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In Session… She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”

31 May

Last week we posted the first part of our beautiful session with She Makes War, recorded when she was in town for a show. Now we are pleased to share part two with you which not only features another fabulous acoustic rendition of a track from her latest album, Little Battles but a lesson for us here at Alphabet Bands. That being, if someone walks in halfway through a session, don’t just check for road noise after his arrival, check to see if he makes a noise himself and if he actually enters the blummin shot! We like to think it adds to the charm of the session.

Ahem.

This is She Makes War performing the excellent “Exit Strategy” and featuring a special guest appearance from some dude’s arm. Enjoy.

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In Session… She Makes War – “Minefields”

24 May

The really rather lovely and extremely talented She Makes War was in town recently for a show and we were lucky enough to catch up with her for an exclusive acoustic session and interview in the afternoon (which you’ll be able to read soon).

We’ve been planning on filming sessions for a while now but wanted to make sure the first one was something a bit special. We think you’ll agree that this stripped back version of her next single, “Minefields” is exactly that. The album version, on Little Battles was pretty darn good but this is just gorgeous and we have fallen more than a little bit in love with it. We hope you do too.

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Album Review: She Makes War – Little Battles
Watch: She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”
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Album Review: She Makes War – Little Battles

19 Apr

On occasion, tags and labels attach themselves to artists that don’t really do them justice. One such label is ‘Gloom Pop’, which to the uninitiated has connotations of morose, despondent music that self-harms. It has attached itself to She Makes War; the solo project of the multi-faceted Laura Kidd, yet her music transcends such simplistic nomenclature.

Having performed all around the world with disparate artists such as Tricky, A-Ha, I Blame Coco, The Young Punx and Alex Parks, the styles and experiences that Kidd can draw on are legion and their influence are in evidence throughout her second full length album, Little Battles. Smooth, almost a cappella ballads, nestle amongst both the solemn and the upbeat; warm melodic harp sounds give way to cold and forceful staccato drum beats. Tonally the record flits from steel like assurance to crystal fragility, raw and edgy to tender and soft.

Her beguiling, almost choral vocals are often looped to create light harmonies that sit atop layers and layers of sound. These in turn are complimented by found recordings of the world. A Japanese mountaintop tannoy, rain in South London, and helicopters circling above are just a few additions to the already rich tapestry on offer.

The Little Battles of the album’s narrative are largely internal, the struggles and turmoils faced across life’s turbulent journey. It would be easy to play this out in a contrived and hackneyed fashion but Kidd handles them all with a delicacy and respect one would expect from such a disarming performer.

Little Battles is out now on My Big Sister Recordings and is available in a number of different packages from the She Makes War bandcamp page

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Watch: She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”

2 Apr

If we are being honest, ‘Gloom Pop’ is not a genre we are overly familiar with. If it all sounds like “Exit Strategy” from London’s very own She Makes War though, we will certainly be making an effort to rectify that unfamiliarity.

The track, taken from She Makes War’s second album Little Battles (which is out next week), really gets under your skin. Echoes of early nineties, pre-britpop guitar bands (we’re thinking Breeders and the like) escape the gloom and draw you back in. It’s been on repeat for a little while now and we love it.

The accompanying video, which you can see below, is rather captivating as well. Directed by She Makes War herself, aka Laura Kidd, it draws on Ms Pac-Man and Groundhog Day for inspiration (because we all know that thinking of one automatically leads you to think of the other) and features the fabulously named character ‘malevolent girl’.

She Makes War’s second album, Little Battles is out next week (9 April) on My Big Sister Recordings and can be pre-ordered here.