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Featured Artist: Turin Brakes (Part 2)

January 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

As fans prepare themselves for the eagerly awaited new album from Balham boys Turin Brakes at the end of the month, reflection is upon us here at Renowned For Sound as we name the Mercury Music Prize nominees as our latest Feature Artist. The band – which consists of Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, as well...

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Album Review: Wet – Don’t You

January 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Wet’s debut album has been in the works for some time now. Songs from Don’t You have been circulating the internet from as early as 2013, when Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl first appeared and right up to 2014’s self-titled Wet EP. It’s only now, four years after their formation, that Don’t You is finally...

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Interview: Savage Garden (Darren Hayes)

January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Between 1996 and 2001 singer Darren Hayes and musical comrade and instrumentalist Daniel Jones proved an powerful force in music. Making up pop powerhouse Savage Garden, Hayes and Jones delved deep into the pop well to emerge with some of the most infectious, superbly written and impeccably executed hits of the nineties. After the release...

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Film Review – The Big Short

January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

A long long time ago, like in 2007, the “financial crisis” hit and the world nearly came to an end. Wall Street had, perhaps unintentionally, created such an enormous monster that when the crash did occur, it created one of the biggest economic recessions in history and had worldwide repercussions. As the 2015 Paramount Pictures...

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Feature: Glenn Frey – An Editor’s Tribute

January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

As I strolled down the street of my apartment this past weekend, a conversation caught my ear: Two friends talking outside a local cafe; one who I could faintly hear saying to other “so far, 2016 sucks!”. I thought to myself, upon looking back over these past 3 weeks, “you got that right!”. Over the...

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Featured Artist: Turin Brakes (Part 1)

January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

With a weighty back catalogue to proudly call their successful and expanding legacy, Turin Brakes have, for the past 15 years, pushed the boundaries of songwriting and musicianship to new heights. Bursting onto the indie scene back in 2001 with their groundbreaking Optimist LP debut, Balham boys Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian set out to craft...

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Album Review: Kid Ink – Summer In The Winter

January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hip-Hop dream team Kid Ink and DJ Mustard (as executive producer) are up to their hit making antics once again, teaming up to create a fresh collection of bangers, Summer In The Winter. Not taking themselves all too seriously the album has a very chill, mixtape vibe too it, with no real reason or rhyme...

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Album Review: Steve Angello – Wild Youth

January 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

As both Steve Angello’s debut album and his first since the demise of Swedish House Mafia, Wild Youth represents an important step in his well-established career. Acting as a retelling of his personal history and a snapshot of his current musical state. Envisioned as a two part project, the first part saw its release in...

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Album Review: David Bowie – Blackstar

January 10, 2016 | 1 Comments

The Man. The Myth. The Legend: David Bowie. While he may be maintaining over 40 years in the industry he’s also celebrating his 69th birthday, and the release of his latest work, his 25th album Blackstar. This new album provokes the subtle sense of flying. The delicate details of eerie instrumentals that effortlessly fuse jazz...

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There’s something very elemental about Tindersticks’ new album/video project, like a frayed nerve spewing forth pure, unadulterated feeling. Yet the album accomplishes this with impressively few components. It’s a quiet and tense work, with arrangements stripped to their bare essentials, emphasising the negative space in much the same way as the donkey-headed figure sits in...

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Album Review: Suede – Night Thoughts

January 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bloodsports was an important album for Suede: It was a familiar record, one that played to their strengths and expanded upon them, creating a triumphant and well-received comeback after a seven year hiatus. Now that they’re well and truly back into the swing of things, the time to try something new has come. As such,...

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Irish indie/folk group Villagers have been renowned for their deep and meaningful lyrics and their captivating live shows. Their 2011 debut album Becoming A Jackal earned them an Ivor Novello Prize for its title track; it also won ‘Best Folk’ release at the Digital Socket Awards. The group’s 2013 follow-up {Awayland} won them the Choice Music Prize for ‘Irish...

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The live setting serves as a magnifying glass. It amplifies every element of a band, turning successes into perfection and flaws into catastrophes.  So it was at Wavves’ gig at the Oxford Art Gallery, one that saw the messy, surf-punk elements of their sound transformed into an all-out sonic assault, one that the frenetic moshpit...

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