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Emmy the Great has announced a short list of early 2015 tour dates to support her new EP, ‘S’, which is due for release on the 26th of January on Bella Union. We recently posted the EP’s rather surprising lead track ‘Swimming Pool’ as our Video of a Moment on Tuesday. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
Thursday 22nd January 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Friday 23rd January 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesday 27th January 2015 – London Oslo
Wednesday 28th January 2015 – Brighton Green Door Store
Diagrams, the solo project of former Tunng member Sam Genders, has just published a video for a new track called ‘Phantom Power’. Taken from the upcoming Diagrams album ‘Chromatics’, due for release on the 19th of January 2015 on Full Time Hobby, the song’s ever-so-slightly off-kilter lyrics are tempered by an irresistably catchy whistled melody. Its pensive yet upbeat vibe is captured in the whimisical quirkiness of the video, which was directed by Brighton based animation studio Persistent Peril.
If you find that you just can’t wait until January to have ‘Phantom Power’ on repeat, you can get an immediate download by pre-ordering ‘Chromatics’ here. Diagrams will play the Lexington in north London on the 21st of January 2015.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 27th November 2014 at 4:00 pm
Longfellow have been a favourite of mine ever since I got wind of them from the fine folks of Fierce Panda. We were so very pleased to hear that the band from London had been given a shout, their second, for SXSW 2015, so you can bet we’ll be catching them live and catching up with the fabulous fivesome in Austin in the new year. Yeehaw! (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)
Er, sorry, back to the matter at hand. The premise of Ont’ Sofa is similar to Sofar Sounds – have a band play acoustically in an intimate setting – except not in front of an audience in someone’s home. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to see Longfellow live, these videos of ‘Gabrielle’ (from the band’s wonderful mini-album ‘Prelude’, released this summer) and new song ‘Where I Belong’ give you a flavour of what beauty to expect. Watch the videos below.
Nathaniel Rateliff is known for his brutally honest, rough-around-the-edges style of songwriting. His themes are often dark, and his music is suitably heavy in tone and color, even when the tempo is a little more upbeat. However, his new recording of live favourite song ‘Closer’ feels lighter and less cumbersome than what I’ve heard from him in the past. It’s the title track from his upcoming EP of the same name, which is billed as “Rateliff at his most stripped back and personal”. And if it’s any indication of what the rest of the EP holds, it is a bit of a change in direction from his last album, ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’, which I reviewed here back in January.
Rateliff couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate time to release his winter-themed new single, which with its exposed vocals and minimal instrumentation draws to mind trees stripped bare of their leaves by cold November winds. In fact, the first minute or so of the song is entirely a cappella, with the acoustic guitar melody finally echoing through as if from a distance, even creating a slight discord at times with the vocal line. Rateliff’s lyrics are likewise seasonal and bittersweet, for example, the lines “wishing it was summer / weathering this slow pace / come on, stop crying / wipe the ice from your face / I don’t mind the freeze as long as you’re here to hold me / this blanket of frost has got to melt I know” in the first verse. Despite the thematic chill, Rateliff’s vocal delivery conveys a sense of hopeful warmth. His voice is both richly textured and slightly rough, wrapping around the listener’s ear like a warm scarf as he sings the repeated chorus, “we’re closer now, we’re closer now than we’ve ever been”.
‘Closer’ is the title track from Nathaniel Rateliff’s new EP, due out on the 26th of January 2015 on Mod y Vi Records. Rateliff will tour the UK and Ireland in January 2015; you can find all the details here.
Nottingham five-piece Amber Run have announced a list of headline dates for early next year, following their recent appearances on the Communion New Faces Tour. Presale tickets are available now, but the general sale starts Friday. Their new single ‘Just My Soul Responding’ will be released on the 19th of January 2015, just before the tour begins.
In addition to the following live dates, Amber Run will perform at Communion’s Christmas Special on the 7th of December at Notting Hill Arts Club. You can watch their stirring live performance of ‘I Found’, featuring London Contemporary Voices, below the tour date listing.
Sunday 1st February 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 2nd February 2015 – Birmingham Rainbow
Tuesday 3rd February 2015 – London Dingwalls
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Games Room
Friday 6th February 2015 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Sunday 8th February 2015 – Exeter Cavern
Monday 9th February 2015 – Bristol Lantern
London alt-rockers Wolf Alice have just announced a list of live dates for next spring, following their already announced appearance at SXSW 2015. The new set of headline dates includes the band’s biggest ever show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on the 3rd of April 2015. Wolf Alice are currently hard at work on their debut LP, but you can go back and read our feature of their ‘Creature Songs’ EP and watch the video for ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’.
Tickets for the following shows go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 28th of November, at 9 AM.
Monday 23rd March 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Tuesday 24th March 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 26th March 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Friday 27th March 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 28th March 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
Tuesday 31st March 2015 – Birmingham Institute Library
Wednesday 1st April 2015 – Cardiff Globe
Thursday 2nd April 2015 – Bristol Trinity
Friday 3rd April 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Saturday 4th April 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Tuesday 7th April 2015 – Reading Bowery District
Wednesday 8th April 2015 – Bournemouth Old Firestation
Thursday 9th April 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Friday 10th April 2015 – Cambridge Junction
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