Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin to release new album

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Album Release: 'The High Country' by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Release date: 1 June 2015
Label: Polyvinyl
More information / listen: on official band website

In many ways, 'The High Country' is the record Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has been building up to its entire career.

A raw pop record infused with undeniable hooks, distortion pedals, passion, grit, and maybe a little insanity, 'The High Country' is the first SSLYBY album to truly capture the power and energy the group exudes when performing live. 

“We’ve always cranked our amps up in practice and at shows, but we always kept it off our records,” says guitarist/vocalist Phil Dickey. “This time we wanted to go beyond our mid-tempo tendencies and make something really satisfying.”

Opening track “Line On You” bears witness to this desire with gloriously fuzzed out Pinkerton-era Weezer guitar lines that don’t let up for two minutes.

“Step Brother City” follows at an even faster tempo, its pedal-to-the-floor drum beat perfectly mirroring the lyrical narrative of a relationship come and gone too quickly. Between contagious “oo-oo-ooh” refrains, Dickey croons the album’s most brilliantly incisive couplet: “All the good songs and poems are all about you / And all the bad ones, too.”

Even the ballads are authentically rough around the edges. Case in point — “Madeline,” which was tracked at 4 AM immediately after Dickey blew out his voice recording “Trevor Forever,” the punk rock anthem you wish you’d been able to scream along to as a teenager.

SSLYBY recorded 'The High Country' as a power trio consisting of Dickey, guitarist/vocalist Will Knauer, and bassist Tom Hembree, a founding member of the group who left after Broom, but returned to (as Dickey describes it) “stir things up in the best way possible and demand we play louder and faster.”

After a month spent demoing and practicing, the three musicians convened at Seattle’s legendary Hall of Justice to record with engineer Beau Sorenson (Superchunk, Garbage). 

Studio owner Chris Walla (who, with Sorenson, produced SSLYBY’s third full-length 'Let It Sway') also assisted in an unofficial capacity, dropping in now and then to lend gear and give feedback on early mixes.

A week later, the only task that remained was choosing the album title. Hembree was ultimately the one to suggest 'The High Country', a name with no particular meaning beyond the simple fact the band members thought it sounded good. 

And perhaps that criteria is more fitting than anything else. Because, when it comes right down to it, with 'The High Country' SSLYBY have crafted a collection of songs that just sound damn good. 

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'Strange Readings From The Weather Station' - new album from James McArthur

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Album release: "Strange Readings From The Weather Station" by James McArthur And The Head Gardeners
Release date: 1 June 2015
Label: Moorland Records
More information / listen on: James McArthur website

We are proud to introduce 'Strange Readings From The Weather Station’ the long awaited new album from Welsh born folk singer/songwriter James McArthur. 

Following the release of the EP ‘Lawn Order’, 'Strange Readings From The Weather Station' delivers a startlingly accomplished brace of songs in a unique style of hazy folk; with plucked guitar lines and breathy, playful vocals that are reinforced with yearning violin parts and haunting pedal steel guitar.  The sound echoes the likes Nick Drake and Iron and Wine from a perspective that's all his own; grounded and fleeting and always profound.  

The tracks invite you on a journey, through rolling harmonies, shifting guitar, with songs as changeable as the British weather.

The album was recorded at Tin Room Studios in Hackney, London and Wickham Farm, Welling (once the home and studio of singer Kate Bush) with Head Gardeners Johnny O and Jim Willis, and featuring guest musicians Samantha Whates and Syd Arthurs’ Joel Magill and Raven Bush.  

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Rubik to release new album, 'Tone Poem', on 11 May

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Album release: 'Tone Poem' by Rubik
Release date: 11 May 2015
Label: Domestic Records
More information / listen on: Domestic Records website

London based producer/songwriter Rubik is also known as Shaun Yule, founder of the exploratory, left-field imprint Domestic Records. Responsible for the discovery of esteemed success AxxoN N, as well as releases by the likes of Atki2, Gnaw Their Tongues and Mink Freud, he set up the label in 2007 as a way to fulfill his experimental passions without limitation. Rubik’s new album Tone Poem is his fourth album, and the 19th release on the label.

Partly inspired by Alex Ross' 'The Rest Is Noise', Tone Poem is a menagerie of samples accumulated by a deterministically random process - an exploration into the landscape of late nineteenth and twentieth century classical music via a cathartic endeavor to compose his own personal opera.  

Expressing method in perceptible madness, Rubik has long been compelled to make an album as a product of almost entirely stochastic processes. After deciding on a stylistic theme he sourced the backing tracks from a selection of 10 classical CDs from his personal collection. Assigning numerical values to specific elements of these works, he picked numbers from a bowl to determine sample length; the point in time from which the sample was taken; and CD/disc/track number sampled from, etc. All samples of a certain length would be used on the same track and thus a tempo derived. Notes were then manipulated within the samples for a more expressive and ‘musical’ result and additional instruments and solos were ‘bent’ to fit the backing track in the same way.

Initially the lyrics were meant to be sourced in a similar way, particularly via love letters. As the project progressed he used less of this in order to write from the heart, with the odd phrase taken from existing poetry or lyrics. Although he’d admit to struggling with vocal limitations Rubik embraces them for what they are and even employs them almost New-Romantically to articulate the sometimes difficult and personal nature of the album.

Lyrical themes include religion, aging, paternal relationships, death/transcendence, acceptance of self, break-up(s), masculinity (and lack of perceived ideal), alcoholism, change.. Applied to musical influences including various classical genres, pantomime, experimental music, noise, black metal, grime and torch songs, Tone Poem might be considered to be part of a group including Dean Blunt’s ‘The Redeemer’, or James Ferraro’s 'NYC, Hell 3am' – conceptually and thematically linked yet dissonant portraits of flux.

The melodic, albeit slightly off-kilter, classical overtones provide some semblance of alleviation for any challenging listening, as if Billie Holiday’s ‘Lady In Satin’ had been warped in dystopia. Consider Rubik a more mortal David Sylvian or Krzysztof Penderecki, a twisted Sondheim, or merely a contemporary of L.Pierre or Hype Williams. And consider Tone Poem a nightmarish Disney production telling of one man’s everyday existence in Tottenham.

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New single coming from SUKH: 'For The Road'

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Single release: "For The Road" by SUKH
Release date: 27 April 2015
More information / listen on: on SUKH website
Second album ‘Heading East’ to follow in winter 2015

Doctor by day, musician by night, the young Mancunian songwriter Sukh returns with brand new track ‘For the Road’ - the first offering from a wealth of new material which sees his most accomplished songwriting yet.  

Acclaimed for his chamber folk tinged numbers (particularly breakthrough single ‘Kings’) Sukhdeep Krishan employs an orchestral element that sounds big enough to uplift and reverb around a space 300 feet high, balanced by gentle comfortable strumming and lupine vocals. Now even more advanced in production, 'For The Road' is textural, crisp and bold - born for the airwaves.   

Despite his accessible, even commercial sound, Sukh’s personal listening is underground, exploratory and thoughtful, including the likes of Luke Howard, Joe Hisaishi, Kings Go Forth, Milo Greene, The Slow Show and Tom Waits to name a few. He lets some elements of these tastes inform his songwriting but largely finds influence elsewhere, be it on the open mic circuit, temporary residencies in other cities, or, and perhaps most consciously, literature and psychology - Russian authors Tolstoy and Turgenev through to the more theatrical and poetic Henrik Ibsen, and emotional psychologists Haidt and Lyubomirsky.

‘For The Road’ is taken from forthcoming album 'Heading East' - an album about true love. Not your standard ‘I like you / I like you too’ yarn, or any type of dramatised romance. No it’s about a calmer, peaceful love. It’s about vines growing together, nourishment and sustenance - an autobiography of reality coupled with the everyday ups and downs of fiery passion. “I suppose the whole album is about two people’s lives that are inextricably intertwined,” says Sukh, “It’s a very personal album and is a lot more exposed than Kings.”

Sukh will launch his single live on Tuesday April 21st @ Ronnie Scotts, London.

Press reaction to date

‘Sukh recalls the more pastoral, up beat moments of Sufjan Stevens with a country tinge that is informed by Neil Young (think 'Harvest') and even less hip names such as Cat Stevens. It seems that the Manchester artist is confident enough to write songs - great big, hulking things which groan under the weight of the emotion contained therein.’ -  Clash

"It’s very, very hard to impress with acoustic based folk tinged pop songs. So when a track stands out amongst minimal techno productions and growling guitar licks, we know it’s something special. This offering is written, performed and produced by the artist alone and employs country, folk and americana elements with melodies that have a habit of embedding themselves on the inside of your brain." - Tom Robinson (6Music) blog

 "Sukh is a doctor. This clearly isn’t enough of a challenge for him, though, so in is spare time he makes short films. Oh, and on top of that, he writes, performs and produces dreamy, jangly folk pop like ‘Kings’. Naturally, there’s an adorable video to accompany it too. It’d be easy to dislike him if it wasn't all so good." - For Folks Sake

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Plain White T's announce new album, "American Nights"

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Album release: "American Nights" by Plain White T's
Release date: 28 April 2015
Label: Proud Bird Records
Listen / more information on: Plain White T's website

It's been years since the Plain White T's kicked off their career in the Chicago suburbs, playing a mix of pop, punk, and melody-driven rock & roll in basements and clubs across the metro area.  

A decade-and-a-half later — with several thousand shows and a string of platinum-selling singles, including the mega-hit "Hey There Delilah” (the 18th most downloaded song of all time), under their belts — the guys haven't stopped heading back to the basement to dream up new sounds. There's where the Plain White T's put the finishing touches on American Nights, the band's first independent album since 2001.

Independence. It's what American rock & roll — and American nights — have always been about. Even during the band's days with Fearless and Hollywood Records, the Plain White T's thrived on doing things their own way. They'd hire close friends to produce their albums and ask high school classmates to direct their music videos. Now, five years after the release of Wonders of the Younger, they're upping the ante by striking out on their own as an independent band, even putting the finishing touches on their newest album in frontman Tom Higgenson's basement studio.

The result is American Nights, an album that focuses on everything fans have come to expect from the Plain White T's — summery anthems, heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics, acoustic love songs — while still breaking new ground. It's an album about freedom. An album about looking back while still moving forward. It's also the most collaborative thing the guys have ever done, with three of the band members contributing their own songs to the track list. Higgenson wrote six. Guitarist Tim Lopez, who sang the Top 40 single "Rhythm of Love" on Wonders of the Younger, wrote four. Guitarist Dave Tirio wrote one.

"We had complete freedom," says Higgenson. "We didn't worry about figuring out what our label wanted, or what would help us get onto the radio. We weren't worried about doing too many acoustic songs or too many rock songs. We just wanted to do the ones that told our story. We wanted to be honest, because that's always been what's connected us the most to our fans."

The future looks bright for the Plain White T's. Even so, American Nights is an album that lives in the present, focusing on what's happening now instead of what might happen tomorrow. "Pause," the album's lead single, urges the listener to live in the moment, while "Stay" finds its narrator prolonging the inevitable end of a relationship, looking to spend one final hour with his partner before the two part ways. The tempo picks up during the anthemic title track, where Higgenson hits the streets of his hometown with a pretty woman in the shotgun seat, and then cools down during Lopez's "Love Again," a breezy love song with a melody reminiscent of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." Those two bookends — the epic rock songs and the acoustic-leaning ballads — have always been the Plain White T's bread and butter, and they're dished up in hefty servings throughout the album.

"After years, we finally get to make the album that we wanted to make," Higgenson says. "That's the most exciting thing for any artist: to have free reign to make an artistic statement. We're rejuvenated and re-inspired. We're taking the reins."

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"The Door Behind The Door" by Black Ryder - out 20 April

Album release: "The Door Behind The Door" by Black Ryder
Label: The Anti-Machine Machine
Release date: 20 April 2015
Listen / more information: on Black Ryder website 

The Black Ryder began writing the songs that would appear on "The Door Behind The Door" not long after finishing their acclaimed debut "Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride" in 2009. Engineered by Von Ryper and produced by he and Nash, "The Door Behind The Door" began to take shape soon after the band left Australia to tour America in 2010. 

Says vocalist / songwriter Aimee Nash “Since releasing our first record we left Australia, toured America, relocated to Los Angeles, all the while trying to find our feet & get somewhat settled enough to write & produce this record. It also took some time to find the right scenario for releasing our music as well.” 

Nash and Von Ryper’s iconoclastic collective proves as hard to pigeonhole as it is easy to love. Rolling Stone included "Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride" in its “50 Best Albums of the year”, praising its “sprawling, slow-burning psyche rock that paints creeping moods with layer upon layer of droney, blissed-out guitars and ethereal vocals…This is the perfect accompaniment to slowly losing your mind (in the best possible way). Don’t come looking for big chorus or bubblegum blurts – just settle in for the long, blissed-out ride.” 

True to the group’s maverick m.o., "The Door Behind The Door" transforms The Black Ryder’s kaleidoscopic sound and vision into something even more vivid, uncompromising, and sublime, bringing in new textures and emotions that evolve as its nine-song cycle unfolds. “We wanted to create music that was layered, emotive & majestic,” says Nash. “You open one door, and you find there’s another, you keep moving through each door to the next not quite sure where you’re going or what to expect, but there’s something enticing & reassuring you that you’re moving in the right direction.” “The final track listing order was very deliberate, each track would morph into something completely different,” adds Von Ryper. “The whole idea is that it is a journey where, as a track finishes, one door might lead to ascension, whereas another may be a descent.” 

"Buy The Ticket…" became an underground phenomenon; tracks from the album appeared in TV shows like House, Damages; Fashion brand Diesel closed out their NYC fashion week show in 2010 with “Let It Go”; iconic Australian Jewelry designers MANIAMANIA featured the bands music on numerous campaigns including The Third Mind (modeled by Australian model Abbey Lee Kershaw & premiered in the NY Times); Nash also sang on Black Rebel Motorcycle Club track “Done All Wrong” which appeared on the "Twilight: New Moon" soundtrack. Despite this success, however, Nash and Von Ryper split as a couple and divorced. The pair remains close confidantes and musical collaborators, however, with Von Ryper moving with Nash across the world to Los Angeles.

Due to the deeply personal nature of the new album's creation, Nash and Von Ryper are taking the reins for its release, putting it out worldwide on the band’s own imprint The Anti-Machine Machine in conjunction with The Orchard. After working with EMI Music Australia and Mexican Summer to release Buy The Ticket…, the duo decided to self-produce and release The Door Behind The Door in an effort to preserve the album’s uncompromised genesis. “We have a very specific vision for what it is we want to do here,” Nash says. “We had to keep moving & creating & evolving until we found the right fit as we saw & heard it. From the music production to the artwork & imagery, to wanting to release this on our own label, to the live performance.”

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CalatrilloZ: 'Psalms of Zahyin' out on 22 June 2015

Album release: "Mutiny on the Bounty" by CalatrilloZ
Release date: 22 June 2015
Listen / more information on: CalatrilloZ website

Formed in 2009, CalatrilloZ are a progressive symphonic rock/metal quintet hailing from London. Fresh out of a serious of successful UK shows, the operatic five piece are now ready to release their debut album ‘Palms of Zahyin’.

CalatrilloZ embrace a concept of theatrical personas stating that the band are “a circus troupe of wanderers”, complete with elaborate costumes, make-up, and incredibly detailed individual backstories. The lead vocalist of the group going under the name of Zahyin, says “Through Zahyin, through his universe, my compositions are free: Jazz, Metal, Classical, and Opera they all means nothing; there is no compromise...The only limitations I have are the ones I impose upon myself. None.” This is what is to be taken away from the concept. It is not simply a fantasy world created so that CalatrilloZ can masquerade in their detailed and well imagined story, it is also a gateway to musical freedom.

‘Palms of Zahyin’ brings together vast symphonic instrumentation, which sits somewhere between power metal and the glory days of NWOBHM, together with a classically infused vocal style its best described as a neo-classical metal opera. The lead track ‘I Am Alive’ calls to mind the sounds of artists such as Faith No More, Alice Cooper and at times you can even hear flourishes that are redolent of Mesmerize era S.O.A.D. Patton-esque vocal melodies augmented with uplifting instrumentation bring the track to its pinnacle before the guitars and drums bring the whole conformation back around again for another bout. ‘I Am Alive’ is somewhat of a nostalgia trip and a welcome journey back to classic rock and metal bands from the 1970’s and 80’s merged with pristine modern production and charmingly histrionic conceptual song writing.

The album as whole is as diverse as it is consummate. Tracks such as ‘A Glimpse At A Fools Destiny’ give way to the bands more extravagant side with Tim Burton-esque melodramatic and operatic vocals, and a more diverse instrumental accompaniment. Whereas ‘Z The Psychopath’ (named after the vocalists character Zahyin) displays the bands technical proficiency merging fastidious and melodic guitar tapping with an uninhibited vocal style which culminates in a prodigious and methodically orchestrated climax.

At a time where modern metal releases are becoming increasingly abrasive and discordant, CalatrilloZ bring something back to the table; flair. Whilst dramatic story telling and thespian performance is something that is still championed by power-metal bands such as Sabaton, Hammerfall and Powerwolf, the style remains a niche within the contemporary metal world, but the careful composition and deftness in which CalatrilloZ combine the copious elements that make up ‘Palms of Zahyin’ means that it will appeal to a much wider audience beneath the surface.

CalatrilloZ is:

  • Zahyin – Vocals

  • Vargovar - Guitar
  • Azriel - Guitar
  • Mobius – Bass
  • Jimmy Sticks - Drums

Concept Back Story 

“From a broken past, a cursed present and a burning future, CalatrilloZ endlessly journey across the pages of an ever-shifting history.

Wanderers gathered from the darkened fringes of time, they disguise their anachronistic appearances in the identity of a circus troupe, performing wherever they briefly rest in their ceaseless search. While the illusion effectively shrouds their true nature, it is also an apt parallel to their existence: the lives of circus people are an eternal odyssey; they have no home but the road, no allies but each other, and no masters but themselves. Perpetual outsiders wherever they travel, their presence is a fleeting experience but a lasting memory.

Led by a madman haunted by the sins of his past, they are a ramshackle assortment of lost souls bound by their search for redemption, isolation and guilt forever driving them forwards. Scouring the four corners of the Earth for five marionettes, in each of which is imprisoned a powerful demon lord, their hunt takes them to realms where few can travel and return sane.

A storm of chaos is gathering upon the temporal horizon. Puppets are made to be commanded, and should the marionettes find themselves without a master, the demonic forces trapped within them will once again be awakened.”

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Mutiny on the Bounty: new album "Digital Tropics" out 26 May 2015

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Album release: "Digital Tropics" by Mutiny on the Bounty
Release date: 26 May 2015
Label: Small Pond Recordings
Listen / more information on: Mutiny on the Bounty website

Following on from their last album ‘Trials’ released in 2012, Luxembourg post-rock quartet Mutiny On The Bounty are ready to release their new album ‘Digital Tropics’. The new album comes in the wake of signing to new up-and-coming Brighton based record label Small Pond Recordings, and a UK tour in December 2014 which saw the band play alongside the likes of Maybeshewill, Flood of Red, Dialects and Polymath.

The new album sees the band fully embrace their instrumental side which was heavily championed on their last album. Of the new album the band say: "Digital Tropics englobes all the facets of our personalities going from rock, to electro and more varied influences such as 80's pop or even hip-hop. It gives a wider range of emotions and we believe that it's a powerful album. We're really proud of this album and can't wait to share it with everyone."

The appropriately named lead track ‘MKL JCKSN’ is the perfect introduction to ‘Digital Tropics’, with reverb soaked and groove-infused staccato melodies from the guitars dancing around a technical and mechanically intricate rhythm section. Elsewhere tracks such as ‘Telekinesis’ infuse slightly heavier riffs and driving rhythm with guitars that sound closer to keys or synths than strings, giving the track a diverse and uplifting feel. This is where the inclusion of new influences can be heard, at times you can almost hear elements of Kraftwerk, whereas other areas are closer to bands such as ASIWYFA, Faraquet or Battles. Similarly this can also be heard in ‘Ecliptic’ which darts between the realms of electro, math-rock, and Vangelis/Brad Fiedel-esque moments of euphonious orchestration. 

MOTB are a band that have soared from strength-to-strength with every album by delving further into their individual personalities to explore new sounds and composition techniques. In doing so the band have reached new territory exploring a more deceivingly moody soundscape than ‘Trials’ which is both technically challenging yet entirely danceable.

‘Digital Tropics’ is a work of relentless convergence and exploratory disposal that reaches to the heart of both emotional and creative expression. The result of which has created MOTB’s most diverse and accomplished album to date.

Previous praise for Mutiny On The Bounty

  • “…a must-hear for anyone who enjoys their technical, melodic rock” – Rock Sound (9/10)
  • “…Mutiny On The Bounty’s wild time signatures and eclectic post-hardcore yelps invite the desire to listen again and again” – Kerrang! (4/5)
  • "…with careering riffs and electronic blips, this is a band that are intent on transporting you to another world” ­– Big Cheese (3/5)

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Tom Russell releases new double album, 'The Rose of Roscrae'

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Album release: "The Rose of Roscrae" by Tom Russell
Label: Proper Records
Release date: 13 April 2015
More information / listen on: Tom Russell website

Tom Russell’s ambitious new double-album The Rose of Roscrae takes a fascinating look at the history of the American West and traditional cowboy and folk music, through the story of an Irish kid who travels to the United States in the late 1880s to become a cowboy.

Produced by Tom Russell and Barry Walsh, The Rose of Roscrae features a who’s who of legendary Americana icons including: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, David Olney, Johnny Cash, Joe Ely, Augie Meyers, Fats Kaplin, Barry Walsh, Jimmy LaFave, Gretchen Peters, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Walt Whitman, Moses “Clear Rock” Platt, Jack Hardy, David Massengill, A.L. “Bert” Lloyd, Finbar Furey, Sourdough Slim, Blackie Farrell, Tex Ritter, Glen Orhlin, Pat Russell, John Trudell, Henry Real Bird, Thad Beckman, Maura O’Connell, Eliza Gilkyson, The McCrary Sisters, Ian Tyson, Bonnie Dobson, Lead Belly, Guy Clark, Dan Penn, Gurf Morlix, and Pat Manske. The album’s overture is performed by the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, arranged by Mats Hålling, composed by Tom Russell.

For over four decades and 28 album releases Tom Russell has continued to live up to his status as “one of the best singer-songwriters of our time” (Washington Post). His previous two  studio releases, Blood and Candle Smoke (2009) and Mesabi (2011), are considered his strongest composed works yet and were, in part, recorded with the groundbreaking roots band Calexico. In the 1990s, Russell and Dave Alvin were hailed as the architects of what came to be known as “Americana” music after their Merle Haggard tribute, Tulare Dust, initiated the Americana charts in the U.S. and remained number one for a year. Russell’s previous release, Aztec Jazz (2013), moved Americana into a new realm and his acclaimed song catalogue into uncharted territory.

Tom Russell’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Dave Alvin, Joe Ely, and others. The Rose of Roscrae is his third in a series of acclaimed folk operas, following The Man From God Knows Where (1999) and Hotwalker (2005). Russell has also composed movie scores, including songs for the Monte Hellman movie The Road To Nowhere and published five books, most recently 120 Songs of Tom Russell. An accomplished fine artist, Russell’s paintings are featured in: Blue Horse/Red Desert: The Art of Tom Russell.

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Noel Gallagher's "In The Heat Of The Moment" remixed by Toydrum

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Remix release: Noel Gallagher's "In The Heat Of The Moment", remixed by Toydrum
Release date: 2 March 2015
More information: on Underscore Collective website

'In The Heat Of The Moment (Toydrum remix)' is the first time Pablo Clements and James Griffith have remixed a Noel Gallagher track since they remixed ‘AKA.. What A Life!’, and ‘Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me’, as UNKLE. The members of the seminal project forged new musical partnership, TOYDRUM to produce and compose their own eclectic mix of projects from their own studio in Brighton, The Toy Rooms.

Furthering Gallagher’s forays into space-rock, Toydrum hastens and accentuates the durable beat adding even more celestial layers while spotlighting the Oasis man’s strengths in songwriting.

Pablo Clements began his musical career with the PSYCHONAUTS while growing up in Yeovil Somerset, amidst a burgeoning breakbeat revival in nearby Bristol. Moving to London in 1996, he began to work regularly for MO’WAX as a mixer and multi-instrumentalist. He officially became a member of UNKLE in 2007, co-producing their "War Stories“ (July 2007) album. Alongside bassist and guitarist James Griffith (BIG IN JAPAN & LAKE TROUT) they toured the world, and over the next few years saw a number of UNKLE releases that they were creatively responsible for: ‘More Stories (January 2008),  ‘End Titles Stories For Film’ (July 2008),  ‘End Titles Redux’ (December 2008) ‘Where Did The Night Fall’ (May 2010) and ‘Where Did The Night Fall Another Night Out (April 2011) featuring collaborations with Ian Astbury, Queen Of The Stone Age, Nick Cave, The Black Angels, Mark Lanagan, Sleepy Sun and many more.  

Both Clements and Griffith have extensive musical histories spanning many collaborations and projects, and they continue as a prolific and productive force at the TOY ROOMS studio today. Recent mini-album Distant Focus Vol. 1 was the first of many more official releases to come from the duo. 

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Eliza Carthy & Tim Eriksen to release new album on 18 May

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Album release: 'Bottle' by Eliza Carthy and Tim Eriksen
Release date: 18 May 2015
Label: Navigator Records

'Bottle' is the first album by the dream duo - Eliza Carthy and Tim Eriksen. These highly regarded artists from either side of the Atlantic have come together and mixed hardcore 'Americana' with hardcore 'Anglicana' and the results are inventive and thrilling. Made up of traditional material from both sides of the pond - and influences altogether other - 'Bottle' features fiddle, electric guitar, banjo and bass drum and is brimming with passion and energy. The 13 tracks include 'Buffalo', 'Logan's Lament' and 'Castle By the Sea' from America, alongside the Copper Family's 'Cats and Dogs', 'May Song' and Whitby Lad from our own shores. The two artists met in the 1990s when they were teenagers but it was the offer of a duo appearance by a Czech festival (Folkové Prázdniny) and UK tours in 2013 and 2014 that finally provided the opportunity for them to record together. Bottle is the stunning result.

...this is a friendship that has been around, despite miles of distance and long times not speaking, punctuated by little cards or tapes, albums in the post, random nights in Massachusetts involving chicken wings.. or in Whitby or Bath, bottles of whisky and vans and caravans, petroleum-powered ships passing in the night. It really was time we did something with all of that.. and now this album is in its little bottle backwards and forwards over the sea.
— Eliza Carthy

Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American traditional music with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. Tim combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto - a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass - creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges across seven solo albums of northern roots American music and he’s appeared on more than 20 others in a breathtaking range of genres - (hardcore punk, symphonic, Oromo gospel, Czech folk rock, shape note, Afro Cuban jazz, Bosnian pop and bluegrass at last count). Eriksen's compositions have also been featured in films including Billy Bob Thornton’s Chrystal and the documentary Behold the Earth. Eriksen's other notable work includes contributions to Anthony Minghella's 2004 Oscar-winning film Cold Mountain and the 2010 Grammy-nominated album Across the Divide with Afro-Cuban world-jazz pianist Omar Sosa.

Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades, over a twenty-six year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Joan Baez. In 2014, Eliza recorded an acclaimed duo album with her father, the legendary guitarist, Martin Carthy - and at the 2015 BBC 6Music Festival, she performed live with rap/poet Kate Tempest. Eliza was recently awarded an MBE, is an Artistic Associate of The Sage in Gateshead and vice president of the English Folk Dance & Song Society.

Tour dates (UK)

ELIZA CARTHY & TIM ERIKSEN 'BOTTLE' TOUR 2015

  • 21 May - Edinburgh House Concert, EDINBURGH
  • 22 May - ARC, Stockton Arts Centre STOCKTON ON TEES 
  • 23 May - Hexham Gathering, Queen’s Hall, BARDON MILL
  • 24 May - Waterdale, DONCASTER
  • 25 May - Fruit, HULL
  • 26 May - Guildhall Arts Centre, GRANTHAM
  • 27 May - The Live Room, Caroline Street Social Club, SALTAIRE
  • 28 May - The Met, BURY 
  • 29 May - St Pancras Old Church, LONDON
  • 30 May - Chipping Norton Theatre
  • 31 May - National Centre for Early Music, YORK

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Fossa to release debut EP

Fossa

EP release: "Sea of Skies" by Fossa
Release date: 12 April 2015
Label: Fantastic Plastic Records
Listen / more information on: Facebook 

[Fossa] feels like an amalgamation of Wild Beasts, Alt-J and Radiohead. No bad thing in our book.” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music

Fossa (noun): an anatomical pit or depression - such as the temporal fossa of the skull, or the fossa ovalis of the heart. A definition embodied by the band themselves who viscerally shape their music around matters of the heart and mind. Fossa’s debut EP "Sea Of Skies" sees its official release as Louis, Tom, Will and Joseph take their career forth in response to organic early intrigue from major tastemakers.

"Sea Of Skies" synthesises classic song structures and melodies with a bold experimental edge.  In these four songs, the rustic feel of acoustic instrumentation is brought together with digital elements that lend density and colour, coupling genuine emotion with exploratory sounds. 

Grizzly Bear and The Antlers are indisputable influences, but it is the intimate and haunted hedonism of late Talk Talk that has most shaped the mood and texture of Fossa’s  first release. Lead single ‘Five Days’ is a profound love-song about falling for someone over the course of five days - an abstract, scattergun stream of consciousness growing increasingly obsessive around the hooked refrain of 'you gotta be mine'. Closing the EP, ‘Swan Song’ reflects on the break-up of the relationship formed in ‘Five Days’, bringing the record full circle. ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Sea of Trees’ also explore the idea of a 'life cycle' – depicting metaphorical journeys that become progressively darker and wilder.

The band’s natural curiosity for the experimental is evident in the opening moments of Sea Of Skies, where home-made instruments and samples of household objects can be heard. Details like these were assiduously developed during an intense process of recording and production at Smokehouse Studios, near the flat that the band shares in East London. Such close quarters are far from a burden for the foursome; rather a habit of firm friendship from a young age.

Lead songwriter Louis Shadwick (vocals, guitar, keys) met guitarist Tom Dunning when he was only 14 and they quickly discovered they were on a musical wavelength, creating material together at every available opportunity. Tom's twin brother Will (bass, programming) brought the technical know-how that kick-started Fossa’s use of electronic elements. Joseph Malpas (drums), who learned his trade playing in jazz and classical groups, met Tom whilst gigging at University, where the pair became close friends.

Louis was brought up in a very musical household, particularly via his dad Keith - a jazz musician and music critic who wrote books on Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Bill Evans. While his songwriting exhibits the diverse influences that have been with him since childhood, Louis’ first thought is always to create words and melodies that stay with the listener. This emphasis on the song is essential to the instrumentation itself, where the lyrics are treated by the band as a storyboard for the music – every detail geared towards the core feel of the song.

"Sea Of Skies - EP" will be released on Limited Edition CD and Digital Download

The EP is available to pre-order on iTunes at  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sea-of-skies-ep/id953454709 (includes Instant Grat of Five Days).

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Andy Shauf: "The Bearer of Bad News"

Andy Shauf art work

Album release: "The Bearer of Bad News" by Andy Shauf
Release date: 4 May 2015
Label: Tender Loving Empire
Listen / more information on: Andy Shauf website

There’s an innate stillness and depth to Shauf and his music – a quiet, riveting strength that subtly steals its way into a listener’s bones. He’s a storyteller: a singer of heartbreak and regrets, isolation and loneliness, small-town heroes and smaller-town killers.  

Throughout "The Bearer of Bad News", Shauf studies the universal through two to five-minute microcosms, spinning tales as few others can where accidental, redemptive victories (the jaunty charmer “Hometown Hero”) stir alongside evocative, heartrending tales of self-doubt and lost loves (“I’m Not Falling Asleep,” the achingly beautiful “Covered In Dust,” “You’re Out Wasting”). There’s not one, but three cinematic murder ballads that slowly unfold like the greatest of tragedies: “Wendell Walker,” an epic account of adultery and betrayal, as well as “Jerry Was A Clerk” and “My Dear Helen,” sister songs that skillfully tell two sides of one unintended death. Shauf’s tender, singular tenor guides the way over muted instrumentation of softly-strummed guitars, dampened drums, weathered piano, and clarinet, which lends its unique timbre to frequently brighten – or hauntingly underscore – the songs’ darker undercurrents.

Meticulously written over four years, and recorded throughout one in a makeshift studio set up in his parent’s basement, Shauf plays nearly every instrument on "The Bearer of Bad News". The album was crafted on his grandfather’s timeworn guitar and heavily influenced by the aforementioned – and newly learned – clarinet, which was a Christmas gift from family. In spite of his modest recording setup, Shauf has imbued the album with an enduring warmth and redolence that lingers long after the album ends, a skill which earned him praise across Canada and a growing audience abroad.
 

Tour dates (UK)

  • London, UK • 13.05.15 • Slaughtered Lamb
  • Brighton, UK • 15.05.15 • The Great Escape Festival
  • Gardenstown, UK • 05.09.15 • End Of The Road Festival

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Sonny & The Sunsets: Talent Night At The Ashram

Talent Night at the Ashra

Album release: "Talent Night At The Ashram" by Sonny & The Sunsets
Release date: 23 March 2015 (UK / EU)
Label: Polyvinyl Records
Listen / more information: on Sonny & The Sunsets website

Bizarre? Scrappy? Deranged? Sonny & the Sunsets’ latest record sees them in perhaps their strangest and most lyrically explorative phase yet.

A big soup of sonic ideas that wouldn’t normally be glued together, the songs on Talent Night at the Ashram make a large collage that mixes cinematic stories of fringe characters.

Initially envisioned as a film project, each song was originally a short film that, when strung together, formed a feature-length movie.

As Sonny Smith was writing the scripts and hiring the actors (even shooting a few of the clips), the scripts began to morph into songs.

Equal parts Fellini and Os Mutantes, Talent Night at the Ashram is cinematic in its storytelling and kaleidoscopic in its mixing and merging of musical genres.

On album opener “The Application,” Smith applies to be a human being to the tune of Beach Boys harmonies, ragtag beats and ‘80s synths.

“Happy Carrot Health Food Store” tells an epic saga of grocery store employees set to a soundtrack that takes listeners on a psychedelic odyssey with elements of jazz and a hallucinogenic sequence including a conversation with a girlfriend swimming in his beer glass, or is that a dog?

‘60s folk, electric sitars, flutes, and myriad other sounds help accentuate tales of professional bowlers in desperate need of a strike (“Icelene’s Loss”), a mansion that houses every woman Smith has ever known (“The Secluded Estate”), and Occupy meetings ending in bad love (“Secret Plot to Destroy the Underground”).

Recording was a communal effort mostly done at Smith’s home on this tape machine with musicians such as Shayde Sartin (The Fresh & Onlys), Garret Goddard (King Tuff), Kelley Stoltz, Rusty Miller, Ian McBrayer, and more.

Pairing uniquely off-the-wall stories with an ambitious musical scope, Talent Night at the Ashram finds Smith once again securing his status as one of today’s most arrestingly inventive songwriters.

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The Acorn reveal first new track in nearly five years

The Acorn

Track release: "Influence" by The Acorn
Release date: available now
Listen / more information: The Acorn website

"Off The Acorn's upcoming album Vieux Loup, "Influence" opens with an infectious acoustic guitar riff and hollowed synths that float in tandem with Klausener’s barely audible vocals, creating a sound that is entirely minimalist in its execution." – Noisey

Experimental indie-electro band The Acorn have revealed their first new music in nearly five years. The recording project of Ottawa-based musician Rolf Klausener, The Acorn will release their new studio album Vieux Loup this spring on Paper Bag Records. 

"What started as a character study on privilege, became more of a treatise on effortless confidence: like Don Cheadle strutting down the street high-fiving his worst enemies," says the band's Rolf Klausener about 'Influence'. "It was written around this lilting vocal improvisation that had no discernible verse or chorus; I wanted the melody to float from bedroom to bar, happily lost, immune to stink eyes."

Speaking to Noisey, Klausener says "I never stopped writing, but in practical terms, I didn't want a rebound," says Klausener. "The period around our last record No Ghost contained some significant break-ups, both professionally and personally. I wasn't ready to commit to anything, musically or otherwise. I'd lost perspective of the project's place in my life, and felt saddled to a horse I didn't recognize, or even know how to ride. By 2014, all distractions were exhausted, and so was I. So, I walked my ass to a cottage to root through four years worth of unfinished demos and make a lot of congee. I came home feeling like I was ready to reclaim my pony, even if she was called The Acorn." 

The Acorn will be performing as part of the Paper Bag Records SXSW Showcase at The Parish Underground (214 East 6th) on Friday, March 20th.  The Acorn will be joined by Grey Lands, Elliott BROOD, Frog Eyes, PS I Love You, and Princess Century.

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New single from Du Blonde

Du Blonde

Single release: "Black Flag" by Du Blonde
Release date: Available now as free download
Label: Mute Records
Listen: on Soundcloud

After revealing her reincarnation as DU BLONDE last week, Beth Jeans Houghton now presents the first taster of her new direction and upcoming album on Mute with 'Black Flag'. 
You can listen at http://po.st/DuBlondeBlackFlag and the track is also available as a free download from the Du Blonde website: http://po.st/DuBlondeOnline

As a statement of intent, there can be no better introduction to Du Blonde's sound than this. 'Black Flag' has thunderous drums, rumbling bass, heavy guitars and a vocal that burns with visceral rage. "You slay me with what you say and what you do / Don't try me, ‘cos I'm not in the mood," she snarls.

Anyone who knows Houghton as purveyor of offbeat baroque pop is in for a shock. "I feel no need to ease people in" explains Du Blonde. "Black Flag is a good representation of the direction of the album. There are a few quieter, thoughtful tracks but the general mood is one of finally cracking. The record is a powerful release for me. It's the result of finally sitting down and taking a look at my life, what I was angry about, what I needed to change."

'Black Flag', like much of the forthcoming album, was produced by Bad Seed and Grinderman member Jim Sclavunos, whose previous production credits include The Jim Jones Revue and The Horrors – more details to follow soon on its release on Mute this Spring.

In the meantime DU BLONDE will step out with her band for the first live performances this weekend, playing the Roundhouse Rising Festival at the Roundhouse, London and a hometown show in Newcastle at the 6Music Festival. 

Live dates / album trailer

20 February - Roundhouse Rising Festival, Roundhouse Studios, London - http://po.st/dublonderoundhouserising

22 February - 6Music Festival 2015, Newcastle upon Tyne - http://po.st/dublonde6musicfestival

Album trailer: http://po.st/DuBlondeTrailer

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Debut EP from Art Nikels

EP release: "Primitives" by Art Nikels
Release date: 30 March 2015
Label: Peach Fuzz Recordings
More information: on Art Nikels website

Art Nikels is a brewing presence in the East Bay and greater San Francisco music scene. They present a freeform blend of electronically fused psych-rock, citing influences ranging from hip-rock to kraut-höp. Unpredictable performers, their shows have reportedly oozed Flying Lotus medleys, Black Sabbath covers, and contemporary pantomime. 

Their early years in a cavernous laboratory were soon forgotten. But it was there, aside their mysterious founder and beneficiary, Arthur Nikels, (and many other established lepidopterists in the field) that they truly began to formulate the axioms of their fuzz-folk morphology. 

The Summer of 2014 saw Art Nikels’ first sunburn and a west-coast tour. They are currently set to release 'Primitives EP' on 30 March.

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New album from Jacco Gardner announced

Jacco Gardner album

Album release: "Hypnophobia" by Jacco Gardner
Release date: 4 May 2015
Label: Full Time Hobby
More information / listen: on Jacco Gardner website

"Despite drawing on influences that are 45 years old, Jacco Gardner's music feels original. For one thing it's somewhat dreamier and more layered than the music from the '60s." - NPR Music

 "His songs show so much observation and rehearsal - onstage, the vocal harmonies of his band members were impeccable..." - The New York Times

To call Jacco Gardner a daydreamer may not be as farfetched as he’d have you believe. Its meaning may refer to a fear of sleep, but with Hypnophobia (out May 4th on Full Time Hobby), the brand new album from the baroque pop prince and Dutch producer/multi-instrumentalist, Gardner’s all set to cast a majestic and vibrant psychedelic spell that will hypnotize listeners at the point dreams and reality meet. Since unveiling his Cabinet of Curiosities in 2013 (released on the Trouble In Mind label), tastemakers and fans alike have been drawn deeper into Jacco Gardner’s fantastical fairytale kingdom.

Hypnophobia captures a true sense of exploration, combining Gardner’s newfound love of travel with his continued passion for collecting and playing vintage instruments. The album features a Wurlitzer electric piano, waltzing alongside mellotrons, harpsichords, an Optigan, and an antique Steinway upright piano. It’s a stunning exhibit of lush instrumental tracks as well as songs that boast lyrics worthy of any great pop number. Fusing fantasy with sublime twisted reality, Hypnophobia was recorded in its entirety at Gardner’s Shadow Studio oddly juxtaposed in the heart of an industrial estate located midst the village of Zwaag, 30 miles north of Amsterdam.

For most tradition enthusiasts, it’d be all too easy to rehash the past. But that’s where Jacco Gardner’s differences lie. Playing all instruments except for drums, Hypnophobia brilliantly captures a unique artist and future-vintage aficionado operating at a far higher state of consciousness. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the excellent lead single, “Find Yourself,” which is streaming below and will be released by Full Time Hobby as a 7” single later this month.

Jacco Gardner tour dates

Gardner will tour the states with his bandmates, Jos Van Tol and Nic Niggebrugge, next month with stops at SXSW, Burgerama IV and Denton Music Festival, and be joined by Ultimate Painting for several dates. A full list of shows is available on the Jacco Gardner website.

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Cambridge Folk Festival: first artists revealed

Cambridge Folk Festival

Festival announcement: Cambridge Folk Festival
Dates: 30 July - 2 August 2015
More information: on Cambridge Folk Festival website

The first names have been revealed for this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival, one of the longest established and most prestigious folk festivals in the world.

An eclectic range of performances will include: legendary folk singer and activist Joan Baez, in her only UK appearance for 2015; international chart-topper Passenger, progressing from his 2011 debut on emerging talent stage The Den in its inaugural year to headlining Stage 1; a special solo appearance from hugely popular folk/punk singer songwriter Frank Turner, to coincide with the release of his book; the incomparable Joan Armatrading, accompanying herself on guitar and piano as part of her first ever worldwide solo tour; a welcome return for acclaimed Australian roots band John Butler Trio; Mercury Prize nominated Nick Mulvey, originally from Cambridge, garnering rave reviews and sell-out audiences worldwide for his fresh, hypnotic take on the acoustic singer-songwriter genre; a return to the city that gave him life-saving treatment for renowned rock and R&B guitarist Wilko Johnson, with crack touring band of Blockheads’ bassist Norman Watt-Roy and drummer Dylan Howe; irresistible entertainment juggernaut The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, celebrating 30 plucking years; Northumberland’s The Unthanks, breaking new ground with their complex combination of traditional stories and modern sonic arrangements; leading lights of the folk scene for over two decades, Show of Hands, featuring Miranda Sykes; Norwegian alt-folk-country-rock mavericks Katzenjammer, famed for their genre-mixing, riotous shows; venerable Irish traditional band Altan, re-energised by their new Appalachian-influenced CD; thrilling folk big band Treacherous Orchestra, with a rousing blend of rock and traditional Celtic sounds; one of Ireland’s leading traditional bands Danú, celebrating their 20th anniversary; Scots acid croft pioneers Shooglenifty, fusing exquisite traditional sounding tunes to devilishly dirty rhythms in their silver anniversary year; three of Britain’s finest folk musicians and interpreters, each vituosos in their own right, Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr; doyenne of American folk Peggy Seeger, who played first ever Festival; BBC Folk Singer of the Year 2014 Bella Hardy, showcasing an innovative new sound from her ‘With The Dawn’ album; seven-piece Amsterdam Klezmer Band, mixing klezmer, balkan, ska, jazz, gypsy and hiphop; fast-rising US alt-country band with a dazzling live reputation The Lone Bellow; highly respected American folk/blues singer songwriter and guitarist Chris Smither; Kentucky’s Angaleena Presley (also a member of Pistol Annies), impressing with her modern and powerful country songs about contemporary American rural life; BBC Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, ingeniously combining original and traditional songs with stunning musicality and skill; back by popular demand Jim Moray’s Silent Ceilidh; joyous five-piece Keston Cobblers Club with their foot-stamping mod-folk music; sensational close harmony American folk and bluegrass trio The Stray Birds; one of the hottest young bands on the Scottish traditional music scene Rura; contagiously energetic Irish quintet Goitse, winners of Live Ireland’s Trad Group of the Year 2015 Award; French Canadian trio De Temps Antan, multi-instrumentalists exploring the magnificent traditional music of Quebec; Dublin four-piece Lynched, with their anarchic, punk-influenced take on traditional Irish ballads. More names to be announced.

Having started life in 1965, the 14,000 capacity Festival draws acclaim for its combination of internationally renowned headline artists and support for up and coming young performers and continues to enjoy sell-out crowds year on year.

Popular for its unique parkland setting, great facilities and family friendliness, the Festival offers something for everyone with four covered stages, street theatre, music workshops and sessions, raucous ceilidhs, open stages, a youth area, internet café, kids’ ceilidh, storytelling, free creche, paddling pool and playground, real ale bars.

In 2014 Cambridge Folk Festival won the highest possible environmental honour at the Greener Festival Awards, becoming one of only nine festivals worldwide and one of only two in the UK to achieve the Outstanding category.

Tickets: Full Festival £150; Thursday £25.50; Friday £55.50; Saturday £65.50; Sunday £65.50. Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £61.50, Coldham’s Common (second site) £42.50.  All ticket prices include booking fees.  

Box Office 01223 357851 or www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Cambridge Folk Festival is promoted by Cambridge Live with support from Cambridge City Council.

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Andrea Balency releases 2nd EP, 'Volcano'

Volcano

EP release: 'Volcano' by Andrea Balency (features new single, 'Waterfalls')
Release date: 16 March
Label: Bataille Music
Listen / more artist information: Andrea Balency

Franco-Mexican artist, singer, instrumentalist and producer Andrea Balency follows her breakthrough 2014 with a brand new EP entitled Volcano, demonstrating a growth in style, experience and quality beyond that which she has already earned. Having moved from Paris where she originally settled to write her debut EP Walls (released summer 2014 via Bataille); she now resides in London for an expanded approach to her classically trained electronic compositions.

Balency treats her new forays into sound and melody as research - that is, she experiments and builds a mesh of unfound soundscapes from scratch to achieve a rare sui generis. Each track on this new EP expresses a high resolution of sounds entwining as if it were easy, even on the at times seemingly sparse arrangements. With such a detailed level of consideration, in an avant-garde genre no less, her inherent talent is undeniable, and puts her in the same musical league as Cocteau Twins, Bjork and Jessy Lanza.  

Take for example her unrecognizable cover of John Martyn’s already inimitable ‘Please Fall In Love With Me’. The extra sentiment Balency is able to pack into the classic is a true feat. Elsewhere, the progression from her debut EP is perhaps most obvious in her vocal work. Having stood out for, and built her persona in, the ‘cutely-breathy-females scene’ (The Guardian), Volcano demonstrates a much more rich, more mature, more strong, vocal ability. Her voice has always been a key strength in her arsenal, yet she has discovered a new way to utilise it, finding a beautiful relationship between voice and drums, as if the voice is the thumping heart of a big storm.

RBMA certified, Balency has been charming the music industry ever since her musical presence was spotted in the Mexican art-rock scene. She has since been singled out for tour support by James Blake, Au Revoir Simone, Inc. and Mount Kimbie to name a few, and was even hand-selected by The Cure for the closing gig of their worldwide tour at the Mexico DF stadium, for 50,000 people.

She’s seen many collaborations with a number of producers, of which particular highlights are vocal features on the FKA Twigs / We Are Shining track ‘Breaks’ and on Airhead’s lauded album “For Years”. In fact, the 1-800 Dinosaur co-founder (aka Rob McAndrews) frequently joins Balency on production duties, as he did for her successful debut recording ‘Walls’ (feat single ‘You’ve Never Been Alone’). Festival slots at Calvi On The Rocks, SXSW and Sonar; recent tours with Banks, Metronomy and London Grammar and continual approval from esteemed press are further testaments to Balency’s outstanding talent.

This new EP marks not only a continuation of her achievements so far, but a build towards even more refined material. You can expect another single collaboration with Airhead in the summer; her debut album very soon after, and a more abundant and emphatic live presence than ever.

Andrea Balency plays the following shows in March and April 2015:
March : w/ Sallie Ford, Findlay, C.A.R., etc. @ Festival Les Femmes S'en Mêlent

  • 06.03: La Luciole, Alençon @ Festival Les Femmes S'en Mêlent
  • 21.03: Chapelle Saint-Jacques, Vendôme
  • 22.03: Le Ciel, Grenoble
  • 29.03: Gare de Coustellet
  • 09.04.15: Co-headline show w/ Koudlam & Superpoze @ Festival des Artefacts, Strasbourg
  • 15.05.15: The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

Press for 2014 debut EP ‘Walls’

  • ‘Everything is immediately appealing, easy on the ear, but will satisfy fans of the avant-garde, reminding you that sometimes, flukes – out-there experiments such as O Superman – can suddenly find their way into millions of homes.’ - The Guardian
  • ‘A truly cosmopolitan mix.. with urban synth lines resembling ‘CMYK’-era Blake to a T. Her vocals place her firmly in a class of her own though.’ - NME
  • ‘A spectacular piece of work.’ - Stereogum 
  • ‘It’s easy to see why she’s in great demand: Cocteau Twins-meets-SBTRKT waves of avant-garde gorgeousness’’ - Q Magazine
  • ‘The sound of something beautifully fragile shattering into a pearlescent emulsion. Pulls you in at first listen but reveals murkier undertones as you jam the repeat button. We like it a lot.’ – Noisey
  • ‘Rather than adding to what has become the echo chamber of EDM, Balency’s ethereal voice and soft structures instead aim to mimic the movements of contemporary dance.’ – The New York Times
  • Radio support from Gilles Peterson, BBC 6Music

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