http://www.itstartshear.com/ starts TODAY

Monday, February 20th, 2012

The album that’s a website, the website that’s an album: Peter Broderick’s http://www.itstartshear.com/ is released today, and the accompanying website is live from now. Explore the website to watch videos, see photos and learn more about the individual tracks.

The Sunday Times crowned the CD ‘Album of the Week’ and wrote -

The Oregon musician follows two must-have albums, Home (2008) and How They Are (2010), with another that will no doubt receive similarly rapturous reviews — whose enthusiasm will do nothing to bring Broderick to the wider audience he deserves. This may suit him, as he is reportedly reclusive and introspective, but it is scandalous, so beautiful and original is the music he makes. The man who, on How They Are, sang a song from the perspective of a battery chicken (and, in the process, created one of that year’s most moving songs), here uses the domain-name title track as an exploration of intimacy, anonymity, alienation, the personal and the impersonal — its starting point the isolating side of online interaction — to a hypnotic guitar figure and beat, giving way to a chanted delivery of the title that is both alluring and utterly bleak. Minimalism and pointillism are used in a way that makes the sudden interjection of, say, strings absolutely breathtaking. Blue is Broderick’s version of a song written by his then teenage father, which he found on an old tape and has lovingly restored, Broderick’s reverbed voice intoning his father’s words. Trespassing honours another bird, in this case one the musician ran over on a country road. Again, detailing is everything: a simple strummed guitar pattern beneath Broderick’s plaintive singing. Truly exceptional. – DC

Andrew Bird / The Crown Salesman

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Andrew Bird / The Crown Salesman

Andrew Bird has shared ‘The Crown Salesman’, a cover song which does not appear on forthcoming record Break It Yourself. You can download it for free from Mr Bird’s Facebook page.

The Crown Salesman by Andrew Bird

STREAM PETER BRODERICK’S NEW ALBUM

Monday, February 13th, 2012

You can now stream Peter Broderick’s new record a week ahead of release, over at The Line Of Best Fit.

 

GOOD LUCK FLEET FOXES!

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards are upon us, and we’d like to take a moment to wish Fleet Foxes all the best on their Best Folk Album nomination for 2011′s sublime Helplessness Blues.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues by Bella Union

Three cheers for Fleet Foxes. Hip hip hooray!

Veronica Falls // new track ‘My Heart Beats’

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Veronica Falls have shared new jam ‘My Heart Beats’. Recorded with Rory Brattwell on a freezing boat on the Thames last week, it is beautiful, soaring, anthemic, propulsive but, as is always the way with Veronica Falls, packs a dark punch at its heart. It represents a tantalising taste of things to come for the band, as it is the first preview of brand new recordings since the debut.

Veronica Falls – My Heart Beats by Bella Union

Catch ‘em live this March ::

8 – Leaf, Liverpool
9 – Deaf Institute, Manchester
10 – Stereo, Glasgow
11 – Stereo, York
13 – Haunt, Brighton
14 – Scala, London

Bella Union’s 15th Birthday x End of the Road

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

2012 sees Bella Union reach the grand old age of 15… To celebrate this particular milestone we have various activities being planned, foremost of which will be curating and hosting our own Bella Union day at this year’s End Of The Road festival on Friday 31st August.

The line-up is by no means finalised as yet, but many of our finest acts have already been confirmed to appear, all of whom collectively showcase the eclectic musical taste of what has over past 15 years become one of the UK’s best-loved and most celebrated labels. Acts appearing on the 31st August include the below:

Alessi’s Ark : Beach House : Cashier No. 9 : Dirty Three : Hannah Cohen : I Break Horses : John Grant : Jonathan Wilson : Lanterns On The Lake : The Low Anthem : Midlake : Mountain Man : Our Broken Garden : Roy Harper : Veronica Falls

A few words from Bella Union’s founder and label boss Simon Raymonde on celebrating our 15th Anniversary with the End Of The Road festival:

“Bella Union and End of The Road Festival have so much in common, most notably our taste in bands, and having had several bands over the last 5 years who have headlined there, like Fleet Foxes, Explosions In The Sky, and Midlake, all of whom loved every minute, it seemed that when discussing what we should do for our 15th Anniversary a conversation with them was a good starting point. The outcome is something very special and this will be the pinnacle of our anniversary celebrations throughout 2012.”

More acts will be announced soon!

Watch: M. Ward – The First Time I Ran Away

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

On Monday 9th April M. Ward will release his Bella Union debut ‘A Wasteland Companion‘ and we are very pleased to be able to share with you the new video for ‘The First Time I Ran Away‘. Directed by Joel Trussell – who also directed M.Ward’s video for Post War cut ‘Chinese Translation’ – this wonderfully animated video translates the lyrics of the song perfectly as it follows a young man embarking on a journey… follow his quest below…

Directed by Joel Trussell

Animators:
Joel Moser
Marius Alecse
Gene Blakefield
Kelly Turnbull
Frank Macchia
Adam Scarpita

Introducing… Father John Misty

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Father John Misty

We’d like to introduce you to Father John Misty, the new project from Josh Tillman. Bella Union will release the album, ‘Fear Fun‘, on April 30th 2012.

When discussing ‘Father John Misty’, Tillman paraphrases Philip Roth: ‘It’s all of me and none of me, if you can’t see that, you won’t get it’.  What I call it is totally arbitrary, but I like the name.  You’ve got to have a name.  I never got to choose mine.”

He goes on, “‘People who make records are afforded this assumption by the culture that their music is coming from an exclusively personal place, but more often than not what you hear are actually the affectations of an ‘alter-ego’ or a cartoon of an emotionally heightened persona,” says Josh Tillman, who has been recording/releasing solo albums since 2003 and who recently left Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011.  “That kind of emotional quotient isn’t sustainable if your concern is portraying a human-being made up of more than just chest-beating pathos.  I see a lot of rampant, sexless, male-fantasy everywhere in the music around me.  I didn’t want any alter-egos, any vagaries, fantasy, escapism, any over-wrought sentimentality.  I like humor and sex and mischief.  So when you think about it, it’s kind of mischievous to write about yourself in a plain-spoken, kind of explicitly obvious way and call it something like ‘Misty’.  I mean, I may as well have called it ‘Steve’.”

You can download ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings’ from our Soundcloud below -

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings by Bella Union

You can also watch the video featuring Aubrey Plaza of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Sundance Film Festival Hit “Safety Not Guaranteed” and the upcoming “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III”. The video was directed by Noel Paul.

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings from Bella Union on Vimeo.