Quality Not Quantity: Candi's Dog - Bryde - Ebbot Lundberg & The Indigo Children

Candi's Dog - A Light Has Gone Out.

Background promo - Tyneside trio Candi's Dog specialise in acoustic Folk-Pop, combining inventive structures with ludicrously catchy melodies in the essential “A Light Has Gone Out”, released Friday 25th November 2016.

“A Light Has Gone Out” demonstrates Candi’s Dog at the very top of their unique Folk-Pop game with crisp, upbeat melodies and warming harmonies generously supplying a comforting air of familiarity whilst simultaneously providing a fresh take on the Folk-Pop genre. With crystal-clear tones combined with bucket loads of untouchable sincerity, the resulting mash-up is akin to the likes of Bright Eyes and Fleetwood Mac along with the lyrical qualities of Ed Sheeran and Bob Dylan.

It’s just too damn hard not to like these fellows as audiences have been finding out. After supporting The Sons Of Pitches, winners of BBC TV’s ‘The Naked Choir’ on their sold out shows earlier this year, Candi’s Dog are back by popular demand, well and truly winning over the masses and utterly depleting their CD supplies in the process.

Favouring the DIY approach, Candi’s Dog have not only opted to make their own instruments but after being left with underwhelming results at the hands of recording studios, the band have taken to home recording. The decision has clearly paid off with the brilliantly catchy single “A Light Has Gone Out” fresh off the production line, showcasing the song craft of twin brothers, Matthew and Daniel Slee, and Stephen Justice. Facebook here.

We featured Candi's Dog back in February this year. 'A Light Has Gone Out' continues to demonstrate that their take on folk pop based music, is both enjoyable and imaginative. The track reminds me in part of one well known South East London band who have structured songs along these lines in times gone by, consider that a complement albeit I won't squeeze readers, as to whom I refer.


Bryde - Wouldn't That Make You Feel Good?

Background - Following up from rabble stomper ‘Honey’, London artist Bryde reveals a second track from her upcoming EP. ‘Wouldn’t That Make You Feel Good?’ channels an intimate woosy blues dynamic with an injection of a towering guitar episode bearing the indelible stamp of Bill Ryder-Jones. Such dynamism shows Bryde pushing boundaries emphatically, exploring a grittiness now becoming synonymous with her songwriting.

Since setting out as Bryde, Sarah Howells has proven herself to be one of the most singular vocalists and songwriters in British indie rock. She’s a powerful projectionist with a tonal range that will likely see her drawing a few comparisons to her international axe-wielding peers Angel Olsen, Mitski and St Vincent. With additional overseas artists such as Whitney, Julia Jacklin and Big Thief enjoying a speedily growing audience, Bryde is without doubt a key UK based voice in this space as she continues to build momentum around an unmistakable offering.

Praise for the Welsh songwriter has been well-bestowed from outlets like Consequence of Sound, The Line Of Best Fit, Nylon, 6Music and Radio 1. EP2 is to be released on the 4th of November via Tipping Point Records and having recently played her biggest London headline show at The Courtyard (Shoreditch) Bryde now heads out on tour around the UK. Website here.

Tour dates:
13.10 – London, The Courtyard Theatre
01.11 – Brightom, The Hope And Ruin
02.11 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
03.11 – Bristol, The Old Bookshop
04.11 – Southampton, The Notes Cafe
06.11 – Glasgow, Broadcast
07.11 – Newcastle, Head Of Steam
08.11 – Manchester, Fallow Cafe
09.11 – Leeds, Oporto
10.11 – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
17.11 – Norwich, The Shoe Factory Social Club.

'Wouldn't That Make You Feel Good?' demonstrates the versatile vocals of Bryde, who can switch from earthy and passionately edgy through to softer sweeter vocals within a couple of guitar licks. In fact the guitar and vocal juxtaposition makes this one very interesting and likable song.


Ebbot Lundberg & The Indigo Children - Backdrop People.

Background - Ebbot Lundberg & The Indigo Children drop new album ‘For The Ages To Come’ in the UK, December 2nd. Most well-known as the charismatic former Soundtrack Of Our Lives (SOOL) and Union Carbide Productions frontman, Ebbot Lundberg is finally set to unleash his first full solo release in the UK. Having teamed up with Grammy-nominated band The Indigo Children ‘For The Ages To Come’ will impact December 2nd. Self-produced and recorded throughout last year in his native Gothenburg, the album is over-flowing with Lundberg’s trademark ear for melody; ‘For The Ages To Come’ is the musical odyssey we have come to expect, but has its roots firmly planted in the 1960s beat movement, with lyrical themes and hooks to match.

Witness the effervescence of ‘To Be Continued’, or the raucous pop stomp that is ‘Backdrop People;’ this is clearly an album overflowing with energy and vigour, a vibrancy that Lundberg was keen to capture on record. “The Indigo Children actually supported SOOL a few years ago,” explains Lundberg, “They astounded us with their sheer energy. When it came to deciding who I wanted to work with on this record, there was only one option in my mind…” ‘For The Ages To Come’ represents the first solo release for Lundberg since the epic 43 minute long song ‘There’s Only One Of Us Here’, and to mark the occasion, he is set to play songs from the album at a headline show in London Upstairs At The Garage on December 4th.

It is clear the album represents the beginning of a journey for Lundberg; “This represents where I am, and where I am going. It is the first album, but certainly not the last.” In fact, Lundberg’s creative output shows little sign of abating; whilst already writing songs for the follow-up album, he is also collaborating with members of Spiritualized and legendary Nirvana producer Butch Vig on a project to see the light of day next year. For Ebbot Lundberg, it is clear that age is a barrier to neither creative output nor excellence; for that we need only witness ‘For The Ages To Come’ as living proof.

First taste of the forthcoming album and 'Backdrop People' is a genre mash of feisty folk rock vocals set against something of an alt or maybe indie rock background. Full of chord changing hooks and growing in power as the track unfolds, it's a total tease for what's to follow.