Nautic is the coming together of three distinctive London music scene figures. Tic Zogson plays bass and guitar, lead vocals and keys belong to Domino Publishing's Laura Groves, while Nathan Jenkins (Bullion) produces.
Beyond the studio is an ever growing live band. Fabiana Palladino on drums, Ben Reed on bass and Laura Coulson who takes centre stage on Lay Back from the brand new Navy Blue EP.
Formed in 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, The Strumbellas consists of songwriter Simon Ward on vocals and guitar, David Ritter on vocals and keys, Jon Hembrey on lead guitar, Isabel Ritchie on violin, Darryl James on bass guitar, and Jeremy Drury on drums.
Six Shooter Records, released their second album, We Still Move on Dance Floors, in June 2013. The album was produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Foo Fighters, Blonde Redhead) and won a 2014 Juno Award in the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year.
You can watch the video for "Sailing" the lead single from the album above.
Tim Presley takes his White Fence project out of his bedroom and into his friend Ty Segall’s studio - with stunning results.
Tim Presley better known as White Fence is back with the follow up to 2013’s Cyclops Reap, 'For The Recently Found Innocent' sees Presley take a slightly different approach to recording this time. Prior to this album Presley always recorded White Fence stuff in his bedroom, this time he’s taken White Fence into Ty Segall’s studio.
View the video for the album track "Like That" using the link above.
Trevor Powers, whose stage name is Youth Lagoon, began writing his debut album The Year of Hibernationin 2010. Based around the idea of psychological dysphoria, Powers tried to document the trails of his mind through songs of minimalism and hypnotic ambiance. Powers signed with Mississippi-based label Fat Possum Records in 2011, he toured much of the following year before going back into solitude to write.
Wondrous Bughouse, Powers' sophomore album (releeaed in March 2013), was spawned from what he describes as "becoming more fascinated with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world." During the time he wrote, Powers became intrigued with the metaphysical universe and blending those ideas with pop music.
Check out the official video for track 'Mute' taken from Wondrous Bughouse above.
Toronto-native Warren Hildebrand began his Foxes in Fiction project in 2005, during his sophomore year of high school, as an outlet for his drug-induced, experimental sound collages. His debut album, Swung from the Branches, was released in 2010 on Hildebrand’s own label Orchid Tapes and then later released via Ghostly International’s sub-label Moodgadget Records. During the downtime between his Alberto EP, a split 7” with Benoît Pioulard, and a slew of self-releases distributed for free from his website, Hildebrand began to focus heavily on Orchid Tapes, a hub for underground acts that fit within his vision and aesthetic.
In 2011, Hildebrand hunkered down in his Toronto apartment, writing and recording what would later become his second Foxes in Fiction full-length album entitled Ontario Gothic. The album, which is centered around the idea of loss, finds Hildebrand looking back at the past five years while living in Toronto and the powerful experiences that took place during that time.
Ontario Gothic will be released on September 23 via Orchid Tapes. View and listen to the preview track 'Shadow's Song' using the link above.
My Brightest Diamond's new EP "None More Than You" is now out with the release of the full length LP "This Is My Hand" due out in September 2014.
Check out the video for 'Dreaming Awake' recorded and filmed live in the shadow of the Glenwood Power Station in Yonkers, New York, chronicles the band’s run-in with local police.
October 17 Stockholm, Sweden - Scandic Grand Central – FREE SHOW! October 18 Gothenburg, Sweden - Folkteatern Foajebaren October 19 Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen October 21 Hamburg, Germany - Knust October 22 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof October 24 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Rotonde October 25 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Noord-Tolhuistuin October 26 Paris, France - Bababoum October 28 London, United Kingdom - Village Underground October 29 Leeds, United Kingdom - Brundenell Social Club October 30 Glasgow, United Kingdom - Oran Mor October 31 Dublin, Ireland - Workman’s Club
Owl John, aka Scott Hutchison of critically acclaimed Frightened Rabbit, is proud to announce the release of his self-titled debut album, out August 5. The record, produced by Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit and good friend Simon Liddell of Olympic Swimmers, was recorded between the Isle of Mull in Scotland and the west coast of America.
Listen to the preview track 'Hate Music' using the audio/video link above.
It's been a few years since we heard a new album from Toronto-based songwriter Jennifer Castle, but that will change later this summer. Her latest LP is called Pink City, and it will be out on September 2 through Idée Fixe Records.
Pink City will be the follow-up to 2011's Castlemusic. Listen to the brand new track 'Nature' using the link below.
It’s fitting that Los Angeles-based four-piece Wand is signed to Ty Segall’s Drag City imprint God? Records. Both artists make music that hearkens back to the ’60s and ’70s, which beam with psych-tinged guitar riffs. But whereas Segall shreds with abrasive and reckless energy, Wand charms with infectious hooks and sugary psychedelia. These are especially abound on the band’s new song “Flying Golem”.
The lead single off their forthcoming album Ganglion Reef, which is out August 26th, “Flying Golem” bursts with colorful, kaleidoscopic guitars and bubbly vocals. Listen for the Kinks-inspired melodies and stay for the thundering lead guitars. Listen below.
The Divine Comedy is the alias for Neil Hannon, a British pop singer/songwriter with aspirations of becoming a new wave fusion of Scott Walker, Morrissey, and Electric Light Orchestra. During the early '90s, he built up a strong cult following with a pair of idiosyncratic, critically acclaimed records before his third album, Casanova, became a mainstream success. "Becoming More Like Alfie" and "Something for the Weekend," both pulled from Casanova, became hits after receiving significant airplay from Radio 1, and the Divine Comedy moved from British indie rock favorites to a minor mainstream cult in their own right.
The Divine Comedy were formed in Londonderry, Ireland, by Neil Hannon who provided vocals, guitar and the lion's share of song-writing. Inspired by R.E.M., the band started as a trio and released an EP, Fanfare for the Comic Muse, in the spring of 1990. In 1991, the group released the EP Timewatch and it was the following year, which saw the group relocate to London, where they regularly supported Suede on club gigs. Produced by Edwyn Collins, the EP Europop was released later in 1992.
Following Europop, the Divine Comedy fell apart, and Hannon went back to Londonderry, where he began to write songs again. In 1993, the album Liberation was released to positive reviews. Promenade followed in 1994, again to positive reviews throughout the U.K. music press; it appeared on year-end lists from NME, Melody Maker, and Q, among others. Released early in 1996, Casanova was greeted with enthusiastic reviews and it slowly began to build an audience. "Something for the Weekend" became a staple on UK national radio. When it was released as a single a month later, "Something for the Weekend" entered the charts at 14. Soon, Hannon was appearing not only on the cover of Melody Maker, but there were articles about him throughout mainstream press, from The Guardian to Just Seventeen.
Released to coincide with Valentine's Day 1997, A Short Album About Love was greeted with positive reviews and the strongest initial sales of any Divine Comedy record to date.
In 1999, the Divine Comedy celebrated ten years. The release of A Secret History marked the occasion, but Hannon had his hand in other projects. He contributed vocals to Tom Jones' Reload as well as Ute Lemper's album Punishing Kiss. A new deal surfaced at the dawning of the new millennium and Hannon headed into the studio with producer Nigel Godrich. This resulted in their very last album Regeneration in 2001.
Steve Gunn's upcoming full-length album, is titled Way Out Weather and is released on October 6th via Paradise Of Bachelors. The first available song, "Milly's Garden," is available to listen to using the link above. The album has a hint of ecological unease lurking behind it, as Gunn wrote it on tour with an eye to the passing landscape and the worrying changes roiling it.
His voice has a little more pain and gravel here than it did on 2013's rocking-porch gem Time Off, but he still sings with a calming and gentle soulfulness, a hand smoothing a bedsheet.
STEVE GUNN TOUR DATES:
Tue. Nov. 4 - Liverpool, UK @ 02 Academy w/ The War On Drugs Wed. Nov. 5 - London, UK @ Roundhouse w/ The War On Drugs Thu. Nov. 6 - Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy w/ The War On Drugs Fri. Nov. 7 - Manchester, UK @ The Ritz w/ The War On Drugs Sat. Nov. 8 - Glasgow, UK @ 02 ABC Glasgow w/ The War On Drugs Wed. Nov. 12 - London, UK @ Cafe Oto w/ Mike Cooper Thu. Nov. 13 - St. Leonards, UK @ Kave Gallery
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