Marsicans – Absence EP

Sometimes fate brings a band to your attention for a reason. I feel this happened with Leeds quartet Marsicans.

The Absence EP (Deluxe Edition) was released earlier this month and is filled with dreamy indie pop goodness. 8 tracks including 2 remixes, and ending with a soothing string quartet version of the harmonious song Far Away. This whole EP bleeds a summer that we didn’t have, with opening track Absence transcending you to the middle of nowhere, cruising around with wind flowing through your locks. That is a  constant feeling throughout this EP.  Far Away eclipsed the other songs for me. The summery riffs, crashing drums, and the perfect harmonies lingered with me for hours after listening. Even the string quartet version  left tingles on my arms, taking the song to a different dimension.  The remixes by Pixel Fix and Will Featherby,  also took tracks Arms of Another and Swimming to another place, and shows just how good the original tracks are.

The Marsicans are out on a huge tour this September and we recommend you catch them. They are an astonishing band we highly tip over the next few months. Get The Absence EP now.

9/10

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Marsicans – Absence EP

Viola Beach: An Album We Won’t Forget


It’s hard to think that the debut album from Warrington’s Viola Beach will be their last. A band kicking off their musical journey with rave reviews of their first single, Swings & Waterslides, they were a band everyone was watching closely. Unfortunately this came to a tragic end when their car came off a Swedish bridge a mer 5 months ago. However needless to say these boys were a talented bunch and the album is a piece of history to cement this.

With well known tracks’ Swings & Waterslides and Boys That Sing, their tasty indie pop vibes shined through. Catchy melodies teamed with simple lyrics makes these tracks easy listening, and will find yourself singing them – constantly. Hidden amongst these gems though are tracks Like A Fool and Call You Up which showcase the purest talent these lads had. The sound of summer has been captured with this album and I find my self having it on repeat constantly.

All this postivity from a fantastic debut is tinged with sadness, knowing we will never get to follow this band on their musical journey. Make sure you get their album here. You will be silly not to.

9/10

Viola Beach: An Album We Won’t Forget

ROMES Debut Believe EP

RATING: 8/10

Canadian quartet, ROMES are set to cause a stir with their summery début EP, Believe. They have a balance of synth pop graced with delectable beats, that make this 4 track release an easy listen – and on repeat! Their lead track Tryna Be, stormed the internet with resounding reviews, and with it’s smooth pop feels throughout it’s easy to see why. This track gives the feeling you are prancing around a sun kissed island and captures positivity at it’s finest. Radio 1 should be all over this that is for sure. Spend The Night  certainly has sounds similar to The Weekend, going for a darker intro and then cutting in to a catchy guitar riffs. It gives this track an edgy feel.

Produced and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Fitz), you can certainly here the highly quality and fine tuning that has gone in to this delicable first release, Listening to When The Night Comes, you can get a feel of what direction this band will be going in. Their polished sound and accomplished yet simple songs will pull in a lot of fans and air play.

Believe EP is out now.

ROMES Debut Believe EP