Movements announce UK tour April/May 2018

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Tour announcement: Movements
Tour dates: May June 2018
Label: Fearless Records
More info: Band website

Movements have announced that they will touring the UK and parts of Europe this April and May in support of their debut album 'Feel Something' which was released to critical acclaim at the end of 2017 via Fearless. The dates span the length of the UK including stops in Brighton, Glasgow, Cardiff, and London with support from Paerish & Muskets, where they then go on to Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, and Antwerp. Tickets now on sale.

You can check out 'Colorblind' here, the first single from 'Feel Something', which Billboard in their premiere called “a cohesive vision of muscular rock energy and melodic song craft".

Produced by the highly-acclaimed Will Yip (Tigers Jaw, Balance and Composure, Title Fight), the 11-track album serves as the follow-up to the band’s successful 'Outgrown Things' EP released in March of 2016. 

Movements are touring the US with Can't Swim, Super Whatevr, and Gleemer this March and have previously supported the likes of Knuckle Puck in the US and in the UK in December with Tiny Moving Parts and Have Mercy in tow.

Press reaction to date

"Having channelled talent, depression and a pure love of music into something beautiful on debut album ‘Feel Something’, Movements became one of the standout new bands of 2017." - Rock Sound

"Stunning emo/post-hardcore quartet from Southern California" - Kerrang!

"Regardless of you experiences in life, with this record on you'd have to be made of stone to not 'Feel Something'" - Upset Magazine

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Varvara new album due out 16 March 2018

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Album release: 'Go' by Varvara
Release date: 16 March 2018
More info: Band website

Varvara premiere new single 'Anxiety' via Upset

Varvara from Hamina, South-East Finland have come a long way since the release of their debut album back in 2011. Varvara was originally formed by main songwriter and guitarist-vocalist Mikko Kiri in 2007 when moving back to his old childhood neighborhood after studies around Finland. Mikko wanted to start a band that would locate in Hamina and gather its’ influences from the late 90s and early 2000s; a period he had first gotten actively involved in music.

Soon Mikko found himself among friends and decided to name the band after a statue they used to gather round before nights of misbehaving. Varvara Schantin (1870-1941), the hometown hero who that statue represents, was born in Russia but became an important figure in the small town of Hamina. Schantin handed out food and refreshments to soldiers as they were preparing for war and their possible date with destiny.

Varvara's beginnings were humble, but the band quickly became more than a friendly pastime as demo releases became picked up on by various sections of the Finnish music media. With the help of an old friend Tommi Muhli, Varvara helped establish Haminian Sounds, a collective of musicians which releases music from local acts including Varvara and organizes events to cheer up the small town’s nightlife.

Since then Varvara's output, three albums and an EP, has slowly been recognised as a distinctive collection that harnesses diverse influences into a unique sound. The 2016 album 'Death Defying Tricks' was the bands first release actively promoted outside Finland. The album represented a self-confident band with an exceptional sense of melody amongst a series of quirky details. Combining off kilter rock shapes to straight-up rock, Death Defying Tricks collected nothing but praise in domestic and international rock media. Following the release the band also made their first shows outside the Finnish borders.

Now Varvara is ready to unleash their upcoming fourth full-length album 'GO' to be released February 2018 under their own Haminian Sounds imprint. The new album 'GO' as a whole is about that moment when summer turns into autumn. This reality hits you right in the face reminding that the calm and relaxation of summer is over. From time to time there is a strong contrast between energetic rock tracks and gloomy lyrics.

Produced and mostly recorded by the band themselves 'GO' offers an intriguing mix of aggressive garage and melodic rock sounds. The album was mixed by the leading underground rock, indie, and punk scene producer in Finland Lauri Eloranta and mastered by Brad Boatright (Fucked Up, Beastmilk.) at Audiosiege, Portland USA.

Press reaction to date

"Awesome track! Great vibe" - Lars Ulrich (Metallica, Beats1)

"Fusing blistering garage punk to exploratory psychedelia, it's a sound that is both dark and blood-quickening." - Clash

"The most exciting thing to come out of Finland since Jari Litmanen." - God Is In The TV

 

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Fontaines D.C. new single out 23 February 2018

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Single release: 'Chequeless Reckless' by Fontaines D.C.
Release date: 23 February 2018
Label: Trigger Party Records
More info: Band website

Premiere on Stereogum here

New double A-side single due out 23rd February 2018
London live date at The Victoria, Dalston – London on 7th March 2018

Fontaines D.C. met as a quintet in Dublin, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counter-culture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic indie-punk that has done anything but fall on deaf ears.

The last six months have seen Fontaines D.C. release two hotly received double A-side singles, both of which were named as singles of the week by Rough Trade, and garnered early support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and others on BBC 6 Music, as well as earning feature space from every major Irish publication. Similarly, the band have played a number of shows across Europe, Ireland and the UK earning a reputation for their brooding and trenchant live performances, supporting the likes of The Horrors, Girl Band and The Lemon Twigs, as well as playing festival slots at Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices.

Previous singles such as ‘Liberty Belle’ and ‘Hurricane Laughter’ call to mind the likes of the Modern Lovers, The Fall, Iggy Pop and The Strokes, seamlessly blending immediate lyrical hooks with melodic golden-era indie instrumentation, and ‘70s Stooges punk thrust, all of which is strewn with defiant rock and roll overtones. On their new single ‘Chequeless Reckless’, the band have decided to delve even deeper into their influences (which they personally cite as spanning from The La’s, to The Pogues to Buddy Holly) employing hypnotic, kraut-rock infused cyclical riffs, whilst channelling Dublin into their concise and often-unassumingly poetic lyrics with a distinctive gritty Irish drawl.

Fontaines D.C. have gone from strength-to-strength with each release, and with a vast range of critical acclaim, renowned live shows and a series of sold out releases behind them over the course of just six months, ‘Chequeless Reckless’ stands as a huge statement of intent, which is not to be ignored.

Press reaction to date

"Snarling, swaggering post-punk filtered through the retro-rock bands of the early ’00s" - Stereogum

"This band just keep getting better and better." - Rough Trade

"I'm absolutely kicking myself for not seeing these live." - Steve Lamacq

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Martha Reeves & The Vandellas London show 11 March 2018

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Concert announcement: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Concert date: 11 March 2018
Venue: Village Underground, Shoreditch
More info: Artist website

When looking for the perfect embodiment of the Motown sound and style, few fit the bill as well as Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. It was 1963 when they moved from being Marvin Gaye's original backup singers to stars in their own right with the trifecta of ‘Come and Get These Memories’, ‘Heat Wave’, and ‘Quicksand’. Over the next decade, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas would be a consistent presence on the music charts, as well as on television and top venues across the US and abroad.

In March 2018, they are headed to Village Underground to celebrate 50 years since the release of their hit single ‘Jimmy Mack’ with what promises to be a legendary live performance. The show will have support in the form of Butch Leake, of The Drifters, who themselves have had a myriad of unforgettable hits such as ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’, ‘Under The Boardwalk’, ‘Come On Over To My Place’, ‘On Broadway’, and many more.

Tickets on sale now

With the unmistakable voice that helped define ‘The Sound of Young America’, Reeves reigns as one of music's most beloved and acclaimed artists. Reeves and her Vandellas - her sisters, Lois (who joined the group in 1967) and Delphine (who came aboard in 1980) - have been recognised with the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award as well as a Grammy and induction to the Hall Of Fame for the signature track ‘Dancing In The Street’ which also made Rolling Stone’s ‘Greatest Songs Of All Time’.

Their hits are a thing of legend: In addition to the aforementioned, they include the gospel-tinged ‘Nowhere to Run’, the soul favourite ‘My Baby Loves Me’, the pop anthem ‘Jimmy Mack,’ and the classic ‘My Baby Loves Me’. While best known for up-tempo, foot-tapping, spirit-lifting tunes, Reeves' shows are often highlighted by beautiful renderings of Billie Holiday's ‘God Bless The Child’, her driving original blues ‘Watch Your Back’, and the perennial showstopper, ‘Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things’.

Martha Reeves and The Vandellas’ distinctive, upbeat, and uplifting music brought together pop and soul, white and black, old and young, like never before, and continues to do so to this day.

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Table Scraps on tour with Monster Magnet May/June 2018

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Tour announcement: Table Scraps
Tour dates: May/June 2018
More info: Band website

When Dave Wyndorf of the mighty Monster Magnet gets in touch personally to praise your band and invite you on a 14 date European tour - you know you've got to grab the bull by the horns and go for it!

Table Scraps will be travelling across Europe with the legends this May into June with stops in Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and back to the UK for two shows in Manchester and Glasgow. Tickets available here

To turn away from a record deal with a large label in your teens takes guts - especially when the fight for opportunities of that kind are so far and few between for rising bands. But when you feel like you're being kept out of the loop of your own life and one two many false promises are made, something has to change. Drummer Poppy Twist of Poppy & The Jezebels (Mute) made her choice and hasn't glanced back since. Forming the Midlands three-piece, Table Scraps, was a natural antidote and as with anything that comes with a DIY-sense of raw honesty, has had huge levels of support. Joining forces with two souls in possession of similar stories, TJ on bass and Scott Vincent Abbott on guitar, the band have become a storming unit of energy and defiance.

Their gripping new album 'Autonomy' is set for release on February 23rd 2018. The new single 'Sick Of Me' taken from it premiered at DIY and has since been spun by the likes of Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, and more on BBC 6 Music. Previous support has been found at Radio 1, Radio X, and from Idles' Joe Talbot, who recently declared on stage at a Birmingham gig, "if you don’t know Table Scraps, you’re a fucking idiot!".

Live, the trio have more than held their own alongside the likes of Fat White Family, Black Lips, and Yak, as well as being hand-picked to open for bands such as The Buzzcocks and The Gories. Table Scraps have also announced a handful of dates in the UK in February and March this year with stops in Sheffield, Bournemouth, Bristol, London, Brighton, and an album launch show in their hometown of Birmingham.

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Dark Dark Horse new single out now

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Single release: 'And Then We Had Nothing At All' by Dark Dark Horse
Release date: 26 January 2018
Label: Little Fanfare
More info: Band website

Dark Dark Horse premiere new single at Magnetic Magazine

"The song features Stafford’s soaring vocals over a track that slowly builds into a large crescendo. The drums slowly build alongside synths, piano, strings and eventually electric guitar in an epic finale." – Magnetic Magazine

Dark Dark Horse is a Leicester duo comprising of Jamie Ward (producer/multi-instrumentalist) and James Stafford (singer) who collectively create expertly crafted glacial pop-electronica steeped in indie rock sensibilities.

After a break from activity whilst Ward toured full time with globetrotting ‘astonishing’ instrumentalists Maybeshewill, 2017 marked the rebirth of the band. Having released EP, 'Luna II' in April and recently signing a publishing deal with Warner’s W Songs, Dark Dark Horse are ready to return with the elegant and emotive new single ‘And Then We Had Nothing At All’ on January 26th via Little Fanfare.

Listen now via Soundcloud
Listen now via Spotify

“'And Then We Had Nothing At All' is perhaps the most epic and ambitious song we've recorded so far. At over seven minutes long it defies the typical conventions of a single but it's power, beauty and grandeur was something we felt needed its own space.” explains Ward. It's a sound that feels totally organic and blissfully simplistic, yet stylishly layered and polished, simultaneously. “A kaleidoscope of swirling reverse synths, dusty samples from my mother’s children's music classes, pounding drums and sweeping violin… we really threw the kitchen sink at this one.”

Lyrically, Stafford touches on a seemingly darkening impression of the future - in which the struggle between over analysing the present or consciously turning a blind eye to the problems we face, can create a stunned ambivalence towards each. It's a delicate and emotional issue that people have struggled with universally - and one that Dark Dark Horse explore powerfully.

Live: Sebright Arms, London - 8th of February – Supporting HOLY

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Josh Rouse new album due 13 April 2018

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Album release: 'Love In The Modern Age' by Josh Rouse
Release date: 13 April 2018
Label: Yep Roc Records
More info: Artist website 

Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse will release his new album 'Love In The Modern Age'  on April 13, 2018 via Yep Roc Records. Forbes premieres the 80’s inspired single 'Businessman' with an exclusive interview. Read the full interview at Forbes and stream / embed the track HERE 

Similar to his work on his album 1972 where he captured the aesthetics of a specific moment in time, Josh’s new album 'Love In The Modern Age'  takes inspiration from the sound and production of early 1980's releases by The Blue Nile, The Style Council and Prefab Sprout. Also serving as inspiration were Roxy Music’s 'Avalon', Leonard Cohen's 'Various Positions' and 'I'm Your Man'. Non-ironic touches like sax, handclaps, reverbed guitar, backing vocals and keyboards give the moody but infectious songs a New Romantic flair.  

Josh Rouse has solidified his status as one of his generation's most acclaimed songwriters in both the US and Europe, where he's lived on and off since 2004. Spending the better part of a year touring behind his critically acclaimed eleventh album, 'The Embers of Time', Rouse was ready for a change. "Coming off such a heavy record, I wanted to try something different," he explains. "I wanted to explore new sounds and write with a fresh backdrop." Trading in his trusty acoustic guitar for a synthesizer, Love in the Modern Age still bears Rouse's distinct fingerprints even as it pushes his limits and forges a bold new chapter more than twenty years into his celebrated career. 

Late last year, Rouse released the title track, 'Love In The Modern Age'  and official video as part of his Pledgemusic Campaign. Second single 'Businessman' is also available today as an instant grat track. 

Josh Rouse will kick off his tour in the UK in April, followed by North America in May. 

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Black Light White Light new album due 23 March 2018

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Album release: 'Horizons' by Black Light White Light
Release date: 23 March 2018
Label: Forward Backwards Recordings
More info: Band website

Black Light White Light have shared the first single 'Teenage Dream' from their forthcoming new album 'Horizons'. Listen to 'Teenage Dream' on SoundCloud HERE.

Mining the rich territories of The Velvet Underground and the 90’s Madchester movement, and combining with the sound of classic 4AD, the Danish / Swedish troupe Black Light White Light shine a light into dark corners often left alone in contemporary psychedelic indie-rock. Based in Malmo, Sweden the musical project is centred on the Danish singer, guitarist and songwriter Martin Ejlertsen.

The creation of the band’s third album Horizons began in early 2015, with Ejlertsen taking stock of their catalogue to date, and looking for a new vantage point from which to approach his music. With a desire to make a dark pop record with razor-sharp rock songs, new material slowly began to unfold in a basement studio, deep underground in Copenhagen, where the band twisted their ideas and sketches in co-operation with a new drummer, Viktor Höber, and producer/ engineer and fellow musician Christian Ki.

Citing film as a huge influence on his music – in particular the works of David Lynch and Danish film maker Nicolas Winding Refn – Ejlertsen began to experiment in coupling Lynch-ian concepts of duality, visions, and dream states, with the bloody self-destruction and gallows humour that pervades Refn’s work. With one eye on the Factory Records era, 'Horizons' introduces undulating keyboards as a new and fundamental element of the sound, making the songs breezy yet intrusive, with harmonies and chiming delay guitars under attack with fuzz, all enveloped in dark and pervasive melancholic melodies.

“I like the idea that the music develops. That the music twist and turn in new directions. Being now a father of two small children the album is certainly assuming new characters and reflecting new faces and shadows of who I am as a human being today as someone just that bit different from who I was when I made the previous albums”, Martin Ejlertsen says.

On the new recordings Black Light White Light present an album full of memorable pop songs all twisted up with moody darkness and Ejlertsen’s poetic longings. He continues; “This is even to an extent that I along the way considered if this album should be released under a new moniker. Cause the band is more a solo project than it has been before. But then again, I came to conclusion why really? This band project has always really been about my songs and twisted thoughts coming to life. This album is really that aspect but just further developed into new territories.”

‘Horizons’ is mastered by Joe Lambert (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, The National) while the album artwork is realized by Pete Manley/Made Four (Oasis, Polly Paulusma, Madonna).

Press reaction to date

"Imperious shoegaze set against swirling psychedelia, the project fuses the adventurous spirit of the 60s with the fiercely independent endeavours of the 80s." - CLASH
 

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Bob Holroyd new album due 9 March 2018

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Album release: 'The Cage' by Bob Holroyd
Release date: 9 March 2018
More info: Artist website

The new single 'Inner Mind Sigh' premieres with Clash.

Ranging from ambient minimalism to world music, modern classical to jazz, Bob Holroyd’s music is often hard to pigeon hole. With eight studio albums and six remix albums to his name, Bob’s eclectic and texturally cinematic work has been recognised and remixed extensively by a huge range of artists such as Coldcut, Nitin Sawhney, Four Tet, Francois K, Mogwai, The Album Leaf, T. Williams, Lemonde, Loop Guru, Steve Roach and more, and has been used prominently in mainstream TV and films such as The Dark Knight, Lost, True Blood, The Sopranos, Panorama, Coast and many more. Now Bob is set to release his ninth album ‘The Cage’.

Over the course of his musical career Bob Holroyd has pioneered music that crosses musical and cultural boundaries, and as a result his music is influenced by a diverse array of sights, sounds from around the world. Bob's music includes influences from extensive travels in Africa and Asia, and ranges from intense walls of percussive drumming - as on his cult club classic 'African Drug' - to delicate atmospheric soundscapes, such as the beautiful 'Looking Back' - a track recorded for the 'Sanscapes' project to highlight the plight of the Kalahari Bushmen, with whom he collaborated with. Similarly, he also recorded the Islamic Call to Prayer at Regent's Park Mosque, writing a moving and dramatic piece around the haunting vocal by Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens).

With more recent releases such as the critically acclaimed ‘Blueprint’ and ‘Beachcombing’ Bob looks to himself for inspiration. Citing work in therapy and exploring the complex textures and emotions that make up every moment of our lives as well as exploring the creative process itself as key elements of stimulus. The new album ‘The Cage’ delves further into Bob’s poignant introspection.

“‘The Cage’ is where I have subconsciously imprisoned myself emotionally for years” says Bob, “By keeping out ‘negative’ emotions I have felt safe, but ultimately made myself unapproachable to others, and myself. I had the idea that instead of trying to escape this Cage I should enlarge it to include all emotions, feelings experiences and people - if EVERYTHING is in the Cage then I am more free than if I were keeping all influences out.”

Bob has reflected on this when constructing and recording the album, instead of going into the studio with a set of well-rehearsed and fine-tuned ideas, he has opted for a more organic approach, recording on what felt right on that day. Speaking about the process Bob says, “it has taken a long time to finish some tracks, and there are various other pieces at varying stages of completion, but I have found it incredibly liberating to do only what immediately ‘feels’ right without the constraints that I have put myself under in the past.”

This raw and beguilingly honest take on his new album can be heard instantly in the music itself. There are transcendent ambient cogitations throughout ‘The Cage’, which is made up of twelve tracks of deep emotive encounters, from ruminating to wistful to uplifting and even a little perturbing at times. There are beautifully woven atmospheric textures of light and space, which coalesce to form something, which can only truly be described as minimally complex. Fans of Eno, Laraaji, Max Richter and Peter Broderick will find much to love (Bob also names the likes of David Sylvian, Peter Gabriel, Arvo Part, Nils Petter Molvaer, Radiohead, Tavener and more as further influences).

As Bob Holroyd delves further into his own psyche, as well as the world and influences around him, his own brand of quiet sound collages grow not only in their multi-faceted compositions but also in their intelligent and thought-provoking non-verbal prose. Despite any potential preconceptions, Bob creates incredibly personal records, which are free from self-indulgence and pretension, ‘The Cage’ is not too complicated to absorb, it’s not boring or forgettable, but for many, not to mention for Bob himself, it will ultimately be very rewarding.

Press reaction to date

"a beautiful example of the sheer artistry that drives Bob Holroyd's work."
– Clash

“At his best Holroyd is Massive Attack, Mogwai, Simon Fisher Turner, David Toop and Future Sounds of London in an intelligent globally-tinged reflective collaboration. Electronics flutter and strings caress our emotions without it descending into self-indulgent sentimentalism” – DJ Mag

“stunning” – Resident Advisor

“Massive Attack style broody stalking sexiness” – Mixmag

“quite simply the gentlest, most emotionally potent, enveloping piece of electro-acoustic ambient music I’ve heard in a very long time” – Hypnagogue

 

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Prism Tats new album out 2 March 2018

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Album release: 'Mamba' by Prism Tats
Release date: 2 March 2018
Label: ANTI- Records
More info: Artist website

ANTI- Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release of 'Mamba', the sophomore album from South Africa-bred artist Prism Tats. Due out March 2, 'Mamba' offers a moody but melody-driven strain of psych-inflected post-punk.

Recorded with producer Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall), 'Mamba' explores themes of self-inflicted isolation, working-class hopelessness, and the emotional damage of technology addiction. “Most of these new songs came from taking in what’s going on in the world today, and being afraid of the future we’re headed toward,” notes Garett van der Spek, the L.A.-based singer/songwriter behind Prism Tats.

Today, Prism Tats shares the video for 'Daggers', one of the more menacing tracks featured on Mamba. Directed by Jonny Look (Cass McCombs, Grizzly Bear), 'Daggers' delivers its brilliantly twisted humour in grainy home-video form.

Watch the video for 'Daggers' HERE

With its sonic complexity and understated emotional depth, 'Mamba' has a double meaning to its title. “It’s the name of a venomous snake, and in my hometown it’s a slang term for the biggest or meanest of something,” van der Spek points out.

As he explains, the word mamba ultimately embodies the sense of fear and defiance threaded throughout the record and especially evident in its epic title track. “The song is partly about letting go of that fear,” says van der Spek. “When I say ‘Give me the mamba,’ I mean ‘Give me the whole experience’: the good and the bad and everything else that might exist in between.”

Originally from Durban, South Africa, van der Spek relocated to the U.S. after years of playing in local bands and working on solo projects. In 2014 he founded Prism Tats, and in 2015 landed a deal with ANTI- after being discovered at SXSW.

Since his self-titled debut arrived in 2016, Prism Tats has landed support slots with indie-rock icons like Guided By Voices and Nada Surf, toured on his own and with a band, and continued to write and record steadily. Last summer, he released the acclaimed five-song EP 11:11.
 
 

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Jeff Rosenstock new album due 2 March 2018

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Album release: 'Post' by Jeff Rosenstock
Release date: Digital on 1 January 2018 Vinyl and CD on 23 March 2018
Label: Specialist Subject Records (Europe) & Polyvinyl (US)
More info: Artist website

"one of the most important figures in modern punk" – Pitchfork

Surprise! A new Jeff Rosenstock record for 2018! 

It's New Year's Day. You're still coming out of the haze of 2017. Maybe your New Year's Eve got a little crazy, maybe it got a little dark. You're not sure if you're going to actually get out of bed before noon, but you roll over and check your phone, just in case anything terrible has happened while you were sleeping. Wait. What? Call your best friend. There's a new Jeff Rosenstock record. 

Jeff Rosenstock wrote 'Post'- in a double-wide trailer in the Catskill Mountain town of East Durham, the snow-covered hills surrounding him like a landscape of blank pages. The serene, empty space was a big change of scenery for a guy who bounces around the world like a human comet, playing super-catchy, super-devastating shout-alongs to dedicated fans around the world.  

After playing with Bomb the Music Industry! for a decade, Jeff switched gears and produced records for The Smith Street Band, Dan Andriano, Mikey Erg and more, and started putting out records under his own name. After the release of WORRY., things started to get way more intense for Jeff and his band. They made their first TV appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly, USA Today called WORRY the #1 album of 2016, and the band took to the road, touring endlessly for the past two years, taking breaks only to record new albums.

"2017 kinda felt like the year when we snuck in the back door," says Rosenstock, "We kept getting opportunities to do stuff - even though we take those opportunities to do stupid shit like say how much we made on stage." (This is the guy whose Pitchfork Music Festival performance last summer trended on Twitter after he took the stage and exclaimed, “Seventy-five hundred! Dollars! For us! To play! This festival!” Because, you know, he felt like he had to come clean about it.)

Written in the days after the 2017 Presidential inauguration, 'Post's lyrics get (really) heavy but the melodies are so catchy and the builds are so big and bright that the end result is more of a rallying cry than a surrender. The album was recorded in a one-week, 86-hour marathon recording session with Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Deafheaven) at the Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA. "The four of us stood in a room without headphones on and just played the songs live to tape, and after that we had some friends (Dan Potthast, Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, PUP) fill out some of the sound," So, if the record feels even more unifying than usual, like a party that turns into a sleepover that turns into egg-n-cheese sandwiches on the beach that turns into a protest march that unites a gang of buddies for eternity, well, maybe that's why.

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Ondt Blod new album out 9 March 2018 

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Album release: 'Natur' by Ondt Blod
Release date: 9 March 2018
Label: Fysisk Format
More info: Band website

'Natur' is a Sami scream from the far north. Made 100 years after the first indigenous political organising in Norway, This is a Sami call to arms against the still on-going colonization and oppression. 'Natur' celebrates the duality of human nature, where champagne meets cyanide, machine-gun riffs meet the catchiest choruses out of Scandinavia since ABBA. 

'Natur' is Norwegian hardcore-unit Ondt Blod’s second album and offers an indigenous blend of hardcore, grim metal and catchy punk; the polar bear mates with Pet Sounds. 

The album is recorded in Oslo, and is produced by star producer Yngve Andersen (Blood Command, Hold Fast). Technical wizardry is provided by Ruben Willem (Haust) and Simon Jackman, who also have mixed the record. Guest performances are given by Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvold (yacht-saxophone) and the Sami pop star Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen of the electropop group ISÁK, who does a traditional joik (ancient Sami singing tradition) duet with Ondt Blod singer Aslak on the record’s last track 'Giron'. The album’s artwork is a woodprint by Peter-John De Villiers, who also did the artwork for the singles. 

Despite of having only released one album, Ondt Blod have a lot to show for. Not only have Ondt Blod been deemed the “pride of the North” in Norwegian media; their debut-album 'Finnmark' was nominated as the “new-comer of the year” for the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammys in 2016, and they have been listed on Norwegian national radio with five songs. The band has toured Norway alongside Kvelertak, and played the Roskilde Festival in 2016. 

With 'Natur', Ondt Blod has made an album that is at once a razor sharp political confrontation and a hedonistic celebration. 

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You Are Wolf new album out 23 March 2018 

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Album release: 'Keld' by You Are Wolf
Release date: 23 March 2018
Label: Firecrest Records
More info: Artist website

You Are Wolf is the alt-folk project of award-winning composer and vocalist Kerry Andrew. Releasing her second album 'Keld'  in March, it is the follow-up to her 2014 debut 'Hawk To The Hunting Gone', a record that explored British birds and folklore. Now working as a trio with multi-instrumentalist Sam Hall and percussionist Peter Ashwell, 'Keld' - an old Northern English word meaning “the deep, still, smooth part of a river” – is an album that explores and develops the theme of freshwater. Wild swimming is a key passion and inspiration of hers, and she can often be found dipping into lochs, lakes, rivers and the sea in all weathers. Though there are countless traditional songs about the sea, there are less about our inland waterways, and Kerry decided to use this as a challenge: to source traditional material and write originals all inspired by freshwater folklore.

It was an aim of Kerry’s to find songs that featured an array of strong female characters, and 'Keld'  includes traditional songs about waterfall banshees, killer female water sprites, drowning boys and powerful witches. Original songs are inspired by wild swimming, vengeful rivers, nymphs and naiads, and even an Anglo-Saxon charm. You Are Wolf brings these ancient songs and stories into the present, with bold arrangements inspired by leftfield pop, new classical music and electronica.

The album is produced by MaJiker, best known for his work on French alt-pop queen Camille’s Victoire-winning albums. He has also remixed / worked with Fever Ray, Nitin Sahwney and Gaggle, and brings an experimental pop sensibility to the album. Where Hawk To The Hunting Gone was heavily vocal, with lots of vocal looping - inspired by the likes of Camille, Bobby Mcferrin, Meredith Monk and tUnE-yArDs – 'Keld'  is more expansive. With a wider palate of sounds including drums, ‘cello, vibraphone, trumpet, found sounds and field recordings, it’s an album that not only draws from innovative contemporary folk artists including Lisa Knapp (who features here on 'The Weeper'), Sam Lee and The Unthanks, but also by music outside the folk sphere: everything from minimalist composer Steve Reich to PJ Harvey, traditional Central African Pygmy music and Julia Holter. The brilliant poet Robin Robertson also appears.

You Are Wolf is a regular on Radio 3’s The Verb and performed her debut short story with music on BBC Radio 4’s 'Stories From Songwriters' series. Elsewhere, as Kerry Andrew, she is a composer of experimental vocal music and choral music, has a PhD in Composition and is the winner of four British Composer Awards. Kerry has written for The Guardian and is an occasional presenter on BBC Radio 3. Her debut novel, Swansong, based on a folk ballad, is published by Jonathan Cape on January 25th 2018. The novel has been praised by Robert Macfarlane as “spiky, strange and contemporary, but always with a dark undertow of myth and folklore tugging at its telling”, and by folk legend Shirley Collins as “a subtle, supernatural tale told in a present-day voice.” 

Press reaction to date

“English avant-folk at its finest” – The Guardian 

“Imagine Bjork working her magic on the English folk tradition” – Uncut  

“Her voice is a thing of beauty and clarity… [she is] reconfiguring British folk as a music not only of the past, but of the present and future” – Prog  

 “one of the most original albums of traditional folk songs you’ll hear this year - fRoots 

‘a truly beautiful voice” – Drowned In Sound  

As heard on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 

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Peter Kernel share latest single 'There's Nothing Like You'

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Single release: 'There's Nothing Like You' by Peter Kernel
Release date: 27 September 2017
Label: The Camper Records
More info: Band website

London show announced for 15th January 2018
Watch the video for 'There's Nothing Like You' here.

"Last November we sent the demo of this song to our dear friend and sound engineer Andrea Cajelli. We wanted his precious feedback because although we were proud of the song we were worried it didn’t sound 'Peter Kernel' enough.

He answered us instantly saying “this is a fucking masterpiece guys! And the next time someone says you sound like Sonic Youth you can shove this in their face”. We were totally surprised. His over exaggerated reaction for this song gave us the strength to continue exploring new sounds and solutions. 

Andrea passed away shortly after, and it took us a lot of time to regain the capability to take decisions and to believe in other people. So we decided to learn how to record ourselves. And we did. But we were then very lucky to have found Jeff Knowler that took care of our recordings and completed the mix. 

Here it is. A song about life. The horribly amazing life or the terribly fantastic life.  These are points of views, moments or periods in time we try to communicate in the song through different impressions and scenarios all in one melody. This song means a lot to us." - Barbara & Aris

'There’s Nothing Like You' released 27 September 2017, is the first single taken from the album 'The Size Of The Night' by Peter Kernel, On The Camper Records. The single is available on 7” vinyl as of December 2017. 

Peter Kernel is a Swiss Canadian post punk band formed in 2006 by graphic designer Aris Bassetti (Swiss) and filmmaker Barbara Lehnhoff (Canadian).

The two met in visual communications school in Switzerland and quickly launched the band and their own label On The Camper Records. Throughout the years they have been well noted for their clever and witty humour in communication and DIY approach.

In 2008 they were invited by Spencer Krug from the Canadian band Wolf Parade to open their UK and European tour. With the release of their 2nd album 'White Death & Black Heart' in collaboration with French label Africantape the band received a particularly warm welcome in France, launching Peter Kernel straight into the heart of the European musical scene.

In the past years Peter Kernel have played over 600 concerts across Europe and Canada, in a variety of different venues and festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival, the fashion week in Milan, Paleo Festival, The HMV Forum in London, Les Rockomotives Festival in France, The Great Escape in the UK, and in 2018 will be on stage at Eurosonic in NL.

In 2016 they were nominated for the Swiss Music Grand Prix. The same year they scored the music for the film 'Il Nido', by the Swiss Peruvian film director Klaudia Reynicke. The film was world premiered at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.

In 2017 they were nominated as Best Live Act at the Swiss Live Talents. The same year they started an orchestral version of the band called Peter Kernel & Their Wicked Orchestra, rearranging their songs for piano, harp, cello, harmonium and viola.

On March 7th 2018 they will release their 4th Album entitled 'The Size Of The Night'.
 

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Joan Baez 2018 tour and new album out 2 March 2018

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Album release: 'Whistle Down The Wind' by Joan Baez
Release date: 2 March 2018
Label: Proper records
More info: Artist website

Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez, will release a new album 'Whistle Down The Wind' (Proper Records) on March 2 2018. Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, 'Whistle Down The Wind' gathers material by some of Baez’s favourite composers. Pre-order the album here.

In conjunction with the new album, Joan will undertake an extensive 2018 world tour, including UK and ROI dates in March and May. Speaking of the tour, which will begin on March 2 in Stockholm, Baez says “While 2018 will be my last year of formal extended touring, I’m looking forward to being on the road with a beautiful new album about which I am truly proud.  I welcome the opportunity to share this new music as well as longtime favourites with my audiences around the world.”

Joan last performed in the UK in 2014 when she sold out 4 nights at London’s Royal Festival Hall, following a sold out 21 date tour in 2012. Watch Joan Baez performing Diamonds and Rust.

'Whistle Down The Wind' is Joan’s first new studio album in a decade, since 2008’s critically acclaimed, Grammy®-nominated 'Day After Tomorrow', which was produced by Steve Earle.  Its release ignited an extraordinary decade of achievement by Joan, including: the PBS 'American Masters' series premiere of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound (2009), which underscored the 50th anniver­sa­ry of Joan’s debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.  Joan’s seminal debut album of 1960 was honoured by the National Academy of Record­ing Arts & Sciences in 2011, which inducted it into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame; and subsequently by the Library of Congress in 2015, which selected it to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. That same year, Amnesty International bestowed its highest honour on Joan, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in recognition of her exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights and she was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2017.

Record-breaking years of touring in the recent past included Joan’s first tours in three decades in both Australia (2013) and South America (2014).  Joan’s 75th birthday was celebrated at New York’s Beacon Theatre in January 2016, where she was joined by Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris and a host of others. 

Joan’s first solo exhibition of paintings was presented in Mill Valley, CA in 2018.  The collec­tion celebrated 'Mischief Makers' – portraits of risk-taking visionaries who have brought about social change through non-violent action.  The entire exhibit was subsequently purchased by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and donated to Sonoma State University, where it will eventually be displayed at an envisioned new social justice learning centre on campus.

Joan Baez remains a musical force of nature of incalculable influence.  She marched on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organised resistance to the Vietnam War, inspired Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war, and stood with old friend Nelson Mandela in London’s Hyde Park as the world celebrated his 90th birthday. Joan’s earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963.  Thus began a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues on 'Whistle Down The Wind', and which will reverberate long into the future across Joan’s lifetime of recordings.
 
 

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DATAROCK new album out 9 March 2018

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Album release: 'Face the Brutality' by DATAROCK
Release date: 9 March 2018
Label: YAP Records
More info: Band website

The return of DATAROCK is finally upon us: the Norwegian act have announced their long-awaited third album Face the Brutality with a few teases: fans can get a glimpse of the new DATAROCK here and here, and stream the first single here. 'Ruffle Shuffle' is a memorable return for the synth act - hooky, stylishly constructed and impeccably produced. Listen to 'Ruffle Shuffle' + Watch the Trailer.

DATAROCK’s infectious brand of indie-dance has seen considerable international attention, including placements with Apple and Google - take one listen to the opening bassline of 'Fa Fa Fa' and you’ll instantly recognise it.

'Face the Brutality' will be the band's first LP since 2009 and first output since their musical (featuring 87 live musicians, as you do), 'The Musical', in 2015. Years in the making, 'Face the Brutality' is an album for the bored and bitter survivors of 2017, an upbeat escape with substance. Pre-order here.

Confusion lies right at the heart of Bergen, Norway’s beloved DATAROCK. Just ask founder Fredrik Saroea to summarize the band’s history and it’ll make your head spin. On their 2009 album Red, for instance, they listed almost fifty members, and their musical, released, with unusual transparency, under the name The Musical in 2015, featured 87 guests. With so many members coming and going, Saroea jokes that the main member of the band has always been the red tracksuit, worn by musicians during DATAROCK’s live performances, for which they’ve become famous. Adding to the confusion, however, even that has now been replaced by a black one.

DATAROCK’s latest album is called 'Face the Brutality' - try not to read anything too deep into that. “We heard a radio show in Canada with that name back in 2004,” Saroea confides, “and thought it sounded hilariously pretentious. Coming from a city of black metal, and with a background in punk and thrash metal, we found the title so utterly wrong for DATAROCK that we’ve always wanted to use it for an album.”

Bewildering as this all may seem, it does nothing to undermine the sincerity of what DATAROCK do. This, perhaps, is hard to credit, given the band's history of red tracksuits and occasionally playful lyricism. There are, too, what one can only describe as Easter Eggs scattered throughout the album: see if you can find the homage to The Faces, or to cult 1985 film The Goonies. But while these may appear light-hearted, they’re also indicative of the genuine artistry central to DATAROCK’s playful aesthetic, one that’s drawn upon Talking Heads and Happy Mondays, The Fall and The Stone Roses, Television and Laurie Anderson, and even Kyle Dixon’s and Michael Stein’s Stranger Things score. As Saroea so eloquently puts it, “Referencing isn’t just something I do for fun, but out of respect for the proud tradition of quality music, a tradition one ought to know pretty well if one aspires to be part of it. As a friend of mine said when we were kids, ‘You know, music isn’t a private, personal matter - it’s a relation-driven individual mastering of tradition and technique.’”

Face the Brutality is full of tradition and technique: the woozy pop of 'Ruffle Shuffle', the laid-back groove of 'Sense of Reason', the wired funk of 'Everything', even going back to Plato and the Greek myth of Icarus on 'Feathers and Wax', proving that Saroea took his education seriously.

Subversive and mischievous, disarmingly modest, effortlessly entertaining, and as daft as they are heartfelt, DATAROCK have been sorely missing from our lives these unsettling recent years. Their ambitions remain humble - “We hope the next album will reach out and put a smile on our fellow bitter and bored friends around the world” - but 'Face the Brutality' might even entertain a handful or two others.

Press reaction to date

  • "...a frothy elixir out of 1980s synth-pop, art-rock and new wave" - The New York Times
  • "…note-perfect tales of nerd love" - Rolling Stone Magazine
  • "...this band can nail any sound they want, cheekiness be damned" - Pitchfork
  • "Irresistibly slinky new wave" - NME
  • "...a hefty percentage of top tunes" - BBC
  • "the hooded beatsmiths could well have outdone themselves" - CLASH
  • "Note to all festival booking agents - and all other booking agents for that matter - stick Datarock to a stage and just send us a cheque for telling you to do so" - Loud & Quiet
  • "The ultimate 1980s homage" - Uncut

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Beth Nielsen Chapman new album out 9 February 2018

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Album release: 'Hearts Of Glass' by Beth Nielsen Chapman
Release date: 9 February 2018
Label: Proper Records
More info: Artist website

Beth Nielsen Chapman’s brand-new studio album, 'Hearts Of Glass' is a powerful collection of songs that dig deep into the place within us where vulnerability meets strength. Produced by Sam Ashworth, 'Hearts Of Glass' is sparse and beautifully recorded. The songs, mostly written by Beth alone, include several new compositions, from the haunting 'Epitaph For Love' to the instant classic 'You’re Still My Valentine', to the infectious 'Enough For Me', written with Sam. The opening track, 'Come To Mine', the only other co-written song, was composed with the legendary Graham Gouldman and Kevin Montgomery at Chris Difford’s Songwriting retreat in Somerset England.  

“My intention was to do an album of songs 100% written by me, and bring together those kinds of songs that have a certain focus and vibe, but 'Come To Mine' just jumped out and insisted on leading the pack!  It’s timely what with all that’s swirling around in the world right now”. The same is true for the closing track 'Dancer To The Drum' which provides the perfect bookend" said Beth. 

'Hearts Of Glass' also features several gems plucked from Beth’s previous releases that have been re-recorded, now moved from piano to guitar with minimal touches of production. 'Life Holds On', sounding like it could have been written yesterday, is just one stunning example of how the “less is more” approach reveals the power of these songs, stripped down to Beth’s voice and the pulsing of her electric guitar. The songs are front and centre, as is the case for 'Rage On Rage', 'Dancer To The Drum' and 'Child Again', each having been reborn. 'Old Church Hymns & Nursery Rhymes', recorded here for the first time by Beth, is a song she wrote for Waylon Jennings, released on his 'Eagle' album and uses amazing imagery to capture the passing of time. 

In addition, the first-time release of Beth’s version of the timeless classic “If My World Didn’t Have You” features Rodney Crowell on backing vocals. This song first appeared on Willie Nelson’s 'Horse Called Music' album along with her song 'Nothing I Can Do About It Now' which went to #1 for Willie in 1990. 

Beth’s working with producer Sam Ashworth came about from a conversation with legendary broadcaster Bob Harris OBE, in which she mentioned she loved the recordings of duo The Civil Wars and was looking to record her new album with that kind of clarity and space. Bob suggested she meet up with the producer/artist Charlie Peacock. When Beth and Charlie’s schedules didn’t sync, Beth met with his son Sam, a young, talented producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and from their first meeting, Beth felt very confident that this was going to work. 

“I made a decision early on in the process that this time I was going to fully allow myself to be produced and work on taming my inner “control freak”.  From the selection of the songs to choosing of the musicians and the addition of overdubs, Beth deferred to Sam. “Creatively this was very new territory for me. It was such an interesting dynamic to hand over so many of the decisions and trust the process. I found by not jumping in too quickly and directing, that I ended up not only with something I loved, but I learned a lot about myself and the places you can go when you let someone else drive." 

The places that 'Hearts Of Glass' goes will take you right into the centre of the truth, and the full beautiful dance of contradictions that inhabit love and life.

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Camel announce UK tour dates for September 2018

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Tour announcement: Camel
Tour dates: September 2018
More info: Band website 

Performing the whole of their 1976 classic album 'Moonmadness' plus other classic tracks.  
Tickets on sale Friday 1st December at 10am. 

Following the recent announcement that legendary prog-rock band Camel will bring their acclaimed live show to London’s Royal Albert Hall in September 2018, the band are happy to reveal that this will be preceded by an extensive run of UK tour dates. 

During what will be a very special run of shows – performed by Andrew Latimer (guitar, flute, vocals), Colin Bass (bass guitar, vocals), Denis Clement (drums), Peter Jones (keyboards, vocals) – the band will be playing the entirety of their 1976 album 'Moonmadness' plus plenty of other classic tracks.

Upon release 'Moonmadness' left its mark on the UK Top 20 albums chart, going on to become certified silver. In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album was included in its list of the best '40 Cosmic Rock Albums' and voted no. 58 in the Top 100 Prog Albums of All Time by readers of 'Prog' magazine in 2014. 
 
The full run of UK dates is as follows:
 
Fri 07 Sep 2018 Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK [buy tickets] 
Sat 08 Sep 2018 Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle, UK [buy tickets] 
Sun 09 Sep 2018 The Assembly, Leamington, UK [buy tickets] 
Mon 10 Sep 2018 Friars Aylesbury at The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, UK [buy tickets] 
Wed 12 Sep 2018 O2 Guildhall, Southampton, UK [buy tickets] 
Thu 13 Sep 2018 Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK [buy tickets] 
Fri 14 Sep 2018 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham, UK [buy tickets] 
Mon 17 Sep 2018  Royal Albert Hall, London, UK [buy tickets] 
 
Listen to 'Moonmadness' on Spotify here

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Darling West new album due 16 February 2018

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Album release: 'While I Was Asleep' by  Darling West
Release date: 16 February 2018
Label: Jansen Records 2018
More info: Band website

The last twelve months of Darling West’s musical career have seen them hit somewhat of a purple patch. In the time since the release of their second album, 'Vinyl And A Heartache', they have played concerts all over the world, been listed on the biggest radio channels in Norway and appeared on the Top 100 Country charts in the US. They’ve been played more than three million times on Spotify, been booked to the biggest festivals in Norway, SXSW in Texas, Folk Alliance in Kansas City and Americanafest in Nashville, toured with Sam Outlaw, and supported Lucinda Williams. In February, 2017, they also won a Norwegian Grammy for their album 'Vinyl And A Heartache'.

Never a band to rest of their laurels, they rode this wave of success right back into the recording studio to record the ten songs that would come to make up their third album While I Was Asleep. Bringing with them a new-found sense of confidence and purpose, 'While I Was Asleep' is the sound of a refreshed and revitalised Darling West. The band is still playing their sweet Americana /country / folk, but there is a lot more drive in the music and their melodies are more magnetic and enchanting than ever before.

Darling West’s talent for insightful and honest storytelling is evidenced not least of all the album’s title track. Written across borders – penned in Brooklyn USA and finished in Norway’s Ål mountains – it’s a song that captures vocalist Mari Sandvær Kreken’s sensitivity to a pop melody, as she marries a sense of sadness and melancholia with her driving, propulsive, and heart-felt delivery. Elsewhere, 'After My Time' - one of the few songs from the album to have been written in their apartment in Oslo - meditates on notions of modern-day anxieties and mortality. Mari has said about the song; “It does something to you when you read about human destinies and experiences you hardly can imagine. It’s difficult to take in, but at the same time it’s important to not shut it out.” 'Traveller' is a song that further exemplifies the band’s thoughtfulness in their writing, as Mari continues; “Traveller tells the story of a restless soul, who made some choices in the past and are still haunted by them. Most of us entertain that thought sometimes; "What would have happened if...?". But for some it turns out to be a defining moment that they will always carry with them.” Punctuated with Mari and Tor Egil Kreken’s spine-tingling vocals and finger picked guitars - with Kjetil Steensnæs creating beautiful lines with his pedal steel, weaving in and out of a lush string section – 'Traveller' is one of the album’s highlights. 

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Van William debut album due 19 January 2018

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Album release: ‘The Countries’ by Van William
Release date: 19 January 2018
Label: Fantasy Records / Concord Music
More info: Artist website

Just a couple years ago, Van William was a man with a plan. Having toured the world from age twenty – first with his band Port O’Brien, followed by his second group Waters – he had met and cultivated a tight knit community of fellow musicians, embarked on a serious, years-long romantic relationship, even found time to spend summers in the Kodiak Islands of Alaska working on his father’s commercial fishing boat, as he’d done all his life. 

When, in short order, his musical projects and romantic relationship dissolved, and his father announced his retirement after 49 summers at sea, Van reached an inflection point. “I was freaked out”, the songwriter recalls, looking back on the most tumultuous year of his life. “But with that freak-out came a renewed sense of purpose” and a new musical direction, heralded by the arrival of ‘Countries’, Van’s vivid and open-hearted solo debut full length album, set for January 19 release on Fantasy Records / Concord Music. Stream / Share new album track ‘The Country’ via Soundcloud here.

Anchored in Van's love of melodic song craft and infused with melancholy, the eleven original songs on ‘Countries’ don't belong to any specific style. Call them American Heartache, music that stirs up forgotten memories and feels eternal and fresh, pulling the past into the present as a way of navigating considerable loss.

Van wrote the songs that would become ‘Countries’ in a secluded part of the Sierra Nevada, then enlisted a close-knit group of friends - including his co-producer Brian Phillips, Dawes drummer Griffin Goldsmith, Pop ETC bassist Chris Chu and keyboardist Tam Visher - to bring the album to life in a studio in Marin County. Special vocal guests on the album include the Soderberg sisters of First Aid Kit, Miya Folick, and Sara DaMert of Waters.  

“These songs sound exactly like I feel” says Van, “restless, reeling, heartbroken and ready to burst. I grew up on Fugazi and Plastic Ono Band; The Lonesome Crowded West and On the Beach. I wanted to make a record that unambiguous, that digs its hooks in deep and doesn’t let go”. 

‘Countries’ follows Van’s critically acclaimed ‘The Revolution EP’, released earlier this year which earned praise from NPR, Wild Honey Pie (“therapeutic and celebratory”) and others. The EP’s title track and video both feature Van’s longtime friends and collaborators First Aid Kit, who he’s set to support on an international tour starting in North America in January 2018. Before that Van will play a three-week residency at LA’s Moroccan Lounge, with special guests to be announced day-of-show each week. UK listings for the international support tour are below. 

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