Cloud Control Deezer Session

 

Psychedelic Aussie quartet Cloud Control’s latest album Dream Cave was a near-perfect example of luscious, multi-layered ambient pop. In this exclusive Deezer Session, however, their songs are stripped back to basics, revealing a more lo-fi side to the band.

Watch Cloud Control’s session above, and see all previous Sessions here. You can also listen to the exclusive Deezer Session EP below.

 

Icelandic band Mono Town on finding success through music streaming

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With their debut singles released exclusively on Deezer in November achieving nearly a million streams in just two months, we’re proud to be supporting seriously talented Icelandic band, Mono Town. We caught up with the band about what we can expect with their debut album ‘In The Eye Of The Storm’, released next week on Deezer, and about how interacting with fans online is crucial to their success. Expect big things in 2014!

 

You’re releasing your first album soon, exclusively on Deezer. What can we expect in terms of themes and sounds compared to ‘Jackie O’?

More of adventurous and exciting sounds and heart-wrenching melodies. Some surprising turns and epic endings. To sum it up, the soundtrack of our lives.

You worked with Michael Brauer who is certainly not a newcomer when it comes to mixing albums (Coldplay, Dylan, McCartney, The Vaccines). How do you think your album benefited from this collaboration?

It was great and an honour working with Michael Brauer and his staff. A very fun guy and a real professional. He knows how to emphasise the important details of music and always has his focus on the end result. We approached him for a reason, and he didn’t let us down.

What inspires you?

Great authentic music, exciting textures, beautiful melodies and life in general.

How do you discover new music?

We have some resources through friends and so on. But popping open a bottle of red wine, putting our headphones on, logging in to Deezer and surfing, that’s our preferred choice.

How important is your online presence to you and your fans, and what do you do to maintain it?

Online presence is very important to us. It is the vehicle that allows us to build new relationships with our fans and also create new ones. It is important to acknowledge the fans because they allow the band to exist and while there is no secret method, we feel it is important to keep building material online and allow listeners to have a glimpse into our thoughts and artistic process.

The collaboration between Deezer and Mono Town has shown what’s possible in terms of music streaming services promoting new artists. How did it help you?

For every young unsigned band it is very important to be helped reaching out to as wide an audience as possible. Deezer is doing exactly that. For people, for example in Brazil, to be able to discover and listen to an unknown band from Iceland is incredible for us. As our fan base grows so will our online presence. Bands tend to look at other options as the “right” options in regards of distributing their music. Together with Deezer, we’ve done something completely different. Thinking outside the box can sometimes be a very good thing.

Apart from yourselves, what other band should we keep an eye on in 2014?

Caveman. They recently released their second album called Caveman. We actually met them in Iceland while they were performing an off venue gig at KEX Hostel for the Seattle based radio station KEXP. They are New York based and were touring Europe for the first time. Their album is very good and they seemed to be honest and hard working. And we like that. And if things go right for them, they could be in for a good year. So check them out …after you’ve listened to our new album ‘In The Eye Of The Storm’ of course.

What album are you listening to right now?

Histoire De Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg. We’re getting in to the right mood for our up-coming Paris trip.

Do you already have plans for a tour?

We’re playing in Paris as a part of a festival called Air D´Islande at Le Point Ephémère on February 1st. And then we have other plans ongoing but nothing we can reveal now unfortunately, so stay tuned for more news on www.monotownmusic.com or www.facebook.com/monotownband.

 

Thanks for the insightful interview and bon voyage for your Paris gig!

UPDATE: Listen Mono Town’s debut album ‘In The Eye Of The Storm’ below, exclusively on Deezer.

Little Green Cars Deezer Session

If, like us, luscious group harmonies make you go all weak at the knees, you’d better find somewhere to sit before you watch this new Deezer Session with Little Green Cars.

Featuring three songs from their debut album Absolute Zero, as well as a gorgeous stripped-back cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’, this intimate session sees the Dublin-based five-piece really playing to their strengths.

Watch Little Green Cars’ Deezer Session above and see all previous Sessions here. You can also listen to the exclusive Deezer Session EP below.

Villagers Deezer Session

Today we release our first Deezer Session of 2014, starting the year how we mean to continue by bringing you even closer to your favourite artists. This time it’s a stripped-back set from Irish indie folk band Villagers.

Conor O’Brien performed three songs from their Mercury Prize-nominated and critically acclaimed second album ‘{Awayland}’, along with ‘Set the Tigers Free’, taken from their equally lauded debut album ‘Becoming a Jackal’.

James Foley, Head of Editorial,  Deezer UK & Ireland said: “Villagers’ Conor O’Brien is one of the best Irish songwriters of his generation, and this is demonstrated to devastating effect in this Deezer Session; these songs sound every bit as powerful when reduced to the bare bones. We’re delighted to be able to give fans of the band the chance to witness their unique brand of literate folk in this incredibly intimate setting.”

The EP from the session is available on Deezer, which you can stream below. Check out all the other Deezer Sessions here, with artists such as Lorde, Phoenix, and Franz Ferdinand.

Enjoy!

Oasis arrive on Deezer

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Today we’re delighted to welcome seminal British rock band Oasis to Deezer!

James Foley, Head of Editorial, Deezer UK & Ireland said: “Just how important Oasis were (and still are) as a force in British rock music is impossible to overstate. They somehow went beyond merely breaking records, selling out stadiums or filling pages of tabloids – they set their own benchmark for what it means to be The Biggest Rock Band in the world. They may define the sound of British rock in the 90’s and much of 00’s, but for many theirs is a turn that hasn’t been bettered since.”

Along with their countless awards, between 1995-2005 Oasis spent 765 weeks in the UK Top 75 singles and albums charts, securing them a Guinness World Record, and defining them as the most successful UK act ever. We’re thrilled to have them on board!

 Enjoy 15 Oasis classics below.

Music to boost your workout

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If the holidays have left you sick at the sight of mince pies and chocolate baubles and you’re wanting to amp up your fitness, Deezer is here to help! Top athletes use music to enhance their performance, and researchers are now studying this phenomenon to understand how to fully harness its power.

We spoke with Dr Costas Karageorghis, a leading sport psychologist from Brunel University in London, about how to maximise the beneficial effects of music for your workout. Dr Karageorghis has even made his own ultimate workout playlist on Deezer to get you started. Now there’s no excuse!

So can music really help us in the gym?

Our research demonstrates that music can be a tremendous supplement to exercise. For maximum impact the tempo and rhythmic pattern need to be targeted towards your movement rate and activity pattern. Music can benefit exercise particularly at low-to-moderate exercise intensities. It is less effective at high intensities, like during sprint cycling, because our brain struggles to process the sound – fatigue-related cues fight to dominate our attention.

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Weight lifting: Music that is fast, rhythmic, percussive or bass-driven is particularly good for psyching yourself up before a highly strenuous activity like lifting heavy weights.

Fast running: You need faster music for when you are training at a high intensity. Dance music of 130-140 bpm is ideal for very intense exercise.

Jogging, rowing, cycling: Our recent research has shown that the tempo range 125-140 bpm is ideal across the broad spectrum of exercise intensities when an individual makes no conscious effort to synchronise their movements to the rhythm (asynchronous music). A playlist should ideally contour your expected heart rate during a workout. If you are synchronising your movements with the music, the beats per minute need to match your intended movement rate, so it’s important to determine what this is likely to be and to select music accordingly.

What should we look for in a good workout playlist?

The music should possess a pleasing melody and harmony that improves your mood; the music should typically be in a major key. Music that promotes inspiring imagery or has strong personal associations can also be highly effective.

The musical rhythm (beat) should make you want to move; as well as having lyrics that contain positive affirmations of exercise such as “work your body”, “push it” or “run to the beat”.

Here is a playlist that I would recommend for the average gym goer, starting with three uplifting warm-up tracks and building up towards a tough cardio-type workout:

Dr Costas Karageorghis has been a consultant psychologist to many leading athletes and is the author of Inside Sport Psychology (Human Kinetics, 2011), a guide to strengthening mind and body for enhanced performance. Between 2007-10 Dr Karageorghis was the lead consultant for Run to the Beat, a unique running event featuring live and pre-recorded music to boost performance.