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Tourist / May 2016 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Monday, 25th January 2016 at 9:00 am
 

London producer and electronic musician William Phillips, better known as Tourist, has just unveiled the first single from his upcoming debut album ‘U’, along with a short list of live dates in the UK and Ireland for this spring.  You can hear Tourist’s new track ‘To Have You Back’ for yourself just below the tour date listing.  If you like what you hear, you can visit his Soundcloud to download the song for free.

Tickets for the following shows are available now.  Leading into the summer festival season, Tourist has also announced a June appearance at London’s Field Day 2016. TGTF’s previous coverage of Tourist can be found by clicking right here.

Saturday 7th May 2016 – Dublin Academy Green Room
Monday 9th May 2016 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 10th May 2016 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Wednesday 11th May 2016 – London XOYO
Thursday 12th May 2016 – Brighton Haunt

 

Get Inuit / January and February 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 21st January 2016 at 8:00 am
 

Header photo by Pat Pope

Self-described “dirty pop” quartet Get Inuit are about to embark on a tour of the UK, starting next week and extending through the beginning of February.  Dubbed the ‘Luge Lessons’ Tour 2016, the shows are in support of the band’s most recent EP, but they will likely also feature several new tunes, including the raucous recently released single ‘My Oh My’.  You can listen to that track just below the tour date listing; if you like what you hear, head over to Get Inuit’s official Web site, where you can download the song in exchange for adding your e-mail address to their mailing list.

Tickets for the following shows are available now.  You can browse through our previous coverage of Get Inuit right back here.

Sunday 24th January 2016 – Canterbury Gulbenkian
Monday 25th January 2016 – Bournemouth Anvil
Tuesday 26th January 2016 – Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Wednesday 27th January 2016 – London Black Heart
Thursday 28th January 2016 – Leicester Cookie
Friday 29th January 2016 – Derby Victoria Inn
Sunday 31st January 2016 – Glasgow Broadcast
Monday 1st February 2016 – Newcastle Academy
Tuesday 2nd February 2016 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 – Bristol Exchange
Thursday 4th February 2016 – Guildford Boileroom

 

MP3 of the Day #893: MONEY

 
By on Tuesday, 12th January 2016 at 10:00 am
 

Emotionally cutting Manchester band MONEY will be releasing their sophomore album later this month. ‘Suicide Songs’, their second LP, will be out on the 29th of January on Bella Union, and the album closes with a song with a weighty title: ‘A Cocaine Christmas and an Alcoholic’s New Year’. As part of the promotion for the new album, the band are giving away a live version of the track, recorded live last November 2015 at Salford’s White Hotel, as a free mp3. You can listen to the track alone and download it for your own collection in the SoundCloud embed below, and if you want the full experience, you can also watch the live performance of the song from where the mp3 was taken directly below it.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OecJg2lav34[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Foy Vance performs an acoustic version of ‘She Burns’

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

Mustachioed Northern Irish songsmith Foy Vance has just unveiled a live acoustic video for his smouldering new track ‘She Burns’. Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville with producer Jacquire King (James Bay, Of Monsters and Men), the song is slated to appear on Vance’s highly anticipated next album, which is due out early next year. Vance has recently signed to pop superstar Ed Sheeran‘s label Gingerbread Man Records, which launched back in August with the signing of singer/songwriter Jamie Lawson.

Vance and Sheeran are longtime friends and collaborators, having toured together back in 2013 as well as contributing to each other’s recent studio work, Vance supplying vocals and songwriting assistance on Sheeran’s Grammy-nominated album ‘X’ and Sheeran appearing on Vance’s previous album ‘Joy of Nothing’. Vance previews his follow-up to that album with the video for ‘She Burns’, which he also performed live on his most recent tour of America.

The acoustic version of ‘She Burns’ featured in the video below is a slow-burning ode to the feminine mystique, presented here in a bare arrangement for two voices and guitar. Though this rendition of the song is far more restrained than what I might have expected from Vance, he still bares his very soul in the vocal delivery, especially the chorus lyric “I’m burning, I’m burning so deeply just breathing hurts.’

[youtube]https://youtu.be/6TfRPCdMfCM[/youtube]

If you like what you hear in the video, you can download the acoustic version of ‘She Burns’ on Foy Vance’s official Web site, in exchange for adding your e-mail address to his mailing list. While you’re on Vance’s Web site, you can also find a list of live dates and ticket information for Vance’s current Australian tour, where he is opening for Ed Sheeran and Elton John. TGTF’s full archive of coverage on Foy Vance can be found right back here.

 

In the Post #151: Clock Opera return with new track ‘Changeling’ from forthcoming new album in 2016

 
By on Monday, 16th November 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Those who have known me for years are aware that I can be an insufferable sentimental git. I hold on to every last memory, good and bad. Last week, I had already formulated in my mind generally how this piece on Clock Opera was going to go. And then Friday night in Paris, the unspeakable happened.

Some people – the kind of people like my own mother who had quaked at the mere thought of me boarding a plane after 9/11, and every single time I’ve done it – are going to be too scared to go out in public, to go to a live show for quite some time. Maybe it will be for months, years, I don’t know. But the more I have read in the last 48 hours of the incredible humanity of those who survived the terrible goings-on in the Bataclan, the outpouring of love from the our whole music community to honour those we have lost, I don’t feel so ashamed of being that insufferable sentimental git at this very moment.

We – all of us – have suffered a great loss, beautiful lives have been cut short, and for what? It is impossible to comprehend through our grief, to make sense of what is truly senseless. But no matter where we are in our lives, whenever we are a party to sorrow, to trauma, we can go deep into our minds and our hearts, where the good memories live and will live on forever. We must do this now, in remembrance of those we’ve lost, many of whom who thought they were going out on a normal Friday night to enjoy live music at a gig, something that many of us do all the time and don’t think about too much, because we take it for granted that we will be safe.

Our lives have changed, yes. But we will keep going, keep living, and living our lives every day for those we have lost who cannot.

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I have a fond memory of meeting Clock Opera in Liverpool 3 years ago, shortly after their debut album ‘Ways to Forget’ had been released on Island / Moshi Moshi. They were one of three bands playing the TGTF showcase we put on at the Arts Academy in May 2012, sandwiched in between Brighton’s Dear Prudence and Sydney, Australia’s The Temper Trap, the latter of whom were still running on the success of ‘Sweet Disposition’ and their debut album. It was a great night: the venue was rammed, the bands sounded incredible onstage and we had gobs of punters entering our lucky draw for a Clock Opera CD and a Temper Trap t-shirt.

I met the guys and welcomed them when they arrived at the venue, hours before the showcase was to start, laden down with all their gear. They were effusive in their praise of our Web site. I had a quite funny but brief conversation with frontman Guy Connelly about his epic beard, which I remember as if it was yesterday. I asked him if he would allow me to touch the famed beard; he laughed and said, “you don’t know how many people reach out and touch it *without* asking!” So I was looked upon as a friend from then on.

Clock Opera emerged in 2009, at an interesting time for British music. If you look at the BBC Sound of 2010 longlist, which appeared less than a year after I joined up here as USA Editor at TGTF, you’ll recognise a lot of names on there, when synth-led music and indie were kings as the new decade dawned. But you’ll also note most every artist or group on the list still standing has had to reinvent themselves or change significantly in the 5 years since those names were revealed.

The band went silent after the end of 2012, and I imagined they’d be back before I knew it, and with some smashing new single for us to sink our teeth into. Then a year went by…and while a year in band terms sometimes means musicians are taking a well-deserved rest or maybe simply just getting on with Real Life, relationships and families, I’d assumed after Connelly’s usually otherwise prolific remix well went dry and quiet, that would be the last we’d heard of them. Imagine how grateful I felt when early in November, new Clock Opera track ‘Changeling’ was released to the wild. Although they lost keyboardist Dan Armstrong last year, it sounds like time has been good to them, as it sounds like they haven’t lost their identity but instead have refined it, in a time in the music business when it’s uber important to distinguish your band and your sound from everyone else’s.

Unbeknownst to me, they were working on a crowdfunding campaign in 2015 to make enough money to record their second album. Luckily for us, the campaign’s target was reached in July, so this highly anticipated second outing is purported to be out next year. If ‘Changeling’ is indicative of Clock Opera 2.0, the exciting percussive nature of their music exemplified by their live tour de force ‘A Piece of String’ has been retained by the heavy, buzzy synth rhythm and the clanging bells. However, it appears they’ve ‘grown up’ in a way, choosing to go in a darker direction, the song described on the press release as “a mysterious, haunting hymn of loss and disbelief”. Not exactly the sweet-sounding, wistful yearnings heard on older single ‘Belongings’, is it?

As it appears that Delphic have disbanded and Bloc Party‘s return last month with ‘The Love Within’ is nothing but a whimper, there is a huge gap in the British market for an indie, rhythm-led synth group, and Clock Opera’s return couldn’t have been timed better. Roll on 2016!

7.5/10

Download ‘Changeling’ for your very own by signing up for the band’s mailing list here. Clock Opera will play their first show since their public return next Thursday, the 26th of November (seriously, why is everything happening on my birthday in the South of England?) at London Old Blue Last. For those of you penny pinchers, the show is free, so if you’re anywhere near the Capital, stop what you’re doing that evening and go. Then they’re straight off to Europe to fill the support slot of North East band Maximo Park on the Continent. For all our past coverage on Clock Opera on TGTF (essentially the previous chapter of the band of days gone by), go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2YPVRcpZqM[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day #892: Ghostpoet

 
By on Monday, 16th November 2015 at 10:00 am
 

It’s good to be Ghostpoet. He has three studio albums to his name – 2011’s ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’, 2013’s ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, and this year’s ‘Shedding Skin’, released in March – and now two of them have been nominated for a Mercury Prize.

We won’t know who has won the gong until next Friday, the 20th of November, but in the meantime, he and his ‘people’ have been kind enough to make his newest single from ‘Shedding Skin’, ‘Be Right Back, Moving House’ free. Yes, this is not a drill! Follow the link below to get it for your very own.

 
 
 

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