec

Is this the most important qualification in end-of lists? I’d say so. Let me tell you why you should, too. Years aren’t defined by singles (not in the long term anyway), artists are. You might say that Summer 2007 was the year of Umbrella but you’re far more likely to say that Umbrella is Rihanna’s signature song. Likewise, years aren’t defined by albums. Albums define artist’s careers. No-one’s going to say, ‘Hey, 2011 was when The Suburbs was released, right?’ They’re going to be saying, ‘The Suburbs was when Arcade Fire got good again, right?’ Years are, however defined by the artists that dominate them. In a few years time, we’ll be talking about how 2011 was the year everyone found about The Weeknd (as much as we could anyway) or it was when that band Yuck broke through Nirvana-like into the mainstream. It was when Adele had her heart broken and went on to break America. It was when a girl drove to Cali and scored five number 1s from her Teenage Dream. It was a year when break-out British acts restored faith in our country’s potential for ground-breaking (or at least 2007 levels of) music. Here were our highlights:

Induction – Patterns

3 Oct

Who doesn’t love weirdly wonderful music? Patterns aren’t that weird (let down?) but they are very wonderful. Lovely music that harks back to the likes of Friendly Fires and the classic Scottish rock/pop of We Were Promised Jetpacks, Induction is a cracker. Listen and fall in love with it – they go together.

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Happy Birthday To Us: Our Favourite Songs Of The Year

2 Aug

Birthday Wishes: It’s been an action packed year for us and the music world.

As you will now know, Can You Hear This is now a year old; congratulations once more to Devan Carlton for winning our competition and choosing a great album as a prize. Nowadays a year in music is a long time, different reviews, news and music-related scandals becoming a daily occurrence thanks to the Internet. I’m not complaining because as a music blog we contribute to this, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at the music and events that have really made a different to the industry, and more importantly to ourselves. It’s been a year of exciting collaborations with Jay-Z and Kanye exciting us with news of their own royal wedding. It’s been fantastic year once more for up and coming artists from Britain and internationally. We chose to vest our pop music interests in Jessie J, while more alternative acts (Two Door Cinema Club, The xx) have also flourished. Recently, we’ve been saddened by the loss of a fantastic female artist, Amy Winehouse whose loss will be felt for years to come. Having created such stirring singles such as Love Is A Losing Game, Back To Black and Rehab, that rare example of a candid, open pop song that achieves massive commercial success, Winehouse was truly inspiring. I hope her wonderful female presence continues to influence new artists and live on.

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Songs for the Summer 2011: The Joker & The Thief + BASTILLE

9 Jun

You’d be forgiven for shrinking at the thought of another charity album. I’d much rather donate to charity than listen to Dizzee Rascal rap alongside Busted. However, forget any Band-Aid related nightmares, the Strummerville ‘Songs for the Summer 2011,’ is a compilation that goes over and above the recent, uninspiring Songs for Japan. Certainly, that was a worthy cause but I can’t fathom why they decided Justin Timberlake’s ‘Like I Love You’ was an appropriate addition to the album. Strummerville, the foundation named after The Clash frontman, Joe Strummer, has released its 2011 charity album. The foundation is great and endorses musical projects nationwide as well as being a significant sponsor of upcoming bands and a flagship for new bands. Their album is available for free download here. As you’d expect, it features some fantastic British music tailored for summer listening and the Can You Hear This-approved BASTILLE (whose interview can be found here). Here’s the full track-listing:

  • The Joker & The Thief – Be The Boy
  • Bastille – Icarus
  • Dark Moon – Blackbird
  • The Welcome Committee – Rich Kids
  • Shooting Star Poets – That Boy Don’t Dance
  • La Rebla Fam – A British Morning
  • The Vagabonds – John Mellor
  • The Lights – Mostly Water
  • The Great Whale – Don’t Lost Your Mind
  • The Barker Band – Chapel
  • Benjamin Folke Thomas – Thoroughly Alone

For anyone who appreciates their summer music part dancey (That Boy Don’t Dance), part rocky (everything else) with sides of angst (Rich Kids) this album is a pretty good deal. If, and I always try to avoid it, you do the math, a free album is always a pretty good deal. However, in a period where you can find a lot of free music, this album is quite exceptional. I can’t pretend to like every track though. The Welcome Committee and La Rebla Fam both brought back awful memories of my Hadouken! period, which belongs firmly in 2005.

Two tracks however, stand out. The first is BASTILLE’s Icarus. Any band that can merge indie-rock with mythology ranks pretty highly in my books. Icarus (with its booming chorus of ‘Icarus is flying too close to the Sun’) contains overtones of Friendly Fires’ debut album and feels remarkably polished for a relatively unknown band and showcases their potential. It feels urgent and important; for the first time in a long, long, Taio Cruz-induced numb period, this was the first track to really excite me. Listen to (and love) it now before XFM get their hands on it and play it on loop. Where Hard-Fi stepped into the British, indie, summer scene, BASTILLE follow. However, where Hard-Fi’s Suburban Knights had all the profundity of a Facebook status, BASTILLE’s outing has some staying power.

The other highlight of the album is Be The Boy by the unfortunately named The Joker & The Thief (unfortunate only in the sense that Australia’s Wolfmother released a semi successful record that clogs up Google autosearch; it was playable on Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore, the pinnacle of most band’s careers). I saw the band last year at a festival and was hugely impressed, so was pleased by their addition to the album. To clear things up,  Strummerville how ‘the five-track EP creeps from atmospheric beginnings to bombastic sonic explosions, focusing on their authentic, rootsy sound combining powerful voices, bellowing saxophone, foot-stomping rhythms and gutsy guitars.’ Yeah, that didn’t particularly enlighten me either. The Joker & The Thief do however deploy the saxophone better than some contemporary artists (see: Lady Gagas The Edge of Glory). Take a listen and see if those superlatives work for you:

It has the makings to become the soundtrack for many a tent at festivals this summer (perhaps more Hop Farm than Reading, apparently festival going sixteen year olds are more interested in the remarkably vapid My Chemical Romance). This song feels heartfelt yet never sentimental; it could become the cooler, older brother to teenage anthems like Forever Young as the band sing:

Show me your heart, my pretty lady

That sound? The collective sigh of teenage girls everywhere. Move over Mr. Followill.

  • For more information about Strummerville, their projects and album releases, check out their website: www.strummerville.com
  • For the compilation of the album, here’s the link.

Stop & Stare (Bastille Remix) – Fenech-Soler

9 May


First remix I’m going to put up and it is a cracker. Bastille is one of my favourite bands of 2011 so far, producing some truly memorable pop songs. Fenech-Soler are a British electronic band who released a damn good debut album last year. Together the two have come up with something great. Due to band illness, the group aren’t touring right now but this should make up for it for now!

The remix of Stop & Stare (not the One Republic song…) comes together to sound a bit like Bloc Party and a lot like something awesome. Soaring chorus vocals and nippy synthy lines make this a song that’s sure to leave a permanent mark on your brain for the next couple days. The original of the song has pretty awesome video too so take a look.

Laura Palmer – Bastille

16 Feb

Getting a little tired of today’s pop? Are Katy Perry’s sugar coated vocals and cotton candy synths getting on your nerves a little? Enter Bastille; a small artist who has received little acknowledgment so far. There could be huge things on the horizon though. The two songs that I really like show off Bastille’s refreshingly heartfelt but still upbeat sound, and it works incredibly well. Take a listen to Laura Palmer:

Bastille plans to put out a single soon, and you might expect some shows in the near future, so watch this space. If Laura Palmer wasn’t catchy enough for you, try listening to another great song of his, entitled Icarus:

If that STILL isn’t enough Bastille to quench your thirst, then check out the music video for Flaws:

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