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!
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…
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 -
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.
Andrew Bird’s Sounds from a Room gig: Stream online
On Saturday Bird performed in the unique hotel/one bedroom space perched atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The Guardian streamed it live and it will be available to watch again. A good chance to have an advance listen to the tunes on Andrew’s forthcoming LP; ‘Break It Yourself’. You can also watch Andrew talking about the performance here.
Watch: New Peter Broderick video for ‘It Starts Hear’// ‘http://www.itstartshear.com’ released on Monday 20th February
Here is the visual accompaniment for the new Peter Broderick song ‘It Starts Hear’ taken from the album http://www.itstarthear.com which will be released on Bella Union on Monday 20th February. The video, directed by Bella Union collaborator Alex Southam, combines beautiful old, sepia series imagery with footage following Peter throughout the recording process of http://www.itstartshear.com which perfectly fits this uplifting and hazy first single.