The VPME Liverpool Sound City – Day 4 -Photo Gallery – The Kooks, She Drew The Gun , The Sherlocks and more

Day 4 at Sound City and arguably the best one in terms of festival vibes.  Mike Sheerin, Tom Adam, Andy Von Pip, Graham Smillie, Mark Holmes and Ernie ‘Phil’ Greenhalgh were on hand again to capture the action

 

 

 

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Owen Jones: Should you believe the polls? – Election Daily podcast

Jonathan Freedland and Owen Jones are joined by Stephen Bush of New Statesman to discuss YouGov’s bombshell poll projection

A projection of a hung parliament from pollsters YouGov has dropped like a bombshell into this election campaign. But is it plausible? We hear from Martin Boon, director of rival polling firm ICM who describes it as ‘brave’.

Joining Jonathan Freedland and Owen Jones in the studio is New Statesman’s political commentator, Stephen Bush.

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GIITTV: Dan Auerbach – Waiting On A Song (Nonesuch)

There have always been elements of soul, of course, running through the back catalogue of both The Black Keys and Dan Auerbach‘s solo work. Indeed, 2009’s self titled Blakroc side project was steeped in classic R&B, but Waiting On A Song, perhaps, is where the genre well and truly pokes its head above the parapet, albeit in its gentlest form. This is kind of ironic, given that Auerbach himself refers to his latest project as his “Nashville project“. Always with a keen ear for an impossibly infectious tune, the triple Grammy winning Ohioan has almost certainly created his most commercially accessible album to date here, with numbers equally likely to appeal to your granny, your girlfriend or, quite feasibly, even your pet gerbil.

Shine On Me‘ is just classic pop, a twitchy melody that harks back to George Harrison‘s version of ‘Got My Mind Set On You‘, and is as ridiculously catchy as Trooper‘s ‘We’re Here For A Good Time Not A Long Time‘, while the song that follows it, ‘King Of A One Horse Town‘ is a lushly produced sun-kissed dream of a tune, before ‘Malibu Man‘ recalls Marc Bolan if he’d spent two weeks at the Brill Building with, say, The Four Tops. This is unquestionably a vintage sounding record, yet somehow, as he always seems to do, Auerbach manages to put his unmistakeable stamp all over it. If you played any one of these tracks to a casual music listener and told them it had been number one for Dave Edmunds in 1973, I’d be willing to wager that they wouldn’t bat an eyelid, yet there would be something at the back of their mind telling them that something was amiss because it still sounds kind of modern at the same time.

The melodies here are so winsomely pretty – ‘Wildest Dreams‘ even going so far as to suggest Jack Johnson fronting The Thrills – that it would make people with two left feet dance as gracefully as Fred Astaire. You just can’t help it, the music carries you along effortlessly, albeit sometimes a little TOO much so, for you could easily file this under “Easy Listening” without question.

Towards the end of Waiting On A Song, Auerbach even incorporates handclaps into the glammy ‘Stand By My Girl‘, while ‘Undertow‘ is soulful in the same way that ‘Weight Of Love‘ was, but without the searing guitar accompaniment, replaced instead by Motown strings, and the long player is topped off with ‘Show Me‘, a song so radio friendly that it wouldn’t be a stretch to envisage Dr Hook performing it.

Fans of the early Black Keys work will no doubt be aghast, but for those of us who like to keep an open mind on all genres of music, Waiting On A Song is a very likeable slice of melodic whimsy.

Waiting On A Song is released 2nd of June through Nonesuch.

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GIITTV: Sleep Party People – Lingering (Joyful Noise)

Sleep Party People are beguiling. Although from Copenhagen, there is little that is Scandinavian about Lingering. Geographically, it belongs nowhere, except a deserted cove with a secluded beach.  Sleep Party People didn’t promise sunshine.

Inevitably with a piece that has been written, performed, recorded and produced by one person, there is plenty of introspection on this album. Brian Batz is the man behind the sometimes literal mask of Sleep Party People. Lingering is one of the most vulnerable pieces of work I have heard by a male artist. As a result, there is a certain amount of listener voyeurism.  On ‘Figures’ it feels as if you are intruding into Batz’s thoughts whilst he speaks to himself, pacing in an empty room. The blessing is that they are positive thoughts. It’s an optimistic musical pep-talk. Both he and the music are propelled forward into the brightest of futures.

There are a number of tracks that will send you into a new state of consciousness. The lead single, ‘The Missing Steps’, is one of a few songs that references dreams. In fact, this does have the surrealism of a Magritte painting, fluffy clouds in a blue sky with steps that lead to nothing, sheering off into the ozone. ‘Vivid Dream’ is decidedly more woozy. There are few words, just waves of keyboard and guitar. The song hinges around its ability to transport you, primarily through Batz’s mental space.

Sleep Party People’s main art is to give you a feeling of genuine openness whilst allowing you access to the most internal and intensely personal songs. ‘Lingering Eyes’ is such a one. In contrast to the previous tracks, this is about ‘sleepless nights.’ Batz has a voice of such fragility, like a grown up choirboy.

There is more than a hint of monasticism about the album. ‘Odd Forms’ might well be about the dread of hospital visiting hours but it gives the impression of true solitariness, white gauze over an open window. ‘Salix And His Soil’ shows that where there is dark there is always light, in the humorous Super Mario-inspired organ sample. Batz’s voice is detached and bodiless, as if it can survive without the corporeal. I begin to wonder if he has to wear a mask because he is not actually made of flesh like the rest of us. Batz hits high notes worthy of Feargal Sharkey. It is rare to hear a male voice of such beauty.

‘The Fainting Spell’ is about childhood shyness. He sings of ‘the fear of the unknown’. His voice is enticing over the top of a dystopian keyboard and the discordant clang of what sounds like a building site, a possible reflection of the distortion, chaos and clamour in Batz’s head.  He sounds like he would bruise very easily.

This album is sheer vulnerability. Talk about taking off the mask.

Lingering will be released on 2nd June 2017 through Joyful Noise.

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GIITTV: Video Of The Week #35: Frank Rabeyrolles – Drowned

French experimental pop artist Frank Rabeyrolles‘s new single ‘Drowned’ is bathed in a reassuringly woozy retro electro bedroom produced sound. Its dimpling beat, modular synths and samples are laced with a pared back meditative soulful melodies led by Frank and backed by a female accomplice. Both familiar, evocative and mysterious it’s ripe with echoes of everyone from the warm analogue meets melody of Giorgio Moroder to the minimalist melancholia of OMD and the subtlety of early M83. It’s fondly reminiscent of the defunct technology of the past and at the heart of a longing for escapism.

It’s paired with an apt video that perfectly chimes with these themes. Depicting a skeletal x-ray of the first nascent VHS tape recorders and compact disc manufacture of the 1980s, its intercut with affectingly artful home video imagery.Watch the video premiere above.

Lifted from Frank Rabeyrolle’s latest album Apart, which is the result of years of composition and writing. Frank belongs to a generation permeated with rock music in its teens, overcome by the discovery of the bedroom pop and the limitless possibilities of the home studio.

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GIITTV: PREVIEW: Ritual Union festival, Oxford, 2017

The quality festival line-ups this year have been coming thick and fast, and one glance at October’s Ritual Union roster confirms that the UK just keeps getting better and better at this kind of thing.

Set across a handful of venues on Oxford’s Cowley Road, namely the O2 Academies 1 & 2, The Truck Store, The Bullingdon and The Library, this inaugural edition of the festival counts Worcester indie quartet Peace amongst its headliners, which also include trailblazing Russians Pinkshinyultrablast. Their celestial resonance sure to fill everyone’s hearts with a warm, fuzzy glow, while perhaps best of all, Brighton’s finest thousand yard floor-starers, Toy, complete the top billing trio.

But that’s not it, of course, as there is a veritable treasure trove of talent from which to choose. Personal ‘must see’ artists would include Bahrain’s Flamingods, who (to me at least) sometimes sound like Lou Reed took a load of drugs with Belle & Sebastian and then made a record, then there’s the joyous beach party atmosphere of Virginia’s Magique, and the gnarly socio-political Strokes-cum-Libertines rock of Dead Pretties.

Even if THAT isn’t enough for you (and to be frank, if it isn’t, you’re clearly an awkward bugger), you still have the likes of Traams, Low Island and Van Zeller to whet your appetite, amongst others. All this and there is still a whole host of names to be added to what is already looking like a magnificent way to spend your Saturday.

See above for the full list of acts announced so far.

Tickets can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/RitualUnionOX4

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GIITTV: NEWS: Liverpool Psych Fest 2017 -Final Line up Revealed

Liverpool Psych Fest has announced details of its final line up for 2017. Castle Face Records will be hosting a showcase stage. The first time the label has ever curated a Festival Stage amd their line-up includes ONCE & FUTURE BAND, SUNWATCHERS, MALE GAZE, MAGNETIX and DUDS

Other new additions include 70s Swedish psych trailblazers Träd Gräs Och Stenar who will be making a rare uk live appearance. 70s Zambian psych rock band W.I.T.C.H plus THE BUG vs DYLAN CARLSON, JANE WEAVER, THE TELESCOPES,
IL SOGNO DEL MARINAIO, GNOD, THE HOLYDRUG COUPLE, FUJIYA & MIYAGI, COSMONAUTS, PATTEN, KRAUTWERK and ENDLESS BOOGIE

The festival takes place at Camp and Furnace, Blade Factory, District. The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool. Between 22 + 23 September 2017.

Watch the trailer here

Full line up:

THE BLACK ANGELS
SONGHOY BLUES
TRÄD, GRÄS OCH STENAR
W.I.T.C.H: We Intend To Cause Havoc
THE BUG vs DYLAN CARLSON – LOOP

CASTLE FACE RECORDS
PRESENTS “IRREGULAR ORBITS”
FEAT. ONCE & FUTURE BAND – SUNWATCHERS – MALE GAZE MAGNETIX – DUDS

JANE WEAVER – ADRIAN SHERWOOD – THE TELESCOPES
LAETITIA SADIER SOURCE ENSEMBLE – WOLF PEOPLE
IL SOGNO DEL MARINAIO – GNOD – THE HOLYDRUG COUPLE FUJIYA & MIYAGI – THE COMET IS COMING – COSMONAUTS PATTEN – ENDLESS BOOGIE – WHITE MANNA – ACID ARAB
KRAUTWERK

DJs: ANDY VOTEL – STEVE DAVIS & KAVUS TORABI
THE BROTHERS GRIM

BALTIC FLEET – CONTAINER – DIRTY FENCES – MARK MCGUIRE – DANS DANS
EX-EASTER ISLAND HEAD (LARGE ENSEMBLE) – GULP – ELEPHANT STONE
JULIE’S HAIRCUT – MEATRAFFLE – OMNI – SEX SWING – THE KVB

NOVELLA – AQUASERGE – THE BONGOLIAN
THE PROPER ORNAMENTS – THE PATTERN FORMS
PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS – SEAHAWKS

ACID HOUSE RAGAS – ANCIENT OCEAN – THE ANTELOIDS
AUTOBAHN – BAMBI DAVIDSON
BLACKASH – CASTLES – CAVALIER SONG – CELESTIAL BUMS

DIE WILDE JAGD – DREAM HERBS
EETER – FLAVIEN BERGER – FUSS – GRIM BRIDES – GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH
HURRICANE HEART ATTACKS IS BLISS – HERE LIES MAN – JUJU

MAGIC SHOPPE – MASS DATURA
MR TC – NONN – PURPLE HEART PARADE – RANCHO RELAXO – THE HOMESICK
THE SONIC DAWN – WEIRDS – WH LUNG – YASSASSIN – ZOFFF

PLUS A FURTHER WORLD OF DJs, INSTALLATIONS, CINEMA + PERISONIC INTENSITIES INCOMING SOON…

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