Mt. Royal is a new group, founded November 2012, from Baltimore, Maryland.
The band comprises of Katrina Ford (vocals), Ed Harris (bass), Matt Pierce, (keys), Woody Ranere (guitar) and Mike Lowry (drums). Katrina is best-known as the vocalist of Celebration, leading lights of Baltimore’s music scene. To describe Mt. Royal’s music it is easiest to explain that their contrasting elements work together for the sake of a common purpose. Their aesthetics and melodies appear to have a friendly pop leaning tailor-made for a broad audience, with a consistent undercurrent of attitude from the rhythm section and Ford’s emotive, powerful delivery and sweeping, surging arrangements that provide some unexpected twists while retaining the clear focus of each song. The end result reconciles the most fundamental elements of intoxicating, heart-driven music. Mt. Royal has the charged ambition and scope of vintage psychedelia whilst always utilising the eclectic sonic palette of the modern world.
The lead track from the band’s debut self-tilted EP is ‘Missing Reward’, the brilliant video of which can be viewed here:
“The idea for creating the video for Missing Reward was to connect the viewer directly with Katrina. To create an otherworldy, beautiful aesthetic we knew we could call upon our friend Laura Germida to direct and create the environment for Katrina to perform. She recruited John Mcgarity for the camera work and Tiffany Mcgarity to produce while our friend Mike Storey helped as assistant director” – Ed Harris, Mt. Royal
The Mt. Royal EP will be released 27th January 2014 on Bella Union.
Mt. Royal EP tracklisting:
1. Missing Reward
2. Black Thorn
4. Yes Your Majesty
6. What’s On My Grave?
With her much-anticipated second album due for release in early 2014, Maria Lindén aka I BREAK HORSES has just unveiled an incredible video for new single ‘Faith’. With its hypnotic beats and swirling synths, ‘Faith’ brilliantly signals the more electronic, dance-oriented direction of I Break Horses’ new material.
Directed by Magnus Härdner, the mesmerising b/w accompanying video was shot in Stockholm.
I Break Horses will be supporting Sigur Ros on their European tour in November which will be reaching the UK / Ireland for the below dates:
Saturday 16 November – DUBLIN – 02 Arena
Monday 18 November – EDINBURGH – Usher Hall
Tuesday 19 November – NOTTINGHAM – Capital FM Arena
Wednesday 20 November – BRIGHTON – Brighton Centre
Thursday 21 November – LONDON – Wembley Arena
BOYS AGAIN the debut EP from Ballet School is released into the world today!
It is available for purchase from the Bella Union store.
Catch ’em live…
Tuesday 5 November – LONDON – XOYO (supporting MØ)
Wednesday 6 November – LONDON – Old Blue Last
Watch the new video for ‘Brand New Start’…