‘Hearing Bird for the first time will feel like discovering a new planet’
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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.
From 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.
- ‘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.
Originally 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.
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).
‘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
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.
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.
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 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.
‘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.
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The full EP stream - Soundcloud
From Andrew Bird:
“I had this song “Pulaski at Night” that was fresh and ready to go. Rather than wait a few years to put it out, I composed a sort of score to go with it, as if the song were a movie, and I wrapped it in a soundtrack composed of themes that set you up for the song.”
“When a seemingly random word or phrase sticks in your head for two decades, you should pay attention to it and maybe honor it in some way. It now represents a time in Chicago in my 20′s. We were driving around the northwest side with a student visiting from Thailand. At one point he declared, ” I want to see Pulaski at night”. We thought it was funny and absurd because Pulaski is a street that runs the length of Chicago’s west side and I can tell you, you don’t want to see Pulaski at night.”
The South (still Beautiful!) release single ‘Pigeonhole’ (Oct 28th) from album ‘Sweet Refrains’ and launch lengthy UK tour.
Formed in 1988 from previous band The Housemartins, The Beautiful South had a string of hit singles such as Old Red Eyes Is Back, Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10 and Number One single – A Little Time. Their greatest hits album, Carry On Up The Charts, was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history, entering at Number One and staying there for weeks, becoming one of the country’s most popular albums ever.
After 20 years, 10 studio albums, 5 greatest hits compilations, 34 chart singles, 15 million record sales worldwide and performing in front of millions of fans, time was called on The Beautiful South in 2008, but Dave Hemingway and Ali Wheeler, two of the three singers, were having too much fun to stop and The South was formed. Joining them were fellow mainstays from the original touring band: keyboard wizard Damon Butcher and the potent horn section of Gaz Birtles and Tony Robinson.
A few years further down the line, here we are with The South and their debut album, currently available on Zoo Records. Sweet Refrains unveils their own brand of irresistible pop melodies laced with twists of caustic wit and opens another new and exciting chapter. The album tour started on September 30th 2013 and continues right through to December. Here are the dates in full:
Debut visit to the UK ‘Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers’, self-titled album out now (INgrooves/Little Sur).
Live: London – Oct 29th – The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St., N1 0XT
Facebook – The Islington
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers – the San Francisco-based six-piece have gained recognition for their brand of California folk-rock, brisk Americana and show-stopping soul, punctuated with fresh four-part harmonies, crisp rock guitar and Nicki’s soaring, nuanced vocals.
After playing an average of 150 shows a year over the last two years including noteworthy appearances at US festivals this year such as Bonnaroo and Newport Folk, Nicki is making her debut European tour together with a stripped back Gramblers. Joining her are husband Tim Bluhm (the Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers) and guitarist Scott Law. Together they will perform as an acoustic trio and plays songs from the newly released ‘Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers’ album as well as from ‘Driftwood’ (2011) and ‘Duets’ (2010).