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MP3 of the Day #118: Fanfarlo

By on Thursday, 5th November 2009 at 10:00 am

Fanfarlo is yet another exceptional band to come out of the London folk scene. I’m sure by now you have heard their excellent single, ‘The Walls Are Coming Down’. This song, ‘Luna’, is another standout from their debut album, ‘Reservoir’.

MP3: Fanfarlo – Luna

And here’s an added treat: an acoustic version of ‘Luna’. Filmed in a mate’s verdant back garden, it’s a treat to see this tight quintet of musicians so effortlessly meld their musical strengths together and make a beautiful sound. Brilliant. They’re heading out on an extensive tour of North America starting next week, and I couldn’t be more excited to see them live.

‘Reservoir’, Fanfarlo’s self-released debut album, was released early this year and is available now.


Video of the Moment #165: Jamie T

By on Friday, 30th October 2009 at 6:00 pm

Have a look at Jamie T‘s new video for ‘The Man’s Machine’, a song from his album ‘King and Queens’. It features Jamie driving a golf cart somewhat recklessly (possibly in Australia?), palm trees, and rather incongruous bits of film from the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, among other subjects. Not as bouncy or humorous as ‘Chaka Demus’ but still engaging. The video is being released in advance of the forthcoming ‘The Man’s Machine’ EP due in late November.

Jamie T’s ‘Kings and Queens’ is available now. ‘The Man’s Machine’ EP is scheduled to be released on 23 November. You can pre-order the EP and 12″ vinyl bundle from RecordStore here.


Video of the Moment #164: Ladyhawke

By on Thursday, 29th October 2009 at 10:00 am

‘Magic’, the fifth and final single from Ladyhawke‘s debut album, was released in the UK on Monday. Ladyhawke is one of my favourites, and if you haven’t given her a proper chance, have a listen to this track.

Don’t be confused by the very Bat for Lashes look to this video. It even ends the same way one of Natasha Khan‘s more high-profile videos does. Kind of eerie.

‘Magic’ was released on 26 October on Island Records.


In the Post #34: Little Comets

By on Wednesday, 28th October 2009 at 12:00 pm

Little Comets are four Geordie blokes that make what has been described by some as ‘kitchen sink indie music’. I can’t really make that judgment from this one-off single, ‘Adultery’, released Monday on the Columbia label.

In the promo video for ‘Adultery’, the band want you to forget about The Scarlet Letter: this is adultery for the 21st century, with gratituous trysts taking place in a modern art installation. Does going around in circles give you motion sickness? If so, I’d advise you closing your eyes. But the song is pure pop and infectious as hell, you owe it to yourself to listen to it at least once. Just a warning: once you hear it, the chorus won’t leave your head.

‘Adultery’, Little Comets’s first single release with Columbia Records, was released in the UK on 26 October.


Field Music / November 2009, January 2010 Tour

By on Tuesday, 27th October 2009 at 5:00 pm

Sunderland’s Field Music have announced a string of UK gigs for November and a one-off in London in January.

Friday 13th November 2009 – Liverpool, The Bumper
Thursday 19th November 2009 – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Saturday 21st November 2009 – Glasgow, Captain’s Rest
Sunday 22nd November 2009 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
Friday 27th November 2009 – Newcastle, The Cluny
Saturday 28th November 2009 – Newcastle, The Cluny
Thursday 7th January 2010 – London, Hoxton Bar & Grill


In the Post #33: Tigers That Talked

By on Tuesday, 27th October 2009 at 12:00 pm

Being named a ‘New Favourite Band’ by Steve Lamacq is a big deal. And the distinction was just bestowed (on Lamacq’s 6music programme on 21 October) on Leeds-based Tigers That Talked. If you were wondering, the band’s name is a literary reference to the villains of In Watermelon Sugar, an obscure book from the late 1960s by American author Richard Brautigan.

TTT’s singer/guitarist Jamie Williams says their latest single, ‘Artificial Clouds’, was written about a personal experience in losing a connection with someone after a death of a loved one. And you can hear this in Williams’s yearning voice, combined with the emotional violin playing of Glenna Larsen and the rhythm section of bassist Owain Kelly and drummer Chris Verney. Atmospheric, compelling stuff.

And if you like artsy videos, I think you’re going to like the promo vid for this song as well.

Tigers That Talked’s single for ‘Artificial Clouds’ was released on 19 October in the UK by Bad Sneaker Records.

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