Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can – Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds | Posted on 24-12-2009

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Laura Marling is set to release her second full length studio album in March 2010. The album, recently given the title ‘I Speak Because I Can’ was produced by Ethan Johns. At one point, this second album was to have a medieval theme to it but Marling later revoked this idea.

‘Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)’ was released 14th December. First played on tour a year ago, the song is just as apt this winter with much of England currently under snow. Laura Marling aired the track on BBC 6 Music in November along with another track Made a Maid which might also be on the upcoming album.


Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)Laura Marling

Mars Argo – Updates

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other, Rock | Posted on 20-12-2009

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_1 / Technology is a Dead Bird is now available as an instrumental version with a minimum price of just $5. Mars Argo and Titanic Sinclair have given you explicit permission to use their songs in your YouTube videos. They only ask that you link to them in the sidebar of the video and it’s non-commercial use only. You can download the instrumental version of Technology is a Dead Bird here.

_2 / Technology is a Dead Bird is to be released on CD and vinyl formats. Mars Argo have said they are “on the way”.

_3 / Mars Argo now have a merchandise store with districtlines. There are two rather dashing T-Shirts on there for sale at the moment.

The Irrepressibles – Mirror Mirror

Posted by Sophie Stratford | Posted in Album, Independent Music Finds, Other, Sophie Stratford | Posted on 17-12-2009

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The flamboyant, fantastical and unfathomable Irrepressibles are set to release their stunning new debut album Mirror Mirror. Led by composer and artist Jamie McDermott, the band are a ten piece performance orchestra that, through the power of their instruments can transport and transfix, break moulds and collide worlds.

The Irrepressibles

Fusing European orchestration with pop melodies and soaring cathartic vocals, Mirror Mirror is a theatrical, playful and emotionally passionate album. From the dramatic opener My Friend Jo to the galloping rhythms of Anvil, from the yearning echoes of Forget The Past through to the intensely intimate In This Shirt, the album is a beautifully constructed exploration of McDermott’s stories of love, anger, lust and loss.

The Irrepressibles sound has been compared to early David Bowie and Kate Bush however Mirror Mirror is quite unlike anything you have heard before. As the album unfolds there is so much more to discover, enchanting musical offerings that hold surprises at every turn.

Released 11th January 2010.

By Sophie Stratford

V&V (Issue #1) – New Online Magazine

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other Finds | Posted on 15-12-2009

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The first issue of the Vinyl and Vodka Magazine is available. At the moment, it is thought the magazine will become a bi-monthly affair. V&V takes a minimalist approach in design to deliver an eclectic blend of music, fashion and culture in reviews, interviews, features and photography. The result is a fresh, new publication; full of content and yet completely uncluttered.

Issue #1 can be read below (click for full screen) and advertising space is currently available for Issue #2. Visit the Vinyl and Vodka blog for more information.

Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions (behind the scenes)

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Electro, Independent Music Finds | Posted on 08-12-2009

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Simian Mobile Disco have just finished recording their new video ‘Cruel Intentions’. The video was directed by Saam Faramand, the same guy behind ‘Golden Skans’ of Klaxons. Vice UK tagged along to the shoot and got behind the scenes with the band and director to film a couple of videos for your viewing pleasure. Go here to see the footage.