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(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2792: Skinny Lister

 
By on Tuesday, 20th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

London folk-punk rockers Skinny Lister are about to embark on a wide-ranging American tour, including a stop in Austin, Texas next month for SXSW 2018. To get their party started with a characteristic burst of energy, the band have just unveiled a subversively political new promo video for their latest single ‘Thing Like That’.

The ‘Thing Like That’ video features co-frontman Dan Heptinstall in a rare solo appearance. Here, Heptinstall rebelliously flaunts a one-piece zippered Union Jack suit as he traverses the streets of London, provoking a subtle but noticeably varied array of responses from the people around him. ‘Thing Like That’ appears as a bonus track on the deluxe version of Skinny Lister’s late 2016 album ‘The Devil, the Heart & the Fight’. The album is available now via Xtra Mile Recordings.

A full listing of Skinny Lister’s upcoming tour dates in America, where they will be supported by Xtra Mile labelmate Will Varley, can be found on their official Facebook. TGTF’s previous coverage of Skinny Lister can be found back through here.

 

TGTF ‘Playlist’: Valentine’s Day 2018

 
By on Friday, 16th February 2018 at 11:00 am
 

Header photo modified from the original by jessicahtam on Flickr

Across social media platforms this past Wednesday, musicians gifted Valentines to their listeners in the form of–what else?–new music. To continue these artists’ generous spirit of love and giving, we at TGTF would like to share a small sampling of the LOVE-ly new songs we’ve heard over the past week. We’d normally do this in the format of a Spotify playlist, but as some of the songs aren’t available on Spotify just yet, we’ve decided to share them more in the form of a mixtape, including videos and streams from YouTube and Soundcloud.

Among the highlights of our list is a brand new track from American singer/songwriter Ryan Adams. Its bright, jangly guitars and lyrical Beatles reference (“all you need is love”) are are markedly more optimistic than Adams’ usual lovelorn fare. For those listeners on American side of the pond, Adams has accompanied his new track with another Valentine surprise: he will play a one-off show at the famed Colorado concert venue Red Rocks on 14th June 2018 with support from Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit.

Canadian troubadour Dan Mangan takes aim at our sentimental side with a simple but evocative new piano ballad called ‘Fool for Waiting’. Mangan’s singing voice is light and clear yet full of feeling, as he delivers lofty emotional declarations like “Some say I’m a fool for waiting/ they don’t know this fool doesn’t mind.’

Australian folk pop singer Vance Joy is set to release his second LP, the romantically titled ‘Nation of Two’ on the 23rd of February via Atlantic/WEA. The album’s most recent single ‘Call If You Need Me’ is an honest and straightforward plucked guitar ballad that plays right to the strengths that made Joy famous around the release of ‘Riptide’.

James Bay, once referred to here as wearing “Hitchin’s most famous hat”, has recently reinvented himself with a new look as well as a novel electro-pop sound for his recent single ‘Wild Love’. Luckily for those of us who quite liked his debut LP ‘Chaos and the Calm’, Bay hasn’t entirely abandoned his old ways. His soulful singing is somewhat muted here, but his wailing guitar is still very much in evidence near the end of the track.

Speaking of electro music, Irish husband-and-wife duo New Portals have released a starkly atmospheric new track titled ‘Inch’, just in time for some deep post-Valentine’s Day introspection. They describe the track not as a love song, per se, but as being “about the difficult decision to be made in a relationship when it seems like the spark has gone.”

Indie rock singer Eleanor Friedberger has announced a new LP with the release of an upbeat synth pop track called ‘In Between Stars’. In keeping with the Valentine hangover effect, Friedberger’s album is titled ‘Rebound’, and is due out in May via Frenchkiss Records (bien sûr!).

Baltimore-based electro duo Beach House dropped their new track ‘Lemon Glow’ without fuss or fanfare as Valentine’s Day drew to a close in American time zones. Shared with he simple Twitter message “Wishing everyone out there love tonight”, ‘Lemon Glow’ immediately attracted the Internet’s attention with the undulating optical effects in its video as well as the reverberant oscillations in its soundscape.

Last but not least, American rock singer Butch Walker shared a cheeky cover version of 10cc’s‘s romantic 1970s’ track ‘I’m Not In Love’, recorded with French songwriting duo The Dove and the Wolf. The French pair’s version is an upgrade of sorts, with silky female vocals and Walker’s surprisingly delicate whisper sliding easily into the song’s smooth soft rock arrangement.

 

Natalie Prass / April 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 15th February 2018 at 9:00 am
 

American singer/songwriter Natalie Prass has announced a list of headline dates in the UK for this spring, presumably to support a potential new album release. Stereogum reported back in April 2017 that Prass’ second LP was near completion, and she spent most of last summer and autumn on tour, playing dates with Whitney, The Head and The Heart and The New Pornographers. While there has been no official word from her yet on a new LP, Prass is also a recent addition to the lineup of showcasing artists for SXSW 2018 that, once again, might lead one to believe that new music is imminent. (ICYMI, we at TGTF first covered Natalie Prass at SXSW 2015; you can read about it back here.)

Ahead of her trip to Austin, Prass will be touring in America as support for Fleet Foxes. A full list of Prass’ upcoming shows can be found on her official Facebook. Tickets for the following shows in England and Scotland are available now. Our full past coverage of Natalie Prass can be found through this link.

Monday 23rd April 2018 – London Bush Hall
Thursday 26th April 2018 – Brighton Bau Wow
Friday 27th April 2018 – Manchester Band on the Wall
Saturday 28th April 2018 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Sunday 29th April 2018 – Glasgow Mono

 

Video of the Moment #2788: Tree House

 
By on Wednesday, 14th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

London-based solo artist Will Fortna, working under the moniker Tree House, released his first music video last month, for a smooth, introspective song titled ‘Nonsense’. ‘Nonsense’ features as the opening track on Tree House’s recent EP ‘Into the Ocean’, which we reviewed here last September.

The visual treatment for ‘Nonsense’ is directed by Ella Margolin, whose interpretation is in sharp contrast to the lofty yet understated vibe of Fortna’s music. The video juxtaposes close up images of Fortna in solo performance with jarring background shots of a city that appears to be Los Angeles, reflecting the almost absurd duality between the city’s natural environment and its harsher, human-created side. Watch below, but if you’re sensitive, do be aware that the video contains strobing images.

Tree House’s EP ‘Into the Ocean’ is available now on London boutique label Memorials of Distinction. it can also be found on Bandcamp, just through here.

 

Single Review: Barns Courtney – Sinners

 
By on Tuesday, 13th February 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Barns Courtney Sinners singleIncorrigible alt-rocker Barns Courtney has paired up with an equally incorrigible partner-in-crime, Carl Barat (of The Libertines and Carl Barat and the Jackals fame), for what seems on first glance like it should be a bad-boy match made in heaven (or perhaps . . . somewhere else?). The two have co-written a rather aptly titled new single called ‘Sinners’ to follow up on Courtney’s excellent debut album ‘The Attractions of Youth’. Where the songs on ‘The Attractions of Youth’ seethe with youthful angst and energy, ‘Sinners’ takes a slightly heavier and noticeably more jaded tone, which is almost certainly attributable to Barat’s contribution.

The deep blues rock feel of the musical setting is exactly what you’d expect from this collaboration, but Courtney’s vocal delivery almost immediately stands out as special. His voice is strategically raw and dark in the song’s opening lines “fortune, fortune, smiling fate / I haven’t seen you much of late / need you now and cannot wait”. That spiteful sneer twists into a bitter, beaten down growl in the second verse, where he sings of “drinking gin and dropping lines / wasting beats of this heart of mine”.

Unfortunately, the chorus refrain of ‘Sinners’ doesn’t quite deliver on the dramatic promise in its verses. Rather, the chorus feels hastily thrown together, with liberal “yeahhhhs” rounding out the rhythms where words apparently failed. “I must be good for something”, Courtney moans, presumably searching for something more than “dancing on cold feet [and] marching on cobbled streets”. He doesn’t quite find it in ‘Sinners’, but the track will serve well enough to hold off the hordes of madding fans demanding something new from him after the whirlwind success of ‘The Attractions of Youth’. If you’re among that number, take a listen to ‘Sinners’ just below.

6.5/10

‘Sinners’ is out now on Virgin EMI. Our complete previous coverage of Barns Courtney, including a cheeky interview at SXSW 2016 is collected right through here.

 

Charles Watson / May and June 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 12th February 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Newly established as a solo artist, Charles Watson (also known here at TGTF as part of indie pop duo Slow Club) has announced a list of UK headline shows to follow the upcoming release of his debut LP ‘Now That I’m a River’. The album is due out on the 18th of May via Moshi Moshi. Watson’s headline tour will begin the following evening at Ramsgate Music Hall and extend through the first part of June.

Along with the tour announcement, Watson has also unveiled a new promo video for the surprisingly groovy album track ‘Abandoned Buick’.  Directed by Jacob Wyatt and Alistair Baines and produced by RND Media, the promo is simple in design and has the same lo-fi vibe as the song itself. Watson, for his part, is equally low-key in his commentary. “Although the new video for ‘Abandoned Buick’ may at first appear to be just some clever camera work, a clapped-out Mercedes and deceptive shots of my manager wearing exactly the same jacket as me,” he quips, “it is, in fact, evidence that I have successfully achieved my life long goal of having a touring clone”.

You can watch the video for ‘Abandoned Buick’ just below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now. And ICYMI, our review of ‘No Fanfare’, the first single from ‘Now That I’m a River’, is right back this way.

Saturday 19th May 2018 – Ramsgate Music Hall
Monday 21st May 2018 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – Bristol Louisiana
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 24th May 2018 – Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 26th May 2018 – London LSO St Luke’s
Sunday 27th May 2018 – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Tuesday 29th May 2018 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 30th May 2018 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Thursday 31st May 2018 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Friday 1st June 2018 – Glasgow Hug and Pint
Saturday 2nd June 2018 – Sheffield Picture House Social

 
 
 

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