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Video of the Moment #1779: Laura Marling

 
By on Monday, 6th April 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Laura Marling‘s latest album ‘Short Movie’ was released late last month, and now she’s announced what her next single will be. ‘Gurdjieff’s Daughter’ will be released on the 18th of May on Virgin / EMI, and the accompanying promo is…a little jarring? Filmed at Marling’s house in East Los Angeles and featuring seemingly random cameos from musicians Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Jonathan Wilson and Marika Hackman and actress Rhian Rees, I guess it’s supposed to be a glimpse of Laura Marling in her ‘new’ American life. Make of it what you will as you watch the video below.

Past writings on Marling on TGTF, including her KCRW Radio Day performance at the Austin Convention Center Wednesday afternoon during SXSW 2015, can be found here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hnKz9rlna4[/youtube]

 

SXSW 2015: BBC barbecue with friends, with no fear of missing out – 19th March 2015

 
By on Monday, 30th March 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

One thing everyone learns at SXSW – and hopefully sooner than later – is to not sweat it when plan A doesn’t work out and you have to go to plan B, or even plan C or D. It is an inevitable fact of a city festival and the size of their smaller hole in the wall type venues (whether you’re in Austin or Brighton for the Great Escape) that if where you want to go is one of the hottest tickets in town, you’ll likely be disappointed. But during SXSW, there is always tonnes more things to do and bands to see, and the beauty of such a large event is that you might just happen upon something brilliant you’d otherwise never have crossed your mind.

The announcement that Danish band Mew were going to play only three shows in Austin seemed to be broadcast on all the music Web sites and blogs ahead of SXSW 2015, and I can’t say that I really was bothered about seeing them. However, as a music editor, it’s sometimes your duty to seek out what the people want to read about, so I had them scribbled down on my Thursday afternoon schedule as part of the Under the Radar magazine showcase at Flamingo Cantina. Wednesday afternoon I chatted with Will Doyle (East India Youth) about the Under the Radar show, as he was playing directly before Mew and headliner Of Montreal; he was quite pleased to be playing the showcase, as it meant he had an automatic in to the event. Curious, we looked up the capacity of the place on my phone, staring at the number with a mixture of marvel and horror: 299. Eep.

Considering how massively hyped the elusive Mew had been even before anyone made it out to Austin, I figured I’d probably be queueing outside all afternoon with no joy, so I decided to give it a pass. Later that night, I ran into a close Glaswegian industry friend (a much bigger, taller person who can hold his own more than I can, I might add) who said he’d made it into the showcase but stayed only for 5 minutes because there were too many people inside the club and he had struggled to breathe. I understand event organisers want to hype things up and purposely cause queues to form via FOMO, but it sounds like this particular event may have been violating safety codes, and I count my lucky stars I didn’t even try to get into it. Our friend Larry Heath, Editor-in-Chief of The AU Review, got into Mew’s third show on Saturday afternoon as part of the Brooklyn Vegan day party, and you can read his thoughts on them here.

But no tears were shed by this editor. I’d been blessed with an invite to the BBC barbecue that afternoon at Old School Bar and Grill, which had some lovely surprise live and acoustic special guests. Due to a mishap with the #17 bus, I arrived too late to catch first act James Vincent McMorrow, who appeared Wednesday night at the Music from Ireland showcase at Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room (I reviewed that showcase here). Apparently Catfish and the Bottlemen were also due to appear on the afternoon’s bill, but they were nowhere to be seen. Another surprise for me was the sense James ‘Chaos and the Calm’ Bay was following me around, as the man and his now famous hat were seen going back and forth across the floor. I think he liked the food?

Frank Turner at BBC Barbecue, SXSW 2015

Between dining on the complimentary barbecue from venerated Texas meat institution the Salt Lick (which was delicious, thank you BBC and Salt Lick!), I watched amazing sets from now hugely popular singer/songwriter Frank Turner and the soft-spoken young Derry talent SOAK (Bridie Monds-Watson). Turner, who was bouncing from venue to venue all week and seemed to be in his element in this town, explained he was road-testing new material at SXSW and was playing different sets at every show in Austin; I’m sure this revelation delighted fans I met who were following him around all week. From the new song that he introduced with “this is about losing at tennis…again” (‘Love Forty Down’) to his raucous, yet loving tribute to his nan (‘Peggy Sang the Blues’), Turner proved why he’s become such a popular live draw both here in America and in Europe. Carrie interviewed Frank Friday morning in Austin, and her interview will be posted soon here on TGTF.

SOAK, the surprise guest at Monday night’s Creative Belfast showcase at Latitude 30, also captivated punters this afternoon with her gentle yet emotional voice, framed by her acoustic guitar playing. You wouldn’t expect something as placid coming from someone dressed like a skater, but somehow…it works. She now has a deal with Rough Trade, so I know Beggars will certainly help spread her music far and wide.

SOAK at BBC Barbecue, SXSW 2015

I met the lovely Bridie briefly late one night at the British Music Embassy, just as she was thanking Steve Lamacq for all his and BBC Introducing’s support. It was a sweet yet important reminder of how vital these mutualistic relationships and respect are key to our promoting deserving young artists and giving them the help and attention they deserve. Later on, I also helped facilitate the recording of a live BBC 6music session by my friends the Lost Brothers, who appeared on Steve’s radio programme. I take great personal pride in my part of the process, and I think everyone who is anyone in the industry who comes out to a massive event like this at SXSW with the purpose to help support bands should pat themselves on the back!

 

SXSW 2015: Sounds from Spain showcase and a quick trip to the convention center – 18th March 2015

 
By on Friday, 27th March 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

So how exactly does a Chinese-American girl find herself partaking in complimentary paella and sangria and watching a bunch of Spanish bands with a bunch of people from there or of that heritage? If it’s in March, it can only mean one thing: SXSW. The glittery, colourful music carnival that was SXSW 2015 included six vibrant acts performing as part of Sounds from Spain in a tent Wednesday afternoon; none of them were like no another, which added further interest to the proceedings at Brush Square Park. Initially, when Carrie and I began planning out our Wednesdays, we were both bracing ourselves for an afternoon of poncho wearing and outdoor drenching by the rain that had been forecast.

It did rain – we awoke to it tapping on the roof of our friends’ house and we both groaned to ourselves for the terrible weather misfortune we anticipated later – but by the time I reached Brush Square Park to begin my coverage of the Sounds from Spain showcase at the exceedingly early time of 11 AM, the rain clouds were gone and about 2 hours later, the sun came out and started beating down on us, causing both of my interviewees Xavi Marín of Oso Leone and musician/producer beGun to yelp that even for Spaniards used to oppressive summers, it was too hot! As the week went on though, we wished that the sun had held out, for hot sun is still better than rain chucking it down, agreed?

Oso Leone was first up on the afternoon’s bill. Drawing their inspiration from nature for some of their song titles (‘Ficus’, ‘Cactus’), this band mixes up experimental, psychedelic, and chill and drone-y rock ‘n’ roll to create some of the most interesting soundscapes I’ve heard in a long time. The only other band I can think of who have been this inventive in producing unearthly music is Sigur Ros, so think Sigur Ros, but more melodic.

Disco Las Palmeras at SXSW 2015

Disco Las Palmeras are essentially a Spanish-language Pixies, with frontman Diego Castro preferring a deadpan, disaffected vocal ala Black Francis. They played it loud, they played it fast, and they had a good time.

Madrid girl group Hinds (formerly known as Deers until American band The Deers sicced their lawyers on them) and their sunny, ’60s-style garage rock need no introduction. As popular as they are in the UK and Europe, they’re just starting to make inroads here in America, which might explain why someone in their camp had the crazy idea to book them for 16 shows during their week in Austin. Hey, the 1975 played some 13 shows at SXSW 2013 and look where they are now, so maybe there’s some method to the madness. (Stay tuned for Carrie’s impression of them Saturday night at the NME/PRS showcase at the British Music Embassy, where I believe I should thank my lucky stars for not being allowed into the venue, as Carrie described the situation like being stuffed like sardines in a tin.)

Hinds at SXSW 2015

Rulo Y La Contrabanda have a very classic rock ‘n’ roll sound and since I speak so very little Spanish, I lost of the emotion of the songs not comprehending what was being sung. Most of the crowd didn’t have the same problem, cheering wildly for them and I assume having arrived early for the next act.

Phew. Okay. No amount of mental preparedness could have readied me for the punters’ reception of Macaco. A blonde Spaniard isn’t very common, is it? Apparently, this band with this guy Dani Carbonell out front is huge. I mean, massive. The amount of oestrogen in the tent went sky high just before they took to the stage, so it’s a safe bet they’re a big deal in the Spanish-speaking world.

Macaco at SXSW 2015

Personally, I couldn’t see or hear it (I felt like I was witnessing a cartoon), but maybe if I was a 20-year old living in Spain interested in pop, I might think differently? I’m embedding a recent video of theirs for your benefit and you can tell me what you think. I can only guess from this Facebook post of theirs that they guessed incorrectly that I was Japanese (haha).

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EYmTRHFqLQ[/youtube]

Last but certainly not least was my main reason for being there that afternoon at all, my pre-SXSW 2015 discovery of self-described “landscape electronica” artist and producer beGun, who I previewed in this Bands to Watch post. Most of the time, electronic artists are draped in darkness, playing at night in purposefully shadowy environments such as clubs. I think it’s a special treat to watch a master like him at work during daylight hours, so you can see how much goes into his live performance. I loved every minute of it.

beGun at SXSW 2015

As he mentioned in my interview with him before he performed at the showcase, the Barcelona producer is adamant about electronic artists including “added value” to their performances, to make it worth it to fans to see a real, live human being actually making the music live instead of just pushing a succession of buttons on a laptop or synth. On this afternoon, beGun certainly delivered, creating a swirl of music enveloping you and taking you and your mind to another place. I had a word with Huw Stephens about his music, so fingers crossed you’ll be hearing his music on Radio 1 soon enough.

Thanks very much to Rocio, Xavi of Oso Leone, the Agoraphobia girls, beGun and Agustín and everyone else at the Sounds from Spain party who made this American feel so welcome. Music, paella and sangria…let’s do it all again next year!

After my chill time in Sounds from Spain, it was a shock to the system to run – I mean, like run – to the convention center in an attempt to catch Laura Marling on the Radio Day stage. Who designs a convention center with escalators that don’t go up to every floor? Texans. I finally gave up on the escalators, deciding on a lift and nearly knocking over James Graham of the Twilight Sad, who was coming out of one, in the process. I guess he had had his fill of Laura?

The Radio Day stage, being as tall as it is and sat in a room that feels cavernous, isn’t exactly going to give you the warm and fuzzies. That said, what we do know of Marling’s new direction and album ‘Short Movie’ released this past Monday, her new material isn’t intended to give you the warm and fuzzies. Marling’s new pixie haircut, matching with long cream coloured trousers that made her legs look like they went on forever and with some fierce, military-style buttons down the left side, gave her a look that meant business at the KCRW afternoon showcase.

Because Sounds from Spain was running a little behind schedule and I refused to leave Brush Square until I said my goodbyes to all my new friends, after I arrived at the convention center, I only managed to hear half of one song and the final one, which was ‘Short Movie’ that everyone’s already heard. Despite obvious fans clamouring to be close to their goddess, the room was devoid of warmth and charm, which for me detracted from the performance and overall, I was disappointed in what seemed to be a lack of energy onstage as well. I also think they could have cranked up the volume on the amps for a more emphatic impression, but maybe the performance was meant to be muted for this all ages crowd? Well, as Meatloaf sang, “two out of three ain’t bad.” Or six out of seven…

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Laura Marling shares live version of ‘I Feel Your Love’ from upcoming album ‘Short Movie’

 
By on Wednesday, 11th March 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

Laura Marling is gearing up for two high-profile performances in Austin during SXSW 2015 next week: 3 PM Wednesday the 18th of March at the KCRW showcase on the Radio Day Stage of the Austin Convention Center, followed by a 8:45 PM slot during the annual Communion showcase at St. David’s Historic Sanctuary on Friday the 20th of March. The most recent live video Marling has released is for ‘I Feel Your Love’, following on from another cut ‘False Hope’ from upcoming fifth album ‘Short Movie’, which sees its release on the 23rd of March on Virgin EMI. She seems to be channeling the blues and Robert Plant in this tune, which is never a bad thing! Watch the performance below.

Tickets to her April/May UK/Irish tour are on sale now and all the details of the tour are this way. Past coverage on the songstress can be found here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQA2Z9oDmgM[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Laura Marling shares live performance of ‘False Hope’ from upcoming fifth album ‘Short Movie’

 
By on Friday, 20th February 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

In anticipation of her fifth album ‘Short Movie’ to be released on the 23rd of March on Virgin EMI, the prolific Laura Marling has been dangling carrots at us. In December, the title track was revealed in all its glory, and now we can have a listen and watch to a live performance from another LP track. Sporting a pixie haircut, Marling cuts a harder figure as a true rocker chick playing ‘False Hope’ with her band in a studio. Watch the video below.

Marling has announced a UK/Irish tour for April and May this week; tickets are on sale now and all the details of the tour are this way. Past coverage on the songstress can be found here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqf7DxBAuSw[/youtube]

 

Laura Marling / April and May 2015 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Thursday, 19th February 2015 at 8:00 am
 

In December it was announced that Laura Marling‘s fifth album ‘Short Movie’ would see its release on the 23rd of March on Virgin EMI, and the title track of the LP was revealed (read my review of the single here). Now the English singer/songwriter who now calls Los Angeles home has revealed plans to tour the UK and Ireland in April and May. Tickets are on sale tomorrow, the 20th of February, at 10 AM.

Past coverage on Laura Marling can be found here.

Monday 20th April 2015 – London Queen Elizabeth Hall
Tuesday 21st April 2015 – London Queen Elizabeth Hall
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Friday 24th April 2015 – Manchester Albert Hall
Saturday 25th April 2015 – Glasgow Academy
Monday 27th April 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Wednesday 29th April 2015 – London Queen Elizabeth Hall
Thursday 30th April 2015 – London Queen Elizabeth Hall
Monday 4th May 2015 – Southampton Guildhall
Tuesday 5th May 2015 – Bristol Colston Hall
Thursday 7th May 2015 – Dublin Olympia
Friday 8th May 2015 – Belfast Waterfront

 
 
 

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