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By Mary Chang
on Monday, 30th May 2016 at 10:00 am
Luminescent Norwich teenage girl duo Let’s Eat Grandma are an intriguing proposition. From the first bars of xylophone in their track ‘Eat Shiitake Mushrooms’, you know you’re in for something a little different. Best friends Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth now have a trippy new video for the song that fits with the weird and wonderful nature of the song, that features that xylophone, organ, mandolin, recorder, and probably a ton of other stuff not so easily identifiable and throws pop and rap together in an interesting melange that just works. Have a watch and listen to the video below, filmed in Wrongs Covert, an ancient woodland site in their hometown.
The debut album from Let’s Eat Grandma, ‘I, Gemini’, is scheduled for release on the 17th of June on Transgressive Records. For more on Let’s Eat Grandma on TGTF, including my coverage of them at Norwich Sound and Vision 2015, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Sunday, 29th May 2016 at 10:00 am
Words by Jennifer Williams
Just in time: what surely has the making of the jam of the summer has arrived in the form of the new single and its dizzying video from Irish singer/songwriter and producer Róisín Murphy. The track ‘Ten Miles High’ is taken from her forthcoming album ‘Take Her Up to Monto’, out in July. In the self-directed clip, Murphy takes the viewer on trippy ride through London, from empty car parks to construction sites. Of the video, Murphy says:
It’s ‘reality’ but not as you know it. Akin to ‘realness’ a concept from the New York Gay Ball-Scene, it’s a kind of Drag, playing ‘real’ and ‘accepted’ stereotypes in another kind of environment entirely. Dressing ‘straight’ seamlessly but somehow doing it better and showing how strange and beautiful the ordinary can be if you just see it through a slightly different prism.
Pop a Dramamine and check the clip out below. Róisín Murphy’s new album ‘Take Her Up to Monto’ will be released on the 8th of July on PIAS. Murphy will be hitting the festival circuit this summer with appearances at Glastonbury and Longitude ahead of her landmark performance at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on 15 August, as the first artist to ever headline the venue.
Last Sunday during the Billboard Music Awards, pop songstress Adele unveiled the striking video for her new single ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’. The video, directed by Patrick Daughters, features kaleidoscopic layered imagery of the singer in a stunning Dolce and Gabbana gown of her own choosing, performing subtle choreography in time to the sensual rhythm of the new song.
Adele is currently in the midst of a worldwide tour in support of ’25’ and was unable to attend the televised awards ceremony. Despite her absence, she won five Billboard Music Awards, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album. ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ is the third single from her massive album ’25’, following ‘Hello’ and ‘When We Were Young’. The album was released on the 20th of November last year via XL Recordings/Columbia Records. TGTF’s past coverage of Adele is right back here.
Lucky Number Music, UK record label home of TGTF alums Hinds and Oscar, have just signed up-and-coming London-based band Dream Wife to their roster. Dream Wife was conceived in Brighton, where singer Rakel Mjöll, guitarist Alice Go and bassist Bella Podpadec met while attending art school. According to Lucky Number’s hot-off-the-presses press release, the trio’s modern, female-powered pop sound “juxtaposes simple pop hooks, cutting riffs and screamy dreamy vocals”.
In celebration of the signing, Lucky Number have shared the video for Dream Wife’s current single ‘Kids’, which appears on their self-titled debut EP. Visually edgy and as unapologetically slacker-chic as the song it represents, the video for ‘Kids’ finds the ladies of the band rather ironically trading their musical instruments for sporting equipment in “an abstract fantasy of sporting triumph”.
Dream Wife will play The Finsbury in London tonight (the 27th of May) and are scheduled to appear at the Visions Festival in Hackney on the 6th of August.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 27th May 2016 at 12:00 pm
Words by Jennifer Williams
I always thought Neil Gaiman’s short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties sounded like a song that Jarvis Cocker would write. Seriously, think about it. It just makes sense. Fitting it is, then, that this week sees the release of the UK SkyArts TV series Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories. The four, 30-minute mini-films are the work of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who gave us the cinematic gem that is 20,000 Days on Earth. Along for the ride, Cocker is along for the ride too, onboard to provide the musical accompaniment to Gaiman’s imagination made flesh. Let’s be honest: there are many people that could do the job, sure. But very few should, or could take on the task with elegance, sex appeal, and yes, the creep factor. In short, Jarvis is THE person for the job, and he delivers.
Included in the press release for the EP featuring the first substantial new music from Jarvis Cocker we learn a wee bit about the project from the man himself: “Four grubby tales set in all night cafes, low rent drinking dens and doctor’s surgeries. I didn’t have to leave my comfort zone for this assignment.” Gaiman is a writer with his own take on the human condition with a balance of cold realisation and yet maintaining elements of warmth, even if it gets a bit scary sometimes. What Gaiman achieves in his literary work, Cocker strives, succeeds, and often exceeds similar in his songwriting. The evocative ‘Likely Stories’ theme comes complete with warm female backing vocals, set against a musical backdrop that is uneasy and unhinged.
It also also does have a bit of Nick Cave vibe. (‘Red Right Hand’, anyone?) While both Cave and Cocker are master storytellers, their methods do vary a bit. Where Cave leans more towards the cerebral, the Cocker approach is all about the affective laced with the intellectual. We are talking about Jarvis Cocker though, so there is no shortage of sex appeal. Cave has his sexy moments too, but they are just that: moments. Jarvis’ vocals will pretty much make text from the mundane to the murderous into a more sensuous affair. On the track ‘Foraging’ on this EP, on this EP, for example, the lyrics are comprised solely of a list of edible fungi, and yet it sounds like a proper come on.
Sex and the creep factor is a winning combination for Cocker, and this really shows through on EP track ‘Looking for the Girl’. He sounds like that guy that recites the most amazing romantic poetry, poetry that he probably penned after killing off potential rivals. ‘Poor Babes in the Woods’, the track the closes the EP out, is not even 3 minutes long, but Cocker does not need extra time to flip the fear switch in this sinister lullabye.
Fans of old school Pulp – and by old school I am talking ‘Masters of the Universe’ type stuff here – you will find much to appreciate in this new release in this new release. The final result is a score that is equally beguiling as it is haunting,, making it the perfect sonic companion for Gaiman’s narratives. Here’s to hoping the show is as good as its soundtrack.
‘Likely Stories’, a new EP from Jarvis Cocker to accompany the release of the UK SkyArts TV series of the same name, is out today, this today, Friday, the 27th of May, on Rough Trade Records. A 7″ version of the EP is available now in the UK; the American release will will follows on the 3rd of June. Watch the trailer to the TV series below.
Chichester-born singer/songwriter Tom Odell has announced a list of November tour dates to follow his highly-anticipated new album ‘Wrong Crowd’, due for release on the 10th of June via Columbia Records. Odell recently played the album’s lead single ‘Magnetised’ in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, and you can watch that performance just below the tour date listing.
The November tour will start in Dublin on the 1st of November and end at London’s Brixton Academy on the 13th of the month. Tickets for the following live shows will be available at 8 today, Friday the 27th of May. TGTF’s previous coverage of Tom Odell is collected right back here.
Tuesday 1st November 2016 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – Belfast Limelight
Friday 4th November 2016 – Brighton Centre
Saturday 5th November 2016 – Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 6th November 2016 – Swindon Oasis Centre
Tuesday 8th November 2016 – Leeds Academy
Wednesday 9th November 2016 – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 12th November 2016 – Birmingham Academy 1
Sunday 13th November 2016 – London Brixton Academy
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