June 05, 2020

HCTF premiere - Custard Flux: "Quarantyne" video

Watch the new Quarantyne video by Custard Flux, the nearly all acoustic project led by Gregory Curvey. It's a track from his forthcoming new full-length album Oxygen, a sad, neo-psychedelic song about social distancing and feeling lonely. Curvey played acoustic guitar, bowed acoustic guitar, and harmonium. The clip was directed and animated by Shane Swank.

June 04, 2020

Stick Men: free download of 2018/03/27 Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Avant-prog improv trio Stick Men have posted a board mix of their show @ Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands on March 27. 2018 on Bandcamp. Pay-what-you-want for this board mix made by F.O.H. engineer Robert Frazza, so it sounds rather splendid. As per usual there are plenty of King Crimson tunes, carefully arranged for this power trio format.

The Special Pillow: "I Woke Up" video

Hoboken's finest eclectic indie rock quartet The Special Pillow have made a video for I Woke Up, the lead single for their new EP, World's Finest out on June 26th via Zofko Records: "They leaned on the groove of Spanish Bombs by The Clash (...) , a tune that can getting out of bed and face the world a little easier". The clip was made by Chris Mahoney.

» specialpillow.com

HCTF review of I Woke Up.

Suggested Friends: Turtle Taxi

London indie pop Suggested Friends have taken a break from being a band, but before they went on hiatus they released their second album Turtle Taxi, filled with songs about baby swans (Cygnets), impending doom (The Apocalypse (It's Just A Day Away)) and reality checks (Pretty Soon Your Grave Will Be A Landfill). Talking cues from Nineties college rock, English folk, and New Wave they serve up a collection of happy-sad songs that will be championed by the staff of independent record stores.

Turtle Taxi is an album for outsiders and insiders. With its on point observations, lo-fi but effective sound it's destined to be an underground favourite, an epithet that is a guarantee for longevity. Suggest it to your friends who are serious about music.

June 03, 2020

Broeder Dieleman: tour dates

photo: Mechteld Jansen

Dutch folk singer Broeder Dieleman will be on tour in The Netherlands and Belgium to promote his latest release De Liefde is de Eerste Wet: "[he] is putting the song first again. With his banjo and vocals as the lead instruments he is the undisputed lead troubadour of Zeeland. Backed by a great band he makes unfashionable yet heartfelt music that can stand the test of time."

Live dates
  • 09/26 Patronaat, Haarlem
  • 09/27 Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg
  • 09/29 Paradiso, Amsterdam
  • 10/01 Vera, Groningen
  • 10/02 Rotown, Rotterdam
  • 10/04 Scheldefestival, Lillo, Belgium
  • 10/09 MEZZ, Breda
  • 10/20 TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht

» broederdieleman.com

HCTF review of De Liefde is de Eerste Wet.