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Mar

Music Alliance Pact – March 2015

Tongues

The last three Scottish representatives in the Music Alliance Pact – KLOËMonogram and now Tongues. – could well suggest something of an electronic renaissance in the Glasgow pop scene, or perhaps just in my own listening habits. Either way, you sense it’s only a matter of time before the city delivers its next breakthrough star and its music-making inhabitants are certainly revelling in the spotlight.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 21-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Tongues.Anymore
Tongues. is the electro project of Kill The Waves frontman Tim Kwant, who is wildly succeeding in his mission to create inspiring pop songs that combine raw energy with a delicate touch. Bold synths, deep subs and soaring vocoders have justifiably drawn comparisons to Alt-J, Hot Chip and fellow Glaswegians Chvrches. With around 50,000 plays so far, Colours In The Dark sparked an online stir after being “accidentally” left public on SoundCloud earlier this year. However, MAP exclusive download Anymore is an even more impressive offering, a perfect union of uplifting and emotive.
April 12: Broadcast, Glasgow

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Feb

Music Alliance Pact – February 2015

Monogram

The elusive Monogram is finally on the cusp of making a welcome first foray into the live music arena. Liam Rutherford, the multimedia mogul behind the moniker, may be familiar to Glasgow scenesters for his guitar work in now-defunct The Darien Venture. Now doing his own thing, his raw, heartfelt vocals sit against an expansive sound of pounding keys and unrelenting beats, culminating in emotion-fuelled, post-pop anthems.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 19-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
MonogramAnno(mute)
Monogram, aka Liam Rutherford, first appeared in MAP’s August 2013 edition under his previous pseudonym Mast. The accompanying song, Romance, was my favourite of that year. Anno(mute) is a subtler, haunting offering, but remains true to his DIY ethic. Working from a remote cabin studio in the Borders, he plays all instruments, designs his own artwork and self-produces his promo videos to create an all-encompassing experience.
April 23, King Tut’s, Glasgow
May 2-3, Brew at the Bog, Inverness

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15

Jan

Music Alliance Pact – January 2015

KLOË

When it comes to discovering new music there are rich pickings to be had at any time, but the start of a year tends to bring extra focus on promising talent, and KLOË certainly falls into the category. Hailing from Clydebank, the teenager’s dazzling debut song Grip is very much the sound of now, and you can help yourself to an exclusive free download of it for a limited time on this month’s Music Alliance Pact along with the rest of the blogging world’s hand-picked selections.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 18-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
KLOËGrip
The hype around Glasgow electro-pop singer KLOË (aka 18-year-old Chloé Latimer) is at feverish levels – and for good reason. She has justifiably drawn comparisons with CHVRCHES and Ellie Goulding and, just like those two acts, her debut song was premiered on the website of New York label Neon Gold. The track in question, Grip, is both brooding and blissful, having been shaped into contemporary sublimity by super-producer/drummer Lewis Gardiner (Prides). The first live outing from KLOË in February is sure to be buzzing.
February 28, The Garage, Glasgow

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