Category: Sound/Vision

Vision: Introducing… Rubén González

“The greatest piano soloist I have ever heard in my life. He’s like a Cuban cross between Thelonious Monk and Felix the Cat” – Ry Cooder Recorded in two days immediately following the completion of Buena Vista Social Club with many of the same musicians, Introducing….Rubén González now gets a welcome reissue on double 180gm vinyl. Mastered at Abbey Road, two tracks are now heard in unedited, full length form for the first time with the addition of a further track that has never previously been released. The re-issue will coincide with the summer 2017 world-wide theatre release of Buena...

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Vision: Wildwood Kin, Run

Having recently signed to the newly re-launched Sony imprint Silvertone, acclaimed indie alt folk band Wildwood Kin will release their much-anticipated debut album Turning Tides August 18th. In the meantime here is their new single and video Run. Wildwood Kin, a family trio formed in Exeter, borrow heavily from early folk influences, but their extraordinary debut album delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments. It boasts inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their sublime three-part harmonies. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney all sing, swapping leads on original songs,...

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Sound Premiere: Guide Dog, I Am The Daddy

“I Am The Daddy is the perfect representative soundbite to introduce Guide Dog and our debut album.”  Guide Dog told us “It’s a sprawling rambling reflection on parenthood, being in your mid thirties and working in accounts in the construction industry, set to a sleazy rumpy pumpy wedge of indie three piece rock”.   Guide Dog are Pete Roberts (vocals/ guitar), John Maloney (drums) and Ian Russell (bass). So, Pete and John met in school and were part of the band Robot’s In The Sky, which first put out a red double A-Side 7″ in 1999 on the Cardiff Council funded...

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Sound: Glassmaps (Joel Stein), Summer Rain

Glassmaps, the solo project of Howling Bells’ guitarist Joel Stein, release their debut single, the cinematic garage rock gem Summer Rain. This would fit right in with anything from Twin Peaks or Stranger Things soundtracks, a real cheese-grater of a song, imagine! Like an organic Black Lips given a symphonic pop sheen, ‘Summer Rain’ crowns a pugilistic blues-rock stomp with the sunny psych harmonics of its dreamy chorus and the insouciant twang of surf guitar. Joel Stein’s swooping vocals muse on the concept of wanting to be saved from oneself, of blaming others for one’s own demons. “It’s about the...

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Vision: Oumou Sangaré, Kamelemba

Oumou Sangaré is sharing the new video for Kamelemba, lifted from her new album Mogoya. Set in Paris’ 13th arrondissement, the all female Afro-futurist video shot by Chris Saunders references Congolese “La Sape” dandy culture in a deliberately non-gender, European setting. Performances by the female dancers of the Swaggers Group form a retort to the mistreatment of women by the womanisers of Kamelemba, which Sangaré outs in her lyrics. She told us: “It’s about men who show off, who bring women down, about women who fall badly in love. I wrote that song to give advice to our sisters...

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Vision: Tricky, The Only Way

Tricky is back with new material in the form of The Only Way, an orchestrated song in which we hear him bare his soul, with more than a nod to his Maxinquaye era and featuring his own trademark vocals taking centre-stage over a smoke-filled melodic backdrop. Recorded in Moscow late last year and described by Tricky himself as Hell Is Round The Corner Part 2, The Only Way is a beautifully rare glimpse into the now Berlin-based Tricky’s future, released on his own label imprint False Idols (via !K7 Music) on 9th June He told us that “A few years ago...

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Vision: Amplifier, Kosmos

Amplifier return with their sixth and most definitive album to date, Trippin’ With Dr Faustus, due for release via Rockosmos this June 30th. First track Kosmos instantly delivers Amplifier’s calling cards of massive riffs with lyrical sentiments that reach far beyond space, time and the limitations of ones, zeros and polycarbonate manufacturing. The story of Faust is more relevant than ever in the 21st century. In stark contrast to the compact kidney punch that was 2014’s Mystoria – ‘Trippin’ With Dr Faustus’, like all epic journeys, is in no rush to let the plot unfold and spill out its secrets. “Each...

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Vision: Placebo, Life’s What You Make It

PLACEBO NEW SINGLE LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT PLUS NEW UK TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED Placebo have made a stunning video to their brilliant cover version of Talk Talk‘s Life’s What You Make It For a band with such a strong and unmistakable catalogue of original material, Placebo have always had an impeccable way with a cover version. Starting with a take on Syd Barrett’s Dark Globe, way back in 1996, they have freely interpreted the songs of others to complement the originals. Their choice of covers, from Nick Drake to Boney M and Serge Gainsbourg to Depeche Mode, demonstrates Brian Molko and...

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Vision: !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Dancing Is The Best Revenge

New York City dance-punk band !!! (Chk Chk Chk) recently released their new album, Shake The Shudder  out May 19th on Warp Records. The latest single  and video Dancing Is The Best Revenge elaborates on the dance performance elements of  the first single from the album, The One 2, by giving the song to some ladies who can really walk the walk and perform the song in the spirit of reinvention. Lead singer Nic Offer describes the idea behind the video: “When we recorded Dancing Is The Best Revenge I pitched up my voice, becoming Nicole Fayu in the studio – much like Prince...

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Vision: Foo Fighters, Run

Surprise! American stadium rockers Foo Fighters have just gone and dropped new single Run just weeks before the rock troupe headline the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival! An ageless melodic hard rock anthem that showcases everything that’s made Foo Fighters an unstoppable road and radio conquering machine, Run is the first new Foo Fighters music since the band gifted fans with the free Saint Cecilia EP in late 2015. Run is accompanied by a time-traveling mind-warp of a video in the group’s often-comedic style directed by the band’s own Dave Grohl, in which the song’s dive-bombing verses and soaring choruses are matched...

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Vision: Elles Bailey, Same Flame

Bristol-based Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music. Elles’s trademark husky, lived-in voice may sound like this young songstress keeps up a 60-a-day habit, but was actually caused by a serious childhood illness. At the tender age of just three, Elles contracted both viral and bacterial pneumonia. The ever-resilient, Elles recovered, but her voice had changed completely. Thankfully no permanent damage was caused, but as the specialist prophetically observed, “If she ever...

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Vision: The Amorettes, Whoot Woo

In response to increasing fan demand, Scots rockers, The Amorettes, today announce the re-issue of their acclaimed debut album, Haulin’ Ass. Recorded at the very start of the band’s career, and only ever available at live shows, Haulin’ Ass displays all the raw aggression, and youthful exuberance of a band with everything to prove, and nothing to lose. “We initially had no initial intention at all of re-issuing Haulin’ Ass,” says guitarist/vocalist, Gill Montgomery, who is also the band’s primary songwriter. “However, during the last couple of years there have been so many requests from people asking where they...

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Vision: Angelo De Augustine, Crazy, Stoned, & Gone. Animated by Sufjan Stevens.

Animated by Sufjan Stevens. Lyrics: everybody knows time’s running even you start fading away just for the day people hoping the time’s coming when the world feels peace for the day just for the day they’ll say that you’re wrong crazy, stoned, and gone gone you had all control of your mind of your mind and soul everybody knows lies come in when the truth gets buried away done for the day listening to all you’re saying now I think I’ll go my own way go my own way Pre-order “Swim Inside the Moon” CD/LP/Digital: http://smarturl.it/angelo-sitm...

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VISION: 5 Billion In Diamonds, Gravity Rules from Butch Vig’s New Supergroup

New Supergroup featuring Garbage drummer and legendary American Producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins), UK DJ James Grillo and UK producer Andy Jenks, 5 Billion In Diamonds have announced the release of their self-titled debut album, out 11th August on 100% Records. The lineup is completed by guitarist Alex Lee (Goldfrapp, Strangelove and Suede), bass player Sean Cook and drummer Damon Reece (Spiritualized, Massive Attack and Elizabeth Fraser), vocals from Helen White (Alpha), Sandra Dedrick (The Free Design), David Schelzel (The Ocean Blue) and finally The Soundtrack of Our Lives singer Ebbot Lundberg, who Butch and James roped...

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Vision: You Me At Six, Take On The World

Filmed at their headline show in London’s Alexandra Palace on 15 April (a gig that RockShot attended and which you can read about here), You Me At Six are back to reveal their video to Take On The World, a release from from their critically acclaimed 5th studio album Night People. 2017 got off to a flying start for YMAS with the release of their chart-topping album and the accolade of being the first band to land 15 consecutive Radio 1 A-Listed records. The band have just concluded their extensive European and UK tour and have also been announced for a headline...

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Vision: Black Lips, Can’t Hold On

Atlanta flower punk pioneers Black Lips have announced that their first album in three years, Satan’s graffiti or God’s art?, is set for release May 5th in the UK through Vice Records. Produced by Sean Lennon at his studio compound in upstate New York throughout 2016, the album is the group’s most musically evolved to date, while still staying true to their original blistering take on fuzzy, dirty rock n’ roll. The video of Can’t Hold On is directed and produced Ian Cone the director of photography is John Manfredi. During the recording the band isolated themselves from the outside...

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Vision: The Amazons, Junk Food Forever

After a first appearance on Later… with Jools Holland, confirmation of a set at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend later this month and the announcement of a major headline tour, The Amazons have now shared a new video for the track Junk Food Forever. The Junk Food Forever video reflects the track’s themes – “the fear of being left alone in my dead little commuter town” says vocalist/guitarist Matt Thomson. The band power through a performance of the song in an empty living room – much to the consternation of a cleaner who remains on hand to keep the chaos tidy. The...

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The Beatles, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Uncovered Rare Version

The Beatles have revealed an unreleased version (Take 9) of their classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Celebrating 50 years since the masterpiece was released Paul McCarney said “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of...

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Vision Premiere: Linah Rocio, Warrior Talk, Live at Royal

Born in Santiago, Chile and currently based in Zurich, Linah Rocio‘s music is expressive and somewhat fragile – a mix of jazz, indie and pop with a spark of avant-garde. Her songs are encrypted in poetic language, mostly autobiographical – her voice touching yet strong. The video shows a great live performance of her song Warrior Talk taken from the album of the same name at the album’s launch party at Baden‘s Royal venue in Switzerland. The first single Kill The Monsters taken from the album Warrior Talk, was released in January 2017 on Aveline Records and it follows Linah’s journey of finding her true authentic self,...

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Vision: It’s Haim Time! New music Right Now drops

Californian sister-trio Haim have (finally!) announced the forthcoming release of sophomore album Something To Tell You, a good four years since debut Days Are Gone came out. Teasing new music with huge billboards posted in cities across the world in recent weeks, today saw the release of new album cut Right Now and it’s Paul Thomas Anderson-directed live video, the group stopping by Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music to tell the Kiwi DJ how acclaimed Boogie Nights and Magnolia filmmaker Anderson shot the video in one day “before he was going to work” while the group performed a live studio version of the track, the simple...

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Premiere: William Poyer, The Liars The Bitches The Crooks & The Thieves

The Liars The Bitches The Crooks & The Thieves, is the last single released off William Poyer’ debut Album, Born Lucky. A record written during William’s time in Mexico City, this song explores the reality of mans quest to find the goodness in himself. William told us that ‘The whole album consisted of songs written in a fairly short space of time; around six months. However, this song came from a riff that I had had for many years, but I’d never been able to finish the song. It wasn’t untilI I had the title, The Liars, The Bitches...

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Vision: Katie Von Schleicher, Paranoia from Shitty Hits

Katie Von Schleicher announces her debut full-length album, Shitty Hits, for release on July 28th 2017 via Full Time Hobby Records in the UK and Europe and Ba Da Bing Records in the US. Today she also shares a video for the lead single, Paranoia, which was directed by Matt Strickland. Katie told us following about the track: “Paranoia is the first song I wrote for Shitty Hits. It’s an attempt to crystallize a feeling which would later be embodied in different forms throughout the album. Deciding to self-produce — to make this maximal and woozy sound I was dying to...

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Vision: Blondie, Long Time

Long Time is the third offering from this remarkable new album, once again perfectly demonstrating the record’s blend of Blondie’s pioneering past with new influences from modern music’s great innovators. The track also reignites a winning formula of Debbie Harry and collaborator Dev Hynes (AKA Blood Orange). Set in the city where Blondie’s story began over four decades ago, the video for Long Time sees the band in a chaotic, loud, and fast-paced New York. The video flips between scenes of front woman Debbie Harry driving recklessly in a signature yellow cab and the band playing on the streets...

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Premiere: Betti, Toxic

Betti reworks Britney’s hit track Toxic in a visually stunning and provocative video Currently on tour with Rag’n’Bone Man in Europe, having performed to sold out crowds at Elysée Montmartre in Paris, Ottakringer Brauerei in Vienna and Melkweg in Amsterdam, to name just a few, Betti, is pleased to announce details of a brand new version of Britney’s hit Toxic, showcasing the emerging jazz-pop singer’s old world charm and elegant fragility. “”I was born in 1994, so when I was a young girl Britney was “everything”. Toxic has always been a favourite of mine, and with the help of my producer...

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Todd Rundgren new album White Knight

Todd Rundgren. the iconic songwriter, recording artist, producer and innovator, will release his newest and 26th solo album White Knight on May 12 via Cleopatra Records. The 15-track collection features a dynamic range of original songs and deft studio work by Rundgren, with an incredible array of guests to match, including Dam Funk, Donald Fagen, Daryl Hall, Bettye Lavette, Robyn, Joe Satriani, Joe Walsh, Trent Reznor and Moe Berg, The songs on White Knight,  all Rundgren originals or co-writes with some of the album guests, range from hip-hop flecked funk and dystopian synth rock to soaring ballads and crisp power pop. “It’s easy to get used...

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Vision: Public Service Broadcasting, Progress

Public Service Broadcasting today share the video for the current single Progress. Directed by Lucy Dawkins and Tom Readdy, previous collaborators of the band on their videos for Sputnik and Go! and produced by Yes Please Productions, the video is a playful look at a serious and pertinent topic, namely mechanisation and its true place in the ‘progress’ of humanity. The clip is inspired by sixties’ cold war films and was filmed in a jet engine testing facility in Suffolk, itself a nod to the band’s past with debut album track Spitfire, written about the design and construction of the famous fighter plane. Given that Progress nods to Kraftwerk, the band...

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Vision: Sparks, New Video is Hippopotamus

Sparks have announced their new album Hippopotamus for September 8th release, plus an EU & UK tour. For the past forty years, Sparks have consistently been one of pops pivotal influencers, and the band’s new album will carry on a the tradition of innovation. Four new songs were played at the 6 Music Festival last Friday, (watch the performance here: http://bbc.in/2mH7ah3) and give a taste of the new records catchy, intelligent and sometimes downright insane tone. UK Tour Dates Wednesday 20 Sep              Queens Hall, Edinburgh Friday 22 Sep                       O2 Ritz, Manchester Saturday 23 Sep                   Rock City, Nottingham Sunday 24 Sep                      O2 Institute 1, Birmingham Tuesday 26 Sep                   02 Academy,...

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Vision: GirlPool, 123

Girlpool have announced that they’ve signed to Anti- Records and released a video for 123, the lead single from the new album Powerplant, the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut. Life has been a whirl for Girlpool since the release of their acclaimed 2015 debut Before the World Was Big. Shortly before the record came out, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker relocated from their hometown of Los Angeles all the way across the country to Philadelphia, where they quickly became embedded in the local D.I.Y. scene. “Before BTWWB, I was just out of high school, living in my old neighborhood,”...

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Vision: Curse Of Lono, Pick Up The Pieces

Acclaimed new London five-piece Curse Of Lono will release their debut album Severed on Submarine Cat Records on April 7th. A sumptuously cinematic record that combines harmony-laden Americana with driving, gothic alt-rock, Severed was produced at Gun Factory studio by Oli Bayston (Boxed In). Curse Of Lono release first single Pick Up The Pieces today, taken from upcoming debut album Severed, and they have recently announced they will be performing at several festivals across the summer including Camden Rocks and Wychwood Festival. Following their recent sold out gigs at The Islington and Servants Jazz Quarters, Curse Of Lono have announced...

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James Blake, My Willing Heart video starring Natalie Portman

James Blake has released a stunning video for My Willing Heart, a highlight from 2016’s acclaimed third album The Colour In Anything. He has also confirmed a run of live dates across the summer, including those in support of Radiohead. Starring Natalie Portman just days before giving birth, My Willing Heart was directed by Anna Rose Holmer and filmed in Los Angeles. Centreing around Portman in and out water, the visuals shift the emphasis of the track’s lyrics from lovelorn romanticism to maternal anticipation with subtle monochrome images, blended together with soft-focus textures. Released with little to no prior...

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