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KETTLE OF KITES REVEAL ECO-CONSCIOUS NEW SINGLE ‘ORCHID’

KETTLE OF KITES have revealed a new single: ‘Orchid’, a haunting new cut that offers reflects on the blurring of fiction and reality as Earth stands on the precipice of environmental disaster.

As with the rest of upcoming studio album ‘Arrows’, the latest single from the post-rock collective sources its inspiration from the revolutionary works of science fiction author Isaac Asimov. Chiming with the recent Extinction Rebellion and climate change protests that have taken place across Europe, Asimov’s novels often dwelled on the implications of man-made ecological disaster and the lyrics of ‘Orchid’ find Kettle of Kites inflecting his sentiments to provide timely reflection on the urgent need for environmental action.

Frontman and lyricist of Kettle of Kites Tom Stearn explains further:

“In much of the science fiction works of Isaac Asimov the creation of a parallel universe set in the future serves as a tool to explore forward thinking ideas but also to focus our attention on our present. ‘Orchid’ is set between present and possible future, reality and fiction, and is the song from ‘Arrows’ which is closest to our own current reality and is set in the moment when humanity is forced to abandon earth, now polluted and uninhabitable because of radioactive substances.”

Cruising the astral planes between REM, Idlewild and Talk Talk, ‘Orchid’ is the latest sonically ambitious and majestically progressive cut from Kettle of Kites. With a slow-burning and wistful atmospherics that build to a brooding, apocalyptic crescendo, ‘Orchid’ animates a dystopian world once only envisioned in the nightmares of Asimov with lucid effect. As Earth stands on the precipice of facing such a reality, ‘Orchid’ acts as a stark reminder of our fragile planet’s mortality and of the accountability humanity must take to preserve its future.

‘Orchid’ is just the latest in a string of singles including ‘Weathervane’ and ‘Oliver’ that lead to much anticipated new album ‘Arrows’ this Autumn. A science fiction concept album that traverses the listener through space, time and beyond, the record features 9 tracks of stimulating post-rock each inspired by the groundbreaking ideas of Isaac Asimov.

At a time when isolationism and ideological inward-looking, seem to be gripping the western world with greater effect every day, Kettle of Kites are a band unafraid to break the curve. With its constituent members hailing from Scotland, England, Belgium and Italy, Kettle of Kites gaze far beyond the borders of Earth and transfix upon the wonders of the universe and its limitless possibilities. Arriving in 2019 like a pan-European, sci-fi space rock programme, the four piece will deliver their new album this Autumn: ‘Arrows’, an innovative concept record inspired by the works of science-fiction pioneer: Isaac Asimov.

Straddling the astral planes between Radiohead, Talk Talk and Green-era REM, Kettle of Kites are a sci-fi inspired rock band currently based in Italy.  Releasing ‘Loan’ in 2015, the band’s debut album arrived as very much the solo effort of Scottish songwriter and former member of orchestral indie-pop outfit Admiral Fallow: Tom Stearn. Recorded unceremoniously in a basement in Italy, the  release was finessed half way across the world at the famous A Pocket Full Of Stones studio in Australia.

Returning to the project in 2019 with an expanded line up and a brave new vision for the band’s future, Stearn enlisted talents from across Europe in the form of Genoa’s Pietro Martinelli (bass), Brussels-based Marco Giongrandi (guitar) and London-based drummer Riccardo Chiaberta, to map out the musical schematics of upcoming concept album: ‘Arrows’. Combining a wealth of experiences from music scenes across Europe, on ‘Arrows’ the new-look line up adeptly illustrate the vividly visionary worlds and endlessly imaginative idiosyncrasies of acclaimed Science Fiction author Isaac Asimov. Harnessing supernova crescendos to spacial melodies with artful effect, ‘Arrows’ sees Kettle of Kites charting their true potential with nine intrepidly arranged and intergalactically influenced compositions that reach for the stars.

KETTLE OF KITES – ‘ARROWS’ – WILL BE RELEASED ON 11 OCTOBER 2019.

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Dark and atmospheric PINERO|SERENE release second single, ‘Dead Flowers’

Alternative dream-pop duo PINERO|SERENE gears up to release their debut EP, Dark Matter on the 12th of July. Ahead of that, they have shared their second single, ‘Dead Flowers’ premiered by TMRW Magazine. The single was officially released last Friday, 28th of June.

Based in the artistic hub of London’s East End, PINERO|SERENE create dark, atmospheric soundscapes, through a unique and paralleled songwriting collaboration, that personifies emotional experience. Neeq moved to London from Berkshire to pursue a passion for photography and music. She dabbled in spoken word poetry, fascinated by the potency of words, and has since honed her skills to the development of abstract songwriting and production skills. Cheryl began playing bass at age thirteen, and toured around Germany and The Netherlands in her early twenties, eventually settling in London.

“‘Dead Flowers’ is the last in the chain of a four-track EP, which takes you on a journey through personal evolution. It’s about facing the fear of letting go, to make space for a new dimension of existence and perception.” – PINERO|SERENE on their latest single.

The music video for their single ‘Take My Soul’ was also premiered last month, on the 14th, with positive responses so far. You can watch it below

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Ben McKelvey Releases Video for Folk-Rock Song ‘Wild Child’

Ben McKelvey’s  latest folk-rock track, ‘Wild Child’  has just hit the airwaves. The accompanying video sees the multi-instrumentalist flex his musical muscles as he gives viewers a taste of his many skills.
Ben has plenty of stage time under his belt,  Having supported the likes of Wet Wet Wet , The Overtones, and Mike & The Mechanics. A short illness rendered the young musician bed-ridden, and it was then that he began to focus on songwriting. He originally had no intention of ever playing live, but since his first live performance, he never looked back.
The video, produced by Jake Robbins (Natives) is an uplifting track,  centred around the highs and lows of life as a musician. Ben gives some insight: “‘Wild Child’ was the last song I recorded for the album. It instantly became my favourite on the record and probably is my favourite I’ve ever written. There’s a lot of emotion in this song and it’s the most personal I’ve ever written. A song based on true events about how being a musician is something you can’t choose to let go when it’s in your blood and how it can destroy personal relationships. A tough song to write but very therapeutic. It was written at a low point in my life but when we get to play it live, it’s just incredible. I guess it’s dedicated to the musicians out there giving it their all.”


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Larkins announce 16-date UK tour + share live video

Larkins have announced an extensive 16-date UK headline tour running through October and November 2019. Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday May 17th via larkinsband.com

The announcement comes ahead of Larkins largest London headline show to date, where they will play Dingwalls on June 19th. Tickets are available now via TicketWeb.

Regarding the forthcoming tour frontman Josh Noble says, “The last tour that we set out on was pretty surreal. We knew that ‘TV Dream’ had done well but to travel to places like Glasgow and have hundreds of people dance with us and give us everything for 90 minutes was something that we weren’t prepared for.

“That being said, playing live is literally all we have thought about since playing our last show and we’re excited to bring some new, huge ideas to these shows and try and encapsulate the energy of the last tour with a bigger sound and with even more people. To every single person at every single night thank you in advance, it’s going to be so special.”

This year has seen Larkins make a huge statement as one of the most exciting and in-demand bands to emerge from Manchester in recent times.

The guitar-pop collective released their debut single ‘TV Dream’ on Good Soldier Records to an immense response from both fans and media, quickly clocking up over a million streams. The song proved a radio hit and featured on the playlists of Radio 1, BBC Introducing and Radio X, while the band have also received support from Beats 1.

The release led the band to sell out a landmark hometown show to 2000 rapturous fans at Manchester’s Albert Hall. Capturing the moment perfectly, Larkins release the live album Larkins: Live At The Albert Hall, Manchester. It is available to stream now and can be purchased physically from July 5th on CD, cassette and vinyl.

As an undeniable proven live force Larkins have sold out headline shows across the UK and Europe, and played their first US shows this year at SXSW Festival. The band are currently recording their debut album with producers Dan Nigro (A-Trak, Sky Ferreira, Lewis Capaldi) and Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Fun, Kid Cudi) – a record which is sure to send Larkins even further into the stratosphere.

LARKINS TOUR DATES – TICKETS HERE

JUNE
19th – London, Dingwalls

OCTOBER
13th – Liverpool, Zanzibar
14th – Stoke, Sugarmill
16th – Derby, The Venue
17th – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
18th – Bournemouth, The Anvil
21st – Southampton, Joiners
22nd – Bristol, Rough Trade
23rd – Exeter, Cavern
24th – Brighton, The Pipeline
29th – Leeds, Wardrobe
31st – Glasgow, King Tuts

NOVEMBER
1st – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
3rd – Newcastle, Think Tank?
4th – Nottingham, Bodega
6th – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
8th – Leicester, Duffy’s Bar

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Gold Field’s explore psychedelic bliss on new album ‘Dalawa’

Australian indie-electronic band Gold Fields has released their sophomore album Dalawa, their first album since 2013.The album title is a nod to guitarist Vin Andanar’s heritage and meaning ‘two’ in Filipino (Tagalog). 

Gold Fields is the combined talents of Mark Robert Fuller, Vinci Andanar, Luke Peldys, Rob Clifton and Ryan D’Sylva. Originally formed in Ballarat, Victoria, the now Melbourne-based five-piece have blurred the lines between between indie, electronic, disco, and psych-rock.

It’s clear that Gold Fields have not lost their (golden) touch – Dalawa is fascinating, pretty and groovy all at once. Filled to the brim with hypnotic rhythms and neo-psychedelic trippiness, this is an EP that does as well on headphones while you lie back staring into space, as on the dancefloor. The release was accompanied by a video for ‘Glow’, complete with moody psychedelic projections, and dark silhouettes.

The band explains: “The making of Dalawa was a multi-dimensional journey across early adulthood… It saw us through some big life events… some really mind opening experiences, and all during some very interesting times around the world. Dalawa is definitely the record we wanted to make. In a way, it seemed to make itself.. It seems like we plucked the songs bit by bit from somewhere they already existed and pieced them back together into this record. Vin and Ry produced the whole thing and it was amazing to have Tony Espie (The Avalanches) mixing the record. Dalawa started out by us just experimenting and we let the sounds and the music take us on a journey. It’s been a real pleasure to create this and we can’t wait to put it out there.”

Catch the band’s album launch shows if you’re in Oz and feel like having your mind blown.
20 April, Howler Melbourne, VIC. More details.
24 April – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW. More details.

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LibraLibra’s ‘Loverboy’ video is hilarious and terrifying

Brighton quartet LibraLibra have revealed a nostalgic new video for their latest single ‘Loverboy’, inspired by ‘90s “secret admirer board game” Dream Phone, and filmed, directed, and edited by Elliot Tatler. The single is out now on all good digital service providers.

Four renegades from the open-minded and multicultural seaside town of Brighton, UK, LibraLibra are the kind of band that embody the free spirit of their hometown. Off-the-wall melodies akin to Asha Bhosle, frenetic lyrical flows that would leave MIA burned, and the range of Mike Patton—all thrown together with playground chants, world music rhythms and broken, distorted guitars—make theirs a riotously unique and colourful collision of styles.

There’s an unease at the core of each of their songs that leaves the listener hanging on to vocalist Beth Cannon’s every inflection, each new chorus cementing the ambition and talent of this intriguing bunch. Their escapades across the last year have pricked up important ears all over the place, leading them to work with Idles’ producer SPACE on their new single, ‘Loverboy’.

Cannon comments on the new single: “When I was younger I was told I ‘went off the rails’, when I was actually struggling with my mental health and had PTSD, but to everyone around me I was wild; a loose cannon, pardon the pun. This song harks back to young me getting drunk at parties, failing madly in love, fucking it up being labelled a slut, failing hard again and not really knowing what to do with all the feelings, other than to keep getting fucked up and searching for that one.”

‘Loverboy’ builds on LibraLibra’s first three singles ‘Animali’, ‘Tongues’ and ‘Skin and Bone’ which gained heavy support including BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, Radio X, The 405, Les InRocks and Get In Her Ears. The palpable early buzz on the band has been further stoked by recent live dates including appearances at Liverpool Sound City, the Great Escape, Bad Pond festival, Off the Record and London support for the mighty Psychic TV at a sold-out Heaven.

A busy 2019 live schedule is shaping up, including ‘Loverboy’ single launch shows in April—continuing their penchant for multi-dimensional, immersive live gigs, this time they will be luring their audience into a high school prom.

Cannon’s vocal ability has received deserved accolade throughout her career with her command of script prompting comparisons to Kate Bush and Björk. Some may recognise her voice from Simon Raymonde’s Lost Horizons (Bella Union), where Cannon wrote and performed on lead track ‘Bones’ and fronted the band throughout a summer of festivals including Green Man, End of the Road, Seachange, Kendal Calling, Bluedot and many more.

While her powerful presence is unmistakable in everything she does, LibraLibra is a different beast, and really showcases the direction Cannon is heading in, which is ultimately down along a more dark and twisted path. Fans of the B52s, The Knife and Fever Ray will find themselves in exciting new territory here.

‘Loverboy’ is LibraLibra’s fourth release and will be available across all streaming platforms from 5th April. Mixed and arranged by SPACE (Idles/Black Futures) and mastered by John Davis at Metropolis.

03.04.19 – Joiners, Southampton 
05.04.19 – Social, London (FREE ENTRY)
12.04.19 – Brighton Electric, Brighton (FREE ENTRY ‘Prom Night’)
03.05.19 – Liverpool Sound City Festival

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Aldous Harding announces new album and shares delightfully bizarre video for ‘The Barrel’


Aldous Harding will release her third album, Designer, on April 26. First single, ‘The Barrel’ has been launche, with a delightfully off-kilter accompanying video.

Designer finds the New Zealander hitting her creative stride. After the sleeper success of Party (internationally lauded and crowned Rough Trade Shops’ Album of 2017), Harding came off a 100-date tour last summer and went straight into the studio with a collection of songs written on the road. Reuniting with John Parish, producer of Party, Harding spent 15 days recording and 10 days mixing at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth and Bristol’s J&J Studio and Playpen. From the bold strokes of opening track ‘Fixture Picture’, there is an overriding sense of an artist confident in their work, with contributions from Huw Evans (H. Hawkline), Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo), drummer Gwion Llewelyn and violinist Claire MacTaggart broadening and complimenting Harding’s rich and timeless songwriting.

Directed by Martin Sagadin, the visuals for Aldous Harding‘s first single ‘The Barrel’ can be viewed below:

 

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LA duo Girlpool deliver latest hazy indie-pop single ‘Where You Sink’ ahead of upcoming LP


Los Angeles duo Girlpool, comprised of Harmony Tividad (she/her) and Cleo Tucker (he/they), have announced their new album, What Chaos Is Imaginary. The album’s lead single, “Hire,” is a great example of the band’s constant evolution and maturation. What Chaos Is Imaginary is available for pre-order now and due out February 1st, 2019 via ANTI- Records.

Never before has a group’s maturation been so transparently attached to the maturation of its members. This is due in large part to the fact that Girlpool came into existence exactly when Girlpool was supposed to come into existence: at the most prolific stage of the digital revolution. Both online and in the flesh, Tividad and Tucker practice radical openness to the point where it may even engender discomfort; this is exactly the point where it becomes clear why theirs’ is such a special project: they accept the possibility of discomfort-Chaos-and show you how to figure out why you might feel it. This is achieved through their ability to empathize as best friends and partners in creation, with the intention of making music that provokes.

Watch the official video for ‘Where You Sink’ by Girlpool below


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Manchester indie quartet The Slow Readers Club share video for ‘On The TV’ from their latest album ‘Build A Tower’


Manchester four-piece The Slow Readers Club have shared the video for their new single, ‘On The TV’, ahead of their sold out headline tour next month which will see the band play the biggest shows of their career so far.

The video blends brooding and atmospheric imagery with a mysterious narrative, cut between shots of the band performing the track in a TV studio. Set against the driving and anthemic track, the video creates an unnerving ambience to match its anxious lyricism.

Watch the official music video for ‘On The TV’ by The Slow Readers Club below

The track is taken from the band’s new album, Build A Tower, which was released in May this year and went straight into the Official UK album chart Top 20 at number 18, 10 in the physical album chart, 4 in the vinyl chart, 4 in the indie album chart and Number 1 in the cassette chart, as well as tracks receiving extensive support from BBC 6 Music and Radio X. In September they released For All Here To Observe, a collection of acoustic reworks including tracks spanning their entire career.

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Philadelphia-based indie-pop band Free Cake for Every Creature announce European tour including UK dates, stream ‘Around You’


Free Cake for Every Creature is a soft indie-pop band currently based in Philadelphia. Beginning in upstate New York in 2012 as the recording project of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Katie Bennett, the band has since expanded to include a rotating cast of friends and musicians. For the newest collection of songs, The Bluest Star, Katie, long-term band members Francis Lyons and Heeyoon Won, and many friends spent the second half of 2017 slowly recording tracks in various rooms in Katie and Francis’ apartment on a busy street in West Philly. While these songs are a return turn to Katie’s comfortable home-recording beginnings, they also lay the foundation for a growing project based on collaboration, experimentation, and intentional arrangements. With specificity and honesty, Bennett sings about friendship, love present & past, and the painful process of letting people out of her life.

The band released their latest album The Bluest Star on Double Double Whammy Records on the 3rd of August, and are set to tour Europe early next year. (UK dates provided below!)

Stream “Around You”, taken from Free Cake for Every Creature’s latest LP The Bluest Star, below


UK tour dates:
27.01 || London, UK || Sebright Arms
28.01 || Brighton, UK || The Hope & Ruin
29.01 || Oxford, UK || The Library
30.01 || Leeds, UK || Headrow House
31.01 || Glasgow, UK || Broadcast
01.02 || Leicester, UK || Duffy’s Bar
02.02 || Bristol, UK || Rough Trade Bristol


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