Life in Film – It’s What Happens Next Is What Matters Most

At the start of “It’s What Happens Next Is What Matters Most”, the new single from Life in Film, you might be wondering what’s happened to their sweet, skittery indie-pop. Fear not – stick around and the catchy will come back to you. More reflective than previous single “Get Closer”, It’s What Happens Next Is What Matters Most is drenched in harmonies, dancing guitar lines and drops a couple of rhythmic feints in for good measure, all in under three minutes.

And something you might or might not want to know – the track was recorded shirtless. Frontman Samuel Fry explains:

The practice room we used to rehearse in had no windows and used to get crazy hot in the summer, so by the end of practice we had all stripped down to our pants. Which always gave the next band coming in a bit of a shock.

 Dominic [Sennett] has a picture of Jack Nicholson on the back of his bass, it’s of Jack when he won his first Oscar. Trophy held aloft. The quote of his, “If I can win this, then you can do anything.”

Life in Film’s debut album, Here It Comes, is out on May 5th (and produced by none other than Stephen Street).

In the meantime you can catch the band across North America in April and May, when they are touring in support of The Wombats. Check the band’s website for full tour details:

http://www.lifeinfilm.co.uk/tour.php

Jason Nolan – Brush Social Club

“Brush Social Club” is the latest track from 21-year-old producer Josh Nolan. Nolan is a former jazz flautist who started creating his own pop and electronic music when he was 16. His influences are as diverse as they are intriguing, and include Talking Heads, Jai Paul, Arcade Fire, Ought, Feist, Neil Young and Drake.

“Brush Social Club” features some pretty special interplay between Nolan’s looped, echoey vocals, the gentle buzz of the bass, and lush orchestration that makes sporadic, dramatic appearances.

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IFPI Announces Global Release Day from summer 2015

Update, March 27th: According to sources at Music Week, the IFPI have confirmed July 10th as the official start date of Global Release Day.


The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the non-profit organisation that represents the global recording industry, announced today that the mooted global release day is to go ahead, starting in Summer 2015. In its statement, the IFPI said:

From summer 2015, new albums and singles will be released at 00:01 local time on Fridays. Music consumers everywhere will know to look for new releases on Fridays regardless of where they are.

The IFPI cited frustration for consumers caused by differing release days around the world, and a potential reduction in piracy as reasons for the move, adding that artists, too, will benefit:

As well as helping music fans, the move will benefit artists who want to harness social media to promote their new music. It also creates the opportunity to re-ignite excitement and a sense of occasion around the release of new music.

The IFPI claims support for the move from leading retailers and industry figures. Consumers are also apparently in favour of the move – the IFPI’s consumer survey revealed that more than two thirds (68%) of those who expressed a preference said they preferred Friday or Saturday for a global release day.

Unfortunately, research in markets where Friday was already the weekly time for new music releases seems hard to come by. In Germany and Australia it’s been the day of choice for a while, and recently both markets have seen years of rising revenue and years of declining revenue. Germany has flip-flopped with the UK for the 3rd/4th spot in the revenue stakes (behind Japan and the US), while Australia is the 6th largest market. You’d think that a global move to match their setup would have a lot to say about the success they achieved, but no, instead there’s some consumer survey numbers and quotes from large retailers. Large retailers, of course, being the soul and standard-bearer for recorded music.

In October last year, Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA) executive director Ian Harvey spoke to Billboard:

The decision to move to the Friday release date in Australia was not based on numbers and empirical evidence as Kym Bayley suggests it should be but on the belief that retailers had to meet the needs of their customers and that for those customers Friday, Saturday and Sunday are shopping days.

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So that’s all good then. A belief that it’s what customers want.

It’s not what many independent trade bodies, stores, and labels want. Indeed, the larger you are as an entity in the music industry the more in favour you are of the choice of Friday for global release day. Bodies such as The Department of Record Stores, a Canadian and US representative of independent stores, favours Tuesday, with Wednesday being the next best option.

The retail theory seems to be that Friday, leading into the weekend, can be used to create buzz around new releases. That may be so, but even if new releases are first available on, say, Tuesday, come Friday surely they will still be the newest, the most exciting, the buzziest part of your stock. Who would walk out of a record store in a huff because the most prominently displayed new releases are already three days old?

It feels like someone’s been casting jealous glances over at the movie industry, with its Friday releases and opening weekend takings, and all the hoopla that surrounds it, and thought “hey, could we do this for music?”. Well, yes, but then again, no. Movies are event culture. Going to a movie is much more than just starting out Friday not having seen the film, and ending the weekend having seen the film. Music is not the same, and if you have to start driving sales entirely round creating buzz for an opening weekend, then there are bigger problems ahead than can be solved by making sure everyone can get music from one minute past midnight on a Friday morning.

Warpaint – No Way Out

“No Way Out” is the first in what Warpaint have promised is to be a series of new releases through 2015. No Way Out showcases the quartet’s casual knack for a tune and an ability to sneak and snake effortlessly into your brain that they displayed on last year’s self-titled second album.

You can catch Warpaint on tour in Europe this Spring. If you’ve seen them before you’ll know a little of what to expect from No Way Out, which has been a regular part of their live sets.

Mar 13 Electronic Beats – Prague, Czech Republic
Mar 15 Cirque Royale – Brussels, Belgium
Mar 16 Le Trianon – Paris, France
Mar 18 Tivoli – Utrecht, Netherlands
Mar 20 The Institute – Birmingham, United Kingdom
Mar 22 Albert Hall – Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 24 O2 ABC Glasgow – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mar 25 The Sage Gateshead – Gateshead, United Kingdom
Mar 26 Eventim Apollo – London, United Kingdom
May 2 Desert Daze – Mecca, CA

http://www.warpaintwarpaint.com
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Robin Adams – Holy Smoke

“Holy Smoke” is the new single from Glaswegian musician Robin Adams. It’s a meditative, intense and personal track, Adams delivering studied lyrics against a sparse musical accompaniment of nothing more than a guitar that occasionally barely makes a noise, and the drawn out sombre notes of a cello.

“Holy Smoke” is taken from Adams’ fourth studio album, The Garden, an album informed specifically by the character of Vincent Van Gogh, and generally by the concept of the struggling artist – an ethos thatAdams can empathise with through his own battles with chronic illness.

Adams recorded the whole album on his own, in a bedroom over looking a garden.

I approached every song as I imagined Van Gogh might have approached a painting. There had to be the capturing of a moment, there had to be a rawness and a truth in every performance. If I didn’t transcend in some respect during the song, I knew it wasn’t acceptable.

The Garden is out on April 13th, via Backshop Records.

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Pale Honey – Youth

FAO: anyone who is in a band that consists of fewer than three members. If you occasionally worry that your sound is a bit bland or flat, that your songs are a bit one-paced or monotonous, may I suggest you check out Youth, the new single from Swedish duo Tuva Lodmark (guitar / vocals) and Nelly Daltrey (drums), who together make up Pale Honey.

Youth achieves cool without trying, and texture and shade without resorting to too much fanciness. Maybe in a stripped-back two-piece it helps to have a contrast between sweet insouciance in the vocals and harshness in the guitars as well as a little quiet / loud interplay between verse and chorus. Maybe there’s secretly a lot more people playing on this track than I realise. And if that’s what makes it work, well, Mr two-piece, there’s another option to think about.

“Youth” is out on March 2nd, on Bolero Recordings. Pale Honey’s self-titled debut album is out on May 4th.

http://www.palehoney.com/
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Soko Announces 2015 North American Tour Dates

French multi-instrumentalist Soko has announced North American tour dates, starting March 28 with Burger Records’ Burgerama at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA directly following her European tour. Tickets for her tour are on sale now HERE.

RRP featured Soko’s single “Ocean of Tears” earlier this month – follow the link to discover the song’s wild abandon and VHS-era styled video.

Upcoming Tour Dates

3/8 – Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
3/10 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
3/11 – Aarhus, Denmark @ Atlas
3/12 – Berlin, Germany @ Bang Bang Club
3/13 – Vienna, Austria @ Flex
3/14 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte
3/15 – Lyon, France @ Club Transbo
3/17 – Lille, France @ Aeuroneuf Club
3/18 – Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
3/20 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
3/22 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet
3/23 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique Orangerie
3/25 – Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
3/26 – London, UK @ St. John’s Church Fulham
3/28 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory (Burgerama)
3/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
3/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg
3/31 – San Diego, CA @ The Loft, University of California – San Diego

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Nick Edward Harris – Trying To Be Silent

Nick Edward Harris released his second album, The Tall Trees, this week. The follow-up to Chimera (2013), it sees Harris expand his accompanying orchestra of instruments while retaining his distinctive rich, deep vocals and acoustic folk bearings.

“Trying To Be Silent” jabs and weaves, and at some point is surely bound to be picked up by a TV network somewhere and used to soundtrack a devastating end of episode sequence, the aftermath that follows the denouement that follows the twist that follows the set-up – it just has such a strong sense of a story being told, of characters caught up in something beyond their control.

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New music playlist 2015//08

Is it the best weekly playlist yet? Until next week, maybe…

New music playlist 2015//08 sees the return of Sufjan Stevens, Public Service Broadcasting out on the floor, Beach Baby introduce themselves in magnificent style, Damn Vandals getting angry, Absofacto dissolving, Attic Fowler in the sunshine, The Hanging Stars repurposing Alan Lomax, and Hinemoa being generally wonderful.

Public Service Broadcasting – Go!

Go! is the second single to be taken from Public Service Broadcasting’s new album The Race For Space, which was released this week to extremely positive reviews. We really hope to find time here at RRP to pen our own thoughts on what is a bold and ambitious album. Go! covers a small step / giant leap in the race for space, “paying tribute in its own way to the men and women behind the scenes who put Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon”.

The video was directed by Lucy Dawkins and Tom Readdy and produced by Yes Please! Productions. Material used in the video comes from the NASA Audio & Multimedia Collections and Colin Mackellar at honeysucklecreek.net.

Public Service Broadcasting play two nights at The National Space Center tonight and tomorrow for the album’s launch, followed by tour dates in Australia and New Zealand, the US and Canada, and UK and Europe through to June. Check the band’s website at http://publicservicebroadcasting.net/ for details.

S. Carey – Neverending Fountain

S. Carey’s first two albums, All We Grow (2010) and Range of Light (2014) are like delicate blossoms floating through a procedurally generated bucolic landscape. The idea of stripping them back, reducing them to the barest minimum of components and composition, seems like trying to catch the mist, but that’s exactly what the Supermoon EP does.

Comprising two tracks from each album together with the title track and a cover version of Radiohead’s “Bullet Proof ..I Wish I Was”, the EP is mostly serene and piano-led – in this company the strings that stab at the heart of “We Fell” are a dramatic incursion – with occasional sympathetic additions like the steady notes that are held throughout and which outlive the title track.

“Neverending Fountain” originally appeared on Range of Light. In its original version, things are bowed and plucked (harp flourishes run through the track) – there always seems to be at least a dozen layers of sound for the vocals to percolate through; the version on Supermoon is altogether calmer, an appropriately atmospheric moonlit version that brings the vocal melody out, and dances it across a frozen lake.

Carey is currently on a living room tour that will continue in April. Details HERE.

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New music playlist 2015//07

The new music playlist for week seven is an absolute belter, featuring the dreamy sounds of Summer Heart and Parrot Dream, darkness and foreboding from Marika Hackman, high quality indie disco fare from Girl Friend and Kid Astray, and exciting new electronica from Apidae and Eternal Death. And a bunch of other brilliant new tracks that I will leave you to discover for yourself…