Bella x No Direction Home

We here at Bella Union are very big fans of all the work the folks at End of the Road Festival do, so the news of a new festival called ‘No Direction Home’ is very exciting, especially when lots of Bella Union bands are selected to play…

Today ‘No Direction Home’ announced its first group of artists with Andrew Bird, Dirty Three, The Low Anthem, Lanterns on the Lake and Veronica Falls among these. The festival will take place in the grounds of Welbeck Abbey, on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest from 8th – 10th June next year.

Until 31st December tickets for the festival will be £89 (direct from the festival) and you can pick these up here.

Dirty Three announce new album “Toward The Low Sun” for 2012

Legendary instrumental trio Dirty Three will boldly break cover in March 2012 with a remarkable new album, “Toward The Low Sun“, on Bella Union records, plus an intensive live schedule of headline shows and festival appearances.

Toward The Low Sun is the product of the most ceaselessly creative period of the band’s career. In the 6 year’s since the release of their previous album “Cinder”, Jim White, Mick Turner and Warren Ellis have been relentlessly creating music in different permutations and locations around the globe. The artists they have performed and recorded with is testament to the high regard in which they are held. Warren resides in Paris, though is regularly to be found touring with the Bad Seeds and Grinderman or working with Nick Cave on soundtracks for such films as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Proposition and The Road. Jim is based out of Brooklyn but endlessly tours the world, recording and/or performing with Cat Power, Bonnie Prince Billy, Nina Nastasia and PJ Harvey, whilst Mick lives in Melbourne where he has developed a fine reputation as a visual artist and released the Blue Trees album alongside the occasional Tren Brothers release.

However, even amidst this frantic activity and incessant creativity a return to the mothership was inevitable. “Toward the Low Sun” is a cacophonyic explosion of influences and attitude that has the energy and urgency of a first release. There is an energy and a raw excitement evident from the first electrifying opening moments through to the album’s finale. In Warren’s words, “Dirty Three has always been about the way we play together and feed off each other. We wanted this one to be a return to the more improvised and instinctive approach of the earlier recordings”. And indeed Toward The Low Sun sounds like a first ever recording, a punk avant-garde art-jazz record! And for all their incredible music of the past, the Dirty Three have never seemed more relevant. Live they remain a force unto themselves. Women faint and men weep openly.

Don’t shade your eyes… Look Toward the Low Sun and you will know once again the burn of the Dirty Three!

Fleet Foxes ‘The Shrine’ 12” out now

Way back in the spring Fleet Foxes visited the Maida Vale studios to record a session for Zane Lowe. The result? A wonderful rendition of much of ‘Helplessness Blues’ and from this ‘The Shrine/An Argument’ proved a real stand-out. So, a little while later, we decided to put this fine song on to wax. ‘The Shrine/An Argument’ comes with ‘Blue Spotted Tail’ (Live From BBC) and album opener ‘Montezuma’ and you can purchase this now over at the Bella Union store.

Watch Sean Pecknold’s animation film for the album track below:

The Shrine / An Argument from Sean Pecknold on Vimeo.

Veronica Falls announce new shows for 2012

It has been quite the year for Veronica Falls, after releasing their self-titled debut in October the band featured in the top 10 of Rough Trade shops ‘albums of the year’ poll as well as featuring on the cover of both The Fly Magazine and Loud & Quiet. The band are set to continue such form in 2012 and have just announced a string of dates throughout Europe and UK. All details below…

5 – FEIERWERK, Munich tickets
6 – BRUT, Vienna tickets
7 – HAU 2, Berlin tickets
12 – Rotown, Rotterdam tickets
13 – Eurosonic, Gronigen tickets
14 – Ekko, Utrecht tickets
27 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich tickets
28 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds tickets
8 – Leaf, Liverpool tickets
9 – Deaf Institute, Manchester tickets
10 – Stereo, Glasgow tickets
11 – Stereo, York tickets
13 – Brighton, Haunt tickets
14 – Scala, London tickets
19 – AB, Brussels tickets
20 – Lagerhaus, Bremen tickets
21 – Molotow, Hamburg tickets
23 – KB18, Copenhagen tickets
25 – Henriksberg, Gothenberg tickets
26 – Bla, Oslo tickets
28 – Faust, Hannover tickets
29 – Melin, Stuttgart
30 – Plastic, Milan tickets
31 – Moon Club, Venice tickets
2 – Mascotte, Zurich tickets
3 – Les Sonic, Lyon tickets
4 – Les Trinitaires, Metz tickets
5 – La Fleche D’or, Paris tickets
31 – 2 June – Primavera, Barcelona tickets
7 – 10 – Primavera, Porto tickets

Vetiver in London

Having released their summery new album “The Errant Charm” back in June on Bella Union records, VETIVER will be bringing their sunny west-coast sounds to the UK in December… Andy Cabic and co have been supporting label-mates Fleet Foxes throughout Europe over the past few weeks and will end this tour in the UK with a headline show at The Dingwalls in London on Monday 5th December. Details below…

NEW Peter Broderick album announced for early 2012

Following numerous film scores and collaborative projects, PETER BRODERICK has at last completed the long-awaited follow-up to “Home”, his critically-acclaimed Bella Union debut. Entitled “”, and due for release 20th February 2012, the album is Peter’s finest and most complete work to date. Below are Peter word’s on the record…

“How do you feel about music downloading?” is a common question addressed to musicians and one that I have been asked several times in interviews. My response has always been that it doesn’t bother me. It is unavoidable. And in the best case someone who downloads an album and likes it might consider buying it at some point.

What does bother me about downloading is how most of the time the listener doesn’t have access to the artwork and/or text that comes along with a physical copy. Perhaps for many people this doesn’t even matter, but personally I have always felt a great satisfaction from having an image and some words by the artist to accompany and enhance the sounds.

So, was designed simply to be a place where all listeners, no matter what format they obtain the music in, can easily access all the lyrics and notes and visuals which are meant go along with the songs. And as a title, serves the music well by automatically becoming a link any time the album is written about. A link to the place where people can learn all about the album, directly from the source. A link that is the album. Or at least a link that will be the album, once it comes out, on February 20th 2012.

For those who read this and hear the music before that date, I am happy to tell you that was produced by Nils Frahm and is my first project on which the sonic timbre of the songs was treated equally as important as the music itself. I have been in awe of the sound on the many records coming out of Nils’ studio over the last couple years, so I thank him deeply for helping me to explore a richer, wider sonic landscape. Many of the songs on this album were made in dedication to someone or something in particular. There is a recollection of a romantic letter exchange from several years ago (A Tribute To Our Letter Writing Days), a song written by my father when he was 19, which I discovered on an old cassette tape in late 2008 (Blue), a remembrance of a friend who passed away in a kayaking accident, for which I enlisted anyone and everyone to submit recordings by sharing a commemorative text over the internet (Asleep), a celebration of a little-known artist who has inspired me greatly (Colin), and a dedication to a bird whose life I stole while driving alone in the countryside (Trespassing), among others.