13 April 2012

A Found Goodbye

Couldn't go out without crow barring in a terrible pun^ now could I. Yes that's right foundees, after fifteen enjoyable but spectacularly unsuccessful months, The Found Of Confusion has decided to call it a day. The public indifference has been truly overwhelming, and having remarkably failed to achieve any of the aims I originally set out, the time feels right to step aside and leave the band finding game to those many blogs who actually have readers and stuff!

To all the artists featured, a big thank you. Writing about music is difficult and only really comes together if you can discover songs that fire your imagination; each of the acts have provided that spark and it's been a pleasure trying to explain their magic through my off the wall and wildly inaccurate ramblings. Good luck to all of them, sorry I haven't been much use in raising your profile, but I hope you will go on and conquer the world....well those of you that haven't split up already!!

To anyone that has taken the time to read any of the posts in the blog, I love you!!!! The hits have been few and far between, so each one has been greeted gleefully, especially you in Gabon whoever you were! I had hoped to build up a little community of like minded music lovers and maybe make some new friends, but alas it was not to be, next time I'll try bribery, threats or casual nudity. One man did turn up week in week out though, so cheers Kev, you're not bad for a French bloke.

And that's it I suppose, game over. Thanks again and be good.

Andy - The Found Of Confusion.

12 April 2012

Found - Jubilants

♪ Advance Australia fair!!! ♪ Ahem, got caught up in the moment there. These regular stopovers for The Found Of Confusion in the behemoth of the Oceanic region have stirred a sense of patriotism and paternal pride towards the outback nation - it's important to stress that this fondness is in no way an attempt to curry favour with the young ladies we fancy off Neighbours*, no sir not at all!....*wink*.......Anyway, having frequented Brisbane as if it were a second home, dropped by Melbourne twice, and tipped up at both Hobart and Perth, it's surprising to see one (sorry Adelaide you don't count) glaring omission when we hold high our Australian musical map - look, there's a great big hole in the space where Sydney should be! Well, get the sticky tape and patching paper out, that oversight is about to be remedied!

The knights in New South Wales shining armour, riding to the salvation of their countries flagship city, are none other than indie-pop impresarios , JUBILANTS. Infuriatingly though the rescue mission has been not so much a revolution rousing gallop, but more a sedate Sunday pony trek, with stops for refreshments, sunbathing and any other distraction you care to envisage! Back in March of last year, the quartet appeared set to storm the music industry ramparts when debut single 'Antics' rocketed up The Hype Machine chart, but what's followed was....well, nothing really, as things got more attritional and a patient wait began to see whether or not that initial promise could be backed up through subsequent material. Exactly 365 days on from that first release the answer came, and there was a collective mopping of brows when it turned out that, not only had the first effort been matched, they'd actually stepped their game up a notch. With it's springy, Two Door Cinema Club, guitar hooks, woo hoo'd backing vocals and unashamedly pop chorus, 'Antics' was like a fresh faced indie kid, giddily throwing shapes on the dancefloor with a care free abandon. New single 'Spain' though plays things cooler; we're viewing the scene through the gaze of a more seasoned and worldly companion, who's been there, done it, and is now content to watch from the sidelines - still with a twinkle in the eye, but a cautious heart to protect. The guitars remain light on their feet and the anthemic attributes stay in tact, but as Balearic flavoured synths, akin to those adopted by Polaresets, billow and break around a maudlin vocal, the prevailing mood is reflective rather than go-getting - and it's all the better for it. Two songs down, two big ticks on the page - let's just hope we don't have to wait a full year for the next one!

*Although if they do want to wed me then that would be nice.

Antics by Jubilants


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8 April 2012

Easter Treats!

Happy Easter readers! I'll level with you, I've got a football match to watch, a Sunday roast to demolish and a load of yummy milk chocolate eggs waiting to be mistreated by my mucky paws, so lets just keep this latest round up squarely to the point - ready, set, go!


Treat number one comes from ZULU WINTER, because this week they went and sneaked out a pristinely polished version of 'Silver Tongue', the demo track that had originally caused the blog world to sit up and take notice. This is the second single to be taken from their debut album due in mid May, so have a listen to the improved version below and then go and pick it up through ITunes.

Silver Tongue by Zulu Winter


Speaking of albums, Tasmanians TIGER CHOIR are finally gearing up for a proper release of their great debut record Unicycles, which comes out on June 1st. By way of an introduction to the LP the band have shot the below video, for the opening track 'Ephemeral City', to give a taster of what to expect from the record - which will also include 'Vultures', one of this blogs 25 tracks of last year.


Releasing full length debuts must be all the rage right now, because, as was previously mentioned, SUMMER HEART has his first LP dropping at the tail end of this month. The thing is though he doesn't want you to have that alone, hence why he's uploaded his COMPLETE back catalogue of EP's to Soundcloud and made each track available for free! That must have taken a while for all those megabytes to process, but he put the spare time to fine use by recording this cover of 'Third Wave' by Work Drugs, which is, you guessed it, free to own.

Third Wave by SUMMER HEART


As Easter Sunday is very much a day of PEACE it's only right we give the Birmingham boys a mention don't you think? They've now shared the official video for the excellent 'Follow Baby' and there's good news - this one differs from it's predecessor in that it doesn't try to hypnotise or kill the viewer, that's good progress lads, well done! Instead what we get is the band and some attractive ladies, rolling around in a landscape that, may or may not be, a big bowl of strawberry Angel Delight or a field made of candy floss - I'll let you decide.


Finally we rendezvous with THE BILINDA BUTCHERS, who have called in the assistance of Kristine Capua, from most recent Founders Tiny Fireflies, to provide additional vocals on a brand new song 'Hai bby'. Available to download for nothing from here (in part one of the beko 100 collection), the track is exactly the sort of dream-drawing dalliance we've come to adore from the Californian duo. Appetites well whetted, bring on that second EP!

hai bby ft. tiny microphone by the bilinda butchers


Well that's it, I can resist no longer, those eggs are coming to an unfortunate end right this minute! See you on Thursday readers, for a new band... and possibly a bout of chocolate sickness.


5 April 2012

Found - Tiny Fireflies

Aside from tucking into a triple decker ice-cream sundae with nuts and toffee sauce, undoubtedly the BEST thing about last weeks unseasonable heatwave, was having the opportunity to lounge in the garden without being molested by winged warriors and blood thirsty bugs. We're not talking wiggly worms or flutterbys here people, no this is a reference to the Wasp's, Midge's and gargantuan flying beetle monsters, that rock up every summer determined to wreck a tanning session with their chomping teeth and pointy tails! Well this year it's war, know this bugs and insects; should you flit over the fence you will then be in my domain and as such will be chased and flapped at till my legs and arms fall off - be warned!

Battle lines established, it should be made clear that this sweeping threat doesn't quite extend to all aerial arrivals, because here in the grounds of casa Found Of Confusion there's sure to be a warm welcome extended to a pair of TINY FIREFLIES. The hovering and glowing duo are Chicago residents Kristine Capua and Lisle Mitnik, who are primarily recognisable as two fifths of indie pop outfit Very Truly Yours. Band downtime being what is however, the creative couple each set to work on solo material, before then opting to pool the projects under one banner and test their combined talents in the fields of new wave and dreampop. Debuting with a three song compilation for the Eardrumpop label in October 2010, Tiny Fireflies properly announced their presence with the release of last years four track 'Change' EP. Flush with twinkling melodies; slipper-soft, tiptoeing beats; and apportional vocals, the charming collection shared much in manner with the output of recent tour mates Memoryhouse, while the mellow movements of opener 'Your Love' enabled it to weave the sort of seductive spell that's become synonymous with Still Corners. Now allied to the serially spot on Cloudberry Records, the band last month released a split single hand in hand with Lily Of The Valley, and the endearingly positive lead track 'Picture Perfect' picked up where Changes closing number 'We Made A Pact' left off, wrapping the chilly, pop, synths of Selebrities in a fresh fluffy towel, then plonking them down in front of the fire with a mug of warm milk! You know, when you think about it, insects are a lot like people; some try to get under your skin, others tend to buzz around your head - Tiny Fireflies will do both, but watch them closely and you'll simply be left remembering how they lit up your night.

Tiny Fireflies - Holding Pattern by EardrumsPop


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29 March 2012

Found - BRNS

Om nom nom nom nom - that's me devouring cake, birthday cake no less, because as of yesterday The Found Of Confusion turned one year old!!....well sort of at least. Actually the weekly 'Founds' began on the 6th of January, but if the Queen can have two birthdays then so can we, and as it's twelve months since we stepped out from beneath the protective wing of the The Sound Of Confusion, to become a fully fledged stand alone blog, I think it's a good excuse for a party!! So help yourself to the sausages on sticks and jelly, have a play on the bouncy castle, then come gather near the makeshift stage... oh yes reader, of course we got a band in!

Not just any run of the mill band either; no such is our style, we've turned to some class from the Continent to set this shindig off just right. Flying in from the cobbled corners of Brussels, come four men who travel under the collective umbrella BRNS. If the pronunciation has you perplexed, then it's worth pointing out that the quartet originally formed with the name Brains, but the grind of grappling to get noticed on Google subsequently led them to jettison the vowels in favour of a sleeker signature. While though their calling card may be a source of ambiguity, few questions should linger around their music making potential - last years self-titled debut EP dispelled any doubts over the course of fifteen invention packed minutes. Leading things of was the raw, indie-funk, overtones of 'Mexico'. A half pleading, half protested, yelp of 'I've never been in Mexico!' conducts the show, inviting the organ, guitars, and what could pass for an impromptu pots and pans kitchen orchestra, to drop in and build the melody to a cacophonous conclusion; somehow meticulous and ramshackle at the same time, this is Holy Fuck stripped down to their engine parts with a splash of OK Go dripping from the fuel tank. For the juddering 'Here Dead He Lies', it's the factory production line rather than the repair shop that springs to mind, the drums and guitar working in unison and ricocheting back and forth like a pneumatic drill bit, before a ticking time bomb middle eight, explodes the song into a crunching and rousing finale. Vocally comparable to Miike Snow, and displaying the mood mannerisms of Metric, this is a high skilled operation live in action. With an additional track, 'Clairvoyant', maintaining the lofty standards, you don't need to read the future to know that the follow up EP the band are currently recording will be a work worth exploring. Come for the party, but if you use your BRNS people, you'll be the ones leaving with a new gift.

Mexico by BRNSmusic


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25 March 2012

Up On The Clouds No 3

Allow me to share with you a little observation I've made readers. Come Spring or Summer each year, our excitable online news outlets like to wheel out the following headline: 'UK braced to bask in unseasonably high temperatures this weekend'. Very nice. The things is though, I've noticed that what they actually meant to type was this: 'It'll be baking hot in Bournemouth so we're off to the beach to build sandcastles - enjoy your freezing fog you daft northerners!!'' Not that I'm bitter at all! So if like me you're stuck inside shivering in your shorts, what to do? Well let me tell you - combat the cold and disappointment by taking a trip over to Soundcloud!...


...Because there you'll find a new track form CALM AS THE COLOUR, and as we all know, the sun always shines down on their world! 'Sometimes' is the lead track from the bands upcoming 'Tomorrow Belongs To A World Apart' EP, and if by any chance fellow Scots For Abel are in need of some kindred spirits to spark a scene, then they need look no further. Mix '87 vintage Primal Scream in with some mid 90's Teenage Fanclub and Bob, it would seem, is your jangly uncle.

Sometimes by calmasthecolour

Now that's got you mentally bathing in the warm weather, you'll be wanting something to sweeten your ears while you lie back picking the grass and watching the clouds - what do you know, SUMMER HEART is at your service! The Crown Prince Of Chillwave (that's not an official nickname, I just made it up, but David if you're reading you can have that one on me!) is back with more wafting, woozy beats, to set the scene for his debut album 'About A Feeling', due out on April The 25th. In advance of that the record's first single will be 'A Million Times', and it's available right this minute for free!

A Million Times by SUMMER HEART

After such a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine you'll probably be feeling in a generous mood and want to take your significant other out for a spot of dinner wont you. Well while you're in the restaurant, make sure you pay attention to the young lady tinkling the ivories in the corner - it's only I AM HARLEQUIN playing her new track!!! A sweeping and striking ballad, 'Wild One' took it's public bow on last Monday's episode of Skins - so that makes it official, if you want to be allowed to hang out with the cool kids you'd better get this bought!

I am Harlequin - Wild One by I am Harlequin

Of course the night it still young, and on your way home from the meal there's every chance you might stumble across a party in full swing..... which you should continue to walk past and instead go to the one in the warehouse down the road, where MOSCOW YOUTH CULT will be set up sharing their dark, warped interpretation of electro. So that you know what to expect, you'd best grab the free download of 'Phase IV', a track taken from their upcoming LP 'Happiness Manchines', and study it intently.

p h a s e i v by Moscow Youth Cult


Well that turned into quite the day didn't it, don't forget to slap on the after sun before bed readers!! Oh and if you're not to busy then why not pop back round on Thursday and meet the next band to join the club.

22 March 2012

Found - Delta/Alaska

When upon last Friday night, The Found Of Confusion was engrossed in a charity quiz night (seeing as you’re dying to know we finished second, stupid picture round with its movie stills!!!), the following question was asked: ‘What is the 5th letter of the Greek alphabet?'. The designated ‘writer’ of our team immediately scribbled down the relevant response and sat back nodding confidently. Now, not knowing the correct answer and feeling inquisitive, a colleague to my left enquired discreetly of me ‘is it ‘Delta?’, to which I replied, ‘I’ll ask her’ – you can imagine the hilarity that ensued when the rest of the table thought we had actually been discussing this week’s Founders DELTA/ALASKA, spooky or what!

Presuming our cloth eared companions misguided assumption had actually been correct, what could they have gleamed from their well executed eavesdropping? Well first and foremost, they'd be left in no doubt that Delta/Alaska spin out the type of tumultuous and instinctive indie-rock jams that are designed to get your gig going threads dusted off and down the front for a serious shake down. Conceived in the autumn months of 2010, the five piece from the north side of London quickly dipped their toe in the industry water, launching a single 'Start With The Cage', before then opting to gradually seep further material out via a number of compilation appearances. Those tracks united to form January's debut EP, and the self titled collection is proof positive that opposites not only attract, but can also gel into a desirable relationship. In this instance the yang of the co-dependency is keen to flex its force - 'Vancouver's thunderous drum assault, the brewing storm clouds of 'D.L.O.I', and some fierce At The Drive In licks, combining to blistering effect - but the music's inner strength comes from the calming counterbalance the yin provides. Part Lilies From Mars, part Durutti Column; childlike, feminine vocals, intertwine with aquatic guitar melodies to confirm that at the eye of the tornado there's a tranquil haven to be found. This marriage of styles is at its most captivating on 'All Our Friends By The Sea'; the smooth waters of the songs opening minute, rapidly being displaced by a tidal wave of fuzz and frenzy that crashes out of sight almost as quickly as it arrived. If the quiz question many music fans in 2012 are asking is, 'Where are the exciting new bands?' then it just might be that the answer on the pad will read: 'Delta/Alaska'.

Vancouver by Delta/Alaska


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15 March 2012

Found - Peace

Sit down beside me child for yours is the kingdom and.. blah de blah blah - no reader, I've not been Canonised (yet), I'm simply using biblical language as a rather clever means of conveying the impression that I'm feeling serene. The reason for my meditative calm is that we presently find ourselves in the midst of Lent, which for those non Catholic readers will be more familiar to you as the no mans land between the night you scoff loads of pancakes and the morning you shovel in big chocolate eggs. This is a period that requests we spiritual superiors take time to ourselves - atheists, think of the hermit in Life Of Brian as a guide - look inwardly, and reflect on what we could do better to make ourselves and those around us happier; in short to find peace...so that is exactly what The Found Of Confusion has done!

It turns out the path to PEACE is actually the M6 into England's second city, and it's one this blog first metaphorically travelled in the middle of last year. The strong desire to feature the Birmingham quartet at that stage, was tempered by the fact that the somewhat mental, epileptic-endangering, video for 'BBlood' caused this writer to feel like death incarnate, so a decision was made to sit tight and wait for something more visually suitable to appear. Thankfully that has now materialised in the shape of new single 'Follow Baby', and with heavyweights like the NME hitching up on to the bandwagon, let's hope there's still room for a little one to squeeze on at the back. Those clambering aboard, are likely to be discussing how the new track is not only kinder on the eyes, but also a treat for the ears. Both the prior mentioned 'Bblood' and it's partner demo 'Vials' promised much, abducting Foals mix of math rock rhythms and hollow melody and then giving the sap a lesson in how to toughen up, via some primal drum skin bashing and a growling base line. On 'Follow Baby' that attitude remains intact but the band have stepped out sporting different garbs; a straining vocal and grunge inspired intro pays worthy respect to The Vines, but it's the anthemic simplicity of the chorus that will really make you sit up and take notice. Throw in the type of static charged guitar riff that served Suede so well through their formative years, and what we have over the course of just three minutes is one of the best singles of the year to date. So sorry all, If you're looking for peace then you've come to the wrong place, it seems this band are about to turn things up a lot louder.


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12 March 2012

Around The Founds

Bandcamp is buzzing, Facebook is fit to burst and Soundcloud's straining on the leash - Found Of Confusion related news is dropping in left, right AND centre, so here are the best bits for you to digest.

Destination one is the good old North East of England which is a veritable hotbed of fresh activity at the moment.  We've already discussed Shields, so who to go with this time...hmm...eeny, meeny, miney, MAUSI! The funky indie pop quartet this week shared a live session version of a brand new track that, consistent with their cheery character, carries the title 'Disney Films'. You can download the tune from the bands Soundcloud page (here) but for the full experience why not watch the video first.

We can't use the combination of 'Funky' and 'the North East' and not mention TOMAHAWKS FOR TARGETS who sneaked out their debut album 'Invasion On A Budget' last Monday. You can listen to the record in its entirety via either Bandcamp or Soundcloud but if you want a taster of what you can expect then lend your ears to this teaser below

Good things come in three's apparently so can we make it a trio of tunes from Tyneside? Of course we can thanks to RETRIEVER! The gritty garage rockers have revealed that they will be releasing two new tracks for download on April the 16th. 'The Curse' and 'Setting Sun' will be available from the group Bandcamp page, and they follow on from free track 'Happiness Falls' which you can grab with a little 'black arrow click' action.

Happiness Falls by RETRIEVER

From the far north let's head south...and then south again....and then a bit more south - Isle Of Wight we're coming your way! No we're not arriving double early for the festival, we're just popping by to break the news that THE SHUTES have a new EP on the way. 'Echo Of Love' will be released (complete with coraltastic cover art) on April the 2nd, and as that's really not far away you should probably familiarise yourself with the title track - so here it is:

Echo Of Love by The Shutes

Finally who's up for some news from THE BILINDA BUTCHERS? Good, because I certainly am! The California duo have completed work on their, as yet untitled, second EP, and hope to bring it to the public domain in the coming months. If you're really hungry for new material though there is a further option. Debut release, 'Regret, Love, Guilt, Dreams', is now to be put out in Japan with the addition of three extra tracks, 'Stevie Nicks', 'My Little French Song' and 'Left Behind' - so head over to Facebook for relevant purchase links. Furthermore the band also have a Soundcloud remixes page (here) where you can enjoy others attempts to rework their existing material, and there's no better effort than Public Transport's excellent handy work with 'Tulips' - enough to keep anyone going I'm sure.


And with that we are done here, see you back on Thursday Foundees!

8 March 2012

Found - Them Swoops

In the pantheon of great words 'swoop' is criminally overlooked. From the squiggle of the 's', past the 'oo' and on to the puckering 'p', what we have here is a 100% top combination of letters! For some reason though, only newspaper headline writers seem to have permission to use it, either for sport (Chelsea SWOOP for sixth manager this month), crime (Ofcom and Police SWOOP on Sound Of Confusion blog) or stories about idiots (Human Parrot injured after SWOOP off Western Super Mare Pier ends in rubber dinghy collision). On the horizon though a new lease of life may beckon for this ambitious adverb, one that will find our favourite word nestled within the inky embrace of the music press!

The responsibility of leading our dictionary bigwig out of the shadows and on to adoration, rightly requires broad shoulders; how fortunate then that Melbournites THEM SWOOPS have six arm-and-neck connectors between them!! But while the scapula offers support to the name, it's the sleeves with the garage pop anthems stored up them that you really want to keep your eyes on. Two such brightly coloured tunes were abracadabrad into the open last month, when the trio teamed up with Cosine Records (the label that released Good Dangers 'So Unkind') for the promotion of a double track single. The A-side 'Work Around It' launched in with a purring 'Eye Of The Tiger' rhythm, before quickly submitting to its singalong sensibilities, combining the chugging, candy floss melodies of Phoenix with the sunny spirit of Vampire Weekend. Companion track 'Take Your Time' had a more hallucinogenic hue; the sprightly acoustic strum and featherweight vocals being preceded by reverse tracked harmonies, that in turn re-emerged come the chorus in order to provide the platform for a killer hook to take flight. What's even more thrilling is that a third composition, 'Too Fast For Love', combines the best bits of both of the above; the base bouncing and rolling like a boxer up on his toes, and the guitars swaying and...well... for want of a better word swooping! We started by praising a word, but sometimes there's only so much even the best ones can say, in this instance it's the actions that are yelling from the rooftops.

Too Fast For Love by them swoops


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5 March 2012

Something Old, Something New....

 ...Something Borrowed and Somethings Blue, Soundcloud links and videos too, all in a blog post made just for you.


Let's start with the old, namely a track that's already been featured in this blog, but now appears with a different twist. GOOD DANGERS recently posted this stripped back version of 'Abigail' on their Facebook page and it only seemed fair to pass something so nice on to you the reader.

..and that's not all, we're going double bubble for Good Dangers, as they have also uploaded to Soundcloud another tune from their existing repertoire, this one goes by the name of 'DFYF':

Good Dangers - DFYF by GoodDangers


Just the one song in the 'new' section today (although there will be plenty more fresh tracks in posts of the near future) and on this occasion the virgin material is coming from SHIELDS. The band, who we first got to know when they were called 'Pilots', will be releasing 'All I Know' on the 2nd of April and it's a colourful and breezy burst of indie pop, perfect for its Spring setdown:


Our something borrowed isn't actually borrowed as such, more transferred if you will. The track is called 'Loco Luvva', and we first featured it on this blog when Dimbleby and Capper performed it live at last year's Feistbelly Festival in the New Forrest. D&C have of course now morphed into FEMME and they've thankfully taken this cracking track with them, last week uploading a fine studio version for us all to enjoy:

LocoLuvva by FEMME


Finally the something blue is, not as you may have hoped, something pronographic; instead it's a new EP from Sheffield lads BLUE LIP FEEL (even better!). They hope to release 'The Glitterbox EP' at some point in the not too distant future, but while you wait for the opportunity to buy it, you get to hear what you'll be receiving for your money, as they've uploaded each of the four songs to YouTube - nice work boys! Here is the title track to get you started:


That should be enough material to set your wedding disco off nicely, so therefore my work here is done for today - over and out Foundees!

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1 March 2012

Found - I Am Harlequin

I'm sure I've heard of this weeks new 'Found Of' artist before .... of course, I remember now!: 'I am Harlequin!; No, I am Harlequin; It is I who is Harlequin!'.... ah no, that's Spartacus isn't it ..... hmm ..... 'I am Harlequin AHA!!' ... nope that was Alan Partidge ... 'I am Harlequin - get me out of here!!!' No, no that's not it ... hold on it must be those 15 rugby players stood over there, I'll ask ... 'I'm sorry old chap, we are HarlequinS' ... oh, my mistake ... *scratches head*... I'm well and truly stumped then, just who is Harlequin???

I AM HARLEQUIN! Nice one, she's over here readers, mystery solved; and by 'she' we are of course referring to Anne Freier, a German born, London schooled, musician, who might just be positioning herself  perfectly to nip in stealthily and scoop up the prized mantel of 2012's electropop princess! Where in turn Little Boots, La Roux and Ellie G strided, so, many have followed, but if Freier is to break the big time it's likely to be through tapping into the fan base of one other of the chart crashing, twenty first century, girls. Last October's debut release, 'The King's Daughter', displayed all the grandeur and orchestral flourishes that have propelled the career of one Florence Welch and her Machine; check the rumbling drum patterns, choral backing vocals and pivotal piano tinkles if your require any conformation. That track was one half of a double a-side release, and it's companion 'The Liberty' was equally radio primed, quickly unveiling a great chorus hook and utilising the persistent pop patterns of fellow stars in the wings The Good Natured. A new track 'Onesome' will officially drop during the middle of this month (for free no less) but if in the mean time you still need convincing, then head over to her Soundcloud page and discover how she breathed new life into Queen, with a remarkably fresh and unique remix of 'Don't Stop Me Now'. Depending on which tradition you choose Harlequin is either a source of romance and magic, or a slow and stupid individual - these tunes fall under description one, make sure you don't ignore them and encapsulate description two.

I am Harlequin "The Liberty" by Fred Hystere


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23 February 2012

Found - Solar-Systems

Space: The Final Frontier: an awe inspiring, vast, expanse, that holds mysteries beyond our comprehension....well certainly mine at least, because no matter how often I tune into Stargazing Live (melting with admiration in the face of Professor Brian Cox's soothing lilt and luscious locks) it still boggles my mind in every possible way. Yes I know the basics - Saturn likes to hula hoop; Pluto's been left out in the cold; everything is named after chocolate bars, and that in some galaxy far far away Wimpy's flagship building project has been vandalised twice by Jedi's - but aside from that I'm lost. Luckily for the immediate prospects of this post, my lack of Astronomical intellect hasn't precluded me from knowing a little about the SOLAR-SYSTEMS located closer to home.

This as yet virtually uncharted constellation, has been shaped through the alignment of two particularly bright stars - London producer Dreamtrak, and a singer by the name of Laura Wolf. The latter should be ringing bells amongst our more loyal readers, as Miss Wolf is the voice of past Found Of Confusion featurerererers Internet Forever, and with her premier projects album all boxed up and waiting for release (plug: review of it here) the southern chanteuse can now turn her attention to other ventures. In Solar-Systems case what that entails is making the type of tracks that usually get the wise heads at Kitsune nodding approvingly. 'Throw Your Hands Up' is a feel good, generation ecstasy, club anthem; its plink plonking piano chorus emulating the kind of crowd pleasing 45's that would litter Danny Rampling's record box as Shroom or Heaven. On 'Josephine' the mood shifts more towards seductive and illusory, we're in Nottee or Jolie Cherie's dream-weaving house territory here, and, given the infrequency of those pairs excellent releases, it's a trip that's most welcome. Pick of the pack though may well be 'The Sea Of Green'; the water themed title replicated by ripples of synths, that in turn flow into a mid section dripping with horns and strings akin to those frequently employed by Spanish beat blenders Delorean - resplendent in sun drenched rays this is music that's healthy for the soul! Space is simple really, the Moon orbits the Earth, the Earth orbits the Sun - any more tracks like these though and we could all be turning Solar-Systems way soon.

Throw Your Hands Up by Solarsystems

The Sea Of Glass by Solarsystems


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16 February 2012

Found - Fonetiks

Remember when wannabe pre-teen comics used to raise fits of giggles with these corking gags? 'Why did they make Dyslexia so difficult to spell?', 'Why does Phonetics start with a Ph?', hehe hoho..NO! As you can clearly see neither joke is funny. For starters Dyslexia isn't THAT hard to spell, and in fact its minimal complexity allows it to double up as a catching agent for those it afflicts - winner! As for the second gag, well it quite obviously shows a distinct lack of understanding of not only the breadth of linguistic science, but also the multifarious nuances that lie there in - these eight year old humorists are idiots I tell you!! If however you're determined to spell life out just as it sounds, then you're in luck because the Found Of Confusion has the very band for you.

They go by the name of FONETIKS, a trio from the city of Liverpool whose studies into the subtleties of sound formation are starting to pay handsome dividends. Armed with guitars, drums and a hard drive jammed full of effects, these occasional remixers and goodtime gig promoters, have concocted a clutch of their own tracks that fly in the face of what the world has come to expect to hear emanating from Merseyside’s music circles; shuffling, sixties tinged, psychedelia, has been shunned in favour of the type of racket that’s more likely to find acceptance back along the East Lancs Road in the parish of Manchester. There's no clearer example of their sonic direction than on the six minute slice of brooding indie electro that is 'Sounds Like'; a pulsing base beat, perpetual hi-hat, and reverberating guitar line, feed off each other to create the same brand of menacing grooves that inhabited the debut LP from The Longcut. Nor is it a one off; 'Viscious Sirens' follows the form to a tee, all be it in ever so slightly lighter tones, its high voltage visage recalling the better moments of Sumner and Marr's Electronic, or even the short window of time when U2 took a sabatical from s***ness and dropped in at the Discotheque. With a third track 'Antelope' taking its lead from the chaoitc clammer of Three Trapped Tigers, and a recent suppot slot to Found Of Confusion alumni Discopolis to boast about, it's clear that Fonetiks have talent and taste - normally I advise that you keep an eye on a band, but on this occasion there should be no need to spell it out.

Vicious Sirens by fonetiks


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P.S. please also note, The Found Of Confusion fully understands the nature of Dyslexia and is full of admiration for those who live with it.

12 February 2012

Found Alive And Well!

Guess who's bizzack!! (little nod to the hip-hop heads there, I got ya homies!)

Yes rejoice readers, your prayers to both divine and demigods have been answered - The Found Of Confusion has returned from a self imposed settee slumber, wiped off the crumbs and popcorn kernels, and logged back in to webland in order to bring you the new music fix you so badly crave!!

Now I can clearly hear you shouting 'more new bands in the offing, yay!' - well not quite yet, lets not get ahead of ourselves, they may well follow, but for the time being you'll have to make do with fresh material from our former featured friends - hope that suffices? Only one way to find out I suppose, bring it on.

Let's crash right in with some BIG news - DIMBLEBY AND CAPPER are now on the shelf marked dormant *gutted face*........ and have been replaced with a brand new project FEMME *delighted face*. The quirky quintet have so far shared two of their creations with the world at large; first came the production line electronica of 'Bring It Back Round', and that has now been supplemented by the B-52's borrowing, dub pop, of 'Who's That'. Interested to find out more? Simply follow the links below.


Bring It Back Round by FEMME


Ok, wallets and purses at the ready, it's time for you to part company with some more of your mula as there are a clutch of singles in the offing that you need to own. Leading the charge are September 'Founders' DEAF CLUB who will follow up their 'Lull EP' with a new track 'Sunday'. Released on February 20th, it's backed by a further as yet unheard recording, 'Mirrors'. The former of the two is here right now!

Deaf Club - Sunday/Mirrors by Deaf Club

You've then got exactly one week to save up your pocket money, before you splurge it all on the boys from ZULU WINTER. 'We Should Be Swimming' is already making ripples (do you get it!) having dived in (there I go again) at the top of the 6music rebel playlist - carry on at the rate they're going and they can forget getting wet, they'll be walking on the water (is there no end to the puns!).

  We Should Be Swimming by Zulu Winter

Now firmly into the routine of setting aside your weekly 'Brilliant Bands Budget' we don't want you scrabbling around for something to blow your dough on come March 5th - thankfully no such problem will arise, because that's the day DISCOPOLIS release their second full single 'Zenithobia'. More chilled out than some of their other work but no less impressive, it's another step towards what promises to be a fantastic album.


And on that note we'll bring this initial Found Of Confusion rebirth to a close - can't have you overdosing on all the excitement! Don't forget if you want to get in touch you are more than welcome to do so via e-mail ( foundofconfusion@hotmail.co.uk ), Google+, or the always reliable comment box just down below.

3 January 2012

The Final List

Here is the list in full of all the acts featured in The Found Of Confusion throughout 2011, along with a recommended song by each act.


06:  Polarsets - Sunshine Eyes
13:  Washington Irving - Sisi
20:  Blu - Spring, Winter, Summer, Fall
27:  Lanterns On The Lake - Lungs Quicken


03:  Secret Rivals - Ghosting
10:  Laszlo - Zeitgeist
17:  Grenouilles - Bones
24:  Jukebox Collective - Swimming With Sharks


03:  Star Slinger - Mornin'
10:  Pandas and People - Hijamumpa
17:  The You And Me Ensemble - See You
24:  Wonder Bear - Kachina Peak
31:  Moscow Youth Cult - Iris


07:  Dimbleby And Capper - Educated
14Shields - White Knuckle Tight Grip
21Range Rover - There's Nothing For Me Here
28Gilbert - Red Leaves Floating On The Water


05Oregon Bike Trails - Come On, Cone On
12Wishing Wars - Scuba
19Calm As The Colour - The Rain Must Fall
26Daniel J Santillan - Do For You


02  Tomahawks For Targets - The Modern Hunter
09  Waskerley Way - Haram Haram
16  Mausi - Sol
23  Retriever River
30  Cult Image - Little Black Cloud


07  The Shutes - Noah's Ark
14  Daughter - Love
21  Polygon Palace - We Have A Visual
28  Blue Lip Feel - Sideways


04  Tiger Choir - Ghosties
11  Prince Ea - The Brain
18  Sleepy Panda Club - Black Rose Foundation
25  Spotlight Kid - Cold Steel Rain


01  Discopolis - We Should Have Been Born In Canada
08  Citizens - Avalanche
15  Deaf Club - Forest/Shore
22  Internet Forever -3D
29  Violet Youth - Delays


06  Space Fight - Strange Land
13  Summer Heart - My Forever Smile
20  Big Wave Riders - Behind These Walls
27  Little Scout - Right Now We Are Here


03  The Bilinda Butchers - All My Friends
10  Beaty Heart - Slush Puppy
17  The Brow Horn Orchestra - We Were Where The Hearts Is
24  Gung Ho - Twin Rays


01  Zulu Winter - Silver Tongue
08  Friends - Feelin Dank
15  Leopard Of Honour - Good Wives
22  Good Dangers - Abigail
25  Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger - Spinning On Fire
29  Founds - Caves

And now what you've all been waiting for, time to reveal the winner of the 'Found Of Confusion Video Of The Year Award'

*Cue lots of trumpets, confetti, Elephants doing stuff with their trunks - anatomically, not swimwear*

Let me just add up the votes................sorry lost count, back to the start, I'll be with you shortly..................yep think I've got it now.... Ok I can confirm that the winner received a grand total of precisely ZERO votes - yes that's right readers you ungrateful bunch, not one single vote was cast, I don't know why I bother *kicks over rostrum*, however, as they were good enough to say thank you for their nomination, I have decided that the award* should be given to a most deserving winner, the one and only CALM AS THE COLOUR. Well done gents.

*Disclaimer - There is no actual award, monetary recompense or kudos of any kind!