Introducing: Ballet School: Heartbeat Overdrive

Bella Union are thrilled to introduce BALLET SCHOOL. The band’s first single for the label is the utterly irresistible Heartbeat Overdrive which will be released 19th August.

Ballet School are a Berlin-based three-piece group consisting of vocalist Rosie Blair, guitarist Michel Collet and Louis McGuire on drums. The band have been playing together since December 2012.

A ballerina supporting all her body weight on the tip of her toes appears to be weightless in the eye of the public. In deep meditation, she overcomes pain to deliver a true moment of Grace. Ballet School is about learning Grace.

The amalgam of diverse influences of the three members briefly summed up is 80’s pop, shoegaze and RnB and the result is a vibrant and colourful new sound, created to be experienced live.

The band will be appearing at the Shacklewell Arms in London in August. This a free show for which people will be guaranteed entry by signing up at this link.

Friday 23 August – LONDON – The Shacklewell Arms

Landshapes announce October tour dates

LANDSHAPES
DEBUT ALBUM – RAMBUTAN – OUT NOW ON BELLA UNION // UK TOUR ANNOUNCED

Rambutan, the debut album by Landshapes is out now. The band have announced an October tour… dates below:

JULY
20th – Gentlemen Of The Road
21st – London Queen Of Hoxton

AUGUST
3rd – Trailerpark Festival, Copenhagen
16th – Green Man Festival
30th – End Of The Road Festival

OCTOBER
7th – Brighton Green Door Store
8th – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
9th – London The Lexington
10th – Bristol Louisiana
11th – Nottingham Bodega
12th – Manchester Deaf Institute
13th – Newcastle The Cluny

Watch: Hold Me Forever by MONEY, directed by Cillian Murphy

With their debut album The Shadow Of Heaven shaping up to be one of the most anticipated of the year, MONEY today unveil the video to new single ‘Hold Me Forever‘. This exquisitely beautiful work is the directorial debut of celebrated actor Cillian Murphy (‘Inception’, ’28 Days Later’, ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’, ‘Breakfast On Pluto’) and features dancers from the English National Ballet and filmed at locations including The Old Vic Theatre in London.

The video is currently premiering on Pitchfork and you can watch it below:

Special thanks to: The English National Ballet, Max Westwell & The Old Vic Theatre.

“Hold me Forever knocked me out when I first heard it. It’s a sublime mix of beautiful melody and arresting emotion – but uniquely it is not a love song. I wanted to try and match the song with images that were both visually elegant and powerful. For some reason ballet dancers kept coming into my head. The strength, commitment and fluidity of movement of the dancers seemed somehow to cut wonderfully to the song…….” – Cillian Murphy

Upcoming MONEY UK live info:

Friday 12 July – MANCHESTER – Festival Square & Pavilion Theatre [Manchester International Festival] (£12)
Saturday 13 July – MANCHESTER – Festival Square & Pavilion Theatre [Manchester International Festival] (£12)
Friday 19 July – SHEFFIELD – Tramlines
Sunday 21 July – SOUTHWOLD – Latitude Festival

Thursday 15 August – GLANUSK – Green Man Festival
Friday 30 August – DORSET – End Of The Road Festival

The Shadow of Heaven will be released 26th August on Bella Union.

Lanterns on the Lake announce October tour!

Following their sold-out Scala show last night, Lanterns on the Lake have just announced an extensive UK tour in October to follow the release of their much-anticipated new album Until The Colours Run on 9th September.

Dates/info below:

Thursday 10 October – NEWCASTLE – Warehouse 34 (£9)
Friday 11 October – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club (£8)
Sunday 13 October – EDINBURGH – Electric Circus (£8)
Monday 14 October – SHEFFIELD – The Harley (£8)
Tuesday 15 October – MANCHESTER – The Deaf Institute (£8.50)
Wednesday 16 October – BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds (£8)
Thursday 17 October – BRISTOL – Thekla (£8.50)
Saturday 19 October – EXETER – Cavern (£8)
Sunday 20 October – CARDIFF – SWN Festival
Monday 21 October – CAMBRIDGE – Junction 2 (£9)
Tuesday 22 October – LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall (£12.50)
Wednesday 23 October – BRIGHTON – The Haunt (£8)
Thursday 24 October – OXFORD – The Bullingdon (£8.50)

The source of the music remains the same, an exquisitely crafted blend of symphonic rock, folk and electronics – but much has changed in the interim. Until The Colours Run was recorded during a time of financial and personal adversity, and as a result is more soulful and dynamic than its predecessor. In sound, it’s both harder (‘Elodie’, the title track) and more luminous (‘Green And Gold’, ‘Picture Show’), and a more emotionally and politically charged experience, as singer/lyricist Hazel Wilde paints unflinching portraits of what she sees. It’s a haunting, often devastating combination.

Take the album’s first single ‘Another Tale From Another English Town’, their most strikingly beautiful statement yet, with the equally striking video – which can be viewed HERE – by director James Alexander Grieves mirroring the song’s elegy for the inevitable end of youthful innocence, and the hard times that lie ahead. “I think the way things are going in this country, it’s going to be hard for people not to write music that carries some of that weight,” Wilde says. “While we were making the record, a lot of our friends were losing their jobs and there were some drastic cuts being made, especially in our part of the world.”

At the same time, there was a cut within the LOTL ranks when brothers Adam and Brendan Sykes chose to leave the band last year. Wilde (vocals, guitar, piano), Paul Gregory (guitars, electronics, production), Ol Ketteringham (drums) and Sarah Kemp (violin) were joined in the recording by new bassist Andrew Scrogham. “Adam and Brendan never played a very creative role in terms of songwriting, but we still felt the upheaval,” Wilde recalls. “There was a point about halfway through recording where some of us felt like giving up – we were broke and recordings weren’t going to plan. But we’ve always believed that we’re doing something worthwhile and these songs became so important to us. That passion drove us to finish the record.”

‘Until The Colours Run’ may contain some dark, political undertones but Wilde states: “For me the album is also bursting with a huge amount of colour and life that reaches out from the darkness. Like the lyric, ‘so we’ll drink and we’ll sing on the breadline.’ It almost celebrates the feeling of there being nothing left to lose whilst we made the record. It feels like there is a story that runs through the songs, a personal journey through modern life – hope, despair, love and desperate times.”

Until The Colours Run will be released 9th September on Bella Union.