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Suffused with a deep neon glow, as you drift softly in to other worlds; tracks from @officialdido @wearevillagers @whiteblushh and Devendra Banhart

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Dido is gearing up to release her first new material in almost five years, with the announcement of fourth studio album ‘Girl Who Got Away’ (set for release on March 4th, 2013).

Dido was the success story of the early 2000s, with her first two albums – ‘No Angel’ (1999) and ‘Life for Rent’ (2003) featuring amongst the best-selling albums in UK chart history. ‘No Angel’ has sold over 21 million copies worldwide to date. If you turned on a radio at any point between 2000 and 2005, you would more than likely have been greeted by a Dido track. Indeed if you saw me at any point during that period you would have been forgiven – and then hugged ever so tightly – for mistaking me for the lady in question; Dido was very much my style icon. In comparison to some of her contemporaries, Dido’s star didn’t wane, she simply chose to step out of the spotlight for a spell after releasing third album ‘Safe Trip Home’ (2008) and began working on tracks for her next record. I see Dido as the metaphorical swan; perfectly poised and at peace, whilst working feverishly hard below the surface.


The first single to be released from the album is ‘Let Us Move On’, featuring U.S. rapper Kendrick Lamar. The track is trademark Dido; a soulful piano-based melody overlaying trip-hop beats which Massive Attack would envy. The track and album in general marks a purposeful genre shift for Dido, who has expressed her intention to produce a record with an electronic approach, in an attempt to take her work in a notably different direction to her previous albums. After hearing this, I look forward to the other ten tracks to come.


Devendra Banhart releases his eighth studio album ‘Mala’ on March 12th, 2013. The ever-intriguing and experimental folk singer-songwriter has released the album artwork and a new track entitled ‘Fur Hildegard von Bingen’. The track is about a Catholic saint from the 12th century who was also a composer, writer and theologist – who isn’t? No biggie…The backstory is suitably and obligatory bizarre but is also rather wonderful, as is the track.


Villagers are set to release their second album {Awayland} on January 14th, 2013. The album is the follow-up to the Mercury Prize-nominated, Ivor Novello-winning debut, Becoming A Jackal’. Conor J O’Brien can’t do much wrong in my eyes and this album is set to stun the critics all over again. {Awayland} features the tracks: My Lighthouse / Earthly Pleasure / The Waves / Judgement Call / Nothing  / The  / {Awayland} / Passing a Message / Grateful Song / In a Newfound Land You Are Free / Rhythm Composer.

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White Blush has released a debut, self-titled six-track EP. ‘True Luv’ is a particular favourite of mine from the LA-based ambient electronic artist Carol Rhyu. ‘Mirror’ bears more than a lyrical passing resemblance to Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Video Games’; this is perhaps the reason that I was so drawn to the second track, as well as its ability to make the atmosphere around you suffused with a deep neon glow, as you drift softly in to other worlds. An impressive debut from Rhyu. / / /

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂


Written by shelleyhanveywriter

January 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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