‘The Protecting Veil’ by John Tavener

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

For Record Store Day 2014 Bella Union are very proud to announce the release of The Protecting Veil for the first time ever on vinyl.

The Protecting Veil is a musical composition for cello and strings by British composer John Tavener. Completed in 1988, the work was commissioned by the BBC for the 1989 Proms season and released three years later in 1992.

Tavener, until his sad death late last year, was perhaps Britain’s best-loved composer of recent times, most notably after his ‘Song for Athene’ was played at Princess Diana’s funeral. It was not always thus and Tavener has divided opinion all his working life. His 1969 piece The Whale, was mostly unconventional, full of electronics and spoken word, and attracted the attention of John Lennon who signed it to the Beatles label, Apple. In 1977 Tavener converted to the Russian Orthodox Church and soon his music developed a deep spirtuality. With the release of The Protecting Veil, a 45 minute piece inspired by the Orthodox feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God, he found a huge audience embracing this slow, meditative, emotional work.

The Protecting Veil, which has a performance time of around 43 minutes, includes eight sections, each based on an “icon” in the life of the Virgin Mary.

1.The Protecting Veil
2.The Nativity of the Mother of God
3.The Annunciation
4.The Incarnation
5.The Lament of the Mother of God at the Cross
6.The Resurrection
7.The Formation
8.The Protecting Veil

Watch: Marissa Nadler – Drive

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

About to embark on a European tour which arrives in the UK next week, MARISSA NADLER has just unveiled a typically beautiful video for new single ‘Drive’, the opening track from her critically-acclaimed album July.

The video for ‘Drive’ was directed by kindred spirit Naomi Yang of Galaxie 500 and Damon and Naomi fame. Of the video Marissa says: “It was such a pleasure to work with Naomi Yang. I’ve long-admired her work in music, first discovering her through Galaxie 500 and then through Damon and Naomi. More recently, I became an admirer of her music videos and fell in love with them. She really got to the heart of what this song is about. The surreal, dreamlike shots of me twirling through the roads and landscapes, contrasted with the stills from everyday life, encapsulate the essence of ‘Drive’ completely. I think the song is one of contrasts, and the video magnifies both the good and bad, the still and the moving, and the blurred line between dream and reality.”

Watch: Arc Iris – Canadian Cowboy

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Out now: Horse Thief – Fear In Bliss

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Horse Thief for Mail Out

Happy release day, Horse Thief!
Fear In Bliss is out now and available in out store
Catch them LIVE

Horse Thief @ Rough Trade NY

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Horse Thief for Mail Out

// In support of FEAR IN BLISS out next week //

XIU XIU – ‘A Knife In The Sun’ video // UK & EU shows next month

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Following positive reviews for his new record Angel Guts : Red Classroom and ahead of a mammoth European Tour, including a headline show at Birthdays, London – all dates below – Jamie Stewart’s XIU XIU have also unveiled another delightfully weird for ‘A Knife In The Sun’ which can be seen below…

The video was directed by Diego Barrera who said this about the video…

“Barrerra described the video as “two journeys, from darkness to the light of sea (from masculinity to eternal feminity), and the awns of a patriarcal society (The Religion, The Clinic and The Armed Forces), in their path to (masculinization) self-destruction. The Alchemical Androgyne (The Hermafrodite / Rebis), ever present character in my videos, embodies my search in the androgenization rites, in this case a rite performed by indigenous tribes where a man makes a cut in his crotch as a symbol to inhabit in a woman body, to live in the middle of two imposed sexes. A symbolic castration that I present as an invitation to “man” to reflect about his feminity. The other character is basically my way of using the right of rebellion through art, to criticize religión which seek to control the souls, current clinic aims to control the body (based not on health but disease) and The Armed Forces as the top of a pyramid that ends up collapsed.”

XIU XIU will embark on a pretty mammoth UK and European Tour through May…

Tuesday 20 May – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club

Thursday 22 May – LONDON – Birthdays 

And full tour dates below…


Wednesday 30th April – Krems, AU – Donau Festival – Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material


Thursday 1st May – Krems, AU – Donau Festival – Xiu Xiu show + Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material

Friday 2nd May – Krems, AU – Donau Festival – Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material

Saturday 3rd May – Krems, AU – Donau Festival – Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material

Sunday 4th May – Krems, AU – Donau Festival – Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material

Monday 5th May – St Gallen, CH – Grabenhalle with The Residents

Wednesday 7th May – Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie

Thursday 8th May – Venezia, IT – Teatro Fondamenta Nuove

Friday 9th May – Udine, IT – Pn Box

Saturday 10th May – Torino, IT – El Barrio

Sunday 11th May – Brescia, IT – A Palazzo Gallery

Monday 12th May – Lyon, FR – Grrnd Zero

Tuesday 13th May – Paris, FR – Petit Bain

Wednesday 14th May – Brest, FR – La Carene

Thursday 15th May – Lille, FR – La Malterie

Friday 16th May – Utrecht, NL, Ekko

Saturday 17th May – Gent, BE, Democrazy @ DOK-Box with White Hinterland

Sunday 18th May – Rotterdam, NL, WORM

Tuesday 20th May – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club Games Room

Thursday 22nd May– London, UK – Xiu Xiu & ATP present “The Reds Of Their Eyes” @ Birthdays with Blood Music

Friday 23rd May – Groningen, NL – Lepel Festival

Saturday 24th May – Copenhagen, DK – Jazzhouse with Circuit Des Yeux

Sunday 25th May – Berlin, DE – Volksbühne with Owen Pallett

Tuesday 27th May – Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel

Friday 30th May – Moscow, RU – PIPL with Psychic TV


Satursday 1st June – St Petersburg – RU – Zal Ojidaniya with Psychic TV

Horse Thief on World Cafe / NPR

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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