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Video of the Moment #2460: Julia Jacklin

 
By on Thursday, 26th October 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Aussie singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin released new material last month. The double-A-sided single ‘Eastwick’/’Cold Caller’ follows the Transgressive Records signee’s debut album ‘Don’t Let the Kids Win’, which dropped in late 2016. We featured the video for ‘Eastwick’ here on TGTF near the start of summer; Jacklin is now ready to share the promo for ‘Cold Caller’. The actual premise for the video is simple: Jacklin wanted to dance in front of a dance studio’s room-length mirror and enjoy herself. She explains:

“Over my 5 years of dancing training I accumulated about 4 dance moves, which have all been utilised in this clip. You could say it all started here in this dance studio in my hometown Springwood where beginning at the age of 11, I laboured and then learned that I was not going to be a professional dancer. Nevertheless for those 5 years I did my best; tap danced at a casino in a high vis one-piece to ‘Working Class Man’, waved my arms repeatedly around at an event held in a McDonalds car park to Enya’s ‘Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)’, crammed my pre-pubescent body into silver hot pants for Pink’s ‘Get this Party Started’. It’s still my favourite thing to do, and this song is about something worrying but also something incredibly joyful and all I could think to do to express that was to dance.”

Watch the promo video for ‘Cold Caller’ below. The 7″ of ‘Eastwick’/’Cold Caller’ is out now on Transgressive Records. The UK leg of Jacklin’s international tour begins on the 2nd of November at Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms and ends on the 9th at London Shepherds Bush Empire. The American leg will follow, starting on the 13th of November at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, concluding at the Echo in Los Angeles on the 21st, before Jacklin returns home for the travelling Falls Festival from the end of December into early January in Oz. All of our past coverage on Julia Jacklin here on TGTF is through here.

 

Single Review: Adam French – Weightless

 
By on Thursday, 26th October 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

For farmers, the term ‘beast of burden’ came about to describe their working animals. Horses, donkeys and other creatures on the land were tasked to help with the most strenuous of jobs that were too difficult for man alone, carrying wares and ploughing the fields. What has become eminently clearer as mental health takes a more centre stage role in our lives is that as human beings, we ourselves can be burdened not just by physical weight in this life. The emotional toll of the romantic relationships we have with other people can be as equally burdensome, and carrying such a weight can come at a cost, one that is worthy of discussion and hopefully, resolution. In a quite evocative way, Cheshire-born singer/songwriter Adam French’s new single ‘Weightless’ demonstrates just this.

Structurally, French’s approach to the song is simple: initially, echoing, minor key electric guitar notes gently strummed, haunting in their sparseness, are the only accompaniment to his forlorn voice. A string arrangement comes in for brief moments throughout the song, low enough in the mix to continue the sombre atmosphere but without overwhelming everything else. Like previous single ‘Euthanasia’, the song speaks of an unbalanced relationship. “You say you’re gonna make it all right / how you gonna make it all right?”, he asks rhetorically. The pace is faster on these lines, as if he’s rushing through the words because he himself does not believe them.

In a slower tempo and with a beautiful lilt, French insists in the chorus, “only you can make me weightless”. This is just before he lets out an owl-like call that rings out in the echoes, emphasising the feeling of loneliness. The tempo speeds back up on the lines where loneliness turns into feeling lost and not himself at all: “I lose myself for a little while / remove myself for a little while / to prove myself for a little while”. The quickly, then slowly sung words provide an interesting contrast, the slower moments showing the full beauty of French’s voice. It’s when French pauses and lets his voice slink around the melody that you realise he has the potential of being Britain’s next great crooner.

A lovely ballad to tug on the ol’ heartstrings, ‘Weightless’ is a great first taste of his next EP, which will drop on the 8th of November. Watch this space.

8.5/10

‘Weightless’, the new single from singer/songwriter Adam French, is out now on Virgin EMI. The official video to the single is below. To watch an additional live performance of the song at London St. Stephen’s Church last year go here. To read more of TGTF’s coverage on him, follow this link.

 

Field Music / March and May 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 26th October 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Don’t have any tickets to shows next year yet? Have no fear. The prolific and inventive Brewis brothers Peter and David, better known collectively as North East wonders of the world Field Music when they’re writing and playing together, have announced UK tour dates for next March. A presale for all these dates is currently taking place; the general sale begins tomorrow at 10 AM. A extra special show that will follow this tour on the 25th of May at London Barbican is on sale now; it will star strings, horns, woodwind and assorted percussion played by the Open Here Orchestra. Catch up with all of TGTF’s past coverage of the brothers’ music activities through here.

Thursday 8th March 2018 – Brighton Komedia
Friday 9th March 2018 – Bristol Lantern
Saturday 10th March 2018 – Southampton Engine Rooms
Sunday 11th March 2018 – Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 15th March 2018 – Birmingham Institute
Friday 16th March 2018 – Manchester Gorilla
Saturday 17th March 2018 – Glasgow Saint Luke’s Church
Thursday 22nd March 2018 – Liverpool Arts Club
Friday 23rd March 2018 – Sheffield Foundry
Saturday 24th March 2018 – Norwich Waterfront
Friday 25th May 2018 – London Barbican (with the Open Here Orchestra)

 

Video of the Moment #2459: Zola Jesus

 
By on Wednesday, 25th October 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Zola Jesus released her latest album ‘Okovi’ in September on Sacred Bones Records. Prior to that release, we shared the promo for ‘Exhumed’ here in early August as a Video of the Moment. This week, Nikita Danilova has unveiled the visuals for ‘Siphon’, another track from her current LP. The theme to this video, directed by Zia Anger, is particularly heavy, described as “a strikingly bare and honest reaction to the attempted suicide of someone close” in the press release.

It seems quite apt at this time, given the turmoil we’re currently experiencing as more women who have been victims of sexual harassment have been speaking out. What makes this more cutting is Danilova’s pronouncement that songs on ‘Okovi’ come from a dark place. On ‘Siphon’, specifically, she explained to NPR, “this song is incredibly literal and personal. It’s hard to talk about or try to explain beyond what’s written in the lyrics.” Watch the intense new video to ‘Siphon’ below. She’ll be starting a UK tour on the 29th of October at Brighton Haunt; all her tour dates announced so far through the end of November including those on the Continent are listed here. To read more on Zola Jesus here on TGTF, catch up on our past coverage on her through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2458: Findlay

 
By on Tuesday, 24th October 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Daisy Walker

Stockport songstress Findlay has come a long way from her performance at Liverpool Sound City 2013. Just prior to her appearance at SXSW 2017, she released her debut album ‘Forgotten Pleasures’ on BMG / The End Records. Natalie explains the premise of the tune: “This song is about the overwhelming obsession that comes with unrequited love. When you love someone so much you become manic and it’s the only thing you can think about. I think love like that comes along so infrequently you have to jump on it and pray for the best outcome. I’ve been lucky enough to have the love I put out come back to me this time but I’ve been on the wrong side of it too many times… I guess this song is a homage to all the ones who got away.” Filmed by rising star director Ben Charles Edwards, watch its accompanying video to ‘Monomania’ below. To read all of our past coverage here on TGTF on Findlay, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2457: SOPHIE

 
By on Monday, 23rd October 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

It was only recently that we learned some key facts about enigmatic electronic producer SOPHIE. Born Samuel Long and originating from Glasgow, she has now popped the lid of her identity as a trans woman, preferring to now be addressed as she/her. The unveiling of the self-directed video for ‘It’s Okay to Cry’ marks SOPHIE’s first appearance in one of her promos, no longer feeling the need to hide behind any facades. Watch the liberating music video for SOPHIE’s latest single below; ‘It’s Okay to Cry’ is available now. Our past coverage here on TGTF on the London-based producer is through here.

 
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