Roy Harper to release “Man And Myth” on Bella Union

Bella Union are thrilled and honoured to announce the release of Man And Myth, the new album from ROY HARPER, which will be available 23rd September via the label.

Man And Myth, Roy’s first studio album in 13 years, isn’t just proof that one of the leading, most erudite and passionate orators of the British folk rock renaissance hasn’t lost an iota of his gifts, but also timely evidence for anyone who has wondered why so many musical luminaries have been lining up to praise this enigmatic and legendary singer-songwriter.

In 2011, Harper performed a special show at the Royal Festival Hall in celebration of his 70th birthday, where those who joined on stage included Joanna Newsom, Jonathan Wilson and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, who once penned a tribute called ‘Hats Off To Harper’. David Gilmour not only played on record and stage for Harper, but Pink Floyd engaged him to sing ‘Have A Cigar’ on the band’s landmark album Wish You Were Here. Fellow collaborator Kate Bush has called Harper “one of the greatest English songwriters” while the late John Peel declared, on his death, that cricket obsessive Harper’s “When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease” be played at his funeral. Johnny Marr, meanwhile, has stated that Harper’s 1971 opus Stormcock was “intense and beautiful and clever.”

Having moved to County Cork in Ireland in the late ‘80s, and in between planting trees, publishing a book, a DVD, two important compilations and attending to re-mastering his back catalogue, Harper hasn’t endeavoured to release a follow-up to 2000’s The Green Man: “I’ve written poetry, prose, essays and articles and gone through the motions of being Roy, but I didn’t have the will to make another album until recently” he admits. “I was inspired to write again around 2009, by many of the younger generation finding me and asking, who are you? But it’s also been those of my own generation, who said they’d never bothered to listen to me until now, but in the process of looking for something else they might like, they’d found me, and some said they now knew why they’d kept hearing my name. Good for your confidence when things like that happen. I wrote ‘The Stranger’ round about that time (2009), and then fell into what turned out to be another long song. I’d picked up the guitar after a long break, and this song started to engage me with different tunings and ideas, and suddenly I was off to the races again.”

Four of the seven tracks that constitute Man And Myth were recorded with Jonathan Wilson at his studio in Laurel Canyon. The recently discovered keeper of the West Coast rock flame had been assembling a Harper tribute album and the two struck up a friendship after meeting backstage at Wilson’s show – Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde was also present – at London’s Borderline in 2012. ‘Heaven Is Here’ and ’The Exile’, the album’s epic closing tracks, and ‘January Man” were subsequently recorded back in County Cork.

Man And Myth is incontrovertible proof to everyone of Roy Harper’s persisting brilliance, with many hallmarks of what has singled him out since his first album 47 heady years ago. For the full backstory / biog visit Roy’s official website.

Man And Myth album tracklisting below.

1. The Enemy
2. Time Is Temporary
3. January Man
4. The Stranger
5. Cloud Cuckooland
6. Heaven Is Here
7. The Exile

Upcoming Roy Harper UK live info below:

Saturday 17 August – GLANUSK – Green Man Festival
Sunday 18 August – ESCOT PARK – Beautiful Days Festival

Tuesday 22 October – LONDON – Royal Festival Hall (£27.50-£40)
Friday 25 October – MANCHESTER – Bridgewater Hall (£27.50-£40)
Sunday 27 October – BRISTOL – Colston Hall (£27.50-£40)

Man And Myth will be released 23rd September 2013 on Bella Union.

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


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

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

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

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.