Aug 25 2014

Weekend Videos: Dorine Levy – “Lenyrose”

It’s very hard to describe Dorine Levy in terms of genre. Words like ethereal and celestial are too generalising, and comparing the sound to Bjork or Sigur Ros would be lazy. Sure, there are effected guitars and filmic ambience but what I’m trying to say is there is something entirely unique about Levy’s vocals and the creations she inhabits.

Lenyrose“, a single taken from Levy’s excellent debut LP is as beautiful as Elizabeth Fraser fronting the aforementioned Sigur Ros. It’s hypnotic rhythms and twinkling melodies are both captivating and beguiling in equal measure.

Levy’s artistic and brilliant take on indie pop saw her debut single at 16 years old sell over 50,000 units worldwide and since then has seen her 2008 EP picked up by fashion brands H&M, Zara and River Island and been selected as a ‘top 5 international acts’ in Australia.

The video to accompany “Lenyrose” is mesmerising. A curious tale of psychological caging and self-discovery, an office worker lives with her eyes closed until she opens the box in which her potential lies. The cinematography is gorgeous and mirrors the song perfectly.

Dorine Levy debut LP ‘Underwater’ is out now.
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Aug 19 2014

Dead Seem Old releases first single “They Won’t Find Us”

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Beginning with a spidery guitar line and warm handclaps, “They Won’t Find Us” is the first track to be released by Dead Seem Old. With a whole LP’s worth of songs written by Thom Wicks during an inspiring trip to Indonesia, he contacted producer Javier Weyler and together the pair recorded the album on an old 4-track recorder at Weyler’s Studio, The Beat Factory.

Sticking strictly to the influences of rare 1960’s surf instrumentals and Grimm fairy tales the collaboration’s first track continues with a flowing bassline and more intricate guitar work, with subtle electronic twinges accompanying the vivid lyrics.

The single “They Won’t Find Us” is out on Lo Records In September and here at Cougar, we can’t wait to hear more.

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Aug 17 2014

Weekend Videos: The Flight – The Idol And The Idle


The musical partnership between Joe Henson and Alexis Smith aka The Flight have produced something impressive dating back to their coming together in 2005. Since then, their creative production hub in East London has worked with some of the biggest names in music such as Lana Del Rey, Bjork and Elbow.

Their latest EP ‘The Sinner Inside‘ sees talented American singer/songwriter Alana Stewart, an artist we have been following for some time, taking on vocal duties may just be their most wondrous and exciting project to date.

The Idol and the Idle‘, the 2nd track from the EP is everything British music should be proud of. Understated is a word that is thrown around in this post-XX time, but moody, patient production cooks at the bottom of a pot of brooding vocal sass and beautiful analogue synths. The fact that the song is immediately so iconic without an obvious chorus only strengthens their case.

The lyric “God gets muddy in the glass” is the stuff of Twain, and conjures up a revelation of a world stuck between false promises, filling our voids with frivolous and carnal passions. This is combined with a stark and gritty video accompaniment that asks whether it is better to drink, dance and lay my way into middle age, or to actually think outside the box. Or look up from the box. Or remove my face from someone’s box. Either way I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.

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Jul 21 2014

SKYROADS Release New Double A-side Single

skyroads band image SKYROADS Release New Double A side Single

Fresh from their first ever UK tour, SKYROADS released their disco infused double A-side single “1,2 Steps/ Beyond The Doors” and it proves these boys and gal have a great future ahead of them.

The Tel Aviv based 5-piece channel the spirit of Nile Rodgers through the funk bass backbone of “Beyond The Doors” whilst twinkling synths give a fizzing zest to the dancy track.

1,2 Steps” begins with yet another irresistible bassline built upon with a great sense of restless urgency before the joyous chorus rids the band of all the angst allowing for a free flowing synth line to lead the line to yet more dancy disco infused musicianship. Both tracks are now available on the band’s soundcloud.

Make sure you catch them this autumn when they’ll be bringing their disco rock vibes to Europe and the States.  SKYROADS were born to play live and it won’t be long until we see them across  the biggest stages and festivals.

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Jul 8 2014

Alt-J release first official single from upcoming ‘This Is All Yours’ album

Alt J This Is All Yours album cover Alt J release first official single from upcoming This Is All Yours album

Ever since Alt-J dropped their brilliant debut ‘An Awesome Wave on us back in 2012 we have been wondering what the Cambridge outfit’s next steps would be. Following the release of unofficial single “Hunger Of The Pine” (because that’s what bands do nowadays) we now have the first official single in the form of “Left Hand Free“.

Built on a quasi White Stripes riff “Hunger…” is a lo-fi slow burner that was apparently written in just 20 minutes but kind seems timeless. It sounds like nothing the band released before and raises the expectations for their sophomore album even higher.

This Is All Yours‘ ia suw on September 23rd via Canvasback/Infectious

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Jun 29 2014

Big Scary live @ Mercury Lounge, New York City

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Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I was lucky enough to catch Big Scary at Mercury Lounge in late April, while on their tour around the States promoting their new album ‘Not Art‘. Opening for Say Hi, Tom Iansek and Jo Syme graced the crowd with a mix of new tracks off their aforementioned latest album, such as “Phil Collins,” and “Invest,” alongside some more older upbeat favorites from ‘Vacation‘ including “Gladiator.” A true gem off of the recent album would have to be their first released single “Twin Rivers” which displays Tom‘s phenomenal piano skills. Seeing him slide his fingers across the piano creating an illusive sound of wind chimes is a true display of his mastery of the craft. Continue reading


Jun 24 2014

Employee Of The Year drops Das Racist remix

employeeoftheyear Employee Of The Year drops Das Racist remix

It’s been almost a full year since we last featured Employee Of The Year on these pages and it’s time to make amends. The self proclaimed purveyors of “Slow French“, have been keeping themselves busy with slew of remixes and we have definitely kept notice.

One of their latest gems is a take on Cougar heroes Das Racist on their Jay-Z sampling “All Tan Everything” and we have to admit the Parisian duo has done a bang up job on this one. We’ve also included their reworking of 90′s pop diva Brandy‘s track “Never Say Never“.

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Jun 19 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Potatohead People

Potatohead People EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Potatohead People

There’s always a surrealism to meeting people after your perception of them has been pre-informed by a body of work. Even more so after you find yourself shadowing them for a haze filled weekend, connecting the dots to between that and their true selves.

Yo, I have all this Israeli prog stuff from the late 70’s I have to show you. Incredible stuff”, says Nate, or AstroLogical as he appears in my iTunes library. “There’s something about that time in music, all over the world, like 73-79, there’s great fusion & prog, like this one band Sheshet, so good, what does that mean in Hebrew?” “Six, or Sixth, I think.” I responded. I imagine myself out of body, being tripped out by the scene where I sit, having one of my favorite producers show me gems from my parent’s native land. “Have you heard of Buttering Trio?” I ask, equally tripped in hipping him to my favorite active Israelis going. I pull something up. “Woah, I’m so into this, I can really hear their soul, this is fantastic”. We peruse their YouTube together on Nick Wisdom’s living room couch oriented near a window in such a way as to mimic your typical diner booth, verifying what I previously knew about his fetish with breakfast.

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