Lutine album launched

Lutine launched their album ‘White Flowers’ at St Laurence Church in Falmer village on Saturday night. It was a fitting setting, and not just because it had also been their recording studio. Their music has an ethereal choral quality, and draws on a pastoral rural tradition that seemed right at home in the plain 19th century country-church setting.

Emma of Lutine

Heather of Lutine

We’ve already been enjoying Emma Morton and Heather Minor’s excellent single Sallow Tree, which sounds like nothing else we’ve heard of late.

The album is full of more of their beautiful vocals and harmonies, accompanied by subtle instrumentation which has been likened to medieval music but is made on an assortment of modern things, including a harmonium from India. The opener Espera has a deathly hum running through it which adds to its haunting feel. ‘Death and the Lady’  seems to take the melody from that ancient song ‘To be a pilgrim’ which was a common tune back in the day when hymns were the lingua franca of morning school assemblies and buries it under twigs and moss and meandering daydreams before pulling out a haunted skeletal song. But this is not a gothic melodrama of an album, it’s a subtle collection of rare folk melodies. There are hints of early English music, country folk songs and 1970s horror soundtracks (a candyfloss version of the Wicker Man perhaps). A particular favourite is ‘So it Goes’, a kind of Que Sera Sera for ancient times. But most of all the album reminds me of those obscure alt-folk albums made in the early 1970s, comfortably English and yet enigmatic and located in a mythical time and place. it’s an excellent enjoyable debut and well worth checking out.

Available now via Front & Follow

Emma and Bella

Demob Happy debut single and tour news

News has just come in of Demob Happy‘s first proper single on the eve of them heading out on their first headline tour. Succubus is coming out on 17th November on Milk Parlour Records on 7″ and download and will be backed with a cover of The Technoheads I Wanna Be a Hippy. The band’s tour starts tomorrow in Bristol and ends up with a hometown show at Bleach on 17th October.

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Gazelle Twin at Spectrum at the Dome Studio Theatre

Friday night was the latest Spectrum event held at the Dome Studio Theatre, organised in collaboration between the Dome and Resident records. This month’s even was an Anti Ghost Moon Ray showcase, headlined by the jaw dropping Gazelle Twin, in support of her new album Unflesh. Also on the bill here her label mates Great Pagans and Bernholz, whose album How Things Are Made is also out now.

Here’s our pics. As usual, click to view large:

New Music

Another bumper New Music post for you all. We were out at gigs every night last week, so things have built up once again.

Our first track is by Heliopause, with I seem too cold (Faulty remix). Faulty is a night that Heliopause has been putting on at Brighton Digital Festival for the past few years and is taking place as I type at Fitzherberts. This is what happens when you spend your time going to gigs rather than writing blog posts.

Oslo Parks launch their debut single Twin on Thursday (2nd October) with a gig at the Green Door Store. Here’s a remix of the single from Germany’s VIMES:

Another demo from Black Honey surfaced last week. The Taste doesn’t offer any big surprises from their previous uploads – more widescreen American sounding rock’n’roll:

Swing Song is the new single from Kovak. It’s coming out on 20th October, and the launch party is going to be held at The Hope on 8th November:

Clash premiered the new video from Tyrannosaurus Dead last week. Local Bullies is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Flying Ant Day, which is available to pre-order now.

Momotaro have released a re-recorded version of their track Kite, which originally appeared on their album Second Side. It’s been released by German label Blue Dye and comes backed with a house remix by Deep Blast & Ricco Rizzo.

Red Shortbread is the debut track from Jack Watts. It was produced by Tim Bidwell (who’s worked with the likes of Jennifer Left and Cate Ferris), and the video was made by Create Studio’s Kenny McCracken:

Lilly is taken from The DuBarrys forthcoming self titled EP. Other than the name of the EP, and that one of the other tracks is the lovely, acoustic Undress Your Soul, details of the EP are rather sketchy and we can’t even find so much as a release date for it. More details as we hear of them:

Finally, we have Obelisk, a new video from Battery Operated Orchestra. Obelisk is taken from the album Incomplete Until Broken, which is available now on Bandcamp.

Anushka single and tour news

Anushka are back with a new single and tour. Atom Bombs is being released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Records on October 13th and comes with a dub mix and a some remixes, including the NameBrand Sound remix featured here. To support the release the duo are out on tour, playing at Audio on thursday night (2nd October).

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Fear of Men and The Hundredth Anniversary at The Hope

On Thursday Fear of Men kicked off their first headline tour of the UK, which is also the last round of promotion for their album Loom. Last week they also put out a video for album track Tephra, directed by the band themselves, which shows the effigy created for the front cover of Loom being burned to ash, also marking the end the band’s links to the album. The band have already played Norwich last night and are also taking in Leeds and Manchester this weekend, with the tour concluding in London at Concrete on 2nd October.

Our pics from of Fear of Men, and support The Hundredth Anniversary, are below the video.

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Dog in the Snow Africa single launch at Green Door Store

Dog in the Snow‘s new single was launched at the Green Door Store on Wednesday this week. Africa came out this week on Tidal Wave records, and you can listen to it on Soundcloud. Our pics from the gig, including shots of support Momotaro, are below.

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