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Free Download: Sivu & Marika Hackman – “I Hold”

30 Nov

Sivu - Marika

We’ve posted about Sivu once or twice this year (and will no doubt be posting about him a couple more times before December is done as well), so our admiration and enjoyment of his music should come as no surprise to regular readers. What is probably less known is how much we love the music of Marika Hackman. We have, for no good reason at all, never got round to blogging about her before but ever since we heard her That Iron Taste EP (which, incidentally, spent a lot of time being played in our car stereo over the summer) we’ve been completely enamoured.

Since the pair announced they would be embarking on a join mini-tour of the UK in December we’ve been trying to work out the logistics of a jaunt to Cambridge in the middle of a full on work party/kids nativity/Norwich gigfest week (we’re gonna try and make it). The idea of them both playing the same evening was pretty enticing but then they went and announced a shared tape release, with each writing a song for the other to feature on, which they will give away free at each gig and should lead to live duets each night (we hope).

The first of the two AA tracks to find its way online (and as a free download – which you can get from the player below) is the Sivu penned “I Hold”.

It’s been described as a bit of a departure in style for both artists but to our untrained ear it sounds like a perfect meeting in the middle of their two styles. It’s delicate and mechanical; the carefully methodical guitar plucks rise before the vocal like winding up a steadfast clockwork tin solider. Whirring gently as he tries to woo the beautifully unattainable ballerina; Hackman’s softly melancholic vocal twirls gently, dancing together with Sivu’s, but just out of reach. Then the clockwork slows and winds down, ceasing as the track slowly dies, waiting, hoping to be wound once more so they can dance together again.

It’s a delightful collaboration and one that makes us even more excited for their tour (dates below) and the forthcoming, Marika Hackman written, “Skin”.

Sivu and Marika Hackman on tour:

10 December – Brighton, The Hope
11 December – London, The Lexington
12 December – Cambridge, Portland Arms
13 December – Manchester, Gullivers
14 December – Bristol, The Birdcage

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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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Watch: Kodaline – “High Hopes”

5 Feb


Regular readers will know that we love a little ambiguity in music videos and the latest from Kodaline delivers just that. This video from the BBC Sound of 2013 longlisted boys is a narrative gem, telling the story of love found under the most unlikely of circumstances, then lost again in the cruellest way. Or is it? There are numerous theories floating about t’internets as to what is actually going on and how the story ends. We won’t spoil anything but suffice to say, our take on it fits that of our old romantic heart.

Thankfully the track matches the aesthetic and quality of the video entirely, with its delicate opening complimenting the tentative beginnings of a new relationship, and building to a soaring, uplifting chorus as love takes hold of our protagonists.

“High Hopes” is the title track from their forthcoming EP, which is due out on 18 March and will be followed by their debut album, In a Perfect World, due 1 April. If that wasn’t enough, the guys are hitting the road in March and April to perform “High Hopes” and other songs just for you. Provided you live in or near one of the locations listed below and buy a ticket to the gig, otherwise they will be performing for other people and you’ll be at home feeling glum that you missed it.

Koadline Tour Dates
Saturday 23rd March – Bristol Thekla (tickets available from http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk)
Sunday 24th March – Norwich Arts Centre (tickets from http://www.norwichartscentre.co.uk)
Monday 25th March – Sheffield Leadmill (tickets available from http://www.leadmill.co.uk)
Tuesday 26th March – Manchester Academy 3 (tickets available from http://www.seetickets.com)
Thursday 28th March – Nottingham Rescue Rooms (tickets available from http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk)
Friday 29th March – Newcastle Cluny (tickets available from http://www.seetickets.co.uk)
Saturday 30th March – Leeds Brudenell Social Club (tickets available from http://www.lunatickets.co.uk)
Sunday 31st March – Glasgow King Tuts (tickets available from http://www.gigsinscotland.com)
Tuesday 2nd April – Birmingham Library (tickets available from http://www.livenation.co.uk)
Wednesday 3rd April – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (tickets available from http://www.seetickets.com)
Thursday 4th April – London Scala (tickets available from http://www.livenation.co.uk)

Tickets for the shows go on sale on Friday 8th February at 9am and are priced at £10, except London which is priced at £12.50 because everything is more expensive in London. Well, the streets are paved with gold so it kinda makes sense.

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Free Download: Public Service Broadcasting – “New Dimensions In Sound”

1 Feb


The other week we saw something that made us chortle heartily into our cuppa. JLS were named hardest working band in Britain for performing 34 headline shows in 2012. Pah, we thought. Pah! There are bands out there who do that in a couple of months. Evidently Public Service Broadcasting thought the same as, having toured almost non-stop last year, they have announced a few dates for the first half of this year. 46 of them. Yep, from February to May, the PSB gents will play 46 dates across the length and breadth of the country. All dates are at the end of this post.

But that is not all, oh no. We are sure you have already seen that the duo’s debut album, Inform – Educate – Entertain is to be released later this year (it’s been sent for mastering and everything); and you may well know that a live favourite, “Signal 30”, will be the official lead single for said album (out 15 April); but did you know that they have given another live favourite, “New Dimensions In Sound” a spit and polish and made it available as a free download? Well you do now. Take a look at the video for the track and then do some clicking to get your free download here.

21 February – The Railway, Winchester
23 February – The War Room @ Churchill Arms, Alderholt
27 February – Moles, Bath
28 February – The Phoenix, Exeter
1 March – Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
2 March – Mojo Rising Festival @ The Poly, Falmouth
7 March – The Brewery, Kendal
8 March – The Brickyard, Carlisle
9 March – The Studio, Hartlepool
10 March – The Hop, Wakefield
13 March – The Railway, Bolton
14 March – 53 Degrees, Preston
15 March – The Compass, Chester
16 March – The Bridge, Scunthorpe
17 March – The Leopard, Doncaster
19 March – The Boiler Room, Guildford
20 March – The Junction, Cambridge
21 March – The Musician, Leicester
23 March – Taylor John’s House, Coventry
24 March – The Picturedrome, Northampton

30 April – An Tobar, Mull
1 May – Sal Mor Ostaig, Skye
2 May – Ironworks, Inverness
3 May – Woodlands Centre, Stornoway
4 May – The Arch Inn, Ullapool
5 May – Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore

7 May – The Caves, Edinburgh
8 May – ABC2, Glasgow
9 May – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
10 May – The Cluny, Newcastle
11 May – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
13 May – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
14 May – Sound Control, Manchester
15 May – The Kazimier, Liverpool
16 May – The Leadmill, Sheffield
17 May – Bodega Social, Nottingham
18 May – HMV Institute Temple, Birmingham
20 May – Roxx, Southampton
21 May – The Haunt, Brighton
22 May – Village Underground, London
23 May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
24 May – The Fleece, Bristol
25 May – OPEN, Norwich
28 May – The Stiff Kitten, Belfast
30 May – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
31 May – The Button Factory, Dublin

Watch: Spring Offensive – “Not Drowning But Waving”

10 Sep

It’s been a while since we wrote anything. There have been a number of factors in that, holiday, the great Olympic and Paralympic distraction, more to do at work etc etc. There was also a not insignificant element of naval gazing on our part as well (more on that later in the week) that resulted in not a key being bashed in anger for some time. Then something happened, something woke us from our slumber and reignited the fire within and actually made us want to write once more. On Saturday morning, we fell head over heels in love with music once more, specifically with the new single from Spring Offensive.

When last we wrote about the Oxford 5-piece, they were ruminating on the mundanity, futility and disappointment of being stuck in a dead end job that didn’t pay enough. Where “Worry Fill My Heart” skipped along, pulling us towards recognition of and empathy with the theme of the song, “Not Drowning But Waving” instead creeps forward into the darkness, opening a doorway to a place within the soul that we can only hope we will never have to visit. But here, now, you can’t help but want to be taken there again and again and again.

When asked what the song is about, it is hard not to turn into Brian from Spaced discussing his paintings, but without the comedy. Anger, fear and guilt all flow like the tide that plays so central a role in the narrative of both song and video as the song rises and swells. Its waves rolling ever faster to the shore before they thunder and crash, knocking you from your feet and carrying you back out into an ocean of emotion. It is reminiscent of another Oxford band’s finest hour, recalling as it does the gradual build and dark undertone of Foals’ epic “Spanish Sahara”.

“Not Drowning But Waving”, is exquisitely crafted and considered and right now, is sounding like the best track we’ve heard all year. We love it so much that we are sharing both the track and the video with you!

“Not Drowning But Waving” is out now digitally and can be bought from iTunes. A physical release on limited edition 7″ vinyl will be on sale online and on the band’s merch stand for the duration of their forthcoming European tour (dates below), the UK leg of which will be announced shortly.

Spring Offensive European Tour
20.09 (NLD) Utrecht, Tivoli
21.09 (DEU) Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival
22.09 (NLD) Zwolle, Hedon
24.09 (NLD) Heemskerk, Lokaal
25.09 (LUX) Luxembourg, Rockhal
26.09 (BEL) Leuven, Welcome Festival
27.09 (BEL) Kortrijk, Den Trap
28.09 (BEL) Brussels, Mme Moustache
29.09 (CH) Geneva, La Graviere
30.09 (CH) Porrentruy, Secret Show
01.10 (CH) Bern, Ono
03.10 (CH) Baden, Merkker
04.10 (CH) Basel, Hinterhof
05.10 (CH) Zurich, Exil
06.10 (CH) Wil, Gare De Lion
15.10 (ITA) Milan, Transito
16.10 (ITA) Trieste, Tetris
17.10 (ITA) TBC
18.10 (DEU) Munich, Feierwerk
19.10 (DEU) Freiburg, Raeng Teng Teng
20.10 (DEU) Stuttgart, Keller Klub
21.10 (DEU) Bedroom Disco Secret Show
22.10 (DEU) Dresden, Ostpol
23.10 (DEU) Leipzig, Theater Neues Schauspiel
25.10 (DEU) Berlin, Secret ‘Wohnzimmer’ show
26.10 (DEU) Berlin, Secret ‘Wohnzimmer’ show
27.10 (DEU) Berlin, Lido
02.11 (DEU) Berlin, Magnet
03.11 (DEU) Hamburg, Molotow
05.11 (DEU) Munster, Pension Schmidt
06.11 (DEU) Hannover, Glocksee
07.11 (DEU) Cologne, Stereo Wonderland
08.11 (DEU) Heidelberg, Haell
09.11 (DEU) Mainz, Schon Schoen

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