Following on from the inaugural New Ideas #1 last year with Spector and more, our New Ideas club is back in the 2012 with some of our tips for some of the best new music around.
Mozart Parties is the solo project of James Bennett, 23. Born and raised on the suburbs of London, he spent three years studying music in Leeds, before relocating to the small, remote village of Kirkby Lonsdale in the Lake District in early 2009.
The wilderness, nature and isolation of the new surroundings introduced a textural, atmospheric element to his long standing love of pop music. In this new, secluded environment he began making music under the name 'Mozart Parties', writing and recording brilliant pop songs of lush arrangements and infectious melodies, coupled with cleverly discerning, introspective lyrics.
Alongside realizing his home-spun musical vision as a full fledged live band, practicing in a country barn (underneath a tractor and a herd of sheep) Bennett released his debut single, "Black Cloud", on Merok records to a brilliant reception. The single was shortly followed by the equally acclaimed online Memory Thunderstorm EP towards the end of the year, with 2012 promising to be an even more exciting year for Mozart Parties.
Sylver Tongue was born from the Kandinsky addled mind of a Purple Rain obsessed girl. Inspired by 70s sci-fi movies, psychedelic pop and the prowling grooves of Grace Jones and her warm leatherette, Sylver's songs were hammered out on an old battered Juno and a shiny metal computer from the comfort of her underground cave.
The wounded songs of love and heartache found their way to producer James Rutledge (Post War Years/Everything Everything/ Fever Ray) who transformed them into pulsating torch songs floating into space. Another download coming in March to follow the heavily blogged 'Hook You Up' and an album due to be released this year.
DJs from Paradyse records will be manning the decks in between the bands.