All We Are are Guro Gikling from Norway (vocals, bass), Luis Santos from Brazil (guitars) and Richard O’Flynn from Ireland (drums/vocals). It hasn’t escaped them that the world seems to be spiraling into a period of darkness and through their music; they want to say it’s ok not to belong and it’s ok to feel different.
Last month, All We Are teased their return with the blistering ‘Burn It All Out’. It was the Liverpool-based trio’s first new music since their self-titled debut in 2015 and today, they share the news about their forthcoming second album and a video for the single ‘Human’.
Sunny Hills will be released on June 9th through Double Six/Domino, produced by Kwes (Solange, Kano, Loyle Carner) it finds the band with a new sense of urgency and a new sound - one that takes in psychedelia, krautrock and post-punk.
Directed by Eoin Glaister, the video is part one of a trilogy about a small village having to face a developer building a motorway through the middle of it. At first, it causes issues between the residents but they begin to learn that by joining forces they stand a better chance against the developers. The video stars Thomas Gray as the motorway developer.
The resulting Sunny Hills is an irresistibly danceable, dark yet uplifting record about what it means to be alive right now and the power of friendship and togetherness in a world intent on driving us apart.
Political, poetic, danceable and affirming - for all the proud citizens of nowhere, All We Are give you Sunny Hills.
Peter Perrett - former frontman of The Only Ones - releases his debut solo album How The West Was Won through Domino.
Perrett, whose incisive songcraft and sardonic drawl made him one of the most distinctive voices of the Seventies hasn’t released any music for 20 years. Bearing in mind his most famous song began “I always flirt with death” (‘Another Girl, Another Planet’), this is one comeback that nobody saw coming.
In the hands of certain songwriters, a story of resurrection and redemption might ring a little hollow, but when the songwriter is Peter Perrett, the usual rules have never applied.
Perrett makes each song on How The West Was Won sound natural and effortless, as though he were continuing a briefly interrupted conversation rather than picking up the threads of a solo career that faltered two decades ago. He claims to have barely touched a guitar in the decade between The One’s 1996 album Woke Up Sticky and the 2007 reunion of The Only Ones; with Perrett, a hiatus could so easily turn into a hibernation. Yet Perrett’s familiar voice sounds like it simply stepped out of the room for a few minutes and popped back in again.
Perrett has shared the title track and album opener. It finds him railing against American imperialism and celebrity culture. The video is directed by Focus Creeps (Arctic Monkeys/King Krule) and features Peter’s band with whom he recorded the album. Watch above.
Richard Dawson will release new album Peasant via Weird World / Domino. Coinciding with the announcement, Dawson has shared a video for the album’s first single ‘Ogre’, directed by Matt Stokes. Watch above.
No listener to Dawson’s earlier music has ever discerned a lack of artistic ambition. Whether they got on at the last stop - the 4 track Tyneside-Trout-Mask-through a-Vic and Bob-filter of Nothing Important - or earlier in the journey, with The Glass Trunk’s visceral song cycle or The Magic Bridge’s sombre revels, devotees of his earlier recordings will be at once intrigued by and slightly fearful of the prospect of a record that could make those three landmark releases look like formative work.
Peasant is that album. From its first beguilingly muted fanfare to its spectacular climax exploring a Dark Ages masseuse’s dangerous fascination with a mysterious artefact called the Pin of Quib, it will grab newcomers to Dawson’s work by the scruff of the neck and refuse to let them go until they have signed a pledge of life-long allegiance.
Matt Jones’ Crescent will release its first album in ten years, Resin Pockets, on Geographic Music. Watch the video for the album’s opening track and first single ‘Get Yourself Tidy’ on above
If it’s been a long while since Little Waves, the intimate treasure they released in 2007, that’s because much like peers Movietone and flying saucer attack, Crescent move in slow motion, but with sure steps, only doing things when they feel right and true. You can hear this in the confidence that underpins the nine songs written by Crescent leader Matt Jones for Resin Pockets, an album that nestles beautifully into a long history of visionary outsider English pop craft, in the same vein as the isle’s solitary voices, all singing against the grain – the playfulness of Kevin Ayers; the grace of Vashti Bunyan; the rhapsody of Robert Wyatt; the melancholy of Epic Soundtracks; the revelations of Bill Fay.
With their debut album Still Life released 28th April on Domino, south London trio Little Cub have shared a video for the latest track to be taken from the album, ‘Hypnotise’.
Watch the video now ABOVE.
Compiled and directed by Kim Taylor, the new video’s cut-and-paste library imagery echoes vocalist Dominic Gore’s call to arms lyricism, romanticising a future beyond the common modern day dystopian view.
Liverpool-based All We Are return with their startling new track ‘Burn It All Out’. It’s the trio’s first new music since their self-titled debut in 2015, and marks a shift in their sound – one that takes in psychedelia, krautrock and post-punk.
All We Are are Guro Gikling from Norway (vocals, bass), Luis Santos from Brazil (guitars) and Richard O’Flynn from Ireland (drums/vocals). ‘Burn It All Out’ sets the tone for their forthcoming second album – it reflects their increasing cohesiveness as a unit and their belief in the power of friendship and togetherness in a world intent on driving us apart.
On the first date of the band’s UK tour, Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains have shared their beautifully surreal video for, ‘Après Après’. The track is a stand-out, taken from their recently released 4th studio album, Solide Mirage. Fránçois stars in the video as a character very similar to (but not) Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks.
In François’ own words: “Time has come for you to seek the path. We have a new video, Agent Cooper 2.0 style!”
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan release their new album Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars on 7th April. Itfollows the band’s debut, 2016’s critically acclaimed Everything Sacred, and presents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists - James Yorkston (East Neuk of Fife), Jon Thorne (Isle of Wight) and Suhail Yusuf Khan (New Delhi).
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