Monday, September 8th, 2014

Ballet School - The Dew Lasts An Hour artwork

Happy release day, Ballet School!

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2:54 announce new album “The Other I”

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Bella Union are thrilled to announce the release of The Other I, the new album from 2:54, which will be available 10th November.

Click HERE to listen to ‘In The Mirror’, the second teaser track to be revealed from the record.

Even before Colette and Hannah Thurlow wrote their new album, the London-based sisters’ atmospheric, imaginative and thrilling vein of rock music under the name 2:54 was already a force to be reckoned with. But the events that tested their commitment and resilience have upped the ante, to produce the magnificent drama and beauty of The Other I. From the expansive, tempo-shifting opener ‘Orion’, and the pining roots of ‘The Monaco’ to the ambient haunts of ‘Tender Shoots’ and the shape-shifting tour de force of ‘Raptor’, the album significantly widens the net beyond the achievements of 2:54’s self-titled debut. The Other I is all the stronger for Hannah and Colette’s hands-on approach to production while Colette’s lead vocals show a striking versatility. The album’s emotional terrain has been carved from circumstances out of their control but equally their sisterly bond.

As Colette explains, the album’s title was inspired by a favourite poet, Percy Shelley, “a rousing romantic, politically charged, a proto-punk of sorts. He called his friend and muse Elizabeth Hitchener the ‘sister of my soul, my second self.’ These lines kept returning to me last year and from there I arrived at ‘The Other I’. The Other I is an enquiry into the duality of the human experience – the division between the self that pounds on like a juggernaut in your head, and the self you present to the world. The idea extends to Hannah and I, to our sisterhood. We know intrinsically what the other thinks and feels, music is just another language we use to communicate.”

Written in Paris and London, the album was recorded at Bella Union’s East London studio before the Thurlows and Alex Robins decamped to North London’s Fish Factory to complete it alongside co-producer and mixer James Rutledge, who’s worked with the likes of Radiohead and Fever Ray. ‘In The Mirror’ and ‘Sleepwalker’ are cited as key entry points to the album’s core values, while lyrically ‘Orion’ sets the scene for the album’s adventures. ‘Raptor’ is the album’s brilliant finale, with its simmering intro, hypnotic flow, thrilling coda and rallying mantra: “Calling, I’m calling, I’m calling, I can hear it / You don’t know us / One more turn and then I’ll go / The end, the end, the end is close.”

The Other I will be released 10th November on Bella Union.

“The Other I” tracklisting:
1. Orion
2. Blindfold
3. In The Mirror
4. No Better Prize
5. Sleepwalker
6. Tender Shoots
7. The Monaco
8. Crest
9. Pyro
10. South
11. Glory Days
12. Raptor


Monday 8 September – LONDON – Union Chapel (Bella Union Labelled With Love showcase)

Friday 7 November – RAMSGATE – Ramsgate Music Hall
Wednesday 19 November – LONDON – St. Pancras Old Church **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Thursday 20 November – SHEFFIELD – The Harley
Friday 21 November – GLASGOW – The Broadcast
Saturday 22 November – MANCHESTER – Soup Kitchen
Monday 24 November – NOTTINGHAM – The Corner
Tuesday 25 November – BRISTOL – The Louisiana
Wenesday 26 November – BRIGHTON – The Hope


Tate Shots: John Grant @ The British Folk Art show

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Tate’s British Folk Art exhibition is the setting for an intimate, one-off performance by musician John Grant…

Find out more over on the Tate website.

Plus we made a playlist in honour of the Folk Art Show which you can find here.

Stream: Celebration – Albumin

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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Watch: Horse Thief – Little Dust

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Following much acclaim for their debut album Fear In Bliss, which was released in April, and as they prepare to embark on an extensive UK tour in support of The Felice Brothers, OKC quintet HORSE THIEF have just unveiled a new video for ‘Little Dust’.

The video was directed by Matt Bizer, who had this say on its origins…

“I had written a short film script called “Ordained” that I had been sitting on and it just felt like the perfect pairing to Cameron’s songwriting. Cameron and I really worked together seamlessly in the creative process and I knew this role could be perfect for Luis [Bordonada].” Check it out below…

Electric Wurms :: The Bat

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk is out next week on Bella Union.

Ballet School: UK/Ireland tour

Monday, August 11th, 2014

With the release of their much-anticipated debut album The Dew Lasts An Hour just four weeks away on 8th September, BALLET SCHOOL have just announced news of a 10-date UK/Ireland tour in November…

Dates below:

Tuesday 11 November – LEEDS – Belgrave Music Hall
Wednesday 12 November – GLASGOW – Broadcast
Thursday 13 November – LIVERPOOL – Shipping Forecast
Friday 14 November – BIRMINGHAM – The Bulls Head
Saturday 15 November – BRISTOL – Start The Bus
Monday 17 November – SHEFFIELD – Bungalows and Bears
Tuesday 18 November – BRIGHTON – The Hope
Wednesday 19 November – LONDON – The Lexington
Friday 21 November – DUBLIN – Workman’s Club
Saturday 22 November – BELFAST – Voodoo