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LYLA is the new single by Ida Wenøe and Samantha Whates, heralding their forthcoming EP (‘Turn’) being released digitally and on limited edition CD via Bandcamp on 11th February, and ahead of their joint headline tour of Denmark and the UK.
The re-recording of ‘Lyla.’ from Ida’s 2017 glacial folk album ‘Time of Ghosts,’ saw the duo travel to Berlin to seek out one of Europe’s longest outdoor reverbs in the ruins of a disused US Cold War ‘listening station’ known as The Teufelsberg (Devil’s Tower) in the Grunewald forest and recording their vocals there ‘guerrilla style.’
‘Turn’ is a collection of revisited songs, produced together long distance between Copenhagen and London in their respective home studios.
Singles from Ida’s second album, 2019’s ‘The Things We Don’t Know Yet,’ enjoyed support on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 4, with Ida also recently named ‘Roots Artist of the Year’ at the 2021 Danish Music Awards whilst London-based Samantha has enjoyed extensive radio play for her solo releases, and as part of ‘PicaPica’ (Rough Trade Records).
Dates so far confirmed on the UK leg of the tour:
March 2nd Cornish Bank, Falmouth
March 4th Chalkwell Hall, Southend
March 5th Pound Arts, Corsham
March 6th Rhaeadr, (venue tbc)
March 12th The Gate , Cardiff
March 16th The Sanctuary, London
March 18th Cafe#9, Sheffield
March 19th Thimblemill Library, Birmingham
March 22nd Folklore Rooms, Brighton
March 23rd The Lamb – Surbiton
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AGED between 14 and 17, REVIVALRY are a female fronted indie band from Cleethorpes, UK.
And showing musical maturity way beyond their years, ‘Pieces,’ a song about love, is being released – appropriately enough – just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Comprising Connie Miles (lead vocals and bass guitar), Ben Townsend (lead guitar and vocals), and Lewis Hubbert (drums) Revivalry are also busy preparing to play multiple gigs and festivals throughout 2022 – including ‘Kendal Calling’ – following a successful 2021 which saw them play a sold-out gig in Manchester as well as having a show on Sky TV and hitting the charts as part of the ‘Brits & Pieces’ project.
‘Pieces’ is set for release on February 11th, your support – and a pre-save – would be most welcome:
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IRELAND’S BARRY TIERNEY releases his latest single, ‘Colours on Canvas’ on February 7th, with the song being made available on all streaming services.
An award-winning singer and songwriter from Kinsale, Tierney grew up in a deeply musical family and his unmistakable voice, and distinctly Irish penmanship, have gained him a steady and growing supply of fans both at home and abroad and seen him sign a lifetime publishing deal with Universal Music Berlin.
“I was signed to Universal in 2015,” he said. “I moved to Germany. I toured very successfully and played some of the most prestigious venues in Germany.”
“And then, the world went crazy. I moved back to Ireland, for the first time in seven years and this album, these songs, are my first release since 2014.”
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DUBLIN-BASED indie pop artist CAT DOWLING releases ‘All That I Can Do’ on February 11th, the fourth single from her recently released ‘Animals’ album.
The former Babelfish frontwoman, championed by those (*cough*) widely respected musical heavyweights, The Mail on Sunday, Irish Independent and Sunday Times, Dowling has often flattered to deceive – a habit that shows no sign of ending anytime soon.
“I wrote ‘Animals’ during a busy period of my life when to find those rare moments to write music meant I had to be a thief elsewhere,” she said. “But it was these stolen moments that gave me oxygen and a beautiful almost supernatural energy.”
Erroneously likened to Kristin Hersh and PJ Harvey in some quarters, Dowling offers nothing new to the female indiepop, singer-songwriter genre, with ‘All That I Can Do,’ sounding no better or worse than outdated, mundane, nightmarish, supermarket music.
Cat Dowling online:
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INDIE songwriter MARTIN LEARY has released ‘Do You Question?’ – another song with Valentine’s Day firmly in its crosshairs.
Recorded at HQGlasgow and featuring Tony Graham on piano, the song promises, “…a nostalgic Lennon vibe…with catchy melodic lyrics.”
Regrettably, the promise is a hollow one and from the songs listless beginning to its ultimate demise, I failed to detect any kind of Lennon vibe, nostalgic or otherwise.
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FROM Anglesey’s Holy Island, comes news the latest album from HOLY COVES is nearing completion.
Formed by Welsh singer songwriter Scott Marsden, the rock band have previously recorded two studio LPs with producer David Wrench.
The latest album, ‘Druids & Bards,’ is scheduled for an August release with singles planned for March, April and May, the first one entitled ‘The Hurt Within.’
One of the most accomplished albums of last year ‘Peruvian Mistake’ featured the outstanding ‘All Around You,’ remastered and re-released by Yr Wyddfa Records and available on all streaming services, via Yr Wyddfa Records, and Bandcamp Holy Coves (bandcamp.com)
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UNABLE to put together their usual line-up, ROTTEN HILL GANG are instead curating an evening of music at London’s Cockpit Theatre on February 14th.
‘The St Valentine’s Day Massacre’ is set to feature Paul-Ronney Angel & The Bad MoFo’s, Goon Squad, a DJ set from Don Letts and a Q & A with Chris Salewicz.
And you’ll still get to see some familiar ‘Rotten Hill’ faces with a number of them joining Paul on stage.
Paul-Ronney Angel is the darkly charismatic singer and songwriter of London’s ‘The Urban Voodoo Machine,’ and since 2003 along with his band the ‘Bourbon-Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’N’Stroll Orchestra’ has played numerous gigs around the world and released several acclaimed albums.
Support will be provided by ‘Goon Squad,’ a fast, loud, garage rock and roll trio made up of an Oxford punk, a London mod and Serbian rocker.
Playing a furious mixture of ‘60s garage nuggets and the late ‘70s tracks that inspired them, they also drop in a few home-grown classics to keep it fresh. Think Link Wray, early Kinks, early Who, Wire, ATV and Johnny Thunders.
Filmmaker, musician, DJ, broadcaster, social commentator Don Letts has always defied conformity. A British-born son of Windrush parents, he seamlessly pivoted between London’s punk and reggae scenes earning his reputation as the ‘Rebel Dread.’
He will be reading from his book and DJ’ing a set with an emphasis on moving the crowd.
Journalist, broadcaster and novelist Chris Salewicz was senior features writer for the New Musical Express from 1975 to 1981 and later went on to write for, amongst others, The Sunday Times, the Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Q, Mojo, and The Face magazine.
£13.00 on the door.
All major credit cards accepted.
Further information: The Cockpit
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