Bella Union are excited to announce the release of How To Die In The North, the new album from maverick songwriter BC Camplight, on 19th January.
Listen to ‘Just Because I Love You’, the first track to be revealed from the album below:
Lost treasure needn’t be found in the distant past; the 21st century hides many artists who disappeared into the great wide yonder. BC Camplight is one such example. The alter-ego of American songwriter Brian Christinzio released albums in 2005 and 2007, both gems of a certain psych-pop vintage, combining eloquent songwriting with a self-destructive bent. Christinzio certainly knew it – he’s described himself as, “the guy who blew it.”
But this sublime talent with the keening vocal and fearless approach to lyrical introspection has another chance. His new album ‘How To Die In The North’, recorded in his newly adopted home of Manchester, England, is a fantastically rich, stylistically diverse trip. From dramatic, layered pop to a haunted take on Sixties sunshine-pop, from blue-eyed soul to speedy surf-pop, from sparser piano balladry to psychedelic showstoppers and a grand finale that’s part Nilsson and part Broadway showtune.
Originally from New Jersey, Christinzio started playing piano aged just four, inspired by his mum’s Jerry Lee Lewis and Nilsson records and his Dad’s classical collection. Depression and crippling hypochondria clashed with captaining the football team and a penchant for boxing. Post-school, he fell in with people, “willing to go through shit to be a musician,” which saw him relocate to Philadelphia where he occasionally played live with Philly faves The War On Drugs and guested on Sharon Van Etten’s album ‘Epic’.
He’s already done two sessions for long-term fan Marc Riley at BBC 6 Music, which featured Christinzio’s band of Mancunians who he met at The Castle Hotel pub, a watering hole in the city centre particularly popular with musicians. Christinzio also heard John Grant’s album on the jukebox there, which encouraged him to approach Bella Union. Grant’s cocktail of depression and self-sabotage thwarted an outrageous talent, but he took his second chance. The same deserves to happen to Christinzio, a similarly outsize, sharp and funny personality with a non-conformist streak. Far from dying, BC Camplight has been reborn in the North!
How To Die In The North will be released 19th January on Bella Union.
Autumn rolls in… and with it comes plentiful live music! We are blessed to have many excellent bands touring this season, currently:
Celebration / Laura Veirs / Marissa Nadler / Peter Broderick
And in November…
2:54 / Ballet School / Horse Thief / John Grant / MONEY / PINS / Xiu Xiu
With the release of his much-anticipated second album Weatherhouse just two weeks away on 6th October, PHILIP SELWAY has today announced a headline UK tour for February 2015, performing with his band at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank followed by shows in Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.
Wednesday 11 February – LONDON – Queen Elizabeth Hall
Tuesday 12 February – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 13 February – GLASGOW – King Tuts
Thursday 14 February – MANCHESTER - Deaf Institute
Selway has also just unveiled a visually striking video for new single ‘It Will End In Tears’. Made in conjunction with Northern Film & Media and the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, the video is the creation of RAMMATIK, aka Rannvá Káradóttir & Marianna Mørkøre, a Faroese film duo at the forefront of artistic filmmaking. With an experimental approach they have developed a distinctive visual identity, resulting in international recognition and awards.
Having just completed an extensive US tour and currently working on material for their second album, MONEY have just announced three intimate UK shows in October at which they’ll be showcasing new songs prior to going into the studio.
Continuing their tradition of performing in unconventional spaces the band’s London show will be at Chats Palace which was originally a library for the betterment of the people of the East End. Following these headline shows MONEY will support their friends WILD BEASTS as part of Liverpool’s Music Week.
Upcoming UK live info below:
Monday 27 October – MANCHESTER – The Eagle
Tuesday 28 October – BIRMINGHAM – Bull’s Head
Wednesday 29 October – LONDON – Chat’s Palace
Thursday 30 October – LIVERPOOL – 02 Academy (supporting Wild Beasts)