Happy release day to Horse Thief! You can purchase the EP ‘Grow Deep, Grow Wild’ in the Bella Union store.
Have a listen to ‘I Am The Bear’ from the EP below:
Debut album ‘Rambutan‘ out June 17th on Bella Union
Album launch party @ Corsica Studios – June 19th – tickets: Eat Your Own Ears
Directed by Ian Pons Jewell
In a fickle, hyper-speed age of quick and easy consumption, taking one’s time to evolve seems a luxury. But Landshapes did just that. “We needed time to work things out…we’ve been brewing I suppose…” explains Luisa.
As their previous incarnation Lulu and the Lampshades, they’re probably best known for the viral cup song You’re Gonna Miss Me – over 3 million hits on Youtube and counting – but in the ensuing period they’ve undergone a considerable musical metamorphosis.
They have learnt and grown together, four distinctive personalities jostling and pulling, each with their own set of influences and sensibilities – an unlikely alchemy which comes together and makes sense. Broad brushstrokes, big sounds and mournful melodies forged a new soundscape, so that when a typo accidentally billed them as ‘Landshapes’ it seemed an appropriate description for an altogether new sound, and an altogether new band.
Landshapes is the sound of four people in a dingy practice room, building on accidents, listening over and reworking obsessively until every band member is satisfied. An unconventional and serendipitous a process it might be, but it’s crucial to Landshapes overall sound.
Their debut album Rambutan – the name chosen “not so much after the fruit but for the sound the word makes” and produced by Ash Workman is a distillation of songs old and new, re-worked and fine tuned with a deft precision.
In Limbo, with its stunning video, proves a triumphant opening salvo. “It’s always felt like a fighting song both musically and lyrically” says Luisa Gerstein. With images of Bolivia’s Cholita female wrestlers proving a major stimulus whilst recording, Luisa sought them out, traveling to La Paz and teaming up with director Ian Pons Jewell. The resulting film is a dignified response to a “Latin American society where being both indigenous and a woman is a double sub-class” – a celebration of these extraordinary women both in and out of the wrestling ring.
Their unorthodox approach to songwriting is writ large across the ten tracks. Impasse “the oldest song on the record was a “tinkery ukulele thing” that became something “bigger and better with the band”; Threads “a lot of ideas that came together in the practice room, has the feel of different parts interjecting like a conversation” and Racehorses “a truculent song” that was to become one of their favourites after Heloise and Jemma developed a new bass and guitar part. Demons acts as a marker of their evolution – “recorded as Lulu And The Lampshades, it felt closer to the sound we were developing and tracks that change in the way it sounds and how we worked together as a band.”
Forthcoming single Insomniacs Club “is cursed” according to the band. “Anyone who gets involved with it gets insomnia. The guy making the video hasn’t slept for days, true story.”
Landshapes take on another dimension in a live setting. With drummer Dan the only constant, multi instrumentalists Luisa, Heloise and Jemma shift seamlessly from one song to the next swapping instruments and vocals with a fluid dexterity. This synchronicity – and their evolution as a band – was helped by some intensive touring under their previous moniker. Weeks spent in each others’ company, experiencing each others’ music and film selections, means – explains Dan – that “you start to absorb what you like and dislike, individually and collectively. Figuring out which direction you’re heading in via shared experience and foggy disparate influences. I think we’re still fine tuning that direction – and that’s good.”
Rambutan is released on Bella Union on June 17th.
Landshapes are Dan Blackett (drums, vocals), Luisa Gerstein (ukelele, vocals), Heloise Tunstall-Behrens (bass, ukelele, vocals, violin), Jemma Freeman (guitar, vocals).
Fresh off a European tour with label mates Beach House, and with his his much-anticipated debut Land Of CanAan due for release in May on Bella Union, Marques Toliver has just unveiled a stylish b/w for new single ‘Control’ which you can watch below…
You can now watch the new video for GMF, from John Grant’s new album Pale Green Ghosts….
Directed by Lucy Luscombe, this very funny and heartwarming video follows a day in the life of John (and a basketball) and his many encounters along the way, from old ladies in pet stores to the nightclub dancefloor…
John Grant will embark on an extensive UK & Irish tour throughout May including a headline show at Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday 15th May.
Thursday 2 May – BELFAST – Marquee
Friday 3 May – DUBLIN – Vicar Street
Saturday 4 May – CORK – Cyprus Avenue
Sunday 5 May – KILKENNY – Watergate Theatre
Tuesday 7 May – BATH – Komedia
Wednesday 8 May – OXFORD – Academy 2
Thursday 9 May – BIRMINGHAM – Institute – The Library
Saturday 11 May – LEEDS – Metropolitan University
Sunday 12 May – EDINBURGH – Queens Hall
Tuesday 14 May – MANCHESTER – Ritz
Wednesday 15 May – LONDON – Shepherds Bush Empire
Thursday 16 May – BRIGHTON – St Georges
Saturday 18 May – CAMBRIDGE – Junction
Sunday 19 May – NORWICH – Norfolk & Norwich Festival @ Open Up