Happy Release Day To Nell & The Flaming Lips

To celebrate the release of Where the Viaduct Looms, out today via Bella Union, Nell & The Flaming Lips have shared a video for “No More Shall We Part”, their inspired and touching version of the Nick Cave classic. Where the Viaduct Looms comprises nine Nick Cave cover versions with vocals and instrumentation by 14-year-old Nell Smith and instrumentation and production by The Flaming Lips. The album was mastered by Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios. Nell and the Lips have previously shared videos for ‘Girl In Amber’ and ‘The Ship Song’.

This inspiring and heartwarming story begin when Smith, originally from Leeds (UK), moved to Canada and first met Wayne Coyne at the age of 12 at The Flaming Lips’ headline show at the Sled Island Festival, Calgary, in 2018 with her family. Nell had already attended several Lips shows and was a regular at the front of the stage, dressed in a parrot costume and screaming out the band’s songs. Coyne soon began to notice the kid in the parrot suit and sang a David Bowie cover directly to her at the show in Calgary, with Nell singing every word back.

A musical bond formed with Coyne staying in contact with Nell and her father Jude as she learned to play guitar, while their creative relationship began to flourish when she started to write her own songs.

When a planned trip to record with the band in Oklahoma had to be cancelled due to covid Coyne suggested Nell record some Nick Cave songs and email them to Oklahoma to be backed by the band. Coyne chose Nick Cave because Nell didn’t know him and wouldn’t have preconceived notions as to how to sing the songs.

Speaking about the collaboration, Coyne comments: “It’s always great to meet excited, young creative people. With Nell we could see she is on a journey and thought it would be fun to join her for a while and see if we could get things going. It was a great way to connect with her and help harness her cool attitude to making music.”

When asked about the experience, Nell comments: “I still can’t really believe it. It was a really steep learning curve but Wayne was so encouraging when I was struggling with a few of the songs that I kept going. I hadn’t heard of Nick Cave but Wayne suggested that we should start with an album of his cover versions, and then look at recording some of my own songs later. It was cool to listen and learn about Nick Cave and pick the songs we wanted to record.”

Nells goes on to say: “I’m so excited to see this turn into a real record release. I’m super happy to be working with Bella Union and really looking forward to everyone hearing the album.”

In a pleasing addition to the tale the great man himself has given his seal of approval to the collaboration. Alerted to the cover by a fan Nick Cave took to his website The Red Hand Files to write: “This version of ‘Girl in Amber’ is just lovely, I was going to say Nell Smith inhabits the song, but that’s wrong, rather she vacates the song, in a way that I could never do,” said Cave. “I always found it difficult to step away from this particular song and sing it with its necessary remove, just got so twisted up in the words, I guess. Nell shows a remarkable understanding of the song, a sense of dispassion that is both beautiful and chilling. I just love it. I’m a fan.”

John Grant announces “Beautiful Creatures” podcast

John Grant today announces exciting news of an upcoming three episode podcast made in conjunction with Storyglass. The series, John Grant’s Beautiful Creatures, will see Grant talk to guests including Hollywood actor Paul Rudd and musicians Kristin Hersh and Linda Thompson about the complexities, cruelties and meaningful distractions that life has to offer. Grant describes himself as a “curious child, still” and this is a podcast that lets listeners in on his discussions with some of Earth’s premier citizens, in all their glory. The episodes will be released weekly from Tuesday 30th November on all podcast platforms. 

Episode one will be released on 30th November and will feature Paul Rudd.

Episode two will be released 7th December and will feature Kristin Hersch.

Episode three will be released 14th December and will feature Linda Thompson.

Nell and The Flaming Lips announce “Where The Viaduct Looms”

Today, Nell & The Flaming Lips announce the release of Where the Viaduct Looms, out 26th November via Bella Union and available to preorder here. The LP comprises nine Nick Cave cover versions with vocals and instrumentation by 14-year-old Nell Smith and instrumentation and production by The Flaming Lips. The album was mastered by Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios. To mark the occasion Nell and the Lips have shared a video of their beguiling cover of “The Ship Song”. 

This inspiring and heartwarming story begin when Smith, originally from Leeds (UK), moved to Canada and first met Wayne Coyne at the age of 12 at The Flaming Lips’ headline show at the Sled Island Festival, Calgary, in 2018 with her family. Nell had already attended several Lips shows and was a regular at the front of the stage, dressed in a parrot costume and screaming out the band’s songs. Coyne soon began to notice the kid in the parrot suit and sang a David Bowie cover directly to her at the show in Calgary, with Nell singing every word back.

A musical bond formed with Coyne staying in contact with Nell and her father Jude as she learned to play guitar, while their creative relationship began to flourish when she started to write her own songs.

When a planned trip to record with the band in Oklahoma had to be cancelled due to covid Coyne suggested Nell record some Nick Cave songs and email them to Oklahoma to be backed by the band. Coyne chose Nick Cave because Nell didn’t know him and wouldn’t have preconceived notions as to how to sing the songs. The first track they recorded was a cover of “Girl In Amber”, the video of which Nell shared late last year.

Speaking about the collaboration, Coyne comments: “It’s always great to meet excited, young creative people. With Nell we could see she is on a journey and thought it would be fun to join her for a while and see if we could get things going. It was a great way to connect with her and help harness her cool attitude to making music.”

When asked about the experience, Nell comments: “I still can’t really believe it. It was a really steep learning curve but Wayne was so encouraging when I was struggling with a few of the songs that I kept going. I hadn’t heard of Nick Cave but Wayne suggested that we should start with an album of his cover versions, and then look at recording some of my own songs later. It was cool to listen and learn about Nick Cave and pick the songs we wanted to record.”

Nells goes on to say: “I’m so excited to see this turn into a real record release. I’m super happy to be working with Bella Union and really looking forward to everyone hearing the album.”

In a pleasing addition to the tale the great man himself has given his seal of approval to the collaboration. Alerted to the cover by a fan Nick Cave took to his website The Red Hand Files to write: “This version of ‘Girl in Amber’ is just lovely, I was going to say Nell Smith inhabits the song, but that’s wrong, rather she vacates the song, in a way that I could never do,” said Cave. “I always found it difficult to step away from this particular song and sing it with its necessary remove, just got so twisted up in the words, I guess. Nell shows a remarkable understanding of the song, a sense of dispassion that is both beautiful and chilling. I just love it. I’m a fan.”

Beach House Announce “Once Twice Melody”

Beach House release their eighth album, Once Twice Melody, on the 18th February 2022 through Bella Union. It will be the first album produced entirely by Beach House, and was recorded at Pachyderm studio in Cannon Falls, MN, United Studio in Los Angeles, CA, and Apple Orchard Studios in Baltimore, MD. For the first time, a live string ensemble was used, with arrangements by David Campbell. Once Twice Melody was mostly mixed by Alan Moulder with a few tracks were also mixed by Caesar Edmunds, Trevor Spencer, and Dave Fridmann.

Once Twice Melody features 18 tracks, and in the lead up to the physical release, will be presented in four chapters with lyric animations for each song.  The first 4-song chapter of Once Twice Melody will be available on all DSPs at midnight Eastern on November 10th.  The entire chapter and song release schedule will be as follows:

Chapter 1 on 10th November 2021

1. Once Twice Melody

2. Superstar

3. Pink Funeral

4. Through Me

Chapter 2 on 8th December 2021

5. Runaway

6. ESP

7. New Romance

8. Over and Over

Chapter 3 on 19th January 2022

9. Sunset

10. Only You Know

11. Another Go Around

12. Masquerade

13. Illusion of Forever

Chapter 4 (full album release) on 18th February 2022

14. Finale

15. The Bells

16. Hurts to Love

17. Many Nights

18. Modern Love Stories

All formats of Once Twice Melody are available for pre-order now from Bella Union (UK/Europe), Sub Pop, and Mistletone (Australia / New Zealand). The album will be available in the following formats:

  • Limited “GOLD” Edition 2xLP in a gold-embossed, hinged box on gold and clear vinyl with full-color booklet and 2 exclusive posters
  • “SILVER” Edition 2xLP in a silver embossed black sleeve, on classic black vinyl with double-sided exclusive poster
  • 2xCD with exclusive poster
  • 2xCassette
  • Digital

Beach House return to the UK and Europe in Spring 2022 as part of a full tour, including a night at London’s Brixton Academy on 26th May. Tickets are on sale HERE from Friday 19th November at 10am (local time) along with the full list of dates.

Introducing… C Duncan

Currently putting the finishing touches to a new studio album, due for release next year via Bella Union, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter C Duncan today shares a first track titled “Alluvium” from the LP. The track is a beguiling harpsichord-led reverie and serves as an inviting first taste of this highly-anticipated LP.

Commenting on the track Duncan says: “Alluvium is all about change, from the tiniest things to the largest. And it’s about surrendering to this, accepting these changes and moving forward.”

C Duncan will be performing in London next month as one of the artists at Bella Union’s Winter Wonderland concert at the Union Chapel alongside labelmates Deep Throat Choir and Laura Groves. Tickets available HERE.

Born in Glasgow to two classical musicians, Duncan played in school bands before studying music composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Swift attention followed when his debut album, Architect, banked a Mercury Music Prize nomination; its follow-up, The Midnight Sun, reached the shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year. A support slot on tour with Elbow then beckoned, after which Duncan recorded his third album, Health, at Elbow’s Salford studio with Craig Potter. Another entry on the shortlist for Scottish Album of the Year, Health came accompanied by duly effusive reviews. Throughout his career, Duncan has banked raves from The Guardian, MOJO, NME, Uncut and others, alongside much love from BBC Radio 6 Music.

Besides support slots with Belle & Sebastian and Elbow, Duncan has gone on to fill ever-bigger venues in his own name, including London’s Union Chapel and Scala. 2020 brought another career development in the shape of a collaboration with Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde for the Lost Horizons project. Their track ‘Circle’ is one of In Quiet Moment’s many highlights.

Behind the scenes changes have influenced his new recordings with a move to a home near the water in Helensburgh a couple of years ago proving instrumental. Here, Duncan worked on the album in his home studio, writing, recording and producing himself. “It’s a very inspiring place to work,” he says, “and I wanted to return to recording from home as it gives me time and space to develop songs without any outside pressure. I feel very comfortable working alone.”

Marissa Nadler shares “Lemon Queen” visuals

Following rave reviews for her new album The Path Of The Clouds, out now via Bella Union and Sacred Bones, Marissa Nadler today shares the video for “Lemon Queen” ahead of her New York City record release show at Le Poisson Rouge on November 14th. “‘Lemon Queen’ is the name of a sunflower variety that grows as tall as 8 feet, thriving in full sun,” says Nadler. “The sunflower points its head directly towards its life force, growing tall and upright. Perennial flowers and trees watch entire generations come and go, season after season, sometimes the only constant in a sea of change. To me there’s something very beautiful about that. This song isn’t about a sunflower, of course. It’s an extremely personal and first person narrative, and the Lemon Queen is there through it all.”

The “Lemon Queen” video was directed by Eden Tijerina, features Jessica Relinda Maas Venuat, and was filmed at a 15th century estate in Umbria, Italy. “When I thought of what I might contribute to one of Marissa’s songs, I recalled all the feelings she evoked when I was a troubled teen, playing songs of hers over and over on a battle-scarred iPod,” says Tijerina. “Music was a companion I could rely on, one that provided inspiration and encouragement I couldn’t find anywhere else, as well as a running chronicle to everything I did. Now, as an adult, I realize the depth of her artistry: her uncanny knack for reaching those tender, unexamined areas in your heart you can’t seem to locate. In making this video for Marissa, I wanted to recreate the spaces I used my favourite artists to access, a world like the ones I escaped to after school, watching music videos on a computer at the library, daydreaming that one day I could learn to express myself in such a fulfilling way.”

Acclaim for The Path Of The Clouds:

“Virtuoso songs… Exquisitely wrought tales of mystery and imagination.” MOJO – 4 stars ****

“A lyrical treasure trove… The biggest surprise is the richness of the sound. Nadler’s usually sparse, gothic folk style is emboldened by well-chosen collaborators 

from Simon Raymonde to Emma Ruth Rundle.” Uncut – 8/10

“The sense of an artist rising to her sky-scraping potential rings out clearly.” Record Collector – 4 stars ****

“Evocative and atmospheric… This lush self-produced record uses the murder ballad form to tell real and imagined tales of lust, death and revenge.” WIRE

“A fascinating album… as strong a set of songs as Nadler has confected.” Metro – 4 stars ****

“Highly atmospheric and conceptually intelligent, The Path of the Clouds is a worthy addition to Nadler’s impressively consistent catalogue.” Loud & Quiet

“The best album of her career… An artist at the peak of her powers.” Louder Than War

“…she seems to possess a near-classical sensitivity to the sound and shape of words; she’s playful and precise with her assonance, letting each vowel augment and curl over into the next line. The thrills of The Path of the Clouds are far richer than most true crime fiction, but like the best examples of the genre, it leaves you breathless.” Pitchfork

“To luxuriate in the spectral croon of Marissa Nadler is to step into a noirish world of mystery and glamour.” The New Yorker

“Since the early aughts, Marissa Nadler has made a chillingly beautiful kind of music, based on intricate folk-picked guitar and deeply personal.” Aquarium Drunkard


“Marissa Nadler has been a leader of dark, dreamlike folk music for over 15 years, she remains incredibly prolific, and just about everything she puts out is truly mesmerizing. The Path of the Clouds is no exception.” Brooklyn Vegan