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I Don’t Want To Change You

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The second full length track has been released from Damien Rice‘s upcoming third album, ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’ (Ireland – October 31st, 2014, UK & EU – November 3rd, 2014, Australia and NZ – November 7th, 2014).

‘I Don’t Want To Change You’ is as reflective, emotive and orchestral as you might expect, but there is a definite shift in tone from the bitter frankness of tracks such as ‘Rootless Tree’ and ‘Me, My Yoke and I’, as featured on 2006’s ‘9‘. Perhaps, after his time away from the spotlight, Rice has found some inner stillness and finally made peace with his history and histrionics. I rather hope not, because no one does heartbreak and repressed rage quite like him. ‘Elephant’ is my second favourite Rice track (unsurprisingly perhaps, given that it was said to be originally titled ‘The Blower’s Daughter, Pt. 2’). The last sentence is so perfect: “well you can both keep me pinned, ’cause it’s easier to tease, but you can’t make me happy, quite as good as me…well you know that’s a lie“. Just like Rice to flip the entire meaning of a track in the last six words.

All of the U.S. and European tour dates recently released have sold out, and tickets are selling online via auction sites for up to £2,000. I’m keeping everything crossed for more UK dates and will post details as soon as I get them.

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http://www.damienrice.com

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September 25, 2014 at 11:48 am

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Spirituality and affective states

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Dreamy London duo, Labyrinth Ear, release a digital deluxe edition of their debut album, ‘The Orchid Room’ this week.

Fans have been treated to exclusive remixes and a new bonus track, ‘Bitter Almonds’, which is every bit as edgy and trance-inducing as you would expect from the electronic pair.

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I see Labyrinth Ear as the only viable, whilst still progressive, successors to Lamb – most likely my favourite ever electronic band. ‘Marble Eyes’ being a perfect example of the similarities between the two groups, particularly in their subtle application of spirituality and affective states in their hazy and dream-like productions. Aikea Guinea directed this video, which I think is just stunning and contextualises the track perfectly.


If you like this, have a listen to ‘Amber’ and ‘White Gold’, two of my personal favourites.

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http://www.labyrinthear.com

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September 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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Bad boys and tortured souls

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In various ways and at different times, I’ve felt a lack of love over the past few years. It is my belief that this began when someone really influential and significant left my life.

That person was Damien Rice.


It was 2004 and I had been introduced to the wonder that is Rice’s debut album, ‘O‘. It’s fair to say that it was infatuation at first listen and so began my emotionally fulfilling, yet completely one-sided love affair with one of the great Irish poets and performers of our time. We went on to laugh, cry and share such special moments in each other’s company. He brought my favourite female singer-songwriter, Lisa Hannigan, in to my life and accompanied me to a gig that I will never forget. He provided the soundtrack to one of my favourite films, Closer, and in my young and hopeful naivety I truly believed that nothing would ever change.

And then he left.

Not a word for 8 years. I heard a rumour of overgrown beards, mountainside retreats in Tibet and a possible loss of muse, but after a series of disheartening social media searches, I reluctantly realised that I had to move on and I really thought I had. Of course there were the six-monthly rumination periods were I would just sit and wonder how things fell apart, but on the whole I was doing ok.

Then something happened…

 

Rice surprised everyone this week by announcing the release of his third studio album, ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’ (Ireland – October 31st, 2014, UK & EU – November 3rd, 2014, Australia and NZ – November 7th, 2014) and providing a teaser video of the track. Online hype is huge, as is to be expected for an artist whose debut album went 10x Platinum in his native country. I think it would be no exaggeration to state that this is surely the most anticipated album of 2014.

To quote Loz herself…”I feel like I’ve been trying to cover this up – I still love him. I try to convince myself that I’m over him, but I’m not”.

I feel your pain Loz – your armed robber bad boy is my tortured soul Irish crooner.

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

http://www.damienrice.com

 

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September 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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To dance, to serenade, to camp

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I just love over the top, sometimes ridiculous, oftentimes extremely camp dance sequences in films.

Two of my favourites happen to feature two of my favourite actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (from (500) Days of Summer) and Heath Ledger (from Ten Things I Hate About You).

 

The Collins English Dictionary defines serenade as:

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1. (Music, other) a piece of music appropriate to the evening, characteristically played outside the house of a woman.

What would you call a piece of music played outside the house of a man, I wonder? The key difference in a court of law between a murder and a manslaughter charge, I’d imagine. I have been serenaded on the street by a James Blunt impersonator, but never outside my house. I feel that this is a wrong which must be put right and to that end I invite impersonators, lookalikes and caricaturists to feel free to pitch up outside my digs and give it their best shot.

If you happen to look like Levitt or Ledger, all the better.

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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September 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm

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Masters, Hens and Cherry Ghosts

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So it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy with studying for my Masters, organising hen weekends, becoming a Godmother and doing a bit of private tuition on the side. But now I’m back, to let you know, I can really shake ’em down…yep, there’s been time for a few classic romance dramas too.

I’ve been listening to one of my favourite chillout albums a lot recently; Birdy‘s 2011 self-titled debut. I’ve decided that her cover of Cherry Ghost‘s ‘People Help the People’ is one of my all time favourite songs. In fact, I’m yet to hear a remix of the song that I don’t like. There’s a great one on Chilled Ibiza by Two Inch Punch. I first heard the original song at a festival that I reviewed back in 2011; Friends of Mine Festival. The track has clearly stood the test of time, much unlike the festival which was canned after a year due to the company going in to voluntary liquidation after failing to pay debts to artists, individuals and suppliers. The line-up was as ambitious as the financial projections, it would appear.

Regardless, I will always fondly remember the first time I heard this track and will likely never get another chance to see Cherry Ghost perform live; for which, friends of mine, I am truly grateful.

 

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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August 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm

“Pop in disguise”; the kittenish sounds of new singer-songwriter, Fiona Bevan

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I was reading the list of ‘Most Successful UK Songwriters of 2013’ over the weekend, as published in The Independent on February 11th, 2014.

It was Music Week that collated the list and to clarify – the songwriters did not have to originate from the UK as the list was compiled based on songwriters’ “shares” of the credit for the UK’s 100 biggest-selling singles of the year. The list reads as follows:

1. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

2. Pharrell Williams

3. The Smeezingtons (including Bruno Mars)

4. Ryan Tedder

5. Mike Rosenberg (Passenger)

6. Dan Smith (Bastille)

7. Avicii

8. Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel (Daft Punk)

9. Jeremy Fraites and Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers)

10. Max Martin

I found the absence of any double x chromosomes particularly depressing, especially given the number of great female songwriters that the music industry has to offer. Obviously this is just a snapshot in time and isn’t meant to reflect the state of the industry as a whole, but it kind of does…doesn’t it? There are clearly several prolific and widely regarded female songwriters on the scene at the moment: Sia Furler (who occupied the number 2 spot in 2012), Ellie Goulding (19th, 2013), Taylor Swift (11th, 2013), Lady Gaga (100th, 2013), Laura Marling and Emile Sande to name but a few, but it would appear that either a. their sales are predominantly album-driven or    b. they are co-writing some of their most successful material. Max Martin co-wrote Swift’s ’22’ and ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, as well as Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ and quite evidently has the golden touch when it comes to penning hit records. He gave us ‘Baby One More Time’ and the wondrous Britney Spears, need I say more.

 

One such female who is hoping to navigate her way to the top of this list is Suffolk-born, Colchester-raised, Fiona Bevan. Bevan has already established herself as an in-demand songwriter on an international scale. As well as commissions for film, classical compositions, and a Tate exhibition, she also co-wrote ‘Little Things’ with Ed Sheeran, which went on to become a No.1 single for One Direction.  Bevan releases her debut single, ‘The Machine’ on March 1oth, 2014 on Navigator Records. The track is the first single to be taken from ‘Talk To Strangers’, Bevan’s debut album set for release on April 28th, 2014.

Bevan describes her debut album as “pop in disguise”. An accurate depiction of the material I’d say; I hear strong folk and acoustic rock influences coming through which put me in mind of Joanna Newsom, Bella Hardy and Lisa Hannigan. Fine company, folkies amongst me will agree. Bevan’s vocals, like Hannigan’s, are beautifully hypnotic, perfectly blending her delicate, kittenish tone with the jaunty beats of her acoustic guitar. Bevan’s look is as unique and stunning as her artistry and I predict big things for her in 2014.

www.fionabevan.co.uk / www.twitter.com/fionabevan

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February 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

If Paloma’s music be the food of love, fans show no signs of sickening

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The album I am most looking forward to this year has got to be Paloma Faith‘s ‘A Perfect Contradiction’.

As well as being consistently amazed at Faith’s vocal capabilities, I also love her theatrical presence, ability to laugh at herself and assured femininity. She exudes confidence in her performances, yet is able to deliver fragile lyrics and heartfelt metaphors without even a hint of irony. I relate to Faith in a number of ways, particularly in the quote below, where she speaks to Stylist magazine about the films which influenced her second album, ‘Fall to Grace’ (May, 2012)

I’m a fantasist and I like to make my life like a dream, all the people around me do the same. There is something about making dreams possible that really attracts me. Tim Burton transports me to a place where I feel everything is possible.

Faith is discussing her love of Edward Scissorhands (1990), which is also one of my favourite films, and says that, “if you take away the literal nature of the work, there is something naïve and beautiful about him and I can see why she [Kim] would fall in love with a man-made person with scissors for hands”. I know for a fact that I too would have fell for Edward and been blissfully untroubled by the potential health and safety risks – I think that someone allowing you to see a glimpse of their naive or vulnerable side is what love is all about and it doesn’t happen all that often. And who doesn’t love a man that can make it snow, cut your hair and save you a lifetime’s cost of Timpson’s key cutting services! It won’t always be easy – you may end up feeling as sliced and diced as one of Edward’s ice sculptures – but the notion that love can overpower you, make you do and say things you never thought possible, make your dreams a reality and the awareness and deep-set fear on your part that you have to succumb to those feelings because one day they might just float away – or evade police capture by living an exiled existence in the eerie mansion at the top of the hill…surely these are the feelings which make life anything other than a series of learned routines? I totally should have progressed that Critical Film Studies elective...

Faith has been teasing fans with snippets of new tracks off the album and posted a link on her official Facebook page this week, to a stunning acoustic performance of, ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’.

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The 15-track deluxe album is released on March 10th, 2014 in the UK and is set to continue Faith’s unblemished record of chart-topping hits and exciting collaborations. On this, her third studio album, Faith collaborates with Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Plan B. ‘Can’t Rely on You’, which she co-wrote with Williams, will act as lead single and will be available for purchase from February 23rd, 2014. The track is classic funk-soul and certainly meets Faith’s objective to write a more upbeat album by going back to her artistic roots.

https://www.stylist.co.uk/people/singer-paloma-faith-chooses-six-favourite-films#image-rotator-1

www.palomafaith.com / http://www.twitter.com/Palomafaith

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February 12, 2014 at 11:51 am

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