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Hannah & The Heartbreak second single ‘Moon Dune’ Dec 22nd, from debut album ‘Open Heart Surgery’ (All The Cats Recordings) avail. now.

2014 November 1
by Gillian
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Photo credit: Nick White

For fans of Beth Orton, Cat Power, Carole King, Joni Mitchell:

London based Hannah & The Heartbreak originally formed as a collaboration between lead singer-songwriter Hannah Bristow, and a collection of musician friends based at a live-in warehouse in North London.

A gifted artist, Hannah ascribed each song on ‘Open Heart Surgery’  an elaborate and beautiful illustration which can be seen in the upcoming video for ‘Moon Dune’, second single  from the album out on Dec. 22nd.

This follows first single ‘The Gate’ (Soundcloud) that received great airplay with Tom Robinson at 6Music, Alex Lester at BBCR2 and Amazing Radio.

http://hannahandtheheartbreak.com/

‘The Gate’ first single from debut album by Hannah & The Heartbreak released Sept. 8th

2014 August 25
by Gillian
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Artwork by Hannah Bristow

First single to be taken from debut album ‘Open Heart Surgery’ by Hannah & The Heartbreak is ‘The Gate’ – already receiving airplay from Alex Lester on BBC Radio 2.

The album is out on August 25th via All The Cats Recordings and features 12 tracks, all recorded in a North London live in warehouse by Hannah Bristow and a collection of musicians. Each track on the album has been coupled with a unique line-drawn illustration designed by Hannah herself – the first of which can be seen on the cover of ‘The Gate’.

Listen to the unmastered version of ‘The Gate’ here: Soundcloud

Andrew Bird releases album collection of The Handsome Family covers June 3rd.

2014 June 5
by Gillian
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Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

‘Hearing Bird for the first time will feel like discovering a new planet’

Independent on Sunday

Things Are Really Great Here.. Sort Of’ follows Andrew Bird’s 2013 7-track EP release ‘I Want to See Pulaski at Night’, and his 2012 record ‘Hands of Glory’. Released digitally (and CD via the website – here)  on June 3rd , with a vinyl format following later this Summer.

Bird will embark on a North American tour this Summer with his band Hands of Glory – Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton (bass), Eric Heywood (pedal steel), Kevin O’Donnell (drums) – beginning June 6th and including two sold out Rough Trade NYC shows.

The Handsome Family is husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, who have collaborated as a couple for more than 20 years garnering widespread critical acclaim. Andrew Bird – a long-time fan – first covered their track ‘Don’t Be Scared’ in 2003 and toured with the band last Autumn. He then began work on this collection which includes an updated rendition of ‘Don’t Be Scared’.

Listen to ‘Tin-Foiled’ from ‘Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…’, originally premiered on Pitchfork, here.

Hannah & The Heartbreak album announced; ‘Open Heart Surgery

2014 June 4
by Gillian
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Artwork by Hannah Bristow

By the end of 2012, an albums worth of songs had been recorded by Hannah Bristow and a collection of musician friends in a North London live-in warehouse. In 2013 producer Jack Reynolds completed the final mixes, enlisting help from Luke Buttery at Way Studios. The album was entitled ‘Open Heart Surgery’ and now it is to be released on Guildford label, All The Cats Recordings.
 
Tracks such as ‘Unstuck’, ‘Role Play’  and ‘The Gate’ received early airplay from Gary Crowley on BBC London and The Demo Show, Amazing Radio.
 
Website - http://hannahandtheheartbreak.com/

Thom Donovan album out June 16th ‘Canon’ feat. Wyclef Jean.

2014 May 15
by Gillian

tdFrom Nashville, Thom Donovan’s first single from ‘Canon’ entitled ‘Shipwreck’ is a collaboration with Wyclef Jean featuring guest vocalist Ruby Amanfu. The song, inspired by Arthur Brooke’s poem ‘The Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet’ (1562), is a looping blend of treated classical guitars and an 808 drum machine.

Catch the video for ‘Shipwreck’ which includes performers from the Nashville Ballet.

Shipwreck – YouTube

  • ‘Canon’ was mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, The Raconteurs, The White Stripes) and mastered by Richard Dodd (Wilco, Tom Petty, George Harrison).

Thom (ex-of band Lapush) also writes for JMHB Music and Kobalt Music. His tracks frequently appear in popular TV shows, including The Good Wife on CBS and Body of Proof on ABC, and he also has a recurring role in the ABC musical drama series ‘Nashville’, as a musician.

Until The Bird.. release single ‘Nightingales’ in prep’ for album ‘Pale Clouded Yellow’ out later this year.

2014 March 17
by Gillian

hhhOriginally from Bristol, Canterbury and Lithuania, Until the Bird (of the Soul Takes Flight from the Cage of the Body to Consort with the Nightingales of the Everlasting Garden – to give them their full name) formed in London in 2011 winning support from BBCR3’s Late Junction, Resonance FM (Sam Lee), Folk Radio and BBC Introducing for their debut six-track EP ‘Dwelling’.

They  write songs that are simply mini-epic celebrations of life and love made in defiance of war and the forces of late capitalism crafting something you haven’t ever quite heard before, while remaining rooted in the musical history of these isles and further afield. Fusing irresistible melodies with a restless musical curiosity and a desire to make songs that feel completely new.

‘Nightingales’ – YouTube

3rd April – Smugglers Sessions at The Lighthouse, Walmer, Deal, Kent CT14 7DX
14th May – The Folkroom at the Harrison Pub, 28 Harrison St., Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF

Ana Silvera at St John on Bethnal Green, Feb 27th, with members of The Santiago Quartet. Support from Seftel (Lo Recordings).

2014 February 17
by Gillian

AnaSilvera‘Silvera’s voice.. has a Björk-like spontaneity – an ability to be gritty and fragile one minute, warm, rich and ripe the next’  Arts Desk

‘Stunning.. an album that mixes operatic and folk elements with magical storytelling’  The Guardian

‘melodies that just won’t leave you alone, a voice that tugs at your heart’  Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

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A Million Times Presents: Ana Silvera performing pieces written for her upcoming second album, plus songs from ‘The Aviary’ (and some surprises – especially for Britney fans!) with members of The Santiago Quartet.  Support comes from electronic art-popster poet, Seftel.

Tickets

St John on Bethnal Green; 200 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA

Since the 2012 release of debut album ‘The Aviary’ (on Karamel Music Collective), singer-songwriter Ana Silvera’s extraordinary voice and mythic songs have drawn in an ever growing band of fans and critics alike. Recorded on both sides of the Atlantic, and featuring arrangements from Maxim Moston (Antony and the Johnsons), the collection of tracks have been described as ‘haunting grown-up fairy tales’ (Metro) from ‘One of Britain’s most outstanding singer-songwriters’ Marcus Davey OBE, Director of Camden’s Roundhouse.

Ana Silvera Website

Cleo T. releases debut album produced by John Parish ‘Songs Of Gold & Shadow’ – Feb 24th.

2014 February 17
by Gillian

a0159993408_10The Parisian chanteuse with the single-initial surname returns with an album boasting John Parish at the knobs and twiddles… An excellent collaboration that will send you slowly mad.’ Shout4Music.com

From Paris, Cleo T performs music that sits somewhere between ethereal folk and dark cabaret. Her album ‘Songs of Gold & Shadow’ was produced by John Parish, probably best known for his work with PJ Harvey. Lyrics written by Robert Wyatt especially for Cleo T. feature in the album’s epilogue entitled ‘So Long Ago Yesterday’.

 

See the extraordinary video for ‘We All’ taken from ‘Songs Of Gold & Shadow’ - YouTube

Matt Harding releases fifth album ‘Motifs’ on Feb 24th – beautiful, scuzzy electro-pop.

2014 February 17
by Gillian

motifs coverMatt Harding has taken his time, five years in fact, before following his acclaimed previous releases (via Moshi-Moshi, Heavenly and his own Reluctancy label) with this, his fifth album ‘motifs’. Thirteen musically cinematic pieces, uncomplicated, uncluttered – eight of them no longer than 3 minutes and influenced by diverse artists such as Nina Simone and Moondog.

Matt Harding – Website

My Glass World second album ‘The Year Of Happy’ to be released Feb 24th.

2014 January 15
by Gillian

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‘Telford’s voice, rich, pure and clear, will simply break your heart’
5* Sunday Express

The second album by My Glass World was written by Jamie Telford on a hillside in Scotland, during the the winter 2012/13. ‘The Year Of Happy’ is the follow up to debut ‘Book One’.

Jamie’s diverse career has included performing with The Jam and The Style Council, writing and playing on two albums with Richard Strange, and writing music for theatre. After taking a musical sabbatical he retrained as a classical composer. His orchestral pieces have been performed by the Southbank Sinfonia, and the National Youth Orchestra among others. The sound of My Glass World is eclectic and literate – powered by an uncommon lyrical and musical intelligence and back by Jamie’s talented associates, Cameron Graham, and Julian Simmons.

Facebook – My Glass World