The Remedy Club debut album 8 October 2017

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Album release: 'Lovers, Legends & Lost Causes' by The Remedy Club
Release date: 8 October 2017
Label: High Flying Disc Records
More info: Band website

The Remedy Club, the Irish husband-and-wife Americana/Roots duo comprising KJ McEvoy and Aileen Mythen, will release their debut album 'Lovers, Legends & Lost Causes' on October 8th via High Flying Disc Records.  

The duo are known for their tight vocal harmonies and intelligent songwriting while McEvoy has been singled out for praise as a guitar player of great expressiveness and technical aplomb and Mythen for her stunning vocal performances.  

'Lovers, Legends and Lost Causes' features the accomplished string playing of Kj’s sister Eleanor McEvoy who joined forces with a sterling troupe of Ireland’s hottest musicians.  The album was produced by The Remedy Club at Astakalapa Studios, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland and mixed in Nashville by 5-time Grammy award winner Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson) and Mark Petaccia (Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega).  

According to Mythen, “We wanted to create an album of music that we would like to hear ourselves while also paying homage to such musical heroes as Tom Waits, Hank Williams and Django Reinhardt. The style of music fits really well with me personally at this point in my life. I think it’s important to have honesty in the music and singing these songs feels very truthful.” 

Nowhere is this sentiment more evident on the album than in its’ lead single 'Come On', with its’ starkly honest refrain and wonderful vocal performances, which highlights the chemistry between the two.   

McEvoy adds, “Although we’re influenced by different musical styles, including blues, folk and rock n’ roll, our country influences are very much to the fore on this album. There are three main themes running through the album, with songs about Love (‘Last Song’, ‘I Miss You’), Legends (‘When Tom Waits Up’, ‘Listening to Hank Williams’) and Lost Causes (‘Bottom of the Hill’, ‘Get Away With It').” 

The Remedy Club will tour through Autumn 2017. 

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Andrew Weatherall new album due 29 September 2017

Album release: 'Qualia' by Andrew Weatherall
Release date: 29 September 2017
Label: Hoga Nord Rekords
More info: Hoga Nord website

The aural collusions of Weatherall, Walsh and an old accomplice and sparring partner in Legrand (11/11/65 - 22/11/11), 'Qualia' is a quandary, a question mark and maybe, just maybe, his finest release in years. It's also a record best defined in the words of Mr Weatherall himself:

"Mr Brackstone, my psychic shepherd, when confronted by the facts would probably say it was cosmic synchronicity but then again he would because he's Jung at heart. Others may cite mere coincidence. These are the facts. I'll leave the metaphysical debate for another time...

It's all about the black notebooks as memorial device and 'The Black Notebook' and 'This Is Memorial Device'. At the same time as reading Mr Modiano and Mr Keenan I was ensconced in the Woodleigh Research Facility investigating a method of composition sparked by a random event too prosaic for the telling; unless of course we go back to 'The Red Book' and see the hand of Jah [the D.M.T molecule that steers human existence] at work. After all it was him/her/non-binary that sent me the "shave your beard off" message. And the "don't buy any more drugs" one. 

Whatever your leanings the music on 'Qualia' is the result of images, feelings
and thought processes stirred up by Monsieur Modiano and Mister Keenan channeled through the medium of a sonic noteboook - in itself the memoir of somebody else's life/fiction.

My own black notebooks, like Jean's [Modiano's protagonist] stir the silt of
memory and birth as many mysteries as memories. They also provided the track titles."

Andrew Weatherall. The Woodleigh Research Facility, July 2017.

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Diamond Thug new single ‘Cosmic Dreamer’ out now

Single release: 'Cosmic Dreamer' by Diamond Thug
Release date: 4 August 2017
More info: Band website

In 2016 the South African band, Diamond Thug, recorded their debut EP with the help of Dave Minehan (The Replacements) and released it to waves of support, Indie Shuffle calling it ‘…a joy to listen to’. After significant support at Spotify where they have now had several million plays on just one single, and in their home country, Diamond Thug have introduced their music internationally with their last single ‘Eclipsed’, that premiered at Wonderland who described the track by saying “As flawless vocals glide over soaring guitar riffs and electronic melodies, the track has clearly been created for lazy summer evenings and dancing under festival sunsets. An exciting look at what the South African quartet have in store, we look forward to hearing more.” And more comes in the form of their next single ‘Cosmic Dreamer’, and it doesn’t disappoint. The track is available from August 4th via Phonofile and you can listen/buy it here.

Since their formation, Diamond Thug have continually evolved, always striving to create a unique sound that’s stay true to their perspective. Their music glides through dream-pop, skittish, off-kilter electronica & psychedelic-rock, creating cosmic-influenced ethereal soundscapes, which swirl below Chantel’s haunting, yet beautiful melodies. The pursuit of an authentic & honest sound has earned the band various honours in international competitions such as Culture Collide’s pick to perform at SXSW 2017, as well as Converse’s Music Global Takeover and the attention of Grammy Award winner Darryl Torr, who had this to say about the band:  "When listening to Diamond Thug, you are taken on a journey.  It’s the effortless vocals, supported by a solid band, that tips you over the edge & pulls you through into their world.  It’s rare to find a voice that can execute such interesting melodies so effortlessly as well as a band that leaves space for the vocals to shine, yet are able to maintain musical integrity."

Press reaction to date

“Their music can move you, excite you and perhaps even - dare I say it - inspire you.” - The Huffington Post

“Diamond Thug’s come-hither voice dances through salty beach air” – Billboard

“They mix danceable electronic melodies with swooning guitar melodies that sometimes morph into scuzzy riffs into a delicious melting pot. This isn’t a diamond in the rough; it’s a proper gem.” – DIY Mag

“Diamond Thug are establishing themselves as one of the most exciting bands around at the moment” - Wonderland

“Chantel Van T’s vocals are like smooth honey to your ear drums…a joy to listen to” – Indie Shuffle

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Wild Ones new album due 6 October 2017

Album release: 'Mirror Touch' by Wild Ones
Release date: 6 October 2017
Label: Topshelf Records
More info: Band website

Today, Portland, OR band Wild Ones has announced their new album, 'Mirror Touch', out October 6th, 2017 via Topshelf Records. Nylon premiered the first single 'Paresthesia' calling it "a catchy indie gem with a deeper meaning". Vocalist Danielle Sullivan says of the track, "Paresthesia refers to a time in my life when anxiety was ruling my mind. I was withdrawing from friends, wasn't leaving my house, and had stopped engaging with the world outside. The song explores strained love in the context of manifested fear." Listen to 'Paresthesia' here

Wild Ones delve into the bliss and burden that musicians are tasked with today: create work that captures your spirit, but do it without selling your soul. Self-produced and recorded, they walk the line of DIY oddity and polished pop sheen. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the band combines the talents of lead vocalist Danielle Sullivan, keyboardist Thomas Himes, drummer Seve Sheldon, guitarist Nick Vicario and bassist Max Stein. Growing up on Cocteau Twins and En Vogue, their sound is a mash of R&B synths, muted guitar, and somber vocal melodies. After 7 years together, they've hit their stride in creating work that poses questions about art and authenticity.

'Mirror Touch' explores spaces of isolation, loneliness and how it feels when the line between self and other becomes blurred. The record title refers to the condition 'Mirror Touch Synesthesia' and the physiological experience of empathy. How can you know yourself, when in public you become everyone else? The songs explore the quest to maintain artistic self-integrity in an industry that seeks to homogenize. Solitary in their process of collaboration, Himes and Vicario produce the music, while Sullivan crafts lyrics and melodies, their attempt at self-preservation against the ever-changing expectations of what music should or should not be. Combining their style of upbeat melodies with a backdrop of darker lyrical themes, an inquiry into their artistic process ultimately reflects a balance between earnest head nods to their favourite sounds with a fierce loyalty to their own sense of self.

Press  reaction to date

"Filled with impeccable arrangements and a mature pop sensibility that hits you from the first note." – TIME 

“A soothing and comforting blend of dazzling piano and dream pop rhythms. Sullivan’s voice washes over the lush instrumentation, adding a sense of clarity to the tracks.” – Consequence Of Sound 

“Full of glimmering synths and keyboard, and singer Danielle Sullivan's vocals fill the track with a cinematic quality” – The Fader 

“A synth-pulsed, slow groove that'll slot nicely between Chvrches, Ladytron, and Purity Ring in your record collection.” – Noisey 

“Goes down as nicely as an ice-cold pint on a warm summer day with its shuffling percussion and angelic vocal melodies.” – The 405

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Son Little album 'New Magic' out 15 September 2017

Album release: 'New Magic' by Son Little
Release date: 15 September 2017
Label: 15 September 2017
More info: Artist website

NPR’s All Songs Considered are premiering the powerful new track 'Demon To The Dark' from modern soul innovator Son Little today. Check it out here.

GQ once described Son Little as “soul music for the hip-hop generation" and never has that description seemed more prescient than on the new track 'Demon To The Dark' a simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking soul ballad. The song is from Son Little’s forthcoming album New Magic which arrives 15 September on ANTI-.

The song begins with the confessional proclamation, “I’m gonna beg for your forgiveness. I’m gonna do that from the start. Gonna need you as a witness, though you may have a hardened heart. Have I always been a sinner or did the world pick me apart.”

Son Little says of the track: “Sometimes when things get hectic or I'm feeling low I listen to Washington Phillips, an old gospel/blues musician who played an autoharp-like instrument he made called a ‘Manzarene’. I tried to emulate the sound of the Manzarene with an omnichord and ended up with 'Demon to The Dark' which is basically an imagined conversation with Mr. Phillips, a very devout religious man, who no doubt wouldn’t approve of a lot of the things going on around here these days (sex, drugs, rock and roll.) Still his music gives hope because it sounds like love and forgiveness.”

Each of the songs on 'New Magic' draw from the diaspora of American blues and soul that includes not only modern R&B, but also rock & roll and hip-hop. He transforms them into a singular sound, propelled by mesmerising, soulful vocals and production that artfully balances between rustic immediacy and hip hop cut-and-paste. 

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Diet Cig add The Spook School to UK tour and add extra London date

Tour announcement: Diet Cig with The Spook School
Tour dates: October 2017
More info: Band website

NY's Diet Cig today added Scottish indie-poppers The Spook School to their upcoming UK dates and also add a second London date at The Moth Club after the first sold out.

The band also recently shared the video for 'Barf Day',' a highlight of their much-loved debut album Swear I'm Good At This. Watch 'Barf Day' here.

'Swear I'm Good At This' was released this Spring via Frenchkiss Records to world-wide critical acclaim. It is the follow up to the infectious, 2015 Over Easy EP that introduced the world to the band's consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back. Swear I'm Good At This accumulates Diet Cig's tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and direct, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison.

Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are. The LP was produced, engineered and mixed by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, NY with additional recording at Atomic Sound in New York City. 

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Cassels album 'Epiphet' due 6 October 2017

Album release:  'Epiphet' by Cassels
Release date: 6 October 2017
Label: Big Scary Monsters
More info: Band website

The precociously young and talented art-punk two-piece Cassels today announce their debut album proper, 'Epiphet' for October 6th on Big Scary Monsters. Poetic and agitated, you can stream the opening salvo of tracks, 'Coup', and 'Let', now. They will also play two launch shows for the record:

  • October 6th - Birthdays, London
  • October 7th - The Cellar, Oxford

For Cassels, music is about authenticity. Together they embody the spirit of punk, even if their sound stretches the boundaries of any genre. It is rare to find a band who sound only like themselves, especially one with just two instruments, but Cassels are just that. The work of two brothers, Loz and Jim Beck, they have been playing music together since long before their voices broke and all that practise has paid off – direct and considered lyrically, musically challenging and in possession of an originality you could never force.

“I’m hoping cynicism will pass as lyricism,” Jim Beck, the driving force behind the sibling duo spits on previous single ‘The Weight’, featured by NME, Dork, DIY, Upset, Gold Flake Paint and a highlight of a “pre-album” that got 5 K’s in Kerrang!.

“I guess it stems from a few places,” he says of the origin for this attitude, “people letting me down, not having a particularly sociable childhood, and our dad’s a pretty cynical guy.”

But in his mind, cynicism is realism. It underpins what Cassels stand for. Their noisy, edgy and sometimes deliberately jarring sound is built around a reluctance to idly stand by as our political climate clouds our futures. It balances apathy with anger, and through it channels a generational voice. A generation who are incorrectly dismissed as being inactive, but who are finding new ways to attack the establishment.

The message lies unfiltered over a unique sound only the UK DIY scene could cultivate. There’s no metaphor to hide behind. Cassels are antagonistic and brash, but more importantly, they challenge the norm, both musically and lyrically. 

The lyrics are like contemporary poetry driven by the frustration of socio-political injustices, and fed by the ennui of growing up in a one-horse town. “There’s the old cliché that good lyrics stand up on a page without music, but in reality I don’t think many read well at all,” Jim says scathingly of mainstream music. “At some point I made the conscious decision to try and write words which could be read in isolation without them being obviously identifiable as being from a song.”

‘Epiphet’ features the production work of Rocky Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar, Adebisi Shank) who captures all the intricacies of the two piece in their biggest sound yet. From the opening salvo of singles “Coup” and “Let”, to the bitter tribute to the town they grew up in – “shitty Chipping Norton” – on “Where Baseball Invented”, onto the call and response hooks of “You Turn On Utopia” and the melodic suss of closer “Chewed Up Cheeks”, the album rarely lets up pace. Disparate, desperate wording set to music that moves from cacophony to melody seamlessly, ‘Epiphet’ further cements their youthful tenacity, and continues to paint them as one of the most unique, and most important, bands of our time.

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Prism Tats new song 'Brainwaves' out now.

Song release: 'Brainwaves' by Prism Tats
Release date: Out now
More info: Artist website  

As previously announced, Los Angeles based Prism Tats shared two new songs, 'The Liar' (including a video directed by Dan Monick) and 'Apples' earlier last month. Today, Prism Tats reveals 'Brainwaves', a song that reflects on the detachment born from increasing dependence on technology.  Listen to 'Brainwaves' here  

Prism Tats is the project of South African transplant Garett van der Spek. Growing up in Durban, South Africa, van der Spek first began dreaming of making music at an exceptionally young age. When he was just three, he met a musician named Elvis on a roadside in the province of Mpumalanga, and instantly knew that he wanted to play guitar too. By age 12 he’d formed his first band, mining inspiration from his dad’s Beatles, Bowie, and Kinks records.

After years of playing in local bands and working on solo projects, van der Spek moved to Seattle and later relocated to L.A. In 2014 he founded Prism Tats. In 2016 Prism Tats released a self-titled debut album on Anti- Records.  

Prism Tats is working on more new music to be released later this year. 

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Soft Fangs album 'Fractures' due 1 September 2017

Album release: 'Fractures' by Soft Fangs
Release date: 1 September 2017
Label: Disposable America
More info: Artist website

Soft Fangs is the musical project of Brooklyn-based songwriter, John Lutkevich. Since his first EP (soft fangs | 2014) and subsequent full length (The Light | 2016), Lutkevich has been enticing audiences all over with his purposefully crafted dark pop. 

Influences like The Beach Boys, Leonard Cohen and Pavement melt together to form a scuzzy tangle - from which emerges a dreamier sound reminiscent of acts like Sparkle Horse - while literary inspiration comes from the magical realism of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and avant-garde poet Robert Creeley. 

On his latest release ‘Fractures,' Lutkevich says: “The LP is a collection of songs that I wrote over the past year in fragments and then recorded in three days during a snowstorm in Maine. I wanted to take these songs that I’d written leisurely over the span of a year and then record them very quickly.  It’s the first album where I've enlisted the help of others to engineer, so I let my good friends Bradford Krieger & Chaimes Parker (Big Nice Studio) handle all of the recording aspects, and I just got to run from instrument to instrument.” 

Songs like ‘Honey Colony,’ drip around the ears of the listener, melding the story of a bee with that of a workaholic, while other songs like ‘Elephant Girl’ and ‘We Don’t Live Together Anymore’ take on abstract interpretations of loneliness and alienation.  

“The album varying in concept is precisely the concept, hence it’s title. They are fractures from my life and other people’s.” 

Have a listen and enjoy.

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The Young’uns new album 'Stranger' out 29 September 2017

Album release: 'Stranger' by The Young’uns
Release date: 29 September 2017
More info: Band website

“A homage to the outsider; A eulogy for the wayfarer; A hymn for the migrant” 

Teesside trio The Young’uns have always had the human touch. In the space of little more than a decade - and just three years after giving up their day jobs - they have become one of UK folk music’s hottest properties and best-loved acts. 

Stockton Folk Club’s star graduates clinched the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’ title two years running (2015 and 2016) and last year saw them spreading the net, taking their unique act and instant audience rapport to Canada, America and Australia. 

With their strong songs, spellbinding harmonies and rapid fire humour, they have achieved one of the trickiest balancing acts – an ability to truly ‘make them laugh and make them cry’, while cutting straight to the heart of some of our most topical issues. 

On September 29 they will unveil their fourth studio album 'Strangers' – playing their strongest suit to date.  Bold, profound and resonant it showcases the growing talents of Sean Cooney, fast becoming one of folk’s finest songwriters. 

Together with Michael Hughes and David Eagle, Cooney has come up with a collection of folk songs for our time, all sensitively arranged by the 30-something trio - looking back at wartime heroes here, offering a news report for the 21st century there, turning the spotlight on injustice and ultimately celebrating the indomitable human spirit.  

Setting the scene with a cover of Maggie Holland’s 'A Place Called England' (Best Song at 2000 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards) , the remaining songs on the 10-track album all come from the prolific pen of Cooney who manages to combine unflinching, sharply observed but compassionate, heartfelt lyrics. 

With its ocean blue cover, Strangers looks at the stories of those that have crossed the seas to British shores and soldiers that have voyaged from here to the warfields of Europe. Paeans for the underdog have been inspired by the courage of Syrian refugees, have-a-go heroes and Gay Rights campaigners which sit seamlessly alongside narrative songs of First World War soldiers, Caribbean and Jewish immigrants, including the founder of one of our best known British High Street stores. 

Not forgetting their native North East heroes, The Young’uns inspiration also comes from further afield – the banks of Spain’s River Ebro (Bob Cooney’s Miracle) and the Thalys train terrorist attack in France. (Carriage 12). There are constant changes of tempo and mood, from the jaunty sing-a-long Ghafoor’s Bus, celebrating their fellow Teessider who reached out to refugees across Europe to the slow, soaring beauty of Lapwings (as performed on BBC-tv’s Springwatch), inspired by a First World War diary entry from a soldier homesick for English fields and skies and the sublime, poetic Dark Water where they are backed by Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Radio 3’s Mary Ann Kennedy on harp. 

Stand-out song 'Be The Man' was inspired by the incredibly moving story of Matthew Ogston and his fiancé Nazim Mahmood - its poignancy elevated by ex Bellowhead musician Rachael McShane on cello and fiddle and Chumbawamba’s Jude Abbott on melancholic flugelhorn. Matthew reacted to Sean’s lyrics saying: “I do not have the right words to even begin to explain how your words have touched my soul and heart”. 

Sean’s songs have reached some of the people who inspired them including Syrian refugee Hesham Modamani, now living in Germany and Paris-based American-Frenchman Mark Moogalian, injured in the Thalys train attack, who heard Carriage 12 and wrote to say: “Many thanks for this wonderful song - the only thing that has ever brought tears to my eyes regarding what happened that day.” 

These are powerful songs prompted by remarkable stories - making for an ultimately upbeat album full of hope, echoing the lyric from Ghafoor’s Bus: “There’s a friendly face, a better place and a future for us all” 

Striking a chord wherever they go, the emphatic 'Strangers' marks a milestone chapter in The Young’uns brilliant story. 

Recorded at The Chairworks in Castleford and Loft Studios in Newcastle, Strangers is produced by Neil Ferguson, released on Hereteu Records label and distributed by Proper Music. 

'Strangers' will be showcased on an extensive UK tour (October 4-27) including a debut at London’s Union Chapel and dates at Sage Gateshead (Hall 1), Glasgow’s Oran Mor and The Sugar Club in Dublin – their first headline gig in Ireland. Support for most dates comes from The Hut People, with singer songwriter Greg Russell opening for the trio in Nottingham and Lincoln. 

Press reaction to date

“Incredibly moving - you guys are life enhancers” - Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

“The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What’s not to like?  ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ Colin Irwin, The Guardian

“In Cooney, The Young’uns clearly have a songwriter of considerable talent” - ⋆ ⋆⋆⋆⋆ Songlines

“Magnificent - destined to become hailed as national treasures before long” ⋆ ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ Maverick

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Richard Thompson new album out 11 August 2017

Album release: Acoustic Classics Vol. II by Richard Thompson
Release date: 11 August 2017
Label: Beeswing distributed via Proper
More info: Artist website

Celebrated guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson will release 'Acoustic Classics Vol. II' on his own Beeswing record label, distributed via Proper, on August 11. Richard will play Cropredy Festival in August, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Fairport Convention and tour the UK in October.

On the heels of the success of 'Acoustic Classics' in 2014, 'Acoustic Classics Vol. II' will feature acoustic renderings of classic songs from the Richard Thompson catalogue, some previously recorded by other singers, some previously available only in a band format. A second album Acoustic Rarities will be released later in the year featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.

Special three-disc vinyl LP and double CD versions of both albums together will be released exclusively via Pledge Music

A hugely popular live performer, Thompson will tour the UK in October 2017, including the very first concert at the newly-established London Bridge Theatre, which is now sold out and a second London show at Cadogan Hall. 

Ground-breaking group Fairport Convention, co-founded by Thompson as a teenager in the ‘60s, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Richard will play Fairport’s annual Cropredy Festival, which takes place August 10-12, to mark the occasion. 

Richard Thompson was recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time and is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received multiple awards, including Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards and the US and UK Americana Music Association Awards, as well as Mojo’s Les Paul Award and an Ivor Novello Award for song writing. Thompson was appointed OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others have recorded his songs.

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Third Culture Kings debut album due 19 August 2017

Album release: ‘Is That Light You Carry?’ by Third Culture Kings
Release date: 19 August 2017
Label: Weed Recordings
More info: Band Facebook

‘Is That Light You Carry?’ is the debut record from Third Culture Kings, a new project led by Jan Johansen (Glorybox) and Alap Momin (dälek). Filtering classic vibes through modern interpretation, 3CK reimagine The Velvet Underground or Leonard Cohen as if they had been mixed by King Tubby and Afrika Bambaataa, all the while incorporating influences as diverse as Indian drone, early 80’s synth pads and Miami booty bass. 

Still, it’s worth noting that there’s nothing about these recordings that’s rooted in the past: nearly every sound on the record - sans lead vocals and guitar – was created or recorded directly to an iPhone. Momin created the beats, bass and majority of synth lines on his device, while Johansen then recorded backing vocals, second guitar, vibraphone, piano, horns, rhodes, and melodica as voice memos on his that were eventually dropped on top of the finished tracks. 

Cuts like ‘Seven Slayers’ send you on an arcane descent into alien subterranea, while ‘Sunshine For Sadie’ floats you across a dreamy, space-like universe. Elsewhere in tracks like ‘Flamingo’ and ‘Higher’, rock and roll guitars are juxtaposed with rattlesnake drums, creating ambient desert soundscapes perfect for an imagined intergalactic western. Throughout the record, hypnotic layers of sound and ambient psychedelics grip you to an electric-folk universe in which slow bubbling beats are matched with woozy flourishes and gently propellant melodies. 

There are few acts claiming to channel Vangelis and Suicide at the same time, and even fewer that also shout out their love of Doo Wop, UK Bass, and Chicago House in the same breath, but this international duo manage to strike all those notes and more. Veteran performers who’ve outlasted endless trends and toured the world for the better part of the last two Third Culture Kings aren’t afraid to stretch the boundaries of style. The eclectic, yet cohesive group of songs in their live shows complement bills featuring everything from shoegaze to commercial R&B. 

Jan Johansen hails from Copenhagen and has toured all over Europe, the U.S., and Japan with his old band Glorybox sharing stages with acts including Iggy and The Stooges and Marilyn Manson. He's recorded and toured playing guitar, drums, sitar, percussion, keys, and vocals with Serena Maneesh, Neil Halstead (Slowdive/Mojave3), Sufjan Stevens, and many many more. He also currently performs in the Danish indie rock band Ring Them Bells. 

Alap Momin, from New York City, better known as the Oktopus was a founding member and producer of the ground-breaking noise/hip-hop group dälek. Over the course of 15 years they released seven full-lengths worldwide while working with labels including Ipecac Recordings, Matador Records, Southern Records, and Tigerbeat 6. They performed alongside an incredible batch of artists, amongst them De La Soul, KRS-One, Tool, Fantomas, Isis, John Zorn, Mike Patton, The Melvins, Moby, Prince Paul, The Roots, Massive Attack, Kraftwerk, Amon Tobin, Sonic Youth, Mars Volta, Saul Williams, and Flying Lotus. Alap has also been a recording and mix engineer for the past 24 years working on music from The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Rye Coalition, Charles Hayward (This Heat), Faust, Will Oldham, David Byrne, Yann Tiersen, Alan Vega, Ted Leo, Eric Bachmann, and many more. 

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Hypochristmutreefuzz debut album due 11 August 2017 

Album release: ‘Hypopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia’ by Hypochristmutreefuzz
Release date: 11 August 2017
More info: Band website

Hailing from Ghent, Belgium Hypochristmutreefuzz are at the forefront of Ghent’s noise-rock scene. Other than a secret weapon for passionate Scrabble-fanatics (their name comes from an avant-garde jazz piece by Misha Mengelberg) the band, formed around Belgian musician Ramses Van den Eede, is a frontal attack to all of the senses, thanks to a crushing groove, the use of a power drill as an instrument and inconveniently lovable bone-shattering and shamanic vocals. 

Following on from a number of single releases and an EP release in early 2015, they are now ready to release their debut album ‘‘Hypopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia’ (named after the phobia of long words, of course!). The band have previously received praise from the likes of the Guardian and the Quietus for their incredibly individual and cacophonous yet strangely danceable noise-rock, which has attracted comparisons to the likes of Jesus Lizard, Pere Ubu, Mr Bungle, Butthole Surfers and The Residents. The album is a collection of ten frenetic, fuzz-driven, unhinged and at times seemingly depraved tracks. However, whilst wild and undeniably distinctive Hypochristmutreefuzz understand that a song being intelligent and complex need not exclude it from having a raw, rhythmic energy and a strong sense of melody, conjuring up imagery of a pop-infused satanic ritual.  

This translates into their live shows, performing in total darkness with one strobe light per artist and Ramses Van den Eede frantically thrashing and gyrating around the room amongst the audience members. Their bizarre and almost ceremonial live performance is enough to get even the most unassuming and inhibited members of the audience moving. The band have played one-off gigs all over, from historic underground castle vaults in Southampton, through to the likes of Live at Leeds and Glimps Festival. Following their album’s release in August, the band are set to return to the UK with dates to be announced. 

If you’re lucky enough to have heard Hypochristmutreefuzz or have even seen them live before, and believe us, you’d know if you had, then this incredibly strong debut effort should be instantly recognisable as a consummate and direct snapshot of the devastatingly efficient unit; with instruments, ideas and personalities bouncing off each other in an audible culture of creativity. If you’re still yet to hear them, then now is your chance. Throw up your arms. Join the cult. 

Press reaction to date

“Hypochristmutreefuzz are the latest chapter in that long tome of rock 'n' roll weirdos that dates back from Beefheart, through Pere Ubu, The Residents, Butthole Surfers and Mr Bungle to the new cream of Belgian noise-rock pioneers.” – the Quietus 

“…sounds less like Led Zep than the Jesus Lizard entering a demented circus-orgy, ringmastered by Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers.” – the Guardian 

“…these intense Ghent-based musicians also take inspiration from chart pop, hip-hop, and dance music. You’ll be snaking your hips to their funky grooves one minute, thrashing your arms wildly around the next, and maybe ending your listening party with a small seizure.” – Bandcamp 

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Mark Springer / Rip Rig And Panic new album due 28 July 2017

Album release: ‘Circa Rip Rig And Panic’ by Mark Springer / Rip Rig And Panic
Release date: 28 July 2017
Label: Exit Records
More info: Artist website

The pianist and composer Mark Springer began his career as a soloist before going on to form the critically acclaimed Bristolian post-punk/avant-jazz band Rip Rig And Panic, featuring members from The Pop Group along with Swedish/New York singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry. When they split after three dynamic years together The Times commented that, “…their too-brief career will not have been in vain if it has served at least to launch the pianist Mark Springer.”  

Now with four releases with Rip Rig and Panic and several solo albums to his name, including a collaborative record with Arthur Jeffes of Penguin Café, across Virgin Records and his own Exit label, Springer is lining up to release his new album ‘Circa Rip Rig And Panic’. Comprised of pieces written by Springer while in Rip Rig And Panic, the CD includes collaborations with two of his fellow Rip Riggers plus a duet with the Velvet Underground’s Nico. Circa is also further testimony to the versatile talents of Rip Rig and Panic’s bassist Sean Oliver - here on cello and vocals - who went on to co-write hits with Terence Trent D’Arby. 

From the earliest part of Springer’s career his distinctive and unique sound has continued. This was born from his ability to create intense and evolving soundscapes, both through his writing or improvisation - ‘spontaneous composition’ as Springer calls it. Springer has always aimed to stretch the possibilities of what the piano is capable of doing and therefore extend the language of the instrument. This powerful physical engagement directly translates into all of his music for piano and other instruments and comes through powerfully in the new CD Circa. 

This restless, continually probing, spirit has also been evidenced most recently in April 2017 with Springer playing completely new music at a special performance in Bologna, engaging the audience in a continuous energised exchange of creation and improvisation. Thriving off the risks of the unknown in his performance, this was recorded for the BBC and will be aired later this year. 

On his latest solo album ‘Circa Rip Rig And Panic’ Springer transcends strict genre classification yet again. Whilst the album’s foundations are rooted in jazz, he also makes forays into the traditional classical world, as well as neo-classical and at times the avant-garde. Tracks such as ‘Walking Cello’ and ‘Oh Lonesome Train’ explore free jazz based ideas and fluid structures creating frenetic yet masterfully controlled melodies. Elsewhere tracks such as ‘Fuji Fuji’ and ‘I’ve Got To Two Hand It To You’ lean towards neo-classical themes (the latter wouldn’t feel out of place on an Erased Tapes release) whilst introducing gentle jazz phrasing. Conversely, ‘A Given Voice A Given Choice’, which features Nico’s haunting and beguiling vocals sits somewhere between the contemporary and experimental field calling to mind Scott Walker or more recently A Dead Forest Index or Savages.  

Speaking about the album Springer says, “My drive in Rip Rig and Panic was to shake up the Jazz world and create a new kind of music that could break down musical boundaries, redefining the possibilities of a contemporary idea of what a band could do. Through that forum and with those great musicians I was able to explore and develop my compositions in front of a live audience. This music was created in that spirit.” 

‘Circa Rip Rig And Panic’ is a testament to Springer’s creative mind and his compositional integrity, which is shown through his broad back catalogue of work from the material recorded on ‘Circa’ all the way through to his more recent solo releases, piano quintet/sextets and opera. Plus a celebration of the brilliant cohesion between the talented musicians which contributed to making the group such a force. 

Albums, and indeed songs, that span so many genres are rare, and it’s even rarer that you’ll find sounds that perfectly capture such a diverse array of atmospheres and emotions as this. Mark Springer is an artist who needs no introductions, but if you’re yet to discover his work, there is no better time than now. 

Press reaction to date

“Dazzlingly inventive extemporisations that variously channel Eno, John Cage, Satie, Roedelius, Bach, Philip Glass, Jan Garbarek’s Officium, Michael Nyman, Ludovico Einaudi and Max Richter into something that sounds fresh and original.” – Uncut

“It’s clear that Springer is at home playing jazz standards or going hell for leather in an improve context” – The Wire

“This is Steve Reich territory, only here with more dynamic tension and often romantic intent. Utterly beguiling.” – Jazzwise

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Chris Merrick Hughes album 'Eirenic Life' due 14 July 2017

Album release: ‘Eirenic Life’ by Chris Merrick Hughes
Release date: 14 July 2017
Label: Helium Records
More info: Artist website

Google the word ‘Eirenic’, and you’ll find definitions like, “tending to promote peace or reconciliation.”  

“The title and main theme for Eirenic Life came from my feelings about the recent state of things and a few unwelcomed premonitions: the ongoing wars between people, the right-wing shift, Trump and Brexit, the late-night scaremongering news, all the aggressive and unnecessary crap,” says Chris Hughes. “I wanted the feeling of something more meditative, and aiming at peace. It’s as simple, and pretentious, as that!” 

There are two sides to Chris Hughes. There’s the notable producer of others’ records, most famously Adam & The Ants – with whom he also played drums - and Tears For Fears, and other famous names. And there’s the occasional composer of modern experimental music at odds with that line of work, such as the sublime piano ruminations of his new album Eirenic Life, six tracks of deep emotional engagement, from brooding to wistful and even a little agitating, Hughes reckons; from a richly expressive 13-minute piece to a 47-second miniature, united by a desire to locate a place of calm. Lovers of Eno and Erik Satie’s work will find much to love (Hughes also names Anton Webern, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, John Adams and György Ligeti among his ‘thanks’ in the sleevenotes: a succession of visionary pianists, minimalists and classicists).  

“The album doesn’t carry much form of traditional western composition, like developed harmonic work, it’s quite basic,” Hughes feels. “They’re more like sketches, strange melodic ideas. Not complicated, not boring but hopefully rewarding.” 

Hughes’ grounding in The Beatles and psychedelia was soon upended by a ‘Eureka!’ moment when his fine-art teacher/music-buff father took the 18-year old Chris to a concert by the minimalist composer Steve Reich. It was an album of, “strange experimental electronics,” that Hughes played to David Bates, a junior A&R man, that led to producing the Liverpool synth-pop band Dalek I Love You, which led on to Adam Ant.  

Even when Hughes was part of one of the greatest pop phenomena of the last 40 years, he’d create snippets of music, “but I’d stick them on the shelf. I never felt the urge to put it all together and make a record.”  

But finally, he did, releasing the acclaimed Shift on Fontana in 1994 (reissued by Helium Records in 2008), an exploration and reworking of several pieces by Steve Reich. Hughes recalls, “At that time, I was preoccupied with pulse, tempo, rhythm and sequence. I was busy successfully producing artists and groups for major labels, so in my precious spare time and as an antidote to schedule, demands, problem-solving and unnecessary pressure, I decided to make Shift. 

“Fast forward and I’m still working away in the studio, but I decided three years ago that it was time for another solo project. Often late at night, away from phone calls, production work and schedules, and with the added freedom of knowing that my children were now old enough to burn their own toast.” 

Eirenic Life is, at heart, a very straightforward piano album. “I wanted something small and simple, and everyone understands the nature of piano,” he explains. “I didn’t want a synth record. I didn’t want mystery.” 

Looking out of his studio at the lush Bybrook Valley, outside Bath, and looking too at computer graphic images of a sunset/sky and water that became Eirenic Life’s beatific album cover, Hughes had a tranquil place to work from, as he brought different pieces off the shelf: “ambient electronics, drone, undefined tempo and rhythm, the lack of constant pulse, piano music and, once again, sequence.”  

But he eschewed the easy option - especially for a producer used to big mixing desks and budgets - of changing the provenance of each piece. “It was important to do something that wasn’t cathedral-like, with a hundred overdubs and chord progressions, things I often do in my day job. My album has purpose but it’s meandering, it’s supposed to be primitive. I did write other ambitious tracks, but I couldn’t connect with them. I’m also a huge fan of minimalism, if you can get your point across with less.” 

The only addition to Hughes’ piano is some very subtle ambience, often field recordings that bring their own energy and intrigue. Such as recording from London’s Victoria & Albert museum in ‘Girl With The Jesus Towel’. “I like the idea that the V and A is theoretically calm, but it’s actually quite noisy!” he says. “And then I bedded the piano on that ambience”. The track also features the sound of an old gate opening and closing, discovered on a countryside walk: “it made such a squeaky mechanical interruption, I recorded it and used it as a squeaky mechanical interruption!”  

In case people interpret the reference to a 'Jesus Towel’–  which Hughes says could have been a rug or cloak, as a symbol of comfort - and the fact ‘Eirenic’ comes from Christian theology (of which Hughes was unaware at the time) as religious motifs, the ‘NSV’ part of the lengthy opening track, standing for ‘Non-Secular Violence’, makes his point clear.  

“The aspect of violence, ironically, comes from within the wrong part of religion, having God on your side and righteousness, fucking over another country, race or religion, which I find repulsive. The album ends with ‘Safe Warm Sun,’ which is a the eirenic part, aiming for peace, and no bigotry.”  

‘Tenemos Historia’ (Spanish for ‘we have history’) makes the same point: “it’s reminder that human beings should be doing better than killing each other by now.” 
The Dily of ‘Dily’s Dream’ is Hughes’ cat, a nervy rescue animal who nevertheless sleeps so peacefully, “and I often wonder what she’s dreaming about. It’s a dippy, noodly tune and it’s supposed to be whimsical.”  

Likewise, ‘Exmoor Pony Gavotte’, 47 seconds of, “a strange, repetitive descending line, which wasn’t particularly good, but when I re-discovered it, it made me laugh! And it made a nice dropdown into the last piece.” 

Having waited 23 years between solo albums, Hughes is already making progress with a third, “a more obtuse record, with wobbly synthesiser, super-fast modulation and drums.” A book of Hughes’ graphic designs in also in the works. But right now, he’s on a mission for peace, with one of the most exquisite and melodic balms of this or any other year. Send it to Donald Trump, now!

“beautifully pastoral and mesmerising” – the Guardian

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Binker and Moses new album due 28 July 2017

Album release: 'Journey To The Mountain Of Forever' by Binker and Moses
Release date: 28 July 2017
Label: Gearbox Records
More info: Band website

Binker Golding and Moses Boyd are a semi-free jazz saxophone and drums duo. They are among the frontrunners of a loose yet interconnected group of London-based jazz musicians that are influenced by the music that surrounds them, including grime, hip-hop and electronica as well as jazz. Like their US counterparts, they’re connecting with a new, younger audience. 

Born either side of the Thames - Binker north in Edmonton, Moses south in Catford – the pair met eight years ago and toured extensively as members of Zara McFarlane’s band, recording three albums for Giles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings. It was during the onstage sound checks with McFarlane that Binker and Moses started developing their duo improvisations, eventually bringing the idea of recording them to the attention of Gearbox Records, the vinyl-led record label and vinyl mastering studio. 

Their debut album, 'Dem Ones', kickstarted a sensational period for the duo, earning them a string of awards including Best Jazz Act at the 2015 MOBO Awards and two wins at the Jazz FM Awards 2016: UK Jazz Act of the Year and Breakthrough Act of the Year. They were also voted Jazz Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. 

From the beginning Binker and Moses have been building a strong young audience base performing in the more intimate rooms away from the traditional jazz venues, such as Brilliant Corners in Dalston and Deptford’s Job Centre as well in bookshops, cafes and record stores. In these situations they can play without amplification, often ‘in the round’ and facing each other, drawing the audience in to their uninterrupted sets that continually ebb and flow, building to tremendously powerful crescendos.

'Journey to the Mountain of Forever' is a two record set: the first disc features the duo on their own, while on the second they are joined by the great UK free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker, trumpeter Byron Wallen, harpist Tori Handsley, tabla player Sarathy Korwar and drummer Yussef Dayes. 

At 31 years of age Binker Golding has already been playing saxophone for 23 years. He studied jazz at Middlesex University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he completed his Master’s Degree. He has learned from and played alongside many great saxophonists including Steve Williamson, Jason Yarde, Denis Baptiste and Gilad Atzmon. Binker is the Musical Director of the TW Youth Orchestra and has composed concert repertoire and conducted the Nu Civilisation Orchestra. Binker also plays in Moses’ band Exodus, and performed with Kano at last years Mercury Prize. 

26 year old Moses Boyd only started playing music in his teens, but within a few short years was performing in Denys Baptiste’s quartet at the Royal Festival Hall. Moses was the 2014 Worshipful Company of Music’s Young Jazz Musician of the Year and won the John Peel ‘Play More Jazz’ Award at the 2016 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards. He has worked and collaborated with artists including Lonnie Liston Smith, Ed Motta, Little Simz, Four Tet, Floating Points, Sampha, Gilles Peterson. He leads his own outfits The Exodus and Solo Exodus which infuse jazz, grime and electronica influences. Moses also produces and releases music on his own Exodus Records label. During this incredibly busy period Moses still found the time to graduate from Trinity Laban with a BMus (Hons) Jazz Drums in 2016. 

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Wren album 'Auburn Rule' due 14 July 2017

Album release: ‘Auburn Rule’ by Wren
Release date: 14 July 2017
Label: Holy Roar Records
More info: Band website

Following on from the release of their 'Host' EP last year, London-based progressive sludge/noise-rock four-piece Wren, are now gearing up to release their new album ‘Auburn Rule’. 

Recorded at Holy Mountain Studios by Misha Hering (Memnon Sa) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Beastmilk, Fucked Up and High On Fire), the new album sees the bands most consummated material yet. Calling to mind the likes of Neurosis, Amenra and Old Man Gloom, ‘Auburn Rule’ is a masterfully bleak and aggressive collection of tracks, which traverse an unyielding foray of styles and influences with nods to post-metal, noise-rock, sludge and doom. Full of morose and slow moving ascerbic moods, tempos and soundscapes, the album seamlessly merges visceral instrumentation and vocals with moments of ominous yet ethereal serenity.  

Speaking about the new album the band said “The album is based around the same premise as the entire band and our other records so far. Our process is more of a returned contribution to the creative pool that we draw from as a collective. Lyrically, each song is knowingly vague, and throughout 'Auburn Rule' there is rarely one idea that can be summarised from each song or passage - what is more common in our work is a collection of our scattered thoughts and incomplete musings." 

Since releasing their debut self-titled EP release back in Feb 2014, Wren have been moving from strength-to-strength, despite a variety of tumultuous line-up changes and painful geographical relocations. Wren have had to make heavy sacrifices to follow through with each record and commit to their sound, and their determination shows. 

Wren have garnered healthy support from select press in their short time together, with their last EP 'Host' commanding praise from the likes of CVLT Nation, The Obelisk, Terrorizer and, most notably, Daniel P. Carter with repeat plays on BBC Radio 1's Rock Show. Supports under the likes of Minsk, Ohhms and Kowloon Walled City have helped establish the band both in the UK and EU, and Wren have also made select festival appearances at Carefully Planned and Incubate Festival and are set to appear at Raw Power later this year. 

Press reaction to date

“massive waves of abrasive and downtrend sludge core heaviness” - CVLT Nation

“a good example of their turbulent, Isis-inspired churn” - Terrorizer

"righteous in its violence, thoughtful in its execution” - The Obelisk

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Charly Bliss announce first UK dates during September 2017

Tour announcement: Chely Bliss
Tour dates: September 2017
More info: Band website

NYC's Charly Bliss announce long awaited first UK dates following on form the huge interest in their critically acclaimed debut album, Guppy, out now digitally via Barsuk Records.

The album will get a physical release in the UK on September 8th ahead of their live dates here.

The band have also released a music video for 'Westermarck', a stand out - complete with infectious, immediate chorus - from Guppy. Billboard, who premiered the video, are saying it "captures summer camp in all its nostalgic, carefree glory."

The band are also offering a free download of 'Westermarck' with a follow here.

Guppy has been receiving significant attention in the States, where it recently got "Best Albums Of The Year So Far" accolades from Billboard, Stereogum, SPIN, Consequence of Sound and UPROXX. 

The band is currently on tour in the US and has dates with Death Cab For Cutie, Pup and Kevin Devine. Their energetic and magnetic live show is not to be missed.

Press reaction to date

"A record for the ages... Charly Bliss' debut is ebullient, addictive and an instant classic." - The AV Club

"An album of vulnerability and blunt honesty... Feels familiar even on first listen; you might find yourself singing along by the second chorus, as if this band's been soundtracking your adolescence all along." - NPR

"One of those bands where you either like them or you're wrong" - Upset

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Deer Tick new albums due 15 September 2017

Album release: Deer Tick Vol 1 & 2 by Deer Tick
Release date: 15 September 2017
Label: Partisan Records
More info: Band website

For the first time in four years the acclaimed and beloved band Deer Tick announce the September 15 release of a long-awaited new album...actually, two. Never a group to stand by conventional protocol, the celebrated Providence, RI quartet will release two separate albums of original material, Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2 (Partisan Records), recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN. The two albums complement each other yet reflect completely contrasting styles, both of which accurately represent the two distinctive musical personalities of Deer Tick — quiet and thoughtful / loud and raucous. Listen to the beautiful 'Sea Of Clouds'  from Vol. 1 and the garage punk-infused 'It’s a Whale' from Vol. 2. 

Deer Tick Vol. 1 showcases the folk-driven, roots/rock style with right amount of grit, that Deer Tick is known for. Lead singer/songwriter John McCauley is a masterful introspective and observational songwriter, who documents inner struggles and external conflicts with a perfect balance of heartfelt sincerity and wry wit. The opening track Sea of Clouds encompasses all of what brought so many fans to Deer Tick in the first place, and also what kept them there. Guitarist Ian O’Neil’s 'Hope is Big' and drummer Dennis Ryan’s 'Me & My Man' expand on the group’s already dynamic range.

On Deer Tick Vol. 2, the band turns it up and lets it fly with an injection of punk-inspired garage rock at it’s finest. Clever lyrics, infectious hooks and captivating melodies pack Vol. 2 with bassist Christopher Ryan skillfully laying it down with authority and attitude.The propulsion of opener 'Don’t Hurt', edgy pop of 'Jumpstarting' and rowdy punk of 'It’s a Whale'  reveal that there was an obvious Jekyll & Hyde approach to recording Vol. 1& Vol. 2. Vol. 2 closes with boisterous 'Mr. Nothing Gets Worse', with all three singers taking a verse on a song that would have made The Replacements proud.

Deer Tick defines the term outlier. Their ever-evolving style has never been claimed by any one scene or genre. They encompass key elements of indie-rock, country, punk, pop, Americana, folk and so much more, which is what makes it difficult to nail them down. With Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2, the question really is, why would anyone want to?

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Duane Forrest 'The Climb' new album due 21 July 2017

Album release: ‘The Climb’ by Duane Forrest
Release date: 21 July 2017
Label: Traaxx Music
More info: Artist website

The traveller’s experience is one envied by many. Throughout his life Duane Forrest, the newest artist to be signed to Traaxx Music, has been in the thick of many cultures, and now residing in Toronto, has previously had the luck to have lived in Mexico, Honduras, and Puerto Rico amongst others. Perhaps then, it is no surprise that his life and Jamaican heritage, has allowed Duane to so naturally weave the styles of Bossa Nova, Jazz, Reggae and Soul to create an organic warming sound.

A rough neighbourhood in a Toronto government housing complex could have lead to a different path in life except from the blessing that has saved so many before him, music. From a young age his appetite to delve deeper into the world of the arts has drawn him to many instruments, and techniques that have built and built into the ‘ Apple in the Tree’  series. The concept grew from an experience Duane had during a spiritual trip to Mexico, upon encountering a glimpse of love when it was least expected. The experience struck a chord when, “One day she told me this story. "I'm an apple in the tree, in this tree there are many apples within reach, even some on the ground are easy to pick up, but for me you'll have to climb..." Needless to say this stuck with me. Also the woman that she was, the confidence etc stuck with me. What she brought out of me also was very important. So I wanted to tell that story, that journey.”

Through the profits and influence of his music, Duane has recently founded a non-profit charity called 'Genesis Community of the Arts'. Genesis equips and sends teachers in the arts to marginalized places around the globe. Currently, Genesis has teachers placed in Copán Ruinas, Honduras, Choloma, Honduras and Panajachel, Guatemala. The goal of Genesis is to give marginalized people around the globe education in the arts, some for the first time. They are granted this opportunity through classes in music, dance, and visual arts. The hope is that through Genesis, they will discover something beautiful: creativity, much like the story of Duane’ s journey.

“My music is about my personal growth as a man, what that means, and how that looks as I interact with a woman. The ups and downs. This album is called 'The Climb'. It's about the work, the hard work it takes to rise to a place where perhaps I could be with the woman of my dreams.” Duane’ s heartfelt words are matched by the intimate hushed tones that swirl along throughout ‘The Climb’. For Duane, the release is an important one mentally. “I wrote most if this music after going through some hard times so it's very personal. Learning to be OK and happy with myself before moving into a relationship with others. And then there are my hopes and dreams there as well.”

Press reaction to date

“...soulful solo acoustic music. He sounded like Dave Matthews... with just a touch of jazz as his fingers flew over the fretboard of his guitar”- L.A. Beat

"Toronto's smooth operator warms the vibe with bossa nova, jazz and soul" - Vancouver Sun

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