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Album Review: Joshua Burnside – All Round the Light Said EP

 
By on Monday, 2nd July 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Joshua Burnside All Round the Light Said album coverThese days, you have two pretty clear options on the kind of music you can listen to: true escapist fare of little intellectual consequence to take your mind away from what’s going outside your door, or songs with a conscience and enough meat on the bones to make you contemplate where you or the world has gone wrong. One is neither better than the other, but as time passes, I know which kind can console me now. Northern Irish alt-folk singer/songwriter Joshua Burnside’s latest release, the ‘All Round the Light Said’ EP, falls in the second category, and its title alone leads to some heavy questions. What is the light? Is it benevolent? Are we meant to be going towards it? While Burnside’s EP may not hold all the answers, it follows nicely from his Northern Ireland Music Prize-winning debut album ‘Ephrata’ from last year and its political and emotional content framed by South American rhythms.

The EP begins with previously unveiled single ‘A Man of High Renown’, a lumbering waltz of air organ and accordion oozing Irishness. A gay and catchy melody belies the song’s dark lyrical content as the song feels like one of those films where you’re bounced between terrible events of the past and present day. At the song’s core is a struggle between the powerful and the weak. You’re left wondering if wrongs have been righted; perhaps that was the intention, to leave it as a cliffhanger? The accompanying video sees Burnside on accordion, being accompanied by dancers because, well, everyone knows the Irish are famous for their music and their dancing, right? The split screen accomplishes the same thing as the lyrics, juxtaposing locations of old and new Belfast.

‘Rearranged’ can be viewed another exercise in looking back, while also looking forward to see how far one has come or what’s up ahead. Or not. Burnside’s own technophobic tendencies have translated into a meandering guitar melody and a warbly vocal delivery. These feel like are good parallels to the noodley thoughts in your head of anxiety. ‘Northern Winds’ is a song in two acts, the first a more conventional folk song. About halfway through, a gentle drumbeat is accompanied by trumpet and banjo. The tempo speeds up and so does the overall volume as Burnside’s voice turns more insistent, referencing Oscar Wilde’s short story The Happy Prince, itself a study of compassion and sacrifice. Long a staple of Burnside’s live show and recorded in analogue, it’s interesting it immediately precedes ‘Paul’, a much more experimental number with unusual percussion, disorted organ notes and synth effects. While an obvious strength of Burnside’s is his Americana-style songwriting, the way ‘All Round the Light’ concludes suggests a future more experimental direction that would be even more intriguing.

8/10

The newest release from Joshua Burnside, the Editor Mary reviews Northern Irish alt-folk singer/songwriter Joshua Burnside’s latest release, the ‘All Round the Light Said’ EP out now on Quiet Arch. EP, is out now on Quiet Arch Records. His next live appearances include UK headline shows at Glasgow Nice N Sleazy on the 10th of July and London Paper Dress Vintage on the 24th, in addition to loads of Irish appearances through the summer. A full list of his live appearances are available on his official Web site. Read through our past coverage on Burnside through this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2861: Young Fathers

 
By on Friday, 29th June 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Edinburgh’s Mercury Prize-winning Young Fathers released their third album in March. ‘Cocoa Sugar’ has garnered the Scotland-based trio plenty of accolades, so naturally, they’re eager to show off more from the LP. The latest video to be released from it is for ‘Holy Ghost’. It’s a truly inventive promo: although it’s entirely in black and white, stuff is going on like you’re watching different scenes through night vision goggles. And the song is catchy, too. Watch the video below. ‘Cocoa Sugar’ from Young Fathers is out now on Ninja Tune. For more of our coverage here on TGTF on the group, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2860: Hatchie

 
By on Thursday, 28th June 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Harriette Pilbeam is Hatchie, a Brisbane singer/songwriter and synthpop star in her home country of Australia. Following her hyped appearance at BIGSOUND 2017 last September back home, she wowed crowds at The Great Escape 2018 last month. The Friday after the Great Escape, she released a new EP, ‘Sugar & Spice’, on Heavenly Recordings (UK) and Double Double Whammy (U.S.). Back in April before I headed out to blighty, we posted the video for ‘Sleep’ from the then yet-to-be-released EP; watch it back here. This afternoon, we have another promo video for a song from the same EP, for ‘Bad Guy’. Watch it below. Hatchie will be playing a few shows in Oz in July, which will be followed by American festivals and shows in August, September and October. The one UK show she’s announced is for the 1st of November at London Electrowerkz. To read all of our past coverage on Hatchie – admittedly mostly my thwarted attempts to see her live! – come through.

 

Video of the Moment #2859: Cold Fronts

 
By on Wednesday, 27th June 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Cold Fronts recently completed a month-long North American tour with Aussies Hockey Dad. The Philadelphia band unveiled a new single, ‘Fantasy Du Jour’, on the 20th of April (you know, THAT day), and it was only last week that they released its accompanying video. It’s less hectic and less in-your-face than some fo their other tracks, which is actually nice to chill out with in these dog days of summer on the East Coast of the U.S. Check out the video for ‘Fantasy Du Jour’ below. It’s the title track of the band’s current album, released at the start of May on Sire Records. For all of our past coverage on TGTF on Cold Fronts, use this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2858: Florence and the Machine

 
By on Tuesday, 26th June 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Florence Welch has released the newest video from Florence and the Machine‘s album out on Friday. Self-described by Welch as a song about the recent negative dating trend of ghosting and very physical at that, the visuals for ‘Big God’ turns out to be a big, colorful dance number starring herself and other female dancers. Welch and her band are headed out on an arena tour this autumn for the latest album’s campaign, passing through North America in September and October before returning to the UK in November. ‘High as Hope’ will be out this Friday, the 29th of June, on Virgin EMI. For all of TGTF’s past coverage on Florence and the Machine, go here.

 

Live Gig Video: Fatherson share ‘Making Waves’ from upcoming third album ‘Sum of All Your Parts’

 
By on Tuesday, 26th June 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Scottish trio Fatherson have a new album out this autumn. To preview the upcoming LP, they’ve unveiled ‘Making Waves’, which shows a definite change in direction for the Scots. Frontman, guitarist and famous beard owner Ross Leighton explained the song “defined how the album would sound” and it being a “heart on your sleeve slacker tune with a tonne of groove.” Slacker is right: the guitars are loud on this new song, and with the muscle of the track, it’s no wonder that when it came time to present the song to the public, they would use a physical way to convey its feeling. In the video, the three-piece are performing the song indoors, accompanied by an interpretative dancer. Watch the video below. ‘Making Waves’ will appear the band’s third studio album ‘Sum of All Your Parts’, which will drop on the 14th of September on Easy Life Records. To read our past coverage on Fatherson, come through.

 
 
 

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