Posts Tagged ‘Memphis Industries’


When Francis Lung describes his new album as sounding “like a short Mancunian boy single-handedly trying to incite Beatlemania” he’s really not too far wide of the mark. Lung’s much-anticipated debut album “A Dream Is U” is both bold and enthusiastic, a kaleidoscopic journey informed by the greats but also one that is wonderfully enigmatic, the sound of a multi-instrumentalist tying together all manner of influences into one beautifully cohesive album.

Following on from the home-recorded Volumes 1 and 2 EPs, which contained titbits written during his time in Wu Lyf, A Dream Is U is the first fully-realised Francis Lung record, a studio undertaking brought to life with producer Brendan Williams (Dutch Uncles, GoGo Penguin), a colourful patchwork of vision and ingenuity. “Before we started recording I knew exactly what the arrangements were in my head” Francis says, reflecting on the time spent devising his new work. “It was kind of my mission to capture everything as it was in my imagination”.

Touching upon the universal themes of addiction, faith, and love in all of its confusion, A Dream Is U is a collection of characters and stories that plays out something like a Harvey Pekar comic strip; an obsessive chronicle of daily lives twisted into new shapes by the unique mind and manners of their narrator. With flashes of striking colour and an ever-present wry smile, Francis Lung has created a debut album that drifts between simple acceptance and exuberant yearning for more. “My favourite part is when it talks about escaping to another universe,” Francis says of one song in particular, Unnecessary Love. “Although it’s a doomed and impossible dream, it’s amusing to me that if we survive long enough it could be a real possibility.”

At times boisterous and radiant, elsewhere contemplative and brooding, A Dream Is U feels like being awake in dreams, like stepping outside of the daily rotation; like shadows leaving their dancing bodies to waltz away to their own tune. For fans of The Beach Boys, Belle and Sebastian and Elephant 6 Records.

Francis Lung (Tom McClung) describes his new album as sounding “like a short Mancunian boy single-handedly trying to incite Beatlemania” he’s really not too far wide of the mark. Released later this summer, Lung’s much-anticipated debut. His new single “Up & Down” – the latest track to be taken from his debut album “A Dream Is U” (out 02nd august 2019).

“up & down” is a bipolar love story – two lovers with manic mood swings,

Manchester’s own Francis Lung, the nom de plume of former Wu Lyf member Tom Mclung, releases his new single his debut release for Memphis Industries, where he joins the likes of the go! team, poliça, field music, it comes with a gorgeously intricate self-produced video.

Following on from the home-recorded volumes 1 + 2 eps, which contained titbits written during his time in Wu lyf, sees Francis Lung return with a bigger, more expansive sound. recorded at low four studios with brendan williams on production duties (Dutch Uncles, Go Go penguin) it’s a baroque pop rocket that signals Francis Lung’s new found ambitions.

from the debut album ‘A Dream Is U’ out August 2nd on Memphis Industries

Mush, the Leeds band who specialise in wryly-observational, exquisite lo-fi guitar pop, have signed to Memphis Industries and release their debut EP. Recorded at Glasgow’s thriving Green Door Studio with Ronan Fay (also guitarist of ascendant Scottish rockers Sweaty Palms), the EP’s six tracks follow the proud lineage of art-rock from both sides of the pond. Mush cite Pavement, Sonic Youth, Television and The Fall as their primary influences.

There’s both consolidation and progression at play on Induction Party. The four-piece are now cemented as more of a song writing entity than the “noise project” they would describe their early incarnation. Debut single Alternative Facts (released on a Too Pure Singles Club 7”) received regular radio play from Marc Riley, Steve Lamacq and Matt Wilkinson despite clocking in at a glorious ten minutes. Much of Induction Party hones Alternative’s Facts and follow-up single, the BBC 6 Music-playlisted Gig Economy’s slanted take on social and political trends

Mush’s super fun lo-fi art-rock EP ‘Induction Party’ is out today. You can pick up ‘Induction Party’ from one of your favourite indie shops

Mush have idiosyncrasies all of their own and Induction Party is far more than an endearing homage to the bands listed above. Hyndman’s excitable half-sung, half-yelped vocal snipes and lolls around each song as though sometimes even he doesn’t know where the melody’s going to go next. There’s a sense that not a second of music’s been wasted, a refinement in the band’s song writing process that means nothing clocks in at over four minutes. On Litvinenko and Induction Party they prove themselves truly as a product of our time.

The new EP ‘Induction Party’ is out May 31st via Memphis Industries.

Catch Mush live, including tonight at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and at All Points East Festival on 2nd June in London:

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Beyond stoked to tell you that ex member of Wu lyf  Francis Lung just signed to Memphis Industries and my first single ‘I Wanna Live In My Dreams’ is out today! , please put your hands together for Francis Lung, the latest addition to the Memphis industries cannon!.

The video was crafted over four months by Francis and follows a young boy who falls asleep and turns into his dream alter-ego ‘ghostface’, as Francis explains:

“Ghostface is a character I’ve been drawing for years, but I’ve never been quite sure why. i thought it would be nice to give him some purpose by creating this story about him. I’ve never made anything like this before but for some foolish reason i thought it would be a good idea to spend four months of my life learning how to animate. it’s a combination of stop motion, keyframe and hand-drawn animation and it’s made up of thousands upon thousands of frames. I nearly pulled out all my hair making it.”

Francis Lung is currently putting the finishing touches to his debut album, expect to hear more from Francis Lung very soon.

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Winter can be tough. Staying indoors for three months (or longer, depending on your latitude) is already a drag, but it can be even worse when you’re searching for warm pockets of air in a drafty house. U.K. artist Rozi Plain fights off the chill on her new song, “Conditions,” the second single from her forthcoming album What A Boost (out April 5th on Memphis Industries).

While the idea for this song sprung from the cold, Plain actually laid down the original recording in sunny Los Angeles while playing bass on tour with This Is The Kit’s Kate Stables, one of her close friends. Plain and Stables share some sonic sensibilities—they both favor airy effects, looped drum beats and whimsical sounds, and they’re also both frequenters of the Bristol music scene. In addition to those collaborations, Plain is also a part of Justin Vernon’s and Aaron Dessner’s PEOPLE collective.

What A Boost is Rozi Plain’s fifth solo effort, following 2016’s Friend of a Friend. “Conditions” follows previously released single “Symmetrical.” The new track is warm, pliable and colorful, even as Plain sings about more frigid forecasts. “When the conditions are right,” Plain sings, “It can be freezing at night.” Here’s what she said about the new tune:

This song is about hunting for drafts in a well insulated house. Searching for the rooftop without any frost on a freezing day. Wondering about the heating situation. Inside feelings. Outside feelings. We recorded the guitar and drums of this song in LA with Chris Cohen on a day off whilst on tour with This Is The Kit. And then spent the next year adding bits here and there. It was a song I tried to record before that needed a bit of a new prism applied to it. Maybe re-recording a song about minus freezing weather in the 35 degree Californian sun was just what it needed. Warm the place up a bit. Gerard Black (from Babe and François & the Atlas Mountains) added his synths in Glasgow and I added quite a bit of Jupiter (that I recently acquired) in London. Alabaster de Plumes saxophone appears right at the end.

Taken from Rozi Plain’s new album ‘What a Boost’ (out 05th April 2019),

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As if Field Music weren’t prolific enough creators in their own right, the Brewis brothers have also created a litany of excellent solo and side-projects as well. The latest one comes in the form of You Tell Me, a collaboration between Peter Brewis and Admiral Fallow member, Sarah Hayes. The pair met at a Kate Bush celebration concert, bonded over a shared love for Rufus Wainwright, The Blue Nile and Tortoise, and set about writing the songs that make up their debut album, out early next year on Memphis Industries.

This week ahead of the release, You Tell Me have shared their new single, Water Cooler, a track that, as Peter explains, is fairly self-explanatory, “it was intended to be a look at an inept office romance. I was literally imagining two office workers failing to talk to each other at the water cooler. No metaphors here”. Musically, the trademark Brewis rhythmic angularity is all present and correct, although it’s a more organic, less polished take on the sound. Much of You Tell Me’s debut album, and even their name, seems to deal with the idea of communication; conversations new and old, misunderstandings and shared moments of clarity. Now go make sure you stay hydrated, and if you happen to bump into your colleague on the way, you could try saying hello, if you want to, you tell us?

Brand new single from You Tell Me, taken from their self-titled debut album which is out 11th January via Memphis Industries.

With a heart – stopping voice & wide – ranging instrumental talent, Odetta Hartman carries cowboy soul into an era where country can clash with computers, and bluegrass isn’t afraid of bass. Her debut LP 222 – an experimental, bedroom-produced hybrid of folk, musique concrète and psychedelia – was released on Northern Spy Records in 2015 to critical acclaim. Alongside her partner, sound artist & radio producer Jack Inslee, Odetta continues to explore the sonic vernacular created by their uncanny collaboration: badass banjos, detuned violins, field recordings, superstitious soundscapes, and vocal stylings ranging from sensual to spooky. A new album, Old Rockhounds Never Die, is slated for release on Northern Spy Records / Memphis Industries on August 10th, 2018.


Menace Beach announce new album ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ with the dark, probing title track ft Brix Smith

Leeds band Menace Beach are back with details of a new album! Now billed as a duo are set to release new record ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ in August via Memphis Industries, the brilliantly bleak title track, which features Brix Smith, formerly of The Fall.

A kraut-influenced rollercoaster, ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ is an intoxicating ride, with the band pushing the limits of last LP – 2017’s ‘Lemon Memory’ – to its extremes, to stunning results. The affect is just heightened by Brix’s vicious, moving spoken word.

“We’ve always used synths and electronic elements,” the band’s Ryan Needham says of the new record, ”but for me the eureka moment in defining the sound of this record was hearing Dean Honer’s (Moonlandingz/add n to x/all seeing eye) remix of ‘Maybe We’ll Drown’ from the last record. He just tele=ported the song in another world but it totally worked not only sonically but by retaining all the wonkiness and kinda low-fi ’Menace Beach’ character. It was really inspiring that something we’d been reaching for sonically for ages, and almost given up on, just sounded so perfect.”

Liza adds: “There’s always been a bit of artistic push and pull between us on the balance of synth noise vs guitars noise and the guitars have previously always taken over by the time we leave the studio, probably because we all know now how to make loud guitars sound really exciting in a room. But lately I’ve been feeling too much reality in the sound of a guitar and I really wanted to give something more this time. I wasn’t really prepared to compromise”

‘Black Rainbow Sound’ is out on 31st August. The band have also announced UK headline tour dates.

18 Derby, The Hairy Dog
20 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
22 Glasgow, Broadcast
23 Newcastle, The Cluny 2
24 Manchester, Deaf Institute
25 London, Oslo
26 Bristol, Rough Trade
27 Sheffield, Picture House Social

02 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

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My Wave, the first new material from, Haley who seems to be stepping into uncharted musical waters.

My Wave is according to Haley, “intentional in its use of repetition and very few lyrics”, the vocal kept deliberately minimal to become engulfed into the music, just another texture among instrumentation. Yet even in the repeated phrase, “if I lost you, would I find you”, Haley hints at meaning, in her own words, “finding the strength to recognise that you hold the power to finding yourself or controlling your own connection to the world around you and others is simple, and powerful.” It’s not just lyrically, but also musically that this is a new direction, the maudlin waves of synths and minimal percussion, creating something denser and gloomier than we’ve come to expect. The track is the first hint of an as yet unannounced upcoming album, a tantalising glimpse of the potential experimentation to come.

My Wave is out now via Memphis Industries

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Field Music will be live in-store at Rough Trade Nottingham, performing tracks from their new album ‘Open Here’, released 2nd February on Memphis Industries.

7.00pm Doors // 7.30pm On-stage // 8.15pm Signing // 10.00pm close.

Field Music, Peter and David Brewis, have announced their sixth album “Open Here”. The brothers are just putting the finishing touches to the record and plan on releasing via Memphis Industries on 2nd February 2018.

The two years since Commontime have been strange and turbulent. If you thought the world made some kind of sense, you may have questioned yourself a few times in the past two years. And that questioning, that erosion of faith – in people, in institutions, in shared experience – runs through every song on the new Field Music album.

The brother’s studio, on the banks of the river Wear, became a sanctuary away from everything political and personal, a cocoon of creativity. And conversely, making the album became an alternative way to connect to people, with a wide array of musicians invited to leave their mark, notably Sarah Hayes on flute and piccolo, Liz Corney on vocals, Pete Fraser on saxophone, Simon Dennis on trumpet and flugelhorn, a Cornshed Sisters choir and the regular string quartet of Ed Cross, Jo Montgomery, Chrissie Slater and Ele Leckie. The result is a record that is bigger in scale, grander than anything they’ve done before.

David and Peter Brewis took a five year break after 2011’s Plumb to work on other projects (some of which involved them both). They returned in 2016 with their best record to date, Commontime. Now they’re back almost two years to the day with Open Here, which reflects both the state of the band and the state of the world. Brexit and the U.S. election inform the lyrics, while Madonna inspired the inventive first single “Count it Up.” “Where Commontime felt like a distillation of all of the elements that make up Field Music,” says David, “this feels like an expansion; as if we’re pushing in every direction at once to see how far we can go.”