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Lucy Rose announces UK headline tour for November

“Something’s Changing” is released on the 7th July through Communion Records. The album will be accompanied by a stunning short documentary, acting as a fly-on- the-wall account of Lucy’s debut tour of Latin America last year.  The trip, organised independently by Lucy with the help of her Latin American fans, became a huge inspiration for the record and the film is an intimate account of how it all came together.

The Documentary will act as Lucy’s support act for the Worldwide Cinema Tour. With a new partnership with Communion Records and an exciting new band for touring, Lucy Rose is as revitalised as it gets. This year for some dates she’ll tour alongside the documentary, returning to Latin America first and then India, Europe, the US and Asia. Her heart and soul stuffed backpack is going to see a lot more airports. And if “Something’s Changing” does the job it should do, she’ll finally get the recognition she deserves as one of the UK’s best songwriters, and a true believer in the power of music.

Lucy Rose has announced a pretty extensive headline tour that includes the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London. The tour comes in support of her latest album, Something’s Changing, which was released last week via Communion Records.

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Residing out of Honchurch, Essex from a family with both a strong pugilist history (his father an ABA champion) and musical heritage (his grandfather was a jazz guitarist with the BBC), Joseph J. Jones sings beautifully emotive songs that open up a window into his life.

Recently signed to Communion and citing main influences as, Johnny Cash, Kanye West and West Ham United; Joseph J. Jones has spent the last year collaborating with writer / producer Richard Frenneaux. Uncompromising and gifted with an incredible voice, JJ.J’s work is both intimate and soulful.

After releasing his debut EP, Hurricane , Joseph J. Jones teamed up with Kove for his release “All Or Nothing” Check out JJJ’s most recent single “Gospel Truth” .

This is the live music video for “Greenwoods Bethlehem” by Bear’s Den filmed at multiple venues since the release of Red Earth & Pouring Rain. The release of our second album, Red Earth & Pouring Rain, we’ve been lucky enough to tour all over the world playing so many shows and meeting so many of you. In case you missed it, we’ve released our new video for Greenwoods Bethlehem using footage filmed at some of these shows in different venues and countries. Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way, we couldn’t do it without you!

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When an artist has been away for a prolonged period of time, their return is often marked by a bounding jubilance; as if, by leaping back in to the frame limbs flailing, wild smile flailing, you won’t be able to avoid the re-arrival, even if you desire such a thing. Lucy Rose’s return is not that. Released today, “Floral Dresses” is a striking moment of clarity, but it achieves such a thing with a sense of fragility that feels all the more rewarding. Preceding a “new album project”, the track is her first for the Communion label, and also features delicate vocal adornments from The Staves.

Stripped-back and largely unadorned, the track is shaped by a sadness that can’t easily be placed, the intonations, and the spaces surrounding Rose’s words, as meaningful an pertinent than those spoken aloud. “When I wrote Floral Dresses it really reminded me about who I was, and I always think that some of the best songs are the ones which can stand on their own with just one instrument,” Rose says of the track, and such sentiments flourish under the stark spotlight of the track; a quiet, emotive strum with a poignancy that will sit for days.

The annual West London one-day festival returns to Shepherd’s Bush on Saturday June 10th.

Curated by Communion Presents, among the first line-up names announced today are headliners The Staves, joined by Aine Cahil, Basia Bulat, FOURS, Gordi, Jade Bird, Krusoe, Liv Dawson, Palace Winter, and Ten Tonnes. More to be announced over the next month’s.

Last year’s event saw the likes of Shura, VANT, The Big Moon, Bear’s Den, Shells, Seramic, Rationale, Dan Croll, and Charlie Cunningham play to capacity crowds around various venues.

Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets for Bushstock 2017 are already sold out. Tier 1 tickets, priced at £30.00, are on sale now here.

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Now firmly established as one of London’s finest one-day festivals, the Communion Records-run Bushstock once again descends on Shepherd’s Bush. The festival typically has a strong dedication to new music, much like the mid-noughties clubnights that spawned the Communion brand, previously featuring on-the-rise acts such as Bastille and Daughter before they hit big. We’ve highlighted a few of our choice bands from the 2017 line up below:

Rukhsana Merrise @ The Courtyard (14.00)
Both one of Communion and West London’s own, this soulful singer-songwriter could be the perfect start to your Bushstock. Although we’d certainly suggest catching the festival’s first act of the day, Mirror Fury, if you can.

Avante Black @ Defector’s Weld (14.30)
The melodic-meets-scuzz of ‘Imaginary Love’ provided one of our favourite tracks of 2015, and Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten‘s outfit has continued to make waves subsequently. They’ve most recently worked with former Clor man turned producer Luke Smith (Foals, Crystal Fighters) and we’re excited to see what they can offer in the live environment.

Mosa Wild @ The Courtyard (15.00)
This new outfit have only unleashed one song thus far, making them more of a “mosawildcard” option here, amiright? Moving swiftly on…while their material is scant, it is of sufficiently high quality to warrant a mention, successfully channeling the might of The National.

Gordi @ St Stephen’s Church (17.00)
Shades of Imogen Heap (and therefore Jason DeRulo to some extent) permeate through Sydney musician Gordi‘s delectable offerings. Bon Iver is another strong influence, as demonstrated by the above cover of ‘0000 Million’, and expect plenty more emotive and delightful efforts.

Arlissa @ Bush Hall (18.00)
Arlissa‘s head-turning vocals saw her procure collaborations with Nas and Crystal Fighters, as well as make it onto the BBC Sound of 2013 longlist. She’s still belting them out and will be kicking off the Bush Hall strand of Bushstock in undoubtedly imperious fashion. However, if Arlissa isn’t your bag, then the hypnotic Siren-esque Tender Central might be up your street, also playing at 6pm but at the Traid venue.

Outlya @ Defector’s Weld (18.45)
Port Isla played Bushstock in 2015 and it’s pleasing to see their latest incarnation have the opportunity to showcase their new material in the intimate pub surroundings of the Defector’s Weld. Their piano-led pop anthems have a mainstream appeal that could see the band return again in future, but as headliners.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich @ St Stephen’s Church (20.00)
We can imagine few better settings for Benjamin Francis Leftwich‘s acoustic songwriting than the iconic St Stephen’s Church. His earnest, tender tracks lend comparison to Passenger, and hopefully a similar level of success will follow in the near future.

The Staves @ St Stephen’s Church (21.20)
Arguably the festival’s biggest act, these three sisters offer wonderfully soaring harmonies, embodying the folk sound that has typified the heart of Bushstock across the years. Their 2015 Bon Iver/Justin Vernon produced second album should see a follow-up shortly, but for now, we’ll have to tide ourselves over with this headline slot.

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I love Matthew Hegarty’s voice. “Elijah” is probably the most stripped back , acoustic track on Matthew and the Atlas’ latest album “Temple” and is easily perhaps my favourite track on the album as well. I love the finger-picked guitar over the swelling piano and orchestral elements and the subtle backing vocals. But most of all I do love Matt Hegarty’s voice .

This is an exceptionally fine new album from Matthew Hegarty (his last 2014 release ‘Other Rivers’ was a winner too!) It looks/sounds like there might be something a bit conceptual going on here, what with the mysterious artwork and all but metaphysical intentions aside this is really terrific album. The artwork for Temple is a painting named – “Site of Special Interest” – by the British artist, Ben Risk, who was subsequently commissioned to create new paintings that will form artwork for later singles from the album. Says Hegarty, “The image is of an old hunting lodge in the Scottish highlands, vividly splashed with red on a barren landscape and I loved how that worked with the title of the album ‘Temple’.”

There are eleven songs in the set and Mr Hegarty sings them all solidly and reliably. He has the kind of voice which very haunting the song ‘On A Midnight Street’ before considering anything else; not because it’s the only decidedly uptempo number in the collection but because it the type of song that lifted my soul.
There is a spirit of Bruce Springsteen in the work,the melody and chugga-chugg rhythm but that association aside it’s the purity and honesty of the thing which makes me love it even more.

Matthew Hegarty (aka Matthew And The Atlas) is a British songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and was the first artist to be signed to the Communion label. Another week, and another stunning acoustic track from Matthew and The Atlas. This time around it’s ‘Gutter Heart’ offering a much more personal insight into the work of Matthew and The Atlas. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for an acoustic track from the album ‘Temple’ being released every two weeks. Underpinned by a subtle breeze of electronica, Matthew Hegarty spills his oak-aged vocal over every expertly-crafted inch of the track.

The warm, lush, atmospheric songwriting of Matthew & The Atlas isn’t something easily shrugged off.

New album ‘Temple’ is an emotive affair, with the sharp, crisp, defined production.

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Andy Shauf is a name you might not be familiar with, but we urge you to discover. Andy is a storyteller, a singer of heartbreak and regrets, isolation and loneliness, reflecting his prairie surroundings in Canada.

Shauf is a singer-songwriter from Regina, Canada, who released his second album, The Bearer of Bad News, at the start of this year. His performance at Harpa, Icelandic Airwaves one of my favourite shows of the weekend – his voice carries shades of Elliott Smith, without ever drifting into pastiche, and his songs run like short stories – colourful, precisely-told and compelling.

Meticulously written, his beautiful debut album ‘The Bearer of Bad News’ is warm and welcoming, bathed in weathered piano, dampened drums, softly-strummed guitars and clarinet, which lends its unique timbre to brighten – or hauntingly underscore – the songs’ darker undercurrents.

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Chicago garage band (and Hype Hotel alums) Twin Peaks announce their third album, which—if this poppier, Americana-infused single is any indication—finds them “shaking off their rough edges to embrace a more classic, polished sound,”

From the forthcoming 3rd LP from Twin Peaks, “Down In Heaven.”

To be released May 13th on Grand Jury (N. America) / Communion Records(ROW)

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