Posts Tagged ‘Black Honey’

Leave it to the Brits to do American pulp fiction right. Black Honey’s debut video for “Hello Today” is a mini cinematic gem of three-and-a-half minutes.

Directed by Nadia Lee Cohen, “Hello Today” finds Black Honey’s frontwoman, Izzy B Phillips, living out her Quentin Tarantino fantasy—all the way down to the neon pastel orange nail polish. An unnerving human heart follows her around like an annoying shadow. Try as she might to get rid of it and set her sights on newer, fresher heights, the heart just won’t quit. “‘Hello Today’ is a Western set in Joshua Tree,” Phillips tells us . “It’s about a girl who is trying to put her demons behind her. She is followed by an omen that is symbolized by an ever-present human heart. The omen drives her to delirium, and in an attempt to escape her past, she drives into the desert to bury the heart before the sun sets.” You know, as one does.

As for the song, it’s big and the video does its boldness justice. If you’re hankering for some costume ideas, look to Phillips. Her Tarantino alter ego is as badass as they come—just like the song itself.

THE JAYHAWKS – PAGING MR PROUST

Produced by REM guitarist Peter Buck, Tucker Martine, and Gary Louris, this is the first Jayhawks album since 2011’s ‘Mockingbird Time’ and is a return to the lineup of the band that made ‘Rainy Day Music’ in 2003 – the core band of Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan, and Karen Grotberg. “It’s the start of a brand new adventure.” sings Gary Louris on ‘Quiet Corners and Empty Spaces’, the opening track on The Jayhawks‘ new album ‘Paging Mr. Proust’. The band formed in Minneapolis in 1985 and the album shows their commitment to adventure and forward motion which makes this collection of songs exciting and instantly memorable.
LP – Housed in Gatefold Sleeve with Download.
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John Doe – The Westerner CD/LP (Cool Rock)

John Doe calls his new album The Westerner his “psychedelic soul record from the Arizona desert.” The album features 10 new tracks from Doe with guest appearances from Chan Marshall of Cat Power, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Cindy Wasserman of Dead Rock West and Tom Brosseau. The Westerner was produced by Howe Gelb (Neko Case, M. Ward), Dave Way (Fiona Apple) and Doe. The album’s artwork was designed by Shepard Fairey and Aaron Huey to support Native American rights via a campaign called Protect The Sacred, with additional photography by Jim Herrington. Of the album Doe says, “The Westerner is dedicated to Michael Blake, author of many books, including Dances With Wolves, who was a scholar and advocate for Native American rights. He was also one of my best friends for over 30 years. Michael taught me how to ride horses (we knocked each other off them several times) and we taught each other about writing, music and art. Many of these songs are about him or use him as the main character. His presence has been with me throughout the making of the record. It’s a wild, spread-out, desert-like life that we’ve lived.”

SUN KIL MOON / JESU – SUN KIL MOON / JESU

‘Sun Kil Moon / Jesu’ is a collaborative studio album by American indie folk act Sun Kil Moon and British experimental act Jesu. The album also features guests Will Oldham aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, members of Low, Rachel Goswell of Slowdive and Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse.
2LP – Double LP with wide spine sleeve and a copy of the album on CD.

KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD – NONAGON INFINITY

Recording, releasing and touring a couple of albums in 18 months is beyond the realms of comprehensibility for most bands, but then King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard aren’t ‘most bands’. Forget a couple of albums, Friday April 29th 2016 marks the release of ‘Nonagon Infinity’, their fourth long-player for Heavenly Recordings in a little under a year and a half. Workshy they ain’t! After the acid-flecked cosmic jazz of ‘Quarters’ and the hazy, pastoral, acoustic bliss of ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon’, with ‘Nonagon Infinity’ the Gizzard once again dive head-long into the gonzo freak-beat frenzy that mark both their Heavenly debut ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’, and their perpetually in motion, double-drummer propelled live show. Recorded by Wayne Gordon, Paul Maybury, Michael Badger and Stu Mackenzie at Daptone Studios in Brooklyn, in keeping with their indefatigable spirit the 9 track album may be the world’s first infinitely looping LP. Each of the nine, complex, blistering tracks on ‘Nonagon Infinity’ seamlessly flows into the next, with the final song linking straight back into the top of the opener like a sonic mobius strip.
LP – Black Vinyl in Gatefold Sleeve with Download.

Black Honey - Headspin EP 10"

BLACK HONEY  –  Headspin 10″ Vinyl

Tracklisting:

Side A
1. All My Pride
2. Headspin

Side B
1. On Your Time
2. Mocking Swing

THE BARR BROTHERS – ALTA FALLS

Limited Red Vinyl 10″. The Barr Brothers release a new EP called ‘Alta Falls’. The 5 songs on this record are some of their favourite misfits from the ‘Sleeping Operator’ sessions. The cover art is by their elusive friend Madame Gilles, whose posters have been anonymously gracing the telephone poles of Montreal for years.

THE LIMINANAS – MALAMORE

Working in the sweetly swinging tradition of Serge Gainsbourg and the ye-ye sound of the ’60s, the Liminanas have a sound that blends sunny psychedelia with vintage pop. Based out of Perpignan, France, the group is composed of drummer and sometime vocalist Marie Liminana and bassist, organist, and jack-of-all-trades Lionel Liminana, as well as a host of guest vocalists including MU. With its combination of fuzzy organ, half-spoken / half-sung vocals, and vintage production, the band captures the sexy, ultra-hip sound of classic French pop. After releasing a series of singles, the duo released its self-titled debut in 2010 through the Chicago label Trouble in Mind. The band continued to crank out singles, and a second album, ‘Crystal Anis’, followed in the summer of 2012. After taking some time to revamp the Liminanas‘ sound to introduce more elements of French and Italian soundtrack music, the duo returned quickly with its third album for Trouble in Mind. ‘Costa Blanca’ was issued in late 2013. The band are now back with a new release ‘Malamore’
.LP – Housed in gatefold sleeve with CD Version.

LUH  – SPIRITUAL SONGS FOR LOVERS TO SING

Rough Trade Exclusive with a Bonus Six Track CD ‘Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing – Prologue’. LUH (which stands for Lost Under Heaven) is Ellery Roberts and Ebony Hoorn. Over the past two years, they have been releasing music, art, photography, film and manifestos into the world, including 2014’s ‘Unites’ video and the expansive ‘Lost Under Heaven’ music and artwork package at the end of last year. Ellery’s name might be familiar as the frontman of WU LYF, whose raw and primal voice helped create a sound that shaped a new model for the untamed fury of youth. Ebony is an audio-visual artist based in Amsterdam, where the pair now live, and co-directed the new video with Florian Joahn. ‘Spiritual Songs For Lovers To Sing’ is the pair’s debut album and was produced by The Haxan Cloak (known for his own genre-bending experimental compositions and work on Bjork’s Vulnicura album) in 2015 on the remote island of Osea.
LP+ – Rough Trade Exclusive Vinyl – Limited to 350 Copies with a Lyric Booklet. Double vinyl (AB white vinyl / CD black vinyl), packaged in separate sleeves with an A2 newsprint style poster and encased in a printed PVC outer sleeve. Comes with Bonus CD and Download. Also comes with 3 limited edition prints.
2LP – Double vinyl (AB white vinyl / CD black vinyl), packaged in separate sleeves with an A2 newsprint style poster and encased in a printed PVC outer sleeve. Comes with Bonus CD and Download.
LP – Double vinyl (AB white vinyl / CD black vinyl), packaged in separate sleeves with an A2 newsprint style poster and encased in a printed PVC outer sleeve. The Indie Retail Vinyl includes 3 limited edition prints. Comes with Bonus CD and Download.
CD – Comes with Bonus CD.

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Black Honey have capped off the week in style by unveiling their excellent new single ‘Corrine’.

Twinning Western-spiked guitars and femme fatale vocals, Black Honey are Brighton’s brightest hopes for 2016. While singer Izzy B Phillips’ stage presence has led to lazy comparisons to Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell, in reality she’s a different beast altogether, obsessed with Nancy Sinatra, Debbie Harry and Lana Del Rey.
The Brighton quartet, have had quite an elusive existence to date, which included selling their early double-a-side single, ‘Madonna’ on Ebay themselves – but after a couple of spins of their hook-heavy new single ‘Corrine’ – the feeling is it has all the hallmarks to catapult them deservedly into the spotlight.

 

BLACK HONEY - Live At Leeds 2015

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Brighton’s Black Honey are setting themselves up to be music’s newest myth-makers. Last year, with no information online about the band, they posted their second demo ‘Teenager’ along with a phone number, encouraging the curious-minded to drop them a text. Recently, they sold initial physical copies of their single ‘Madonna’ on eBay, with bidding reaching up to £20 a piece. Catch the band at various festivals this summer,

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Live At Leeds (May 2)
Live At Glasgow (3)
Brighton The Great Escape (14-16)
Wrexham Focus Wales Festival (25)
Wychwood Festival (30)
Croatia Rocks Festival (July 22)
Secret Garden Party Festival (24)
Y Not Festival (31)
Standon Calling Festival (August 1)
Kendal Calling Festival (2)

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We’ve been waiting for this one for a while to be honest, our excitement heightened after catching Black Honey live a couple of times earlier in the year. supporting various bands,  ‘Spinning Wheel’ was the bands set opener and the slow seductive one minute Nancy Sinatra style intro holds your ears captive prior to  singer Izzy Bee letting loose a demented banshee shriek that signals a dramatic change in change in tempo as the band conjure up a mesmerising mix of guitar driven pop fused with cinematic Tarantino-style surf rock.  There’s even the addition of a ghostly Mariachi band somewhere in the background on a tune that pretty much ticks all our musical boxes.

‘Spinning Wheel’ forms a double A-side alongside previously streamed track ‘Madonna’ and is released via Duly Noted Records.  The first five copies of this CD were originally only available on e-bay and where going for silly money

BLACK HONEY

Brighton’s Black Honey are setting themselves up to be music’s newest myth-makers. Last year, with no information online about the band, they posted their second demo ‘Teenager’ along with a phone number, encouraging the curious-minded to drop them a text. Recently, they sold initial physical copies of their single ‘Madonna’ on eBay, with bidding reaching up to £20 a piece. ‘Spinning Wheel’ is the double A-side on that release, and it finds front woman Izzy B Phillips starting things off elegantly with her best Nancy Sinatra impression. “Love is just a spinning wheel, turning like the tumbleweed/Burning in the cobwebs of my heart,” she sighs before kicking things up several gears in a fit of screams and searing spaghetti western guitars. It’s a heart-racing bolt of brilliance; the perfect mix of sad, cinematic sophistication and wild-eyed energy that will have you craving more, try to seek them out they are playing a handful of festival appearances across the summer.

BLACK HONEY

Brighton’s Black Honey aren’t really ones to do your normal run of the mill release. Releasing a new single via iTunes or Bandcamp, and other media seems just a little too obvious . Their last release, a superb four track EP could only be bought at live shows and now their latest single a double A side via Duly Noted Records featuring new tunes ‘Madonna’ and the surf infused ‘Spinning Wheel’ . This will also include exclusive Polaroids and means international fans can for the first time, get their hands on a physical copy, whilst UK fans can pre-order the CD ahead of the bands live shows. ‘Madonna’ is another example of Black Honey’s burgeoning talent which along with the likes of Wolf Alice is breathing fresh life into guitar music .

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Black Honey from Brighton are a band that could be massive their sound has a superb feel to it, recommend tracks “Teenager” and this one “Sleep Forever”

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Another Demo from this promising new band Black Honey, Brighton based band have three songs available on Soundcloud to date, surf rock guitars, American sounding rock’n’roll as its best

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Lazy with awesome reverb guitars and a haunting vocal and a song that you want to keep on playing,