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Blogathon: Wooden Arms – “December” (Teaser)

31 Jan

Wooden Arms December

Ok, this is probably a bit of a cheat as we can’t actually share with you the entirety of the song we’ve just been listening to, but Norwich’s Wooden Arms make such damn gorgeous music we wanted to get you all excited in anticipate of their forthcoming release.

Following up their sublime eponymous EP was always going to be tricky but the guys and gals have cracked the ice at the top of the well and dipped down into the freezing water once more, aptly with a track called “December”. We can share a quick teaser of “December” below and the final, mastered version will be released on 13 February. We’ve heard the full single and can honestly say it is probably our favourite of their songs so far.

It ebbs and flows, picks up pace with a choir of strings soaring to the sky before slowing and resting. Delicate male/female vocals perch with precision above the most gliding of melodies before rising up once more. If you can imagine Polaroid 85 without the drum and bass influence you are on your way.

It’s the sort of sound you want in your ears as you walk across a snow covered field, the deep cold crunching under your feet and that wintery smell of burning in your nose.

We do only have a teaser to share right now, but you can pre-order “Tide” / “December” here and get an immediate download of “December”, so that’s got to be worth doing.

Wooden Arms also have a few gigs coming up to support the release of the Double A side single, here are some details.

13 February: Norwich
14 February: Cambridge
15 February: London

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Review: Wooden Arms – Wooden Arms EP

22 Nov

Wooden Arms

Certain types of music just feel right at a certain time of year. Bright brash colours and upbeat melodies full of urgency and rhythm suit the summer months, while slower more considered sounds tend to fit the colder, autumnal and winter months. The debut EP from Norwich based Wooden Arms falls very much into the latter category which is possibly why, having been released in July, it now feels like a perfect listen on these darkened, ice-laden evenings.

Full of gentle, ebbing melodies that drift and glide like birds on a breeze; this eponymous release is often balletic in feel. Ambient sounds; be they deep cello or light violin, music box light or portentous dark piano, ripple and flow like a mountain stream. “Chariclia” in particular is an evocative and fantastical tune. Like crawling through a tiny gap in a bramble laden hedgerow to discover a hidden and wondrous world beyond. A world that opens out and up, where trees reach beyond the sky to the stars above and snowfall drifts down slowly to enchanting woodland floor.

In fact, snowfall would be an appropriate visual accompaniment to all of the Wooden Arms EP, it’s that serene and enchanting. The violin opening of “Noah” is that moment as daybreaks over a silent an undisturbed winter morning, snow covered fields lay dormant, immaculate and beautiful. “Hollow” could be a walk through a Christmas market, ruddy cheeked and full of mulled wine and mince pies, cold outside but warm and contented within.

Elsewhere, “False Start” has a more reflective feel to it; like a wizened old man rocking gently in a chair on his porch looking out at the vast expanse of countryside before him. The sun is dropping beyond the horizon and the sky is turning orange and pink, the world is his but he sees only the past, memories and regrets floating on the breeze of reminiscence.

Yes, some music suits certain times of year better than others, and as winter is coming, Wooden Arms may prove to be the perfect soundtrack to those long dark nights.

The ‘Wooden Arms EP’ is out now and available to buy digitally or on limited edition hand-printed CD.

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In Session: Milly Hirst – “Book Or A Film”

7 Mar

Milly Hirst

Milly Hirst is a singer songwriter of prodigious talent and we are extremely excited to share something very special with you today. Blessed with a voice that could quieten the rowdiest of rooms and probably even soothe the most savage of beasts, Milly sings with delicate beauty and heartfelt emotion. Put simply, she is a bewitching artist and we love to sit back, close our eyes and just listen to her sing.

As you can imagine then, we were more than a little chuffed when she agreed to film a session for us. Watch the video below (which has once again been put together for us by the lovely folks at Sessions Productions), take a listen, fall in love, We have. Some of you lucky folk will also have the chance to see Milly enthral some rooms in person and she begins a mini-tour with label mates, Heart Of A Dog. Tour details are below, but for now sit back and enjoy this divine performance of “Book Or A Film” by Milly Hirst.

“Book Or A Film” features on Milly’s EP, Equator, which was recorded live and can be bought here. You can also buy the Milly Hirst EP, (review here) which was released by Bare Feet Records and is available on her Bandcamp page.

Milly Hirst and Heart Of A Dog Tour Dates – March 2013
Thu 7th / Cafe ORT / Birmingham – details
Sat 9th / The Poly / Falmouth – details
Sun 10th / Fusion Arts Centre / Oxford – details
Mon 11th / The Latest / Brighton – details
Tue 12th / The Bicycle Shop / Norwich – details
Thu 14th / Number 16 / Ipswich – details
Sat 16th / The Sebright / London – details

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Review: Milly Hirst – Milly Hirst EP

12 Nov

Becoming an overnight success can often take much longer than we might appreciate. It is possible that, after years and years of hard work and gigging, Milly Hirst could have wondered if it would ever happen. Now, after the release of a live EP, Equator, earlier in the year and radio play from Gideon Coe on 6Music, it must feel like everything is happening all at once. To top it all off she has just released her debut studio EP, the eponymous Milly Hirst.

Blessed with a voice that is soft as a mother’s touch, yet rich and emotive, this young singer from Norwich has the capacity to melt hearts with her beguiling folk songs. The minimalist nature of the arrangements belies their complex musical dexterity, complementing the tone and content of each song. On “Tides” for example, the backing vocals murmur and hum like the sea caressing the beach and gently fading away once more. Each track has been considered, crafted with a care and attention oft forgotten with the increased prominence of music making software packages. Each brush on a drum, pluck of guitar string or draw of bow on violin is done so to add meaning.

Hirst sings with her soul, of love, longing, pain, melancholy and joy. Its close your eyes and sing-along as it washes over you music. “Rose”, in particular, is sublime. As delicate as its subject, wistful and heartfelt it leads you, floating to meet this Rose, to see her and understand her. Its porcelain fragility is divine.

It may have taken a number of years for her to get to this point, but with this debut EP, Milly Hirst has announced herself as an enchanting new talent whose music deserves to be fallen in love with.

The Milly Hirst EP is out now on Bare Feet Records and is available on her href=”http://millyhirst.co.uk/” target=””_new””>Bandcamp page.

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