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Album Review: Guillemots – Hello Land!

 
By on Tuesday, 17th July 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Guillemots come into 2012 with an ambitious project. Not content to spend months writing and recording an album, then waiting for management to put together an appropriate media package so they can tour relentlessly to promote said album, Guillemots are creating four, yes four, albums this year. At least they plan to. In a self admission of guilt, they acknowledge that the first of these seasonal albums, ‘Hello Land!’ was ‘late’, not hitting the streets until May. Recorded in Norway about an hour north of Oslo, ‘Hello Land!’ is evocative of the craggy, isolated, surreal beauty found in that Nordic country. The band described the village where they hunkered down as their own private Narnia. Ever interested in experimenting with their sound, the album is clearly a departure from their offering from last year, ‘Walk the River’.

I initially thought that each of the four albums would be more like EPs, shorter and with slightly less polished. That notion was supported when I saw that the first album had only eight songs and the first was a very short instrumental introduction. But with the remaining songs averaging over 6 minutes, there are no shortcuts here. It’s full of meaty, albeit dreamy tracks that were fashioned with love and attention. But clearly their days of ‘wild’ experimentation are behind them.

‘Hello Land!’ opens with an instrumental piece that highlights the talents of the Norwegian Flute Ensemble to give an ethereal quality that sets the tone of the album. This type of orchestral element is planned for each of the four releases this year. Local brass band Jaren Hornmusikkforening is also featured on tracks throughout the album. The album takes us on an upward trajectory of otherworldly tracks to its pinnacle, ‘Outside’, where there is return to the more familiar Guillemots sound. The remaining three tracks take us back down, with one of them being the extended, 9-minute instrumental track ‘Byebyeland’, before closing with the pulsing ‘I Lie Down’. But the stand out track is ‘Southern Wind’. Calling to mind the lonely windswept mountain peaks of the Norwegian village where it was recorded, the song speaks to making your own way in life. Complete with the crackle of a fire and the whistle of a kettle, the track winds through the completion of the pensive portion of the album.

I can see how fans of their previous works could see this atmospheric collection as an unwelcomed departure from what they love about Guillemots, but growing and changing is the hallmark of a maturing band. Perhaps the second in the cycle will show us something entirely different again. With the craft they put into this first album, I’m a little skeptical that we will see three more albums in the next 5 and a half months, but I could be very wrong. There may be another one right around the corner.

7/10

‘Hello Land!’, one of a purported four releases this year from Guillemots, is available now. Download album track ‘Fleet’ from this previous MP3 of the Day post.

 

MP3 of the Day (and more!) #575: Guillemots

 
By on Thursday, 5th July 2012 at 10:00 am
 

There’s exciting news from Guillemots. First, there’s apparently more albums beyond ‘Hello Land!’ to be released this year. Fyfe Dangerfield suspects the next album will be released in August. (But just in case like me you don’t have the album yet, you can grab the track ‘Fleet’ from the album for free in the widget below.)

Second, the band wanted to share with everyone a version of ‘Fleet’ recorded live at Positive Blackout at London Village Underground. Third, Dangerfield will be doing some sort of Twitter chat in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6l7lyoRmno[/youtube]

 

Preview: 2000 Trees Festival

 
By on Thursday, 17th May 2012 at 9:00 am
 

Winner of the Grass Roots Festival award at 2010’s UK Festival Awards, 2000 Trees (12-14 July) has quickly become a staple part of the boutique festival scene. Since its early beginnings in 2007 with just a 1000-person capacity, this year 4500 people will don their wellies and head on down to Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire. And what a line-up they have to offer.

Headlining the 2-day extravaganza are the post-rock favourites 65DaysOfStatic  and Brummy indie cohorts Guillemots (pictured at top). But it’s not just the Main Stage bill-toppers to excite the crowd, TGTF faves Dry the River are also making an appearance as well as the new-found-folkies The Futureheads. But the biggest coup of the weekend is the booking of Hundred Reasons who 2000 Trees have tried to snap up for the past four years, and it’s finally happened. They’ll be performing their 2002 Top 10 album ‘Ideas Above Our Station’ in its entirety.

But that’s not all 2000 Trees has in its arsenal, since the introduction of the new ‘heavy stage’ last year – dubbed The Cave – interest has skyrocketed from alternative music fans. Invading The Cave this year are Three Trapped Tigers, Pulled Apart By Horses, Future Of The Left, Gallows, Rolo Tomassi and Lower Than Atlantis to name a few.

To keep the festival especially green, all of the bands are from the UK to cut down on fuel costs and emissions. And this summer weekend truly does showcase some of the best new music that Britain has to offer, from varying ends of the spectrum. And there’s a brilliant new-age hippy vibe, what’s not to love?

Unfortunately 2000 Trees is sold out this year, but there may still be competitions running to win tickets or you could hassle your friends with tickets into selling it to you. Because one thing’s for certain, it’s going to be a special weekend for British music.

 

MP3 of the Day #473: Guillemots

 
By on Thursday, 12th January 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Last month we gave you Friends Electric‘s remix of Guillemots‘ ‘I Don’t Feel Amazing’. (Missed it? No worries, you can still get it from the previous MP3 of the Day post.) Here’s another Guillemots remix: it’s a reinterpretation of ‘I Must Be a Lover’ by L’Étranger (producer Ben Thomas). People on Soundcloud love it, so why don’t you give it a try below and if you like it, download it for free and add it to your mp3 collection.

 

MP3 of the Day #461: Guillemots

 
By on Monday, 19th December 2011 at 10:00 am
 

The Guillemots track ‘I Don’t Feel Amazing’ has been remixed by Friends Electric. Guillemots aren’t a New Wave band, so this is definitely an interesting take on the original. Listen to and download it below.

 

Guillemots / October and November 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 4th August 2011 at 3:00 pm
 

Guillemots have announced a sizable tour of the UK for this autumn. The tour kicks off in Portsmouth on the 30th of October and finishes in fine fashion on the 17th of November at London’s Koko. The general ticket sale begins tomorrow (Friday 5 August) at 9 AM.

Sunday 30th October 2011 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Monday 31st October 2011 – Brighton Old Market
Wednesday 2nd November 2011 – Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 3rd November 2011 – Falmouth Princess Pavilion
Friday 4th November 2011 – Bristol Trinity
Saturday 5th November 2011 – Liverpool Stanley Theatre
Monday 7th November 2011 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Tuesday 8th November 2011 – Newcastle Riverside
Wednesday 9th November 2011 – Birmingham HMV Library
Thursday 10th November 2011 – Crewe Box
Saturday 12th November 2011 – Hull Tokyo
Sunday 13th November 2011 – Leeds Cockpit
Monday 14th November 2011 – Oxford O2 Academy 2
Tuesday 15th November 2011 – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 17th November 2011 – London Koko

 
 
 

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