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In the Post #163: Ben Howard follows his ‘Noonday Dream’ with three new tracks, including a surprise collaboration with alt-pop duo Sylvan Esso

 
By on Tuesday, 25th September 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Summer may be drawing to a close, but reminiscences of warm and sunny days are still fresh in our collective memory. With this in mind, singer/songwriter Ben Howard has just released a handful of new singles hot on the heels of his summer LP ‘Noonday Dream’, which was released back in June. As often happens, the recording sessions for the album were overly prolific, but in a fortunate sort of way. Howard himself says, “The recording sessions for ‘Noonday Dream’ were so varied and over quite a period of time. There were little gems that we didn’t know what to do with, but it felt right to put these three together, both separate and a part of the album, so to speak.”

One of those so-called gems is a surprise collaboration between Howard and American electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso. Called ‘Hot Heavy Summer’, the track does indeed feel tangentially related to the ephemeral vignettes on ‘Noonday Dream’. The addition of Amelia Meath’s backing vocals keeps the soundscape brighter and more buoyant than the title might imply, while the rounded hollow of the percussion beat lends a very definite substance to Howard’s otherwise evanescent arrangement. Apropos to the song’s title, ‘Hot Heavy Summer’ was featured as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World last Thursday, 13th September. Speaking on BBC Radio 1, Howard related that Meath’s lilting voice came immediately to mind for this song: “Amelia is just incredible, fortune prevailed, and we managed to get in the studio. I had it in the back of my mind as soon as we initially recorded ‘Hot Heavy Summer’ that the track just felt right for her.” If you’re interested in the full radio clip, you can listen back to it for a limited time on the BBC Radio 1 iPlayer.

‘Hot Heavy Summer’ is accompanied by two other tracks leftover from the ‘Noonday Dream’ sessions, a dark narrative called ‘Another Friday Night’ and the electronically experimental ‘Sister’. While these tracks don’t quite fit into the artistically cinematic nature of ‘Noonday Dream’, Howard is right in saying that they’re too good to go unheard. You can take a listen to all three tracks via Spotify, just below.

8.5/10

Ben Howard has a run of live dates in the UK planned for this winter, including two nights at the Manchester Apollo in December and three nights at London’s Brixton Academy after the start of the new year. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Friday 7th December – Glasgow Hydro Arena
Saturday 8th December – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Monday 10th December – Manchester Apollo
Tuesday 11th December – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 16th January 2019 – London Brixton Academy
Thursday 17th January 2019 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 18th January 2019 – London Brixton Academy

You can read TGTF’s past coverage of Ben Howard right back here, and our coverage of Sylvan Esso is collected through here.

 

The 1975 / January 2019 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 12th September 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Arguably Manchester’s biggest pop band of the moment The 1975 will be releasing their third album in November. You can get your mitts on ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ from Dirty Hit Records starting on the 30th of November. Naturally, the band will be touring the UK in support of their new record, but they’ve decided to wait until the start of next year to begin the UK leg of their campaign. Support for these shows will come from their buddies Pale Waves and no rome. Tickets to the following tour dates will go on sale next Friday, the 21st of September at 9 AM. Check out the video for ‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME’, starring a platinum blond Matty Healy no less, at the bottom of this post. We’ve written a fair bit on The 1975 here on TGTT, including this Bands to Watch piece back in 2012 that I’m pretty proud of, and you can read through all of our articles on the band through here.

Wednesday 9th Jan 2019 – Belfast SSE Arena
Saturday 12th Jan 2019 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Monday 14th Jan 2019 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Wednesday 16th Jan 2019 – Brighton Centre
Friday 18th Jan 2019 – London O2
Monday 21st Jan 2019 – Exeter Westpoint
Wednesday 23rd Jan 2019 – Birmingham Arena
Thursday 24th Jan 2019 – Manchester Arena
Friday ii25th Jan 2019 – Sheffield FlyDSA Arena

 

John Grant / October and November 2018 and January and February 2019 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 5th September 2018 at 9:00 am
 

John Grant will be releasing a new album next month, so naturally, he’s got plenty of live appearances lined up in the coming months. So far, a date in November at Manchester Albert Hall has already sold out, so if you’re wanting to see him, best to book the appropriate live date for you as listed below, and as soon as possible. To meet the demand in Manchester, another date there has been added for the 10th of February 2019.

Tickets to the 2018 UK tour dates are on sale now; the 2019 dates go on sale this Friday, the 7th of September. Grant’s new album ‘Love is Magic’ will be released on the 12th of October on Bella Union. Below the tour date listing, enjoy two preview tracks from the LP, ‘He’s Got His Mother’s Hips’ and ‘Touch & Go’. Catch up on our past coverage on John Grant through this link.

Monday 29th October 2018 – Brighton Dome
Tuesday 30th October 2018 – London Brixton Academy
Wednesday 31st October 2018 – Bath Forum
Friday 2nd November 2018 – Sheffield Octagon Centre
Saturday 3rd November 2018 – Manchester Albert Hall (sold out)
Wednesday 30th January 2019 – Leeds Academy
Thursday 31st January 2019 – Gateshead Sage
Friday 1st February 2019 – Glasgow Kings Theatre (Celtic Connections)
Sunday 3rd February 2019 – Hull Bonus Area
Monday 4th February 2019 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tuesday 5th February 2019 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 7th February 2019 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Friday 8th February 2019 – Southampton Guildhall
Sunday 10th February 2019 – Manchester Albert Hall
Monday 11th February 2019 – Cardiff St. David’s Hall

 

Stella Donnelly / May 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 6th March 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Welsh/Australian songwriter Stella Donnelly will play a run of headline dates in the UK this spring, around a pair of May festival appearances. In addition to the listed headline shows, Donnelly will play Live at Leeds 2018 on the 5th of May and The Great Escape 2018 on the 17th of May. Just below the tour date listing, you can watch Donnelly’s most recent promo video for ‘Mechanical Bull’; the track features on her debut EP ‘Thrush Metal’.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. Keep an eye on TGTF for our upcoming coverage of Stella Donnelly at SXSW 2018 starting next week.

Friday 4th May 2018 – Farndale Band Room
Monday 7th May 2018 – Manchester Castle Hotel
Tuesday 8th May 2018 – London Lexington
Friday 11th May 2018 – Bristol Louisiana
Saturday 12th May 2018 – Wrexham Undegun
Wednesday 16th May 2018 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

 

Video of the Moment #2796: Let’s Eat Grandma

 
By on Monday, 26th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Charlotte Patmore

Norwich electro-pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma, aka Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, have revealed details of their latest single ‘Hot Pink’, a collaboration with producers SOPHIE and Faris Badwan of The Horrors. ‘Hot Pink’ is the first taste of the follow-up to Let’s Eat Grandma’s 2016 debut LP ‘I, Gemini’.

The ‘Hot Pink’ video was directed by Balan Evans and produced by Try Hard. Describing the inspiration behind her visual interpretation, Evans says, “The song had a really strong digital feel, so I wanted to input that into the aesthetic. The image of a tall building with a strong coloured light was something from an old memory that has stayed with me, and it felt like a fun idea, another building block.” The band themselves explain the metaphor behind the video as follows: “We’re trying to navigate through a city where people’s perceptions of reality are becoming more and more distorted in the fear that we’ll end up the same way.” Take a look into Let’s Eat Grandma’s surreal ‘Hot Pink’ cityscape just below.

Just below, you’ll find a list of Let’s Eat Grandma’s upcoming live shows in the UK, starting with a one-off show in March and picking up in mid-April. Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s previous coverage of Let’s Eat Grandma is back through here.

Thursday 8th March 2018 – London Lightbox
Wednesday 4th April 2018 – Glasgow Stereo
Thursday 5th April 2018 – Newcastle Riverside
Saturday 7th April 2018 – Leeds Belgrave
Sunday 8th April 2018 – Sheffield Plug
Monday 9th April 2018 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Wednesday 11th April 2018 – Birmingham Castle and Falcon
Thursday 12th April 2018 – Cardiff Globe
Friday 13th April 2018 – Bristol Lantern

 

Charles Watson / May and June 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 12th February 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Newly established as a solo artist, Charles Watson (also known here at TGTF as part of indie pop duo Slow Club) has announced a list of UK headline shows to follow the upcoming release of his debut LP ‘Now That I’m a River’. The album is due out on the 18th of May via Moshi Moshi. Watson’s headline tour will begin the following evening at Ramsgate Music Hall and extend through the first part of June.

Along with the tour announcement, Watson has also unveiled a new promo video for the surprisingly groovy album track ‘Abandoned Buick’.  Directed by Jacob Wyatt and Alistair Baines and produced by RND Media, the promo is simple in design and has the same lo-fi vibe as the song itself. Watson, for his part, is equally low-key in his commentary. “Although the new video for ‘Abandoned Buick’ may at first appear to be just some clever camera work, a clapped-out Mercedes and deceptive shots of my manager wearing exactly the same jacket as me,” he quips, “it is, in fact, evidence that I have successfully achieved my life long goal of having a touring clone”.

You can watch the video for ‘Abandoned Buick’ just below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now. And ICYMI, our review of ‘No Fanfare’, the first single from ‘Now That I’m a River’, is right back this way.

Saturday 19th May 2018 – Ramsgate Music Hall
Monday 21st May 2018 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – Bristol Louisiana
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 24th May 2018 – Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 26th May 2018 – London LSO St Luke’s
Sunday 27th May 2018 – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Tuesday 29th May 2018 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 30th May 2018 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Thursday 31st May 2018 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Friday 1st June 2018 – Glasgow Hug and Pint
Saturday 2nd June 2018 – Sheffield Picture House Social

 
 
 

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