Happy release day to LOWLY!!

Today Danish-quintet LOWLY release their new EP Sink Way Into Me via Bella Union digitally as well as on limited edition vinyl. Artwork and tracklist below:

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1. Fire

2. S.W.I.M.

3. Intruder

4. Unveil

The band have also shared a video for EP track S.W.I.M. which is premiering over on Noisey now.

“Have you even seen a video as gorgeous and repungent as this? I mean, seriously. Look at the it. We’re introduced to creepy crawlies slithering in and out of brussel sprouts. We lay our eyes on flies divebombing into champagne flutes. We see some crazy worm peeking out from the inside of an apple. Essentially: this video is the most beautiful thing we’ve seen that features both bugs and food. More than that though, it’s a good track too – which is the latest from Danish band Lowly and called “S.W.I.M”.”

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. Dates below…

Sunday 29th November – Brighton, Mutations Festival

Monday 30th November – Bristol, Start the Bus (Free show)

Tuesday 1st December – London, Servant Jazz Quarters 

PROMISE & THE MONSTER to release new album on Bella Union in 2016

Billie Lindahl, the woman behind the name Promise & The Monster, brings a vivid landscape to life on Feed The Fire, her first album for Bella Union, due for release 22nd January and available to order now from itunes. It’s a wondrous and haunting world, mixing light and dark, birth and death, mystery and imagination, awesome vistas and intimate detail. Lindahl builds an analogue and digital soundscape around her enchanting voice, luring you deeper into her wild world than ever before. The first taste of the album can be heard with the track ‘Time Of The Season’ which is streaming below.

Feed The Fire was recorded in Stockholm, where Lindahl lives, at Labyrint, a small basement studio run by her friend Love Martinsen who produced the album and shares most of the instrumentation with Lindahl. “We aimed at combining the elegance of old Sixties recordings with something darker and more mechanical,” she recalls. “Like you would play a Lee Hazlewood song on top of Nico’s late Eighties records.”

The opening / title track sets the scene with the immediate confession “I’m already too involved / I’m forced into the core.” ‘Hunter’ expands the dreamy yet eerie mood with an echo of girl-group drama filtered through a remote Swedish forest, featuring the Erhu, a Chinese violin. “It’s a great instrument,” Lindahl says. “It sounds a bit like somebody is weeping, and I think we managed to make it weep.”

The view keeps changing: ‘Time Of The Season’ is a more urgent rush of blood, with chiming guitar, ‘Hammering the Nails’ is gentler despite the image, “this taste of blood in metal”, and the tremelo guitar twang and an exquisite coda of Mariachi horns in ‘Machines’ resemble a slice of vintage Americana. Images of skin, flesh, bone and rust create a clash between humanity and the natural world, while the album finale, a cover of the traditional British folk song ‘Fine Horseman’, taps the same motherlode.

Duality sits at the core of Feed The Fire, likewise the name Promise & The Monster. “To feed the fire can be seen as both constructive and destructive,” Lindahl concludes. “You keep the fire burning, the spark alive. But fire can kill you. Like life and death, it’s not really a contradiction. I think it’s necessary to be open to destructive forces if you want to live a life where strong emotions are present. To see, listen and feel is quite a violent and confusing experience, and I think my lyrics often evolve around that, blurring boundaries between dream and reality, and between sanity and insanity. To me, Feed The Fire is a concept album that explores those kinds of themes, from certain places and real happenings.”

Feed The Fire will be released 22nd January on Bella Union. Album artwork below:

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Watch: Ezra Furman – Body Was Made

Says Ezra on Body Was Made:

“‘Body Was Made’ is a protest song against the people and forces that would make me ashamed of my body, my gender and my sexuality,” he says. “It’s a declaration of freedom from false authority and self-appointed social police who have given me grief all my life.”

Watch the music video below…

Directed by Anika Mottershaw & Kimberly Arms
Set design by Hatty Ellis-Coward
Filmed by Anika Mottershaw & Thom Hoffman
Lighting by Callum Sadler
Hair by Zara Toppin
Makeup by Nina Ribena
Edited by Liz Adams

Tiny Ruins announces new collaborative EP with The Clean’s Hamish Kilgour

On Friday 27th November New Zealand singer-songwriter TINY RUINS will release her new EP Hurtling Through

The EP was recorded and produced in collaboration with US-based Hamish Kilgour, of legendary NZ band THE CLEAN. The two first met in New York City in the late fall of 2013, where they spent a week performing a number of shows together. On the final day of Fullbrook’s stay in New York, they recorded two songs in a basement studio with engineer & producer Gary Olson. A year later, Fullbrook was back in New York after a long stint of touring, and the pair recorded an additional four tracks, again with Olson. The result is a seven-track EP of folk-based songs. The record includes two W.B. Yeats poems set to music, as well as a field recording of a late-night Brooklyn walk – with percussionist Kilgour taking a silver spoon to the railings and lamp-posts of the borough. The tracks feature Fullbrook on acoustic and electric guitars, her distinctive vocals captured in a raw & natural form. Kilgour contributes on drums and an eclectic array of percussion, with guest appearances from Greg Vegas on saxophone, and Danny Tunick on bass and vibraphone.

Hurtling Through will be released on limited edition vinyl and digitally on Friday 27th November

Full Tracklisting –

1. Tread Softly
2. Hurtling Through
3. Turn Around
4. Little Did I Know
5. Wandering Aengus
6. Public Menace
7. King’s County

Father John Misty announces 2016 UK tour dates

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With his sold-out UK tour beginning in Sheffield tonight, FATHER JOHN MISTY has announced news of a further run of live performances for May next year, including his biggest London headline show to date at the Roundhouse in Camden. Tickets go on general sale this Friday, 30th October, at 9am. Upcoming UK live schedule 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!)**

 

Wednesday 11th May – LEEDS – O2 Academy

Thursday 12th May – GLASGOW – O2 ABC

Friday 13th May – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall

Saturday 14th May – GATESHEAD – The Sage Gateshead

Sunday 15th May – NOTTINGHAM – Rock City

Tuesday 17th May – BRISTOL – Colston Hall

Wednesday 18th May – LONDON – Roundhouse

Saturday 21st May – SOUTHAMPTON – O2 Guildhall

FATHER JOHN MISTY last week delivered a high-octane performance of current single “The Ideal Husband” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Watch below:

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 ****

FJM recently unveiled a hilariously meta new video for “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment,” one of the many standouts from I Love You, Honeybear. The new visual was helmed by writer-director-producer Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and can be watched HERE

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