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Free Download: Manna – “Wishing Well”

12 Jan

It’s always pleasing when our inbox is full of great new music to digest and enjoy, and this latest track from Finnish blues-folk star Manna certainly raised a smile in the office when we opened our email yesterday.

Taken from her forthcoming album, Shackles, “Wishing Well” features one time Screaming Trees founder and Queens of the Stone Age member, Mark Lanegan as a thunderous, snarling counterpoint to Manna’s smooth, lilting country-folk vocals. The track skits from the light, gentle, acoustic verses, down to the dark, grinding, blues chorus and back out again. The juxtaposition of Manna and Lanegan is inspired, like the proverbial ying and yang, their contradictions are connected and attracted to one another.

Manna acknowledges these apparent differences when describing her music; “I am not interested in creating anything except heartfelt music, it can be either beautiful or just plain aggressive – often both”.

This is very definitely both.

You can listen to the track below and during January, it will be available as a free download from Manna’s Soundcloud page.

Free Download: Paper Crows Cover Kate Bush – Cloudbusting

21 Dec

While the majority of music critics fell over themselves to praise Kate Bush’s first new album in forever to the hilt and shoe-horn it into end of year lists, we were left more than a little underwhelmed. It is true to say that like most, we were very excited by the prospect of new material from Ms Bush, so much so that we originally overlooked the frankly ridiculous premise and execution of lead track, “Wild Man” and allowed it to make us even more excited for what 50 Words For Snow had in store. Ultimately the delivered album felt like a letdown and a major disappointment. Yes, there are many that will disagree (we can hear the emails being typed out as we speak) but there you go.

Thankfully salvation is at hand, not from Ms Bush herself, but from London-based goth-pop duo, Paper Crows, who have taken it upon themselves to remind us of how good she could be by releasing their haunting cover of “Cloudbusting” as a free download. The track has been kicking around online for ages but that should not detract from its quality. Emma Panas’ ethereal, icy vocal is a lovely and surprising contrast to Bush’s warm, rich voice and the addition of Bjork’s drums from “Human Behaviour” actually sits perfectly underneath it all.

You can stream the track below and if you love it, which hopefully you will, you can download it for free from the bands website.

Listen: New Girl In A Coma Track – “Smart”

13 Sep

San Antonio based Girl In A Coma will release their fourth album, Exits & All The Rest on Blackheart Records this coming November and you can hear their new track, the delightful, popalicious “Smart” right here.

Having already provided support to artists as diverse as Morrissey, Sia, Tegan and Sara, The Pogues and Amanda Palmer, Girl In A Coma have also announced their own headlining tour of the US with support from The Coathangers and Fences on most dates.

Girl In A Coma Tour Dates
^ = w/Concrete Blonde
* = w/The Coathangers
# = w/Fences

10/28: Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10/29: San Antonio, TX @ Pearl Park Amphitheater
10/30: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s ^
11/4: Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar *
11/6: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia Bar *
11/7: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
11/8: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *
11/9: Washington, DC @ DC9 *
11/10: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory *
11/11: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall *
11/13: Cambridge, MA @ T/T/ the Bear’s *
11/15: Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar *
11/16: Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
11/17: Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio *
11/18: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *
11/19: Chicago, IL @ Double Door *
11/20: Madison, WI @ The High Noon Saloon *
11/22: St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 #
11/23: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre #
11/25: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
11/26: Boise, ID @ Neurolux #
11/27: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Café
11/28: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #
11/29: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #
12/02: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex #
12/04: San Diego, CA @ the Casbah #
12/7: El Paso, TX @ House of Rock #
12/9: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock #
12/10: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live #