MONEY announce London and Manchester shows in November

Having recently finished recording their much-anticipated second album, due for release in early 2016, MONEY have announced news of two UK shows in November. MONEY will be performing both new material and tracks from their debut album at the Lexington in London and the White Hotel in Manchester.
Tickets go on-sale this Friday.
Dates/info below:
Tuesday 10th November – LONDON – Lexington tickets
Wednesday 11th November – MANCHESTER – The White Hotel tickets

JOHN GRANT announces extensive UK and Ireland tour for Jan/Feb 2016

With the release of his hugely-anticipated third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure just over a week away on Friday 9th October, and already the subject of rave reviews in the monthlies, JOHN GRANT has today announced news of an extensive UK and Ireland tour for early 2016. John has also announced news of a special Royal Albert Hall performance in June 2016. Upcoming UK/Ireland live dates below:

Monday 9 November – DUBLIN – Vicar Street **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Tuesday 10 November – DUBLIN – Vicar Street  **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Thursday 12 November – LONDON – Hammersmith Apollo  tickets
Friday 13 November – BRIGHTON – Dome  **(SOLD-OUT!)**

Tuesday 26th January – GLASGOW – Royal Concert Hall tickets
Wednesday 27th January – BELFAST – Mandela Hall tickets
Thursday 28th January – CORK – Opera House tickets
Saturday 30th January – GALWAY – Seapoint tickets
Monday 1st February – COVENTRY – Warwick Arts Centre tickets
Wednesday 3rd February – CAMBRIDGE – Corn Exchange tickets
Thursday 4th February – SOUTHAMPTON – O2 Guildhall tickets
Friday 5th February – LEEDS – Town Hall tickets
Sunday 7th February – LIVERPOOL – Philharmonic Hall tickets
Monday 8th February – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall tickets
Wednesday 10th February – GATESHEAD – Sage tickets
Thursday 11th February – SHEFFIELD – Octagon Centre tickets

Wednesday 15th June – LONDON – Royal Albert Hall tickets

A full list of John’s global tour dates can be found on his website.

John recently premiered a video for current single ‘Disappointing’, which features Tracey Thorn on guest vocals. The video is directed by David Wilson who received a Grammy nomination for his work on Arcade Fire’s We Exist and recently collaborated with Tame Impala for their Let It Happen video. Click HERE to watch.

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Franz Ferdinand), refines and entwines the two principal strands of Grant’s musical DNA, namely the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut, fizzing electronic pop song. There are newer musical accomplishments across its panoply of towering sound, like the title track’s new steely demeanour, while the ominous drama of “Black Blizzard” echoes both John Carpenter and Bernard ‘Black Devil Disco Club’ Fevre’s beautiful and icy synthscapes. The contagious, gleeful “You And Him” marries buzzing rock with a squelchy electronic undertow, while orchestral drama swathes the bad-dreamy “Global Warming” and the album’s gorgeously aching widescreen finale “Geraldine”. John recently released a NSFW (or at least not for the squeamish!) album trailer featuring the title track which can be viewed HERE.

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure will be released 9th October on Bella Union.

Introducing LOWLY

Bella Union is very pleased to welcome Danish-quintet LOWLY to the family.

Their new EP ’Sink Way Into Me’ will be released on limited edition vinyl and digitally on Friday 30th October, featuring the new single ‘Fire’, which you can stream below…

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Lowly appeared out of nowhere in April 2014 with the release of the bewitching ‘Daydreamers’ The sound, already so rich and full, was like being put under a magical spell.

Initially brought together- in hindsight I’d suggest by a visionary alchemist-purely to fulfil part of a short music project at the school they all attended, Nanna, Thomas, Steffen, Kasper and Soffie immediately found the chemistry so many musicians search years to find.

The individual influences of each, so different it seemed to begin with, truly give Lowly that unique sound, one that has been developing over the course of the last year. Recent shows and festivals have been received ecstatically and we were lucky enough to witness one of those performances at Spot Festival earlier this year. Quite simply, Lowly are one of the best young bands i have seen live in a long time. The music is at times intricate yet deep and sensual, the fascinating rhythms of drummer Steffen a perfect counterpoint to the gorgeous melodies of Soffie and Nanna. The overall effect of this in tandem with the liquid bass and keyboard lines creates a set that has you on the verge of crying and dancing all at the same time. There isn’t a band out there today like them, which is thrilling. To make music that is both emotional and influential at this early stage, shows that Lowly a band of limitless possibilities.

LOWLY will be visiting these shores in November to play a handful of shows. Those dates below…

Sunday 29th November – Brighton, Mutations Festival
Monday 30th November – Bristol, Start the Bus (Free show)
Tuesday 1st December – London, Servant Jazz Quarters

Tracklist:

Fire
S.W.I.M.
Intruder
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Watch the new Father John Misty video for ‘The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment’

FATHER JOHN MISTY has delivered a hilariously meta new video for “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment,” one of the many standouts from I Love You, Honeybear, his hugely acclaimed album. The new visual was helmed by writer-director-producer Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation).

Tillman says of the clip: “This video is partially inspired by the LeBron James quote: “It is precisely the superficial differences between people who are otherwise alike that inform the hostilities between them.” Special thanks to my body double Tyler who I had to kiss no fewer than two dozen times and whose breath I can still smell in my mind’s eye.” Meanwhile Pearce adds: “It has been an honour to explore the palpable sexual chemistry that exists between Josh Tillman and himself. I hope this video does their enduring love affair justice.”

Father John Misty returns to the UK next month for a much-anticipated 4-date tour which has long-since sold out. Dates/info below:

Monday 26th October – SHEFFIELD – Plug **(SOLD-OUT!)**

Tuesday 27th October – CAMBRIDGE – Junction **(SOLD-OUT!)**

Wednesday 28th October – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire **(SOLD-OUT!)**

Thursday 29th October – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire **(SOLD-OUT!)**

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Critical acclaim for I Love You, Honeybear, out now on Bella Union:

“I Love You, Honeybear is a masterpiece. An at once personal and existential examination of a love affair and love itself, the album contains melodies other writers would kill for.”

Sunday Times (Album Of The Week)

“Hugely entertaining… Its hard to tell where Joshua Tillman ends and his alias Father John Misty begins – but it doesn’t matter when the songs sound this good.”

The Guardian – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week)

“A revelation… A hugely ambitious, caustically funny album about the redemptive possibilities of love.”

NME – 9/10 (Album Of The Week)

“It wows the listener outright… An album that reaffirms your faith in the transformative powers of love.”

The Observer – 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)

“Tillman is one of music’s most arch satirists.”

Time Out – 4 Stars (Album Of The Week)

“A compelling and addictive listen. The gags are good, but the songs are always better.”

Loud And Quiet – 10/10

 “For it’s black lyrical humour alone, I Love You, Honeybear would be a winner. The fact that it’s matched to towering songwriting and swirling orchestrations makes it masterful stuff… A provocative star is born.”

Q – 4 Stars ****

 “An epic creation which takes its cues from the likes of Harry Nilsson, Dory Previn and John Grant, it belongs to that honourable tradition which sets beautifully orchestrated pop and AOR against brutally honest and sometimes comically profane sentiments, sung with dramatic, edge-of-the-cliff conviction… A truly compelling album.”

Uncut – 8/10 

“Essentially an album-length love letter to his new wife, these are grand arrangements in the style of Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson.”

MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“A former Fleet Fox delivers something wondrous: a tart, timely, Broadway-bright boost for the devalued currency of the love song. Sneaking dark lyrics into plush settings in no new trick, but there’s no denying Tillman masters it.”

Independent On Sunday – 4.5/5 *****

“Richly layered and immaculately played, Tillman has a forte for poignant detail as well as some deliciously spicy wit.”

Metro – 4 Stars (Album Of The Week)

“His second album restates his lyrical brilliance… Strings, mariachi trumpets and harmonies work a treat, framing tunes that echo Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman.”

Daily Mail – 5 Stars *****

“FJM mixes tuneful Americana with heavy dollops of ’70s-style balladry. Much of it sounds like Elton John, circa Don’t Shoot Me, with the same blend of witty and powerful lyricism.”

Sunday Express – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week)

“An album that evokes – and stands up to – the likes of Glen Campbell’s Reunion: The Songs Of Jimmy Webb  and Gene Clark’s No Other, Tillman has created a sumptuously arranged set of gold-standard singer-songwriterly fare, the FJM guise has allowed Tillman to loosen up and write the most acerbic, carnal and surprisingly lovelorn material of his career.”

Record Collector – 4 Stars (New Album Of The Month)

“This breathtaking album will surely see Father John Misty walk away with all those end of year trophies.”

London In Stereo (Album Of The Month)

“FJM wields a grand echoing production that evokes the decadent 70s pop craftsmanship of Harry Nilsson, while tossing out some of the funniest lines since Dylan’s scornful peak.”

Mail On Sunday – 4 Stars ****

“Rich and rewarding… Slowed-down honky tonk and sumptuous orchestrations in Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow’ are reminiscent of classic Elton John while ‘Bored in the USA’ combines dreamy piano balladry with sardonic lyrics.”

Financial Times – 4 Stars ****

“an album by turns passionate and disillusioned, tender and angry, so cynical it’s repulsive and so openhearted it hurts.”

Pitchfork – 8.8

“I Love You, Honeybear is an exceptional work… A lush string-laden album anchored by a literate turn of phrase that’s by turns romantic, deeply cynical and often incredibly funny.”

Shindig – 4 Stars ****

“With his new Father John Misty record, Tillman is opening up and baring everything.”

DIY – 4 Stars ****

 “Rich and absorbing… Brilliant stuff.”

The Sun – 4 Stars ****

“Tillman repeatedly hits the compositional sweet spot… The songs glow with gorgeous, flowing orchestrations and svelte arrangements.”

The Mirror – 4 Stars ****

Click HERE for the video to “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” and HERE for the video for “I Love You, Honeybear”.

 

Beach House launch Depression Cherry lyrics website

To accompany the great success of their new album Depression Cherry, Beach House have launched a new website with lyric sheets for each track. As well as this, the band have now sold out their second Shepherds Bush Empire show! See here for further dates.

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Critical acclaim for Depression Cherry:

“Where most artists write songs that channel one feeling or emotional journey, Beach House build multiple mood layers into each track… Legrand’s voice is a gorgeous vapour trail, looping through the air and evaporating into the blue… These are songs that soak into you.”

The Telegraph – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week)

“The Baltimore pair return to a sparser template with their graceful, nuanced fifth. By reducing the scope and rediscovering the value of nuance, Beach House end up sounding bigger and better than ever before.”

Uncut – 8/10

“A record on which every subtle chord shift and breathy sigh feels considered. By pairing down the drums and allowing themselves to play more quietly, the Baltimore duo somehow increase their impressive ability to sound like they’re whispering each song directly into your eardrum.”

The Guardian – 4 Stars ****

“As a dreamy mood-setter the nine songs work a treat… Beautiful, melancholy, meditative.”

Evening Standard – 4 Stars ****

“Luxuriant, ethereal, gauzy, intense, exquisite… The voice of Victoria Legrand suspended inside an artful matrix of hypnotic organ, guitar and slowly ticking percussion.”

Mail On Sunday – 4 Stars ****

“Fans will be spellbound… Depression Cherry pulls off the rare trick of stripping the duo’s sound back and embracing simplicity, while actually sounding more sophisticated and accomplished than their previous work.”

Record Collector – 4 Stars ****

“Yet again, Beach House make sadness sound endlessly alluring.”

Crack – 17/20

“Legrand and Scally have returned to the very basic machine patterns of their earliest records. The album standout is ’10:37′, with layered and chopped-up backing vocals that gently suggest Brian Wilson and R&B… If Depression Cherry suggests they are stuck in a groove, its a groove that is worth wallowing in.”

The Observer (Album of the Week)

“While the rooms got big, the songs have stayed tight, focused and fashioned from the most precious natural materials: haunting melody, heartbreaking harmony, ethereal choruses. There’s a subtlety with these songs that make this their finest record to date.”

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Watch John Grant’s new video for single ‘Disappointing’

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With the release of his hugely-anticipated third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure just a month away on 9th October, JOHN GRANT has premiered the video to new single ‘Disappointing‘ over at Noisey, which features Tracey Thorn on guest vocals. The video is directed by David Wilson who received a Grammy nomination for his work on Arcade Fire’s We Exist and recently collaborated with Tame Impala for their Let It Happen video.

Of the video David Wilson says:

When John sent me the track I loved how it read like a “these are a few of my favourite things” list. When describing the track to friends I loved hearing their reaction (usually laughter) to my explanation that it’s the most beautiful love song, and it’s called ‘Disappointing’. There was left-field humour there right from the start. The idea for the promo came very clearly to me. I pitched the idea of John being surrounded by men and objects that would be temptations or distractions from a monogamous relationship. This concept then developed into the camera becoming distracted by these temptations, and for John to be stead-fast: addressing the viewer, often appearing, as if by magic at the beginning and end of long, flowing camera moves. It’s been fun to treat the camera as an entity in itself: not quite a person, more a point-of-view that continually veers away from John and go down a rabbit hole of a gay sauna. 

Oh, and the hedgehog cakes!? John wanted an inclusion of this animal in some way, so I decided to have the hedgehog be represented in the form of multiple cakes. Kinda like a birthday or a celebration. An additional ‘favourite thing’ that’s ‘disappointing compared to you’.

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Franz Ferdinand), refines and entwines the two principal strands of Grant’s musical DNA, namely the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut, fizzing electronic pop song. There are newer musical accomplishments across its panoply of towering sound, like the title track’s new steely demeanour, while the ominous drama of “Black Blizzard” echoes both John Carpenter and Bernard ‘Black Devil Disco Club’ Fevre’s beautiful and icy synthscapes. The contagious, gleeful “You And Him” marries buzzing rock with a squelchy electronic undertow, while orchestral drama swathes the bad-dreamy “Global Warming” and the album’s gorgeously aching widescreen finale “Geraldine”. John recently released a NSFW (or at least not for the squeamish!) album trailer featuring the title track which can be viewed HERE.

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure will be released 9th October on Bella Union.

John Grant European tour dates:

Thursday 5 November – REYKJAVIK – Eldborg Harpa

Friday 6 November – REYKJAVIK – Eldborg Harpa

Monday 9 November – DUBLIN – Vicar Street

Tuesday 10 November – DUBLIN – Vicar Street

Thursday 12 November – LONDON – Hammersmith Apollo

Friday 13 November – BRIGHTON – Dome

Sunday 15 November – PARIS – La Cigale

Thursday 17 November – BRUSSELS – Botanique 

Wednesday 18 November – AMSTERDAM – Melkweg

Friday 20 November – LUXEMBOURG – Den Atelier

Saturday 21 November – ZURICH – Kaufleuten

Sunday 22 November – MILAN – Fabrique

Tuesday 24 November – COLOGNE – Buergerhaus Stollwerck

Wednesday 25 November – HAMBURG – Uebel & Gefahrlich

Thursday 26 November – BERLIN – Postbahnof

Saturday 28 November – AARHUS – Voxhall

Sunday 29 November – COPENHAGEN – Store Vega

Tuesday 1 December – GOTHENBURG – Pustervik

Wednesday 2 December – STOCKHOLM – Sodra Teatern 

Friday 4 December – OSLO – Cosmopolite 

Saturday 5 December – BERGEN – Logen

Sunday 6 December – STAVANGER – Zetlitz