“… Julie Hawk separates riffs from
raff with punch and poised intensity."
- Disorder Magazine
“…waves of heavy percussion and
intertwining riffs." - DIY
"...a raucous dip into empowerment..." - The Line Of Best Fit
“…stunning…” - Noisey
Following their previous majestic release, Sin, Berlin-based HAWK return with the sweeping passion of new AA-side Can’t Explain / Below, out now via Veta Records. Both singles are available to stream on Spotify and buy on iTunes now.
Can't Explain premiered on Disorder Magazine and is also available to stream on Soundcloud and Spotify now.
Can’t Explain is another example of HAWK’s acute social awareness and ability to create powerful soundscapes with a unique, compelling elegance. It was written as a reaction to people’s ignorance and the power privilege has to erase the voices of those who need to be heard. A gritty slice of grunge-filled indie, its propelled by thrashing riffs and a seething passion. Can’t Explain showcases the soaring power of Julie’s vocal at its most intense, as a potent sense of urgency rages throughout.
Below is also available to stream on Spotify and Soundcloud now.
Inspired by Irish history, the Catholic church and its mistreatment of women, Below oozes a twinkling, ethereal splendour as the spine-tingling emotion of Julie Hawk’s celestial vocals flow. With a rich, haunting grandeur, a shimmering delicacy is juxtaposed with a searing passion and dark undertones, conveying the track’s message with a captivating grace. Julie explains “as an Irish woman, both looking back at how women were treated in the past and the desperate lack of progress today, I feel betrayed by my country. We’re still fighting for basic reproductive rights for women and seeing an embarrassing response from our government.”
HAWK originally formed in London in 2014, before relocating to Berlin last year where they now produce all music themselves, and have also recently started working with Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar) to help develop their post-rock sound. In addition to their musical endeavours, front woman Julie is also a skilled illustrator and has recently launched Female Fronted Drawn Together - a project through which she has created a playlist of admirable female bands/musicians and created an illustration to accompany each song.
Since the release of critically acclaimed singles such as Take It Away, Mirror Maze, Once Told and most recently, Sin, HAWK have received support from Noisey, Stereogum, Wonderland, DIY and The Line Of Best Fit to name but a few. Combining an abrasive edge with a beguiling grace, activism is at the heart of all HAWK create, with their music covering a range of topics including inequality, gender-preconceptions, and generalisations faced by different social groups.
Catch HAWK live on 22nd November for The End Festival at The Lexington, London - Tickets
AA-side Can’t Explain / Below is out now via Veta Records. You can listen to HAWK now on Spotify and Apple Music.
“...fizzing synth-infused pop…”
“Stylish and soothing…” - Clash
Icelandic duo East of My Youth return with another soaring, synth-infused single, Go Home, out now via West Of My Future Ltd. It is available to buy and stream on iTunes and Spotify now.
The single premiered on BEAT and is also available to stream on the band's Soundcloud page.
Opening eerily and filled with atmospheric electronica, artist Thelma Marín Jónsdóttir’s rich vocal compliments the musicality perfectly. As a result of Herdís Stefánsdóttir’s compositional background, off-kilter beats, humming synths, a quirky bass line and soaring harmonies are gradually added to the track to create something truly majestic and unique.
Talking about the track, Herdís explains “I was sitting in the studio and playing around on my MicroKorg synth, listening to A$AP Rocky. The song came really easily. We were in such a good mood the we went downtown and Thelma bought herself new shoes and then we went back to the studio and had some wine and danced.”
East of My Youth was formed in May 2015 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Since then, Herdís and Thelma have already received praise from a number of well-regarded publications including i-D, The Line of Best Fit and Clash to name but a few. They have also wowed crowds at festivals such as SXSW, Iceland Airwaves and Sonar Reykjavik and now hope to charm further listeners with their captivating, musically rich compositions.
Go Home is out now via West Of My Future Ltd and available to buy and stream on iTunes and Spotify now.
"...beautifully mastered and Kelly's
high-calibre artistry is evident in
"...Kelly’s art is an immersive experience, imbued with honesty and enthused with youthful exuberance. We love it."
"...a glorious concoction full of ear-pleasing tones and immense emotion...."
- The Line Of Best Fit
"...silky smooth vocals that spin widely
relatable tales." - Consequence of Sound
Following the release of her stunning debut EP, The Things I Should, Irish artist Maria Kelly returns with another poignant yet profound new single, Hollow, out now via Veta Records. It is available to stream on Spotify now.
The single premiered on Earmilk and is also available to stream via Maria's Soundcloud page.
The single deals with the disappointment that comes with never quite getting through to someone. Maria explains “It came about when I had to be brutally honest with myself about the state of a relationship. It’s so easy to trick yourself into thinking that everything is fine, but this song represents that moment you snap, get angry and want to confront the problem.” Hollow opens with Kelly’s signature delicate vocal, entwined with a subtle whisper track, creating a powerful sense of secrecy and sorrow. Combined with Kelly’s intricate guitar plucking, earnest songwriting abilities and a captivating string arrangement, Hollow is once again a prime example of Kelly’s unique ability to create beautifully melancholic indie-folk.
This release is the first of Maria’s that she has arranged herself; “I never had the confidence before, as I had convinced myself that I just wasn’t very good at arrangement. But after giving myself the chance, being patient and with the incredible strings and electric coming from Matt Harris (HAWK), I’m really proud of how this track turned out and I hope others like it as much as I do.”
Growing up in Mayo, Ireland, Maria spent many years developing her sound into a delicate blend of atmospheric-alt-folk. First taking influence from the story-telling elements of Irish-trad, as well as artists like Regina Spektor and Lisa Hannigan, her music aims to share deeply personal, humanising and heartbreaking experiences. Maria has already played numerous shows in both the UK and Ireland supporting the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, KT Tunstall and Billie Marten, as well as playing at this year’s Great Escape Festival and Electric Picnic. Maria has previously received praise from various online publications including Consequence of Sound, The 405, Wonderland, Mahogany, The Line of Best Fit and Radio X.
Maria Kelly recently won the honour of playing at Ireland's acclaimed Other Voices music festival in Dingle. You can also catch Maria live at the following dates, with tickets available here:
16th November - Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
17th November - Róisín Dubh, Galway
19th November - Servant Jazz Quarters, London
20th November - Sofar Sounds, London
23th November - Spirit Store, Dundalk
24th November - Upstairs Dolans, Limerick
25th November - Connollys of Leap, Cork
26th November - Debarras Folk Club, Clonakilty
2nd December - Other Voices - Dingle, Kerry
Hollow is out now via Veta Records and is available to stream on Spotify now.