Today at Bella Union we celebrate the release of Liela Moss’s covers EP ‘A Little Bit Of Rain’. The EP features cover versions of a number of rain–themed songs by the likes of Eurythmics, Ann Peebles, Scott Walker and The Cure.
Of the EP Liela says: “Maybe because I’m a bit neurotic about tidying, sorting and indexing things in my life, I thought that creating sets of cover versions would be a good thing to record this year. I began making lists and categorising things that are related in my mind but nobody else’s! I might do a collection about Weather, Elements, Utensils (watch out for that one) … stuff that is so everyday that we forget to stop and give it a kiss. Essentially I wanted a plaything for new ways of production. Making these covers has been a learning exercise and a way to pay homage to songs that haunted my childhood, including the title which waves a little hello to luscious Karen Dalton.”
Liela will be performing at The Great Escape inBrighton on Saturday 11th May at a night hosted by Bella Union with label mates Jambinai, Piroshka and Pom Poko amongst others. Further details will be announced soon.
Lielareleased her debut solo album My Name Is Safe in Your Mouth on Bella Union in November. Press quotes below:
“The Duke Spirit frontwoman swaps alt–rock for lush stateliness, with echoes of Kate Bush and Burt Bacharach, and lyrics to adore.” The Guardian – 4 Stars ****
“Evoking Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at their most avidly orchestral, Moss delivers a sumptuous set of glorious ballads that emphasise her expressiveness as a vocalist.” Uncut – 8/10
“Sumptuous… Steeped in piano, strings, bass and reverb, it’s intimacy on a grand scale… Moss has dug very deep to make the best record of her life.” MOJO – 4 stars ****
“There’s a lushness to the arrangements that help showcase her strong voice, and an abundance of winning choruses… A solidly impressive album.” Q
“Her vocal unfurls mesmerically across the ten tracks… An expansive and elemental reawakening.” Long Live Vinyl – 8/10
“A vibrant, urgent, biting return, one that confounds expectations while feeling utterly true to Liela Moss’ blueprint.” CLASH
“One of rock’s great (if under appreciated) voices.” Rolling Stone Magazine
“Grandly orchestrated a la Massive Attack, with Moss’ voice simultaneously shuddering and sultry.” Classic Pop
“An arresting album… Musical drama spills from the speakers.” The Arts Desk – 4 stars ****
A Little Bit Of Rain is out now on Bella Union.