Ana Silvera new album out 6 July 2018

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Album release: 'Oracles' by Ana Silvera
Release date: 6 July 2018
Label: Gearbox Records
More info: Artist website

  • New single 'Circle of Chalk'. See the premiere on Folk Radio here
  • Album launch show at The Purcell Room (Southbank Centre) on 4 July 2018

Since the 2012 release of her debut album, 'The Aviary', singer-songwriter Ana Silvera's work has garnered broad acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Her uniquely ethereal brand of alt-folk has seen her perform at SXSW, Iceland Airwaves Festival, Liverpool Royal Philharmonic and more, whilst recent collaborations include composing for Royal Ballet, duetting with Imogen Heap and singing original songs with early music consort Concerto Caledonia.Now six-years after her last full-length record, Silvera is about to release her sophomore album, ‘Oracles’.

“It was Marcus Davey, artistic director of the Roundhouse, who was really the 'Oracles' fairy-godfather. I’d sung in choirs till the age of 15, so that was always my musical foundation. Then Marcus mentioned this great, experimental in-house choir [REC] who were keen to collaborate. It was a very open-ended commission, basically ‘do what you want, use the choir somehow’. I don’t think either Marcus or I realised how much I needed to write this piece”.

Poignant, dreamlike and beautiful, and written following the sudden loss of her mother and brother, ‘Oracles’ was Silvera’s way to transmute her grief into a cathartic work of art. “I wrote ‘Oracles’ in a state of absolute urgency and emergency – it felt like I had been buried in the ground myself, and writing this music was a small pocket of air, my chance to breathe again”.

In 2011, the song-cycle was debuted with REC, and the following year was performed as part of a sold-out concert on the Roundhouse Main Stage, earning Silvera a nomination for a British Composer Award. She then returned to the Roundhouse Theatre to make a live recording of the piece, which forms her second full-length album. The recording features Silvera as a soloist, a choir led by Josephine Stephenson and a stellar line-up of guest musicians including pianist Bill Laurance (Snarky Puppy), double bassist Jasper Høiby (Phronesis) and drummer Jacob Smedegaard (Fiction, Du Blonde) as well as Simran Singh (violin), Anne Chauveau-Dhayan (cello) and Naomi Morris (percussion).

The result is a haunting yet life-affirming collection of songs whose lyrics explore loss, love, salvation and the journey towards acceptance, themes that are underscored by beguiling, weaving choral lines, mellifluous Debussian piano melodies, subtly off-kilter percussion and rapturous strings, all unified by Silvera’s dynamic vocal style which evokes the delicate yet theatrical prowess of Kate Bush, combined with what the Arts Desk described as a “Björk-like spontaneity’.

Conceptually, the piece follows the arc of a ‘quest’ – a folk tale that begins with a search for a tangible or symbolic goal and ends with a triumphant return home. “On reflection, I see my quest was to fathom this experience and - though it no longer existed in the familial sense of the word - to find my own way back home”. ‘Skeleton Song’, an Inuit-myth inspired tune about a woman who is sung back to life, is a fragile yet powerful paean to the female figures surrounding Silvera who “painstakingly pieced me together again”. ‘Catherine Wheels’, the epiphanic closing song, whose swelling strings push the song-cycle to an emotional climax, celebrates “the kind of earth-bound, steadfast love” that allowed Silvera to finally reckon with her past and come to terms with the present.

Says Silvera, “I can honestly say, I found it so moving that post-performance, audience members would come and speak to me about their own experiences of bereavement. Making that human connection and finding we are not alone is perhaps the greatest healer of all”.

Silvera will take a stripped-back version of ‘Oracles’ on tour across the UK and beyond later this year.

Press reaction to date

“Stunning . . . Silvera mixes folk elements with magical storytelling”
 – The Guardian

“a wonderful piece of modern folk . . . its deftness and surety of touch means it’s damned pleasing” – The Quietus

“There's both a lavish, vivid imagination and an intense intimacy at play . . . haunting, grown-up fairy-tales” – Metro

“Melodies that just won't leave you alone and a voice that tugs at your heart”
 – Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

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Tomberlin debut album out 10 August 2018

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Album release: 'At Weddings' by Tomberlin
Release date: 10 August 2018
Label: Saddle Creek
More info: Artist website

Tomberlin, the Louisville based artist, has shared a video for 'Self-Help', the lead single from her deeply moving Saddle Creek debut album, 'At Weddings'. Stereogum, who premiered the video today, profiled Tomberlin and named her an Artist To Watch, describing her music as being "made from the barest of bones, looping guitar lines and plinking keys and her silvery voice, that together create a kind of hymnal stillness."  'At Weddings' is available for pre-order and due out 10th August via Saddle Creek.

Watch the 'Self Help' video.

On her deeply moving debut album 'At Weddings', Sarah Beth Tomberlin writes with the clarity and wisdom of an artist well beyond her years. Immeasurable space circulates within the album's ten songs, which set Tomberlin's searching voice against lush backdrops of piano and guitar. Like Julien Baker and Sufjan Stevens, she has a knack for transforming the personal into parable. Like Grouper, she has a feel for the transcendent within the ordinary.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, and now based in Louisville, Kentucky, Tomberlin wrote most of At Weddings while living with her family in southern Illinois during her late teens and early twenties. At 16, she finished her homeschooling curriculum and went to college at a private Christian school she describes, only half-jokingly, as a "cult." By 17, she had dropped out of school, returned home, and begun to face a period of difficult transition in her life. The daughter of a Baptist pastor, Tomberlin found herself questioning not only her faith, but her identity, her purpose, and her place in the world.

"I was working, going to school, and experiencing heavy isolation," Tomberlin says of the time when she first began writing the songs on At Weddings. "It felt monotonous, like endless nothingness. It was a means to get through to the next step of life." In songwriting, Tomberlin found relief and lucidity she had trouble articulating otherwise. When she was 19, she wrote "Tornado" on her parents' piano, and began to develop confidence in her music. A year later, she had written enough songs to fill an album.

Throughout 'At Weddings', Tomberlin's lyrics yearn for stability and belonging, a near-universal desire among young people learning to define themselves on their own terms for the first time. "I am a tornado with big green eyes and a heartbeat," she sings on 'Tornado', her voice stretching to the top of her range. Rich, idiosyncratic imagery - a fly killed with a self-help book, brown paper bags slashed violently open, clouds that weep over a lost love - sidle up to profound realisations about learning to be alive in this world. "To be a woman is to be in pain," Tomberlin notes on 'I'm Not Scared'. On 'A Video Game', she muses, "I wish I was a hero with something beautiful to say."

Tomberlin cites the hymns she grew up singing in church as her greatest musical influence, and while At Weddings in many ways documents the unlearning of her childhood faith, it's easy to hear the reverential quality of sacred music in her songs. "A lot of hymns talk about really crazy stuff - being saved from the depths and the mire, judgment. When you actually realize what you're singing, it becomes really overwhelming," Tomberlin says. "I grew up singing in church. I was still helping to lead worship when I started coming to terms with the realization that I didn't know if I believed. I felt nauseous and shaky reading these words I was singing and feeling their intensity. If I did believe this, how could I sing these words without being scared out of my mind? That's what's influenced how I write."

'At Weddings' is laden with reverence for music itself, for the power it has to heal others and help people navigate their lives. It is a record about learning to love oneself and others without reservation, from a place of deep sincerity - a lifelong challenge whose tribulations Tomberlin articulates beautifully. "My number one goal with my music is for honesty and transparency that helps other people find ways to exist," she says. With 'At Weddings', this remarkable young songwriter offers up comfort and wonder in equal measure.

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Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet new album 3 August 2018

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Album release: 'Polka Worldwide Deluxe Edition' by Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet
Release date: 3 August 2018
Label: Whirlwind Recordings
More info: Artist website

Bassist, composer and a leading figure of the 21st century Polish jazz movement, Wojtek Mazolewski has long been a frontrunner in the evolution of modern jazz. Heading up outfits such as Pink Freud (signed to Universal Poland) and the Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, his career continues to evolve with the forthcoming release of ‘Polka Worldwide Deluxe Edition’, a collection of remastered and original material from the quintet’s highly acclaimed debut album ‘Polka’, along with their new EP and single.

Much like his recent counterparts overseas in London, Wojtek Mazolewski’s direction is future-facing and fascinating, focussed around introducing jazz to younger audiences by fusing his contemporary influences seamlessly with the world-renown traditions established during the golden era of Polish jazz. Mazolewski vigorously combines tradition and modernity, the analog sound of his Quintet harking back to the jazz masters yet also infused with electronica and other divergent influences. Echoes of Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, Led Zeppelin and even the likes of Aphex Twin are all interwoven throughout the record. However, despite the familiarity that resonates from his eclectic inspirations, his sound remains entirely individual.

Explosive and eclectic concerts are the trademark of Mazolewski’s music, and have seen him play around the world, whilst collaborating with venerable musicians such John Zorn, Pete Wareham, Dennis Gonzales, Tim Berne, Tomasz Stańko and many more. Since the initial release of his debut album Mazolewski and his fellow musicians have played over 280 concerts, across 31 countries in 5 continents, whilst also appearing at OFF Festival, Red Bull Music Weekender, Jazzahead! and a multitude of other major international jazz festivals, winning over new audiences with every performance.

This has resulted in over 4 million plays across his YouTube channel, as well previous material climbing national Polish radio charts, which has led to the album going gold within 6 months and triple-platinum in just 3 years. This international acclaim has also earned plaudits for Mazolewski in the UK from the likes of tastemaker Gilles Peterson on BBC 6 Music, who featured the single ‘London’ in his Top 50 tracks of 2017, as well as NTS Radio, Worldwide FM, Wax Poetics, Lonely Planet, Jazzwise and more. Similarly, last year saw the Quintet perform to a sold-out audience at Church of Sound in London as part of a Polish jazz special.

Now, Mazolewski’s music has a further opportunity to delve into the UK jazz scene alongside other artists that are pushing the boundaries of the genre, fusing tradition with the modern culture that surrounds them. ‘Polka Worldwide Deluxe Edition’ will be Mazolewski’s first release on Whirlwind Recordings (and his first on a non-Polish imprint), a label with over 110 releases to their name and a strong reputation for signing artists that push the boundaries of their respective genres and strive to diversify their audiences. This adds another dimension to Mazolewski’s relationship with his far-reaching jazz audiences, placing him among the players who strive to redefine what jazz means, whilst breaking down any musical prejudices that might exist for the scene.

From the beginning the Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet have been building a strong young audience, and whilst the quintet has received acclaim back home, UK influencers are already starting see a lot of promise in him, and given the passion he’s breathing into contemporary jazz, it’s not surprising to see why.

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Delta Sleep new single and video out now

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Single release: 'El Pastor' by Delta Sleep
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

Brighton math-rock band Delta Sleep announce their return, sharing a new video for their first single in 3 years entitled ‘El Pastor’. The new single is taken from the bands highly anticipated second record, which follows on from their widely acclaimed debut album ‘Twin Galaxies’, which earned plaudits from the likes of Clash, GoldFlakePaint, Q, Rock Sound and more. Further details to be announced...

Watch the video for 'El Pastor' here

Accompanying the new single, Delta Sleep have also announced a US tour (dates below) to start this autumn. The quartet’s live show is a force to reckoned with. Intense, captivating and extremely tight, they win over their audience at every turn. This has led the band to tour across the UK, Europe, Japan and Mexico since their 2008 formation, whilst also repeatedly appearing at festivals such as ArcTanGent, Handmade Festival, Truck Festival and 2000 Trees.

Their full list of forthcoming tour dates is as follows:

June
9th - Arundo de Festival, Torello, Spain
16th - Portals Festival, London, UK

July
22nd - Truck Festival - Oxford, UK

August
16th - Arctangent, Bristol, UK
23rd - Chicago, Beat Kitchen, US
25th - Columbus, Big Room, US
26th - Pittsburgh, The Fun House, US
27th - State College, Pennsylvania, House Party, US
29th - New Jersey, Flemington DIY, US
30th - Philly, Johnny Brenda’s, US
31st - Boston, House Show, US

September
1st - New York,  Gold Sounds, US

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First Hate new single and video out now

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Single release: 'Fallen' by First Hate
Release date: Out now
More info: Band Soundcloud

Rising from the snake pit into the international spotlight; the journey continues for First Hate. It all began with the self-titled debut EP ‘First Hate’ (Bad Actors Inc., September 2014), which featured hit singles 'Girls In The Club' and 'In My Dreams', music that transcended genres transforming the Copenhagen underground scene. It was a steady climb for the two Copenhageners, who have spent time on the road with Trentemøller, Communions, Iceage and Lust For Youth. Summer 2015 was spent in the studio producing their follow-up EP ‘The Mind Of A Gemini’ (Escho, March 2016). Sold out headline shows at Lille Vega, Copenhagen and The Waiting Room, London proved the band's popularity was now hitting a wider more mainstream audience with singles 'White Heron' and 'Trojan Horse' getting heavy rotation on national radio.

The rest of the year was spent on the road touring mostly throughout Europe with additional tours in China and North America. A key festival highlight was the triumphant headlining set on the Countdown Stage at Roskilde Festival. Spring 2017 saw the release of their highly anticipated debut album ‘A Prayer For The Unemployed’, which was released May 12th 2017 via Escho. It was  produced by First Hate with guidance by Troels Damgaard Holm and Malthe Fischer.

Now, the duo share the visuals for their latest single 'Fallen', which you can watch HERE

Press support for First Hate

“Alongside their arrogance there is empathy and the feeling that First Hate want their music to reach out and actually mean something.” – Pitchfork

“First Hate is a compelling balance of beatific and elegiac pop” – The FADER

 “You’d have to be made of stone not to fall for the elegiac wonder spun by Copenhagen duo First Hate... This and the rest of their back catalogue mark them out as an exciting new voice in the burgeoning nostalgia-tinged comedown-pop scene” – The Guardian

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The Plainviews debut EP out 11 May 2018

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EP release: 'A Million Different Ways of Saying Nothing At All' by The Plainviews
Release date: 11 May 2018
Label: Invisible Llama Music
More info: Band Soundcloud

  • Idles side project band The Plainviews release new single 'Bladerunner'. Watch the video here.
  • EP launch with Heavy Lungs, Twisted Ankle and Sugar Horse. Pre-order the EP here.

The Plainviews have announced that their debut EP 'A Million Different Ways of Saying Nothing At All' is due out on May 11th via Bristol DIY label Invisible Llama Music. The Plainviews feature members of IDLES (Adam 'Dev' Devonshire+Jon Beavis) and The St Pierre Snake Invasion (Damien Sayell) and were formed through friendship, some form of functional alcoholism, and a proclivity for the inane.

The Plainviews have gained recognition in Bristol for their acerbic and visceral ‘alt-rock’ songs about nothing. To celebrate the upcoming EP, the band have released an accompanying video for lead single ‘Bladerunner’, illustrated and directed by the wonderfully talented Tommy Norm.

The band say: "Here's the video for our first single, Bladerunner, all because we thought it would be funny to make an animated video for a song with one line."

Live Dates

  • May 11th - Exchange, Bristol  w Heavy Lungs, Twisted Ankle + Sugar Horse
  • June 20th - The Shacklewell Arms, London w Heavy Lungs + TBA

 
 

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Satellite Stories final album out 14 September 2018

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Album release: ‘Cut Out The Lights’ by Satellite Stories
Release date: 14 September 2018
Label: Playground Music
More info: Band website

  • Satellite Stories share new single ‘Coupons’. Listen at Clash.

"A fizzing, cracking, explosive return, 'Coupons' is ridiculously infectious, with those gossamer synths rattling against an insistent, incessant guitar line." - CLASH

Satellite Stories return with their brand new single ‘Coupons’, the first taste from what will be their fifth and final studio album, ‘Cut Out The Lights’, which is set for release worldwide on September 14th, with a worldwide tour to take place thereafter. 'Coupons' premiered today at CLASH who call it "A fizzing, cracking, explosive return. 'Coupons' is ridiculously infectious, with those gossamer synths rattling against an insistent, incessant guitar line."

Satellite Stories frontman Esa Mankinen tells us ‘Coupons’, is our brand new single, which we hope the fans will agree is somewhat of a return to the original Satellite Stories sound and feel; 3 minutes 14 seconds of pure energetic indie pop.”

As Finland's biggest and most successful indie act ever - with over 60 million streams worldwide, and over 300 headline shows, in no less than 17 countries spanning 3 continents - Satellite Stories returned to their roots to create their latest material. ‘Cut Out The Lights’ is an album where the band have taken the decision to self produce, to maintain complete creative control and make certain the ideas come across fully in the manner they wish.

“It is all on us again now, which is a position we love, the challenge is immense, we have put everything into this record, a full year in the making.” says lead guitarist Marko Heikkinen.

Mankinen continues; “On this album we went back to the basics of how we made music from the start, the four of us locked away in the Nordic landscape for inspiration, with a focus on the melodies and what production brings the best to the songs.”

‘Coupons’ is released May 4th, with the album due for worldwide release on September 14th.

Satellite Stories Tour Dates

14-Sep FINLAND, Kuopio, Henry's Pub
15-Sep FINLAND, Joensuu, Kerubi             
21-Sep FINLAND, Jyvaskyla, Freetime
22-Sep FINLAND, Helsinki, Korjaamo
27-Sep FINLAND, Turku, Gong
28-Sep FINLAND, Lahti, Torvi
29-Sep FINLAND, Tampere, Klubi
02-Oct SWEDEN, Stockholm, Klubben
03-Oct DENMARK, Copenhagen, Vega - Ideal Bar
04-Oct GERMANY, Hamburg, Nochtspeicher
05-Oct GERMANY, Berlin, Privatclub
06-Oct GERMANY, Stuttgart, ClubCann        
08-Oct GERMANY, Munich, Kranhalle
09-Oct AUSTRIA, Vienna, Chelsea
10-Oct SWITZERLAND, Zurich, Mascotte
11-Oct FRANCE, Paris, Supersonic
12-Oct NETHERLANDS, Utrecht, De Helling
13-Oct  NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, Sugarfactory
15-Oct UK, London, Lexington
16-Oct GERMANY, Cologne, Yuca               
19-Oct SPAIN, Madrid, Moby Dick
20-Oct SPAIN, Barcelona, Razzmatazz                
26-Oct FINLAND, Vaasa, Ritz
27-Oct FINLAND, Oulu, 45 Special

Tour date tickets will go on general sale Wednesday, May 9th at 12:00 CET.
 
 

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LIFE new single out 15 June 2018 and UK tour dates

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Single release: 'Grown Up' by LIFE
Release date: 15 June 2018
Tour dates: May-August 2018
More info: Band website

Fresh from a typically raucous and sweaty week in Austin, Texas for SXSW where the band played for DIY, BBC 6Music & Fluffer Pit, LIFE announce their return with the anthemic and frenetic 'Grown Up', their first new material since last year’s breakthrough debut album “Popular Music”.

'Grown Up', the first single to be taken from their forthcoming LP, is a pounding slice of muscular indie-rock that plays with the theme of adulting – the concept of stepping up to your responsibilities and behaving in a mature fashion - and sees the band hone in on a bigger and more focused sound. Hear/share the single here.

Frontman Mez describes the new single:

“Grown Up is about getting to grips with adulthood and wanting to fall in love again. Seeing the decay of human life as it ages in a park with the dying swans. Is there hope between the space on your plate as you fork at your tea? Can you be too grown up for love?”

Described by DIY as “an unhinged depiction of modern day punk”, LIFE’s anti-establishment outlook and witty, off-centre social commentary underscores everything they do. Very much the antithesis of all things London-centric, the band hail instead from the current City Of Culture, Hull, and tackle the new wave of youth and working class discontent with both savvy and style.

Known for a strong community ethic, clever wordplay and energetic performances, ‘Popular Music’ made it onto BBC Radio 1’s best albums of the year list and gained multiple playlist adds on BBC6 Music. LIFE were also picked by the likes of DIY, Metro, So Young and Fred Perry Subculture as their ‘Ones to Watch’ at the start of last year and Steve Lamacq praised the band for being “...weirdly uncompromising and addictive” when placing lead single In Your Hands in his best of the year list.

LIFE were also invited to perform a live session for Huw Stephens at Maida Vale and to play at Radio 1's Big Weekend, where they were the only unsigned act on the line up. Further live credentials include performances at SXSW, Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Reeperbahn and The Great Escape, as well as tours with Slaves, Nadine Shah and IDLES alongside significant headline shows of their own.

The band will play the following live dates:

5th May – Live At Leeds
6th May – Stag & Dagger, Glasgow
18th May – Black Lion (2.50pm) The Great Escape, Brighton
19th May – Komedia (2.30pm), The Great Escape, Brighton
20th May – Gold Sound Festival, Leeds
27th May – Bearded Theory
2nd June – Long Division, Wakefield
9th June – 53 Degrees North, Hull
14th June - The Lexington, London (single launch show)
15th June - The Shed, Leicester
16th June - ussex Arms Basement, Tunbridge Wells
17th June - Green Door Store, Brighton
20th July – Tramlines, Sheffield
28th July – Leopallooza
31st August – Electric Fields

'Grown Up' is the vibrant sound of a band who’ve already achieved so much - on their own terms, no less - who are now taking their next big leap forwards. No growing pains here, then.

Press reaction to date

  • “Brilliant” - The Guardian
  • “LIFE combine inescapable energy with unshakeable hooks” - Dork
  • “Whether they’re rallying against the establishment or helping us escape, LIFE’s debut provides comfort and support for us all” - DIY
  • “Singer Mez Green fully justifies his frequent Jarvis (Cocker) comparisons.” - DIY on SXSW

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Orions Belte release single and announce album for September 2018

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Album release: 'Mint' by Orions Belte
Release date: September 2018
Label: Jansen Records
More info: Band website

Orions Belte have just released their brilliant first single 'Le Mans' via Jansen Records. It comes as an exciting preview to their debut album 'Mint' that is due out in September 2018.

Listen to 'Le Mans' via Spotify or via Soundcloud

Is it blues? Is it world music? Is it underground pop? You can choose whichever you want, it’s not important for Orions Belte. The band play instrumental music inspired by "Nigerian 70s rock, postcards from the French riviera, Formula One races at the Monza track in Italy, and when Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali in the ‘Fight of the Century’ in 1971". You could say their influences are "eclectic".

Øyvind Blomstrøm and Chris Holm mainly live on the road with other bands, and they’re almost always traveling from town to town, country to country. When their roads crossed for the umpteenth time in 2016, their mutual dream of starting an instrumental project together was finally underway. Holm’s companion from the Bergen scene, Kim Åge Furuhaug, wanted to join in on the fun, and then Orions Belte was born. 

Their debut album 'Mint' is founded on old traditions but still feels new, and you’ll have to look for a long time to find anything like it. Texas band Khruangbin may be the best comparison as per today, but Orions Belte really belong in their own galaxy. A galaxy where they are the soundtrack to movies that haven’t been made yet, where landscapes are coloured and where the trio are doing just what they want to, in the way they want to do it. 

The result is 'Mint', an album filled with songs that fit as easily into street parties in Oslo and London, as in private casinos in Paris and night clubs in Lagos. Orions Belte, a small piece of the world - from Norway.

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YOWL new single out now

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Single release: 'Warm (In The Soft White Fire of Modern Living)' by YOWL
Release date: Out now
More info: Band Soundcloud

Today, Peckham five-piece YOWL have announced their new single 'Warm (In The Soft White Fire Of Modern Living)'. The single follows the release of YOWL's second single and video for ‘Dark Room’ and UK tour with label mates LICE including a sold out headline show at Sebright Arms. It was then on to Europe to play Pitchfork Avant-Garde and London Calling Amsterdam.

Listen to 'Warm (In The Soft White Fire Of Modern Living)' here

Alongside the new single, YOWL have also announced two new live dates including a headline London show at Bermondsey Social Club on 31st May 2018 and a show supporting IDLES at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge on 1st August 2018. The full list of YOWL's forthcoming live dates is as follows:

28th April – Portsmouth Psych Fest
28th April – Sticky Mikes, Brighton (Free entry)
6th May – Sounds From The Other City, Manchester
25th – 27th May – Dot to Dot Festival
31st May – Bermondsey Social Club, London
21st July – Truck Festival, Oxford
1st August – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge w/ IDLES

With an EP and two singles behind them YOWL have earned some impressive critical acclaim from the likes of NME, DIY, AnOther, Loud & Quiet and more. Following the release of 2016's Before The Sleep Sets In EP YOWL released debut single 'My Headache Likes To Speak' in May 2017. Across its noir-laden four minutes, the band marry gnarled razor-wire guitars and a swaggering rhythm section with the sick croon of vocalist Gabriel Byrde. 'My Headache Likes To Speak’ was the second release from London's Big Score imprint, after recently putting out material from Bristol's LICE. The label comes from the minds behind Golden Arm who have watched over the likes of HMLTD, Goat Girl, and The Big Moon.

Nobody’s happy putting up with poor job prospects and a city pricing out the poorest, but the Peckham-formed YOWL capture a frustration of the 9-to-5 London grind like few others. And in frontman Gabriel Byrde, they have someone who can spin poetry on songs about alienation and exhaustion. YOWL are often viciously loud, but Byrde’s fanciful delivery gives them an edge.

Previous praise for YOWL

“YOWL take the mundane and make it sound like a never-ending thrill" – NME

“YOWL are a band who make Peckham sound like New York City 2002” – LOUD & QUIET

"YOWL tell bleak, beautiful stories" – DIY

 

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Rat The Magnificent new album out 22 June 2018

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Album release: 'The Body As Pleasure' by Rat The Magnificent
Release date: 22 June 2018
Label: TTWD Records
More info: Band website

"Crank 'Up The Street' to a volume that shakes the dust from your creaky bones. Made stiff from years of rock and roll neglect, you are now redeemed by the nasty howl and stomp of Rat the Magnificent. Hallelujah and hot damn." - NPR

Made up of members of Family Manderson, Sunshine Republic, KLLR, Hot Sauce Pony, Modern Men and Brenda, Rat the Magnificent are a heady mix of obstinance and oblivion. Think an overlapping of a Venn diagram made up of Jesus Lizard, Sally Bowles, My Bloody Valentine, Slint, Oxbow and Son House and you’re in the right borough.

The trio’s cacophony of beguiling yet unnerving fuzz-laced experimental noise rock has earned the group a reputation as a must-see live act, having played with the likes of McLusky, IDLES and Adam Betts. Not least, they have also previously recorded with Steve Albini earning the rare would-be plaudits of “I’d have no problem with you being my house band.” Now with an EP and several singles to their name, Rat The Magnificent are set to release their debut LP, ‘The Body As Pleasure’. A collection of 10-tracks that fully encompass the raw, unhinged energy and dark melodic sensibilities that have garnered them much acclaim in the past.

However, like all strong drinks - the whiskey, the coffee - you need balance in strength. The core trio of Anderson’s open blasted guitar checks primitive tradition and bleeds into Davies’ evangelical bass and Dodridge’s fervent drum rhythms, providing a bed for Anderson to belie his vocals. Brooding in white hot intensity, the albums lyrical content tackles personal yet assimilable topics such as the immediacy of desire, animal magnetism, familiar high-stakes anxiety and trial by fire learning. Dexterous vocals layer often voyeuristic glimpses into both the bands misfortunes and success, backed up by oblique and often deceptively catchy instrumentation.

The band celebrate their influences in a caustic yet melodically conscious manner that is both familiar and new. The influences run fast and loose throughout the record, from the direct power and languishing darkness of Swans, Sonic Youth, Peaches and The Birthday Party, right through to 60-80s New York minimalism a la Tony Conrad and La Monte Young. Almost all of the tracks contain microtonal elements; from the bends in ‘Marrtalon’, to the rising synths at the end of ‘The For’, to the guitar gradually riding “out of tune” on ‘The Inevitable’ - The devil is in the details.

Recorded over the course of three years with Brad Hemsell, ‘The Body As Pleasure’ also features huge range of inimitable guest musicians, who add even further depth and dynamics to the record. Guests include: Ian Catskilkin (Future Of The Left, Art Brut), Jen Macro (MBV, Graham Coxon, Charlotte Hatherly, Hurtling), Stephen Gilchrist (Graham Coxon, The Damned, The Cardiacs, Vic and Bob), Jeff Fairley (Cheel Ghar) and Caroline Gilchrist (Hot Sauce Pony).

If you’re lucky enough to have heard Rat The Magnificent before or have even seen them live, then this incredibly strong debut effort should be instantly recognisable as a consummate and direct snapshot of the devastatingly efficient unit; armed with a pitch black sense of humour and celebrating their influences in an exciting and belligerent, yet discerning manner. If you’re still yet to hear them, then now is your chance. We’re not saying they ain’t hard work, but nothing comes without that.

Rat The Magnificent are:
- Perry M. Anderson (Guitar/Vocals)
- Ross Davies (Bass)
- Anna Dodridge (Drums)

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Gauthier Toux Trio new album out 4 May 2018

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Album release: 'The Colours You See' by Gauthier Toux Trio
Release date: 4 May 2018
Label: Naim Records
More info: Band website  

  • Winner 2017 of Rezzo Focal Jazz à Vienne
  • Winner 2016 of the Competition of Jazz Festival of Défense & Jazz or Jazz 

Award-winning composer and pianist, Gauthier Toux is ready to deliver his newest body of work, ‘The Colours You See’, a carefully considered and introspective jazz journey set for release on May 4th.

Ahead of the release, the trio have shared their first single from the album entitled 'Same Answer'. 

Speaking about the single, Gauthier says, "Since discovering I was colourblind at a young age, people always asked me what I thought the colours of everyday objects were. Walls, clothes, almost anything - I simply told them every time; 'it all depends on the light', and that is where this song came from."

Listen to 'Same Answer' here.

Accompanied on ‘The Colours You See’ by esteemed drummer Maxence Sibille, and double bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, alongside a host of guest musicians, the trio have release two albums to date and have performed alongside musicians such as Gilad Hekselman, Dave Liebman, Eric Truffaz, Uri Gurvich, Nicolas Folmer, Christophe Panzani, Tony Paeleman, Julien Herné, Erwan Valazza and Zacharie Ksyk.

Two years on from their last album ‘Unexpected Things’ (NoMadMusic, 2016), ‘The Colours You See’ is an eleven-track exposé delving into the French jazz scene, which is starting to become in burgeoning demand across Europe. In a recent interview with French newspaper Liberation, Gilles Peterson said “Something is cooking in French Jazz. Soon two or three names will become big and may come from the electro scene, maybe on labels like Ed Banger. Everybody is waiting for it.”, and whilst the trio are certainly take a more traditional approach to some of the recent crossover jazz artists of late, they continue to push the boundaries of their music by experimenting with their personal influences in electronic music, rock and hip-hop. This has led to their latest album being released via Naim Records, who were the first to sign Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet) and continue to work with rising artists from the UK scene such as Yazz Ahmed.

Examining the relationship between colour and light, and the identity that they impose on our relationship with music and the world around us, thematically ‘The Colours You See’ explores personal interpretation in a somewhat idiosyncratic manner.

“On this new album, I wanted to highlight a very personal vision of colours,” says Gauthier, “colours have always been very intriguing to me, especially since I discovered that I was colour-blind. Since then, I have never stopped asking myself how to perceive them differently, to try to go beyond the name given to each colour. Title after title, I put music to anecdotes connecting me to these colours and lights.”

“After almost four years of playing and traveling together, it seemed like a good idea to continue the adventure with Maxence Sibille and Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, with whom we developed our sound over previous concerts.”

The trio have previously performed at the likes of Duc des Lombards, the Paris Jazz Festival, Moods, the Cully Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Jazz in Ramatuelle, Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen and the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival. In 2016, the trio also won prestigious European competitions such as the National Jazz Competition in La Défense, the Jazz or Jazz and the RéZZo Focal Jazz á Vienne 2017.

‘The Colours You See’ is due out 4th May 2018 via Naim Records. Gauthier Toux will perform in the UK on May 26th at the Institut Français London as part of the Offbeat concert series (solo) & will play Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho (trio) on May 27th.

The Gauthier Toux Trio is:
- Gauthier Toux - piano, Fender Rhodes
- Kenneth Dahl Knudsen - Double bass
- Maxence Sibille - Drums
- Guests: Christophe Panzani (Sax), Erwan Valazza (Guitar), Zacharie Ksyk (Trumpet)
 
 

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Scott Matthews releases new single and new album on 27 April 2018

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Album release: 'The Great Untold' by Scott Matthews
Release date: 27 April 2018
Label: Shedio
More info: Artist website

"Putting my world on the line
Turning one leaf at a time
Never knowing what I'll find"

Scott Matthews’ new record, 'The Great Untold', deserves to be a career defining one. The sixth studio album by the Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter (Best Song Musically & Lyrically for 'Elusive') is a master class in honesty, instinct and reflection. A largely acoustic recording, Matthews’ new record features sparse production after being recorded over a productive winter at home. His ten-song cycle is the sound of a man now entirely comfortable in his own skin, putting his neck on the line with a collection of quietly extraordinary songs.

The ghosts of Paul Simon, Ron Sexsmith, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake and John Martyn loom large on a sixth record that revels in its stripped-back nature to show what an exceptionally strong songwriter Matthews really is. The absence of multi-layered instrumentation on 'The Great Untold', however, should not infer that it lacks depth. The richness in Matthews’ new work comes from the intricacy of his guitar work, influenced by the likes of Bert Jansch and Mark Kozelek, whilst showcasing again an otherworldly singing voice that betrays an everyman inflection and down-to-earth persona.

In many ways, 'The Great Untold' is the start of a new era for Matthews. Since his debut album, 'Passing Stranger', in 2006, the Wolverhampton-born artist has further refined his craft. Writing deft and sensitive songs during a trajectory that began with the ethereal ‘Elusive’, The Great Untold marks a new beginning on his own terms. The first great arc of his career was completed with his Home duology; a pair of records that reflected on his journey thus far. The Great Untold is the sound of that man moving on. Matthews is recently married, soon-to-experience fatherhood and has new hopes and fears, new stories to tell. “After Home Part 2 was finished, I was looking to move forward by marrying harmony with my experiences since the last record. The plan to write an acoustic record has always been there. And finally the time is right to do that.”

Matthews has tested himself as a songwriter. He started as a soloist and has gone full circle, again ready to fly alone. It opens new possibilities, a different type of challenge. “It takes me out of my comfort zone and has made me test myself. I’ve largely pared it down to guitar and vocals. At the beginning, there was nobody else. It’s time to surprise myself. It’s time to go back to my own world.”

Lyrically, 'The Great Untold' is a work with poetic intent. “It’s a collection of songs that lots of people will hopefully relate to. Naturally, my starting points are from a personal perspective but most times I have to broaden the idea so it's not so insular as a piece of music. It can be a challenge but I'm very proud of where I've ventured to and there's been a lot of soul searching woven into these songs that I hope people will appreciate. When I’m writing, I’m almost hearing voices from The Masters and thinking: ‘Would they approve?’”

The point is to make a connection. “I want to move somebody with the power of moods and music.” It is in the right hands. And that’s an opposite description for The Great Untold. It is a record written by a man at the peak of his powers – 'As The Day Passes', 'Something Real', 'Song To A Wallflower' and the stunning 'Cinnamon' are amongst the finest in his songbook – and by a musician able to channel great beauty in songs that reveal the most human of truths.

"...engagingly thoughtful and classy singer-songwriter" - The Guardian

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Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - new video out now

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Video premiere: 'Carolina' by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Release date: Out now
Label: Fantasy Records
More info: Band website

  • Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real premiere their new video 'Carolina' (featuring Lady Gaga) with Rolling Stone. 
  • Band perform at The Garage, London on 10 July 2018.

Following the release their new, self-titled album via Fantasy Records, UK tour dates and a critically acclaimed appearance at C2C, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real have now premiered a new video for album track 'Carolina' with Rolling Stone.

After a decade on the road, on their own and playing behind the legendary Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & POTR have developed into one of America’s most dazzling live acts, attracting a deeply devoted following.

With influences that range literate Texas songsmiths like surrogate ‘uncles’ Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, to J.J. Cale, The Band, Clapton-era Delaney & Bonnie, Neil and of course, Lukas’ dad Willie Nelson, the new album has been hailed as a major leap forward by publications around the world including Rolling Stone, Associated Press, UNCUT, Mojo, Classic Rock, Country Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Texas Monthly, American Songwriter, Uproxx, All Music and many more.

Recorded at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real was produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) and features the band’s new six-piece line-up: Lukas Nelson (guitar, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass, vocals) along with new members Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) and Alberto Bof (piano, Wurlitzer, B3). Jess Wolfe and Holly Lessig of the indie-pop group Lucius contribute angelic background vocals on five tracks and Lady Gaga added stirring vocals to 'Carolina' and 'Find Yourself'.  Elsewhere, the lilting, Glen Campbell inspired gem, 'Just Outside of Austin' features a classic Willie Nelson guitar solo, and piano from Lukas’ 86-year-old Aunt Bobbi.

Praise for ‘Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’:

  • “At 28, Lukas is the real deal and deserves to be treated seriously independent of his father's legacy.” — Associated Press
  • "Lukas Nelson's live show is a thing to behold, full of frenetic energy and the singer-guitarist's infectious charisma." — Rolling Stone
  • “The sextet’s latest displays a newfound confidence, brokering country-soul, Southern rock, and R&B with some panache.” — UNCUT
  • "This self-titled affair mixes rattling good Southern soul with country-rock"
  • —Daily Express
  • “The band’s best work...the record is a huge leap forward for Nelson, whose improved songwriting prowess is evident." — Entertainment Weekly
  • "Lukas is a force to be reckoned with." — Uproxx

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Shatner's Bassoon new album out 27 April 2018

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Album release: 'Disco Erosion' by Shatner's Bassoon
Release date: 27 April 2018
More info: Band website

Steeped in malfunctioning improvisation, passive-aggressive minimalism, surreal avant-punk and free jazz trances, Leeds quintet Shatner’s Bassoon sound like little else. Since their formation in 2010, the experimental outfit’s intense maelstrom of beguiling yet disturbing noise has earned the group a reputation as a must-see live act. Now with 3 years of experimentation and refinement since their last release, Shatner’s Bassoon are set to untether their new album, ‘Disco Erosion’.

‘Disco Erosion’ captures the visceral energy of Shatner’s Bassoon’s live performances, retaining their brazen and uncompromising identity, which is not only drawn from their mesmerizing resonance but largely from its bold and direct delivery. The band are comfortable to sit on the fringes continuing down their own path without conforming to trend and mediocrity. Each member has a wide and disparate influence and approach to making music which all filters into the bands overall sound.

As menacing as it is playful, the album is built on intricate yet often evasive song structures, angular rhythms and anxiety inducing psychedelia. The distinct featured instrumentation includes circuit bent delay pedals for keyboard, a myriad of off-kilter sax, a slice of Theremin, clarinet, cowbell and a pinch of Transylvanian organ. The result is a glitchy and deranged carnival of paranoia, which blends influences from the likes of Mr. Bungle, Frank Zappa, The Cardiacs, Tim Berne, John Zorn, Man From Uranus and Fred Frith.

Speaking about the new album Mick and Johnny, said “For this album we wanted to produce a more direct and immediate music whilst retaining the unique characteristics of Shatner’s Bassoon. Because our music is fringe music we regularly perform to a wide demographic of audiences (DIY, Jazz, Unsuspecting general public) - presenting freely improvised and experimental music within a different context. This influenced how we conceived, produced, presented the music for this album and is our proudest work to date.”

Shatner’s Bassoon’s aberrant amalgamation of styles, create an unforgettable spectacle, which has previously taken them to festivals such as North Atlantic Flux Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival and Beacons Festival. Similarly, the band have toured extensively around the UK, previously playing alongside the likes of Melt Yourself Down, Matthew Bourne, Roller Trio, and more, whilst captivating audiences as if by hypnosis at every outing. ‘Disco Erosion’ captures this sensation perfectly and in doing has led Shatner’s Bassoon to create their most accomplished and urgent recording to date.

Press reaction to date

“Sometimes Shatner's Bassoon are knowingly jazzy, sometimes they switch from bold melodic ideas to demonic garglings and cacklings, or what sounds like a monkey eating cornflakes overlaid by cool Fender Rhodes licks. It's all pretty out there” - the Guardian

“Leeds’ uncompromising new generation of jazz noise-making terrorists” - Jazzwise magazine

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album reissue due 25 May 2018

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Album reissue: 'Some Loud Thunder' by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Release date: 25 May 2018
More info: Band website

Clap Your Hand Say Yeah’s landmark second album 'Some Loud Thunder' will be reissued with exclusive bonus tracks on May 25th to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its original release. The band will be playing select tour dates in North America, UK and Europe where they’ll perform the album in its entirety. 'Some Loud Thunder' has been remastered by TW Walsh and will be available on vinyl for the first time in several years. 

A few words about the album from CYHSY’s Alec Ounsworth. 

"Let me explain. Some Loud Thunder was an album written mostly as a reaction to the not unwelcome but still uncomfortable great interest in the band’s first album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.  Depending on who you asked, in 2007 the band was known alternatively as the “real thing” or a flash in the pan, a band who presented a new paradigm for independent music or whose model was based on sheer luck, a band simply enjoying the process of creation or a (relatively) new band struggling to maintain some sort of illusory artistic foothold. 

The general desire to discover the “secret” behind the project (and the irritation that it caused me in interviews, reviews, etc.) was, to a large degree, what drove the creation of the album, Some Loud Thunder. Mostly, this is evidenced in the songs, Some Loud Thunder (“Yes, that was me breaking glass and pretending to start something big, some new taste”) and Satan Said Dance (“Satan” here as the transitory faction of an audience which tends to disappear as soon as any chances are taken), but in others as well. 

I think that this album, from the abrasive first track (which was not as much of a fuck you as some think but rather that it simply worked) to the final disintegrating “give up give up give up give up give up” on the song, “Five Easy Pieces,” documents a band that was comfortable taking big chances, somewhat aware of the consequences of taking chances (in an industry that often seems allergic to veering off the beaten path) but ignoring them all the same.  For this, maybe most of all, I am very proud of this album.  For true fans, who allow the opportunity to take such chances and are not afraid to embrace what may at first seem difficult or different, I am eternally grateful. Thanks, Alec" 

UK tour dates

Oct 16 The Bullingdon, Oxford 

Oct 17 Boiler Room, Guildford 

Oct 18 Storey’s Field Centre, Cambridge 

Oct 20 Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland 

Oct 22 The Caves, Edinburgh 

Oct 23 The Cluny, Newcastle 

Oct 24 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham 

Oct 25 The Haunt, Brighton 

Oct 26 Electric Ballroom, London

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Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage new album out 11 May 2018

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Album release: 'Awake' by Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage
Release date: 11 May 2018
Label: Sungrazing Records
More info: Band website

Two years ago, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage stirred the folk and acoustic world with a stand-out debut album and there’s been little slumbering since. Now they are set to release an arresting second studio album, 'Awake'. The combination of Hannah’s outstandingly pure, clear voice, their perfect fit harmonies and Ben’s exquisite dobro are the rock-solid foundations of this rising duo, first witnessed in the 2016 album, 'Before The Sun'. This quality pairing unarguably has hypnotic effect, painting aural dreamscapes around them in resonant songs that are given room to breathe. 

When Hannah’s folk family travels across Europe and sojourn in America ended and she returned to her native East Anglia, a chance meeting at a Cambridge folk club with The Willows band member Ben was the start of something special. Ben went on to produce Hannah’s solo album 'Charms Against Sorrow' before they ventured into duo territory uncorking a beguiling, intricately woven, ethereal sound all their own. 'Before the Sun' saw them named in many Albums of the Year lists including the 2016 fRoots Critics Poll and hinted at a largely untapped song writing talent amongst the expertly executed traditional arrangements and covers. That song writing skill moves more centre stage in 'Awake' - an album that shows them fulfilling all the promise heaped on them. 

Once again, they have returned to Toronto, putting Grammy-nominated Canadian producer David Travers-Smith (Madison Violet, The Wailin’ Jennys) at the helm for this album crafted with infinite care. The 11-track release has six strong originals alongside innovative arrangements of traditional songs and captivating covers from the Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie cannons. The eye-catching album cover by psychedelic artist Alan Forbes depicts the High Priestess and a deer as The Hanged Man from the tarot card deck and tarot icons run through the CD booklet. Says Hannah: “We used tarot throughout the recording process to help us think and feel more deeply about the music.” A duo who delve into the mysterious and often like to release music in line with the lunar calendar, their live show sees them huddled around a single microphone, drawing the audience in. And so it is with this magnetic album. 

Alongside Hannah’s trademark mountain dulcimer and Ben’s delicious dobro, they both play guitars on the album. Adding their magic are guest musicians from both sides of the Atlantic – from the UK Jon Thorne on double bass, Evan Carson on percussion and Norwich singer songwriter Jess Morgan, Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts on additional vocals and from Canada Chris Coole on banjo, David Travers-Smith on horns and organ, Burke Carroll on pedal steel and on vocals, Vancouver-born American-Canadian alt country singer songwriter Suzanne Ungerleider who performs under the name Oh Susanna. 

Entwined in the sturdy roots of English and North American music, Awake stirs with two original Sanders/Savage numbers – the mythical sea woman yearns to return to her spiritual sea home in the banjo-laced Selkie Song and there is more heartache in I Met a Man, a modern retelling of the ancient story of love between a woman and a green man, with Burke Carroll weaving in his wonderful pedal steel. 

The original material continues in 'A Thousand New Moons' – a luminous, gossamer-spun reflection on endings and beginnings, with Ben on lead vocal. The symbolic number 7 is the title of a song Hannah wrote for those who search for omens in the natural world, prompted by a friend desperate for a life change. The haunting instrumentation adds pedal steel and horns to Hannah and Ben’s guitar duet and the popular ‘One for Sorrow’ magpie nursery rhyme provides the chorus. The beautiful title track was originally written by Ben to tempt a talented friend out of a musical hiatus but has taken on a wider meaning and here it enjoys a lush vocal crescendo with the duo joined by Jess Morgan and Oh Susanna. Reaching is an exquisite, mellow, pin-drop perfect love song written by Hannah which closes the album in this duo’s soft tread style, building to a flourish which unusually features Ben on drums. 

'Awake' is an album that stirs the soul and further endorses the empathetic class act that is Sanders and Savage. Released on May 11 on the Sungrazing Records label it will be distributed by Proper Distribution. 

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Parker Millsap new album out 15 June 2018

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Album release: 'Other Arrangements' by Parker Millsap
Release date: 15 June 2018
Label: Thirty Tigers
More info: Artist website

Nashville, TN - Acclaimed singer/songwriter Parker Millsap will release his third full band album, 'Other Arrangements' on June 15th via Thirty Tigers. The anticipated new release showcases the 24 year-old's evolution as an artist who continues to create music without the confines of genre. 'Other Arrangements' spotlights Millsap's dynamic vocals on an original set of infectious songs with insightful lyrics. 

While his first two albums were praised for their philosophical and religious imagery, Other Arrangements plays more like a favourite rock radio channel from the 70’s. Moving effortlessly between rock, blues and pop, the new album also showcases Millsap's most dynamic electric guitar playing to date, especially on the explosive opening track (and radio single) 'Fine Line'. His literary thought-provoking writing style touches on themes of love, human struggle, passion and tolerance on the new album. 

Since the release of his critically acclaimed album 'The Very Last Day,' Millsap made his late-night television debut on 'Conan', and appeared on the acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits as well as Bluegrass Underground. Millsap also had the honour of being asked to perform with Sir Elton John at the Apple Music Festival at London's Roundhouse, after which the Grammy-winning legend, who was already a fan, attended a live performance in Atlanta, GA proclaiming, "Last night in Atlanta I saw one of the best concerts I have ever seen…It restored my faith in music."  

Other Arrangements was co-produced with Grammy award-winning engineer/producer Gary Paczosa and Grammy award-winning engineer Shani Gandhi at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC and Minutia Studio in Nashville, TN. Along with band-mates Daniel Foulks (fiddle) and Michael Rose (bass), Millsap is joined by Paddy Ryan on drums/percussion and backup singers including Odessa, Shirley and Calvin Settles, and Jillette Johnson.

Millsap possesses a rare charisma on stage, and his live performances are intense and captivating. Don’t miss a chance to catch his moving show as he hits the road in support of 'Other Arrangements' this spring.

“He deserves to become a new Americana hero.” - The Guardian 

“One of the best concerts I have ever seen… It restored my faith in music." – Elton John 

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Old Crow Medicine Show new album out 20 April 2018

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Album release: 'Volunteer' by Old Crow Medicine Show
Release date: 20 April 2018
More info: Band website

Grammy award-winning American Roots band Old Crow Medicine Show has announced the release of their upcoming album 'Volunteer', due out April 20th. The album was recorded at the historic RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson). Since the release of their last Grammy-winning studio effort Remedy, Old Crow Medicine Show has taken their versatility to another level, by not only reinterpreting Bob Dylan’s seminal album 'Blonde On Blonde', but also collaborating with pop sensation Kesha. Volunteer is yet another fine example of how Old Crow Medicine Show remains one of the most vibrant and forward thinking traditional bands of their time.

Listen to new singles 'Flicker & Shine' 'Dixie Avenue'

'The songs on 'Volunteer illustrate themes that resonate far beyond Old Crow Medicine Show’s diverse fan base, while also showcasing the depth in the group's songwriting. An album highlight 'Look Away' inspired by The Rolling Stones, is Ketch Secor’s homage to his love for the history, both sorrowful and joyful, of the South. 'A World Away' is an upbeat homage to refugees, an extremely relevant subject matter that Secor has been writing about since he was young. 'Dixie Avenue' pays a playful tribute to the Virginia location where Secor and bandmate Fuqua fell in love with music. The album’s final track, the bittersweet love song 'Whirlwind', could easily tell the tale of how Old Crow Medicine Show built a successful career from the ground up. 

Old Crow Medicine Show consists of Ketch Secor, Critter Fuqua, Cory Younts, Morgan Jahnig, Chance McCoy and Kevin Hayes. The traditional string band incorporated electric guitar for the first time since 2004 (when Dave Rawlings put a Telecaster on the band’s classic 'Wagon Wheel'), on 'Volunteer', and the album also features Joe Jackson Andrews on his haunting pedal steel.

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Old Crow Medicine Show is coming off a busy year of touring in support of their latest release, the highly acclaimed '50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde', a rootsy tribute to the Bob Dylan classic. The band also recently collaborated with 2018 Grammy nominee Kesha for CMT’s Crossroads.

Old Crow Medicine Show’s recent accomplishments, demonstrate that they still have the hunger to evolve and thrive in a variety of musical settings. While trends in music have come and gone, Old Crow Medicine Show has maintained their sense of integrity, continuing to share their infectious hybrid of traditional mountain music across the country.

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Tancred new album out 1 June 2018

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Album release: ‘Nightstand’ by Tancred
Release: date: 1 June 2018
Label: Hand In Hive / Polyvinyl Record Co
More info: Artist website

Tancred is proud to announce the forthcoming release of the new album ‘Nightstand’, out June 1st on Hand In Hive / Polyvinyl Record Co. Produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Generationals), ‘Nightstand’ is the follow up to Tancred’s (aka Maine-based musician Jess Abbott) well received 2016 release ‘Out of The Garden’, which won praise from Stereogum, The FADER, Rookie, and many others while leading to US tours with the likes of Speedy Ortiz and Weaves. Today, NPR Music shares the first single ‘Reviews’, saying 'From the anaphoric verses...to a chorus that opens up like parting storm clouds, Abbott has polished her songwriting into a resplendent pop shine.' This April Tancred will hit the road in the US with Julien Baker for dates across the Midwest and East Coast.

Listen to ‘Reviews’ now via NPR Music or YouTube

“This new album takes a step back from the energy of my last album to bring in a little more vulnerability,” Abbott tells NPR Music. “‘Reviews’ felt like the right first single because it holds some of that same propulsion the last album had, but also opens a secret door into a more introspective vibe present throughout Nightstand. It’s a deeply personal song for me and I’m happy I can finally share it.”

‘Nightstand’ is an album born out of an unexpected revelation Abbott experienced following her transformation into a more confident person, one full-throatedly declared on 2016’s plucky ‘Out of the Garden’. “After I became comfortable in this new skin, in truly being myself, I was immediately hit with loneliness,” she reveals. “I realized that human connection is really important to me.” And so Abbott began a new journey of personal exploration, one that involved connecting with other people just as much as connecting with herself. “I was reading a lot of books, learning a lot of new hobbies, meeting so many new people -- just taking in as much information as possible to try and figure out what it really meant to me to be alive,” she recalls.

As with her previous work, the writing process for what would become ‘Nightstand’ consisted of Abbott alone in her room with just a guitar, strumming chords and singing words until gradually songs began to coalesce -- though this time around she made it a point to devote three days a week for an entire year to only playing music.

As a result, when the recording process began with Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Generationals) at his home studio in LA, the focus was less on finishing songs and more on perfecting them. Working with Pesacov offered new approaches – and gear – previously undiscovered by Abbott, affording her avenues of exploration that dialed in the production and tone on each and every song. “My favorite part of each day was sitting down to decide which guitar we needed to use for the song we were recording,” recalls Abbott. “It sounds so simple and I know most records are made this way, but it was my first time actually being able to do that and I loved it.”

The positive effects of this nourishing environment are evident throughout ‘Nightstand’, as on propulsive first single ‘Reviews,’ showcasing Abbott’s strong melodic sensibilities balanced with purposeful, well-placed instrumentation. Or ‘Queen of New York,’ which captures the feelings of fleeting lust set against a metropolitan backdrop, all within an effervescent three-minute bop.

Of course, it wouldn’t truly be a Tancred album if the upbeat melodies didn’t also serve to sugarcoat Abbott’s often somber lyrics about the experience of being a woman and being queer in today’s society. But even she is quick to emphasize that there is still comfort to be found during times of isolation or alienation: “Ultimately, we are all feeling these things together, and that can be enough to feel less alone. There’s a hopefulness in the loneliness.”

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