BOHO DANCER: ‘Gemini’ Special Edition Album Reissue

Out in May on Slow Shark Records

Danish trio Boho Dancer are to announce the release of a special extended version of their acclaimed debut album ‘Gemini’, featuring the addition of three brand new bonus tracks. The offering is scheduled for UK release in May 2014

The addition of three bonus tracks for UK audiences, ‘Me & Your God’, ‘Pistols’ and ‘Good Vibrations’, constitutes a significant furthering of the themes present throughout ‘Gemini’ and considerably adds to the natural progression and organic culmination of the album.

Boho Dancer’s enchanting folk-pop, with its quirkily appealing vocals and intricate melodies, has gained them a considerable following in their native Denmark and is rapidly winning them fans across the rest of the world. The music is highly emotional yet accessible, and there are dark, almost gothic overtones, “a melancholic Nordic vibe”, as Ida puts it. Meanwhile, the singing is equally cute and cutting and the lyrics express a worldview that is childlike yet weary. Like fairytales for adults. Influenced by the classic songwriting of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake and by more contemporary exponents of folk-inflected pop such as Local Natives, Fleet Foxes and First Aid Kit, Boho Dancer also bring a certain indefinable Nordic quality to bear on their songwriting.

The album is a haunting delight, with songs about good friends and bad weather, love in general and the local landscape, that, even at their most delicate, have the power to haunt long after they’ve finished.

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‘Boho Dancer’s music is so sweet yet so sad… it’s tempered by a childlike fragility that makes the songs sound like whimsical folk for fairy tales with a sinister undertow.’ – The Guardian

‘Bewitching Acid Folk with a deeply personal edge, their intertwining harmonies, their intricate song structures are matched to an unusual directness.’ – Clash

Artists’ website: https://www.facebook.com/Bohodancer

Daisy Chapman – Music To Make The Angels Jealous

daisy-chapman100‘Jealous Angels’ is the second single taken from Shameless Winter, the enchanting album by Daisy Chapman. Due for release on Monday 24th March 2014, the accompanying tour continues Daisy’s passion for travel; and for engaging audiences with musical beauty across the UK, Europe and beyond.

The album itself is an account of this passion. Daisy has dedicated her life to her art, honestly detailing her experiences with her songs, and the new single is no different:

“I write about the things I do, the things I read, the things I observe whilst on the road, so every song is close to my heart, whether it’s obvious to the listener or not. You’re getting a peek into my soul with every lyric”

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Having previously supported Nashville USA artist Jenn Bostic on tour in 2013, alongside from playing for Nick Cave at his birthday in San Francisco to a recent 15 date tour of Germany and France, the new selected dates include supports for current British buzz act Emma Stevens.  Her music is dynamic and melodic, refined in instrumentation and full of vocal energy. Audiences the world over are being inspired, and her fan base is constantly increasing due to the spellbinding nature of her performances.

Watch the video for new single ‘Jealous Angels’, due for release on Monday 24th March 2014, here:

“Instantly captivating.” – The Independent                     

 “Watch this woman, she’ll go far.” – BBC Introducing

Artist’s website:  www.daisychapman.com

STARK: Blues with a banjo

Stark3Stark brings together three highly creative musicians – lead singer and guitarist Jamie Francis, drummer Evan Carson and bassist Josh Franklin. Together, they are pushing the boundaries and taking the blues somewhere very new.

Jamie grew up in Maryport, West Cumbria, and played his first ever gig on the Maryport Blues Festival Trail at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was lucky enough to see legends like Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards play the main stage at Maryport. Then, as he got older, he was blown away by The White Stripes – and found out that Jack White was influenced by blues greats like Son House and Robert Johnson. Somehow all roads led back to the blues…

Jamie paid his dues in several Cumbrian bands, including Feed Me, who made a name for themselves in the blues world – opening the main stage at Maryport in 2010, getting a track played by Paul Jones on Radio 2, performing in venues like Charlotte Street Blues, and receiving rave reviews for their CD ‘Blood on the Moon’ from ‘Blues in Britain’, ‘Blues Matters’ and ‘R2 Magazine’.

By the time he turned 19, Jamie had played over 200 gigs and had opened for famous blues artists including Sherman Robertson, Matt Schofield, Marcus Bonfanti, Ian Siegal and The Hoax.

He then headed down to the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM), which has produced some outstanding young blues musicians in recent years, including Dani Wilde and Ben Poole. There, Jamie gained a first-class music degree and became known as one of the best young guitarists on the Brighton scene, specialising in top-class slide and finger-picking. While studying at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, he met drummer Evan Carson and bassist Josh Franklin, and Stark was born.

Evan is a gifted and versatile drummer who has studied with renowned percussionists, including Damian Manning, Pat Garvey, Cormac Byrne and Alex Reeves, and has toured Europe several times. His performing experience has encompassed everything from samba to prog rock, and he once had the great pleasure of playing with jazz legend Sir Johnny Dankworth.

Brought up in a musical family, Josh grew up playing an eclectic mix of Motown, funk, Beatles and hard rock. Starting on piano before moving onto bass, he built his musical knowledge on solid foundations. He is a brilliant bassist, who brings unique melodic flair and feel to the band.

Stark have come a long way in a short time. They have already started making waves on the British festival circuit, having appeared at Tenby Blues, Bowness Bay Blues, The Alternative Escape and the Brighton Festival Fringe. They have been featured as a Critic’s Choice in Time Out, and R2 magazine described their last CD as ‘an unexpected joy’.

StarkFor the last three years, they have been honing their songwriting and performance skills, recording, producing and releasing their own music – to huge critical acclaim. Their highly original blend of 1930s American blues and British prog rock, their infectious melodies, poetic lyrics and unique arrangements are winning Stark a dedicated and growing fan base. Their latest release, Stories From The Ground, will put them on the map as a force to be reckoned with.

‘… bursting with tight, driving melodicism’ – Time Out, Critic’s Choice

‘Fantastic technique and full of feeling’ – Tenby Blues Festival

‘Next up were the startlingly youthful looking but exceptionally talented Stark, with a harder powerful sound that took us out of 1950s rockabilly into a late 60s bluesy heavy rock vibe, akin to Led Zeppelin. All three members of Stark were incredibly impressive, and the sound whilst rocking was also soulful and full of great tunes.’ – Brighton Music Blog

‘full of intense, frantic, captivating instruments blended with rich vocals, and delightful harmonies. Stark has it all!’ – Fatea Magazine

http://www.starkband.com

Will Varley: ‘Weddings And Wars’ video release

A 4-minute, 8-bit history of the universe from the acclaimed singer-songwriter out now

 

Will VarleyAcclaimed folk singer-songwriter Will Varley has released something you might not necessarily associate with folk music: a computer-game style music video that shows the history of the universe and man’s evolution using 8-bit graphics – and in only four minutes. The video, which has already clocked up thousands of views, accompanies his song ‘Weddings and Wars’, a track from his recently released ‘As the Crow Flies’ album (Smugglers Records).

The video was designed and animated by Varley himself – it took about six weeks of solid work and involved lots of all-night sessions. Designed in a demo version of a 1990s computer program, Will finished the game on the last day of his free trial of the software. The video is influenced heavily by the kind of games Varley played with his brother as a child, and gamers will appreciate quite a few hidden in-jokes (look out for the Commander Keen reference, for example).

Super Nintendo gaming enthusiasts will love this video, which uses the same resolution and colour palette of the classic NES and SNES consoles; those interested in evolutionary biology will enjoy the simple and darkly funny explanation of how humankind has progressed from bacterium to killing machine; but above all, music fans will love the track: a witty, melodic and extraordinarily well-crafted take on the meaning – or meaninglessness – of life.

Will Varley’s website is at http://www.willvarley.com/

SAM BROOKES

Sam BrookesSam Brookes has become part of the burgeoning acoustic music scene, gigging around the UK on his own and with his contemporaries to an ever-increasing audience of enthusiasts.

His songs are, fundamentally, beautifully crafted stories about familiar subject matters that captivate the listener. Musically, his immaculate phrasing and beautifully modulated delivery reach easily beneath the skin of his audience; the magical space he creates, with the elasticity of his writing, has the echoes and jazz arches of giants like John Martyn and Tim Buckley.

His sef-titled debut bought him recognition in the form of high profile support slots with Joan Armatrading, Ray Davies and Newton Faulkner; this combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and a close kinship with other musicians such as Lucy Rose, Pete Roe and Emily & The Woods has allowed his live and recorded sound to evolve in to a more powerful and provocative body of work. Thoughtful lyrics add poetry to his tracks, something that sets his work apart in an increasingly saturated area of music.

Sam will self-release his new album Kairos on 17th March 2014. The release will be funded by his fans through Pledge Music, and associated with a full touring schedule of headline shows, following a UK tour support for Newton Faulkner in February and March.

Artist’s website: http://www.sambrookes.com/

JUSTIN CURRIE SET TO RELEASE LOWER REACHES ON COMPASS RECORDS

Lower ReachesJustin Currie, the lead singer and songwriter of Scottish pop-rock band Del Amitri, is set to release Lower Reaches on Compass Records on April 15th.  The new album is the follow-up to Currie’s 2010 critically acclaimed project The Great War which garnered 4 star reviews and earned Currie the moniker of “a songwriter’s songwriter” from Mojo. On Lower Reaches, Currie’s pop sensibilities and radio ready vocals are ever present, but it’s his songwriting that is perhaps most striking.  The new set of self-penned songs show Currie emerging as a writer of great depth and sensitivity, deftly examining life, relationships and the human condition, albeit delivered with the healthy dose of cynicism and wit that his fans have come to count on.

Currie wrote most of the songs on Lower Reaches during a solitary songwriting retreat on the Isle of Skye off the coast of Scotland.  Hunkered down in a remote cottage in the shadow of The Cuillins, the mountain range that dominates the Hebridean island, Currie had no internet and no mobile phone, just an acoustic guitar, a piano, and a ghetto-blaster on which to record his ideas.  “I suppose it was a bit like my Brill Building”, he smiles. “You’re being your own boss and putting yourself under pressure to write.”  Currie wrote fifteen songs in eleven days, something of a personal best in terms of rapid-fire delivery. When it came time to capture the music in the studio Currie traveled to Austin, Texas to work with producer Mike McCarthy (Craig Finn [The Hold Steady], Spoon, Patty Griffin, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead).  The process was, in Currie’s words, “a brilliant experience” and the resulting tracks have been heralded by the UK press as among the songwriter’s recent best.

As singer and main songwriter in Del Amitri, formed in Glasgow in 1983, Currie wrote many of their biggest hits including ‘Roll To Me’, ‘Always The Last To Know’, and ‘Nothing Ever Happens’. During their long and distinguished career, Del Amitri released four Top 10 albums, including ‘Waking Hours’ (1989), which sold over a million copies in the UK alone.

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Artist’s website: http://justincurrie.com/