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.
Introducing the long-lasting 2017 Subaru Impreza. Kids grow up in the blink of an eye. Every parent knows how true that is. One minute, they’re toddlers running around the backyard, and then, suddenly, they’re all grown up. In this commercial, we see the story of a little boy who’s grown up too fast, the parents who watched it happen, and the car that’s been there for them all along.
When West Country feedback merchant Dave Pearce's Flying Saucer Attack resurfaced in 2015 with his first new music in more than a decade, it provided the ideal opportunity to introduce his out-of-print back catalogue to a whole new audience. Following the excitement generated by the re-release of Further, Chorus and Distance last year, Domino are reissuing three more of his peerless early works – the self-titled debut, New Lands and Mirror.
Tamsin Wilson and her band, aptly called Wilsen, are gearing up to release their long-awaited debut album ‘I Go Missing In My Sleep’ via Secret City.
They’ve now shared their latest taste of the album ‘Heavy Steps’. On it, Tamsin’s voice drifts across soothing, folk-infused guitar melodies, a light smattering of piano, sweeps of strings and even waves of soothing synths. It sounds like there’s a lot going on, but it’s all handled with light enough touch that it all seems effortlessly elegant. Tamsin told NPR that the track is “a reminder to look ahead, because sometimes it’s all too easy to do the opposite.” This track certainly makes you look forward to that upcoming debut LP.
Wilsen recorded the LP in upstate New York and at The Farm Studio, located just outside of Philadelphia, with producer Ben Baptie.
The Kills – Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince - are pleased to share a brand new video for ‘Whirling Eye’, off 2016’s album Ash & Ice. The video, helmed by award-winning video director Sophie Muller, a longtime collaborator of the band, was shot at several locations in Los Angeles using the Omni, GoPro’s synchronized 6-camera array for VR, and can be viewed above.
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