Valparaiso release their debut album ‘Broken Homeland’ tomorrow and they’ve shared the track Bury My Body from the record with us which features some striking vocals from Shannon Wright. The Parisian musical collective deriving from the cult band Jack The Ripper also features the voices and poetry of Phoebe Killdeer of Nouvelle Vague, Howe Gelb, Spain’s Josh Haden, Dominique A, Moriarty’s Rosemary Standley, Venus’ Marc Huyghens, Mansfield Tya’s Julia Lanoë, and is recorded, mixed and produced by John Parish. Look out for a tour soon with different guests each night (we’d lay money down one of them won’t be Ronan Keating).
Gill Landry has unveiled his new single Denver Girls which is taken from his upcoming album “Love Rides A Dark Horse” – he told Billboard: “It’s about a person as much as a conversation with life and is sort of about leaving the old Gods and anchors behind and realising where you are at the moment. That’s the last song I wrote for the record. I wrote all these songs, and at the end I was like, ‘Well, that’s not where I’m at or where I want to be.’ I felt I needed to communicate those things, too, and I’m very glad I did. ‘Denver Girls’ is moving out of where I was and into where I am now.” Landry tours the UK in November supporting Ian Felice. Dates below.
The Deportees are an Aberdeen based band who look to the likes of Teenage Fanclub, The Waterboys, and Wilco as their musical inspirations. Over three years in the making, their debut album The Birth of Industry is out on November 3rd (launch party, by the by, is at Dunbar Street Hall the next day) and the first single is A Single Truth which displays those influences nicely. Is there a touch of King Creosote in there as well? Could be – take a listen.
12-time BBC Folk Award winner (greedy) and ex-Bellowhead frontman, Jon Boden has just shared his new single All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight in advance of his new solo album ‘Afterglow’ which arrives on October 6th via Hudson Records. Speaking about the new track, Boden says: “Without easy access to electric light and with a shortage of oil, our lives will again become bounded by the astronomical cycle of the universe, and our relationship with the stars will become closer, uninhibited by artificial light pollution. I wanted the stars to have a big presence in the album, particularly Orion who, as a ‘hunter’, is someone who our hero identifies with as he searches the city for a girl he knew once but hasn’t seen for many years.” And his car keys.
The new album from London based indie-folksters The Mining Co. looks back to a different time: “a time of total freedom, a wild childhood, long days and nights spent listening to radio stations like Radio Luxembourg, before the internet and before mobile phone communication and the start of a love for music: Elvis, Springsteen, New Wave: the soundtrack to love – come, gone and missed – a celebration to the past that still shines brightly.” That’s what the PR says although from personal experience, childhoods in the 80s were Jimmy Young, music drowned in over production and being tucked up in bed by about 5.30pm with cauliflower cheese (again). This track from it is still lovely.
It’s kind of a dream come true situation for Dori Freeman’s first single from her new album. When Dori was 22 she liked to kick-free from the Bluegrass music she’d grown up surrounded by and drive about singing along to her Teddy Thompson CD. Then she dropped him a line telling him how good they sounded together. Long story short, the album Letters Never Read was produced by Teddy Thompson, and yes guitar fans you do recognise the playing on If I Could Make You My Own. Dori Freeman has kept it Thompson on the album as well, adding a cover of I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight on a collection that she says is happier sounding than her debut “I always want to put out something that’s a genuine representation of what I was going through” noting with a laugh that getting married last year to fellow musician Nick Falk made writing love songs much easier.
Langhorne Slim’s new album “Lost at Last Vol 1” is out November on the Dualtone label and he’s released an EP previewing three tracks from it, one of which you can hear below (and it’s not a Cranberries cover, just to get that disappointment in now). Paste writes: “The main vein of the song is unrequited love: “She drank red wine in the pouring rain / She read me books about the human brain.” The woman Slim depicts in this song isn’t emotionally available beyond intellect and friendship—true to patriarchal form, Mr. Slim puts the mysterious mistress in the body of a monster. But he also puts himself in one. As Slim sings towards the end of the song, “he wanted her heart” in the same way a zombie wants the brain.”