digital single released to help raise some extra money for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund!
Friday, June 23, 2017
This is the official compilation of artists playing the Indietracks Festival in Derbyshire (UK) on 28-30 July 2017.
All money raised from this compilation is donated to the Midland Railway Trust, the charity which hosts the Indietracks Festival.
frenzy transcends the venue: musicians waddle onto the stage, dancers rush on the dancefloor, their patent shoes gliding on the lacquered wood flooring, and everyone sings along to the rhythm of “Haaa… bi-bi!”. Each performance brings the same madness, and night clubs all over New York are shaking.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Honey Trap flits between trip hop, breakbeat and post-dubstep, with colourful plunderphonics and an undercurrent of uneasy nostalgia. The album's eclectic sample palette draws from international cinema, video games, vintage records and diegetic noise, creating a blend unlike any other.
When I heard Spiritualized for the first time, it was as if I were listening to a prayer, I became static, I just admired that beauty in sound forms, and from that moment I became a fan, a huge fan, that still hear all those magic songs, and still hear them as if they were prayers.
Ah yes, that song, or rather, that prayer I heard there in 1991 was Feel So Sad.
Thank you J. Spaceman.
This record is dedicated especially to all the bands that made their versions as new medicines for the treatment of the heart and soul.
Caution: In this Tribute we have almost 3 hours of music, and as said my friend Johnny (Astral Lite) "was what I expected from a Spiritualized tribute".... and I have to agree with him.
With love and respect....
Monday, June 19, 2017
Songs From Where I Live sees Good Good Blood (aka James Smith) take his gift for delicate songwriting and direct it toward a personal account of his own experiences. Written and recorded at home during the first week of January 2017, the album was born out of a long bout of depression where the act of musical creativity was cathartic and self-affirming.There are echoes of Alex G and Mount Erie at work, uplifting moments that signal rebirth and growth, and lyrical themes focusing on life, mental health, family and ultimately, the grounding embrace of the little Northern England town where he lives.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
DIY | Bedroom | Indie
In the corner of his small bedroom in Somerville, Massachusetts, Luke Reed of Bent Shapes and Mini Dresses spends most nights quietly writing and recording solo material ranging from quiet and deliberate meditations, to summery jangle pop. Over the years, Luke has amassed a prolific collection of lonely and disenchanted pop songs, seldom released.
Friday, June 16, 2017
"A flawless raucous composition combining bewildering ‘60s psychedelic spirit, candid rebelliousness and soothsaying, and even manages to tastefully weave in that twang element we usually associate with early American roots music. This is fresh and meaningful, with an in-your-face wake-up call we should all welcome (and even wish on others)" – The Spill Magazine
"‘Pulls you into a trance with its swaying, lilting in a mix of psonicadelia in what are mere minutes of spacey zen that lend to a sense of timeliness. With vocals as incredibly powerful as James’ vocalist Tim Booth, the energy factor is ideal in this piece of fantastic music mastery" – Big Takeover Magazine
"Their blend of ’60s-era psychedelic folk with elements of modern indie Americana becomes a form of protest... With woozy atmospherics that echo Kurt Vile and lyrics that veer into the spiritual, the band uplifts without preaching and encourages without chastising" – The Revue
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
‘Wandering And Blue’ is a delicious clash of 80s subcultures; splicing skeletal gothic wings onto a hybrid shoegaze/new wave torso, its overall, emergent shape is something entirely new, cold and beautiful. Coursing through each track, Esther Mulders’ voice snatches darkness from the wide open Canadian skies and forges it into wavering, swooping and resonant harmonies. Dive in!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Ian Armstead The first Cayetana album was incredible, but this one just goes one better. No one can listen to this and not think "Yep, I get that" - so personal but so universal at the same time, this album deserves to be heard, can't praise it enough.
It's amazing how the floodgates open when you shut out all the internal and external noise, stop pandering to stereotype, cease listening to your anxieties, and disregard the compartment society has built for you. I'm Not Your Man, the Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Rae Morris)-produced second album from Marika Hackman, begins with an impromptu hearty laugh. It's not the sound of silliness; it's the sound of liberation, spontaneity, and joy. 24-year-old Hackman is feeling more herself than ever. Life isn't necessarily funnier or happier, but when there's cause for a joke or a big ballsy statement, she's not holding back any more.
She has toured internationally and shared the stage with such acts as Kings of Convenience, Angel Olsen, Chris Cohen and Little Wings, and has collaborated with members of My Morning Jacket, Real Estate, Fruit Bats and The Range of Light Wilderness. She is currently preparing for the release of her third album, “The Hiding”
Monday, June 5, 2017
track one is a GGB version of my favourite Mount Eerie song (which helped me through some darker times). much love and thanks to Phil Elverum for giving me permission to release this version.
track two is just a little instrumental I made which seems to fit ok.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
'Sprinters' is the band's first studio effort, and was recorded (mostly) live in Wigan throughout 2016 with friend of the band, local engineer Ste Jones. Comprised of a selection of songs from Jarvis's solo albums and new material, the record proved to be a labour of love, taking just under 12 months to piece together. Sprinters have emerged triumphant with a pure departure record, heavy on hooks, melodic and lyrical interplay, and a more clear and honed sound than their previous lo- fi recordings. Jarvis cites some of his major influences for the process as: The Replacements, Pavement, Neil Young, Ariel Pink and The Velvet Underground.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Sound explosions, loaded with shoegaze reverb, soundscapes, psychedelic atmospheres and space dilations... It's no surprise that My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Slowdive easily come to mind when listening to Clustersun – Rolling Stone
Ethereal enjoyment... British early 80’s postpunk/60s soft psych hybrid, somewhere between “Faith” Cure and early 4AD catalog bands, with a moody sheen from Procol Harum, Moody Blues and post-Syd Barrett Pink Floyd – Big Takeover Magazine
Sitting in a kitchen at a house party in early spring of 2017. sitting with a bunch of friends around the kitchen table, when one of the friends uttered the words “well, I wouldn’t call it ‘Dinner Music’ per se…” For some reason this phrase immediately resonated with Jason and the ironic setting it was presented in. Jason got up, excused himself and grabbed a guitar in the next room. ...15 mins later he had emerged with all the bones of “Dinner Music”. the song just unfolded in front of him. and after arranging the structure he sent the music to John Agee in Missouri. 3 days later John and Joe sent Jason the demo back with the vocals. as soon as he heard it, he declared.
"Well damn, that’s some dinner music! "
Lanikai’s “Motor Inn” eases the listener with a simple back and forth piano and organ until lead singer and songwriter Marti Sarbit’s unforgettable voice pushes it into a swirling chorus.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Following on from our 2015 Mental Health Day Compilation, Thanks for Listening, we decided to work together with a cause closer to home. We asked some of our favourite artists here in Ireland, and further abroad, to contribute an unreleased outtake, b-side or live version to be compiled and the response was wonderfully overwhelming. We're really proud of this release, and think it showcases some wonderful talent as well as highlighting how close a cause this is to peoples' hearts.
Every sale goes to The Abortion Support Network through Paypal, so you can be assured that your donations are being put to good use. Big thank you to Ben Dillon, Anna at Repeal, Andrew at Bandcamp and Mara at ASN for making this happen, and to all the artists that donated songs - we're forever in your debt.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
The new single is entitled “All About Love” and was recorded and produced in Stockholm in collaboration with the Swedish producer Adam Kviman (Jewel, Eagle Eye Cherry) and is featuring the Czech National String Harmonic. The native Danish artist Ronny Morris's music, has been aired on major TV shows such like One Tree Hill, Brothers and Sisters and Ghost Whisperer, and this single is the new single taken from his debut album titled “Sweet Silence” which will be released October 2017.
Watch The Video;
RONNY MORRIS / All ABOUT LOVE / MUSIC VIDEO
RONNY MORRIS / All About Love / Live Strings Recordings Prague
"I’ve been fortunate to work a lot with ARY this past year, mostly on her stuff. But in this case we both felt this would be a song for me. I immediately bonded with the storytelling in this song, and felt it belonged in my universe, so I did my best to compliment her beautiful vocals."
The arrangements on "Supersadness Intl." are deliberately meager and instrumentation is kept sparse. „I wanted to avoid falling into the kitsch trap at all costs“, says Maier. „With singer-songwriter / acoustic-guitar-stuff it's always a thin line between cheesy and okay.“ In this case, a claustrophobic gem emerged, which is reminiscent of genre heroes like Elliott Smith, Mark Kozelek or Sufjan Stevens. "Supersadness Intl." is an atmospherically dense work of sometimes painful intensity, which Maier, however, can always break open with mischievous pleasure and with the use of textual and musical pointers.
Tiny Eyes’ self-titled EP is his first major solo outing and it’s a resoundingly consistent and accomplished effort. Fitting nicely into the space that Tobias Jesso Jr re-opened for candid retro piano pop, Tiny Eyes is a heavy-lidded reverie through the mind of its maker. Heartfelt melodies entwine languorously with artful rhymes and psychedelic production to make a dream tapestry that’s on the one hand maximal and immersive, and on the other considered and spacious. Fuelled by a literary eye for juxtaposition and imagism, the stories on this EP move through tales of the morning after the night before (‘Fifteen Feet Of Snow’) to creativity itself (‘Golden Thread) via meditations on love and selfhood (‘Falling’ and ‘Tiny Eyes’). For a first effort Tiny Eyes is the sound of an artist already arriving fully-formed and with a clear and unified vision of the creative road ahead.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Following up on their powerful debut from a couple years back, Tokyo's Cattle have given us another winner with their second EP, "Slow Sailor". It starts off deceptively gentle with the lovely midtempo "Sherbet", but then kicks it into high gear with a trio of instant hits, including a very spirited rendition of Ride's classic, "Twisterella", before closing off with the midtempo (but still punchy) title track. Musically, they remind me a lot of Ringo Deathstarr and the noisier side of Pia Fraus, with confident female vocals over crunchy guitars, and a whole lot of melody ringing throughout. This is seriously some of the best dreampop I've heard in a while!
Thankful Village is a village where every soldier returned alive from World War I. The writer, journalist and educator Arthur Mee coined the term ‘Thankful Village’ in his series of guidebooks, The King’s England in the 1930s. Darren Hayman visited each of the 54 Thankful Villages and, focussing on village life, made a piece of music and a short film for every one. Some take the form of instrumentals inspired by the location, some are interviews with village residents set to music, others are new songs with lyrics or found local traditional songs.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
James Shaw and Emily Haines of METRIC cover John Lennon's "Mother" at The Magic Shop Recording Studio in New York City.
Somebody out there on the internet had made a collage of footage
Of thousands of folks singing this song together at Bernie Sanders rallies
Voices raised together in a spirit of generosity;
Then juxtaposed it with footage from Trump rallies from that time
People punching, spitting, yelling
So much hate and anger
So much ugliness;
Everyone at ease with the empty mean-ness of it all;
Everyone agreeing on impotent vile-ness
As basic human-ness
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
The record is a collection of ten songs, a Germs cover and a Flannery O'Conor passage read by my friend Meg Baird, inspired by and devoted to my metropolitan experience across America. It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me.