We are really pleased to announce that four of our 12″ LP sleeves have been nominated for this years ‘Best Art Vinyl’ Awards.
Art Vinyl celebrates the most creative and well-designed record covers of the last year. We are really delighted to have four nominations in their top 50 list, it’s been a great year for Heavenly artwork.
We would also like to congratulate all of the participating artists.
You can decide the winner by casting a vote:
Cherry Ghost — Herd Runners
Temples — Sun Structures
The Wytches — Annabel Dream Reader
Fever The Ghost — Crab In Honey EP
The winners will be revealed in January 2015.
Best Art Vinyl is in it’s10th year as an industry recognised award for art & design within music, it’s a great celebration of a such a fantastic medium.
You can currently view the nominations as part of the East London Design Show.
Best Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps explains:
“While the vinyl revival has quietly gained momentum, Art Vinyl has become the home of contemporary sleeve design, achieving our mission to document the art of this amazing music format right up to the present date. I founded Art Vinyl back in 2004 as I believed that a new generation would still appreciate this format and the added artistic value from the sleeve designs…this annual celebration is most certainly both genre less and ageless.”
Visit the ‘Best Art Vinyl’ website for further information and where to vote:
After the ‘Salt Gall Ghouls Box’ compilation dropped earlier this year, we are excited to announce that H Hawkline will be releasing a new album ‘In The Pink of Condition’ next year. The album was recorded at Seahorse Sound Studios in LA and produced by fellow émigré and musical maven Cate Le Bon.
Hawkline (aka Huw Gwynfryn) says the record is, “an album of strange pop.”
Although reluctant to cite a shopping list’s worth of influences, Huw nods to two permanent inspirations – the maverick U.S. author Richard Brautigan (the Hawkline name appropriated from Brautigan’s 1974 ‘gothic western’ The Hawkline Monster) and a just-turned-solo Paul McCartney (Huw namechecks Ram, an album coincidentally recorded when the once-and-future Beatle was also twenty-nine). From the former, a wistful ways with words — songs constructed as slices of life, surrealist observations on the everyday. From the latter — what else would one ask for other than a just smidgeon of MCCartney’s six sense for abundant, tumbling melody?
His third record following 2010’s ‘A Cup Of Salt’ and 2011’s ‘The Strange Uses Of Ox Gall,’ ‘In The Pink of Condition’ is out on Monday 2nd of February.
Preceding the album is the new single ‘Moons In My Mirror’ which you can listen to below:
As premiered by The Quietus:
“The album gets preceded by a single ‘Moons In My Mirror’ on January 23, and Heavenly have given us a first spin of the track, a three-minute cut of immensely pleasingly wiry post-punk bearing some fine lyrical turns, “I never open my post/ I’m a moronic morose”, a natty earworm that promises much for the long-player.”
‘Moons In My Mirror’ will be released as a download and limited 7″ on Monday 26h January.
Following his tour supporting Cate Le Bon in the UK this year Hawkline has announced a run of UK dates for February 2015. These dates include a month long residency at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff.
5th Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
6th Sheffield, The Harley
7th Hay on Wye, The Globe
9th London, Servants Jazz Quarters
10th Bristol, Louisiana
12th Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
13th Nottingham, Chameleon
14th Glasgow, Nice & Sleazys
15th Leeds, Brudenell Games Room
16th Wakefield, Unity Works
17th Hull, Adelphi
18th York , Basement
19th Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
20th Chester, The Compass
21st Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
23rd Brighton, The Hope
24th Manchester, Gullivers
26th Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
‘Floor of The Ocean’ has been lifted from this years record ‘Phantom Radio’ which achieved great critical acclaim:
Unlike most gothic pop, Lanegan’s art is not a matter of fashion or mascara: it’s a genuine cri du coeur, as rare and beautiful as anything in music. THE INDEPENDENT — ★★★★★
“It’s fantastic, these unfamiliar surroundings – be it the Moroderesque shimmer of Floor Of The Ocean or the imperial synths of Waltzing In Blue – lending Lanegan’s songs a fresh new bite. A brave inspired step into the unknown.“
MOJO – ★★★★
“That ancient-sounding voice, seemingly hewn from rock’s substrata, has always worked as a drone in its own right, and here it’s matched by keyboards that shimmer behind, as if Lee Hazlewood were performing early-80s New Order.“
Q – ★★★★
“If you’re new to Lanegan, ‘Floor of the Ocean’ is the entry point here, while long-time fans will lap up ‘Tom Red Heart’ — the prettiest thing he has created since his Isobel Campbell collaborations.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES Album of The Week
“Best of all is the swollen melody on ‘Waltzing Blue’ the highlight of a sullen and graceful record that brings out the very best in the gruff veteran.” NME 8/10
“A beautiful set that balances Lanegan’s ongoing love of blues and folk with further explorations of the electronic terrain he explored on 2012’s Blues Funeral“
UNCUT – 8/10
“A career highlight… The Superb ‘Floor Of The Ocean’ could be the Sisters Of Mercy covering Joy Division, while ‘Torn Red Heart’ might be the most beautiful love song Lanegan has ever recorded“
THE GUARDIAN – ★★★★
Mark Lanegan will be heading out on his European tour in early 2015. We are also pleased that our latest signing Duke Garwood will be joining him as main support on a selection of dates.
Newly signed to Heavenly, Duke Garwood is to release his new album ‘Heavy Love’ in February 2015.
Best known as collaborating with various artists from The Orb to Mark Lanegan and Alexander Tucker, Garwood is a hugely heralded veteran blues-rock man and multi-instrumentalist.
Here is what other artists have to say about his talent:
“The entire record listening public should know Duke Garwood’s music.The fact most don’t is a fucking travesty. He’s a mystic, a musical genius and Heavy Love is a total mind-blowing masterpiece. Get with it people!” Mark Lanegan
“Duke Garwood is the real thing; like the perfect blues perpetually emanating good vibes thru a uni-vibe (even when he’s singing about darkness).An old soul and a saint…” KurtVile
“My brother Duke is the most soul-acious soul man I know. He’s alwayscut his own groove and it’s been my honour to play with him so many times.” Seasick Steve
“I’ve listened to Duke for years but have not heard him as in control and powerful as he is on Heavy Love. His guitar playing and singing remind me of an unrequited and lusty relative of JJ Cale. I fucking love this.” Greg Dulli
“As close to Heaven as you can get with a guitar.” Josh T. Pearson
After a successful collaboration with Mark Lanegan on last years ‘Black Pudding’ album, we are thrilled that Garwood is releasing a solo record in the new year. Standing out on his own, ‘Heavy Love’ is Garwood’s first solo record since 2011’s ‘Dreamboatsafari.’
Recorded in Josh Homme’s Pink Duck studio in Los Angeles with Alain Johannes (QOTSA) and Mark Lanegan at the helm, ‘Heavy Love’ is due for release on February 9th.
On meeting Duke, Beth said:
“I met Duke at The Luminaire. He was playing sweet ballads with a tint of free-jazz; his voice was thin and full, like a Chet Baker turned into a midnight wolf. The first question was ‘who is this guy’?”
To gear up for the album release, Garwood will be playing a headline London show at The Slaughtered Lamb, London on Wednesday 21st January before heading out on the road in support of Mark Lanegan.
Ahead of the release of the next Hawkline LP ‘proper’ (more to come on that soon!), there’s this:
A vinyl version of: H Hawkline — Salt Ghoul Box Ghouls, previously only available on cassette. This special version is a hand made, vinyl pressing, limited edition of 150 (only 120 in the market place).
Artwork by Huw ‘Hawkline’ Evans, 4 colour screen printed sleeve by David Chatton Barker (Folklore Tapes / Finders Keepers).
£20.00 plus postage & packing.
We are pleased to announce that H.Hawkline has been added to our Heavenly 25th anniversary celebration weekend at Hebden Bridge. Taking place at The Trades Club, between 22— 25 and featuring a good number of our current roster. Hawkline will be joining the Sunday bill with Stealing Sheep and Hooton Tennis Club.
Paul Kelly at Heavenly Films has directed the video for Eaves EP track ‘Timber,’ filmed at Baroque church St Pauli Kirche in Hamburg. Premiered by Q Magazine, the track features on Eaves recently released debut ‘As Old As The Grave’ EP.
Watch the video:
“Using just his voice and a piano, the Leeds-based singer-songwriter carves out an emotional nook in your heart with ease. — The Line of Best Fit
‘As Old As The Grave’ is available to download or purchase as a limited 7″, listen here:
Eaves is joining Nick Mulvey on selected dates of his European tour from November 19th, check the poster for dates:
Jimi Goodwin has a new video for this forthcoming single ‘Lonely At the Drop.’ The latest track to be lifted from his debut album ‘Odludek’ this single will be a digital only release on Jaunary 5th.
The release will also feature a Waves of Fury remix of album track ‘Hope’ and ‘Live Like a River’ remixed by Tea Street Band.
Watch the video:
Loaded Magazine premiered the video as well publishing an exclusive interview with the Doves frontman. Goodwin talks about going solo, his 2014 album ‘Odludek’ and what he is currently listening too. Read the full interview here.
Released earlier this year, Goodwin’s debut solo album ‘Odludek’ is available to purchase now.
Closing 2014 with a SOLD OUT show at Manchester’s Apollo supporting Ben Howard for XFM’s Winter Wonderland, Goodwin will return in 2015 with a performance at our Heavenly 25th anniversary weekend at Hebden Bridge.
Remaining tickets for our Heavenly weekend are available here.
“Sun Structures was Heavenly Recordings 100th release and what a release it is!!. It’s immaculately-crafted pyschedelic pop album that would sit perfectly next to The Byrds, T Rex and Tame Impala. It’s full of psych drenched guitars, the odd burst of the 60′s sounding organ, energetic drums and a collection of bass lines that most bands would kill for.
Bursting with ideas, each track marries a stunning chorus with singer James Bagshaw’s velveteen vocal, a slew of harmonies and kaleidoscopic melodies.”
As their no.1 record of the year, Rough Trade are offering fans a deluxe edition as well as the limited ‘Sun Restructured’ album, the re-animation of their stunning debut by Beyond The Wizard Sleeve’s Erol Alkan & Richard Norris.
‘Sun Structures’ was one of the biggest selling vinyl records of 2014, we couldn’t be more pleased.
As a debut record it received great critical acclaim:
“’Sun Structures’ tapestry drifts effortlessly before the ears, presenting a sustained grandeur of Temples’ vision, lyrics and musicality”
This Is Fake DIY
“A truly mesmerising debut album… James Bagshaw’s crooning vocals take you on a stroll along an LA beach, which climaxes around an English campfire, at Stonehenge, on the Summer Solstice… It’s the sound of ’60s experimentation smashed stunningly into the present day.”
“Twelve shiny nuggets of pure psychedelic pop genius, stamped with the band’s own identity”
Louder Than War
“Retro futurism par excellence… Temples [have] truly mastered the sonic tics of psychedelia”
“A clear reminder of how we fell in love with these guys in the first place… A brilliant debut… If all 2014 psych releases are like this one, it’s going to be one hell of a year.”
The Four Oh Five
“Sun Structures is the best slice of neo-psychedelia since Tame Impala’s Lonerism… It sounds like the rainbow refraction of a prism; like Cleopatra riding a camel made of glass. It sounds like the forefront of the modern psychedelic revolution.”
We are also delighted that another two Heavenly releases reached Rough Trades 100 albums of the year list. The Wytches ‘Annabel Dream Reader’ gained the no. 35 spot and our forthcoming King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard record ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ reached no.85.