I'll admit to being late to the game when it comes to a lot of bands, and I'm fine with it. Sure, it's nice to discover an artist as they release their first piece of work, but I can't be everywhere all of the time. Inevitably, I miss something, but I think that makes the discovery so much sweeter.
A few months back, I discovered the London based indie rock band Hella Better Dancer. The band has been around for a handful of years, flying under my radar, being awesome. My first impression (I couldn't tell you what I heard first) was that I enjoyed their work, but wasn't blown away. That was my fault because these days I haven't been able to truly dedicate a ton of time in the discovery phase, it has to grip me quick. That all changed with the Beech Coma Volume 2 compilation album. The album featured a track from the band and one from Tilly as Lazy Day. I fell head over heels after hearing 'Like A Child' by the band, 'Oldest Friend' by Lazy Day, and then later I heard 'Our Girl' by Soph Nathan. Shortly after that, I bought two EPs from their Bandcamp, and then two more from Amazon. Now, I can't quit listening to 'Brother', 'Last Song', 'Hundred Balloons', 'Take This', 'Last Song', all of their tracks to be honest. I find a new favorite each day.
The only thing that was missing was the 'Sleeptalking' 7 inch from Beautiful Strange Records. I checked that off the list this week, receiving 26/100 in the mail. Total for the package was £8 or about $12 shipped to the States, very reasonable for such a quality package.
Check out the video from Sleeptalking below. Billy Boyd Cape directed it, and it's as fantastic as the track.