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

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.

Andrew Bird // Sounds from a Room

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

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.


Hannah Cohen // Presale Links

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Hannah Cohen // Limited Presale available NOW

We have a very limited number of Hannah Cohen full length Child Bride LPs available in select indie record stores. Get em’ while supplies last!

Buy from:

Norman Records

Piccadilly Records

Rough Trade

Photo above by Thomas Bartlett.

I Break Horses in London.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I Break Horses are set to play the Scala on April 1st. No joke!

Grab your tickets from Thursday via ATP.