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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.

 

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August 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm

World premiere of Andrew Wyatt documentary; visionary, transformational, never fully contained

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Andrew Wyatt, one third of indie-electronic creatives Miike Snow, releases his debut solo album, ‘Descender’ on April 16th, 2013. If the album is even half as good as Miike Snow‘s previous two albums (‘Miike Snow’ (2009) and ‘Happy to You’ (2012) ), then fans can expect something extra special.

This week saw the world premiere of a documentary directed by Sebastian Mlynarski and released in collaboration with The Creators Project, which provides a compelling behind-the-scenes look into Wyatt’s creative process of making the album. The documentary focuses in part on the writing of ‘And Septimus…’, which will be the first single taken from the record. As the lead singer in Miike Snow, Wyatt has always been very much the focal point of the band’s image and overall vibe, but from the outset it was clear that his visionary capacity and transformational frontmanship could never be fully contained.

I am so excited for this album!

 

‘Descender’ is available to pre-order on iTunes now (http://smarturl.it/AWDescender) and receive the first single ‘And Septimus…’

‘Descender’ is released on April 16th, 2013.

 

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March 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm

“Jim…he’s a dancer!” @MiikeSnow ‘s upcoming album and the freakishly funky ‘Paddling Out’

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Artist: Miike Snow

Album: ‘Happy to You

Release Date: March 13th, 2012 (US), March 19th, 2012 (UK/EU)

Label: Downtown / Universal Republic

Tracklist:

01 ‘Enter the Jokers Lair

02 ‘The Wave

03 ‘Devil’s Work’

04 ‘Vase

05 ‘God Help This Divorce’

06 ‘Bavarian #1 (say you will)’

07 ‘Pretender

08 ‘Archipelago’

09 ‘Black Tin Box’ [ft. Lykke Li]

10 ‘Paddling Out’

 

Miike Snow has two upcoming shows in the UK: May 30th, 2012 at HMV Ritz, Manchester and May 31st, 2012 at O2 Academy, Brixton. Both shows feature support performances from Niki & The Dove and Alex Metric and tickets can be purchased at the following link: www.gigsandtours.com

www.miikesnow.com / www.twitter.com/MiikeSnow

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February 24, 2012 at 11:16 am

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Conscious submission; And the communication I have got to make is, that they have great expectations

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“Now, I return to this young fellow. And the communication I have got to make is, that he has great expectations.”

Today (February 7th, 2012) is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. Dickens ranks third in my personal list of all-time favourite writers, with Shakespeare given top billing and Oscar Wilde a close second. Third is not too shabby a ranking in my book; the principal reason for which would be the wondrous and enchanting, Great Expectations. The opening segment of David Lean’s 1946 adaptation of Dickens’s tale of love and loss against the classes and the odds, struck a chord with me from a young age; never judge on first impressions, a small, seemingly insignificant act could mean everything to someone else and perhaps the most important lesson – you can and will love someone at some stage in your life, despite the obstacles, despite your differences and certainly in spite of them. I considered Estella to be beautiful and intriguing, everything that Miss Havisham had trained and wished for her to be, but above all of that, she introduced me to the notion of conscious submission. Estella allowed herself to be emotionally controlled by Miss Havisham, she was certainly conditioned to these ends from a young age, but with the conscious knowledge of this conditioning came her real power. First appearing as a mere puppet for her adoptive guardian’s bitter rantings, Estella gradually assumes enough power to affect and drastically alter the life course of each of the main – and male – protagonists. For me, Estella is English Literature’s greatest feminine superhero.

But I digress, back to music.

 

Tribes are a four-piece indie-rock band from Camden, who released their debut album ‘Baby’ on January 16th, 2012.  They have been receiving a great deal of radio airplay in recent weeks, with Fearne Cotton citing their new album as one of her current favourites. ‘When My Day Comes’ is one of my favourite tracks from the record and I expect to be seeing a lot of this band around the festival circuit.

 

Dry the River release their debut album ‘Shallow Bed’ on March 5th, 2012 and the next single to be taken from the record is ‘The Chambers & The Valves.’  I really like this band and was disappointed not to see them rank higher on the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll. Their music videos are every bit as captivating as their vocal harmonies and the band successfully combine folk and post-punk in such a way as to render the individual genres somewhat lacking.

 

Active Child is the stage name of electronic and dream-pop artist, Pat Grossi. His new album ‘You Are All I See’ was released in November, 2011 and the next single is set to be ‘Diamond Heart.’ ‘Hanging On’ is one of my favourite tracks from the record and could be described as a cleansing ritual for the senses. There’s a reason they call it dream-pop and this is certainly the stuff of dreams.

 

Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a singer-songwriter from York, UK who released his debut album ‘Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm’ in July, 2011.  ‘Box of Stones’ is my favourite track from the record, but the next single is set to be ‘Pictures.’ Leftwich has one of the best voices that I’ve heard in the past year, alongside only James Vincent McMorrow.

www.tribesband.com / www.drytheriver.net / www.activechildmusic.com / www.benjaminfrancisleftwich.com

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February 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Ready to jump start your heart back to its evergreen state: New Build @newbuildband and Ladyhawke @ladyhawkeforyou

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The final week of the seemingly longest and most spiritually challenging month of the year, has kindly delivered some electro thrills for the financially-bereft music-loving masses. Your Nordman Firs may be long since dead, but this voltaic pair are ready to jump start your heart back to its evergreen state.

New Build is a musical merger consisting of members from Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem (Al Doyle, Felix Martin) and studio engineer, Tom Hopkins. The band are releasing music on their own label, Lanark Recordings, and their debut album ‘Yesterday Was Lived And Lost’ will be released in March, 2012. A new single, ‘Do You Not Feel Loved’ is also set for release on February 20th, 2012.

 

Ladyhawke delights fans with the much awaited follow-up to her debut album this year, before embarking on a major tour of the UK. ‘Anxiety’ is set for release on March 19th, 2012, with a new single ‘Black, White & Blue’ coming just before on February 19th, 2012.

 

Ladyhawke has said of her second album:

The tone of it is definitely darker. It’s still poppy and fun, but I listened to a lot of guitar rock when I was writing it, stuff like Pixies, Blur, Nirvana and I’ve always wanted to make a guitar record. There’s no synth, but there’s some organ. It’s more of a straight-up rock record.

Her New Wave roots still come through, as sure and certain as ever, which makes this slight yet marked genre shift less disturbing and more exciting for me. Ladyhawke plays The Ruby Lounge, Manchester on May 2nd, 2012 and tickets are available from this Friday (January 27th, 2012) via www.ticketline.co.uk.

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

www.newbuildband.com / www.twitter.com/newbuildband

www.ladyhawkemusic.com / www.twitter.com/ladyhawkeforyou

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January 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Untouched and golden things, courtesy of The Lonely Forest, 2:54, Paradise, Dog Is Dead and Discopolis

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With every new year, comes fresh musical talent; artists and bands which remain untouched and uncharted, with all the gleam of future promise. Some are destined to remain in their chrysalis prison, forever dreaming of those first few moments of taking flight but for some reason never quite fulfilling their potential. Others however cannot be contained and are destined from stage one to achieve bright and beautiful things; let me introduce: The Lonely Forest, 2:54, Paradise, Dog Is Dead and Discopolis.

 

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Please enjoy and support these great new talents for 2012.

www.thelonelyforest.com

www.twofiftyfour.net

www.soundcloud.com/paradiselovesyou

www.dogisdead.co.uk

www.soundcloud.com/discopolismusic

 

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January 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm

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Top tips for 2012, featuring First Aid Kit, L.P. and Various Cruelties @firstaidkitband @LPROCK @v_cruelties

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First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk duo, consisting of sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg. The siblings formed their band and began writing in 2007, aged just 17 and 14 and have since gone on to release their debut album ‘The Big Black & The Blue’ (2010) and to support Fleet Foxes in Europe. They have a great deal in common with the aforementioned folk septet, particularly with regard to their tight vocal harmonies and earthy songwriting style. The band are set to release their second album ‘The Lion’s Roar’, on January 23rd, 2012, from which I have selected one of my favourite tracks, ‘Emmylou.’

L.P. or Laura Pergolizzi to the over-familiar amongst us, is a rock singer and songwriter from New York. Since signing to Warner Music Group, she has amassed considerable songwriting credits, including tracks penned for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and… ahem, Heidi Montag. Currently working on her debut release for the major label; I have selected the track ‘Into The Wild’ to give you a taste of what’s to come from this fiesty rock frontrunner.

Various Cruelties are a four-piece band based in London, who make ‘Motown-influenced indie’ music. The band centres around songwriter and frontman Liam O’Donnell who, inspired by his Northern Soul roots in Leeds, moved to London to write about his experiences to date and stumbled across some bandmates along the way. Fast forward two years and O’Donnell and co are set to release their debut album in the Spring of 2012. They have found themselves on several ‘must watch’ lists and have enjoyed high praise from several notable TV performances, including Jools Holland at the back end of last year. I think this band have a great deal to look forward to in 2012, particularly with their USP (O’Donnell) at the helm. My favourite track to date would be ‘If It Wasn’t For You’ which I have loaded below. The band are currently touring the UK.

 

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

www.thisisfirstaidkit.com / www.twitter.com/firstaidkitband

www.iamlp.com / www.twitter.com/LPROCK

www.variouscruelties.com / www.twitter.com/v_cruelties

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January 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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