Tuesday, 27 June 2017

WATCH: Sivu - 'Sweet Sweet Silent'

The 7th of July is shaping up to be a pretty great day when it comes to new music, with new records from three of my favourite artists: Public Service Broadcasting, Lucy Rose and Sivu. The latter has just released the title track of the record, Sweet Sweet Silent, with a video including a pretty honest opening segment about his recent diagnosis with hearing condition Ménière's Disease. Get listening below and read more about Ménière's here.


Sivu has just announced a co-headline tour alongside Fenne Lily, Paul Thomas Saunders and SivJakobsen for October, including a show at Cecil Sharp House on 12th - tickets and dates all here!

Sivu releases Sweet Sweet Silent on 7th July, pre-order here. 

Monday, 26 June 2017

WATCH: George Ezra - 'Don't Matter Now'

You would have struggled to avoid the catchy tunes of George Ezra in 2014 when he released his debut record Wanted On Voyage. After a year or so away he's been back for a while, playing a 'top secret' tour to premiere new material as well as some festival slots, including this weekend's Glastonbury Festival (catch up with his performance here!) A couple of weeks ago the first new music from George for a couple of years was released. True to form new track Don't Matter Now is catchy and it's video features a pretty great dog - what's not to like?!


Keep an eye on George's social media (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram) for a record announcement at any moment... 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

LISTEN: Nick Mulvey - 'Myela'

If you read my Bushstock Festival write-up you'll know that the wonderful Nick Mulvey is back and totally smashed his headline set, playing to an adoring crowd of fans. Following a couple of warm up shows in Oxford, Bristol and London last week, Nick has just released another new track from his upcoming record. Myela, featuring the beautiful sing-along refrain "you are my neighbour" went down a treat at Bushstock, and the idea for the track came from Nick's awareness of the refugee crisis. Talking about the track, for which he is working in partnership with Help Refugees, Nick wrote that: 

"Like most people my heart breaks seeing the unprecedented refugee crisis unfolding across Europe. On top of this I felt disturbed and confused by the uncaring attitudes of many of the authorities and media. I wanted to write about the humanity of those suffering- how they are all people and families, with lives more or less like yours and mine. And so the idea for 'Myela' came and I began to work on it in partnership with my musician friend Federico Bruno. To be honest, we felt unworthy to write poetry about this subject. So instead we explored first-hand accounts of refugees journeys, and drew the song from there. We want to give them voice and to share that voice with the people who listen to my music, to make them aware the situation continues."


Myela and the previously released track Unconditional are taken from Nick's upcoming studio album Wake Up Now, the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2014 record First Mind. Pre-order your copy here!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

WATCH: Everything Everything - 'Can't Do'

It seems to be a great time for some of my favourite artists coming back with new music and last week was no exception as total legends Everything Everything returned with the absolute tune Can't Do. Their last record Get To Heaven, released in 2015, was my favourite record of the year so I'm really looking forward to hearing it's follow up - A Fever Dream is out on 18th August. They're in the midst of a mini warm-up tour before a couple of festivals, but hopefully a full tour to promote the album will be announced shortly! Check out the (pretty strange) video for Can't Do below...


Like what you're hearing?! Pre-order A Fever Dream here.

Monday, 19 June 2017

LISTEN: My Crooked Teeth - 'Better Off'

Got four minutes to spare?! Take a moment to check out Better Off, the new track from Oxford's My Crooked Teeth, aka the all round lovely chap Jack Olchawski who I've had the pleasure of meeting at some recent Tigmus shows. A wistful take on the final days of a relationship, the track crescendos from Jack's beautiful vocals to a much fuller sound, departing from his debut EP as this is the first track to see Jack backed by a band with drums, double bass, slide guitar and banjo in the mix. I have to agree with The 405 when they say that "My Crooked Teeth is a straight up heartbreaker."



Check out Better Off on Spotify (and add it to your playlists) here or buy it on iTunes hereMy Crooked Teeth play this year's Cornbury Festival in July, alongside two of my favourite singer-songwriters, Jack Savoretti and Sam Beeton and a whole host of other brilliant artists - tickets.

GIG NEWS: Banfi at The Cellar, Oxford (8th Sep)

As I've finished uni I've left Oxford but as I've been blogging about gigs I've seen in the city for the last couple of years most people reading this are probably from the area - if so, you're in luck because one of my favourite bands have just announced an Oxford gig. Banfi have added a date to their first headline tour in September, they'll be playing at The Cellar on the 8th. They smashed their support slot at Oxford's O2 with Bear's Den back in March and I caught them at last weekend's Bushstock Festival where they played the best set I've seen them do yet. With an album in the works and some superb singles under their belts I seriously recommend getting along to this tour while they're playing in intimate venues - they've also just announced Bryde as support for the tour so it gets better and better! 


You can grab tickets for the Oxford show here or check out the full list of tour dates (including London's Lexington) here!

Friday, 16 June 2017

WATCH: Public Service Broadcasting release video for 'They Gave Me A Lamp'

Hearing lines such as "politics is life and everything to do with it affects you directly or indirectly" and "'You can't come with us because you're a girl', and it made me damn determined to do it", I can't help but think that the sampled lyrics of the latest offering from the brilliant Public Service Broadcasting couldn't be more poignant and relevant to the current day, despite being taken from the 1980s.

They Gave Me A Lamp reflects upon the history of coal mining communities in the UK, addressing the political awakening among women's support groups at the time of the South Wales mining strike. Featuring post-rock trio Haiku Salut the track itself undergoes an awakening of sorts, raising in volume and pace as it progresses, and the newly released video for the track was shot underground in a former mine, incorporating footage of the Welsh Valleys mining community. Alongside the first single Progress, the track is taken from the band's upcoming album Every Valley (due 7th July) a major the theme of which is disenfranchisement, a story of dignity and social responsibility set against the backdrop of industrial decline.


If you like what you're hearing be sure to pre-order the new record Every Valley and check out the upcoming tour dates on the PSB site here - they're heading to the US in September, UK in October and Europe in November, as well as some album launch shows here in the UK at the start of July.