Listen: Chvrches cover Haim’s ‘Falling’ in the BBC Live Lounge.

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Last night, Glasweigan indie synth-pop three-piece Chvrches played a two-song set for Phil Taggart and Alice Levine on BBC Radio 1’s Late Live Lounge. The band played their newest single ‘Gun’, which will be on their forthcoming debut album The Bones of What You Believe, which will be released via the Goodbye label on the 23rd September. They also performed a cover of Haim’s single ‘Falling’, which you can listen to below.

Readers from the UK can listen to the full show on the BBC iPlayer here.

Listen: London Grammar stream ‘Strong’, the leading single from their forthcoming debut album.

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This evening (2nd July), the leading single from the forthcoming debut album from London indie pop trio London Grammar was premiered by Zane Lowe as the ‘Hottest Record in the World’ on his BBC Radio 1 show, and was later posted on the band’s Soundcloud page.

The song retains the emotive background of echo-laden guitars, and Hannah Reid’s deep, emotively hyperbolic vocals from the band’s Metal & Dust EP, which was released in February. Reid’s repetition of the same basic sentence structure, following along the lines of “excuse me for a while / while I’m wide-eyed and so damn caught in the middle”, with slight lyrical variation, which perfectly compliment the vocalist’s weighty, emotionally rich voice.

‘Strong’, however does fail to surpass the sublime emotional impact of ‘Wasting My Young Years’, in which Hannah Reid muses, in her soaring vocals “Baby / We are / We are / Baby I’m wasting my young years”.

London Grammar remind of whispers of Patti Smith, Florence + The Machine and Bat For Lashes, whilst retaining an individualism in their delivery of introspective, emotionally-charged music.

Listen to ‘Strong’, as well as tracks from Metal & Dust below via Soundcloud.

Watch: Frank Ocean debuts new tracks at a gig in Munich.

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Last night (25th June), Frank Ocean debuted a number of new songs whilst performing at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany. You can watch the three as yet unnamed tracks below via YouTube.

These tracks seem to be the first airing of Ocean’s follow-up to 2012’s channelORANGE, and 2011’s mixtape Nostalgia, Ultrawhich he announced in February in an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe. Ocean also stated that the album would feature contributions from Pharrell, Danger Mouse and his Odd Future bandmate, Tyler, The Creator, and also expressed interest in working with Tame Impala and King Krule.

Talking about the record, Ocean stated it would be “bordering on a concept record again”, and stated that it would continue the thematic of ‘Golden Girl’, the closing and hidden song from channelORANGE, which features Tyler, The Creator.