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Joshua Burnside / November and December 2018 UK Tour

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

Northern Irish art-rock singer/songwriter Joshua Burnside has recently announced a lengthy run of tour dates in England for the end of this year, as well as a pair of dates at home in Belfast to bookend the English dates. This tour is in preparation for Burnside’s upcoming EP release ‘Wear Bluebells In Your Hat If You’re Goin’ That Way’, which is a “reconstituted and embellished” deluxe version of his 2013 EP ‘If You’re Goin’ That Way’. The new EP is due out on the 11th of January 2019 via Quiet Arch. You can take a listen to its blues-tinged lead single ‘Black Dog Sin’ just below the tour date listing.

On 3rd December, Burnside will officially begin his University ‘Coffee House’ Tour, which includes, as you might expect, stops at University venues around England. Burnside will wrap up the tour with a show at Belfast Elmwood Hall just before Christmas on the 21st of December. Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s past coverage of Joshua Burnside is collected through here.

Thursday 22nd November 2018 – London Waiting Room
Friday 30th November 2018 – Belfast Duncairn Arts Centre
Monday 3rd December 2018 – High Wycombe Buckinghamshire New University Student Union
Monday 3rd December 2018 – Egham University of London Royal Holloway
Tuesday 4th December 2018 – Bournemouth University
Wednesday 5th December 2018 – Bath Spa University
Wednesday 5th December 2018 – Bristol University
Thursday 6th December 2018 – Coventry University of Warwick Student Union
Friday 7th December 2018 – London Queen Mary University Great Hall
Sunday 9th December 2018 – London Camden Market
Sunday 9th December 2018 – London Paper Dress Vintage
Monday 10th December 2018 – Stoke-On-Trent Staffordshire University Student Union
Tuesday 11th December 2018 – Loughborough University
Tuesday 11th December 2018 – Nottingham Trent University
Wednesday 12th December 2018 – Bradford University Student Union
Thursday 13th December 2018 – Newcastle Northumbria University Student Union
Friday 14th December 2018 – Manchester Metropolitan Student Union
Friday 14th December 2018 – University of Liverpool Student Union
Friday 21st December 2018 – Belfast Elmwood Hall

 

Luke Sital-Singh / December 2018 English Tour

 
By on Monday, 5th November 2018 at 9:00 am
 

We’ve heard a rumour that currently Bristol-based singer/songwriter Luke Sital-Singh is about to uproot to decamp closer to TGTF Towers. (Well, okay, he’s moving to the other side of America but still, that feels closer to me, okay?) If you live in the UK, the last chance for you to see him perform live in your country will be next month, in a handful of gigs in England. Tickets to the following four shows – one in the North of England, the rest in the South – are on sale now and listed below. He also has scheduled shows in Hamburg (the 17th) and Berlin (the 18th). Sital-Singh’s current single ‘The Last Day’, which was released the week of Halloween. You can view all of our past coverage on Sital-Singh and his music through here.

Wednesday 5th December 2018 – Brighton Unitarian Church
Friday 7th December 2018 – Manchester Sacred Trinity
Monday 10th December 2018 – Bristol Rough Trade
Wednesday 12th December 2018 – London St. Pancras Old Church

 

Video of the Moment #2901: Loyle Carner feat. Jordan Rakei

 
By on Thursday, 18th October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Charlie Cummings

South London hip-hop artist Loyle Carner has returned after an 18-month hiatus with an intriguing new single titled ‘Ottolenghi’. Those of you who consider yourself foodies might recognise the title as the surname of famed Israeli-British chef Yotam Ottolenghi, who is, in a roundabout sort of way, the impetus for the song. The press release for ‘Ottolenghi’, out now on AMF Records, relates that Carner’s moment of inspiration came “when Loyle was quizzed by a family on a commuter train about the ‘Bible’ he was reading, which was in fact the aforementioned chef’s cookbook ‘Jerusalem’.”

The reference to Ottolenghi sits among a handful of other personally relevant references in Carner’s lyrics, including an expression from his grandfather and an allusion to Roots Manuva‘s ‘Dreamy Days’. Carner’s lyrical delivery feels more like spoken word poetry than what we typically think of as rap, and his reflective words are set over a cool, contemplative keyboard and bass groove. The song’s chorus is tinged with a smooth jazz vibe, courtesy of vocalist/producer Jordan Rakei.

Directed by Oscar Hudson of Pulse Films, the video for ‘Ottolenghi’ is decidedly low-tech, but its optical illusions are remarkably clever, creating a subtle kaleidoscopic effect throughout. Viewers with sharp eyes might catch sight of Yotam Ottolenghi himself in a brief cameo appearance. Watch the promo for ‘Ottolenghi’ below and see for yourself.

Along with the new promo video, Carner has announced a run of live dates in the UK and Ireland for next spring, including a double show at Manchester’s Band on the Wall on the first of May. Tickets for the following dates will be available for general sale on Friday, the 19th of October. In the meantime, you can find TGTF’s previous coverage of Loyle Carner right back here.

Saturday 27th April 2019 – Dublin Grand Social
Sunday 28th April 2019 – Edinburgh Caves
Tuesday 30th April 2019 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 1st May 2019 – Manchester Band on the Wall (early and late shows)
Friday 3rd May 2019 – Brighton Concorde 2
Saturday 4th May 2019 – Bristol Trinity
Tuesday 7th May 2019 – London Roundhouse

 

Video of the Moment #2896: Miles Kane

 
By on Tuesday, 9th October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Singer/songwriter Miles Kane, whose stint with The Last Shadow Puppets by now feels like ancient history, has put out new promo video for the latest track from his recent solo album ‘Coup de Grace’. The LP was released back in August on Virgin EMI, following its early teaser single ‘Cry On My Guitar’. Kane’s new track, titled ‘Killing the Joke’, is mildly psychedelic in its sound and perhaps a more than a bit ironic in its lyrics.

The video treatment for ‘Killing the Joke’ was created by Daniele Cavalli and Manfredi Lucibello and set against the scenic backdrop of Florence. Its action sequences feature Kane alternately driving a sports car, wandering through empty yet architecturally striking corridors and drinking scotch in a deserted bar decorated with an assortment of crystal decanters. The black and white videography emphasises the kaleidoscopic reflection of light from the various gleaming surfaces and the sharp relief provided by the interplay of the resulting shadows.

You can watch the promo for ‘Killing the Joke’ just below, and if you’re a Miles Kane fan, check out his November and December UK tour dates, listed at the bottom of the page. A full listing of Kane’s upcoming live dates can be found on his official Facebook. TGTF’s previous coverage of Miles Kane is back through here.

Thursday 22nd November 2018 – Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 23rd November 2018 – Manchester Academy 1
Saturday 24th November 2018 – Manchester Academy 1
Monday 26th November 2018 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 27th November 2018 – Birmingham Institute
Thursday 29th November 2018 – Leeds Academy
Friday 30th November 2018 – Hull University
Saturday 1st December 2018 – Newcastle Academy
Monday 3rd December 2018 – Bristol Academy
Tuesday 4th December 2018 – Leicester Academy
Thursday 6th December 2018 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 7th December 2018 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 8th December 2018 – Liverpool University

 

Video of the Moment #2891: Metric

 
By on Tuesday, 25th September 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Canadian electropop band Metric have taken a different tack for the theme in their new music video than their contemporaries would have. Their intent for the new promo was to be as realistic as possible: ‘Now or Never Now’ was filmed in environments both musicians and music lovers are very familiar with: within the small hours in a nightclub and in a city where most of the revelers have gone and the only people left are those who have to be there. As provided on the press release:

“Many music videos take place in night clubs,” notes Nicholson [director Lorraine Nicholson], “very few depict them as they so often are: pensive, dark and depressing.” Metric frontwoman Emily Haines adds, “This was a night shoot leading to dawn, as Lorraine wanted to place the video in those most questionable hours of the morning…I’m profoundly lost and alone with random uncaring strangers…the rest of the band is on an urgent quest to find me and rescue me from this sad existence, but they always arrive too late.”

‘Now or Never Now’ appears on the band’s newest record ‘Art of Doubt’, available now from MMI/Crystal Math Music. The group will begin their world tour in support of the new album on the 25th of October in Moscow. The four UK dates on the tour are listed below and are on sale now. North American dates are expected to be announced soon, and you can check back periodically on the band’s official Web site for more details. Itching to read further in our archive on Metric? Right this way.

Saturday 17th November 2018 – Birmingham Academy 2
Sunday 18th November 2018 – Glasgow Queen Margaret Union
Monday 19th November 2018 – Manchester Ritz
Tuesday 20th November 2018 – London Kentish Town Forum

 

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.

 
 
 

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