High Violet Presents Indie Star Amiee Steven and The Microdance

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Another day of fine music. First is Liverpool's rising Indie star Aimee Steven, with a charting follow up to her last single, "Hell is a Teenage girl." Next, The Microdance, follows up their 2015 critically acclaimed "New Waves of Hope."


Liverpool's rising Indie star Aimee Steven and her evocative new single 'Darling,' a bubble gum pop beat drenched in Velvet Underground vibes. After the huge success of her last single 'Hell Is A Teenage Girl', the talented singer/songwriter is back with shimmer, chic and charming lighthearted pop ballad.

Suzi Q Documentary Review – Awesome Tribute to the Queen of Rock and Roll

Aimée Steven began 2020 sweeping overwhelming support from the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music, Liverpool FC TV, Radio X's X-Posure playlist, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Introducing, for her first single of the year, the aptly titled Hell Is A Teenage Girl.

Signed to Jacaranda Records in 2019, Aimée Steven has gained the support of Liverpool's ThisFeeling and Gigslutz, featuring as their Track of the Day and in their selection of Best New Bands in March. The singer/songwriter's music has also been described as "a harmony-laden gem", with "the languid melodicism reminiscent of the Velvet Underground's poppier moments" by local press.

In a recent interview with BBC Radio's Jermaine Foster, Aimée credits her collaboration with producer Jon Withnall for encouraging her stratospheric rise. Having written music for two years and performing for just over a year now, Aimée shows no signs of slowing down with her next record on the horizon.

World Film Festivals and YouTube Announce We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Darling is available on all major streaming platforms. Pre-save now:



The Microdance 'Our Love Noire'

The Microdance are back with 'Our Love Noire' the long awaited follow up album to 2015's critically acclaimed 'New Waves of Hope', out through Somewherecold Records on the 19th of June

OLN sees the band push their sonic palette even further than the impressively diverse NWoH. The band has always been frontman and composer, Alex Keevill's vehicle for covering everything he finds exciting about alternative music and this album goes a long way to doing this:

Indigo Girls Documentary Directed by Alexandria Bombach In Production

From the shimmering Shoegaze, Alt Rock poppiness of opener 'Lovesick Kisses' to the gooey new wave, 808 driven 'The Ride Today' (where the band seem to out-Cure The Cure!) to the gamut running 'Get Darker' – complete with punishing  riffage, delay laden Dream Pop passages and even a brief homage to Black Metal with John Ganner's blast beats complimenting a furious and quite frankly over the top climax, to the reverberated acoustic whisper of 'Felicity Attacks', this album moves with equal beauty, brutality, darkness and light to take you on a journey that you probably won't want to return home from – this is aural confectionary. Oh yeah and it has killer guitar solos a plenty – Keevill is not a dedicated follower of fashion!

It's a deeply immersive album. Its abundance and variety of aural aesthetic makes it as quickening as it is demanding because this one demands your attention. That's where the reward lies, The Microdance is a five listen band, there are layers upon layers here, creating a melodic subtlety that gives these songs formidable staying power.

Keevill describes what excites him most about the album: "Our Love Noire' is a mix tape type affair. It's the collation of a bunch of songs recorded in several studios with a varied cast of characters. It's all over the place and I love that! 'New Waves of Hope' was a cohesive opus – I wanted that, It was all tracked at theLab studios in LA with Frankie Siragusa engineering and co-producing, Gavin Mata Hari on guitar, Nicole Fiorentino (Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt) on backing vocals and Eric Gardner (Iggy Pop, Morissey, Moby, Cypress Hill) on drums. 

Georgia and The Vintage Youth - A Jazzy, Big Band, Sound is Crossing the Pond

Whereas OLN is kind of thrown together – and I mean that in a positive light – the song writing process was different and there was no thought of whether something may be incongruous, for example, we wouldn't put a song with 808 beats next to a monstrous guitar explosion on NWoH, but I welcomed that with this one. I was less prescriptive with both the songwriting and the flow of the album and I think that's resulted in something very exciting. Surprisingly, it flows really well"

Although Keevill played 90% of the guitar on the album and bass on eight of the 11 songs that feature bass, thanks to his scope of musical and emotive influences, 'Our Love Noire' sounds like a band effort with an array of musical voices usually only afforded to a double album.

The album can be pre ordered on CD or digitally and the three singles preceding the release of 'Our Love Noire', out already can be bought here: https://themicrodanceswc.bandcamp.com/

All who purchase 'Our Love Noire' will receive a free copy of Keevill's side project Captain Keevill & his Darkest Horses' EP, 'False Gods & Wicked Lies': https://soundcloud.com/ck-hdh/sets/false-gods-wicked-lies

The Microdance's pre Our Love Noire discography can be got here at pay what you want: www.themicrodance.bandcamp.com

Haute Tease

  • The Oath Review - Strong Character Driven Performances Carry this Politically Charged Dark Comedy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Oath, from Roadside Attractions, presents the story of one family’s attempt to survive Thanksgiving dinner as the deadline to sign an ordered presidential loyalty oath approaches and violent protests, demonstrations and riots fill the streets.

  • Beltway Insider: Airstrikes Begin in Iraq/Syria; Scots Vote; WH Tackles Sexual Violence, Ebola

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama addressed two global epidemics this week as he traveled to the Center for Disease Control to implement Ebola prevention and announced a second initiative in the anti sexual violence campaign initiated under his leadership.

  • Beltway Insider: Obama Issues Sanctions; Air Asia; 2016 President Race; Syrian Civil War; Mario Cuomo

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama has issued an Executive Order authorizing additional sanctions against Kim Jong Un and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in response to the unprovoked, financially destabilizing and destructive cyber attack against SONY Pictures Entertainment.

  • di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art Unveils Artist Projects and Programming for Part 1 of Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art is proud to present its first institution-wide exhibition comprised of new commissions and guest-curated projects utilizing work from the permanent collection unfolding in two parts from November 4, 2017, through 2018.

  • New York Fashion Week: Backstage with Rebecca Taylor

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Rebecca Taylor, the New Zealand born fashion designer, hosted the media backstage prior to the presentation of her fall/winter 2008 line. Having been invited to have a one-on-one interview with the designer we met backstage at Mercedes-Benz IMG Fashion Week.

  • Beltway Insider: Trump Implodes; UK/Russia; Parkland Killer/Student WalkOut; Matt Damon; Stephen Hawking

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The ENOUGH Movement, birthed from the Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School Massacre, organized a National Walkout across America, in every city as they dedicated themselves to ending gun violence in our schools and remembering those senselessly killed.

  • The Longines Masters of Los Angeles Rides into Long Beach To Begin Global Grand Slam

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Longines Masters of Los Angeles, the four-day world class equestrian competition, and first leg of the prestigious Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping, hosted at the Long Beach Convention Center, ended recently bidding all a very fond farewell.

  • A Hologram For The King Review – Finding An Oasis in the Desert of Life

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A Hologram for the King, from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, presents a new take on the proverbial fish out of water scenario, as ageing salesman Tom Hanks attempts to navigate the changing world of IT, break cultural barriers and maintain life.

  • Brigsby Bear Review – A Warm and Fuzzy Comedic Drama

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Brigsby Bear, from Sony Picture Classics, presents the story of an James, a budding filmmaker, who is experiencing a brand new world and in finding his creative wellspring he must return to a troubling and unusual past.

  • HL London: Kensington Whole Foods Review – A Delicious Intersection of Organic, Natural, Healthy and Fresh

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    I was feeling slightly uneasy when I moved back to London from California, where a healthy diet and looking beautiful are absolute musts. My life was taking another turn and I was leaving a love that had captured me from wheels down.

  • Coffee Table Art For the Intellectually Promiscuous

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Coffee Table Art, considered the staple for the difficult on our Christmas list, has changed over the years and with the internet bookstore finding that perfect tome, a keepsake, a DIY guide, the best images of seven continents has never been easier.

  • The Last Word Review – Solid, Performance Driven, Entertainment

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Last Word, from Bleecker Street Media, presents a classic timeless story of finding the missing pieces that, through discordant beginnings, are fine tuned into melodies, that somehow find the right blends, the harmonies, that becomes treasured memories. 

  • Beltway Insider: Obama and The Panama Papers Fall Out; Election 2016; Journos Murdered; Elon Musk; Zaha Hadid

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama began his post presidency employment search this week with a stopover at University of Chicago Law School where he taught an introductory course to which he was well received. His tenure is still under consideration.

  • Celebrity Photos:Kering and the Festival de Cannes Celebrate Women

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The 'Women in Motion' program, designed to highlight and celebrate the contribution of women to cinema, Kering and the Festival de Cannes celebrated the commitment and exceptional career of the American actress Jane Fonda, a two-time Academy Award Winner, producer and philanthropist.

  • The Beguiled Review – Shocking, Stunning, An Early Oscar Favorite

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Beguiled, from American Zoetrope and Focus Features, presents the final days of the Civil War and the breakdown as solid truths and commitments become clouded by the presence of a wounded Union soldier who electrifies the home.