Natalie Prass - 'Bird Of Prey' (Radio Edit)
Stroll up to that jewelry store shimmering on a hot Virginia night, under the neon “Spacebomb” sign and take a look at the latest gem–glowing, sparkling, radiant with light. Natalie Prass is the sound of an artist and community working together, replete with lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry, soaked with the same sweet perspiration and small-town spirit that ran through Memphis, New Orleans and Muscle Shoals. It is both an utterly timeless and perfectly timed affair. Using the experience from producing Matthew E. White’s Big Inner, Spacebomb joined forces with a true kindred spirit–Nashville singer and songwriter Natalie Prass–to travel deeper into its universe of sound. The sheer quality of her voice and songs gave collaborators the freedom to push their craft to the limit: Trey Pollard’s gorgeous, technicolor strings rising from the coastal plain; White’s muscular R&B horn signatures driving and complicating the dance; everything locked down to the rhythm section of Cameron Ralston and Pinson Chanselle riding a supernatural groove. Natalie Prass is a thoughtful collection of music, nourished by reverence for past eras of big band and jazz and infused with the crisp detail of late 70s & early 80s R&B, a diamond for everyone, a sophisticated soul-pop triumph.
“Bird of Prey” kicks it off with that silky and propulsive beat. Prass delivers the goods, balancing an infectious hook and calmly observed feelings as flutes dive and weave between muted horns, a rolling tack piano courtesy of Daniel Clarke (k.d. lang, Ryan Adams) underpinning the beat. This track makes a confident assertion that southern soul is not gone or lost, or confined to retro gestures. Funky horns, gutsy guitar lines and murmuring flutes in “Why Don’t You Believe In Me” connect with the song’s wry internal monologue, sine wave needles of feedback penetrating the mix in counterpoint to an overall controlled elegance. “Violently” riffs off expectations for gentle ballads with its raw take on the intensity of desire. Vocally inspired by Diana Ross, conveying both softness and strength–a litheness and brightness, Prass has the ability to express the full spectrum of emotion and drift further into shades unknown. During "My Baby Don't Understand Me," she sings of the world crumbling while horns sashay into fanfare, the arrangement getting impossibly big but never losing the groove, staying balanced, dropping down to a piano lick, then returning with force–with power. As a songwriter, Prass has that rare ability to compose in her own distinct voice and still sound immediately classic.
The graceful “It Is You” closes out the album in style, the spirit of Harry Nilsson strolling in a sentimental mood through colorful fields of sound. Pollard distills his strings to their highest proof: intoxicating, sweet and lush, then fading down to a perfect sigh of dissonance. Natalie Prassconsistently achieves those moments of “shared recognition,” when certain elements, a nuance of arrangement or the emotional weight of a lyric, unite to create astonishing richness and depth. This artist and this record reach Spacebomb’s vision of intensely personal, well-crafted regional music, a new music that has global reach and appeal. It wouldn’t sound the same coming from anywhere else, New York, Chicago, L.A. or even Philly; the pace is unique–pure central Virginia time, bound up in the tight harmony of community, its energy captured and released in the vibrant, effortless sound of Natalie Prass.
Billy Vincent’s new album ‘Stand On Me’ hits the shelves on August 28th 2015. Here’s the skinny...
‘Stand On Me’ tells 12 tales, some taller than others, and some absolutely honest and true. At times it’s a heartbreaking, drunk in the blackness, fumbling for a lighter to burn your bridges record – but it’s as blindly optimistic as it is dark.
Co-writers and singers Billy Barratt and David Vincent had this to say about the new album, its title, and the songs therein...
“We thought it important to choose a title that represents the bigger part of the songs on the record, and 'Stand On Me' is one of those reassuring statements that if you're lucky, someone close to you might say to you when you feel like you’re out of options, letting you know you can lean on them and it's all going to be alright”.
“A lot of these songs are about that, not letting people you care about crumble and disappear with the rain, it's a positive thing and we wanted to embrace it”.
This album, however, is not soft or mushy – it’s as aggressive as it is sincere. It’s
TWITTER : @billyvincent
Lewisburg is the working moniker for
Influenced by acts such as the Eels, Phosphorescent and Ryan Adams he began his musical project in the bars of
An independent artist, he co-produces his material with Olly Betts of ‘The Duke Spirit’ and ‘F.U.R.S’. His new single No Plateau is released next month and is available on all major download sites.
‘Melodic, rising guitar riffs alongside thudding kick drums and emotive heartfelt lyrics dealing with loss, fear and hope..’
Social media :
Facebook : www.facebook.com/lewisburguk
Twitter : @lewisburg_
Soundcloud : soundcloud.com/lewisburg
iTunes link for new ‘No Plateau’ single – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/no-plateau/id997748353?i=997748355
Free download of a special El Celebro EP - http://www.noisetrade.com/lewisburg/el-celebro
“Brilliant ... the pale, dead hand of Patti Smith on the tiller and the pop nous of XTC”
“Like Stevie Nicks singing with PJ Harvey... Ellie
“One of the most exciting new bands around”
“A sweet/sour mix of prescient, razor wit and winning tunefulness... Highly recommended.” The Digital Fix
“Cohesive, brazen and delightfully noisy”
“Sounding like The White Stripes playing Fugazi covers with Beth Ditto"
God Is In The TV
Horse Party formed in September 2012 when singing guitarists Ellie Langley and
Horse Party’s new single ‘What I’d Do’ will be released as a free download (via www.horsepartyparty.co.uk) on Friday 26thJune 2015. The band will be cruising around the
HORSE PARTY LIVE SUMMER 2015
Sat 13th June :
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BISCUITHEAD AND THE BISCUIT BADGERS
Queen of the Roller Derby is the latest single from BBC 6 Music favourites Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers. It’s a wistful little song about the lost love of a circuit-track diva.
Imagine the subversive surrealism of Vic Reeves, the splendid chappery of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and the wistful, poetic eclecticism of The Divine Comedy – that’s Biscuithead & the biscuit Badgers
The single is taken their album Dinosaurs Ate My Caravan; a hymn to a range of contemporary issues, from soy milk to David Attenborough; tea and biscuits to mysterious uncles. There’s a lament at the passing of dinosaurs and an in-depth study of the formation of snow. Queen of the Roller Derbyfollows Andrea’s Arms, about a young woman who will stop at nothing to reach the top kitchen shelf, which was recently aired by Tom Robinson on BBC6 Music.
Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers - featuring Sam on tuba, Matthew on drums, Bob on piano and Dean on voice and ukulele - have been thrilling audiences all over the
Sometimes I love bands because their music is so exquisitely crafted, and sometimes simply because it's irresistibly daft. In the case of Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers, it's both!
Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6Music.
Classic English surreality, a delightful mix of Vic Reeves Big Night Out, Bonzos and Music Hall. I want to marry them all.
Bob Fischer, BBC Radio
My favourite album of the year.....perfect to play in a camper van. Every track on it is a gem, the lyrics are a thing of beauty – with slightly scary undertones. Get their album, it is great!
Alan Raw, BBC Introducing
23/8/2015 Just So Festival
A meeting of the minds between
With influences as diverse as Maya Jane Coles to Royal Blood, War on Drugs to Roisin Murphy, Girls Aloud to Smashing Pumpkins, Apachelux’s genre-straddling sound is bound up to a mission of creating ‘dancefloor moments’…that euphoric feeling that makes you grin, jump, maybe even fall in love.
This Time is the debut single from Apachelux, a gorgeous slice of electronic pop music primed to create a dreamy slice of electronic pop, consciously coupling Louisa’s tough but plaintive vocal and
The private link to the single is available at :
Social media links :
Their previous work - including a split single with fellow Scottish noiseniks Pinact - draws heavily upon the best bits from their favourite late-80s/early-90s punk, lo-fi and math-rock bands' back-catalogues. The 10 tracks on "Mince" were recorded by Matthew Scott at Bakesale Recordings (Deathcats, Paws), mastered by Steven Ward (Mogwai, Errors) and exhibit every facet of the sound.
Born and raised in
While some sources of musical inspiration for the trio are immediately clear, the ideas extracted are combined in such a unique way that it is challenging to define the sound of mindie-rock with specific external references.
DIY magazine attempted to pin it down as "a crashing, beautiful noise that fits somewhere between Dinosaur jr. and Stapleton". Min Diesel will be playing around
Current dates . More tbc.
8th May – Cellar 35,
14th May – Bar Bloc, Glasgow w/ Herbert Powell
Luna Rosa. A four piece Alternative outfit hailing from Corby Northamptonshire, aged 20-23. We've been gigging constantly up and down the country since October 2014, we're about to release some singles and start touring with the help of The Animal Farm. Who have added us to their roster.