MERCURY REV unveil video to “Are You Ready?” from the new album “The Light In You”

With the release of their new album The Light In You just a month away on 2nd October, MERCURY REV have today unveiled a visually arresting video to “Are You Ready?“, the band’s next single. Directed by regular Bella Union-collaborator Alex Southam, the video is a cinematic and psychedelic depiction of a young woman’s dreamscapes where the lines between reality and fantasy have become blurred. Set midst the backdrop of neon flecked city lights we follow our heroine as she drifts in and out of lucid thought, lost in the music and the “jukebox glow”.

Mercury Rev UK and Ireland live dates below:

Sunday 4th October – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club

Monday 5th October – BRISTOL – Trinity

Tuesday 17th November – BRIGHTON – Komedia

Thursday 19th November – GATESHEAD – The Sage

Friday 20th November – GLASGOW – Art School

Sunday 22th November– DUBLIN – Button Factory

Monday 23th November – MANCHESTER – RNCM

Tuesday 24th November – LONDON – Oval Space

The Light In You will be released worldwide 2nd October via Bella Union. Album artwork below:

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HAPPY ALBUM RELEASE, BEACH HOUSE!

Happy album release to Beach House’s Depression Cherry! Released into the world today!

One of our most long standing and magical bands, we at the label all love Beach House very dearly and are thrilled and blessed to be listening to another incredible Beach House record.

Available to buy in our store here & iTunes.

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You can listen to Sparks below:

And catch them on tour in the autumn.

Some words from the band themselves below… now go listen to that record.

About Beach House:

Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. We have been a band for over a decade living and working in Baltimore, MD. Depression Cherry is our 5th full-length record. This record follows the release of our self-titled album in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010 and Bloom in 2012. Depression Cherry was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana from November ’14 through January ’15. This time period crossed the anniversaries of both John Lennon’s and Roy Orbison’s death.

In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.

Here are a few quotes that we feel relate to the feeling and themes of this record:

— “I’ll never be able to be here again. As the minutes slide by, I move on. The flow of time is something I cannot stop. I haven’t a choice. I go. One caravan has stopped, another starts up. There are people I have yet to meet, others I’ll never see again. People who are gone before you know it, people who are just passing through. Even as we exchange hellos, they seem to grow transparent. I must keep living with the flowing river before my eyes.” – from Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
— “We inhabit a world in which the future promises endless possibilities and the past lies irretrievably behind us. The arrow of time… is the medium of creativity in terms of which life can be understood.” – from The Arrow of Time by Peter Coveney and Roger Highfield
— “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” – from Parerga and Paralipomena by Arthur Schopenhauer
— “Hark, now hear the sailors cry, feel the air and see the sky, let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic……
….when the fog horn blows, i want to hear it, i don’t have to fear it” – from “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison

Here is the track listing with selected lyrics.

1. Levitation – “The branches of the trees, they will hang lower now, you will grow too quick, then you will get over it”
2. Sparks – “It’s a gift, taken from the lips, you live again”
3. Space Song – “What makes this fragile world go ‘round, were you ever lost, was she ever found?”
4. Beyond Love – “They take the simple things inside you and put nightmares in your hands”
5. 10:37 – “ Here she comes, all parts of everything, stars in the motherhand”
6. PPP – “Did you see it coming, it happened so fast, the timing was perfect, water on glass…”
7. Wildflower – “What’s left you make something of it”
8. Bluebird – “I would not ever try to capture you”
9. Days of Candy – “I know it comes too soon, the universe is riding off with you…… i want to know you there, the universe is riding off with you.”

For us, Depression Cherry is a colour, a place, a feeling, an energy… that describes the place you arrive as you move through the endlessly varied trips of existence…

Lanterns On The Lake announce third album ‘Beings’ to be released 13th November 2015

Two years on from the critically acclaimed Until The Colours RunLanterns On The Lake return with their third full-length record Beings, released 13th November on Bella Union and available now to pre-order via iTunes. It marks another leap in the band’s development as they expand their range, pushing the envelope of their signature atmospheric rock and scaling new heights of absorbing song-craft. The band have unveiled a track from the LP entitled ‘Faultlines’ which is streaming HERE and announced a 6-date UK tour:

Sunday 29th November – CARDIFF – The Globe tickets

Monday 30th November – BRIGHTON – The Haunt tickets

Tuesday 1st December – LONDON – Moth Club tickets

Wednesday 2nd December – MANCHESTER – Ruby Lounge tickets

Thursday 3rd December – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club tickets

Friday 4th December – GLASGOW – King Tuts tickets

Work on Beings began in February 2014, hard on the heels of successful tours of Europe and North America. It proved to be a productive period. “The ideas came effortlessly and in abundance,” vocalist Hazel Wilde says of the writing process. “At first we had no expectations, no prescribed ideas of how we wanted the songs to turn out. We were just writing and playing together because that’s what we’d always done.”

This was made possible by their setup, working in splendid isolation; writing, rehearsing and recording in their Newcastle rehearsal room meant the results were undiluted by outside influence. Imaginatively produced and mixed by guitarist Paul Gregory, it’s also his experience that helped yield such compelling results. This allows Beings to move seamlessly from airy, chiming beauty to dense, forbidding soundscapes – sometimes in the same song – while still feeling like the product of a cohesive unit, retaining the band’s spark. “We wanted it to be more raw,” Wilde says of the record. “At its darkest points, we wanted it to feel like you’d dived into the deepest part our dreams and were taking a look around. At its lightest we wanted it to feel like you were coming up for air.”

Opening song ‘Of Dust and Matter’ strikes just such a balance. The band’s most sinister moment yet, it prowls out of a burble of radio static and feedback, propelled by ominous piano chords as its menacing pulse builds to a tumbling climax of almost discordant, warped guitar parts and the fractured drumming of Ol Ketteringham. “In my greatness I vowed to destroy all I am,” Wilde sings. “It brings out the best in me.”

It’s an interesting early lyric, and it soon becomes apparent that this is a braver, more headstrong Lanterns on the Lake, a band now less about floating on water than racing across land, eager and with points to prove. Often their melancholy necessarily turns to action. “Fractured lives like faultlines, unto the breach my friends if you will” is Wilde’s call to arms on ‘Faultlines’, a critique of austerity, as the band turn in a cavalry charge with her voice as the clarion call.

Wilde’s lyrics also shudder with evocative and often surprisingly dark imagery in songs that attempt to understand the world around her, built from charged moments of universal insight. “There is a sense of the need to connect to something; the need to find meaning,” she says of the material. “There’s such frustrating injustice in the world, yet this feels like a time of disconnection where we’re encouraged to celebrate the shallow side of culture. This record carries that sense of yearning for something greater.”

This gives Beings immediacy, depth and resonance as it touches on community, love, culture, politics and self-examination, and our own place and limitations within each. “I want to walk with the brave, give me a good day, I want to feel human” Wilde sings on the graceful ‘I’ll Stall Them’, exploring the importance of connection, kinship and reconciliation.

Beings is the engrossing product of a band operating in total harmony to the point where their music creates its own idiosyncratic world whilst also distilling outside concerns into it. The horizons open to Lanterns on the Lake are now as broad as the sweep of these beautiful songs.

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Beings is released 13th November on Bella Union. Album artwork, new photo and tracklisting below:

BEINGS – Tracklisting:

1. Of Dust & Matter

2. I’ll Stall Them

3. Faultlines

4. The Crawl

5. Send Me Home

6. Through the Cellar Door

7. Beings

8. Stepping Down

9. Stuck For An Outline

10. Inkblot

Watch: Ezra Furman – Lousy Connection

Watch the new video for Lousy Connection by Ezra Furman! It is EGGY.

Lousy Connection by Ezra Furman, from Perpetual Motion People. Released 2015 on Bella Union.

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Directed by Anika Mottershaw & Kimberly Arms
Produced by Kimberly Arms
Edited by Charlie Denholm, Anika Mottershaw & Kimberly Arms
Filmed by Thom Hoffman, Simon Kay & Anika Mottershaw
Lighting by Callum Sadler

Bella Union Presents Mercury Rev DJ Set at BackBar at the Bedford

Mercury Rev and Bella Union are excited to announce a DJ set at The Bedford on August 20th, 2015. Head on down for a good old time and some great music. All details can be found in the flyer below!

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The Light In You  will be released on September 18 on Bella Union and is available to preorder now via iTunes. The band recently shared the album’s “The Queen Of Swans,” which is streaming HEREVanity Fair called the track “ voluminous” and Stereogum stated the single, “has the elaborate, layered, finely orchestrated sound that’s come to characterize the band.”

Mercury Rev’s 8th studio album is filled with wondrous and voluminous kaleidoscopic detail, but also intimate moments of calm, and altogether stands up to the very best that this notable band of maverick explorers has ever created. Its ecstatic highs and shivery comedowns also reflect a particularly turbulent era in the lives of Grasshopper and fellow co-founder Jonathan Donahue, of calamities both personal and physical, but also rebirths and real births (Grasshopper became a father for the first time in 2014). There’s a reason for the seven-year gap since the band’s last album, Snowflake Midnight.

“It was one of those otherworldly life sequences, when everything you think is solid turns molten,” explains Jonathan. “But also, when something is worth saying, it can take a long time to say it, rather than just blurt it out.”

As well as The Light In You being the first Mercury Rev album with Bella Union, it’s also the first with only Jonathan and Grasshopper at the controls, as scheduling conflicts and travel between the Catskills and Dave Fridmann’s Tarbox studio became too great to overcome.  Surrounded by longtime friends such as engineer Scott Petito and bassist Anthony Molina, Jonathan and Grasshopper quickly found their stride recording themselves in their own basement studio as well as venturing out into the daylight to record tracks at some of their old haunts like NRS and White Light Studios. The two even found time to arrange backing vocal harmonies and record with Ken Stringfellow at his studio Son du Blé studios in Paris.

Yet from its title down, the album clearly reflects the core relationship between Jonathan and Grasshopper, best friends since they were teenagers, who accompanied each other through the musical changes, band fractures and exulted breakthroughs that has marked Mercury Rev‘s career since they emerged with the extraordinary Yerself Is Steam in 1991.

“You can go as deep as you want with the title, on a metaphorical, spiritual level, or just poetic license,” Jonathan suggests. “It’s the beacon that shines and allows us to see ourselves – and then there’s the music between Grasshopper and I, which is how we reflect each other. The arc of the album, lyrically, is someone who’s gone through an incredible period of turbulence, sadness and uncertainty, and as the album progresses, a light appears on the water.”

John Grant unveils “Disappointing”, the first single from “Grey Tickles, Black Pressure”

With his much-anticipated third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure due for release 2nd October on Bella Union, JOHN GRANT today unveils the LP’s first single, the supremely addictive “Disappointing”, which features Tracey Thorn on guest vocals. Click HERE to listen.

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 2nd October on Bella Union. Album artwork, new photo by Gem Harris, and European tour dates below:

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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