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NEW SIGNING - THE CORAL

21/04/16

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The Coral’s past speaks volumes having sold over a million UK albums since their debut EP release in 2001, five of those hitting the top ten, including the chart-topping Magic and Medicine (2003) and eight top 40 singles. Without so much as a glance over their shoulder, James Skelly (vocals/guitars), Ian Skelly (drums/percussion/vocals), Nick Power (keyboard/vocals), Paul Duffy (bass/keyboards/vocals) and Paul Molloy (guitars) stride into the future to fortify their indefinable position in modern music. There are no full stops in The Coral’s story, but their return with a seventh album, Distance Inbetween in 2016 turns a distinct new page within it after an unapologetic five year hiatus. Picking up the band’s story from the release of 2010’s Butterfly House, theirs is a tale of uninterrupted individual creativity punctuated by the surprise release of their lost album, The Curse of Love (2014).

A collective for whom permanence is defined by bonds stronger than music, The Coral encouraged each other to go exploring alone after a relentless decade of activity. James Skelly wrote and recorded Love Undercover (2013), establishing his Skeleton Key record label and producing songs for bands including Blossoms, Sundowners and She Drew The Gun. Nick Power revealed literary talents with a book called Small Town Chase (2013); Ian Skelly found a kindred spirit in Paul Molloy (formerly of The Zutons) forming Serpent Power and Paul Duffy turned to soundtrack composition. Founding member, Lee Southall continues his own personal and artistic journeys separately while The Coral regroup, leaving his foot in the door for when his ambitions have been fulfilled elsewhere.

Their new album, Distance Inbetween was recorded at Parr Street Studio in Liverpool with co-producer Richard Turvey, a thrilling new talent and wide-eyed emergent master of studio techniques, within whom The Coral found a trusted and fearless collaborator. Additional sounds were laid down at the Coral Caves that reside at an undisclosed location beside the Mersey, with the album also featuring contributions from Alfie Skelly (bow on She Runs The River). The album is dedicated to Alan Wills, the band’s early mentor and Deltasonic label boss, who lost his life just months prior to the recording of the record in 2014.

 

VISUALS DEBUTS 'THE STATE OF THINGS' EP STREAM VIA EARMILK

Visuals | 24/03/16

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VISUALS SHARES THE STATE OF THINGS EP STREAM VIA EARMILK

"DAYS OF OUR YOUTH" PREMIERED ON BULLETT

THE STATE OF THINGS OUT THIS FRIDAY MARCH 25TH ON THESONGSAYS

LISTEN & SHARE: Visuals - "The State of Things"
"It's moody yet melodic title track." - Self-Titled

LISTEN & SHARE: Visuals - "Everything Flash"
"Jumping in with reversed soundscapes and a slow, spacious, and pounding beat, Visuals' distinct and savory vocal work flies around amongst the melancholy melodies in a weightless fashion." - XLR8R

LISTEN & SHARE: Visuals - "Days of Our Youth"
"The foundation of the track is a nocturnal, electronic composition, cut through with raw post-punk guitar mixed down to an almost hush. The effect is something like standing in the middle of two night clubs at once, but the coming together produces something harmonious." - Bullett

LISTEN & SHARE: Visuals - "Waking Dream: Spies"
"Unpausing a sleep state in record digging." - IMPOSE

LISTEN & SHARE: Visuals - The State of Things
"The third track “No Handle” is a personal favorite due to it’s lethargic, atmospheric instrumental which I suspect was somewhat influenced by associate and collaborator Nic Jaar." - EARMILK

TOUR DATES
04.02- Bowery Ballroom- New York, NY

THE STATE OF THINGS - TRACKLISTING
01. "The State of Things"
02. "Days of Our Youth"
03. "No Handle"
04. "Everything Flash" (Bonus Track)

Visuals will debut on thesongsays with his beautifully well-rounded novella of an EP, The State Of Things.

The label has long focused on the romantic and conceptual currents of dance music and Visuals joins the tight-knit roster with three stunning songs that perfectly fit the thesongsays ethos while bringing together the diverse elements of his musical background. The Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist - whose work debuted on Nicolas Jaar’s Other People imprint - excels not only through his distinctive vocal style and melodic richness, but also through the acute subtlety of his lyrical content.

The record’s A-side is a case in point: pure tropical melancholia that finds Visuals lyrically sifting through the modern contradictions of everyday life over lambent pads and off-kilter percussion: “I couldn’t tell hell from paradise / I’m so caught up in the state of things.” While the vocals recall the realm of indie, the quirky textures and post-production (courtesy of DARKSIDE member Dave Harrington and Berlin-based house producer and drummer Louis McGuire ) gesture toward the electronic.

On the flip, the buoyant bass line of "Days Of Our Youth" anticipates an infectious chorus that feels perfectly anthemic for spring and summer: "Days of our youth on fire / Burning in your eyes." It’s an expertly crafted and arranged piece of music that lends itself to adventurous DJs wanting to give the room something counterintuitive and unusual. Completing the release is "No Handle"—pensive, deep, and hypnotic for the noir corners of early morning dance floors.

 

NEW SIGNING - BIG THIEF TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM 'MASTERPIECE' OUT 27TH MAY 2016

09/03/16

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Big Thief's music, rooted in the songs of Adrianne Lenker, paints in vivid tones "the process of harnessing pain, loss, and love, while simultaneously letting go, looking into your own eyes through someone else's, and being okay with the inevitability of death," says Adrianne.

Masterpiece, Big Thief's debut album (released on Saddle Creek), is filled with characters and visceral narratives, songs that pivot in the space of a few words. Adrianne's voice and guitar playing speak of rich emotional territory with grace and insight. In her words, the record tracks "the masterpiece of existence, which is always folding into itself, people attempting to connect, to both shake themselves awake and to shake off the numbness of certain points in their life. The interpretations might be impressionistic or surrealistic, but they're grounded in simple things.

Adrianne met her longtime musical partner, guitarist and singer, Buck Meek, in Brooklyn a few years ago, and they quickly formed a creative bond tempered by the experience of traveling and performing for months on end in old dive bars, yards, barns, and basements together. They recorded a pair of duo albums (A-Sides and B-Sides), and Adrianne showcased her songs on a solo album, Hours Were The Birds.

Now, as a full rock and roll band, with Buck on guitar, Max Oleartchik on bass, and James Krivchenia on drums, they bring a steady wildness, giving the songs an even deeper layer of nostalgia. "These guys feel like a pack of wolves at my back," says Adrianne, "they make the songs howl and bark with a fierce tenderness that gives me courage."

After spending last July in an old house that they turned into a studio on Lake Champlain with producer Andrew Sarlo, the resulting collection soars on what Big Thief fan Sharon Van Etten calls "...a real journey, with intelligent stories and twist-and-turn melodies."

 

NEW PUBLISHING CATALOGUE - BILLY MACKENZIE

07/03/16

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Born in Dundee, Billy Mackenzie formed the legendary band The Associates with Alan Rankine in 1979. Their biggest hits included "Party Fears Two" and "Club Country". Post Rankine’s departure from the band in ’82, Mackenzie continued working under the same name until the 1990s when he began to use his own name. His debut album ‘Outernational’ was released in 1992. Struggling with depression and the death of his mother, Mackenzie sadly took his own life on the 22nd January 1997.  

The album 'Beyond The Sun' was released by Nude Records a few months after his death in January 1997 and includes some of his most melancholic material (much of it co-written with Steve Aungle) perhaps illustrated best by the track "Winter Academy" (from 'Beyond The Sun'). Four albums in total were released posthumously, showcasing Billy's influence to constantly push boundaries and produce beautifully crafted, heartfelt music. The last of these albums ‘Transmission Impossible’ was released in 2005. In June 2009, a play was staged in Dundee about Mackenzie’s life. We are extremely proud to represent Billy's music and have him part of the Domino Publishing family.

 
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