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The Big Eyes Family Players 'Folk Songs II' out 6th August 2012 (Domino Publishing) A continuation of the previous collection withJames Yorkston 'FOLK SONGS' (a selection of traditional songs from the UK and Eire). The songs and stories stray from folk tradition. James Green (Big Eyes captain) chose to ask several of his favourite singers to perform on the project. 'Greenland Bound', a whaling ballad sung by Adrian Crowley is tale of loneliness, hard work, danger and isolation from family and friends. Mary Hampton and Sharron Kraus double up for vocals on 'A Man Indeed', a song derived from an old English rhyme called Sandy Dawe to which they've written a new melody - ideal for fans of the original 1973 film The Wicker Man. 'Looly' is a beautiful and beguilingly catchy song featuring James Yorkston on vocals. Its arrangement features an intoxicating blend of instruments including glockenspiel, slide guitar, viola and harmoniflute.
The latest P&S Shutter Session session features the enigma that is Steve Mason playing an acoustic version of his latest single ‘A Lot Of Love’ taken from the current album ‘Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time’.
Director: Greg Davenport Producer: Claire Adcock Executive Producer: Oliver Hammerton Production Company: Epoch London
'Loud City Song' is the new studio recording by Los Angeles based artist Julia Holter, out 19th August 2013. The album is Holter’s third full length release in as many years – following 2011’s groundbreaking debut 'Tragedy' and last year’s follow-up, the critically lauded 'Ekstasis'.
'Loud City Song' have origins that pre-date 2011’s debut Tragedy – coaxed out and finessed as demos in Holter’s bedroom studio and then finally coalesced into one thrillingly cohesive experience in the latter stages of 2012 by Holter and co-producer Cole Marsden Grief-Neill and an ensemble of Los Angeles musicians. The result is an album of enormous ambition – Holter taking inspiration from Collette’s 1944 novella Gigi and using it as a prism through which to explore her relationship with her hometown of Los Angeles and modern life universally, taking cues from the work of Joni Mitchell and the poetry of Frank O’Hara but forging those touch-points into something resolutely unique.
Paracosm was recorded by Ernest Greene with returning producer Ben Allen in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia. Exploring the album’s namesake phenomenon where people create detailed imaginary worlds, the concept has been used to describe fantasy lands like Tolkien’s Middle Earth and C.S. Lewis’ Narnia. The idea of escaping is the main thrust behind the music, which finds Greene distancing himself from the modes and methods that informed Washed Out’s previous recordings. No, he hasn’t thrown away his computer or synths, but Greene made a conscious decision to expand his sonic palette, which resulted in the employment of more than 50 different instruments, the most significant of which turned out to be old keyboards like the Mellotron, Chamberlin, Novatron, and Optigan.
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