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Bunnymen Classics Transformed & New Songs With Strings & Things Attached ‘I’m not doing this for anyone else. I’m doing it as it’s important to me to make the songs better. I have to do it.’ Ian McCulloch This new studio album will see The Bunnymen, still lead by the indominable Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, revisit some of their greatest songs to rearrange and transform them with co producer Andy Wright…and strings and things. Expect a couple of brand new tracks to accompany the classics. Echo & the Bunnymen's dark, swirling fusion of post-punk and The Doors/The Velvets-inspired pop psychedelia has brought the group twenty top 20 hits and nine top 20 albums in the UK so far in their 40 year career. The band have come a long way from the group's infamous first concert as a three-piece with a drum machine in 1979 at the legendary Erics club in Liverpool, The Bunnymen still perform sell-out concerts across the world today. Their seminal albums 'Crocodiles', 'Heaven Up Here', 'Porcupine' and 'Ocean Rain' have been a major influence for acts such as Coldplay, The Killers and The Flaming Lips whilst later albums 'Evergreen' and 'What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?' and 'Siberia & Meteorites' demonstrate what an amazing body of work the band have. The Bunnymen are still revered by those in the best of popular culture. In the past year alone, the highly acclaimed and culturally phenomenal Netflix series 'Stranger Things' has used the song 'Nocturnal Me' whilst the equally comparable '13 Reasons Why' has used 'The Killing Moon', a song also used on another Netflix show, 'Dead of Summer'.
Now available on CD in the U.S.; the release of Stone Woman marks a new chapter for Charlotte, one defined by clarity, vulnerability and strength. It is a clear statement of intent, a stirring demonstration of Charlotte’s power and poise and her certain emergence as an essential voice in 2018 and beyond.
"I always planned on getting back together with the Conspirators as soon as possible, and continuing on with what we started," Slash says. Which brings us to LIVING THE DREAM, the new full-length offering from the group-which, in addition to SLASH and singer KENNEDY, also includes bassist TODD KERNS, drummer BRENT FITZ and, making his recorded debut after several years of live work with The Conspirators, rhythm guitarist FRANK SIDORIS. The album, their third overall following World on Fire and 2012's Apocalyptic Love, is possibly the band's strongest collective statement to date. From the barnstorming, high-octane riffery of opener "Call of the Wild" to the wah-drenched funk rock of "Read Between the Lines," the haunting majesty of "Lost Inside the Girl" to the swaggering deep-in-the-pocket Seventies grooves of "Serve You Right," the stately, quasi-classical melodic themes of "The Great Pretender" to the massive hooks and anthemic, singalong choruses of first single "Driving Rain," LIVING THE DREAM packs a compendium of sounds and styles into 12 tightly arranged and sharply executed tracks, all of it shot through with SLASH's trademark electrifying and dynamic riffing and high-wire, lyrical solos.
Magic Ship-a reflection on the joys, follies, and oddities of existence-is the band's second album. The songs on Magic Ship distill eight years of experience since their 2010 debut album, Made the Harbor, of sights seen, pleasures had, feelings hurt, forgiveness extended. "Mountain Man share that rare, innate gift of almost supernatural harmonizing," says NPR. "Hauntingly beautiful."
The new album from Boston band Tall Heights, Pretty Colors For Your Actions, finds the duo, Paul Wright (cello and vocals) and Tim Harrington (guitars and vocals), exploring a range of musical influences and emotions. The album, co-produced by Oliver Hill and Steve Wall (both of whom worked on Tall Heights 2016 album Neptune), is underpinned by the duo's signature melodies, layered and shaped with live instrumentations and contemporary production to create the sonic universe that is Pretty Colors For Your Actions. The songs range from hard-hitting ballads ("House on Fire" and "Not Like It Was") to hook-laden, synth-heavy numbers ("Oslo" and "White Frost") to sprawling jams ("Over Now") and philosophical trips ("Roanoke"). The lead single from the album, "The Deep End," is both buoyant and upbeat, yet clouded by a feeling of darkness, a conflict of emotions further explored in "Midnight Oil," from which the album's title is taken. The highly-anticipated release of Pretty Colors For Your Actions is just the start of a huge fall for the group, who will then take their newly-released music across North America for 30+ headlining tour dates beginning this October. The energy, focus and inspiration that Tall Heights are harnessing in 2018 feels like a rebirth. Having amassed over 120 million streams, the duo are currently on their biggest winning streak, touring the US and Europe alongside acts like Ben Folds, CAKE, Judah & the Lion and Colony House, and racking up accolades across the press world from the likes of Paste, SPIN, Huffington Post, NPR and Stereogum, in addition to making their broadcast performance debut on Conan.
Platinum selling Canadian bluesman Colin James returns with his new album “Miles to Go”, a follow up to 2016’s Top 10 charting and critically acclaimed “Blue Highways”. Miles to Go features 12 new tracks recorded in Vancouver with Colin's tight touring band, featuring rarely covered hidden gems written by blues legends Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, & Howlin’ Wolf, along with originals by Colin, including the first single “40 Light Years”. Over 5.6 M YouTube views, 95,000 monthly Spotify listeners Twenty – Time Maple Blues Award Winner Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame inductee, 2013 Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, 2016
After his celebrated self-titled 2016 debut, Roosevelt aka Marius Lauber steps outside. While the debut album was deeply rooted in club culture and neon lit Nightmoves, his new album, entitled Young Romance, sees the 27 year-old producer embracing a new found love for bigger, bolder and sunnier pop songs - a fearless leap towards the light with songs that will further establish him as one of the most talented young artists of the day.
“Since the release of ‘Come Over (feat. Sean Paul)’ from my first album, fans have consistently asked when I would make an entire reggae album,” says Grammy Award winning vocalist Estelle. “I’m happy to give the people what they have been asking for and I’m proud to share another piece of my life and art with the world.” Born in West London to a Senegalese/Grenadian family, as a child, Estelle was exposed to African music, Gospel, reggae and dub. With Lovers Rock, her fifth album, the inspiration goes back to some of her earliest musical influences. The album features new productions from Supa Dups (“Come Over”) and guest vocals from stars in reggae, African and R&B genres. The album’s first single “Love Like Ours (feat. Tarrus Riley)” debuted last year with Reggae Gold 2017. The track went on to receive massive radio and video support from outlets in the US, UK, Europe and the Caribbean. The Lovers Rock album launch will kick off July 13th, with the Apple Music debut of a three-part video concept, that tells her parent’s story of love, love lost and love found again. The single and video for “Better” is a mid-tempo dancehall flavored cut that will add credibility for the project with reggae fans and satisfy her core R&B audience. The other two songs in the video trio are “Sweetly” and “So Easy (feat. Luke James).” Other notable step outs on the album include Maleek Berry, Kranium, Konshens and Chronixx.
At a time when both politics and the planet seem to be spinning out of control, Colin Devlin’s new album High Point takes the sonic high ground. The world has shifted since this Irish singer and songwriter released his acclaimed solo debut Democracy of One in 2010, but his approach to finely crafted music remains steadfast, with warm arrangements and timely lyrics about exploring the darkness and light of human relationships.
Devlin first earned his reputation for atmospheric songs and nuanced vocals during the 1990s and early 2000s, when his band The Devlins received four stars from Rolling Stone and placed songs in more than a dozen films and TV shows. After the success of his first solo album, Devlin won “Best Irish Male” at the Meteor Music Awards in 2010 and co-wrote several tracks on Janiva Magness’s 2016 album Love Wins Again, which earned him a Grammy nomination.
Now, Colin Devlin continues his signature sound on 2018’s High Point. His second solo effort was produced by longtime collaborator Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan, Rufus Wainwright) and recalls the work of classic moodmasters such as David Bowie, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, and David Sylvian. Recorded in Los Angeles and Montreal in 2017, the album’s lineup includes Marchand and Devlin on piano, guitar and keyboards; guest guitarist Michael Brook; brother Peter Devlin on bass; Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, Garbage) on drums; and Jeremy Ruzumna (Fitz and the Tantrums) on piano and keys. Blue Elan artist Chelsea Williams adds vocal harmonies to several songs.
Toronto rockers Metric emphasize guitars on the band’s latest album, a collection of 12 new songs packed with massive riffs, driving rhythm and raw/smooth vocals that have become their instantly identifiable signature sound. Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Beck, Nine Inch Nails), Metric’s seventh LP addresses a climate of cultural and political anxiety while refusing to give despair the upper hand. In many ways, it’s the most Metric album the band has ever made as Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key rediscover their shared love of music and how good they are at making it together. “This felt like the culmination of a lifetime spent playing together and trusting each other and going for it,” Shaw says.
On Oct.5, 2018 Provogue Records will release Shades, singer-songwriter and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II’s debut for the label. Shades is a spellbinding blend of grungy blues, raucous garage rock, transcendent psychedelia, and soothing, soul-stirring ballads that sees Bramhall reaching new heights as a multi-instrumentalist (he plays guitars, bass, drums and keyboards), producer and vocalist while responding to his heart’s most urgent commands as an arranger and lyricist. What is it about Doyle Bramhall II, and why does everybody want to work with him? Shades features a host of friends and luminaries who have all, in one way or another, played significant roles in Bramhall’s musical story: Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, the Tedeshi Trucks band, and Austin buds the Greyhounds. Since 2000, the uniquely gifted guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer has been practically joined to Eric Clapton’s hip as both an onstage and studio collaborator. Clapton makes a notable appearance on the album, providing blistering back-and-forth guitar work with Bramhall on the quaking R&B-tinged “Everything You Need”. Bramhall and pianist-singer Norah Jones have been making music together for years, and the two form a heavenly alliance on the elegant ballad “Searching for Love.” Shades concludes with a reverent reading of Bob Dylan’s classic “Going, Going, Gone,” a gem from the singer's 1974 album, Planet Waves. Bramhall had recently performed the song with the Tedeschi Trucks Band at a Gregg Allman tribute concert last year, and he felt that a reunion with the group would make a powerful coda on his record.
We're Not Talking is the second album from The Goon Sax and their first release on Wichita Recordings (Ride, Los Campesinos!, Froth). The album was recorded with James Cecil and Cameron Bird, respectively former/current members of Architecture In Helsinki. It demonstrates the bands progress as songwriters since their debut, taking the enthusiasms of youth and twisting them into darker, more sophisticated shapes. Strings, horns, even castanets sneak their way onto the album, but We're Not Talking isnt glossy throwaway pop. Sounds stick out at surprising angles, cow-bells become lead instruments and brief home-recorded fragments appear unexpectedly. This is a record made by restless artists, defying expectations as if hardly noticing, and its complexity makes We're Not Talking even more of a marvel.
Recorded in a church in New Orleans, and produced by T-Bone Burnett, Jon Batiste’s major label debut is a stunning showcase of the brilliant pianist and vocalist. Primarily just Jon and his piano, Hollywood Africans includes standards, unexpected covers, and original songs. This release displays Batiste’s dynamic talents and highlights his musicality and virtuosity on his instrument.