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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 2nd April 2014 at 6:00 pm
Oxford’s Spring Offensive have released the video for their next single, ‘Bodylifting’. The promo is taking the title literally, but as I suspected once I queued up the video, the actual song is not about that at all. See what I mean by watching the visual below.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 2nd April 2014 at 4:00 pm
Singer/songwriter Dan Croll is doing extremely well in America, recently appeared on late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live just shortly before his album ‘Sweet Disarray’ was made available in the States. Watch him perform album track ‘From Nowhere’ on the show live below.
Swedish chanteuse Lykke Li has dropped the first proper single ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ from her coming album ‘I Never Learn’ for our waiting ears in advance of the album next month. Lykke has been away for over 3 years crafting her next work -and acting in a Swedish crime thriller! – having also spent quite a bit of time with iconic American director David Lynch. It would be easy to think that this off-beat filmmaker has had a significant influence on Li if you were listening as a neophyte. But truth be told, she’s always possessed an unnerving, otherworldly quality so the influence likely flowing in both directions.
Opening with smartly struck keys on the far right side of the keyboard, this simple theme returns at each valley of the song. Not breaking from the familiar haunting, slightly nasal sound from her past songs, she presents a tune that undulates from plaintive soul-bearing to crashing self-loathing. The pain of destroying a good love comes through with a swelling intensity as the lyrics build and recede, yet always pulling back into the simple beaten out piano melody, retreating to where it is safe and alone. The message is of simple pain and regret. Barely asking for redemption, the song has a simple acknowledgment of failure as the pain billows with the music’s crescendo and then abates into nothingness at the end.
The song becomes clearer on repeated listens, but it also becomes simpler. Initially, the crashing cymbals of the chorus obscured Li’s voice for me, but as it repeated, it settled into a nice little verse chorus verse structure. There is nothing wrong with that formula, nothing at all. But with an artist that has the experimental Swedish roots that she does, we can hope for a little more from the full length coming later.
‘No Rest for the Wicked’, Lykke Li’s forthcoming single, is out on the 21st of April on Atlantic Records. ‘I Never Learn’, the Swede’s third album, follows on the 5th of May.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 2nd April 2014 at 10:00 am
Fierce Panda Records have put out some great music over its storied 20 years in business. We should know; we’ve reviewed albums by and become enamoured with many of their artists. In case you needed further convincing (but you really shouldn’t), the influential London indie label is giving away a pack of eight mp3s for free through Amazon UK. What’s included in the bundle?
1. ‘Robin Song’ – Woodpigeon
2. ‘Cutty Love’ – Milo Greene
3. ‘Under the Waterway’ – Goldheart Assembly (pictured at top)
4. ‘Where the Wind Blows’ – The Hosts (read my review of their 2014 album ‘Softly, Softly’ here)
5. ‘Sofie’ – The Crookes (read my review of their 2014 album ‘Soapbox’ here)
6. ‘Breaking Into Cars’ – The Raveonettes
7. ‘Good Enough’ – Mélanie Pain
8. ‘The Angel of the North’ – Tom Hickox
Get your pack of free eight mp3s from Amazon here.
Multifaceted singer/songwriter Paloma Faith has just announced a full UK tour for this autumn, following a handful of May shows around the release of her upcoming single, ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’. The newly-released video for that song, from her recent album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, can be found below the tour date listing.
Tickets for the October and November dates go on sale on this Friday, the 4th of April, at 10 AM.
Friday 23rd May 2014 – Ipswich Regent
Saturday 24th May 2014 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday 27th May 2014 – London Roundhouse
Wednesday 28th May 2014 – London Roundhouse
Tuesday 28th October 2014 – Sheffield City Hall
Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Friday 31st October 2014 – Hull City Hall
Saturday 1st November 2014 – York Barbican
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Leeds O2 Academy
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Liverpool Empire
Wednesday 5th November 2014 – Manchester O2 Apollo
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 9th November 2014 – Reading Hexagon
Monday 10th November 2014 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wednesday 12th November 2014 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Thursday 13th November 2014 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 14th November 2014 – Leicester De Montford Hall
Sunday 16th November 2014 – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Monday 17th November 2014 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Tuesday 18th November 2014 – Newcastle City Hall
Thursday 20th November 2014 – Bath Forum
Friday 21st November 2014 – Brighton Centre
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Monday 24th November 2014 – Folkstone Leas Cliff Hall
Tuesday 25th November 2014 – London Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith)
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 1st April 2014 at 6:00 pm
Sheffield duo Slow Club have a new promo video out for ‘Complete Surrender’. It’s in black and white and features Rebecca Taylor, alternately dolled up like Marilyn Monroe and dancing like she’s in a top 40 video (I’m being totally serious), and Charles Watson carrying a cat. I’ve got you intrigued now, haven’t I? Watch it below.
‘Complete Surrender’ will be released as a single on the 5th of May on Caroline; their third album follows the 13th of May.
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