“In a word, Karima’s voice is stunning. In a breath, she's capable of sweeping from ethereally angelic to devastatingly heartbreaking, a power that has seen her captivate audiences live” - BBC Music
“A natural ability to effortlessly disappear into her songs and make a crowd believe her lyrics” – Clash Magazine
Karima Francis is a critically acclaimed musician and songwriter hailing from the illuminated seaside resort of Blackpool. Known for her ability to blend haunting melodies with honest lyrics and an alluring ambiance, Francis creates entirely captivating music, oozing with emotion and rooted in sentiment.
Nov 30 - The Lexington, London (w/ Brix & the Extricated)
Dec 4 - 1865, Southampton (w/ Dr John Cooper Clarke)
Jan 20 - The Social, London (w/ TheBoy Least Likely To)
Freya Beer’s upcoming single, ‘Dear sweet Rosie’ was recorded early this year in Manchester. The song draws from a number of literary influences including Allen Ginsberg’s ‘An Asphodel’ and Anna Sewell’s ‘Black Beauty’.
Alongside Freya’s thick guitar riff and tender vocals, I Am Kloot drummer Andy Hargreaves adapts a Led Zeppelin-esque drumming style to the song which creates a non-toppling wall of sound.
Brooklyn-based indie rock duo Drug Couple share their debut EP Little Hits, out today via PaperCup Music. Self-Titled premiered the EP, praising, "The duo is set to unveil their debut EP on PaperCup Music tomorrow, but we’ve got an early listen to the hook-laden guitar heroism of Little Hits — “a collection of songs about finding someone special to share the end times with” — below, along with a short but oh-so-sweet track-by-track commentary that references everything from the Gin Blossoms to Shania Twain…."
I am excited to send you the new single from New York based actor and musician Dante Palminteri. Entitled 'Far From Me' the track, which was just premiered with Live Nation's Ones To Watch, showcases simple guitar melodies, velvety vocals illustrating his impressive range and yearning lyrics which tug at your heart strings.
Acclaimed pop singer-songwriter Charlotte Lawrence has unveiled her new single “God Must Be Doing Cocaine” – her third song release via Atlantic/Gold Tooth Records. Written alongside Julian Bunetta and John Ryan, the stunning and simplistic video showcases her powerhouse vocals.
Atlas Clouds has been inspired by the likes of Nick Cave, Depeche Mode and the Young Gods (in their quiet moments). Spherical synth sounds accompany the thoughtful singing in «Sirens», the new single of Atlas Clouds. Musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist Christoph Meier, who actually is Atlas Clouds, invites you to music that is charming in its beauty.
Born Mikaela Strauss, the Brooklyn-based artist was a young music prodigy, reportedly offered a record deal when she was just 11. She studied at USC before leaving school to pursue a music career. Early songs like "Send Pix" and "Sunburn" featured a more bluesy rock tone, one that she would polish on her 2018 breakthrough, "1950." The queer love anthem received cosigns from the likes of Harry Styles and Halsey and was her first release for Mark Ronson's Zelig Recordings label.
Romantic States has been releasing music under the name for almost a decade. They've toured sold-out theaters as Beach House's support. Guitarist Jim Triplett was half of Wham City blasters Videohippos. Their striking cover art is by singer-songwriter Ilenia Madelaire. For this new record, the band grew from a duo to a quartet to include Wildhoney/Expert Alterations bassist Alan Everhart and drummer Shawn Durham (who has spent time drumming for Snail Mail, Emily Yacina, Gauche, and many more).
Discussing the video, Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob, stated, “For the video we just wanted to go to a great place. We love Mexico and we hadn't spent much time in Mexico City, so we decided to do it there. We brought some giant inflatable elephants and drove in a van. We turned on the camera in the places we liked. The police drove us away from some places, but most of them were all curious. It was quite magical. We are thrilled to be able to return to Mexico City, to perform at one of the best festivals in the world.”
Montreal indie pop-rock quartet, What If Elephants, is a rousing blend of Young The Giant and Hey Rosetta! that lyrically lends a positive perspective on adversity. They’re currently working with Walk Off The Earth producer, Tokyo Speirs, preparing material to release in 2020.
“We bring substance to the pop crowd and an approachable cheer to the indie rock scene” -Joey Langlois
Celebrated Seattle, WA independent label Barsuk Records is honored to announce the release of The Book of Hylas, available for pre-order today and on digital services Friday. Written by Peter Caws, University Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at The George Washington University and father of Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, The Book of Hylas is a set of meditations on life and how to live it.
Musically, this is a leaner Lanterns on the Lake – at times unusually stark. Their sound has been beautifully winnowed into something more pared back, urgent and direct – in keeping with Wilde’s messages - on an album loaded with songs marked by an arresting intimacy. “Swimming Lessons”, first teased as an in-progress idea on Instagram, is writhing and supple as Gregory’s arpeggiated guitar dovetails with Ol Ketteringham’s pulsating drumming and Wilde’s keening vocal. “Every Atom” rides on insistent beats which lay a bed for a warped and playfully robotic guitar line, while “Secrets and Medicine” weaves and lopes achingly, weaving its atmosphere from Spartan means: piano, celestial guitars and diminished brass.
New Ways is a new album by Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk, his hotly anticipated follow-up to the Polaris Prize finalist Twin Solitude. It’s a record that lives between the kick and the snare, in that instant of feeling before the backbeat.
Aaron Ott Wonderful direct and concise songs from Andy on this album. Where in the past, there was more of an atmosphere and space set for songs that slowly sucked you in, this is more like watching him play live with an amazing band for a private show. The effect is equally compelling, and speaks deeply to that side of me that can’t get enough of those early 70’s Northern Cali folk groups that speak directly into your ear from their hearts with a gentle, but restless melody.
“Sometimes a rock band exudes such swirly, Goth-tinged intensity, you’d swear you can actually hear the smoke machines and foreboding light.” ~ NPR Music
“…an ambient wash of artfully loud rock music, pushed and pulled by lulling vocals and echoing yet powerful riffs.” ~ Stereogum
"NYC-based Russian Baths blend ’90s influences like Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Archers of Loaf, Lungfish and more to create a cocktail that nods its head to classic indie, post-hardcore and feedback-riddled punk like Flipper all at once." ~ Brooklyn Vegan
"Russian Baths’ polished brand of psych rock is enveloping, swallowing its listener whole." ~ Paste Magazine
hazy, French-tinged vocals with soft, jazzy percussions and glimmering synths, sounding like a mashup of Brad Stank, King Krule and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Having played over 60 headline shows throughout Europe and featuring on the new Vagabon album, Monako are now gearing up for a second EP to be released early next year, laced with dreamy soundscapes and intimate grooves.
In 2012 we were given an exceptional musical gift: the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev performed the complete cycle of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonies and piano concerti - a composer with whom Maestro Gergiev and the orchestra seem particularly in tune.
G. Love (aka Garrett Dutton) is a masterful multi-instrumentalist with a wildly diverse set of influences, a knack for reinvention and a penchant for collaboration. The new album finds him teaming up with four-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’, and a slew of special guests including Robert Randolph, Marcus King and Roosevelt Collier, to create a unique sound that blends elements of blues, jazz, rock, funk and soul with hip-hop grooves and electronic beats.
Despite the sombre theme of ‘On And On’, more than a spark of hope shimmers in wonderfully arranged guitar, violin and vocals. ‘On And On’ keeps its promise: Gran Noir didn't let themselves be pulled down, didn't give up, persevered, set the focus anew and have emerged stronger from this pivotal year.
The simmering blend of down-tempo electronica, chill-wave, and soul that courses through 1952 find Geoffroy taking from his debut, Coastline, and mining his craft further, digging a richer groove littered with hints of R&B and jazz, and growing more surefooted with his ambitions and ideas. Glittering electronics sparkle around the intimate piano of ‘Woke Up Late’, whereas ‘How You Feeling Now’ flirts with the bright lights of dance music and club culture, laying on a thick, pulsating disco throb and finding a sound not too dissimilar to heavyweights in the indie/dance crossover such as Hot Chip and Cut Copy. ‘Closer’ moves with an at times off-beat groove, jousting with varying time signatures and nosedives in tempo, sporting an outfit re-worn for ‘By The Water’, a slightly more relaxed affair but one that further evidences the limber steps forward that 1952 aims to take.
Watercolour Serenade was one of the first songs that Pete and Jof Owen (the other half of The Boy Least Likely To) wrote together.
Jof wrote the words and Peter the music, igniting a creative partnership that has resonated around the world, lasting over 15 years and producing 5 albums. The song has remained unheard for so long because it was originally written for Peter to sing and never quite fitted into The Boy Least Likely To's distinctive oeuvre and style.
Pete decided to record it himself and make it the third release of his solo project Diving At Dawn, their debut album will be released at the beginning of 2020.
Watercolour Serenade is simple and uplifting, with a chorus made for a campfire sing along and beautiful lyrical imagery on the movement of the ocean and the impermanence of life, finally this long lost gem gets a chance to be heard.
“'Formula' bounces and ripples thanks to the deft production, crafted by Mïrändä herself. The lithe sound pairs well with her wry and rhythmic lyricism, keeping the listener on their toes with her engaging wordplay.”
- The 405
"Her vocal effects take her from Jimmy Somerville to Bon Iver in consecutive songs - and by the end she’s got even industry types bopping along."
"Her carefully crafted electronica is uplifting and unpretentious, with inventive drops and catchy choruses to match."
- The Deli
"With its lush and full sound, we bet you’ll be hooked."
Patrick McGee, aka Acidhead, has arrived with his debut single titled "Throw Away The Time." It's the lead track from his forthcoming debut project, Distractions, dropping November 15th via Veriditas Recordings. The track was entirely produced and arranged by Acidhead with 80’s synths and drums inspired by Late Registration-era Kanye.
“Your heart thrills me, mine can kill me” - A love infatuation turning into obsession/addiction, and among other things, distraction. Both parties recognizing a bad situation, disposing of their baggage and wiping the slate clean, having a clear mind after a traumatic experience. - Acidhead
Acidhead is the brainchild of Patrick McGee; saxophonist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, empath. Distractions is his introspective debut, a deconstruction of pop music delivered with auto-tuned vocals and distorted electronic beats. The album is equally influenced by 808s & Heartbreak, Travis Scott, and Stravinsky, blurring and blending lo-fi punk and trap with the tenderness of Aaron Copland. His deliberate fracturing and reassembling of classical beauty is delivered with lovelorn angst, resulting in a compelling, unique debut.