Discopolis

The Killers first demonstrated what a modern indie band could do with synths and a decent electronic setup; now it seems that Discopolis have fine-tuned that art-forn with their intricate song-craft.

Hailing from Edinburgh, the four-piece started out circa 2010 with an encouraging number of articles, high-profile gigs and radio sessions under their belt. Their rise to popularity occurred in a rather round-and-about way however with their first record being released in Japan. Discopolis is simply one of those bands who, because of the right Chinese whispers and local trends giving them the nod, found success in a place other than home.

A couple of storming video releases have been rectifying this problem though. ‘Falling (Committed to Sparkle Motion)’ treads the line between the pop emotionalism of acts like Owl City by retaining a detached indie sensibility. Soaring synths in the chorus accompany downbeat interludes to create a deeply melodic piece with enough heft to roll the beat on.A reference to Donnie Darko in the title does not hurt either!

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G R E A T W A V E S

“Visionary – An orchestra of synths, guitars, stripped down electronic percussive beats and deep vocals, merged with a collage of homemade field recordings.”

Feel The Love by G R E A T W A V E S

An undulating guitar riff introduces G R E A T W A V E S‘ most recent single Feel the Love and rests in the mix for the duration of the song, rocking from note to soothing note with an artless intensity which is not lost despite the ebb and flow of atmospheric sounds and layered parts. The riff guides like a Sherpa and keeps a constant motif as the song flows through its various, ever-growing parts.

The thoughtful ear of this Manchester dream synth-pop duo is marked out often through subtle chord change and a drifting in waif of a note. David de Lacy and Oliver Cooper’s often minimalist production exudes an inviting warmth; it’s lo-fi enough to lull the listener into quietude, and atmospheric enough to keep the ears always working. The sea, given the band’s name, is an obvious reference and the track The Shore expresses this tranquillity of the sea.

The Shore by G R E A T W A V E S

The band has a limited number of shows in an around the country before they head off to Italy, so make sure to catch them then.

G R E A T W A V E S + REGAL SAFARI
Friday, 19th October at 20:30
The Bunker, Salford

G R E A T W A V E S + REGAL SAFARI
Saturday, 20th October 2012 at 20:00
The Seabright Arms, London

Photography by Jonathan Flanders