“Truly promising…” - Drowned in Sound
"...music that moves you in ways you didn't even know was possible..." - Gigwise
"Graceful, soothing songwriting..." - Clash
"...soulful lonesome melancholic singing with grandiose alternative rock bombast" - The Independent
Charlie Barnes has released a short 'making of' video, taking us behind the scenes of his debut album More Stately Mansions, released via Superball Music.
You can watch the video via the Superball Music YouTube channel.
If you'd like to listen to the album in full, then head over to The Independent who are hosting an exclusive track by track stream.
The video for album track 'Easy Kid premiered on The Line Of Best Fit who described it as "...a rock-solid, emotional track that zaps you in the chest". You can watch it now via the Superball Music YouTube channel.
You can also stream album title track and single, More Stately Mansions, which premiered on Clash Magazine's website via the Superball Music SoundCloud page. The video for album track 'Sing To God' premiered on Gigwise and is available to watch on YouTube and stream on SoundCloud.
The album was produced by Steve Durose of Oceansize. The band are all massive fans of Oceansize which is prevalent from their precise musicianship and the more cerebral elements of the album.
Drowned in Sound and Prog Magazine have already noted Charlie’s talent and he’s already supported bands like Secret Chiefs 3 and opened for Vessels and The Twilight Sad as a solo artist.
To help promote the album, Charlie was also asked by Leeds based coffee roastery North Star to create his own signature blend. He spent a lot of his early twenties playing solo in coffee houses around the UK and Europe, whilst working part-time making coffee back home in Leeds and it seems to have paid off.
You can catch Charlie Barnes live at the following dates as he finishes his tour in Germany:
24th May - Maifeld Derby - Mannheim, Germany
More Stately Mansions is bold and elegant, proving that Charlie Barnes is a strong contender for one of the most exciting new acts of 2015 - a true, rare talent.
More Stately Mansions is out now via Superball Music and available to buy digitally on iTunes.
Rag Foundation have released the video for single, Keep The Lights Low. The track is taken from their fourth album, The Sparrow & The Thief, released 29th June 2015 via Rhondda Street Studio Recordings.
The video premiered on Folk Radio UK and you can watch it now via the band's YouTube channel.
You can also stream the band's previous single Run via the ABoF SoundCloud page and watch the video that accompanies the track on the band'sYouTube channel.
The Sparrow & The Thief is a narrative tour de force, with singles Run and Keep The Lights Low showcasing their ability to create sumptuous vocal harmonies interlaced with intricate indie folk compositions which bear comparison to the likes of Noah & The Whale and The Decembrists with elements of Fleetwood Mac. The band’s folk background is evident throughout, but shines brightest on tracks such as
‘Sparrow Song’ and ‘Freedom is a Stranger’.
The band have always been fascinated by the dark stories behind certain songs - murder, betrayal, infidelity - essentially all the good things in life. With The Sparrow & The Thief they’ve produced a folk tinged collection of tales that they’re keen for listeners to explore.
Rag Foundation are Neil Woolard (vocals), Richard Cowell (guitar & vocals), Daniel Kilbride (bass & vocals), Kate Ronconi (fiddle, banjo, keys & vocals) and Huw Rees (percussion & vocals), five people brought together by their working class, traditional roots. Based in Swansea, the band are as comfortable performing traditional welsh songs written centuries ago as they are writing contemporary, alternative folk that explores the darker side of humanity.
Rag Foundation will be spending the rest of 2015 touring the UK, spreading their music as far as they can.
The Sparrow & The Thief is released 29th June 2015 via Rhondda Street Studio Recordings. Run is available to buy now via iTunes.
Robbie Flanagan has announced the release of his debut album, Remember To Forget, out now via Home Recording. You can buy it on BandCamp.
To celebrate the release of Robbie Flanagan's debut album, and to get a taste of his sound, you can stream and download album track 'The City Who Forgot' for free via the ABoF SoundCloud page.
Remember To Forget is a beautifully constructed acoustic album, with each track falling effortlessly into the next. Album opener ‘The City Who Forgot’ is filled with soft, smooth guitar picking and Robbie’s warm, whispered and hypnotic vocals and sets the perfect tone for the rest of the release. The album’s title reflects on various events Robbie has experienced over the years and the emotions he has had to come to terms with, expressed effortlessly through intricate guitar trills and luscious harmonies. Tracks such as ‘Write Back’ and ‘Bygone’ are about past loves while ‘In The Garden Tree’ is a reflective and introspective look at the songwriter and his feelings of loneliness.
Robbie Flanagan started out as a solo singer/songwriter in 2008 after playing in several bands whilst growing up in Aberdeen, Scotland. His influences range from Sufjan Stevens, Nick Drake and Elliott Smith to name but a few and he has had the opportunity in October 2014 to support one of his musical inspirations, Scott Mathews. Robbie is keen to follow in their footsteps, and has plans for a UK tour in the near future.
Remember To Forget is out now via Home Recording and available to buy on BandCamp.