Exclusive First-Listen: Temposhark "Threads" (Morgan Page Radio Edit)

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Check out what happens when two ArjanWrites.com favorites collaborate.

Los Angeles DJ/producer Morgan Page put his crafty hands on Temposhark's brand-new single, "Threads," which is released worldwide this week. "Threads" is the third single taken from Temposhark's forthcoming sophomore album that was written by Temposhark singer Rob Diament and Sean McGree (Robyn, Kate Havnevik).

Morgan Page does what he does best. He takes the track and infuses it with his signature mash of sweeping melodic highs and punctuating dancefloor beats that is simply killer.

Page's purposely frantic treatment of "Threads" perfectly reflects Diament's throbbing anxiety that is captured in the song's lyrics."I've convinced myself it is a good idea. I've convinced myself to stay away from you. I've convinced myself to pull away these threads," he sings. Leave it up to Diament to tell you exactly how he feels. (Click to purchase the single in the U.K. or North America.)

January 17, 2010 in Temposhark | Permalink | Comments (0)

Exclusive: Watch Temposhark "Bye Bye Baby"

Temposhark returns with a "gothy" video for their excellent new single "Bye Bye Baby." The song is taken from the group's new album, titled "Threads," which will be released February 2010. The song marks the return to Temposhark's beginnings with its emphasis on pulsating electronic beats and synths.

After singing that the "world does not revolve around you," Temposhark lead man Rob Diament wants to make sure the message gets across for once and for all. On "Bye Bye Baby," he is in full control with kick-in-your-face, snappy lyrics like "It's too late for me to care anymore. It's so over. In the palm of your hand no more." Yeah, you better not mess with Diament when he gets agitated like that.

The video was directed by Ben Charles Edwards who recently worked on the mini film The Town That Boars Me, which featured Kelly Osborne, Sadie Frost and Sophie Ellis Bextor. Rob Diament was eager to work with Edwards after seeing that film. "His style reminds me of hammer horror or Tim Burton or Ed Wood even," he writes me. "It was incredible to work with him - put some eye liner on and hairspray my hair up!"

"I really like the dark atmosphere created, it's a nice feel for the song, which even though sounds very pop and fun, is quite dark lyrically," he adds. (The single will be out on Monday. Download it here.)

November 19, 2009 in Temposhark | Permalink | Comments (1)

Temposhark Releases New Single and Video + Very Special Video Message

Check out the video for Temposhark's brand-new single, "The World Does Not Revolve Around You." The song premiered exclusively on this blog back in August.

Produced by the very talented Sean McGhee, the song is taken from the group's forthcoming second album that will be released in 2010 and is the follow-up to 2007's critically-acclaimed "The Invisible Line" (in which I received a thank you in the liner notes, which was totally awesome).

In this divalicious and humorous new video, singer Rob Diament plays the role of a picky and snotty bachelor hoping to find true love in a speed dating session. Click here to download "The World Does Not Revolve Around You" on iTunes.

Rob recorded a special shout out for ArjanWrites.com readers to highlight the new single. Thanks for that, Rob!

September 19, 2009 in Temposhark | Permalink | Comments (0)

Exclusive: Listen to New Temposhark "The World Does Not Revolve Around You"

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Following the release of their excellent debut album "The Invisible Line" in 2007, British pop outfit Temposhark returns this summer with some brand-new material.  Have an exclusive listen to the group's new single, titled "The World Does Not Revolve Around You," which is taken from their upcoming new LP "Threads" that will be out in 2010.

The song is somewhat of a departure from the rock-edged and glossy, electro-tinged pop of their first album.  "The World Does Not Revolve Around You" is a fun and energizing straight up pop ditty with its tight, pacing backbeat and super hooky chorus. Get your hands clapping!

The most quoted lyric from "The Invisible Line" was probably the self-obsessed "I've come, it's been fun.  But won't you please dissapear? Something tells me you can't further my career" (from "Don't Mess With Me").  This new track echoes a similar sharp-tongued and humorous sentiment, which should come as no surprise. "I actually wrote the first verse and chorus of the song while we were touring to promote the first Temposhark album," singer Rob Diament (pictured) writes me.  "The chorus line always stuck in my head and every so often I would sing it to myself."

"When I started album 2, the first song I wanted to do was this one," Diament continues.  "I took the small idea to my producer Sean McGhee and we spent the whole day laughing our heads off, especially writing the lyrics for the middle section - our favourite lyric at the time of writing it was 'I really want to like you but you only talk about yourself, it gets boring very quickly.' It was me in a mega-mean mood! It's not really about one person, although at our live gigs I sometimes say it's dedicated to myself."

August 8, 2009 in Temposhark | Permalink | Comments (12)

Listen to Temposhark "I Kissed A Girl" (Katy Perry Cover)

Rob Diament adds a bit of his own vibrato and a whole lotta drama to Katy Perry's ubiquitous "I Kissed A Girl" that he performed with Temposhark at a London radio station last night. Very well done. It definitely creates a nice little spin when a guy sings this song and hopes "his boyfriend don't mind it."

On a related note, after releasing their fantastic debut "The Invisible Line" earlier this year, Temoshark is currently writing new material for their sophomore effort.

August 30, 2008 in Temposhark | Permalink | Comments (1)