Bella Union sign Wild Nothing!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Bella Union is thrilled to announce the signing of Wild Nothing who returns this summer with second album Nocturne, the follow-up release to his acclaimed debut ‘Gemini’.

Ask Jack Tatum what ‘Wild Nothing’ means and he’ll answer: ‘a contradiction’. In 2010, 21 year old Tatum released one of the finest cult pop records of the summer whilst ensconced in his senior year of college in Blacksburg, VA, a small mid-atlantic town better known for producing football fans and engineers than musicians. Tatum lives in contradictions. You’ll often hear Wild Nothing referred to as a ‘one man pop band’. Jack creates in the studio, alone. On the road, he’s with a band. There are two Wild Nothings.

The critically acclaimed debut ‘Gemini’ was underpinned with summery childhood longings, and shot through with the instant dichotomy of anxiety and almost whimsical paranoia. The album, which was home recorded by Tatum and rooted heavily in 80′s indie-pop, quickly gained popularity through the internet. Tatum assembled a band of Virginia friends and hit the road for the first time. ‘Gemini’ showed a promising future for a songwriter who wore his influences on his sleeve while still approaching pop craftsmanship in his own way. When asked about it in regards to ‘Nocturne’, Jack states: “I don’t think it’s going to be a secret to anyone that I care about pop music, but it’s definitely more my sense of what pop music used to be or even what pop music would be in my ideal world.”

The new album ‘Nocturne‘ is a window into Tatum’s “ideal world” of pop music. ‘Gemini’ was written before there were Wild Nothing fans or even a live band; ‘Nocturne’ is different. With an unexpected fanbase to turn to, Jack spent more time perfecting his craft. The obsessiveness of ‘Nocturne’ is inherent in it’s gentle harmonies, orchestrated synths, wandering voice, and songs that speak of his post-Gemini experiences as he explores new paradoxes of pop.

Nocturne is released 27th August on Bella Union records.

Prior to this the track ‘Shadow’ will be released as a 7″ single on 6th August.

You can listen to ‘Shadow’ here:

Hannah Cohen announces Bush Hall show

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Following many positive reviews for debut album Child Bride, and a sold-out Vortex show in early May, Hannah Cohen will be returning to the these shores in in late summer 2012 for a few live performances. The first of these will be an appearance at Bella Union’s 15th Anniversary Celebration Day at the End of the Road festival.

Dates below:

Friday 31 August – Doset – End Of The Road festival (Bella Union 15th Anniversary Celebrations)
Monday 3 September – London – Bush Hall (£10)
Tuesday 4 September – London – Union Chapel (supporting Glen Hansard)

Plus European dates following on. See them here.

Watch: Lawrence Arabia ‘Traveling Shoes’ video // new September dates

Monday, June 11th, 2012

You can now watch the new video from Lawrence Arabia for the album opener ‘Traveling Shoes‘, filmed in Whangateau Hall in their hometown of Auckland, New Zealand.

Directed by Ian Joseph Hughes.

The Sparrow is released on Bella Union on Monday 16th July.

The band will embark on a European Tour following his appearance at End Of The Road Festival as part of Bella Union’s 15th anniversary celebrations. All dates below:

Friday 31st August – End of the Road Festival
Monday 3rd September – Café Video, Gent, Belgium
Wednesday 5th September – Divan Du Monde, Paris
Friday 7th September – Paradiso, Amsterdam
Sunday 9th September – Studio 672, Cologne
Monday 10th September – Roter Salon, Berlin
Wednesday 12th September – Lexington, London

Watch: ‘Lazuli’ video by Beach House + NEW tour dates

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Watch the celestial new video for ‘Lazuli‘ from Beach House‘s fourth record Bloom below:

 

The band will embark on the Frightened Eyes tour across the UK and Europe this autumn.

Friday 31 August – DORSET – End Of The Road festival

Friday 26 October – BELFAST – Mandela Hall (£16.50)
Saturday 27 October – CORK – Cork Opera House (€22.50)
Sunday 28 October – DUBLIN – Vicar Street (€20)
Monday 29 October – GLASGOW – Arches (£16)
Tuesday 30 October – LEEDS – Stylus (£16)
Wednesday 31 October – MANCHESTER – Ritz (£16)
Friday 2 November – LONDON – Roundhouse **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Saturday 3 November – BRISTOL – Anson Rooms (£16)

The European dates include shows in Germany, Austria, Scandanavia, Holland… for full dates see the live section and http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com/

The Walkmen on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The Walkmen performed ‘Heaven’ and ‘The Love You Love’ on Jimmy Fallon’s show – check out the footage below!

If this whets the appetite, lucky ticket holders will be able to catch the band next week at Village Underground. The event is sold out, but the band return this summer to play Green Man festival and headline dates in Birmingham, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester and London.

Heaven is out now on Bella Union.

The Walkmen – Heaven // OUT NOW

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

We are delighted to share that Heaven, the stunning new record from The Walkmen, is out now on Bella Union.

The band play Village Underground in London next week and return to headline The Forum this November, full dates here. You can find the CD and vinyl in the Bella Union store.

You can watch Alex Southam‘s video for the title track below:

Jonathan Wilson announces London Lexington show

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Jonathan Wilson and Bella Union are excited to announce a special intimate show for friends and family in London at the Lexington on July 18th.

Ahead of this Jonathan will be supporting Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers across their entire European tour which includes two sold-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall in June. Jonathan will then return to the UK in July to perform at the Latitude festival and Hard Rock Calling, along with his Lexington show, before ending the summer with an appearance at End of the Road as part of Bella Union’s 15th Anniversary celebrations on 31st August.

Upcoming UK live info:

Monday 18 June – LONDON – Royal Albert Hall (supporting Tom Petty)
Wednesday 20 June – LONDON – Royal Albert Hall (supporting Tom Petty)

Saturday 14 July – LONDON – Hard Rock Calling
Sunday 15 July – SOUTHWOLD – Latitude Festival
Tuesday 17 July – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club (£10)
Wednesday 18 July – LONDON – Lexington (£15) **NEW DATE JUST ADDED!** [TICKETS]

Friday 31 August – WILTSHIRE – End Of The Road Festival
Saturday 1 September – BIRMINGHAM – Moseley Folk Festival
Sunday 2 September – PORTLAOISE – Electric Picnic

Watch Jonathan and his band performing Ballad Of The Pines for Yours Truly below:

Father John Misty // The Guardian ‘How I Wrote’ session

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Pretty much immediately after flying from Texas – London, a bleary eyed and sleepy Josh Tillman tells us how he wrote ‘I’m Writing A Novel’, from the debut Father John Misty LP ‘Fear Fun’.

It involves a pink orb.