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Electric Knights Featured Song of the Week - 22/12/2017


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Man With Glasses

A Weak Tomorrow

Release date: 22/12/2017

 

I first heard of Man With Glasses when I started listening to the 'inthemoog' radio show on North Cotswald Community Radio. Inthemoog is a radio station that caters for electronic/synth based music and play anyone from established artists to independent artists. I will cover this in a future blog.

 

But back to Man With Glasses. I heard their first single 'Biting A Wet Sponge' and immediately fell in love with this lovely little instrumental. It took me back to other artists that I liked that don't seem to be around much anymore - like Lemon Jelly. There was something fun about the music. It seemed simple, melodic and infectious. They seemed to get the correct amount of melody and instrumentation that just gelled very well together. Plus it was a synth track, which always goes down well with my sensibilities.

 

I then downloaded the next two tracks 'Narwhal' and 'The Saddle' and wasn't disappointed. The feel of both of these tracks complemented their debut single and wouldn't feel out of place on an EP or album.

 

Recently I heard the first play of their latest single 'A Weak Tomorrow' and couldn't wait to download it. 

 

Again, it is an instrumental and follows the same idea as their previous tracks, although this one has more of a synthwave feel to it, with some lovely cinematic strings. The pulsating synths that drives the track makes you think of films like Tron or Bladerunner, or even a more up to date movie - Drive. To me this is an exceptional track, full of lovely little touches and sparks the imagination. I can almost see myself driving a fast car passed neon signs, while being chased by bad guys on motorbikes - light cycles would maybe be more apt.

 

If you like electronic music, soundtracks or even just well written tracks with feeling, then I would advise giving this track a listen and add it to your record collection (yes, I am that old!!!).

 

The accompanying video suits the track extremely well:

 

 

A bit about Man With Glasses:

Man With Glasses is a project of Scottish musicians Ian Beattie and Craig Johnston. Formed in December 2015, their perfectly handcrafted instrumentation has already gained industry recognition along with continued support from several international media outlets.Their debut single 'Biting a Wet Sponge' is melodic electronica at its best and was crowned top tune of 2016 by 'In the Moog' radio show.The duo met as session musicians working with various artists throughout the United Kingdom.They soon developed a deep respect for each others playing and opted to work on their collective ideas thus Man With Glasses was born.With a limited budget and the intention of a big sound they embarked on road trip around Scotland with the sole intention of accruing second hand musical instruments.Within 6 months the partnership had signed three tracks over to international record companies and completed the paperwork for a promising and worldwide licensing/sync deal.Their second release 'Narwhal' was released on 29/08/2016 via Wold Records based in Norway and was chosen for 'The Sound of Electronica'.compilation album.
2017 has seen the band release two further singles 'The Saddle' and most recently 'A Weak Tomorrow'.The band look forward to a promising future and their music is available worldwide on every major platform.

 

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link to iTunes page:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/a-weak-tomorrow-single/1317931963

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2 minutes ago, Steve Mueske said:

I listened to this a few times. I like a lot of the synth textures and the subtle modulation on the reverb wet level is really cool. I also like the interplay of the various simple rhythmic patterns to keep the interest alive. Not a huge fan of that beat though. I would have preferred something more futuristic sounding than a sort of dance pastiche. Obviously, they were going for a genre piece, but the rest was minimal and clever, whereas the drums sounded a bit cliche.

 

I think they were going for the dance feel with the beat, the song has been described as dance/electronic fusion.

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