“Loads of bands we write about have day-jobs in order make their night-time lives as musicians work, but Amber Arcades has one of the most interesting. At home in The Netherlands Annelotte de Graaf works as a legal aide on UN war crime tribunals during the week. Her most recent cases have seen her working in human rights law helping people leaving Syria.
The story goes that after writing a bunch of songs she saved up and all her savings on flying to New York to record her debut LP with The Men’s Ben Greenberg after researching that he’d worked on a bunch of her favourite albums. A couple of guys from Quilt and Real Estate formed a band to help record it.
The result is ‘Fading Lines’ which comes out on Heavenly on 3 June, and below you can listen to the title track.”
Following three dates supporting Nada Surf, Amber Arcades have announced a series of headline shows around the release of the album. ‘Fading Lines’ is out on June 3rd and we’re delighted that the band are also doing a series of European shows in the summer too.
FRI 3 JUNE – SUN 5 JUNE Lunar Festival 2016Warwick, UK
TUE 7 JUNE — The Lexington London, UK
WED 8 JUNE- L’Espace BParis, France
SAT 11 JUNE- Auster-clubBerlin, Germany
THU 21 JULY – SUN 24 JULY, Secret Garden Party 2016Huntingdon, UK
FRI 22 JULY – SUN 24 JULY, Deer Shed Festival 2016Thirsk, UK
THU 18 AUGUST – SUN 21 AUGUST, Green Man Festival 2016Brecon Beacons, UK
FRI 2 SEPTEMBER – SUN 4 SEPTEMBER, End of the Road Festival 2016Salisbury, UK
SAT 10 SEPTEMBER – SUN 11 SEPTEMBER, OnBlackheath 2016London, UK
Sounds From the Other City festival (SFTOC) is a celebration of new music and performance, uniting the cream of the national and international scene with some of the city’s finest independent promoters, collectives and club nights. Happening regularly on the May Day Bank Holiday each year along the Chapel St corridor of the historic city of Salford, 2016 will be the festivals 12th instalment.
Taking place in various venues across Chapel Street, our stage will be at the First Chop Brewing Arm and we aim to get you dancing into bank holiday Monday.
Headlining the event on Sunday May 1st, is our latest signing The Parrots, fresh from tearing up SXSW, these boys will bring the party. Listen to the bands new single and first for Heavenly ‘Let’s Do It Again’ here.
Gwenno is also performing a full band set at Manchester’s St Philips Church as part of the festival.
Check out Sound From The Other City’s website for the full festival line-up & details here.
And, check our Facebook event for details of our stage here.
Following a fantastic trip to SXSW, we’re delighted to announce that Heavenly have signed Madrid three piece, The Parrots. The band have a brand new single titled ‘Let’s Do It Again’ which you can listen to here:
The band recorded the single at Paco Loco Studios in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz), an oasis near the beach in the south of Spain. The track was engineered and co-produced by Paco Loco (Hinds) and mixed by Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring / Total Control).
‘Let’s Do It Again’, mixes the rolling reminiscence of the twisted garage-psych found in yé-yé era Spain with The Parrots’ truly contemporary approach to songwriting; hauled into the modern age Diego Garcia’s raw and impassioned vocal.
We are delighted to have the band on the label, here’s a cheeky snap of the signing at The Sahara Lounge, Austin, Texas taken during our SXSW trip.
Here’s what the group have to say about signing with Heavenly:
“Signing with Heavenly is very important to us, a big achievement which we will honour with great songs and incendiary shows.”
Captured instantly by the bands raucous live shows, we can’t wait for you guys to see the band live too. With a series of European shows coming up, don’t miss the band at the following places:
16th April — Planta Baja (Granada, Spain)
23rd April — Al-Andalus Festival (Pizarra, Spain)
29th April — Blackout @London Fields Brewery (London, UK)
1st May — Sounds from the Other City (Manchester, UK)
5th June — Happy Sundays (Madrid, Spain)
25th June — Sunride Festival (Pesaro, Italy)
8th July — Quintanilha Rock Festival (Quintanilha, Portugal)
16th July — SuperBock Festival (Lisbon, Portugal)
26th August — Sea Change Festvial (Totnes, UK)
11th September — On Blackheath (London, UK)
Check out the band on:
For the release of his third album we’re excited to announce that M Craft has signed to Heavenly Recordings.
The new album titled ‘Blood Moon’ will be released on June 17th. Here you can listen to the title track:
Living in a cabin on the edge of the Mojave desert, M. CRAFT discovered that isolation loves a soundtrack. The record reflects M Craft’s time as a desert resident in the heart of the Joshua Tree area.
Without the usual urban chaos to disturb the natural order, the volume of the eco-system rose on everything within earshot, he says:
“The silence around Joshua Tree is otherworldly, deep, almost impossible,” he says. “But once immersed in this silence, you notice that it’s not really silence at all. Little flecks of sound, which would have gone unheard on a city street corner, become like splashes of neon. The rustle of wind in a smoke tree, the hoot of an owl, the beating wings of a passing crow, all become vivid, important. Musical.”
‘Blood Moon’ began life in a studio in nearby Los Angeles as a series of unstructured, experimental piano pieces.
“I’d long been planning a piano-based record and I found a recording studio in Echo Park with a hundred-year-old Mason and Hamlin concert grand piano.” says Craft. “I simply sat down and improvised, with no plans or direction. Over a few months of these sessions, I ended up with several hour-long pieces of piano music. Taking everything back to the desert, I started to carve shapes from these pieces and songs started to form.”
‘Blood Moon’ is constructed around those piano recordings with additional percussion & orchestration, forming instrumental explorations and properly pure songs.
It’s a record from and for the small hours.
Night Beats have a new single ‘Power Child’ following the release of ‘No Cops’ and featuring on the bands latest album ‘Who Sold My Generation.’
DIY Magazine are premiering the new video directed by Riley Blakeway:
“Swathed in shadows, the psychier tendencies of the Seattle group suck what’s left of the limelight. Darting in and out of the darkness and busting out some of the best black-and-white boogying since Radiohead’s ‘Lotus Flower’ video, it’s a Riley Blakeway directed insight into the band’s warped minds backed by a swaggering, sweaty cut of their ballsy Southern rock.”
We’re really excited to announce that the trio are also returning to the UK in May for a series of headline shows. The band will play their biggest London show to date at the Scala on May 17th.
The bands third album & first on Heavenly, ‘Who Sold My Generation’ was released earlier this year to great critical acclaim:
“Toxic neo-psych from Texas…Their third album pulsates in glorious obliviousness to all interim ‘developments’ in rock.” – Q Magazine ★★★★
“Who Sold My Generation is bathed in a warm fuzz perfected in 1966 yet fizzes with a 21st century attitude too.” — MOJO ★★★★
“Night Beats deliver a confident third album that, from the opener, ‘Celebration #1’ enfolds the listener in a potent ambience.” – Shindig ★★★★
“Seattle-based garage-psych berserkers take it to the 99th floor on an album that positions them alongside Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees as cutting edge garage rock innovators.” – Louder Than War 9/10
“Anything goes for Night Beats, and their new LP sees them opening new doors” DIY ★★★★
This summer we’re delighted to be returning to On Blackheath to host our Heavenly & Friends stage for the third year. Taking place on Sunday 11th September we can unveil this years stellar line-up.
Celebrating Heavenly’s magical past and exciting present, this years line-up showcases the very best of Heavenly Recordings love for music.
To headline the festival, we have the mighty Saint Etienne, who will play a career spanning set, celebrating 25 years of their classic LP ‘Fox Base Alpha’.
Plus, there will be the Heavenly Jukebox playing records throughout the day too.
Label founder Jeff Barrett shares his excitement about this summers bill:
“It’s great to be back at OnBlackheath Festival which we’ve been delighted to be part of since it began. In September it’ll be 25 years since we released Saint Etienne’s first album — Foxbase Alpha — so it’s great to be celebrating this anniversary at the Festival with them. We’ve got a killer lineup, showcasing the best of Heavenly; from our beginnings to where we are now.”
Tickets for the festival are available on the website with a discount for residents in the area.
Also on the Sunday, the main stage at the festival features sets from Squeeze, Soak & headliners Belle & Sebastian. We can’t wait to return to the picturesque setting and have a wonderful day of great music.
We’re excited to announce that Amber Arcades will be releasing her debut album titled ‘Fading Lines’ on June 3rd. Amber Arcades is the moniker of Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf, and we’re excited to unveil the new video for the lead single ‘Right Now.’
Directed by Jeroen van der Poel & Anna de Rijk, Annelotte talks us through the videos dreamlike concept:
“‘When we first got to listen to Amber Arcades’ ‘Right Now’ we instantly got the emerging feeling of a dream state; a surrealistic feeling which lacks any straightforward narrative. The cool thing about working with children at this young age (5 and 7) is that they will sabotage any trial to a narrative approach. Their fantasy and energy was a perfect match with our feelings towards the track’.”
Released as a digital single on March 18th, the album ‘Fading Lines’ will follow on June 3rd. The album was recorded at Strange Weather Studio in New York with producer Ben Greenberg(The Men, Beach Fossils, Destruction Unit) and features the previously streamed track ‘Turning Light.’ ‘Fading Lines’ was inspired by time, continuity, coincidence and magic.
Amber Arcades are currently supporting Palehound on their UK headline tour as well as opening PIAS Nites in Brussels tomorrow night. The band have also announced a series of summer festival appearances as well as their first London headline show at The Lexington.
Thu 03-Mar-16 United Kingdom London The Shacklewell Arms (sup. Palehound)
Sun 06-Mar-16 United Kingdom Leeds Headrow House (sup. Palehound)
Fri 11-Mar-16 Netherlands Amsterdam Paradiso — London Calling
Sat 12-Mar-16 United Kingdom London Moth Club (sup. Gwenno)
Wed 30-Mar-16 Belgium Brussels Cafe Bonnefooi
Sat 09-Apr-16 United Kingdom Manchester Gorilla (sup. Nada Surf)
Sun 10-Apr-16 United Kingdom Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (sup. Nada Surf)
Mon 11-Apr-16 United Kingdom London Electric Ballroom (sup. Nada Surf)
Sat 16-Apr-16 Netherlands Utrecht Tivoli De Helling — Record Store Day Afterparty
Thu 19-May-16 United Kingdom Brighton Latest Music Bar — The Great Escape
Thu 02-Jun-16 Netherlands Utrecht Ekko — Album Launch Party
Sat 04-Jun-16 United Kingdom Tamworth-in-Arden Lunar Festival
Tue 07-Jun-16 United Kingdom London The Lexington — Album Launch Party
Wed 08-Jun-16 France Paris L’espace B
Fri 10-Jun-16 Belgium Diksmuide 4ad
Sat 11-Jun-16 Berlin, Auster-Club
Fri 22-Jul-16 United Kingdom Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon Secret Garden Party
Sat 23-Jul-16 United Kingdom Thirsk, North Yorkshire Deer Shed Festival
Sun 21-Aug-16 United Kingdom Crickhowell, Powys Green Man Festival
Sat 27-Aug-16 Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Woods Festival
Fri 02-Sep-16 United Kingdom Tollard Royal, Wiltshire End Of The Road Festival
We’re really excited to announce that we are hosting our first SXSW showcase at this years festival. The stage has a fantastic bill of six bands also making their SXSW festival debuts.
Taking place on Wednesday 16th March at the Barracuda Club, the event will go on until the early hours of the morning on Thursday 17th March.
The stage times for the showcase and event details can be found here:
1.15am — Night Beats
00.15 — Stealing Sheep
23–15- Hooton Tennis Club
21.15- The Parrots
20.15- Amber Arcades
We will have HVN339 Heavenly SXSW showcase patches for all who attend.
Believe In Magic…
Towards the back end of last year Memphis band Nots made their European live debut with a series of shows and festival appearances. The group played our Heavenly 25 show at The Garage. You can watch the band perform ‘Shelf Life’ from that night here:
We’re delighted to reveal that the band will follow up their previous album & debut ‘We Are Nots’ with an as yet unannounced new record due to drop later in the year. First, the band are returning to Europe for a series of new shows, including their own headline date at The Lexington.
The band are playing the following shows this spring:
20th Kortrijk, De Krreun
21st Brighton, Bleach (6pm)
21st Brighton, Sticky Mike’s (1am)
22nd Manchester, Soup Kitchen
23rd London, Lexington
24th Cologne, King Georg
25th Hamburg, Hafenklang
26th Berlin, Monarch
27th Madrid, GetMAD! Festival
28th Paris, Villette Sonique
29th Geneva, L’Usine
30th Zurich, Bosch Bar
“A great debut then, and one that offers further proof of the robust current state of the US underground” — Q Magazine 4/5
“Dark, angry and out-there, ‘We Are Nots’ is an impressive, if punishing, introduction.” — Uncut 7/10
“They’ve created a surefooted, aesthetic defining opening statement.” — Pitchfork 7.8