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Tim Burgess unveils fresh cut “The Mall”

Tim Burgess is back with a further new single “The Mall”, a second taster of his forthcoming album I Love The New Sky.

“The Mall” arrives after last month’s lead single and album opener “Empathy For The Devil”Burgess says of his new single, “The mall is like a state of mind – everything and nothing is there. It induces a kind of torpor. Even the process of going between floors is assisted by moving staircases. Shop windows are hypnotic but you don’t have to take part in anything. Malls are a great leveller – class and status disappear. They are like a waking dream, an altered state. A kind of limbo. Plus they are handy if you need new shoes or a doughnut.”

I Love The New Sky marks a different chapter for Burgess, who wrote all 12 tracks on the album himself. He says, “In the past, I’ve written collaboratively. (2012’s) Oh No I Love You was written with Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner in Nashville, and then Same Language, Different Worlds was a collaboration with Peter Gordon who had worked extensively with Arthur Russell.”

Burgess adds that he wrote the tracks “in Norfolk, in the middle of the countryside, with the nearest shop eight miles away. There are no distractions, and I guess that way things happen. I wrote everything on acoustic guitar, and the chords were really considered. The guitar lines would lead the melody, and the melody would inform the lyrics – just dreaming away with music.”

Tim Burgess’ I Love The New Sky album lands via Bella Union Records on 22nd May,

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I Break Horses is the musical project led by Maria Lindén. From her Stockholm base, the Swedish artist delivered an extraordinary debut album in the shape of ‘Hearts’, released by Bella Union in August 2011. Having last week announced their return via the track ‘Death Engine’, today I Break Horses have unveiled a visually striking video for new single ‘I’ll Be The Death Of You’ from their upcoming third LP Warnings, released 8th May via Bella Union Records

There’s a certain thrill in putting a playlist of your favorite songs on shuffle and eagerly anticipating what comes up next. But as I grow older and less exciting, I’m finding that there’s also a certain thrill in listening to the same song repeatedly—a practice made particularly easy when the song is approximately five minutes long, generally hypnotic, and never really progresses at any point. “I’ll Be the Death of You” is this idyllic type of song in its purest form, comprised of lullaby vocals and flatlined synth beats upbeat enough to never get stale. The softcore homicidal lyrics are pretty cool, too.

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Brian Christinzio will release his new album as BC Camplight in April and has just shared a second single off the record. “People that are struggling in life, be it from a stress, loss, or mental illness, are more likely to behave in self-destructive ways,” says Brian of the intent behind this odd, moving orchestral track. “The idea of only drinking when you’re drunk is the notion that sometimes we hurt ourselves because we are hurting. The verses reflect the feelings some of us have when we are plodding through our everyday lives. The choruses are what happens when these feelings get the best of us.”

I went to some pretty scary places to conjure up this, my best album. It’d mean a whole lot to me if you welcomed it into your home today. Not only do the first 500 vinyl pre-orders get personally signed by me, but I will be picking 4 album pre-orders at random to award a prize of two passes to any BC Camplight non-festival show for all of 2020. It’s the least I can do for the best fans in the world. I mean, you saved my dog for crying out loud.

Anyway, this album is a hard look at mental illness, loss, and human spirit. It will love you back. So, order this bear and, with any luck, together we can make the Top 40 a less awful place.

Love, Brian

Taken from the album ‘Shortly After Takeoff’ by BC Camplight, released 24th April 2020 via Bella Union Records.

 

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I’m a big fan of the TV show Sex Education for a lot of reasons. Otis is a great character with lots of interesting but relatable issues. His high school seems completely insane, his friends, enemies, acquaintances are all good characters. But the first thing that got me hooked on the show was the fact that it featured so much music from singer songwriter Ezra Furman.

Ezra Furman has long been one of my favorites his live shows are a great experience. Who better to set the musical tone than someone who writes so eloquently about the obstacles facing down those in the LGBTQI community. So much of the conversation around sex has changed in the last couple of decades, and it’s nice to see a show that covers all of it with respect and reverence.

In the last couple of weeks an album of music from the show was released by Ezra Furman, featuring some older songs and some written specifically for the show. The single, “Every Feeling,” got a new video released .

The song is a great introduction to his work. If you’re not a fan already, check this one out and then move on to his other amazing albums that have come out over the last six or seven years. The Sex Education soundtrack gathers the original songs that Furman composed for the first series and the brand new second series, whilst adding tracks featured on the show that can be found on prior Furman albums such as Perpetual Motion People and Transangelic Exodus. Lining up alongside older cover versions of LCD Soundsystem’s I Can Change and Melanie’s The Good Book is a new rendition of Devil Or Angel, The Clovers’ doo-wop jewel from 1956. It all adds up to a bumper 19-track set of Furman’s trademark enthusiastic emotional catharsis.

Ezra Furman returns with the soundtrack of special songs written from season 1 and 2 of the hit Netflix TV show. The 19-track LP is released via Bella Union Records. When the makers of the hit Netflix series Sex Education told Ezra Furman, “We want you to be the Simon & Garfunkel to our The Graduate”, they clearly recognised a kindred spirit. Who better to articulate all that awkwardness and alienation than Furman? 

Thanks to Music Defined

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“You said, do I have hope and I said I don’t… but I do,” riddles Hazel Wilde on the Newcastle band’s fourth album. Surveying the gathering storm, here’s an end-of-the-world address that finds stirring beauty and defiance in humanity’s final acts. To mark the occasion of our album coming out today we are sharing another live session video. ‘Swimming Lessons’ was recorded and filmed live at Blast Studios in Newcastle.

While the songs are Lanterns On The Lake’s’ leanest yet, fusing dreamy pop melodies with Paul Gregory’s soaring post-rock guitar, it’s Wilde’s lyrics that quicken the pulse. On Swimming Lessons, she marvels at “Vincent’s starry night with the colour drained”.

 Blue Screen Beams laments mobile phone addiction, while lead single Every Atom is a potent shot of glorious romanticism.If we are sleepwalking towards apocalypse, Lanterns On The Lake are here to sing us out in style. “The waters are rising/ our leaders unhinged,” sighs Wilde in majestic 3/4 on Before They Excavate. “Let’s break out the good stuff and toast to the end.” .

The Spook Sessions: When It All Comes True Recorded live at Blast Studios, Newcastle Upon Tyne

When It All Comes True is taken from the album ‘Spook The Herd’ is now out in the world.

This album is an important one for us. We are extremely proud of it and we have been bowled over by the responses so far.Thanks, as always, for all the love and support you’ve given our music over the years. It means more than you could ever know. ‘Spook The Herd’ is available on lush 180g vinyl,

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Hazel Wilde, Paul Gregory, Ol Ketteringham, Bob Allan, Angela Chan

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Tim Burgess has announced that his fifth solo album I Love The New Sky” will be available from 22nd May via Bella Union Records, celebrating the news with the release of its new lead track Empathy For The DevilHe’s also revealed a whole slew of live shows to take place across the UK and US between March and July.

Solo artist, singer, label boss, DJ and author, Burgess hasn’t let his role as The Charlatans frontman define him. Each of the tracks on the new album are self-penned. On his writing process, Burgess said that most of the creative process took place “in Norfolk, in the middle of the countryside, with the nearest shop eight miles away. There are no distractions, and I guess that way things happen. I wrote everything on acoustic guitar, and the chords were really considered. The guitar lines would lead the melody, and the melody would inform the lyrics – just dreaming away with music.”

Burgess worked with Grumbling Fur’s Daniel O’Sullivan—whose solo albums came out on Burgess’ label, O Genesis—to arrange and produce the new album, as well as help record the bass, drums and piano for all twelve of the new tracks.

I Love The New Sky will be available from 22nd May via Bella Union Records.

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Like a lot of people, Ezra Furman has been alarmed by the “broken world,” as he calls it, that has emerged over the past few years. It shows in his music. Though the Oakland singer has long channeled his disaffection into his songs, he’s never done it with as much immediacy as on Twelve Nudes. Furman’s latest is the rapid-fire follow-up to his 2018 album, Transangelic Exodus, and in many ways, it’s the jagged flip-side. Though Transangelic Exodus was also a reaction to the regressive shitstorm swirling outward from Washington D.C., the album had a certain polish. By contrast, Twelve Nudes has a punk edge that is chaotic and raw, made in a hurry with a first-thought, best-thought sensibility that sprays psychic shrapnel in every direction. It’s also catchy as hell.

Though Twelve Nudes is certainly a political album, it’s rooted in Furman’s emotional reaction to politics, which makes these 11 songs more personal than polemical. It’s a brash come-on from a singer with enough confidence to say what’s on his mind, and the talent to express it in songs you want to listen to over and over. Twelve Nudes is loud, sometimes sarcastic, often pointed and invariably entertaining. The album is the work of an artist with a keen sense of his own capabilities, and it’s a fitting soundtrack to a world in turmoil.

‘Twelve Nudes’ by Ezra Furman, released 30th August 2019 via Bella Union

Penelope Isles have released a video for “Underwater Record Store”

Penelope Isles have released a video for “Underwater Record Store,” the track is off the UK band’s debut album “Until The Tide Creeps In”, out now via Bella Union Records. Led by brother and sister Jack and Lily Wolter, the band are about to embark on a American tour.  Additionally, Penelope Isles have launched Penny Isles TV, a new way for fans to keep up to date with the band while they are on the road.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the video, the band’s Jack Wolter had the following to say: “I came across this beautiful underwater footage of sea creatures while looking for visuals for our live show. It was made by some science school in San Francisco I think. I’m pretty sure it’s filmed in an aquarium, but made to look like it’s under the sea. The textures and colours feel really grainy and weird and move with the song perfectly. It was so much fun to make and was pretty nostalgic putting it together on an old train journey route I haven’t done in years; a six-hour trip to Cornwall along the coast line.

We were potentially going to work on video release with a ‘real life’ film maker we had been chatting with, but it felt right to do our last video for this record ourselves, just like all the others we put out. Finishing this chapter ‘in keeping’ with the other visuals we have released. We wanted to share the lyrics to the song within the video too, something we haven’t done before. Some parts and ideas were inspired by Deerhunter’s ‘Helicopter’ and Tweedy’s ‘I Know What It’s Like.”

Of the song itself, Lily Wolter says: “It was only a dream! Well a few combined actually… But the main one is from when I was a young girl. A great battle. Dad and I fought against a herd of great white sharks, that had infested a moat around a big sand castle, which I had proudly made. We won, of course. I have had the same dream a few times in my life, and since have added several quirks to the castle. One being an underwater record store.”

‘Underwater Record Store’ is taken from the debut album by Penelope Isles.

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Seven years after her Top 5 debut album, Ren Harvieu has announced news of her long-awaited new album ‘Revel In The Drama’, due for release 3rd April via Bella Union Records Includes the singles ‘Teenage Mascara’ and ‘Yes Please.’ 

Having earlier signalled her return via the track “Teenage Mascara”, which was both Lauren Laverne’s Track of the Day and Jo Whiley’s Single Of The Week, Ren Harvieu has today announced news of her long-awaited new album “Revel In The Drama”, due for release 3rd April via Bella Union . The album is a brilliant and bolder take on her timeless pop classicism, a compelling diary of a struggle with self-belief and a celebration of liberation and survival, seven years after her Top 5 debut album and having overcome a life-threatening injury. Think of Revel In The Drama as Harvieu’s second debut album; a new beginning. To celebrate the news Harvieu has shared a new track titled “Yes Please” which she describes as “A slow sensual dance of desire. I wanted to write about the art of seduction and the teasing power of being an unapologetic sexual being.”

Song written by Ren Harvieu and Romeo Stodart Taken from the album ‘Revel In The Drama’ by Ren Harvieu.

Patti Smith’s fascination with the work of poet Arthur Rimbaud is such that she once bought his reconstructed home in the small French town of Roche. On the second of her Perfect Vision triptych with field recording and soundscape specialists Soundwalk Collective, she is joined by Phillip Glass, Mulatu Astatke, and the Sufi Group of Sheikh Ibrahim. Exploring Rimbaud’s fascination with Ethiopia, levels of sonic and conceptual intricacy run deep here, and the record even features recordings made under the tree where Rimbaud photographed the shrine of Sheik Abadir Umar ar-Rida al Harari, the founder of the holy city Harar. While also featuring a Patti Smith poem on title track ‘Mummer Love’, it’s the process of second-hand reading which is central to the project. As Smith describes: “Because we are working with other people’s work, and not just reading it but channelling these people, they become a fourth mind. We are Rimbaud, you, I, and the work.

“We go as far as we can to honour their work”… Take two celebrated poets and add inspired music for a stunning listen. Soundwalk Collective With Patti Smith – Mummer Love,

Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith featuring Philip Glass and the Sufi group of Sheikh Ibrahim. Taken from ‘Mummer Love’, the second album in the Perfect Vision triptych collaboration between Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith. Released 8th November via Bella Union,


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