SUFJAN STEVENS SHARES NEW TRACK ‘TONYA HARDING’

Listen to ‘Tonya Harding’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUvVjWR3zTQ

TONYA HARDING, MY STAR

by Sufjan Stevens

I’ve been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I first saw her skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1991. She’s a complicated subject for a song partly because the hard facts of her life are so strange, disputable, heroic, unprecedented, and indelibly American. She was one of the greatest figure skaters of her time, and the first American woman to perform a triple axle in an international competition. She was an unlikely skating star, having been raised working class in Portland, Oregon. Being a poor outsider, her rise to fame in the skating rink was seen, by some, as a blemish on a sport that favored sophistication and style. Tonya’s skating technique was feisty, fierce, and full of athleticism, and her flamboyant outfits were often hand-made by her mother (who was abusive and overbearing). (They couldn’t afford Vera Wang.) And then there was the Nancy Kerrigan incident. In January 1994, Tonya’s then-boyfriend Jeff Gillooly hired an assailant, Shane Stant, to break fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan’s leg at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Cobo Arena in Detroit, so that she would be unable to compete at the upcoming Winter Olympics. The after-math of the attack was recorded on camera and ultimately set off a media frenzy (and an FBI investigation). Gillooly and Stan were eventually found guilty, and Tonya pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution, and was subsequently banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association. Nancy Kerrigan recovered from her injury and won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics. Tonya Harding finished eighth.

But that’s not even half the story. When Tonya and Gillooly got married, they filmed themselves having sex on their wedding night and produced one of the first-ever celebrity sex tapes (which they sold to Penthouse for $200,000 each). Tonya also had a brief career as a boxer, and is most famous for her bout with former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones (whose sexual harassment suit against Bill Clinton precipitated his impeachment in 1998). Tonya was also (very briefly) in a band called the Golden Blades (they were allegedly booed off the stage during their first and only performance). She also raced vintage automobiles (setting a record by driving a Ford Model A over 97 miles per hours on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah). And in 1996 Tonya used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive an 81-year-old woman who collapsed at a bar in Portland while playing video poker. That’s a lot to accomplish before the age of 30!

Tonya Harding’s dramatic rise and fall was fiercely followed by the media, and she very quickly became the brunt of jokes, the subject of tabloid headlines and public outcry. She was a reality TV star before such a thing even existed. But she was also simply un-categorical: American’s sweetheart with a dark twist. But I believe this is what made her so interesting, and a true American hero. In the face of outrage and defeat, Tonya bolstered shameless resolve and succeeded again and again with all manners of re-invention and self-determination. Tonya shines bright in the pantheon of American history simply because she never stopped trying her hardest. She fought classism, sexism, physical abuse and public rebuke to become an incomparable American legend.

I admit, early drafts of this song contained more than a few puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs—sex tapes and celebrity boxing make for an entertaining narrative arc. But the more I edited, and the more I meditated, and the more I considered the wholeness of the person of Tonya Harding, I began to feel a conviction to write something with dignity and grace, to pull back the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take stock of the real story of this strange and magnificent America hero. At the end of the day, Tonya Harding was just an ordinary woman with extraordinary talent and a tireless work ethic who set out to do her very best. She did that and more. I hope the same can be said of us all. “

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‘Tonya Harding’ is out today via Asthmatic Kitty. A one off release with additional production from Doveman and Helado Negro, the track is available digitally as well as on limited edition cassette and a limited, 7” split on blue marble vinyl—pre-order here. A special, screen-printed tote bag featuring cover art by Stephen Halker is also available now.

BEDOUINE SHARES NEW TRACKS ‘LOUISE’ AND ‘DEEP SPACE’ TAKEN FROM NEW DELUXE EDITION OF THIS YEAR’S SELF-TITLED DEBUT, OUT TODAY VIA SPACEBOMB

“An album heralding a talent as intriguingly fully-formed and distinctive, in its own way, as Marling, Mitchell and Bush”
5/5 The Independent

“One of the most charming albums of the year”
4/5 The Guardian

“Her take on vintage folk pop and orchestral country soul is compellingly particular”
8/10 Uncut

Listen to ‘Louise’ here:
https://open.spotify.com/track/1fQGHl1w8MlbMBz6W0FKa9

Listen to ‘Deep Space’ here
https://open.spotify.com/track/5rZ5ZbllQ29593K92NMLN8

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In June Bedouine released her self-titled debut album via Spacebomb Records to widespread critical acclaim including a 5/5 The Independentalbum review and features everywhere from Uncut and the Sunday Times to The FADER and Stereogum. She also went on to play a two night residency at London’s The Islington (“A wandering star is born”, ★★★★ –
The Observer) and toured the UK and Europe alongside Matthew E. Whiteand Michael Kiwanuka.

Today following the success of the album, Bedouine has announced today she is releasing a special deluxe edition which features two new tracks including ‘Louise’, a beautiful new track sung entirely in Armenian and ‘Deep Space’ which she shares today ahead of the release.

Read Bedouine’s description of the tracks below:

“‘Louise’ is a song about conviction. The impetus was pondering the difficult decision a family makes during wartime, to stay or to leave and seek refuge. I caught myself being a critic of people that were risking their lives to stay home but the more I thought about it the more I sympathised and even wondered if I would make a similar decision.”

“I wrote ‘Deep Space’ in an airplane during an exchange with my neighbour. He worked in the Marshall Islands to maintain the satellites for deep space. As he was explaining it, I thought, ‘Wow, this is fantastic,’ and started logging in these verses bit by bit in my mind. Eventually I went to the airplane bathroom to draft an audio recording of it. I used ‘Deep Space’ as an analogy for when you push yourself past the limits of your comfort knowing well it could be as rewarding as it is frightening.”

Bedouine has a story to match the name. Azniv Korkejian, born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to America when her family won a Green Card lottery. Living at various times in Boston, Houston, Lexington, Austin, and Savannah, she eventually found a community of musicians in Los Angeles that feels like home. One day she walked into the studio of bass Gus Seyffert to inquire about portable reel-to-reel tape machines and ended up cutting ‘Solitary Daughter’ in a first take.

Listen to the previously shared ‘Solitary Daughter’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P5A3RZd86c

A free bonus 7″ of the new tracks is available at Rough Trade and Resident Records when you purchase the album on vinyl.

Purchase Bedouine here.

Praise for Bedouine

“An album heralding a talent as intriguingly fully-formed and distinctive, in its own way, as Marling, Mitchell and Bush”
5/5 The Independent

“One of the most charming albums of the year”
4/5 The Guardian

“Her take on vintage folk pop and orchestral country soul is compellingly particular”
8/10 Uncut

“It’s the insular intimacy of Korkejian’s songs, like zephyrs whispered into your ear, that make this debut such a triumph”
4/5 Mojo

“Elegant, honeyed country-soul”
4/5 Observer

“Lushly orchestrated, literary ballads”
4/5 Evening Standard

“Her debut luxuriates in splendid isolation”
4/5 Record Collector

“A real find”
Sunday Times ‘Breaking Act’

“Breathtaking”
The Line of Best Fit ‘Song of the Day’

“Lush, timeless southern country and dense mid-western Americana”
The 405

“Charming debut”
Monocle

“[Bedouine]’s ambiguous, fascinating tales are ones that it’s impossible not to follow into the distance”
DIY

“The finest and most relevant debut of the year”
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STICK IN THE WHEEL SHARE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘FOLLOW THEM TRUE’

PLAY ROUGH TRADE EAST ON 21 DECEMBER

NEW ALBUM FOLLOW THEM TRUE RELEASED 26 JANUARY 2018

“Britain’s most exciting new folk band”
Uncut, November 2017

Watch the video for ‘Follow Them True’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY-UfxIfvJ4

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East London five-piece band Stick In The Wheel, headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter, recently announced their second album Follow Them True which will be released 26 January 2018 and shared the lead single ‘Over Again‘.Today they have followed up with a video (by artist Teresa Elizabeth Lobos) for the album’s hypnotic and immersive title-track ‘Follow Them True’, illustrating Stick In The Wheel’s dedication to folk traditions and their unique ability to push them in new directions.

Speaking of the track the band say simply:

“Follow Them True:
Do what they did, our elders.
Keep them close, our enemies.
Be true.”

Their debut From Here (2015) was fRoots magazine ‘Album of the Year’ and a MOJO ‘Folk Album of the Year’, with four BBC Folk Award nominations since their beginnings in 2013. Known for Kearey’s fierce, authentic delivery, this is culturally and politically switched on music with its roots firmly embedded in the genre’s traditional, working-class heritage. The group have been widely commended for their timely appraisal of English Folk, and their skill in telling stories through song that reconnect modern audiences to the past – drawing unexpected parallels between then and now.

The songs within Follow Them True examine rituals and cycles, our inherent power to change ourselves and the world around us, the past repeating itself, ghosts and death, land and place, thieves and beggars. It continues to question the notion of what folk music is, and what it means in 2018. The new album expands the radical sound of their debut to include electronic and found sounds, using a broader sonic palette to create a greater depth full of layers and meaning, yet at the same time remaining totally connected with the tradition.

Tickets and more information about their show at Rough Trade East here:
https://www.roughtrade.com/events/kartel-presents-winter-solstice-jon-boden-laura-smyth-ted-kemp-lisa-knapp-stick-in-the-wheel

Pre-order Follow Them True here.

Tour dates:

21 Dec – London @ Rough Trade East

8 Feb – London @ Borderline

20 Jan – Glasgow @ Celtic Connections: Oran Mor
2 Feb – Doncaster @ Roots
3 Feb – Kendal @ Brewery Arts Centre
9 Feb – Basingstoke @ The Forge: The Anvil
10 Feb – Widcombe Bath @ Wharf Room
2 Mar – Edinburgh
3 Mar – Sheffield @ Greystones
4 Mar – Liverpool @ Philharmonic Hall
10 Mar – Bury @ The Met
11 Mar – Halifax @ Square Chapel
29 Mar – Colchester @ Colchester Arts Centre
6 Apr – Sevenoaks @ St Ediths Hall
7 Apr – Aldershot @ West End Centre

Tickets available at www.stickinthewheel.com

Praise for Stick In The Wheel’s From Here:

“A triumph”
4/5 The Observer

“Rich in attitude and uncompromising intent”
4/5 MOJO

“A great live band”
4/5 The Guardian

“A record of real vitality, Stick In The Wheel rip apart the preconceptions surrounding folk music and retrieve the tender, beating heart at the centre of so much traditional culture”
Clash

“As authentic as it comes, at times brutally honest and grabbing”
FACT

“A shot in the arm for contemporary folk music”
The Independent

“Relevant and powerful”
Uncut

SUFJAN STEVENS SHARES SELF-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK ‘THE GREATEST GIFT’

TITLE TRACK FROM THE GREATEST GIFT MIXTAPE, OUT TOMORROW VIA ASTHMATIC KITTY

Watch ‘The Greatest Gift’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22QKbw_c_yM

Sufjan Stevens has shared a self-directed video for ‘The Greatest Gift’, a new track taken from his forthcoming mixtape of the same name, coming tomorrow via Asthmatic Kitty.

The Greatest Gift is a mixtape of outtakes, demos and remixes from Sufjan’s critically acclaimed 2015 album Carrie & Lowell (#2 ‘Album of the Year’ from The GuardianThe Line of Best Fit and The Daily Telegraph) . As well as demos and alternate versions of songs from the original album, the mixtape features four previously unreleased new songs, official outtakes from Carrie & Lowell (they were recorded at the same time as the album). These include ‘Wallowa Lake Monster’, as well as ‘The Hidden River of My Life’, ‘City of Roses’, and ‘The Greatest Gift’. This new material, in its investigation of love, life, death, God, and the beautiful state of Oregon, serves as a contemplative companion to the original album.

Additionally, much as Carry & Lowell Live, released earlier this year, featured re-interpretations of the songs from Carrie & Lowell, the mixtape unveils new remixes by several longstanding collaborators: Roberto C. Lange (aka Helado Negro) remixes both ‘Death With Dignity’ and ‘All Of Me Wants All Of You’; Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) remixes ‘Exploding Whale’, a song previously only available as a 7-inch single; and James McAlister (aka 900X) remixes ‘Fourth of July’. The album also features Sufjan’s own remix of ‘Drawn to the Blood’.

The mixtape also includes a few alternate and/or demo versions of songs from the original album, including a “fingerpicking” version of ‘Drawn to the Blood’, and a guitar demo version of ‘John My Beloved’, which Sufjan recorded on his phone. The digital release also contains an iPhone demo of the song ‘Carrie & Lowell’. We hope you enjoy.

Listen to the previously shared ‘Wallowa Lake Monster’ here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwo_Ucs-wc4

Praise for Carrie & Lowell:

‘Album of the Month’ 4/5 Mojo

“Stevens is one of the most remarkable talents of our time. Unquestionably his finest album to date”
Q

“At every turn [Stevens] unfolds the fists of self-pity into upturned palms of generosity”
5/5 ‘Album of the Week’ Daily Telegraph

“This whispered, exquisite collection is so fragile that you daren’t open a window in case it blows away forever”
5/5 Evening Standard

“A musical and emotionally cathartic triumph”
10/10 Loud & Quiet

“A stark, sublime immersion in intimate memory”
9/10 Uncut

“[Stevens] spools out his genius as casually as breathing”
9/10 NME

“The overall gentle, delicate texture of Carrie & Lowell is like a gossamer shroud of solace cast over a period of deep confliction”
4/5 ‘Album of the Week’ The Independent

‘Album of the Week’ The Observer

“It’s a quietly astonishing album”
Esquire

“This breathtaking record might just be the one to capture your heart forever”
‘Record of the Month’ London in Stereo

‘9/10’ Clash

‘4/5’ FT

‘4/5’ Time Out

“By going through it all, by exposing all the pain, Sufjan’s created something beautiful and vital”
4/5 DIY

“A beautiful album of unfaltering rawness”
The Quietus

“A sparse, beautiful and gut-wrenching album”
5/5 The Arts Desk

8.5/10 ‘Album of the Week’ The Line of Best Fit

LOMA, NEW PROJECT BY SHEARWATER’S JONATHAN MEIBURG AND CROSS RECORD, ANNOUNCE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM

SHARE VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE ‘BLACK WILLOW’

LOMA OUT 16 FEBRUARY VIA SUB POP

Watch the video for ‘Black Willow’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4yA8zM0ifY

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Loma, the new project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on 16 February via Sub Pop. A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, it’s a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album. Today, the trio present the Andrew McGlennon directed video for the album’s final song and lead single, ‘Black Willow’.

Meiburg, Duszynski and Cross became friends when Cross Record, on their first-ever tour, supported Shearwater throughout America and Europe in 2016. “I couldn’t believe all that sound was coming out of two people,” says Meiburg. “They were mesmerizing.” In the van or at soundchecks, they shared their musical knowledge and love of nature and animals, and after an especially memorable show in Belgium, Meiburg approached Cross and Duszynski about working together. “I fell in love with their music,” he admits, “and I wanted to know how they did it.”

The trio convened in a house in the Texas hill country to see what would happen, and quickly realised an album was imminent. “There was something powerful about the combination of the three of us,” Meiburg says, “and very different from either of our bands. But I think we were afraid to say so out loud, for fear of jinxing it.” For the next few months, Loma met for two weeks at a time, shaping and revising new songs and casting others away.

It was also a strangely charged time. When the album began, Cross and Duszynski were a married couple, but their relationship ended during the sessions—an atmosphere Meiburg found both challenging and inspiring—and the isolated house became the album’s muse. Dogs wander by the microphones; the sounds of birds and wind in junipers and live oaks hover at the borders of the songs, and a close listen reveals cicadas and frogs from a nearby stream. Except for Cross’s translucent voice in the foreground, there were no assigned roles on the album; each member of the trio played every instrument as needed.

This feeling of freedom let buried energies find expression. Cross wrung catharsis from Meiburg’s lyrics and melodies, while Duszynski immersed himself in the sonic details of engineering and mixing. In the end, the record became a document of an urgent and ephemeral place and time, and the strength that comes with letting go of something precious. It closes, fittingly, with the subtly defiant marching anthem of ‘Black Willow’, in which Cross’s voice, backed by a hypnotic bass and drums, offers a lesson in survival. “When I walk,” she sings, “I carry a diamond blade”.

Loma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop here. A new T-shirt design will also be available. UK and European pre-orders of the limited Loser edition LP will be available on clear vinyl from select independent retailers (while supplies last). The North American pre-orders of the limited Loser edition LP will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last).

Loma Tracklist:

1. Who Is Speaking?
2. Dark Oscillations
3. Joy
4. I Don’t Want Children
5. Relay Runner
6. White Glass
7. Sundogs
8. Jornada
9. Shadow Relief
10. Black Willow

PETER OREN SHARES NEW TRACK ‘THROW DOWN’

PLAYS UK TOUR DATES ALONGSIDE ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE INCLUDING LONDON’S ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH IN NOVEMBER AS WELL AS A PERFORMANCE AT MIRRORS FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY

NEW ALBUM ANTHROPOCENE OUT 10 NOVEMBER VIA WESTERN VINYL

‘8/10’ Uncut

“One of 2017’s most incredible voices”
NME

“Wonderfully rich songwriting, the stark message is allied to some fantastic musicality”
Clash ‘Track of the Day’

Listen to ‘Throw Down’ here:
https://soundcloud.com/western_vinyl/peter-oren-throw-down/s-7y0Sl

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Twenty-five-year-old, Indiana-born artist Peter Oren‘s second album, Anthropocene, will be arriving 10 November via Western Vinyl. Previously, Oren shared the first single and title-track which saw widespread praise including a ‘Best New Track’ from NME‘Track of the Day’ from Clash plus radio play from 6 Music and Radio 1‘s Annie Mac as well as the equally well received follow up single ‘Falling Water‘.

Today he has followed up with the third single ‘Throw Down’ ahead of his UK tour next month with dates alongside Angelo De Augustine including a stop at London‘s St Pancras Old Church. He also plays at Mirrors Festival on Saturday (28 November). Speaking of the track Oren said:

“‘Throw Down’ is for people fighting for freedom from oppression everywhere. It calls for a break from the destructive norm and a path towards climate change mitigation. It’s dedicated to everyone seeking refuge from war, economic strife, and natural disasters. It’s a song for change.”

Pre-order Anthropocene here.

Tour dates:

28 Oct – Paper Dress Vintage, London @ Mirrors Festival

02 Nov – Cologne, DE @ Theater der Wohngemeinschaft #
04 Nov – Rees-Haldern, DE @ Haldern Pop Bar #
06 Nov – Berlin, DE @ Baumhausbar #
07 Nov – Brussels, BE @ Botanique / Rotonde #

10 Nov – Glasgow @ Broadcast #
11 Nov – Dublin @ The Grand Social #
13 Nov – Manchester @ The Castle Hotel #
15 Nov – London @ St Pancras Old Church #

# = With Angelo De Augustine

Praise for Peter Oren:

‘8/10’ Uncut

“One of 2017’s most incredible voices”
NME

“You’re left feeling like you’ve been touched by something deeply elemental”
Q

“Wonderfully rich songwriting, the stark message is allied to some fantastic musicality”
Clash ‘Track of the Day’

God Is In The TV ‘Track of the Day’

“Powerful”
The 405

“Gorgeous”
DIY

“Emotional and intense”
GoldFlakePaint

ANGEL OLSEN SHARES VIDEO FOR ‘SPECIAL’

RARITIES COLLECTION, PHASES, OUT NOVEMBER 10TH VIA JAGJAGUWAR

“Even Angel Olsen’s outtakes are everyone else’s A-game”
Pitchfork

Watch the video for ‘Special’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLvIOzIqljc

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Angel Olsen will release Phases, a collection of rarities and demos spanning her career thus far, including a number of never-before released tracks, on November 10th via Jagjaguwar. Balancing tenacity and tenderness, Phasesacts as a deep-dive for longtime fans, as well as a fitting introduction to Olsen’s sprawling sonics for the uninitiated.

Last month, Olsen shared “Special,” a brand new song from the MY WOMAN recording sessions. She comments, “’Special’ always felt like a band song to me, something to lose track of ourselves in. It didn’t quite fit the rest of MY WOMAN and was a major deciding factor on whether or not it would mean a double LP. MY WOMAN came out and I kept thinking about the song and wanting to play it anyway.”

Today, Olsen presents the song’s accompanying video which she directed herself.

“My friend came to visit me for a week and I had all these grand ideas about how to make another video. But it’s been a long year of touring and videos and pressure to keep on being important or interesting.
So I woke up the next day and changed my mind, deciding it would be best to just capture the days we were hanging and to occasionally have the camera up. Those days were some of the hardest and also sweetest of the summer. We spent much of the time talking about the current state of affairs and how everyone has been going through tremendous change and having to make hard choices. Maybe it’s just this year, but it feels that we’re entering a new era, one that requires us to really pay more attention to the world and ourselves in it. What I realized is that going through a hard time and talking about it with friends makes you feel your friendships and who you are, and sometimes it takes a weird year to recognize what you still have.”

Pre-order Phases here:
https://angelolsen.bandcamp.com/album/phases

Phases Tracklist:

1. Fly On Your Wall
2. Special
3. Only You
4. All Right Now
5. Sans
6. Sweet Dreams
7. California
8. Tougher Than the Rest
9. For You
10. How Many Dreams
11. May as Well
12. Endless Road

JAMES HOLDEN & THE ANIMAL SPIRITS SHARE VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK ‘THE ANIMAL SPIRITS’

PLAY ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL ON 6 DECEMBER SUPPORTED BY MARIO BATKOVIC

THE ANIMAL SPIRITS OUT 3 NOVEMBER VIA BORDER COMMUNITY

“James Holden has finally reached a musical domain where he feels completely at home”
8/10 ‘Uncut’

“A bewitching brew”
4/5 MOJO

Watch the video for ‘The Animal Spirits’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQsHZ0eyPl8

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James Holden recently announced his third album recorded together with his newly-expanded band as James Holden & The Animal SpiritsThe Animal Spirits will be released 3 November via his own Border Community label. Following the announcement and the sharing of the relentless, elastic and hypnotic polyrhythms of lead single ‘Pass Through The Fire‘ and the joyously naive ‘Each Moment Like The First‘, today he has shared the video for the album’s title-track.

The video is directed by Dan Tombs (who also contributes visuals to Holden’s expanded band live show) and stars dancer and choreographer Lucy Suggate clad in a neo-folk costume of colourful ribbons. The hypnotic video layers up multiple takes of Lucy’s unique improvised interpretations of album title track The Animal Spirits, where bestial howls of wind and brass collide with the ebb and flow of Holden’s tightly-wound arpeggios. James first met Lucy after she began performing her own durational solo dance show ‘Pilgrim’ set to the entirety of Holden’s epic 2013 album The Inheritors. Holden and his drummer Tom Page have since gone on to contribute the live music for selected dance performances in a three-way improvisation, whilst Holden and Suggate’s continuing shared interest in folk trance rituals should provide fertile ground for future collaboration. Speaking of the video collaboration Holden said:

“Lucy is a part of this record even though she doesn’t make a sound on it: She and I met regularly throughout the time I was writing – in dance studios & rehearsal rooms, her practising her improvised dance, me practising my improvised music to a perfect audience of one. This song became what it is in those sessions, her wildness was in the record before we made this film of it.”

The Animal Spirits will be the first full length release from Holden since 2013’s critically lauded The Inheritors which saw top-twenty ‘Album of the Year’ mentions from the likes of FACTMOJO and Clash as well as #2 from Loud & Quiet and Resident Advisor’s ‘Album of the Year’. The band consists of long-time collaborators Tom Page (RocketNumberNine) and Etienne Jaumet as well as Marcus HamblettLiza Bec and Lascelle Gordon.

Recorded live in one room in single takes and born out of of the sheer unbridled joy of live performance, Holden’s third artist album The Animal Spiritsis the momentous culmination of a radical transformation, as the former trailblazer of the early noughties computer music revolution is dramatically reborn as live musician and band leader.

Holden also recently announced his first London show since 2015 at Islington Assembly Hall on 6 December as well as his curated stage at this year’s Le Guess Who? with artists including Maâlem Houssam Guinia & BandSex SwingHieroglyphic Being and Mario Batkovic.

Tour dates:

6 December – London @ Islington Assembly Hall – TICKETS

4 November – Tokyo,JP @ Mutek Japan
10 November – Barcelona, ES @ MIRA Festival
11 November – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival
17 November – Metz, FR @ Musiques Volantes
24 November – Milan, IT @ Line Check Festival
26 November – Boulogne Billancourt, FR @ BBMix Festival
28 November – Berlin, DE @ Gretchen
29 November – Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island
30 November – Mannheim, DE @ Alte Feuerwache
5 January – Tulum, MX @ Comunite Festival

Praise for James Holden & The Animal Spirits:

“James Holden has finally reached a musical domain where he feels completely at home”
8/10 ‘Uncut’

“A bewitching brew”
4/5 MOJO

“The track ignites, swells and takes flight like a hot air balloon over propulsive rhythms and jazz psychedelia”
‘8/10’ FACT, Singles Club

“Holden on searing form”
The Quietus

“Not only is the pulsing cacophony of “Pass Through the Fire” easily the most organic, lively-sounding music Holden’s ever released.”
Pitchfork

“’Pass Through The Fire’ is an overwhelming experience”
The 405

“Holden and his band capture the spiritual and the danceable with seemingly effortless vibrancy”
DIY

HUNDRED WATERS SHARE VIDEO FOR ‘FIRELIGHT’

START UK/EUROPEAN TOUR INCLUDING A STOP AT LONDON’S VILLAGE UNDERGROUND NEXT WEEK

NEW ALBUM COMMUNICATING OUT NOW VIA !K7

“Extraordinary experimentation that burns bright against the stark vocals of frontwoman [Nicole] Miglis”
The Line of Best Fit

“Hundred Waters remind us just how brilliant they can be”
The 405

“Undulating, ever-evolving pop”
Clash

Watch the video for ‘Firelight’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlbKmiBuOog&feature=youtu.be

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LA-based trio Hundred Waters – comprised of vocalist Nicole Miglis, producer Trayer Tryon and drummer Zach Tetreault – recently released their long awaited new full length, Communicating via !K7. Today the band have shared the video for standout album track ‘Firelight’.

The video was directed by James R. Eads who said:

“I was immediately excited about creating something magical and ethereal. The initial idea was to have Nicole, Zach and Trey in the video summoning the light and essentially raising the sun. But after we discussed what the heart of the song was really about, it seemed that the light itself was meant to lead us through the song. The video was then created entirely in virtual reality using Tilt Brush – a program developed by Google where you are basically sculpting with form and colour and light simultaneously in three dimensional space. I spent about a month sculpting the world that the light lived in. Once the “set” was completed, I then walked through it filming in VR to generate video content.”

The video comes ahead of the start of a European tour including a date at London‘s Village Underground on Tuesday 24 October.

Listen to the previous singles from Communicating below including ‘Blanket Me’ which received widespread acclaim including a Best New Track on Pitchfork:
‘Fingers’ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1v7mGD14lo
‘Blanket Me’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usL_M7w1IEI 
‘Wave To Anchor’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0iA5jZ5REE

UK/European tour dates:

23 Oct – Manchester @ Deaf Institute – TICKETS
24 Oct – London @ Village Underground – TICKETS
26 Oct – Brighton @ The Haunt – TICKETS

27 Oct – Brussels, BE Autumn Falls @ Botanique
28 Oct – Namur, BE Autumn Falls @ Beautes Soniques
30 Oct – Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso
1 Nov – Paris, FR Pitchfork Avant Garde @ Badaboum
3 Nov – Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
4 Nov – Lugano, CH @ Studio Foce
5 Nov – Luzern, CH @ Sedel
6 Nov – Padova, IT @ Circolo Mame
8 Nov – Hamburg, DE @ Haekken
9 Nov – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden

STICK IN THE WHEEL ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FOLLOW THEM TRUE

SHARE LEAD SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR ‘OVER AGAIN’

FOLLOW THEM TRUE RELEASED 26 JANUARY 2018

“Rich in attitude and uncompromising intent”
4/5 MOJO

“A record of real vitality, Stick In The Wheel rip apart the preconceptions surrounding folk music and retrieve the tender, beating heart at the centre of so much traditional culture”
Clash

“As authentic as it comes, at times brutally honest and grabbing”
FACT

Watch the video for ‘Over Again’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzkQFb8TDLw

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East London five-piece folk band Stick In The Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Their debut From Here(2015) was fRoots magazine ‘Album of the Year’ and a MOJO ‘Folk Album of the Year’, with four BBC Folk Award nominations since their inception in 2013. Known for Kearey’s fierce, authentic delivery, this is culturally and politically switched on music with its roots firmly embedded in the genre’s traditional, working-class heritage. The group have been widely commended for their timely appraisal of English Folk, and their skill in telling stories through song that reconnect modern audiences to the past – drawing unexpected parallels between then and now.

Speaking of the track Kearey said:

“Like the album that it opens, ‘Over Again’ is about a new start, how things come in cycles, rebirth, being stuck in a loop, how you can become trapped, bound by your own rituals, how you need hope to break out of them, but that it has to come from within. We wrote an early version when Rachel Thomas Davies was in the band, then she left, and we left it. Then Ian had a dream one night where he’d mixed the vocals from the ‘Over Again’ with one of the new backing tracks that were kicking around for this album. It just worked.”

Their second album Follow Them True is released on 26 January 2018. The songs within examine rituals and cycles, our inherent power to change ourselves and the world around us, the past repeating itself, ghosts and death, land and place, thieves and beggars. It continues to question the notion of what folk music is, and what it means in 2018. The new album expands the radical sound of their debut to include electronic and found sounds, using a broader sonic palette to create a greater depth full of layers and meaning, yet at the same time remaining totally connected with the tradition.

Pre-order Follow Them True here.

Tour dates:

8 Feb – London @ Borderline

20 Jan – Glasgow @ Celtic Connections: Oran Mor
2 Feb – Doncaster @ Roots
3 Feb – Kendal @ Brewery Arts Centre
9 Feb – Basingstoke @ The Forge: The Anvil
10 Feb – Widcombe Bath @ Wharf Room
2 Mar – Edinburgh
3 Mar – Sheffield @ Greystones
4 Mar – Liverpool @ Philharmonic Hall
10 Mar – Bury @ The Met
11 Mar – Halifax @ Square Chapel
29 Mar – Colchester @ Colchester Arts Centre
6 Apr – Sevenoaks @ St Ediths Hall
7 Apr – Aldershot @ West End Centre

Tickets available at www.stickinthewheel.com

Praise for Stick In The Wheel:

“A triumph”
4/5 The Observer

“Rich in attitude and uncompromising intent”
4/5 MOJO

“A great live band”
4/5 The Guardian

“A record of real vitality, Stick In The Wheel rip apart the preconceptions surrounding folk music and retrieve the tender, beating heart at the centre of so much traditional culture”
Clash

“As authentic as it comes, at times brutally honest and grabbing”
FACT

“A shot in the arm for contemporary folk music”
The Independent

“Relevant and powerful”
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