With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in new music that we think you should hear.
Most artists build momentum after dropping their debut, but for Irish duo Bicep, since creating their own record label and putting on the most popular of parties across the country by the same name, their self titled album was anticipated by many. With only fuzzy and grainy mobile phone-filmed video footage of their sound floating around the internet, the self-titled record is finally here to show what this pair are quite capable of, and what a treat that is. Undoubtedly falling under the broad deep house genre, Bicep’s album includes melodic drones layered with fast frequency synth as well as hypnotic, ambient and sometimes eerie accompaniments. Adding their own twist, the twelve track project is an eclectic combination of sounds in their repertoire, with tracks such as album opener ‘Orca’ offering weightless, broken chords met with a kickbeat, contrasting from the trip-hip feel of ‘Vale’ which uses nostalgic vintage techno in simple but punching pulses and elements of psychedelia seep through as analogue noises are met with warped voice recordings and spine-tingling synths in ‘Vespa’. Now their sound isn’t exclusive for the dancefloor, but once you’ve heard it, a dancefloor is the only place you’ll want to be.
Just as well Bicep will be hitting dancefloors across the nation as they embark on a UK tour, promising to bring their infamous parties with them. Having already completely sold out dates at Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory and at Store Street’s The Warehouse Project for Welcome To The Warehouse Pt 2, Bicep head to Canal Mills in Leeds on Saturday 28th October before hitting Bristol for In:Motion on Friday 17th November. The duo then return to The Warehouse Project on Saturday 18th November for their own party brand Feel My Bicep and they’ll be rounding off their year at Rise Festival, which commences on Saturday 16th December and will finish a week later.
Photo courtesy of Bicep
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