13th studio album, ‘Winter’ from New Model Army

 

New Model Army have had a recent resurgence in both creativity and popularity. Their recent two sister albums, Between Dog & Wolf (2013) and Between Wine & Blood (2014), opened up new creative doors for the band, and attracted a lot of positive reviews, as well as seeing chart success in the UK for the first time in several years.

Their 13th studio album, ‘Winter’ is to be released 26 August on their own label Attack Attack. Thirteen tracks that bear the familiar trademark passion and urgency that have marked NMA since their early post-punk days of the 80s. Forever stepping aside any push to place them into a box their albums have all carried a particular identity. ‘Winter’ is fundamentally a rock album, more aggressive than their recent offerings, and delivered with an intensity and romance that whets the appetite for those queuing up to see them tour this Autumn.
The opening bars of the first track ‘Beginning’ pound with a rather turgid distorted bass, and a few listeners unfamiliar with NMA may stumble at this hurdle, but gradually the track opens up. The second half builds to a fervent conclusion with the lyric pleading through clenched fist to ‘hold on!’ The outro soars and leads seamlessly into the politically charged and swaggering ‘Burn the Castle’. A strong start to a strong album.

The title track ‘Winter’ follows. Gentler and more vulnerable, but not relinquishing in it’s imperativeness. Released this week as a double A side 7″ with the track ‘Devil’, both different in feel and real growers with repeated listens.
Lyrically, the wonder of nature is often referenced in NMA lyrics, and along with almost seer-like words of wisdom and biblical references, there is a tension between hope, faith, beauty and injustice throughout this album as there has been on others. ‘Part the Waters’, referencing a modern day exodus, and ‘Die Trying’ that poignantly highlights the plight of those who’ve subsequently made it as far as Calais, are examples of Justin Sullivan’s ability to take such pertinent issues such as human migration and balance this against history and the need for justice and deliverance. In his words, this is very much an album that speaks to those in difficult places. The songs that follow may tell other stories, but a similar vein runs throughout – yearning and searching – bringing a cohesiveness that does make for an essential listen.

NMA have long since left the post-punk that marked their earlier albums. However, there is a fresh energy in their song writing that is strongly reminiscent of those earlier times, and with a meticulous maturity in the production ‘Winter’ is beautiful in places, tangible and engaging.
Despite never appealing to the main stream, NMA have kept themselves a step ahead. Anticipating changes in the music industry and outlasting many of their peers. Long term artistic collaborator Joolz Denby provides the outwork as she has always done and it is exciting to see her talents broadening. They still move under the radar in the UK despite the likes of BBC 6 championing their music. Maybe this is what keeps them relevant and sensitive to the zeitgeist.

‘Winter’ can be purchased on all the usual formats, including double gatefold vinyl. If you’ve not listened to NMA before, this is a good time to start.

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Kria delivers new E.P with amazing alternative dark electronic compositions

 

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KRÍA is a London based artist originally from Reykjavík, Iceland. She began playing the piano when she was six and sang in various choirs until her late teens.

KRÍA began taking classical singing lessons and wrote her first song at 21 while experimenting with garage band.

KRÍA writes and produces all of her songs and uses two drummers during her live performances.

KRÍA studied creative vocals at The institute of contemporary music performance  and producing her debut EP in august 2015. KRÍA then started gigging on her own around London and was joined by two drummers.

KRÍA’s line up currently consists of:

KRÍA – vocals, synth, sampler
Adam – Drums
Nathan – Drums

Kria talks about the origin of her name “ With the name I asked my mom what I should call my project and she just said ‘KRÍA’. KRÍA is the Icelandic word for an arctic tern (a bird).

KRÍA  is influenced and inspired by “space, aliens, horror movies, the hidden people from Icelandic folk tales, ghosts and musically by acts like The streets, GusGus, Fever Ray and Massive Attack. 

Kria has performed all over the U.K including the O2 academy in Islington and embarked on a tour of the north of England in 2015.

KRÍA’s second E.P was produced by Rupert Roberts, Rotem Haguel and Jak Kobayashi-Owen. The E.P is entitled “Altaka” and features the brand new single “Levels”.

Kria has recently been booked to play for Formula 1 in singpore 2016.

The E.P will be released on Rare Candy Records on 29 August 2016 with distribution from Universal Music Operations worldwide.

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http://www.kr1amusic.com

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Close the Gate by Japanese Fighting Fish lights up our alternative Lanterns

BBC 6 Music faves Japanese Fighting Fish unleash new single and album  “Swimming with Piranhas”

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In 2009  the mysterious Ishii christened the Leeds theatrical space funk rock band Japanese Fighting Fish and they continue to blast out tunes in his honour to this day.

The Fish are no longer what they once were: in 2011  debut album “Just Before We Go MAD” experimented with South American rhythms, fierce vocals  and grunge guitars.

2013 saw the release of the punkier and louder second album “Day Bombs”  recorded in several skuzzy garages in Leeds and London on a considerably lower budget than the Foo Fighters album that inspired it.

Now the theatrical beast returns with third album “Swimming with Piranhas” this time recorded at Air-Edel Studio in London, mastered by Tim Young (Everything Everything, Elbow, Massive Attack, The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Beatles ) and injects hooks  fuzz  funk and S P A C E into the Fish Tank.

J.F.F  the band has racked up an impressive resume  including busy summers alongside the likes of Wild Beasts, The Stranglers  and Babyhead at Shambala Festival, Beat-Herder Festival, Weyfest  and Beacons Festival. 

The video “Don’t Wanna Be Bat  Man” received 145k views in its initial week on Facebook and the band has received continued support and air time from Kerrang, Planet Rock  Absolute Radio  and Amazing Radio  and more recently from BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music with the single “Queen Marilyn”.

J.F.F are likened to Faith No More, Electric Six, System of a Down, QOTSA, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus  and Frank Zappa.

The Tom Robinson Show   – “What a glorious noise”

BBC 6 Music – “Oddball Leeds/London noise terrorists on the verge of greatness”

BIG CHEESE Magazine – “Quirky  angular guitar hooks crushing riffs and a sense of flair and humour”.

The brand new single is “Close the Gate”.

Online:

http://www.japanesefightingfish.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/Japanesefightingfishuk

https://soundcloud.com/japanese-fighting-fish

https://twitter.com/jffuk

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The AutoClaus–New album and single “Pop Party People”

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New single release from the album “Machine Mind” by The AutoClaus . The album is based on themes of what might happen if artificial intelligence decided to do its own thing following its creation by humanity.

After all work has been taken over by intelligent machines there is little else for people to do but party on !

It is a bright feel good Summer song. The new concept album Machine Mind has a story-line running through the 17 tracks based on what artificial intelligence might make of us in the future!

The AutoClaus says ” AutoClaus is a unique virtual artist which through the album relays the viewpoint of the A.I. to us about various cause and effect scenarios that may occur as a result of its creation. `The Auto Clause` means that automatic consequences will follow”.

Pop Party People is out now on Yoff Music and produced by project mastermind Francis Robert Foy.

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“Chasing the Half Moon” is out now from legendary Ohio band Soul Chatter

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Soul Chatter are a rock/Indie/folk band based in Cleveland, Ohio at the southern shore of Lake Erie.

The band consists of: Brian Stepien ( Song writer lyricist, vocals, piano ), Dale Schmitt ( Keyboards, horns, strings, bass ) , Jim Monica ( Guitars ), George Hart ( Drums ) and Mike Docy taking care of Sound engineering and production.

The Core members of Soul Chatter formed in the early 80’s under the name Progress In April but later changed their name to Soul Chatter. Frontman Brian Stepien says “ We were always an original band, keeping the core members and floating it players for instrumental needs like cello, trumpet, percussion etc”.

Soul Chatter are influenced by artists like Van Morrison, early Rolling Stones, early Elton John, CCR, Dire Straits, Jason Isbell and Counting Crows. 

Soul Chatter’s music delivers movement, melody, dynamics, soul and lyrics that matter. Singer Brian Stepien says “ we lean heavily on real song structure, something that folks will get stuck in their heads and remember”. Soul Chatter’s music has been described as sophisticated, like Steely Dan by Geffen Records.

Their new album “Chasing The Half Moon” was produced by Mike Docy in Ohio and unleashes 9 new songs crafted in 2015/6.  In their own words “These are songs dealing with the world that we all live in.  There is both romance and isolation, caution and optimism, the stuff of the soul are all well-represented.  The music is an energetic mix of traditional rock and roll with modern production values.  We have taken the standard instrumentation and tossed in trumpet, cello, organ, even pizzicato strings”.

The melodic new single “ Chasing the Half Moon” is out now worldwide.

Online:

https://soulchattermusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/soulchattermusic

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Morrissey reeling at the British

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We are used to Morrissey reeling at the British and European but, on Tuesday, he wrote a lengthy piece on the upcoming U.S. election.
Morrissey is most certainly a Bernie Sanders fan, whose campaign he called “sane and intelligent and measured”. His words for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, along with the U.S. media, is much closer to his normal rantings.
The singer also thinks that the American people should have a box on the ballot that says “no confidence in either nominee”. We could get behind that ideas.
Morrissey’s complete comment:

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Although the gunman who massacred 49 people at an Orlando gay club is said to have been ‘repulsed’ by homosexuality, he nonetheless left behind a slew of self-adoring ‘selfies’; a handsome man gazing enchantedly at his own face. It is therefore acceptable for him to lovingly admire his own maleness, but it is not OK for other men to like other men. Does Islamic scripture say it is fitting for a man to sit alone taking adoring photographs of himself? I doubt it.
Meanwhile, Donald Thump, probably America’s next President, reacts to the Orlando massacre by explaining how, if the people within the club were themselves armed with guns, then there would have been fewer casualties. This, of course, is his way of avoiding any words of support to the Orlando gay community (it is their own fault for going into a nightclub without hand grenades). Donald Thump would therefore probably claim that the massacred children of Sandy Hook would still be alive today if only they’d had the common sense to carry sawn-off shotguns to school. The Thump response to Orlando is therefore anti-gay and pro-gun possession. Ann Coulter will be waving her baseball cap and cheering. It’s all going so well for America!

Unfortunately, CNN obliged the gunman once again with a flashing flood of publicity – which is all he ever wanted, and which will encourage the next shooter to prepare for international fame. Why show the gunman’s face? Nobody needs to see it.
The larger disaster is the two leading faces in the presidential race, as the world prepares to shake its head in disbelief when the new president is named. Clinton is the face and voice of pooled money (and will therefore repay the established elite with whatever they want if she is elected), and Donald Thump is George Wallace – hating just about anyone who doesn’t happen to be Donald Thump. Surely this is not 2016 America?

Thump’s only achievement so far is in making Sarah Palin seem intelligent, which, admittedly, is so difficult as to be a colossal strike in his favor.

The true victory of the presidential race has been the independent success of Bernie Sanders, whose approach has been so sane and intelligent and measured that he has been therefore all but entirely ignored by the U.S. media, who cannot understand anyone who is not blood-thirsty. This is because Bernie Sanders is human, and one who unusually did not gain his position because of several billion invested dollars. His many primary successes in the presidential race have been headlined as LOSS FOR CLINTON, whereas a Clinton win has not ever been headlined as LOSS FOR SANDERS.

Bernie Sanders has been pushed out by the media because the idea of a self-made man who does not crave international war is completely alien to such as Fox News. The idea of a man who is popular because he calls for world peace and for rescue of the environment cannot provide outraged headlines for CNN, who have devoted their online news page to Donald Thump long before Thump was even a logical contender.

Thump doing absolutely nothing has been more newsworthy to CNN than Sanders’ state-to-state victories.

Ballot papers for 2016 should include a NO CONFIDENCE IN EITHER NOMINEE box, and it is this box that would collect the most votes.

Clinton and Thump may be popular with the party faithful – but the party faithful aren’t that large, and are not America, therefore a sad day looms in November – a day that only Bernie Sanders could have saved – had he been allowed his rightful share of media support. But, clearly, the presidential election really is none of your business. Did you ever seriously think it was ?

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Undiscovered Television launch a Jazzy masterpiece

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Undiscovered Television, or UTV, is a 4 piece band based in London, who formed in 2015 and now release their debut album Gypsy In A High Rise and their single Smedley Butler’s War .

Andy says: “I wrote these 8 pieces to be part of a whole. Yes it’s a post jazz concept album. Rhythmically they span time signatures from 1 through to 11 and deliberately play with angular harmonic ideas to paint a picture of ethnic dislocation and regrouping, of the call of the big city and of dreams stolen in motorway service stations, overwhelmed by new forms and unfamiliar life patterns, and of having to find joy and humour in that”.

UTV, consists of James Arben on soprano sax, Andy Lale on 8 string guitar, Martin Teshome playing cello and drums and percussion from Phil Clarke.

These instruments have been chosen consciously and compositionally to compliment the full range of the cello and 8 string guitar, which has two bass notes pitched below the usual 6 string guitar. The overall effect is created to evoke unexpected voices through the triggering of samples and pads. Andy is attempting to recreate and build on the soundscape of a jazz quartet.

Andy wanted to see how the cello and guitar might work together, trading bass lines, comparing the instruments ability to be chordal and to fully explore the instruments’ respective qualities for creating solos. 

Arben has recorded on BBC National Radio numerous times, been live on BBC TV, at lectures at BIMM London and at the Institute of Contemporary Music. James studied with Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint, Bobby Lamb, Ralph Alessi and Bob Mintzer.

Arben has performed at Glastonbury Festival in the UK and at other major festivals in Europe, Australia, South Africa, Japan and Brazil. He has played with many renowned musicians including The Heliocentrics, Molotov JukeBox, jazz funk soul band Down to the Bone, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Tony Visconti, Maxi Priest, Digby Fairweather, Rufus Reid, Finn Peters and Finley Quaye.

Martin Teshome is an eclectic cellist who is classically trained and experienced in jazz, Klezmer and Carnatic music. He was a member of a South Indian-Western classical fusion project Nada Notes, and is a member of the London Chamber Players.  Martin has attended master classes with Frank London and has performed in the UK, Italy, Hungary and Germany and Japan.

Phil Clark has worked with Royal Philharmonic conductor David Murphy composing pieces for Sinfonia Verdi, and studied with Bob Armstrong, John Taylor, Mark Roberts and Ralph Salmins. Phil plays live across the UK, and has recorded with Pete Doherty and his contemporary, the late Alan Wass, Mick Jones, Samuel Lane, John Fairhurst and many more and worked with producers U2’s Mark Wallis and Oasis’ Peter Dehavilland.

Andy Lale’s main focus is post jazz composition and improvisation. He studied improvisation with free jazz legend John Stevens, composition with Hugh McDowell of ELO and Jazz Guitar with Charles Alexander (Jazz Wise magazine). He has worked with free jazz bassist John Edwards, in the UK and in Europe with punk jazz outfit B Shops For the Poor. Andy has also played his own compositions at the Royal Festival Hall and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London

The band’s biggest inspiration and influences include Pat Metheny, particularly The Way Up, Miles Davies, especially his cool jazz in the 1940s quintet Kind of Blue, Joe Zawinul and Third Stream, a musical genre midway between jazz and classical, termed by composer Gunther Schuller in 1957, The European free jazz movement with preference for John Stevens and Carla Bley.

The debut album by Gypsy In A High Rise is 56 minutes of improvisation and composition, recorded to a high quality, which includes a solo by cellist Ben Davies, who has played with composer and improvisation trumpet player Laura Jurd and live saxophone by James Arben.

UTV’s album Gypsy In A High Rise and single Smedley Butler’s War will be released on July 1st 2016 on Matchbox Recordings. The album is produced by Andy Lale and engineered by Nicholas Oloffson at Kore Studios London and mastered by Mandy Parnel.

Website: http://www.postjazz.rocks/

https://twitter.com/utvcontact

YouTube: http://bit.ly/1TnrsEu

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Music Lanterns shines light on EP and single My Place in the Sun by Reevox

Reevox is a multifaceted band lead by composer Umberto de Martino accompanied by a team of friends including musicians, singers, graphic designers and producers known as Purple Age.

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 11.38.43Mainly influenced by 70’s rock, America’s West Coast radio sound and the 80 ‘s new wave sound from the UK, Reevox music combines a retro feel with contemporary electro pop.

Reevox’s multi-faceted sound inherits a soulful and elegant pop inspired by greats such as Bowie, Pink Floyd, Prefab Sprout, Beck, ELO and Roxy Music, Neil Young, Steely Dan and Depeche Mode, which they infuse with a modern vision, inspired by MGMT, Phoenix, Boz Scaggs, Air, Archive, Radiohead, Fink and Air.

Umberto was born in Belgium to a Russian mother and an Italian father. He grew up in Paris and as a teenager, he starts moving between NY and L.A, where he has lived for the last two years.

The vast musical culture of the United States of America has led to Umberto to becoming a cosmopolitan musician and composer who adds his own brand of multi-cultural soul to his love of Anglo-Saxon pop.

My Place In The Sun is out now in the U.K with distribution from Universal Music Operations.

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Buy My Place in the Sun by Reevox now on iTunes

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Music Lanterns takes a shine to forthcoming rock releases from Falling Doves

Falling Doves formed in 2014 and comprise of old friends and professional touring musicians. Leyva started the band with an exhilarating brand of high octane rock and roll, topped with a pop edge that keeps the songs ringing in your ears long after the last strum has been played.

Falling Doves are recognisable for their whiskey-laced vocals and lyrically confessional songs played with aggressive vigour.

The four-piece is comprised of Christopher Leyva on vocals and guitar with Kyle Jordan Mueller on drums, Clint Feddersen on bass and Mike Dorsey on lead guitar. Although the songs are written by Christopher, all members of the band are involved in the creation of The Falling Doves’ sound from inception through to mastering.

Christopher Leyva says the band members are not only friends who were around when he wrote the songs but also, “fans of my music and songwriting, which really comes across in the performance. They know all the lyrics and I can really set loose on a stage with them.”

The band will be on the road for most of 2016, promoting their debut album, with a tour of Europe planned for this autumn and then another American tour.

Christopher Leyva, originally from Mexico, has appeared on numerous TV shows as a musician, performer and actor such as on Veronica Mars, shot in San Diego and as a contestant on dating show MTV Score, which asked male suitors to write and perform an original song in one day to win a holiday date with the girl.

Christopher studied songwriting with Steve Poltz who has worked with American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, author and poet Jewel (Kilcher) and were mentored by Danny Wilde and Phil Solem of The Rembrandts, the band behind I’ll Be There For You, the title track of sitcom Friends.

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 15.53.16Leyva was also mentored by San Diego synthpop band Red Flag, which led to him making numerous recordings. Before going on tour, Christopher is known in Liverpool, UK where he performs at events for non-profit organisations and hospitals. In 2008 he was recognized by The Recording Academy which celebrates music through their Grammy Award and Christopher now votes in the Academy.

Christopher founded recording label, management and promotions group, Black Cherry Music Group, and he focuses on education and career advancement opportunities for new bands, while endorsing guitars and Blackwing Amplifiers as their official brand ambassador.

Rick Parker and Skyler Lutes were the producing partners of the album Doves of War, working remotely at Rick Parker Productions in Beachwood Canyon Los Angeles and additional work was completed at Skybeat Studios in Ocean Beach, also in California.

Falling Doves’ single Paris will be released on 24th June 2016 and their album Doves of War is out on 16th September 2016 on RMN Records.

For tour dates and venues, please visit the band’s website and click on the Shows tab:

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Music Lanterns highlights Rene Byrd’s Never Never Never ft John Holt

Rene Byrd started her musical career as a singer songwriter by participating in numerous talent contests inter-college competition based in London, which nurtured stars including Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield. Then, aged 14, she joined a band as a backup vocalist.

Rene is third generation West Indian and she comes from a religious and musical background. Her father was a music producer and her uncle is a Gospel singer known as Bishop John Francis who had a gospel TV show broadcasted on Channel 4 called People Get Ready. Francis’ choir sang once for Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show.

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 14.33.10Rene recalls: ‘it was a regular occurrence to see my uncle on TV and he inspired me to sing. His voice is amazing!’ Her most vivid memory as a young child was being side-stage at an open-air concert in London watching Sade, Sting and Tracey Chapman perform which blew her away. So inspired was Rene that she ran on stage, grabbed the mic and spoke to the crowd.

Rene has performed at Elstree Film Studios, at a TG Foundation’s charity event featuring Lady Gaga’s designer Vera Thordardottir, at Paris Fashion Week and on Live at The Forge, Delancey Street in Camden, London. Three special performances include with Tracee Ellis Ross for her popular sitcom Read Between the Lines, an electric set at private club Annabel’s in London’s Mayfair and a performance at the National Art Gallery for the Prime Minister of Lithuania, accompanied by musicians who work with George Michael and Emeli Sandé.

Rene’s performances in both the UK and USA will be produced and promoted by Roy Francis, who works with acts ranging from pop artist Michelle Williams of Destiny Child, American gospel duo Mary Mary and hip hop star Trey Songz. Rene has performed with her brother Tez-lee, who has also written and produced songs on her forthcoming album.

Rene is involved in quite a bit of charity work campaigning for teens and children and raising awareness about ovarian cancer, outside of her music career. She is the Official Ambassador for The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK.

Rene Byrd’s single Never Never Never featuring John Holt is released on DreamBoxx Productions.

Never Never Never is played at the end of this Discover Music Show interview

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