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Fenech-Soler / February and March 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 7th December 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Ben and Ross Duffy – brother electropop duo Fenech-Soler – have announced a handful of UK dates for early next year. They’ll be touring Britain at the end of February into the start of March to support ‘Zilla’, their third album to be released on the 3rd of February 2017 on So Recordings. These dates follow February dates in New York and Los Angeles and precede further live shows in Europe in mid-March. Tickets to the UK tour dates, as listed below, are on sale today. You can listen to early album taster ‘Cold Light’ below the tour dates. Stream their ‘Kaleidoscope’ EP, released in September, in this past TGTF post. For more on our reporting on the Duffy brothers’ band’s past music activities, go here.

Friday 24th February 2017 – Brighton Patterns
Saturday 25th February 2017 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 27th February 2017 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 28th February 2017 – Manchester Gorilla
Wednesday 1st March 2017 – London Heaven
Saturday 4th March 2017 – Nottingham Stealth

 

Video of the Moment #2236: Laura Mvula

 
By on Tuesday, 6th December 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Neo-soul singer from Birmingham Laura Mvula revealed her sophomore album this summer. Out now on RCA Records, ‘The Dreaming Room’ garnered plaudits from all over. Tonight, we’ve got something for you that’s a little different. A few weeks ago, the Brummie songstress released to the wild ‘Ready or Not’, her cover of The Delfonics’ late ’60s hit single ‘Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)’.

In her version, Mvula decided to take a more in your face approach, which also extends to her high contrast in colour promo video, full of reds, blacks, whites and blues. She even picks up a keytar at one point! Watch the video below. Read Rebecca’s review of ‘The Dreaming Room’ through here. For more of TGTF’s coverage of Laura Mvula, go here.

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Single Review: The Big Moon – Formidable

 
By on Tuesday, 6th December 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Indie rockers The Big Moon have had a pretty busy 2016. Aside from hitting a bunch of festivals including The Great Escape and releasing a bunch of singles, they also found time to record their debut album, ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’. Ahead of its release on the 7th of April 2017, the female foursome have shared single ‘Formidable’. The song received air time on Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World: a statement that I’m not really going to try and disagree with. ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ was recorded in London, and in addition to ‘Formidable’, it will feature a re-recorded version of previously revealed track ‘Sucker’, as well as singles Cupid’ and ‘Silent Movie Susie’ released earlier this year.

I’ve been a fan of The Big Moon for some time now, ever since I got to write a little about them ahead of their appearance at SXSW 2016, and their latest release doesn’t change that. ‘Formidable’ burns softly, with the simple yet heartfelt chorus “I am not invisible / I’m on your side / I’ll be formidable” packing a punch like a confident mantra. Other lyrics,like “did she make you swallow all your pride?/ Does the love still shiver down your spine?” are a testament to the seriously good songwriting.

In fitting with the band’s indie grunge sound, ‘Formidable’ is slow in tempo and layered with cagey drums, distorted guitars and lead singer Juliette Jackson’s full-on vocals. It starts out pretty mellow, before picking up the pace just a little as the chorus kicks in, and again when Jackson yells out ,“you let me see your battle scars!” It’s altogether a great track and well worth a listen if you’re a fan of edgy indie rock.

9/10

The Big Moon have been announced as one of the first acts to appear at next year’s Live at Leeds 2017. They have a few dates between now and next April in America and the UK, if you want to check them out live. Their debut album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ will be released on StarTime International / Columbia Records. To read my introduction to the band in the context of SXSW 2016, go here.

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Esben and the Witch / February 2017 English Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 6th December 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Esben and the Witch might have relocated from Brighton to Berlin, but the gothic-rock trio have homecoming plans for early next year, as they tour in support of their recent album ‘Older Terrors’. The album was released on the 4th of November via Season of Mist. You can have a listen to album track ‘Marking the Heart of a Serpent’ just below the tour date listing.

The following live dates are part of Esben and the Witch’s larger European tour; a full listing of upcoming shows can be found on their official Facebook. Tickets are available now. TGTF’s complete previous coverage of Esben and the Witch is back this way.

Saturday 18th February 2017 – London Electrowerkz
Monday 20th February 2017 – Bristol Exchange
Tuesday 21st February 2017 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Wednesday 22nd February 2017 – Brighton Hope and Ruin

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Video of the Moment #2235: Wilder Adkins

 
By on Monday, 5th December 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

There’s something extraordinarily special when a video can perfectly encapsulate both a song’s contents and its creator’s aesthetic. When it comes to this new video for ‘When I’m Married’ from Birmingham, Alabama-based singer/songwriter Wilder Adkins, designer Ross Boone came up with is just about the most heart-wrenching thing you could feast your eyes upon.

Forget for a moment that Adkins’ earthly folk demeanour doesn’t just about fill your heart with the rawest emotions when the video first starts, an aged paper appears with handwritten opening titles. From here, the entire video is based around Boone’s artistic hand, including mistakes that are erased and redrawn, which could either simply be a part of the process or a more purposeful inclusion to show the ease at which mistakes are made in life. Maybe that’s just a writer’s opinion, though.

As the drawings progress showing the life and love of two mice, taking us through both the good and bad, you can’t help but become completely emotionally enamoured. The reason this is worthy of note is the fact it’s the perfect compliment to Adkins’ bare bones styling: he doesn’t leave any misconceptions or falsehoods, it’s all heart on sleeve, true troubadour work. Looking closer at the lyrics, particularly “I am yours and you are mine / and there’s a love that grows between us / like a gently creeping vine”, you can see where Boone has really taken the lyrics to a literal meaning, which is testament to both his work and Adkins’.

With the drawings forming a vine that is seemingly never ending as this story plays out, it’s not until the image pans out to reveal what is assumedly the artwork, featuring two people embraced. It’s the perfect introduction to this aspiring artist who released his new ‘Hope & Sorrow’ album earlier this year.

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Album Review: Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let the Kids Win

 
By on Monday, 5th December 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Julia Jacklin Don't Let the Kids Win album coverAussie singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin, according to her Web site, found inspiration at an early age in the shape of Britney Spears, something I’m sure plenty of fellow ‘90s-born folk can relate to. This interest led to Jacklin taking singing lessons in her hometown of Blue Mountains – if you Google the place, it appears to be set in a landscape just as brilliant as the name suggests – before her interests moved on to Avril Lavigne and the edgier Evanescence. She went on to form a band with an old friend and initially as the singer, but then went on to write and play guitar too.

It’s always incredible to hear of people that work seemingly normal day jobs, and manage to create stirring and out of the ordinary music and art in their spare time. ‘Don’t Let the Kids Win’ is the debut album from Jacklin, which she wrote whilst she was working in a factory. Recorded at Sitting Room Studios in New Zealand, the ‘Don’t Let the Kids Win’ is a foray into the folksy and fanciful and is jam-packed with evocative and imaginative lyrics. It doesn’t actually sit comfortably into any one genre: it’s more of a melting pot of charming country rhythms, folksy storytelling and moments of bluesy indie rock.

Single ‘Pool Party’ opens with “I was shorter than my dad’s dining table / you were taller than my bedroom doorframe”. It’s just one of the tracks on the album that uses words to create quirky and playful imagery, yet is laced with a bittersweet kind of nostalgia. The rhythm of the track is slow and soulful, with old-sounding rumbles of bass and sharp drumbeats, tied together with a guitar that rolls along like it’s being played in a small town full of chequered shirt-wearing locals.

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‘Coming of Age’ is one of the heavier tracks on the album, although describing any of the LP as heavy is probably taking things a bit too far. It’s upbeat musically, with a country guitar jangling throughout. The chorus, which repeats “didn’t see it myself / my coming of age”, further adds to the wistful nature of the album. On her Web site, Jacklin tackles this topic: “When I was growing up I was so ambitious: I’m going to be this amazing social worker, save the world, a great musician, fit, an amazing writer. Then you get to mid-20s and you realise you have to focus on one thing”.

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A standout track is ‘Leadlight’, where Jacklin really shows off her melodic voice, gentle at times, then soulful and uplifting at others. It’s a stripped-back track, with just a steady drum and guitar at times, then swelling to include a choral accompaniment towards the end. Much like this is ‘Hay Plain’, which also builds up throughout the track after a soft start, but finishes just as gentle as it begins. The song has me missing a life that I haven’t even lived, as Jacklin transports you into the story she’s telling.

Similarly low-key is title track ‘Don’t Let the Kids Win’, which features just Jacklin’s voice and a guitar as she sings nostalgically about valuing time with family and friends. It’s a sweet and sentimental track.

The whole album is easy listening but will also get you thinking about the carefree days of your youth if you feel like you’re already past them. Or hopefully make you appreciate them even more if you’re still living them. It can be comforting at times to realise that other people have the same doubts about getting older or, as Jacklin puts it, “yeah, we’re getting older, but it’s not so special. It’s not unique”.

8.5/10

‘Don’t Let the Kids Win’, Julia Jacklin’s debut album, is out now on Transgressive Records. Jacklin has a bunch of upcoming dates in her native Australia and New Zealand, until February where she’ll hit Europe, including dates in Germany and the UK. All dates can be found listed on her Web site, and her UK ones are listed in this previous post. For more coverage of Jacklin here on TGTF, go here.

 
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