Articles in the October Category
Earlier this year, The PJP Band went into the studio with respected rock Producer Pete Miles (The King Blues, We Are The Ocean, Sonic Boom Six,Crazy Arm, Dry The River, Tellison etc.). ‘I Am A Racer’ is the first single to be taken from The PJP Band’s forthcoming debut and a perfect intro to their sound with its uplifting, life-affirming energy. The track has already received spins by Edith Bowman last month, after winning the public vote on the Radio 1 Review Show; (We Are The Ocean took in the track, fresh from The PJP Band’s album recording session). It has also received plays from firm-fan Tom Robinson on 6 Music.
‘I Am A Racer’ is released digitally via iTunes and also available on The PJP Band’s official website: www.thepjpband.com 29th October. The PJP Band’s debut album ‘And So It Goes’ is set for release in early 2013
Taken from their acclaimed eponymous album, Portico Quartet, released in January on RealWorld, Steepless is the band’s first vocal collaboration and features the East London based Swedish singer, Cornelia, who the band met through their friend Jamie Woon. Cornelia had been working with Circe Traps and the band were drawn to her unique voice and songs.
‘Underrated’ is the captivating third single to be taken from The Ghosts’ critically acclaimed debut album ‘The End’. The single was co- produced by Anders Kallmark (Ou Est Le Swimming Pool/La Roux/Little Boots) and Tim Bran (La Roux /The Charlatans). It is brooding synth pop at its very best with frontman Alex Starling singing over lush, atmospheric soundscapes.
The release comes with two top drawer remixes. House legends X-Press 2 deliver a typically understated and beautifully hypnotic remix while Kallmark’s Swedish Hus Mix strips back the vocals and pumps up the …
The Ghosts release their third single ‘Underrated’ on 15th October. Video directed by Alex Kyrou.
West London’s cult alt-indie four piece Tellison release their new single ‘Edith’ on 10th October through Naim Edge Records, the second from this summer’s much loved new, Peter Miles (The King Blues, Frank Turner, We Are The Ocean) produced album ‘The Wages Of Fear’.
‘Edith’ is the quintessence of Tellison’s charming capability to candidly express contemporary anguish through classic inspirations. Front man and guitarist Stephen Davidson explains the meaning behind the new single; “Edith Wharton writes a mean story. Her writing, though not particularly fashionable today, earned her a Pulitzer prize in 1921 and the deep devotion of countless readers the world over. In other words she knows where it’s at. The Pulitzer was awarded to her novel “The Age Of Innocence”. I read that book in a small attic room in Cambridge in 2008 and immediately afterwards wrote a song. The song’s title namechecks Edith herself whilst its lyrics reference a few of her literary inventions. There’s also some stuff about real life not being as compelling, powerful, ordered, dramatic or satisfying as fiction (particularly hers) in there too.”
Billy Vincent are set to release their new EP, ‘Once On The Grand Union’ through Something Nothing Records on October 17th – another set of zealous tracks that showcase a seamless progression from the rousing compositions of previous EP, ‘King Island Coyote’.
Fronted by long time compatriots and best friends, Billy Barratt and David Vincent, the band have crafted a collection of songs that are as lyrically stimulating as they are musically.
From the sinister tale of ‘St. Catherine’s Oratory’ and its relentless chant of “looking for the monsters from under my bed”, through to the sprightly feel good message of ‘Through Stations For Trains’, Billy Vincent demonstrate a flair for creating diverse numbers, yet still keeping their own inimitable style and sound.
The latter half of ‘Once On The Grand Union’ sees the band unveil their softer side with a yarn of torturous love with ‘Young Hearts’, a side that stands out against the infectiously jaunty ‘Truly’ and its rousing sing-along chorus.
Empirical, winners of Best Jazz Act at the MOBO’s 2010, return with their third album ‘Elements Of Truth’ on October 24th on Naim Jazz Records.
Empirical should really need no introduction. The project of four young, British Jazz musicians, who aim to expand on the traditions of Jazz, their unique music manages to be both timeless and totally now, inside and out. In just a few short years they have carved out a place as one of jazz’s most exciting new bands, touring from New York to Molde, London to Montreal, and they have won numerous awards including the 2010 MOBO for Best Jazz Act and Jazzwise and Mojo Albums of the Year. Elements Of Truth is their third album, and second with the current line-up of Nathaniel Facey alto saxophone, Shaney Forbes drums, Tom Farmer bass and Lewis Wright vibraphone.
The last six months have proved a busy time for Antlered Man, having burst on to the scene with their high impact single ‘Surrounded By White Men’. The band followed up in June with ‘Outrages 1 ta 3’ which continued to blaze a trail of growing fans both in the press and at each live show. Now comes the first of two multi-track offerings dubbed the ‘Giftes’ series, ‘Buddhist Soup (Giftes pt1)’, is released on October 10th via the band’s imprint Goo Grrrl Records.
Manchester guitarist and composer Stuart McCallum is best known for his work with Cinematic Orchestra. The distinctive, ethereal and atmospheric sound of his guitar has been at the heart of their sound since 2004, including on the albums ‘Ma Fleur’ and ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ and the award winning soundtrack ‘The Crimson Wing’. His own music influenced by jazz and DJ Culture is a distillation of many influences, creating a sound that is concentrated and distinctive. McCallum who admits to influences from Wes Montgomery to Bjork, Flying Lotus to Bon Iver and James Blake to Bill Frisell, as well as modern art, eschews over complicated harmonic and rhythmical structures in favour of a rich mix of electronica and improvisation enriched by elegant orchestral writing.
Back off European tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and several killer appearances at festivals this summer The Good The Bad are gearing up to unveil their sophomore album to an unsuspecting public. ‘From 018 To 033’ displays an exciting progression from their critically acclaimed debut, which attracted obsessive support among press and musical peers alike.
The Good The Bad returned between live dates to their Copenhagen base, a nuclear bunker and creative haven for Denmark’s Warhol Factory types to record ‘From 018 To 033’. On it you can hear the spirit of the Wild West channelled through Ennio Morricone, Bill Conti and other masters like Phil Spector, John Barry and Lalo Schifrin