Ritual Tradition Habit
Jamie is off on a solo tour with SWANS, dates below… say hi!
3/14/2013 Brno Fleda Club
3/15/2013 Krakow Kwadrat
3/16/2013 Warsaw Stodola
3/19/2013 Budapest Akvarium Klub
3/21/2013 Milan I Magazzini Generali
3/22.2013 Roma I Circolo Degli Artisti
3/23/2013 Verona I Interzona
3/25/2013 Basel CH Kaserne
3/26/2013 Yverdon-le-Bain CH L’Amalgame club
3/27/2013 Feyzin F L’Epicerie Moderne
3/28/2013 Dijom F Le Consortium
3/29/2013 Luxemborg Central Cultrel Kulturfabrik
3/30/2013 Antwerp B Trix Venue
4/01/2013 Birmingham HMV Institute
4/02/2013 Brighton Concorde 2
4/04/2013 London Swans fest
4/05/2013 Leeds Stylus
4/06/2013 Bristol The Fleece
Last month Bella Union released Road To Palios, an exquisite cycle of instrumental duets for acoustic guitar and violin by Portland-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Francesconi and his partner Mirabai Peart, and now we are very pleased to share with you the new video for ‘Parallel Flights’.
“I have an old-fashioned idea about music videos—I think the videos should relate to the music. Some videos seem as if you could swap out the music and no one would be the wiser, but I didn’t want that to be the case with Ryan and Mira’s video. I wanted to make something that was a specific expression of their music. It was a bit tricky, inasmuch as their music is instrumental. So what’s it about, really? How to visually express it? Firstly, I knew they’d taken this trip to Greece together, and guessed it must have been an important trip, because hell, Ryan named the album after it: ‘Road to Palios.’ So it seemed like an obvious choice to make the video some kind of journey to idyllic Palios, probably starting from the urban hell-scape of Portland, Oregon (where he lives).
Second, I tried to draw on what I know about Ryan. We’ve been friends since we were 11-years-old, and I imagine I know stuff about him that isn’t apparent to audiences who only know him as a phenomenal multi-instrumentalist on a distant stage. For example, I know that he’s a funny guy. That doesn’t really come across when he’s shredding on a tambura, but I wanted to get his sense of humor into the video. Also, if you didn’t know, he’s freaky about cycling. So… bikes.”
Road To Palios is out now on Bella Union Records
From Beach House -
Here is a video we made using footage from our recording session at Sonic Ranch Studios, Tornillo, Texas. It’s more of a home video thing, not a music video…….we just thought these moments and the memories they involve fit this song. SUPER SPECIAL thanks to our wonderful assistant engineer for the session Manuel Calderon (the guy with the tequila), who filmed all the time lapses and a lot of the studio footage.
To all of our friends and family,
THE MERRIEST FESTIVE WISHES TO YOU, AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
With all our love,
Simon, Mark, Anika, Luke & Duncan
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Bella Union records are thrilled to announce the return of JOHN GRANT, whose second solo album Pale Green Ghosts will be released on Monday 11th March 2013.
After a breakthrough year that saw his exceptional solo debut “Queen Of Denmark” win MOJO’s Album of 2010 and countless other accolades, John Grant hasn’t rested on his laurels but created a follow-up that underlines his uncanny and charismatic talents. Recorded in Iceland and featuring Sinead O’Connor on guest vocals, the brilliant “Pale Green Ghosts” adds sublime notes of dark, gleaming electronica to the anticipated velveteen ballads, calling on all of Grant’s influences and tastes, presenting an artist at the peak of his powers…
John Grant has also just announced a headline show at London’s Heaven the week of release, the tickets of which go on-sale Friday morning.
Wednesday 13 March – LONDON – Heaven (£15) Tickets
Directed by regular Bella Union collaborator Alex Southam, the video to “Pale Green Ghosts” has just been unveiled and can be viewed here: