Bella Union are thrilled to announce the release of Pleasure Boy, the new album from HANNAH COHEN, which will be available 30th March. Listen to “Keepsake”, the album’s sublime opening track below:
The album teaser is also viewable here.
Music often comes from a deep place, and in the case of Hannah Cohen’s stunning and heartrending second album, it’s very deep indeed. Mainly inspired by a painful break-up and the anxieties that loss can trigger, Pleasure Boy cushions its sadness in an exquisitely nuanced soundscape of aching melancholy and lush melody where Hannah’s vocal conveys all the different shades of heartbreak. Following the album’s completion, she’s survived the calamity and found a new level of happiness, but to paraphrase the classic Sixties hit, there will always be something there to remind her with Pleasure Boy.
‘Pleasure Boy’, like her debut ‘Child Bride’, was produced by Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, whose work with artists such as The National, Antony Hegarty and David Byrne singles him out as one of America’s current finest producers and collaborators, though he’s also a talented pianist. The dynamics of ‘Pleasure Boy’ was the result of Hannah and Bartlett, “bunkering down with my songs, experimenting with different tones and sounds, and layering them. My first record was so airy and roomy, I didn’t have patience for that again, I wanted more movement, something more mysterious and witchier, so we created this sound wall together.”
“I wanted the music to hurt, to have a visceral effect,” Hannah says. Her voice sometimes sounds delirious or icy; other times she recalls the vulnerable, piercing beauty of Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) and Karen Peris (The Innocence Mission). But Pleasure Boy‘s sound wouldn’t exist without the vision that launched it. The album title arrived as the record took shape. “Pleasure Boy is a character of who it’s about, someone who represents gluttony and decadence and richness,” Hannah explains. She admits it was a tough record to make, given she was aiming to heal emotionally while feeling “devastated and hurt. But it wouldn’t be the record it is if I hadn’t done that.”
Pleasure Boy will be released 30th March on Bella Union.
Actor Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) and lead singer Eric Pulido discuss their new live concert film Midlake: Live in Denton, TX. The footage was captured at an iconic venue in the bands hometown. Directed by Eric Noren.
The result is a beautifully photographed film that is part live concert film, part documentary homage to the band’s hometown of Denton, TX.
February 26th @ Hackney Picturehouse.
With just a few tickets still available for his UK tour, and his Village Underground show having sold-out within just a few hours, FATHER JOHN MISTY has today unveiled a video for “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” from his new album I Love You, Honeybear.
Directed by Josh and Emma Tillman, the video can be viewed here:
“Sounds great, right? It may have even gone viral because: kittens. If a video goes viral, that means you’re reaching a wider audience, and you might even get on a chart. If you get on a chart that means you’re streaming more records, and the more records you’re streaming the more money you supposedly have for hiring kitten wranglers.
“Aside from the fact that kitten wranglers are considerably more expensive than you may realize and that said-kitten wranglers all informed me there was no way we were going to be able get the outfits I had mocked up onto said-kittens, there was another extenuating factor involved in the decision to abort this music video concept and ruin the slim likelihood that I might ever get to see the Huffington Post entertainment headline “EX-FLEET FOXES DRUMMER WEDS CATS”.
“That reason is that the song actually means a great a deal to me. It’s got the #4 on it because this iteration of Chateau Lobby was the 4th attempt at arranging and producing the song that did not turn out perversely sentimental. Sentimentality brutalizes emotion. Much like ironic music videos.
“I don’t care all that much if you like the music video or not. The label isn’t crazy about it. Management isn’t crazy about it. I have been informed I’m basically kissing an MTV “Woodie” award goodbye forever. I made it on an iPad on my wedding anniversary with the one I love. We ate pancakes.
“I love you,
Father John Misty’s headline tour begins mid-January in California and reaches the UK/Ireland for the following dates:
Sunday 22 February – DUBLIN – Whelans **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Monday 23 February – GLASGOW – King Tuts **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Tuesday 24 February – MANCHESTER – Gorilla
Thursday 26 February – LONDON – Village Underground **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Friday 27 February – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 28 February – BRISTOL – Thekla **(SOLD-OUT!)**
I Love You, Honeybear is the highly-anticipated follow up to his acclaimed debut, Fear Fun. The album, featuring “Bored In The USA,” “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” “True Affection,” and the title track, was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Click HERE to watch his stunning performance of “Bored In The USA” with a 22-piece string section last night on The Late Show with David Letterman,
Preorders for I Love You, Honeybear are now available via http://fatherjohnmisty.merchline.com and iTunes. The album will be available on CD, download and 2 x LP in a gatefold jacket and black vinyl. A limited edition deluxe 2XLP alternate-cover version on tricolor vinyl in a Dioramic, Meta-Musical Funtime gatefold jacket All CD and LP formats will come with a fold-out poster, featuring a collage of Emma Tillman’s intimate photos, designed by Alia Penner and an extensive “Exercises for Listening” written by Josh Tillman.
I Love You, Honeybear will be released 9th Feb in the UK/Europe on Bella Union (10th Feb in the rest of the world via Sub Pop).
Bloodbarf is taken from Clarence Clarity’s debut album NO NOW.
Pre-order via iTunes and receive the track as an instant download. http://smarturl.it/clarityiscoming
17 Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth
18 O2 Academy, Bristol
20 O2 Academy, Oxford
22 O2 Academy, Liverpool
25 The Liquid Room, Edinburgh
26 Albert Hall, Manchester
27 The Leadmill, Sheffield
28 Rock City, Nottingham
02 Dome Corn Exchange, Brighton
03 Roundhouse, London
05 The Assembly, Leamington Spa
06 UEA, Norwich
With his Bella Union debut album How To Die In The North due for release 19th Januray, BC Camplight has just announced news of a number of UK shows for early next year and unveiled a brilliant video for current single “Just Because I Love You”.
Written and directed by Seth Fuller, and featuring a brief cameo from BC Camplight himself, this sobering melodrama encapsulates the bitter-sweet taste of love gone wrong.
Click HERE to watch.
BC Camplight has just announced the below UK live shows for early 2015:
Friday 23 January – MANCHESTER – Gorilla
Sunday 1 February – GLASGOW – Fruitmarket (Celtic Connections)
Sunday 8 March – BRISTOL – The Louisiana
Monday 9 March – BIRMINGHAM – The Hare & Hounds
Tuesday 10 March – LONDON – The Lexington
Wednesday 11 March – LIVERPOOL – The Leaf
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.
MARISSA NADLER, whose July LP was released in February on Bella Union to much critical acclaim, has just released the digital EP Before July: Demos & Unreleased Songs. Her cover of Elliott Smith’s “Pitseleh” is now streaming HERE.
Before going into Avast Studios, Nadler spent many months writing and recording songs that would become her album July. The multi-tracked vocal approach to the demo sessions helped to create the richly layered harmonies that are showcased on the Randall Dunn-produced album. “Leave The Light On” and “The Rose City” are both unheard demos from this writing period. “The Rose City” would later lead to the creation of both “Drive” and “Holiday In” in terms of its lyrical content. The EP also features “Dead City Emily” and “1923″ in their early form, containing different lyrics and melodies.
Nadler, a longtime Elliott Smith fan, learned “Pitseleh” and “The White Lady Loves You More” for a tribute to the late songwriter in Brooklyn last year at Glasslands. She later recorded a proper cover of “Pitseleh” after the tribute concert’s success.
Nadler has just returned from extensive touring of Europe and North America and is currently writing a follow-up to July.