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

The Robbie Boyd Band – I Won’t Let You Go

The Robbie Boyd Band have achieved a lot in just under two years; having had several spins on BBC Radio 2, shared the stage with The Kooks at Harvest at Jimmy’s Festival, Johnny Flynn at Get Loaded in the Park and The Delays at the 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and amassed over 370,000 views on their official YouTube channel.

Now, they have just released their debut single ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ and EP ‘Autumn’s Flown’ and have a UK tour planned for May/June.

Front man Robbie’s enchanting songwriting and distinctive vocals, combined with the band’s colourful arrangements and nostalgic harmonies, result in a contemporary Folk-Pop sound.

The debut single ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ (which you can  listen to below) is a perfect example of this, with its upbeat musicianship and irresistibly infectious chorus destined to have a lasting effect on you. The song has already been played on BBC Radio 2 by Graham Norton, BBC Introducing by Tom Robinson, BBC Manchester by Darryl Morrisand Q Radio by Caroline Bevan. The band have also performed a live session for Jo Good’s Late Show on BBC London Radio.

Robbie’s song ‘Oh Alaska’ was his first to be played on BBC Radio 2 by Sir Tim Rice, and has now made the finals of the International Songwriting Competition based in Nashville.

The band’s uplifting live performances have seen them quickly establish a large and loyal international fan base of more than 7,000 Facebook fans, with shows already played in France, Austria and Italy, and their most recent London appearances at The Bedford and The Bowery were both sell outs.

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