Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A stunning song + a stunning video = a very happy music blogger.
24-year-old Ghana-born/UK-raised Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong aka Kwabs and London-based director George Belfield more than deliver with "Perfect Ruin", shot in and around Luleå in Northern Sweden. The track is taken from the singer-songwriter's debut full-length 'Love + War' which drops May 18.
Kwabs is currently on tour: he has a gig in Hamburg tomorrow Wednesday plus four UK gigs April 21, 22, 25, 26. Friday's show in Copenhagen has been cancelled; however, he will be at the Roskilde Festival which takes place June 27 - July 4. He is also scheduled to perform at several summer festivals in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and Germany between June and September.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The season 1 finale of sublime Breaking Bad prequel/spin-off Better Call Saul premiered earlier this week on AMC and Netflix. Its many rabid fans - including this blogger - will no doubt be dealing with severe withdrawal symptoms until season 2 hits the small screen early next year.
The show's delicious theme was commissioned by acclaimed music supervisor/DJ/record producer Thomas Golubic (Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, etc.), a longtime fan of British trio Little Barrie. Though they have enjoyed some degree of success in the UK/Europe and have achieved near cult status in Japan, they were virtually unknown in the U.S. before Better Call Saul. To seize momentum, the band's label Tummy Touch understandably issued a five-track intro album in late February, but here's hoping Little Barrie won't go down in history solely as "those guys who did that great TV show theme."
Founded in Nottingham in 1999, the London-based band (guitarist/lead singer Barrie Cadogan, drummer/vocalist Virgil Howe, bassist/vocalist Lewis Wharton) have released four stellar full-lengths in the past decade, the latest being last year's superb eleven-song album 'Shadow', my personal favorite. Last week a hot mess of a video was published to accompany the outstanding track "Eyes Were Young'.
NOTE: As evidenced by clip # 2 (uploaded by a fan) when crating the killer theme for Better Call Saul, Cardogan, Howe and Wharton clearly took inspiration from the track "Why Don't You Do It", from their second album 'Stand Your Ground', released in 2007.
Dates: Little Barrie will be playing a show in Belfast April 30 before embarking on a mini-tour of Japan and Vietnam May 22 to 27. They also have a UK gig scheduled for July 25.
Friday, March 27, 2015
The release of North London band Wolf Alice's debut full-length 'My Love Is Cool' is still three months away (June 22/23); fortunately the video accompanying the stellar track "Giant Peach" is already out.
The funny clip featuring a manager-from-hell was created by British directing duo 'Sblood aka Gareth Phillips and Simon Milner.
Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Theo Ellis, and Joel Amey performed at SXSW in Austin last week and are currently touring the UK. Between April 28 and May 23 they will be playing fifteen shows around the U.S.. They also have a close to a dozen European summer festival gigs lined up. (June 18 however they return to the U.S. for one date in NYC.)
Friday, March 20, 2015
I first discovered the music of now 22-year-old Berlin based Danish artist Asbjørn last year and was instantly taken in by the intricate soundscapes he creates on his own or in tandem with his frequent collaborator producer Jonas Tranberg. This week he dropped his second full-length entitled 'Pseudo Visions', containing eleven tracks. I've chosen the sublime "Moonia" which I find best showcases his stunning vocals.
Several numbered videos were published last year to accompany eight of the songs found on the new album. Like the remaining seven, "Moonia" was curated by fellow Danes Anders Morre and Thomas Dyrhom of visual lab Powerclap.
Asbjørn will tour Denmark in late April and early May; most likely summer dates will be added shortly.
My post from 2014:
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Danish quartet Turboweekend drop their fourth full-length 'Share My Thunder' March 30. The teaser single "Miles and Miles" was released in October; the second single "Asking for More" came out last week. Both tracks are outstanding and bode very well for the upcoming eleven-track album.
Their Denmark spring tour runs from March 26 to May 9. Additionally, they have four dates scheduled around Germany where they also have a solid fan base: Cologne May 5, Munich May 6, Berlin May 7, Hamburg May 8.
NOTE on video # 2: Having already posted the excellent video accompanying "Miles and Miles" when it was published in early December, for today's blog I have instead chosen to include a stellar live acoustic version performance, taped by Danish Television last Christmas. (skip to 00:20 and stop at 4:14 to avoid the intro talk as well as the wrap up talk by the TV show hosts. Also, I should add: there's nothing wrong with your ears or your electronic device: unfortunately, two brief yet annoying technical glitches occur in the video at 1:48 and at 3:26.)
https://itunes.apple.com/dk/album/share-my-thunder/id974855829 (iTunes, Denmark)
For those who wish to compare the live acoustic version of "Miles and Miles" with the recorded version:
Don't miss my 2010 interview with singer Silas Bjerregaard when Turboweekend was still a trio:
Friday, March 6, 2015
Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno aka L.A. duo Best Coast drop their third studio full-length album 'California Nights' May 5. The gorgeous title song makes the perfect soundtrack for the accompanying video with its beautiful footage from the Southern California desert. The clip, directed by Adam Harding, also features Bethany's ultra chill orange tabby cat Snacks. What's not to love?
They have a string of shows lined up for May and June in both the U.S. and the UK, but they also have a few gigs in the U.S. this month and in April.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
William Doyle aka East India Youth will likely be suffering from near constant jet lag in the coming months owing to the hectic schedule of the upcoming spring tour in support of his second full-length 'Culture of Volume' to be released April 6 (April 7 in the U.S.)
The 23-year-old London based artist will be crisscrossing the Atlantic between April 8 and June 5. First up however are several gigs this month: March 4 at Sebright Arms in London, March 6 + 7 at the By:Larm Festival in Oslo, as well as March 16, 17, 19, 20, 21 at SXSW in Austin. He will also be performing at the Iceland Airwaves showcase festival which takes place in Reykjavik November 4-8.
Two videos were published last month to accompany the outstanding tracks "Turn Away" and "Carousel"; the latter clip was directed by Andy Inglis who is also owner of 5000, the management company handling the business side of Doyle's flourishing career.
http://fivethousand.co.uk/clients/east-india-youth/ (tour schedule at the bottom of that page)