Posts Tagged ‘London’

Laura Marling’s exquisite seventh album “Song For Our Daughter” arrives almost without pre-amble or warning in the midst of uncharted global chaos, and yet instantly and tenderly offers a sense of purpose, clarity and calm. As a balm for the soul, this full-blooded new collection could be posited as Laura’s richest to date, but in truth it’s another incredibly fine record by a British artist who rarely strays from delivering incredibly fine records.

Taking much of the production reins herself, alongside long-time collaborators Ethan Johns and Dom Monks, Laura has layered up lush string arrangements and a broad sense of scale to these songs without losing any of the intimacy or reverence we’ve come to anticipate and almost take for granted from her throughout the past decade.

Releases April 10th, 2020, Chrysalis Records Limited, in partnership with Partisan Records

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London-based band Caroline, who recently highlighted as a British band to know in 2020, have released two new tracks, which coincidentally are perfect for easy listening while working from home. New from Rough Trade Records, Caroline’s two singles, “Dark blue” and “BRJ,” are available across DSPs now and will be released as a 12” single on April 24th. The new songs are musically beautiful as the members of Caroline play everything from cello, violin, electric guitar and even the trumpet.

Caroline began as a three-piece (Jasper Llewellyn, Mike O’Malley, Casper Hughes) in early 2017, initially evolving out of weekly improvisation sessions. Bringing together shared influences in, and experiences of playing, midwestern ‘emo’ guitar music, Appalachian folk, minimalist classical and various forms of dance music.

Caroline’s debut 12″ single features lead track ‘Dark blue’ (A side) and ‘BRJ’ (B side). A hand drawn 12” insert is included with all orders.

The group spent a year and a half playing privately, without a project name. Reiterating, deconstructing and re-building the same small handful of songs over and over again, the group slowly expanded their on-stage members before playing their debut show as Caroline in 2018.

Recent Rough Trade signing Caroline are perhaps the most mystifying and gorgeous sounding group in this bunch. The London band started as a three-piece in 2017 as a result of regular improvisational jams, and they soon began adding members. Despite no name for the project yet, they spent a year and a half playing in secret before performing shows, which now include eight members. They’re currently working on their debut album, but all we have now is “the first half of a two-part video project” called “Dark blue,” a painfully beautiful, ever-unfolding composition that borders on slowcore, classical, emo and folk.

Caroline, an eight-person London-based band, present the first half of a two part video project.

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Sorry are a bunch of snotty brats from north London who nick ideas from better bands (everyone from Tears For Fears to Oasis – they’re not picky), act like they’re too cool for the interviews they’ve agreed to do – as one poor NME writer recently found to his peril – and whose stage presence is best described as: mild. So it’s quietly devastating to report that the five of them have turned in one of the most incredible debut albums of the year so far.

After competing to see who could release the better songs on SoundCloud, they realised they were, in fact, better together. Sorry create an unusual, sexy take on modern indie rock – the febrile sound of city-dwelling, broke 22-year-olds, whose nights are dominated by hook-up culture and casual drug-taking – as evidenced on their debut album for Domino Records, “925”. Co-produced by James Dring (Gorillaz, Jamie T), it sees them finally wriggle free of being called a guitar band. Lorenz and O’Bryen describe their sound as pop music, but in early press Sorry saw themselves lumped in with bands in the south London music scene – sludgy art-school outfits such as Shame, Goat Girl and HMLTD. “We’re both from north London and live with our mums but play at [Brixton pub] the Windmill a lot,” says Lorenz. “I don’t feel a strong identity to where I’m from.”

According to O’Bryen, journalists and those within the music industry “just want to give people a reason to listen to something by calling it guitar music”. So what are Sorry? They’re a very 2020 band, in that they build their songs round the mood of whatever they’re singing about. A typical Sorry track is just as likely to be inflected with 90s grunge as with jazz or trip-hop.

It’s a weird moment to release this but we hope during this crazy & scary time you can find solace and peace in the musics. Big Thank you to James Dring, Louise, Bertie, Callum, Flo, Laurence, Jack, Will & Everyone at Domino.. and more thanks to our much adored fans, friends and family who have come to shows, listened to the tunes and fuel us with compassion, love and rich experiences. We hope you enjoy

A playful mix of indie, electro, jazz, pop and experimental music, ‘925’ has fun with the old maxim that there are no new ideas. Take lead single and signature song ‘Right Round The Clock’, which gleefully rips off aforementioned 1980s band Tears For Fears’ ‘Mad World’: “I’m feeling kinda crazy/I’m feeling kinda mad/The dreams in which we’re famous are the best I’ve ever had”,sighs Asha Lorenz with an almost audible eye roll. It’s so brazen that it’s actually exciting, the band helping themselves to boomer culture as though they’re slipping £20 notes from their parents’ purses.

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Sorry“Right Round The Clock”, taken from the debut album ‘925’, out now on Domino Recordings.

After five years out of the spotlight, Sophie Jamieson has returned with brand new track ‘Hammer’. Our first glimpse into a bigger body of work, this beautiful new song sees Sophie back doing what she does best, delivering the goods with her gorgeous ethereal style and raw lyricism.

“This is the first in a wider group of songs that explore self-destruction, self-medication, and trying to understand how to cope,” she explains. “This song is a window into the less positive or constructive ways of dealing with overwhelming feelings. But most of all it’s about accepting them.

I’ve changed a vast amount since the songs I wrote 5, 6, 7 years ago…but I’ve kept a fascination for the ugliest of human emotions. The ones you keep to yourself. Because those eat you up from the inside…and the ones that bring comfort when you hear them from someone else’s mouth. They’re the emotions I strain to hear in other people’s music, and which ultimately, are evidence of our humanity. To accept them, to see their complexity and ultimately their beauty is one of the most peaceful things I think you can do.”

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released March 19th, 2020

The London five-piece Tom Dougall, Dominic O’Dair, Maxim Barron, Charlie Salvidge and Max Oscarnold release their first album on Tough Love and their fourth for the world. It’s recorded in home studios, mixed at Studio B in South London and completely self-produced. This extra material recorded and commisioned around the same time the original album was made. The deluxe version of Toy’s fourth album, “Happy In the Hollow”, is now available online. It includes the original album alongside new artwork and four rare or previously unavailable songs, as below.

Happy in the Hollow
The Willo (Sonic Boom remix)
Strangulation Day (Cosey Fanni Tutti remix)
Move Through the Dark (Daniel Melero & Yuliano Acri remix)

Grooving looping guitar psych-out dream-state vocals bring you trippy melodies. Originally released February 14th, 2020

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London’s Tugboat Captain, who named themselves after a Galaxie 500 song, are more than a little twee, making the kind of cute, shiny, horn-inflected indiepop that politely yells “striped tees and cardigans.” (They describe themselves as a “folk orchestra of ruffians.”) It’s pretty charming stuff and the band independently crowdfunded their trip to the USA only to have SXSW canceled, The impressive rise of Tugboat Captain has already taken them from home recording in their front room to Abbey Road, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The London-based quartet recently decamped to the iconic studios to work on their upcoming third album. With that release in mind the band will soon be heading to the other side of the Atlantic to play at both SXSW and the New York-based New Colossus Festival.

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released March 15th, 2019

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For the past few years, London four-piece Honey Lung have quietly been making some of the most satisfyingly melodic guitar music available. The band recently signed to Big Scary Monsters (American Football, Beach Slang) for the release of a forthcoming EP, the follow-up to their singles and demos collection, Memory, which landed on the list of best EPs of 2019. There’s something vaguely classic and deeply meaningful about their lo-fi rock songs. File Honey Lung under heartfelt, yearning lyrics and eccentric, dynamic instrumentals.

Led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Jamie Batten, Honey Lung’s sound pulls from ’90s indie rock, alt-rock and shoegaze and puts equal emphasis on melody and hooks and wild guitar squalls. Honey Lung released their debut album, Memory, via Kanine Records last year and recently returned with new single “Nothing”:

Honey Lung are: Jamie Batten, Harry Chambers, David Sherry, Omri Covo.

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Lauren Auder’s Byronic take on the King Krule template washes away the ooz and replaces it with a breezy romanticism and just the right amount of snarl. It’s hackneyed to juxtapose an artist’s age with the maturity of their music, but when it comes to Lauren Auder, the disconnect is almost startling. At first glance, the 19-year-old London producer and singer-songwriter seems indubitably of the moment: his waif-like appearance, gender-fluid fashion sense and close relationships with some of the U.K.’s hottest underground rappers—including slowthai and Jeshi—feel custom-built for youth culture ubiquity. Modeling spreads in Another Man and Dazed alongside a glowing Vogue profile have established him as a rising darling in the fashion world, and his signing to True Panther Sounds,.

The sonics of Auder’s debut EP, Who Carry’s You, place him in an entirely different universe. The five tracks on the record, driven by his resonant, Scott Walker-like baritone, evoke a primal darkness utterly at odds with his visual aesthetic—long hair, painted nails, gender-bending outfits and the occasional bit of eyeshadow. In his music, Auder creates an immersive world where Christian iconography jostles with pagan mysticism, and classical strings fade into menacing trap percussion and frenetic electronic maximalism. Beautiful and harrowing by turn, the music on Who Carry’s You is a cathartic expression of raw emotion imbued with a lyricism closer to romantic poetry than pop.

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GIRL RAY – ” Girl “

Posted: February 24, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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“Girl” is the second album from the North London band Girl Ray, via Moshi Moshi Records. Recorded at Electric Beach Studios in Margate with Ash Workman (Christine and the Queens, Metronomy), the album is a delightful, sun-kissed tribute to their love of pop and R&B.

It was Ariana Grande’s explosion into pop culture that kickstarted a new era for Girl Ray, as well as the realisation that their most-listened-to Spotify playlists contained pure pop music. When Poppy began experimenting with writing songs on a computer using keyboards, a collection of shimmering, foot-tapping, sparkling pop bangers poured out. With this new set of songs, Girl Ray have been brave enough to completely change their sound rather than play it safe, yet still remain unmistakably themselves – it’s Girl Ray, but with added synths.

If their debut, Earl Grey, was a hot cup of tea and a cuddle on the sofa,Girl is being in a cab with the windows down on the way to a beach bar for sundowners. It’s the excitement of Rihanna’s If It’s Lovin’ That You Want, combined with the eye-rolling, impenetrable sardonic humour of a girl gang. Among the grin-inducing, trepidatious and intensely courageous R&B-style tracks on the album, are also beautifully composed piano ballads steeped in the sadness and unrequited love that made Earl Grey feel like a knowing look from an old friend.

Girl is expertly-crafted pop, created by dedicated artists on a mission to make music for people to really enjoy. Music that doesn’t look to confuse or patronise. Music to fall in love to, to dance to. Songs you’d want to send to your friends. They have used the universal, happy medium of pop music to put across joyous, accessible messages of love, friendship and life to the world, like some of the best songwriters before them.

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Last year, Natasha Khan released her fifth album as Bat For Lashes — the gorgeous ’80s nostalgia fever dream Lost Girls. She toured a bit behind it through the fall, and some shows featured covers that felt like they were the spiritual forebears to the world Khan was trying to create on the album. There was her take on Cyndi Lauper’s version of “I Drove All Night,” a not-so-surprising cover of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work,” and a perhaps-more-surprising cover of Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer.”

The latter has now received an official release, by way of a live EP Bat For Lashes quietly let out into the world today. The recording is taken from her set at EartH, the Evolutionary Arts Hackney theater in London, last November. This was a spare, stripped back set, and the EP also features introspective, intimate readings of Lost Girls highlights “Desert Man” and “The Hunger,” as well as perennial Bat For Lashes favorite “Daniel.”

Khan’s interpretation of “The Boys Of Summer” is similarly sparse. Gone is the iconic drumbeat, and the song’s desert highway pulse. Instead, key melodic elements and synth parts are reproduced in an airy epilogue-type take on the song that amplifies the yearning and desperation of the track. While it would’ve been fun to hear a Bat For Lashes version that was as blown-out as the original, this iteration makes sense not just in the context of Khan’s EartH show but also the Lost Girls era — she renders it like a fading dream, drawing out beautiful aspects of the song you might not have known were there.

Khan’s interpretation of “The Boys Of Summer” is similarly sparse. Gone is the iconic drumbeat, and the song’s desert highway pulse. Instead, key melodic elements and synth parts are reproduced in an airy epilogue-type take on the song that amplifies the yearning and desperation of the track. While it would’ve been fun to hear a Bat For Lashes version that was as blown-out as the original, this iteration makes sense not just in the context of Khan’s EartH show but also the Lost Girls era — she renders it like a fading dream, drawing out beautiful aspects of the song you might not have known were there.

Live at EartH, London, 2019 · Bat For Lashes license to AWAL Recordings Ltd