Monthly Archives: November 2011

Eleanor Friedberger – Roosevelt Island

Eleanor Friedberger, one part of The Fiery Furnaces, released her solo album Last Summer two weeks ago. Now there is also a video for the brand new track Roosevelt Island available to view online.

Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger

Friedberger’s Roosevelt Island is full of bubbly pop music alongside Sharleen Spiteri (Texas) and Michael Jackson meets Janet Jackson inspired vocals. This does sound like Texas could have released it in the 1990s and there is nothing bad about that. Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of Texas for old times sake? In fact, it could even be the result of a Texas vs. Michael Jackson remix…

On first listen, the track doesn’t seem like anything special but gradually her unique voice grows on you and it begins to feel like that perfect summer song. It makes the winter nights feel that little bit warmer.

Friedberger certainly knows how to produce a catchy pop/electro song or two. Watch Roosevelt Island below:

Eleanor Friedberger will be playing a live show at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club in London on Thursday 1 December.

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Abi Wade – And Blood And Air EP

Brighton-based cellist Abi Wade released her four track EP titled And Blood And Air EP yesterday.

Abi Wade

Brand new talent Abi Wade

The release of her EP also saw the brand new record label Love Thy Neighbour Records officially launch.

Abi Wade is unique in every way. Her vocals are outstanding and breath-taking. Her music is original. Who else can you name who plays the cello in the way she does?

And Blood And Air is a fantastic EP full of melodic and soulful tunes designed to pull you in.

Perfect Form kick starts the short but delightful album. It’s one of the more expressive numbers with more anger and passion. Compared with the second track, Green Youth Great Plans which is quite a happy track, Perfect Form is probably the most bitter Abi will ever sound.

Hope brings the EP back to the darker corners of Wade’s art of crafting songs. Although a seemingly optimistic titled song with uplifting vocals, it does in fact juxtapose with the quite deep and dark music.

Stability is of course the first release off the EP which can be seen performed live below:

Abi Wade is definitely a breakthrough artist doing things no-one has attempted before. She is ground breaking as her first EP proves.

And Blood And Air EP is available now.

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Seth Lakeman – Blacksmith’s Prayer

Seth Lakeman released his sixth album, Tales from the Barrel House, on Friday. To celebrate its release, he’s revealed a new video for another track from the record, Blacksmith’s Prayer.

Blacksmith’s Prayer is a solid folk track which uses sounds reminiscent of a blacksmith’s workshop to create an atmospheric song.

Tales from the Barrel House took Seth back to his Devon roots and saw him record the album in workshops located in Morwellham Quay, a mining port on the north bank of the River Tamar.

Using only one sound field microphone, Lakeman wrote all the songs and played all the musical accompaniments himself. On top of this, he also mixed and produced the record.

Check out the video for Blacksmith’s Prayer below:

Seth Lakeman has also produced a short documentary detailing the process of recording Tales from the Barrel House. You can watch it here.

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Introducing Abi Wade

A new record label, Love Thy Neighbour Records, has been started by Espen and the Witch’s Daniel Copeman and local gig promoter Andy Rossiter.

The EP only record label will launch on November 28 and will also release singer Abi Wade’s debut, And Blood And Air EP.

Abi Wade’s music is a mix of simplistic music with breath taking vocals. Each of her performances are flawless and captivating. Using only a cello, a timpani mallet and box for a drum, she makes original music that will instantly grab your attention.

With a voice that is natural and unique and a style that is quite her own, Abi Wade gives a fantastic live performance of her track, Stability. Watch it below:

Daniel Copeman said of Wade’s music: “The first time I was exposed to Abi’s music I was overcome by an urge to release it, at this point there was no label so the label was started for her pretty much.

“It’s interesting, new and impassioned. The melodies, rhythms and lyrics are all so well
considered and enveloping. I am very proud to be releasing this EP”.

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Seth Lakeman – Tales from the Barrel House

Seth Lakeman has announced the details of his sixth album, Tales from the Barrel House, set for release on November 18.

Seth Lakeman has made a name for himself as a celebrated folk singer/song writer and fiddle player. As a former Mercury Award nominee as well, Lakeman certainly has a few things to be proud of.

To accompany the news of his album release, there is a video for the album track More Than Money. Watch it below:

More Than Money is another fantastic song from this timeless folk artist. With an extremely catchy chorus and eye opening lyrics, this track is definitely worth more than one listen.

The simple video compliments the message behind this song. Seth Lakeman’s slightly odd folk voice suits his music perfectly and again compliments everything on this track.

If you fancy catching him live, see the December tour dates as follow:

Fri 2 CHELTENHAM Town Hall
Sat 3 DARTFORD The Orchard
Mon 12 EXETER Lemon Grove
Tues 13 BILSTON The Robin 2
Wed 14 BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Fri 16 HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome
Sat 17 FROME Cheese & Grain
Sun 18 FALMOUTH Princess Pavilion

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Amplifier – Planet of Insects

Heavily praised Amplifier have released a video for Planet of Insects to accompany the announcement of their tour dates.

Amplifier will be setting off on tour in December. The dates are as follow:



Sun 4/12/11 Nottingham Rock City
Mon 05/12/11 Glasgow Cathouse
Tues 06/12/11 York The Duchess
Weds 07/12/11 Wolves Slade Rooms
Thurs 08/12/11 Colchester Arts Centre
Fri 09/12/11 London Islington Academy
Sun 11/12/11 Manchester Academy 3
Mon 12/12/11 Bristol Fleece

Planet of Insects is taken from their successful and critically acclaimed double album, The Octopus, released earlier this year.

Sounding like a cross between Angel and Airwaves and Muse, Planet of Insects is a great dramatic, deep and enjoyable track to listen to. Click here to watch the animated video.

To download the track for free, click here. To buy tickers for the tour, click here.

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Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory

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Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory CD cover

Cloud Nothings are back just over a year after their debut with their second album, Attack On Memory.

Attack On Memory will be released on February 6 2012, so there’s a little while to wait yet. However, I do have a sneak preview for you all. Listen to the opening track of the record, No Future /No Past here.

This album has been produced by Steve Albini who has worked with Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies and Manic Street Preachers among other artists.

No Future/No Past is very similar lyrically, vocally and musically to Nirvana. It’s a dark track compared to their earlier stuff such as debut single Hey Cool Kid and Understand At All.

Attack On Memory is also a much more experimental record blending influences from post-rock, indie and post-punk. This can clearly be heard in No Future/No Past which has some harrowing sounds in it.

Attack On Memory is available from February 6 2012 on Wichita Records.




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