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Acclaimed electronic blues duo Vienna Ditto to release new EP

EP release: Ugly by Vienna Ditto
Release date: 14 October 2013
Listen: on Bandcamp.

Female-fronted electronic blues duo Vienna Ditto will be releasing their new EP, Ugly on Monday 14th October on Ubiquity Project Records as a free download.

The 3-track EP blends their country blues and gospel influences with primitive ‘voodoo electronics’ and clattering junk percussion (instruments used include a 57 foot narrowboat), bringing Juke House to the Juke Joint.

The band members, Hatty Taylor and Nigel Firth, first met when he started teaching her guitar around 2000, when she was 11. The lazy tyke never practiced but did have a most arresting voice. After a couple of years they lost touch, but bumped into each other in the street in 2009.

They recorded an electronic version of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire the next week, and the week after one of their own compositions, Long Way Down, which somehow ended up being played on Huw Stephens’ Radio One show. An appearance on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival followed and the band have since been given a Maida Vale session for Tom Robinson on BBC6 and have appeared on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks Music Show.

They have been given airplay on Radio One, BBC6 Music and XFM and received glowing reviews in Q Magazine, Artrocker and The Fly. Their last single I Know His Blood was made a single of the year by Nightshift Magazine, BBC Berks and BBC Oxford and they were made unsigned band of the year 2012 by The Ocelot.

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  • “With Smoky-voiced femme fatale Hatty Taylor on vocals, London-based three piece Vienna Ditto mix wild-eyed rockabilly riffs with sparse, atmospheric electronica.” Q Magazine
  • “Exceptional...a breathtaking musical melting-pot that almost defies definition.” Fortitude Magazine
  • “Portishead doing a Tarantino soundtrack” Huw Stephens, Radio 1
  • “Fantastically dirty… one of the catchiest choruses l’ve ever heard… made me want to dance round my bedroom with my hairbrush” The Fly Magazine 

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David Bronson Celebrates Release of 'Story' with 2 new videos and free downloads

‘If you like well-produced, catchy, decent guitar playing and solid vocals then you’ll like this.’ – Gold Flake Paint

After a number of years of writing, producing, and recording, David Bronson officially releases the first instalment of a 22-song cycle project, The Long Lost Story, in the UK. Story is the first album, out now, to be followed by The Long Lost later in the year. To celebrate the occasion, Bronson gives away two free downloads of tracks from the record, accompanied by beautifully intimate new videos.

Bronson on the tracks

"Easier is a very reflective kind of song, roughly narrating some of the story of the record, in a hopeful, if kind of wary way. It's a detached retelling of what had happened that was painful, as well as a kind of attempt at a self-prescribed 'remedy' on how to proceed forward.

Since the song is an extremely internal one, even moreso than the rest of the record, I wanted a very intimate feeling for the video, so I thought "what would be more intimate than shooting it by myself, at home?" So that's what I did. I also realized the other day that it's kind of a funny play on words - it was after all, from a technical standpoint, a much 'easier' video to make than some of the other ones. I like when things like that happen.”

Momentary has a chorus that to me is a universal message, a message that I acutely needed to hear when I wrote it. It was essentially me telling myself that things would get better, but also acknowledging that they’d likely worse again too, and that’s just how it is (and that that’s not necessarily a bad thing). On another level, it’s ultimately an acknowledgement of death, and as such is an implied admonition to really value and be supremely grateful for all of it – that it’s all part of it, and all beautiful and meaningful, both in spite of, and because of, its impermanence. It’s also a special song to me personally because it’s the one song on the two records that was co-written by my brother Jeremy (who’s also the drummer).

As far as the video is concerned – I’ve always had a deep love and appreciation for illustration, from a very young age being obsessed with comic books. So I wrote out a few rough, sort of allegorical outlines and began looking for illustrators. I literally came across David Sparshott by googling ‘Illustrator’. I was really drawn to his style, as I was looking for a somewhat particular line-drawn, monochromatic kind of thing. His pieces were cooler and more boldly idiosyncratic and technically beautiful than I had imagined. I’m thrilled with his interpretation.”

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Scottish songbird Lizzie Nightingale releases her anticipated E.P., ‘Tiny Teardrops’

EP release: Tiny Teardrops
Release date: 6 August 2012
Listen: http://lizzienightingale.bandcamp.com/album/tiny-teardrops (free download)

"I think it's a really strong EP, Alone for me being the stand out, grandiose, triumphant and almost cinematic. She has got one damn strong voice." - Ally McRae, Radio 1

After a successful stint working alongside Libertine Gary Powell, Scottish singer-songwriter Lizzie Nightingale has decided to spread her wings and go solo for the release of her forthcoming E.P Tiny Teardrops, which is available as a free download until August 6 2012.

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Lizzie spent her early years doused in the edgy sounds of Eurythmics, Kate Bush and Bowie as well as a few Motown classics courtesy of her mother (who was a singer and performer). Harmonies and melodies came easily to her and after studying music theory and everything major to minor in between, the music bug took control.

With her musical goals firmly in sight, Lizzie released a compilation of demo tracks. She gained immediate support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and Galaxy FM and sold thousands in the UK and Japan. The success of these tracks also led to a Maida Vale session for BBC Radio 1. Her new EP, Tiny Teardrops, is the result of Lizzie finding her own individual sound, and after months of writing and developing, this timid yet vivacious Scottish girl is gearing up to showcase her raw and real talent.

Influenced by artists such as Regina Spektor, Kate Bush and Annie Lennox, Tiny Teardrops is written in its entirety by Lizzie, and produced by some of the best up-and-coming producers around. Lizzie has been collaborating heavily with Matty ‘Parka’ Thomson (Wayne Hector, Lady Leshurr, Monica) who has brought most of the EP to life, lending his tip-top production skills to Tiny Teardrops, Footsteps, and a heavy dupstep mix of Alone. She has also linked up with London based producer Mazoulew (Random Impulse, G.R.E.E.D.S) on the track Lights, a tribute to anyone who has love for what they do in life.

Although previously released on iTunes, the song Sparkle, produced by Joel Hartman (2000fastwomen) and the Team Tartan remix, courtesy of fellow Scot Show N Prove, (Rizzle Kicks, Benny Banks), both feature on the EP, as Lizzie felt they completed the package perfectly.

The first video to be released from the EP is for Alone, Lizzie’s take on Magnetic Man’s Flying Into Tokyo, and she more than does it justice, giving it her own twinkly treatment.  

This young lady has a bright future ahead of her; being a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, and with her flawless vocal skills, she ticks all the boxes required for success. Look out for her on a stage near you, backed by her band, the mighty Remedies (Ed Sheeran, Mikill Pane). Live is how Lizzie does it best.

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Free download from orchestral-pop songstress Erica Wexler

Free download: Flesh by Erica Wexler
Listen: http://www.ericawexler.co.uk 

Orchestral-pop songstress Erica Wexler has announced a free MP3 giveaway of a new track, Flesh, at her brand new official website, www.ericawexler.co.uk.

The track is from her debut album Sunlit Night, executive produced by XTC's Andy Partridge, and mixed by Andy Bradfield (Rufus Wainwright, Elbow, David Gray). The record is due out in September 2012, with the EP and lead single Wildflowers, coming out on June 25th.

Talking of the song Flesh, Wexler says:

“It’s a song that I hope will inspire procreation and a good time for all. It was great fun to record, there’s Middle Eastern percussion and endless real vocal pads of my voice that I hope will make the song feel like a sensual scented bath for you and another special body.”

Erica was girlfriend to pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for 2 and a half years. She was the inspiration for introducing nudes into Lichtenstein’s work. Sunlit Night was funded by the sale of some Lichtenstein drawings given to her by the artist. She still has an interesting collection of unique mementos from this period.

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Pinkunoizu sign to Full Time Hobby, make free track available and line up London shows

Full Time Hobby are proud to announce the latest addition to their roster: Pinkunoizu. Named after the Japanese word for “pink noise”, the amorphous, Copenhagen-based band play an exotic mixture of lo-fi, high-life, nu-folklore,’60s Asian pop and post-apocalyptic future rock. Their mission? “To never come full circle. To move hazily in bended ellipses. To bow the line and play it like a fiddle. To shoot it like an arrow. To climb the razorblade pyramid. To collect the cubic rubble from the ruins of tradition and put it together anew.”

To celebrate the signing, a brilliant Pinkunoizu track is being made available free - Time Is Like A Melody, which can be downloaded free now from http://www.pinkunoizu.com/ or at http://www.facebook.com/Pinkunoizu. You can also listen to the song using the Soundcloud player below. The track is a taster of the band’s first Full Time Hobby release, the three-track Peep EP, due for a November release. More news on that – and the debut album coming next year – to follow.

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: You can embed the Time Is Like A Melody via Soundcloud here: http://soundcloud.com/fulltimehobby/time-is-like-a-melody/

Forthcoming shows

Having played together in the acclaimed Danish experimental ensemble Le Fiasko, the members of Pinkunoizu – Jaleh Negari (drums), Jeppe Brix (guitars) Andreas Pallisgaard (guitars, vox), Jakob Falgren (guitars, keys, foot pedal bass) – put on a spectacular, intuitive, immersive and psychedelic live show. And you can catch them live in London in September, with two dates including a special Full Time Hobby vs White Heat show at Madame JoJos.

19 September 2011 – The Windmill, Brixton
20 September 2011– Full Time Hobby VS White Heat @ Madame JoJos, London

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Free download from Waldner

Canadian-born songwriter Waldner has announced that he is giving away Going Up Against Goliath, the opening track from his forthcoming debut album, Found & Lost. The album, released on 16 May 2011 through Blue Fleur Musik is already being described as containing some classic songwriting, influenced by the fragile and limitless melodies that spring forth from the likes of XTC, early REM, Nick Cave, The Decemberists and The Beatles.

Talking about his decision to give the track away, Waldner said:

Going Up Against Goliath is a theme song of sorts for me. I remember the moment the melody struck me. I was sitting in front of the TV with a guitar just playing around when all of a sudden this melody came out pretty much fully-formed, which turned out to be the main riff in the song.  At another time I overheard someone say something about fighting Goliath and something in that just clicked, especially as my name is David. These two elements were combined into a song which is really a song to me but also to anyone else who needs some hope in their life.

I think Goliath is a great intro to the rest of the album, hinting at the rich melodies and thoughtful lyrics contained inside. I can’t wait to get out there, play the album and gain some new fans. I've had such a positive response so far.”

You can download the MP3 right now from Waldner’s website

Waldner will be showcasing his new record, live, with a full band on May 12th at Bar Music Hall, Shoreditch, London. For more information on Waldner please visit www.waldnermusic.com and for press enquiries just contact us.

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