It's been a long 3 years since the release of Fantastic Playroom, but thankfully New Young Pony Club decided to get back in the studio and record a new album. The Optimist was released on the 8th of this month, and though it may not be as consistent as their debut, it still warrants a listen, especially if you're a fan of the quartet.
I went to see them play in Newcastle last night, and though I probably say this about every band, but this bunch of guys and gals put on an immense display. They are playing the following dates in Ireland:
Cork - Cyprus Avenue - May 28th
Dublin - Button Factory - May 29th
Belfast - Stiff Kitten - May 31st
Please go see them, you won't regret it.
Myspace here, Official site here, Buy The Optimist here
The following is my fave from the new album:
New Young Pony Club - We Want To
A bit late off the mark, but I've been listening to Delphic's debut long player over the last couple of weeks and am beginning to understand why it has been tipped to make many critics 'Albums of 2010' list. From start the end, this 10 track wonder reeks of electronica not far off Leftfield, with catchy choruses and riffs not far off Klaxons (except these Mancunians are actually talented). Catch them while on tour and at many a summer festival this year.
Buy their album here, myspace here, official site here
Delphic - Halcyon
Delphic - Remain
This Norwegian outfit have been knocking about for the last year or so and are on the books at London based Moshi Moshi records (which boasts an impressive roster of Florence + The Machine, Hot Chip, Bloc Party and Friendly Fires). They're currently touring with Hot Chip so if you have tickets for any of their dates, make sure you get there early to catch the warm-up act. Their live show is extremely infectious, with each member rotating and doing the rounds on each others instruments. Expect twinkles, synth progressions and lots and lots of cowbells.
Below is by far my favourite, and like some of their other non-instrumental tracks, it's sung in Norwegian. Fantastiske ting!