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Jessica Lea Mayfield is taking back her life. “Sorry Is Gone,” is the title track to her next album, a song of empowerment that finds the singer moving past a difficult period in her life. “I spent the majority of my life around people who treated me like I wasn’t important,” she says in an email, “leaving me with the feeling of needing to constantly apologize. This song represents my last apology, an apology for no longer being sorry.”

Jessica Lea Mayfield wrote “Sorry Is Gone” while separating from her husband and co-producer. Despite the weight of that, the song feels breezy, flowing and freeing. A new video for the track shows Jessica Lea Mayfield driving away, singing about leaving a space where she feels she doesn’t belong. There’s a game of musical chairs that takes place in a barren landscape while she contemplates being alone.

Sorry Is Gone is Jessica Lea Mayfield’s followup to her 2014 album Make My Head Singwhich was co-produced with her husband. It was her heaviest sounding record, at times a nod to grunge and her musical hero Dave Grohl. Sorry Is Gone was produced by John Agnello who’s mixed records by Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and Kurt Vile. Seth Avett plays keys and backing vocals. He and Jessica Lea Mayfield did a record of Elliott Smith covers together a couple of years ago.

“Sorry Is Gone” is the title track of Jessica Lea Mayfield’s upcoming album “Sorry Is Gone”, out September 29th.

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First single from Shannon Lay’s new record out September 2017.

“Debut release on Kevin Morby’s new imprint with Woodsist Records. Shannon Lay’s “Living Water” is an instant classic. Recorded by Emmet Kelly (Cairo Gang, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ty Segall) in his Los Angeles home studio, this is an album where you can hear the room reacting to the music taking shape around it. Shannon has a voice that transcends time and space. You can’t tell if she’s old or new, if she’s sitting next to you, on a mountain top, or down in some canyon. Already her second LP to be released in 2017, Shannon is a prolific songwriter, one who lives and breaths melody and with guitar skills to boot. Despite it’s 14 tracks, Living Water comes in well under 40 minutes, but like Pink Moon or Just Another Diamond Day before it, this is music so potent it exists outside the realms of time – but in a world specific only to itself and the new feelings it creates.

Shannon has been dominating the local scene in Los Angeles over the past two years, leaving everyone who witnesses completely breathless. Having just finished a tour with Ty Segall, Shannon is set to support Kevin Morby on a national tour this fall.”

Shannon Lay is the first signing to Morbys new label , She is ludicrously talented Los Angeleno, Shannon Lay will release her new LP, Living Water, on Kevin’s Mare imprint later this year.

Ahead of that release Shannon has shared the first taster, new single, The Moon’s Detriment. The track is a beautifully restrained piece of songwriting, recalling the likes of Nick Drake or Vashti Bunyan, you’re drawn into every scratchy guitar string, every warm pulse of double bass, and every wave of monumentally sad sounding cello. Shannon’s voice seems to almost be set a little too quietly in the mix, Kevin Morby states, “the first time I saw Shannon my heart was broken into a million pieces”, he’s entirely correct, this is a single so beautifully sad .

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Living Water is out September 22nd via Mare/Woodsist.

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All of Anna Pancaldi’s releases have now charted in the top ten of the iTunes singer songwriter charts following her third release of brand new EP, ‘Sweet Charity’.

Recently off tour in Europe supporting Jake Isaac, Anna just completed her first US tour playing NYC, Nashville and LA also performing live in CBS LA TV. Influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley and Carol King. Anna’s haunting, deep and mature vocals alongside her thought provoking and raw music promise to leave audiences as someone to remember.

Anna also launched her own line of gin called ‘Joe’s Gin’ made by Mason’s, an elderflower infusion inspired by her brother who used to make them elderflower cordial as children. Mason’s gin is sold in the likes of Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

“Really polished…She doesn’t need our help, we need her.” Dermot O’leary Radio 2

“The sweet, soulful voice of Anna Pancaldi shines through from the pack” Record Of The Day

“And Promise We’ll Never Grow Old gives us a tantalising glimpse into just what she can do – it’s a wonderful, cinematic ballad which calls to mind a slightly folkier version of Ren Harvieu, all topped off by Anna’s stunning vocals.” BBC 6 music, Fresh Faves

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Anna Pancaldi has long been in possession of a voice that reaches for emotional highs and swoops into emotional lows with an equal intensity…. the raw beauty of that voice shines through like never before.

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Noah and the Whale’s 2009 concept album The First Days of Spring is easily among my favourite releases of the last 10 years. Its sprawling dissection of front man Charlie Fink’s break up with Singer Songwriter Laura Marling is a true masterpiece. So when after a long period Charlie Fink’s promo around his new solo album Cover My Tracks likened it as an unofficial sequel to The First Days of Spring I was more than a little skeptical, especially given the Springsteen-light pop direction Noah and the Whale took in its final years. But the truth is that Cover My Tracks delivers. It still doesn’t hold a candle to The First Days of Spring but songwriter Charlie Fink has captured some of his early magic with his solo album. The release is another concept album (which also comes accompanied by a play written by David Greig) and it deserves to be listened to from start to finish.

 

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All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Sydney musical talent – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts & Georgia Mooney – all beautiful performers in their own right, here combining in four-part folk heaven. 

On mandolin, ukulele, accordion and guitar, All Our Exes Live in Texas deliver tunes that are clearly crafted with taste, care and skill in the context of a spontaneous, playful and utterly charming live show. With four songwriters and four unique voices, All Our Exes Live in Texas make music that is refreshingly different, drawing influence from traditional four-part harmony to create a brand new type of modern folk. Fair warning: You’ll need your charisma sunnies or you’ll walk out of the building a little bit in love.


Watching All Our Exes Live In Texas transform from a one-off coming together of Sydney singer-songwriters a few years ago to the musical powerhouse they are today has been just a joy. When their debut album “When We Fall” dropped this year fans were rewarded with some fine fine songwriting, pitch perfect production and a true celebration of the four part harmony. Despite the disparate styles of each member’s solo work, When We Fall is a beautiful, cohesive album that demands to be listened to over and over again.

Band Members
Elana Stone: Vocals, Accordion
Katie Wighton: Vocals, Guitar
Hannah Crofts: Vocals, Ukelele
Georgia Mooney: Vocals, Mandolin

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“Blake Babies-era, Juliana Hatfieldian notes afloat over fast and loose down strummed Weddingesesque rifferama. The first song to be plucked from their new album Portion Control – ‘Melted Wires’ is a buzzing and propulsive track of guitar-driven music. The band keeps things tight, reigned in but precise in execution. The Sydney four-piece (which features members of Day Ravies) is kicking off the roll out of the album in a suitably catchy style – this track is an ear-worm, as in it’s really good even when replaying in your head for the umpteenth time

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Lani Crooks. Nick Webb. Chris Anstis. Sam Wilkinson. Iconic guitar-pop megastars, Sydney.

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With their last Like A Version cover being a Sheryl Crow number, it’s not a shock that HAIM have brought a Shania Twain classic back into the triple j studio with them for their latest effort.

“It’s hard to cover Shania, she is a queen,” the trio say, but proceed to make it look easy with their stripped-back take of lush keys and soul-piercing guitar licks, clearly having fun with the lyrics.

It’s not the transformative take we usually hope for from a Like A Version number, coming off more as a light remix considering how on-point the vocal take is, but it’s hard to argue with such a great live version of a stone-cold classic. Like A Version is a segment on Australian radio station triple j. Every Friday morning a musician or band comes into the studio to play one of their own songs and a cover of a song they love.

We want Haim back after they delivered a stunning live performance of ‘Want You Back’ in triple j’s Like A Version studio.

BMG Records adds two more expanded titles to its collection of Emerson, Lake and Palmer reissues.  Black Moon, on 2 CDs, has the remastered, original 1992 album on Disc One with four bonus single edits, while the second disc has a remastered version of Live at the Royal Albert Hall.  1994’s In the Hot Seat, the trio’s final album, adds three bonus tracks to its remaster on Disc One, and Disc Two presents a dozen live performances originally issued on 1998’s Then and Now.  Both albums are available, sans bonus tracks, in 140-gram vinyl editions.

This double CD comprises all ten tracks from the ‘Black Moon’ album, remastered from the original tapes. These are featured on CD Disc 1 together with four bonus items, edited single versions of the songs ‘Black Moon,’ ‘Affairs Of The Heart,’ ‘Paper Blood’ and Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo And Juliet’. ‘Black Moon’ was ELP’s first studio album since 1978’s ‘Love Beach’ and marked the reunion of the three original members after a 14-year hiatus. First released in May 1992, it was produced by Mark Mancina and engineered by Steve Kempster, who achieved a powerful, updated sound. The title track was inspired by TV images of oil fields set ablaze in 1991 during the first Gulf War. Greg Lake recalls in the liner notes: “It really was a well-made, well-conceived record and all the new material was specifically written for the album”. During a British tour, ELP played two concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall, on October 2nd and 3rd 1992, introduced by BBC Radio DJ Alan Freeman. The shows were expertly recorded and released as ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ in January 1993. A re-mastered version of the album is heard in its entirety on Disc 2 presenting dynamic ELP classics ‘Karn Evil No.9 1st Impression,’ ‘Tarkus,’ ‘Knife Edge,’ ‘Lucky Man’ and ‘Pirates.’ A grand finale medley includes old favourites ‘Fanfare For The Common Man,’ ‘America’ and ‘Rondo.’

This July, Universal will issue “Before During After – The Story of 10cc”a new 10cc four-CD box set curated with input from the band to “detail each and every chapter of their musical story”. The box features the band together and apart and therefore features work from artists like Paul McCartney, the Art of Noise, Wax and Godley and Creme.

CD one is basically a 10cc ‘best of’ while the second disc is dubbed ‘What We Did Next‘ and here’s where it gets interesting. Eric Stewart co-wrote six songs on Paul McCartney‘s 1986 album Press To Play and one of these tracks, Pretty Little Head, is included on disc two. However, it’s the single mix that features here, which was radically remixed by Larry Alexander for the seven-inch single. This version has never been issued on CD, so this is a genuine rarity.

The other two discs are ‘And Friends‘ which features collaborations and production work, while the final CD ‘Before 10cc – The Early Years‘ which has work from early beat group The Mindbenders which featured Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman and Hotlegs which was an early incarnation of 10cc.

Before During After – The Story of 10cc is released on 28 July 2017. A two-CD edition called ‘During After’ will featured the first two discs in the box.

Two CD set. Eric Stewart is most known for his tenure with the Mindbenders in the 1960s, and 10cc from 1972 to 1995. In 1968, he became a co-owner of Strawberry Studios in Stockport, where he developed skills as a recording engineer and record producer. His involvement in Strawberry was instrumental in the eventual formation of 10cc. Stewart has collaborated with Paul McCartney on three of his albums recorded between 1982 and 1986. He has also recorded three solo albums and released Viva La Difference in 2009. This compilation brings together tracks from all his solo albums and some tracks from his period in 10cc for the first time. Compiled and co-mastered by Eric, these two discs showcase the talents of one of the UK’s best producers and writers. Some of these tracks are available on CD for the first time.

The Waterboys have announced details of a new double album, “Out Of All This Blue”.

Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo , Out Of All This Blue will be available on Double CD and Double Vinyl, plus Deluxe Triple CD (including Bonus Tracks) and Deluxe Triple Vinyl (including Bonus Tracks) and Digital. “Out Of All This Blue” contains 23 songs. String and brass sections were arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard of The Spacebomb Collective.

Out Of All This Blue is The Waterboys most exploratory recording yet, comprising 23 songs with Mike Scott’s trademark sharp lyrics set to pop music with echoes of classic R&B, country, soul and funk and underpinned by modern hiphop production values and rhythms. String & brass sections were arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard of The Spacebomb Collective. Mike Scott says of the record: “Out Of All This Blue is 2/3 love and romance, 1/3 stories and observations. I knew from the beginning I wanted to make a double album, and lucky for me – and I hope the listener – the songs just kept coming, and in pop colours.”

The Waterboys – Out Of All This Blue It’s due on September 8th their first for new label, BMG Records.

 

The Waterboys will be playing a few festivals this summer and will undertake a short UK Tour in October.