ALEX G SHARES ‘CHANGE’ TRACK FROM ALBUM TRICK
DUE 6 APRIL 2015 VIA LUCKY NUMBER

UK TOUR BEGINS NEXT WEEK

ONE TO WATCH 2015 – THE LINE OF BEST FIT

Listen to ‘Change’ here:
https://soundcloud.com/luckynumbermusic/alex-g-change-1

Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G, has shared a track called ‘Change‘ from the upcoming physical release of his previously Bandcamp-only album Trick - one week before he heads out on a UK headline tour.

In their extensive profile, The FADER wrote that Alex G is “the type of artist to make a person go all Garden State”, as anyone who attended Alex’s sold out London show last November would have witnessed in-between his mammoth 21-song setlist. An enrapt audience hushedly singing along to ‘Change’ was one of the many magical moments, and Alex himself acknowledges that ‘Change’ “resonates with a lot of people, probably because the lyrics deal with growing away from people you love […] something that everyone experiences.”

‘Change’ drips with teenage angst and huge, singalong verses. Alex manages to craft a relatable narrative with relatively little; your memory conjuring images of nights past when he closes the song wispily singing “remember when you took too much / I didn’t mind being your crutch / we loved you then, it’s not the same / I don’t like how things change”.

Trick is due out on 6 April worldwide, on all formats via Lucky Number.

Alex G returns to London next week on 3 March at Chats Palace, as part of a wider European tour.

Tour dates:

Mon 23 Feb Berlin, Berghain Kantine, Tickets
Tues 24 Feb Hamburg, Molotow, Tickets
Weds 25 Feb Amsterdam, Paradiso, Tickets
Thurs 26 Feb Antwerp, Trix Bar, Tickets
Fri 27 Feb Paris, EspaceB, Tickets
Sun 1 Mar Southsea, Pie & Vinyl, IN STORE
Sun 1 Mar Brighton, Green Door Store, Tickets
Mon 2 Mar Bristol, The Cube SOLD OUT
Tues 3 Mar London, Chat’s Palace, Tickets
Thurs 5 Mar Manchester, Soup Kitchen, Tickets
Fri 6 Mar Glasgow, Broadcast, Tickets
Sat 7 Mar Leeds, Brudenell Social Club, Tickets

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Trick tracklisting:

1. Memory
2. Forever
3. Animals
4. String
5. Advice
6. People
7. Whale
8. Trick
9. Kute
10. So
11. Mary
12. Change
13. Clouds
14. Adam
15. Sarah
16. 16 Mirrors

Praise for DSU:

“The new name to drop in alt-rock circles”
The Guardian

“An instant classic, the kind of window into a fascinating mind that you wish every solo album could be”
4/5 Time Out ‘Album of the Week’

“It has the potential to be one of the defining American indie records”
The Quietus

DSU is carved up into palatable little nuggets of joy. As non-debuts go, they don’t come much stronger”
9/10 The Line of Best Fit

DSU is a record that’s so full of pure, raw greatness that it’s hard to pin down the exact element that makes it so great”
16/20 Crack Magazine

DSU is an album for kids that scour the internet as they would a crate full of physical records. It’s careful yet effortless, passionate yet distant but above-all, wholly unique”
8/10 Drowned in Sound

“A masterful handling of mischievous lyrics and beautiful melodies”
8/10 Uncut

“Richly diverse record”
8/10 NME

DSU‘s charm is its blissfully care free vibe”
4/5 Mojo

“Every single track charms”
4/5 Metro

“A raw and refreshing talent”
4/5 The Skinny

DSU may well be the year’s most genuinely exciting and, ultimately, rewarding album”
London in Stereo

“Everyone who comes into contact with him seems to fall in love”
The 405

“The Internet’s Secret Best Songwriter”
FADER

“Idiosyncratic sketches each capable of winding its way to a distinct place into the hearts of anyone”
7.9 Pitchfork

“Music so immensely personal, it’s hard to believe you’re even capable of comprehending the majority of what you’re hearing.”
CMJ

DSU is a homespun gem from virtually out of nowhere”
Consequence of Sound

“The Nashville singer’s debut is a sumptuous country-soul classic”
‘Album of the Month’ 8/10 Uncut

“Prass is the one to watch in 2015″
The Independent on Sunday

“Her gorgeous debut is already a contender for album of the year”
Evening Standard

On the back of her debut album Natalie Prass - which entered the UK top 50 – Nashville singer Natalie Prass has announced a run of headline dates for this June, including a show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall.

Having played a sold-out The Lexington last month, Natalie is back in the country from today for a string of shows supporting Ryan Adams on his European dates.

Pre-sale tickets are available now via Songkick.

Remind yourself of the video for ‘Why Don’t You Believe In Me’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdJqZriqbO4

Dates in June:

Mon 22 Jun Glasgow Mono

Wed 24 Jun London Islington Assembly Hall

Thu 25 Jun Manchester Deaf Institute

The 26 Jun Bristol The Thekla

Dates with Ryan Adams:

Thu 19 Feb Brighton Brighton Dome
Tickets

Sat 21 Feb Leicester De Montfort Hall
Tickets

Mon 23 Feb Glasgow O2 Academy
Tickets

Tue 24 Feb Edinburgh Usher Hall
Tickets

Wed 25 Feb Leeds O2 Academy
Tickets

Fri 27 Feb London Eventim Apollo
Tickets

Sat 28 Feb Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Tickets

Sun 01 Mar Liverpool Liverpool Guild of Students
Tickets

Tue 03 Mar Cork, IE Cork Opera House
Tickets

Thu 05 Mar Dublin, IE Olympia Theatre
SOLD OUT

Fri 06 Mar Dublin, IE Olympia Theatre
Tickets

Mon 09 Mar Copenhagen, DK Flaconer Salen
Tickets

Tue 10 Mar Stockholm, SE Cirkus
Tickets

Thu 12 Ma Bergen, NO USF Verftet
Tickets

Fri 13 Mar Oslo, NO Sentrum Scene
Tickets

Praise for Natalie Prass

“[Natalie Prass] is a record that never feels retro, just timeless”
5/5 The Guardian

5/5 ‘Album of the Week’ The Independent on Sunday

“A heartbreak album that reminds you why such albums are so wonderful and necessary in the first place”
‘Album of the Week’ 4/5 The Observer

4/5 ‘Album of the Week’ The Independent

“Assured, moving and soaked in a lush classicism”
4/5 Q

“Prass’ debut luxuriates in the same effortlessly timeless space as Rumer’s Seasons Of My Soul and I Am Shelby-Lynne
4/5 Mojo

“Prass’ voice – utterly lethal – describes heartache and loss. Stunning”
The Sunday Times

5/5 Daily Express

8/10 NME

4/5 The Times

4/5 Mail on Sunday

“A modern classic of an album”
The Line of Best Fit

“Everything she sings here feels honest and convincing, and, like the best soul music, her songs here transform the personal in to the universal”
4.5/5 musicOMH

“What makes Natalie Prass is her confident delivery amidst so many unconfident feelings. She sounds comfortable and in charge, wielding her massive band like a wizard’s scepter”
8.3 ‘Best New Music’ Pitchfork

NADINE SHAH UNVEILS NEW ‘FOOL’ SINGLE

Listen to ‘Fool’ here:
https://soundcloud.com/nadineshah/fool

Social: Official Website | Facebook | YouTube | SoundCloud | Spotify

“It signals a clear-cut evolution for Shah” - The Line of Best Fit

“A heart stopping comeback” - DIY

Hot on the heels of her sold out Sebright Arms show and having been added to the BBC 6 Music A-list, Nadine Shah has unveiled ‘Fool‘, the latest single from her forthcoming album Fast Food, out 13 April via Apollo / R&S Records.

‘Fool’ is Fast Food at its most biting – but as with everything Nadine touches there is a wry humour and sweetness beneath the poised menace of its guitars, brooding bass line and spitting lyrics. “When I mention damn Nick Cave and Kerouac, I’m pointing out someone’s predictable nature, but Kerouac is my favourite author and Nick Cave is my favourite musician” she explains, tongue firmly in cheek.

Born from a fervent two-month writing session, Fast Food exists on a knife-edge – every bit as dramatic as we’ve come to expect from Nadine but with a sharpened eye for all things hook laden; retaining a brooding grandeur in its movements. Created with trusted collaborator and producer Ben Hillier and recorded live at his studio The Pool in South London, the album features contributions from guitarist Nick Webb and bassist Pete Jobson (of I Am Kloot fame).

Fast Food will be available on vinyl, CD and via digital download (AMB1506). You can pre-order the album via Nadine’s website here as well as iTunes here.

‘Fool’ is available on limited edition 7″ heart-shaped vinyl now.

Fast Food tracklist:

1. Fast Food
2. Fool
3. Matador
4. Divided
5. Nothing Else To Do
6. Stealing Cars
7. Washed Up
8. The Gin One
9. Big Hands
10. Living

Live dates:

Mon 06 Apr Brighton Resident, 6pm

Tue 07 Apr London Rough Trade East, 7pm FULL BAND SHOW

Wed 08 Apr Bristol Rise, 7pm

Thu 09 Apr Nottingham Rough Trade, 7pm

Fri 10 Apr Brighton The Haunt Tickets

Sat 11 Apr Gateshead Old Town Hall Tickets

Mon 13 Apr Glasgow King Tut’s Tickets

Tue 14 Apr Manchester Deaf Institute Tickets

Thu 16 Apr London Oslo Tickets

Fri 17 Apr Bristol Exchange Tickets

Sat 18 Apr Birmingham Rainbow Tickets

Praise for Love Your Dum and Mad:

Love Your Dum and Mad is astonishingly coherent”
‘Album of the Week’ Sunday Times

“It’s utterly magnetic. There are few albums that will make you experience so many emotions concurrently, and even fewer that will still give you chills hours later”
8/10 ‘Album of the Week’ The Line of Best Fit

“An assured launch of a career that will provoke and explore in the style of Bjork or PJ Harvey”
‘Stand Out Album’ 4/5 Daily Mirror

“Cosy and cataclysmic all at the same time, this is one of the most compelling expressions of Great British gothic since Morrissey made a date at the cemetery gates”
4/5 Time Out

“Subtle electronics and the creation of desolate, 3-D spaces is the icing on a seductively ruined cake”
8/10 Uncut

“A piercingly direct seduction of the senses”
4/5 Mojo

“The voice of a goddess”
4/5 Evening Standard

“Nadine Shah’s voice is a revelation”
4/5 The Skinny

“A dark, delicious masterpiece”
Diva

“An extraordinarily delectable noise to behold”
London in Stereo

“Her dark tales of lust, loss and vengeance bring to mind Broken English-era Marianne Faithfull and are due belated critical acclaim”
The Guardian

“(Love Your Dum and Mad) retains a dynamism through Shah’s magnetic voice”
7.9 Pitchfork

MATTHEW E. WHITE TO RELEASE FRESH BLOOD FOR DOMINO
ON 9 MARCH, REVEALS NEW VIDEO FOR ‘ROCK & ROLL IS COLD’

Check out the video for ‘Rock & Roll Is Cold’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co4krl2xge0

Special solo show at St. Luke’s, London now sold out

Info on full band April shows below

Bandleader and soul visionary Matthew E. White has shared a video for ‘Rock & Roll Is Cold’, the first full single from Fresh Blood, his new album for Domino coming on 9 March 2015.

The beautifully shot clip follows Matthew as he traverses various semi-surreal terrains, ultimately embarking on a joyride to an exquisite banquet in a video that’s as playful and charming as the tune itself.

Speaking of the video, Matt had this to say: “This video was about highlighting and making use of pre-existing beauty and grandeur. The images I wanted were John Ford’s America – part Badlands, part Bonnie and Clyde.

To that end, I used a team in Salt Lake City known much more for shooting spectacular outdoor shots than any music videos. That was really fresh for me, not to mention extraordinarily physically challenging at times – but these guys are world traveling, mountain climbing pros and brought out the tremendous beauty of the landscape we shot in.

Not to mention the extraordinary beauty of my lady, Miss Merry George. Mirroring the family involvement of the Fresh Blood album cover (shot at my Grandma’s house in Alabama) the final scene of this was shot at my Aunt’s house. It’s nice to keep the family involved when you can.”

Matthew’s special solo show at St. Luke’s on 10 March 2015 is sold out. Full band shows for April 2015 are detailed below.

Fresh Blood will be available on CD (WIGCD309), vinyl (WIGLP309) and via digital download (WIG309D). There is also a special edition of the album, which is a double LP gatefold heavyweight vinyl (WIGLP309X) containing a bonus LP titled Fresh Blood: No Skin – a full length minimalist mix of the entire album, minus strings/horns or choir. You can pre-order Fresh Blood via iTunes or DomMart.

Live dates:

Tuesday 3 March - Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC
Monday 9 March - Paris, France @ New Morning (solo)
Tuesday 10 March - London, UK @ St Luke’s (solo) SOLD OUT

Tuesday 14 April – GlasgowOran Mor
Wednesday 15 April – LeedsBrudenell Social Club
Thursday 16 April - ManchesterGorilla
Friday 17 April - GatesheadSage
Saturday 18 April - LiverpoolLeaf
Sunday 19 April- BristolMarble Factory
Monday 20 April - LondonVillage Underground

Praise for Big Inner:

‘Over seven elegant tracks, White and his musicians achieve the kinds of loveliness that Spiritualized, Lambchop, Cat Power and the Beta Band have tilted at, at different times in the past, and quite often missed’
5/5 The Observer ‘Album of the Week’

‘A genuinely great artist’
5/5 The Guardian ‘Album of the Week’

‘A contender for album of the year’
5/5 The Sun

‘A genuine classic.’
5/5 Independent On Sunday

‘One of the great albums of modern Americana and one suspects that a reluctant start is born’
9/10 Uncut ‘Album of the Month’

‘A debut album of psychedelic gospel-tinged gems’
4/5 Mojo

‘Incredibly accomplished’
4/5 The Times

‘Pure quality’
4/5 The Evening Standard

‘A hugely impressive debut’
4/5 The Independent

‘An uplifting record, all the more enjoyable for its sense of restraint’
4/5 Metro

‘White has sewn together a psychedelic patchwork from various indigenous sounds – cosmic soul and funk, morning-after blues – that’s as great as any of its obvious influences… cosmically knowing but with nifty footwork’
4/5 Q

‘Many have tried to recreate the vibrancy and laidback groove of vintage soul-pop, but to absolutely nail it you need to be someone truly cosmic. Amy Winehouse just about managed it and Matthew E. White is one other such person.’
8/10 NME

‘Soaked in a bygone age of classic country soul… one of the coolest cats you’re likely to come across in 2013’
Music Week

‘If you like Randy Newman and Lambchop, Big Inner will have a similar effect on you’
The Sunday Times

‘Bathe in the redemptive charm of an orchestrally dense paean to the seventies… somewhere between Nick Drake and Cat Stevens’
GQ

‘This is the kind of debut on which devotional followings are founded’
4/5 The Skinny

‘Reading the classics will never guarantee making a classic album, but Matthew E. White is certainly one student that’s just joined the masters’
9/10 The Line of Best Fit

SUFJAN STEVENS DEBUTS ‘NO SHADE IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS’ 
CARRIE & LOWELL OUT 30 MARCH 2015 
ASTHMATIC KITTY RECORDS TO HOST ALBUM LISTENING PARTIES WORLDWIDE

“The Best Record Sufjan Stevens Has Ever Made, also known as Carrie & Lowell“ The Guardian

‘No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross’ is the first track to be lifted from Sufjan Stevens’ forthcoming album Carrie & Lowell due on 30 March via Stevens’ own Asthmatic Kitty Records.

Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx1s_3CF07k
Preorder the album here: http://www.carrieandlowell.com

Additionally, Asthmatic Kitty Records will host local listening parties with independent record stores and venues between now and mid-March. See below for details and visit http://www.carrieandlowell.com/listen for further announcements.

To celebrate the release of the album, Stevens will tour North America beginning in April and will also headline the End of the Road festival this September. Further information is available at http://carrieandlowell.com/tour.

Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens alongside Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett and mixed by Stevens, Bartlett and Pat Dillet. Thematically the 11 songs address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love. The album is named for Stevens’ mother and stepfather and is a return to Stevens’ folk roots.

SUFJAN STEVENS LISTENING PARTIES
21-22 February Tokyo Shinkiba Studio Coast with Hostess Club Weekender
5 March Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Museum of Art with Indy CD & Vinyl
10 March – all venues below
London Rough Trade East
Nottingham Rough Trade
Bristol Rise
Dublin Tower/Douglas Hyde Gallery
Hamburg Michelle
Berlin Bis Auf Messer

Praise for Age of Adz
“Something not only genuinely remarkable but genuinely enjoyable”
4/5 The Guardian ‘Album Of The Week’
“Yet again this prodigal genius manages to confound expectations, confirming his place as modern music’s most protean artist”
4/5 The Independent ‘Album Of The Week’
“Exhilarating… who knew the apocalypse could be so beautiful?” NME
“This man can do no wrong” Independent On Sunday
“The most interesting musician in America right now” Sunday Times
“Stevens’ heartfelt lyricism and stunning pop orchestration both shine bright”
4/5 Daily Telegraph
“One of the loveliest things he has done” 4/5 Evening Standard
5/5 Financial Times
“4/5″ Q Magazine
“4/5″ The Sun
“4/5″ Time Out

“The Nashville singer’s debut is a sumptuous country-soul classic”
‘Album of the Month’ 8/10 Uncut

“Prass is the one to watch in 2015″
The Independent on Sunday

“Her gorgeous debut is already a contender for album of the year”
Evening Standard

Having released her debut album Natalie Prass last week – which entered the UK top 50 – Nashville singer Natalie Prass has revealed the video for her song ‘Why Don’t You Believe In Me’.

A deeply intriguing clip that’s sure to surprise, Natalie has this to say about it:

“The video concept was created and co-directed by my best friend since age 15 and multidisciplinary artist, Erica Prince. We have watched each other evolve as artists throughout the years, so it is really special to make something together.

The song is about self doubt, and so we thought it was appropriate that the video relate to the idea of self examination and layers that both distort and reveal.”

The video’s other co-director is Tiona McClodden.

The unveil comes just days after Natalie played a sold-out The Lexington, a triumphant and critically-acclaimed debut UK show (“heady, sublime pop” – 4/5 The Guardian, 5/5 – The Independent) that has set the bar high for her forthcoming European support slots with Ryan Adams.

Watch the video for ‘Why Don’t You Believe In Me’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdJqZriqbO4

Dates with Ryan Adams:

Thu 19 Feb Brighton Brighton Dome
Tickets

Sat 21 Feb Leicester De Montfort Hall
Tickets

Mon 23 Feb Glasgow O2 Academy
Tickets

Tue 24 Feb Edinburgh Usher Hall
Tickets

Wed 25 Feb Leeds O2 Academy
Tickets

Fri 27 Feb London Eventim Apollo
Tickets

Sat 28 Feb Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Tickets

Sun 01 Mar Liverpool Liverpool Guild of Students
Tickets

Tue 03 Mar Cork, IE Cork Opera House
Tickets

Thu 05 Mar Dublin, IE Olympia Theatre
SOLD OUT

Fri 06 Mar Dublin, IE Olympia Theatre
Tickets

Mon 09 Mar Copenhagen, DK Flaconer Salen
Tickets

Tue 10 Mar Stockholm, SE Cirkus
Tickets

Thu 12 Ma Bergen, NO USF Verftet
Tickets

Fri 13 Mar Oslo, NO Sentrum Scene
Tickets

Praise for Natalie Prass

“[Natalie Prass] is a record that never feels retro, just timeless”
5/5 The Guardian

5/5 ‘Album of the Week’ The Independent on Sunday

“A heartbreak album that reminds you why such albums are so wonderful and necessary in the first place”
‘Album of the Week’ 4/5 The Observer

4/5 ‘Album of the Week’ The Independent

“Assured, moving and soaked in a lush classicism”
4/5 Q

“Prass’ debut luxuriates in the same effortlessly timeless space as Rumer’s Seasons Of My Soul and I Am Shelby-Lynne
4/5 Mojo

“Prass’ voice – utterly lethal – describes heartache and loss. Stunning”
The Sunday Times

5/5 Daily Express

8/10 NME

4/5 The Times

4/5 Mail on Sunday

“A modern classic of an album”
The Line of Best Fit

“Everything she sings here feels honest and convincing, and, like the best soul music, her songs here transform the personal in to the universal”
4.5/5 musicOMH

“What makes Natalie Prass is her confident delivery amidst so many unconfident feelings. She sounds comfortable and in charge, wielding her massive band like a wizard’s scepter”
8.3 ‘Best New Music’ Pitchfork

BOP ENGLISH – AKA WHITE DENIM’S JAMES PETRALLI
TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ‘CONSTANT BOP’
VIA BLOOD AND BISCUITS ON 13 APRIL

Listen to Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control) here: https://soundcloud.com/bop-english/danis-blues-it-was-beyond-our-control/s-nXsje

Bop English, the recording name of White Denim frontman James Petralli, has announced a debut record titled Constant Bop that will be released 13 April via Blood and Biscuits. In the making for over four years, Constant Bopis a widely collaborative project that features production from Jim Vollentine5th Street Studio’s Ryan Joseph and Nick Joswick, as well as Matt Oliverof Big Orange Studios and the band TV TorsoConstant Bop is the result of years of persistence and determination, having been created in the same period of time that it took Petralli to finish two White Denim records. It is an album born of real studio magic; dozens of musicians contribute to its ten tracks including White Denim’s drummer Josh Block, guitarist Austin Jenkinsand bass player Steve Terebecki, as well as former Shearwater bassist Kevin Schneider.

For this record, James Petralli didn’t want to be James Petralli. Not in a self-loathing, melodramatic way, but in the same way that Vanilla Ice probably didn’t want to be Robert Matthew Van Winkle. The name Bop English stems from a series of events earlier in James’ life, when he befriended Andy Pickett, a drifter he played music with. After James had left for college in Nacogdoches in the summer of ’99, he heard through a friend back home that Andy was struggling with employment. James drove home, found Andy and offered to share his college room with him. Andy ended up writing a book, and what Andy dictated, James typed. The end result was ‘The Chaperito Street Metaphor’, which Andy dedicated to Bop English. When James asked who Bop English was, Andy’s response was “that’s you man!”

The biggest difference between Constant Bop and any White Denim record is the amount of time James spent working on it by himself. “The musicians on this record still influenced and shaped the record significantly though,” he says. There are over one hundred days of studio time preciously invested in Constant Bop, which ultimately reflects in its sheer quality. The music exists in this way because of how frequently James writes, and there are times when White Denim can’t be around to help realise what he’s working on.

Always one to keep busy, James found himself heading back to Constant Bop whenever he had the chance, free of the restriction of deadlines and thus finding he had a lot more room to experiment. The musicians would generally come in for an hour or two, learn the tune and then improvise on it. None of the musicians who contributed ever met in the same room – the entire record was built brick by brick, sporadically but meticulously. “I listened to countless hours of audio playback, and near the end of mixing my skin tone began to resemble that of a cave dwelling salamander,” James recalls.

There are layers upon layers to explore on Constant Bop, with a serious attention to detail being applied to every track. “There’s this one technique that has been used by tons of producers, but it was my first time to see it applied to this extent with any level of success,” he mentions, referring to the pitched up guitar effect that’s found on ‘Sentimental Wilderness’. Scrupulous and ever diligent, there’s a ton to unwrap on Constant Bop, a record that jumps from vocoder use on a ‘60s-jazz influenced jam to sampled 808-kicks on country numbers. It’s all there, and it’s all distinctly James Petralli.

The final ten tracks James decided on for the record demonstrate timeless songwriting, revisiting everything from Bob Dylan and Jeff Lyne to LL Cool J and Santana for inspiration. It’s a rich and diverse record that’s teeming with pop classicism and zippy rock ‘n’ roll. First single ‘Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control)’, is a prime example, effervescent and energetic with fizzing guitars and buoyant piano. On the other hand, juxtaposed underneath all the electricity are lyrics of uncertainty, a running theme that echoes across many of the tracks on Constant Bop.

Uncertainty can be a personal struggle, and as you might expect from an artist’s solo work, Constant Bop often finds James being more open than he perhaps has been in the past. On the jaunty ‘Struck Matches’, James recalls an immensely terrifying yet educational experience while under the influence, shaping phrases he wrote down during his trip into a weird, metaphysical character evaluation. ‘Falling At Your Feet’ on the other hand is a country song that pushes away from the mainstream preconceptions of the genre, and is a classic tale of coming home. “I’m constantly struggling with balancing my childhood ambition of being a rock and roller and being a good family man,” he explains of the track.

Yet Constant Bop also sees James stepping into the light as a storyteller, enriching his already vivacious and dynamic album with vignettes of tantalising characters. ‘Sentimental Wilderness’ is perhaps the most political song he’s ever written, harkening back to thoughts he’s previously addressed on ‘Let’s Talk About It’ and ‘Transparency’ from Workout Holiday. It’s a testament to James’ uncanny ability as a songwriter that Constant Bop brilliantly interweaves his own experiences with those of his dreamed-up narrators, with the one in ‘Have I Got It Wrong’ being a prime example – a song written from the perspective of a religious person who is questioning his beliefs, and the way he has chosen to live when faced with his own mortality.

Musically, Constant Bop is full of disparate influences, but under the spell of James Petralli it all makes for an incredibly coherent album. From start to finish, it’s as if embarking on a journey through James’ musical history, one that bears thrilling and enthralling moments each time the road twists and turns.

Bop English - Constant Bop Web

Constant Bop tracklisting:

1. Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control)
2. Struck Matches
3. Trying
4. Have I Got It Wrong
5. Fake Dog
6. Willy Spends An Evening
7. Sentimental Wilderness
8. Falling At Your Feet
9. The Hardest Way
10. Long Distance Runner

Constant Bop will be available on CD, vinyl and via digital download. There will also be a limited edition blue/yellow vinyl. Pre-orders can be made from Blood and Biscuits.

José González has unveiled the video for his new single ‘Leaf Off / The Cave’. The new single is lifted from his upcoming album Vestiges & Claws - his first album in seven years which will be released via Peacefrog on 16 February 2015.

Having premiered on Pitchfork, the video is now available to watch on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHGnWdwi940

The video was filmed at a Sunday Assembly meeting, a place where people can come together regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation or cultural heritage. Director Mikel Cee Karlsson explains “the song talks about listening to reason and having the courage to change your mind when presented with new information that dis-prove your current convictions. This does not simply point towards religious beliefs, it points to us all, to all beliefs that govern our lives and guide our decisions. To me, this is what the song is about, and what the video tries to represent; that it is easy to think that your own judgement is the right one, and hard to admit that it is not.”

Having sold out two shows at The Scala in London (11th /12th March 2015), José will play a third London head-line show, to take place at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thursday 28 May. Full UK listings as follows.

José González UK Tour Dates:

11 Mar Scala, London SOLD OUT
12 Mar Scala, London SOLD OUT
13 Mar Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Tickets
14 Mar Academy 2, Manchester Tickets
28 May Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London Tickets

You can pre-order Vestiges & Claws here.

ALEX G ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE COMMERCIAL RELEASE OF ALBUMS ‘TRICK’ AND ‘RULES’

Previously Bandcamp-only albums have been professionally mastered

Listen to ‘Sarah’ via The FADER here

One to Watch 2015 – The Line of Best Fit

Lucky Number is thrilled to announce Trick, the latest album to be physically released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex GTrick follows on the heels of the international November 2014 release of Alex’s acclaimed album DSU, which was nominated for album of the year by The Line of Best Fit (One to Watch 2015)Crackand Time Out. Recorded before DSU and previously only available via Alex’s Bandcamp account, the tracks on Trick have now been professionally mastered and are being made commercially available for the very first time.

Trick is due out on 6 April worldwide, on all formats via Lucky Number. A new bonus track, ‘Sarah’, is streaming right now via The FADER.

Listen to ‘Sarah’ here: http://www.thefader.com/2015/01/26/is-sarah-the-best-alex-g-song

Or via SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/luckynumbermusic/alex-g-sarah-1/s-veJmD

In their extensive profile, The FADER wrote that Alex G is “the type of artist to make a person go all Garden State”, as anyone who attended Alex’s sold out London show last November would have witnessed in-between his mammoth 21-song setlist. Alex himself acknowledges that ‘Change’ “resonates with a lot of people, probably because the lyrics deal with growing away from people you love […] something that everyone experiences.”

Trick features many of the fan favourites that Alex has been playing at shows recently, including the infectious off-kilter anthem ‘Forever’, the dreamy and surreal ‘Animals’ and the aforementioned, charmingly lo-fi ‘Change’. Trick is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks affirming that underneath all the unconventional guitar lines and scrawls of fuzz, Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.

In addition, Rules, another highlight from Alex’s extensive back catalogue, will also be released on the same day. Written and recorded just a few months before Trick, they both harbour a similar charm that makes it feel right for them to be released together.

Both Trick and Rules continue to showcase a prodigious songwriting talent, reaffirming that Alex G is one of the most promising and prolific American musicians today.

Alex G returns to London on 3 March Chats Palace as part of a wider UK and European tour.

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Trick tracklisting:

1. Memory 2. Forever 3. Animals 4. String 5. Advice 6. People 7. Whale 8. Trick 9. Kute 10. So 11. Mary 12. Change 13. Clouds 14. Adam 15. Sarah 16. 16 Mirrors

Trick and Rules are out on all formats 6 April.

Tour dates:

Mon 23 Feb Berlin, Berghain Kantine, Tickets Tues 24 Feb Hamburg, Molotow, Tickets Weds 25 Feb Amsterdam, Paradiso, Tickets Thurs 26 Feb Antwerp, Trix Bar, Tickets Fri 27 Feb Paris, EspaceB, Tickets Sun 1 Mar Brighton, Green Door Store, Tickets Mon 2 Mar Bristol, The Cube, Tickets Tues 3 Mar London, Chat’s Palace, Tickets Thurs 5 Mar Manchester, Soup Kitchen, Tickets Fri 6 Mar Glasgow, Broadcast, Tickets Sat 7 Mar Leeds, Brudenell Social Club, Tickets

Praise for DSU:

“The new name to drop in alt-rock circles” The Guardian

“An instant classic, the kind of window into a fascinating mind that you wish every solo album could be” 4/5 Time Out ‘Album of the Week’

“It has the potential to be one of the defining American indie records” The Quietus

“DSU is carved up into palatable little nuggets of joy. As non-debuts go, they don’t come much stronger” 9/10 The Line of Best Fit

“DSU is a record that’s so full of pure, raw greatness that it’s hard to pin down the exact element that makes it so great” 16/20 Crack Magazine

“DSU is an album for kids that scour the internet as they would a crate full of physical records. It’s careful yet effortless, passionate yet distant but above-all, wholly unique” 8/10 Drowned in Sound

“A masterful handling of mischievous lyrics and beautiful melodies” 8/10 Uncut

“Richly diverse record” 8/10 NME

“DSU’s charm is its blissfully care free vibe” 4/5 Mojo

“Every single track charms” 4/5 Metro

“A raw and refreshing talent” 4/5 The Skinny

“DSU may well be the year’s most genuinely exciting and, ultimately, rewarding album” London in Stereo

“Everyone who comes into contact with him seems to fall in love” The 405

“The Internet’s Secret Best Songwriter” FADER

“Idiosyncratic sketches each capable of winding its way to a distinct place into the hearts of anyone” 7.9 Pitchfork

“Music so immensely personal, it’s hard to believe you’re even capable of comprehending the majority of what you’re hearing.” CMJ

“DSU is a homespun gem from virtually out of nowhere” Consequence of Sound

SUFJAN STEVENS TO HEADLINE END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER & TOUR NORTH AMERICA THIS SPRING

CARRIE & LOWELL OUT MARCH 30 ON ASTHMATIC KITTY RECORDS

“The Best Record Sufjan Stevens Has Ever Made, also known as Carrie & Lowell
The Guardian

To celebrate the release of his forthcoming album Carrie & LowellSufjan Stevens will play a headline date on Saturday 5 September at the End of the Road Festival and tour North America beginning in April. Presale tickets and further information are available at http://carrieandlowell.com/tour.

Watch a trailer for the album here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vj9s0U2U2o

Preorder the album at http://www.carrieandlowell.com/

Carrie & Lowell will be released in the UK on March 30 (March 31 in the US) on Stevens’ own Asthmatic Kitty Records.

Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens alongside Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett and mixed by Stevens, Bartlett and Pat Dillet. Thematically the 11 songs address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love. The album is named for Stevens’ mother and stepfather and is a return to Stevens’ folk roots.

A singer-songwriter currently living in Brooklyn, NY, Stevens’ preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan & Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10), and a BAM-commissioned programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE). In 2010 Stevens released an expansive EP (All Delighted People) and the full length The Age of Adz, a collection of songs partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson.

Stevens recently collaborated with New York City Ballet choreographer and dancer Justin Peck on Year of the Rabbit, a modern dance program set to a classical orchestration of Enjoy Your Rabbit and an original orchestral score commissioned for Peck’s ballet Everywhere We Go. Stevens’ second BAM commission Round-Up, an instrumental accompaniment to slow-motion rodeo footage, recently premiered at BAM’s Harvey Theater.

Praise for Age of Adz:

“Something not only genuinely remarkable but genuinely enjoyable”
4/5 The Guardian ‘Album Of The Week’

“Yet again this prodigal genius manages to confound expectations, confirming his place as modern music’s most protean artist”
4/5 The Independent ‘Album Of The Week’

“Exhilirating… who knew the apocalypse could be so beautiful?”
NME

“This man can do no wrong”
Independent On Sunday

“The most interesting musician in America right now”
Sunday Times

“Stevens’ heartfelt lyricism and stunning pop orchestration both shine bright”
4/5 Daily Telegraph

“One of the loveliest things he has done”
4/5 Evening Standard

“Entrancing melodies”
5/5 Financial Times

“4/5” Q Magazine

“4/5” The Sun

“4/5” Time Out