yup, finally the album launch, with Azure Blue and Cosines... it's a Sunday evening, and we finish early so you can get home in good time to get a good night's sleep before going to work the following day... and tickets are available here
Azure Blue is the new solo project from Tobias Isaksson. We've known Tobias for years as a talented songwriter and a colorful profile on the Swedish pop scene. His old bands Irene and Laurel Music attracted worldwide recognition, documented from The Allmusic Guide to the blogosphere, but this is a brand new start. With Azure Blue, Tobias has surpassed all his previous work. The whole process has been like watching a baby dolphin being born.
The name is a paraphrase of Dennis Wilson's "Pacific Ocean Blue". Tobias says: "It's Wilson's honest look with the epic beard and the ocean blue mood itself that has inspired me. Along with other male storytellers like Earnest Hemingway, Klas Östergren and Grant McLennan. I wanted to make a mature AOR record but ended up flirting with new wave and new romantic as well."
"Nostalgia fuelled pop harking back to the heyday of Factory Records, Isaksson's material is deeply romantic with a deft production slight of hand that can single-handedly break your heart and indeed heal it in one fell swoop." The Line Of Best Fit (UK)"The best electro-pop record in recent memory." Blurt Magazine (USA) 9/10 review"Think a more optimistic Radio Dept. and you're somewhere in the right direction." Street Lights As Fairgrounds (UK)
Cosines are a mathematical pop band from north London. Simon Nelson and Alice Hubley met on the London Underground after a Stereo Totale gig in 2009. Two days later Simon was round Alice's house unblocking her kitchen drain. Since then Simon has been round and put up two curtain rails, a blind and a shelf.
This unlikely meeting, got them talking and once the DIY was done they started making music together, fusing metronomic pop sensibilities, 60′s grooves and krautrock noise. What you maybe would get if you mix Love, United States of America and Stereolab. As a band they are constantly trying to find the perfect meeting point between clean synths and fuzz guitars.
"as refreshing as bicycle practice" Everett True"Marshmallow-fed, mathematically inclined indie-pop" Drowned In Sound"[Hey Sailor Boy!] sets off as a northern soul stomper before adding lovely strings and flirty lyrics. And they have produced not one, but two, catchy efforts, as b-side The Answer is also pretty darn good, albeit more in a Stereolab synth krautrock styleeeee" Sounds XP