Video Wall 2

Here’s another selection of videos that have come our way recently, mostly with albums in the offing. First on Video Wall 2 is Seth Lakeman from his forthcoming Ballad Of The Broken Few. This is the title track live from Torre Abbey featuring Wildwood Kin.

This is ‘Free Range’ by Nottingham band Gallery47. It comes from their album Clean which is released in November.

Here’s Bendith, a new collaboration between Welsh bands Colorama and Plu. ‘Danybanc’ is the single from their eponymous album which is absolutely wonderful but you’ll have to wait until October to get your hands on a copy.

Shovels & Rope are a duo from South Carolina. ‘I Know’ is from their new album Little Seeds which is also out in October. This is fun.

In October 2015, the record-breaking cyclist James Bowthorpe set out to build a boat from the debris and discarded materials found on the streets of Manhattan. He then took the boat to the source of the Hudson, a tiny pond called Lake Tear Of The Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains and sailed all 315 miles of the Hudson River, through ice, snow, and grade-four white water to return the boat, made solely from New York City’s waste, to its place of origin. This film uses the single ‘Tides’ by Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards to illustrate James’ not always trouble-free journey.

Finally, this is all we have as a taster for singer/harpist Georgia Ruth’s new album Fossil Scale, out in November. This is ‘The Doldrums’.

New album from Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards

Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards

Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards will release their new album Memory through The state51 Conspiracy on 6th May. Written and produced by Dan Michaelson and mixed by Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine and the Queens), the album was recorded at The Premises, London and will be available on CD, vinyl and as a download. Memory is the follow up to 2014’s much-celebrated Distance and the final installment in an album trilogy that commenced with Blindspot in 2013. Michaelson, who will perform at How The Light Gets In Festival on 2nd June, recently scored the music for BAFTA-winning BBC series Detectorists, starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones.

As the album title suggests, memory is one of the key themes explored on the record. Michaelson, who admits he has “almost zero memory”, ponders the impact and consequence of our ability, or inability, to remember and how our recollections are often warped and reinterpreted. “There’s very little I could say with any authority about my past,” he says. “Memory’s role in retelling a fact and slowly shaping it into a fiction without my consent, keeps rewriting my history. Songs are a way of freezing a moment recollected before it moves on without me.”

From the sparse, minimal Blindspot (2013) to the relatively more replete Distance (2014) and concluding with Memory, the trilogy retains a type of ‘epic minimalism’ Michaelson was trying to achieve musically. “I went looking for a way to carry what I’d written. Memory is the end point of this particular story. In my small world, Blindspot is the script, Distance is the play, and Memory is the widescreen movie.”

Thematically, there’s also a common thread running through the trilogy; from ‘lost love’ through ‘acceptance’ and finally ‘reflection’. “I’ve recorded moments that were once raw, important or significant but now have layers and layers of memory overlapping and are unrealistic. I want to keep trying to pin down a moment before it’s lost”.

Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards are Dan Michaelson (vocals, guitar, piano), Henry Spenner (drums), Laurie Earle (guitar, piano) and Horse (guitar). Joining them on Memory are Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers (bass), Ali Friend (double bass), Gabriel Stebbing (cello), Johnny Flynn (violin and flugelhorn), Jin Theriault (baritone sax), Yusuf Narcin (trombone) and Christo Squire (alto sax).

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Artists’ website:  www.danmichaelsonandthecoastguards.co.uk