It’s finally Spring, and we thought what better way to celebrate than with our first Heavenly newsletter.
We’ve made our way through a winter (fuelled by The Social’s spicey warm cider) and we are now through to the other side with a whole lot to show/share with you. We’re entering Spring following some incredible tours, new signings and album releases. Here’s an insight into the world of the Heavenly HQ for those of you who may also have been hidden away, with your hands by the fire for the past 5 months.
SO HERE’S INTRODUCING …
LCMDF — Love & Nature
LCMDF’s incredibly vibrant, leftfield pop has already gained them countless fans, earning them the top spot on Hype Machine.
Finnish sisters — Emma and Mia Kemppainen have embossed on their debut LP the kind of skewed pop vision that recalls the likes of TomTom Club, Neneh Cherry and Shaun Ryder. It’s immediate and accessible as it is dazzlingly unique and unblinking, hyper coloured record that balances pop gratification with deftly intricate production.
Album of the month ”The best pop record of the year”
5***** – Artrocker
“Full of vivid, vital, flicking-the-V vigour, this all-Finnish, female Nineties beats and 10/10 fashion scores.”
“Love & Nature delivers the sort of thrilling electro-pop that Scandinavia has excelled in for years, but the Kemppainen siblings offer something truly different. Think Happy Mondays, MIA and, in its more frenzied moments, The Go! Team.“
4 **** — Irish Independent
“Spirit-lifting electro pop at its best”
4**** — Attitude
“These girls are suit¬ably wild enough to go the distance”
James Walbourne — The Hill
Despite still only being in his late 20s James Walbourne’s musical pedigree is already an enviable one. Stints playing with the likes of The Pernice Brothers, Son Volt, Jay Farrar and The Pogues and session work with Jerry Lee Lewis, Edwyn Collins and Linda Thompson amongst others have gained him respect beyond his years.
The Hill, named as a nod to Muswell Hill, Walbourne’s locale, is beautifully soulful, full of deftly written songs and features Jim Keltner on drums (primarily know for his session work with Bob Dylan and on solo recordings by three of The Beatles — George, John & Ringo) and Ivan Neville on keyboards.
“Delicious flavours of country-rock, folk and bluegrass”
“10 prefectly formed songs with soaring hooks – a stellar bunch”
Sea of Bees — Songs For The Ravens
Sea of Bees came to our attention via a very astute American publicist who is an avid reader of Heavenly’s Caught by the River website and instinctively thought that we would appreciate the music. He didn’t actually know that he was sending it to a record label at the time but we will forever be in his debt.
Songs For The Ravens is the debut album from 26 year-old singer songwriter Julie Baenziger. She has spent the last couple of months on a tour that started in the UK and then took her around Europe; her live shows mesmerising critics and fans alike. She is now back in the UK playing support for John Grant. Catch her while she’s here and before she flies back to the US for a string of more live shows.
“Heavenly Recording’s Charmingly whimsical, lo-fi countrified acoustician,”
“California songsmith swaps sheltered upbringing for musical self-discovery.”
“Julie Ann Baenziger combines dreamy lyrics with a seductive voice, warm, succulent and ripe with emotion.”
“A stripped-to-the-soul labor of love and testament to tenaciousness.…reflective and rather magical”
“There’s a mesmeric appeal to Baenziger’s vulnerable voice.”
4****review The Independent
“Her songs have enveloping layers of sunshine punk, poised grace, rockin’ rumbles and yearning harmony. Make sure you get stung.”
4****review The Mirror
“…a lovely sound, and a heartfelt one.”
“…a journey in the best possible way; slowly seeping under your skin, revealing new textures and new sonic touches as the running time gets deeper.”
“Ladies and Gentlemen we’ve fallen in love…”
5 *****review star review GT
COMING SOON …
Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou
The south London based husband and wife, Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, have recently been signed to Heavenly. They are just back from tour, where they played live in tin-tabernacles across the UK. The corrugated iron pop up churches, dubbed ‘tin-tabernacles’, were put up 100 years ago, intended as temporary sites for groups of people moving around the country, starting congregations within new communities. They were setup with the presumption they’d be destroyed as soon as the congregation could build something more permanent. As a result there are few left standing. Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou played in these fragile places, bringing people under the same tin roofs once again.
We are very excited to have just finished mastering their new album, which is set for release in June. Literally watch this space…
The Head and The Heart
The Head and The Heart, signed to Sub Pop in the USA, came to Heavenly for their UK release.
The Seattle based 6 piece have just got back from SXSW festival and are ready to release their self titled album. Spinner.com say of a The Head and The Heart performance at the Ausitn Festival this weekend — “If you like guitars, thundering drums, beautiful women and the type of vocal harmonies that take you away to where problems don’t exist anymore, then see The Head and The Heart at your earliest convenience. And we mean, like, now.“
The Head and The Heart will be over in the U.K. in April, supporting The Low Anthem and headlining The Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on the 12th. Click poster for ticket link.
UP & RUNNING …
Cherry Ghost — Beneath This Burning Shoreline
Cherry Ghost are singer songwriter and Ivor Novello award winning Simon Aldred, Jim Rhodes, Ben Parsons, Grenville Harop and Phil Anderson.
The Band released their second album ‘Beneath This Burning Shoreline’ in July last year to a flurry of critical acclaim. The band took a year to dutifully stitch all these songs together. They did so in a barn on a tiny farm south of Manchester, where they sat on mattresses as they played their instruments, and put their amps on toilet lids. They finished sessions in the early morning as the farmer headed out to milk the cows. Beneath This Burning Shoreline is the ocean, the water, the terror, the tenderness; of life in all its messy, magical splendour.
“It’s a marvellous piece of work which confirms how tight a grip pop can take on art, with a little focus and dtermination”
**** The Independent
“In a year crowded with outstanding album releases, Cherry Ghost could well have released one of the best of the year”
**** Music OMH
“…beautiful songs about real life…”
“careworn glamour that Aldred has in spades”
**** The Times
“The quintessential brooding romantic, Aldred isn’t one for treading lightly”
**** The Guardian
Edwyn Collins — Losing Sleep
We are delighted to have Edwyn Collins with us at Heavenly Recordings. ‘Losing Sleep’ is Edwyn’s 7th solo album & has been critically lauded as his best. With collaborations from the likes of The Drums, Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs, Johnny Marr & The Magic Numbers and his celebratory live shows which stoke the soul and end in standing ovations. This is the sound of a true legend showing how it’s done.
“He’s made one of the best British albums of the year”
“Collins’ seventh solo album is exceptional – a ray of sunshine”
“battering northern beats and upful riffs and melodies set the pulse
“rock and soul of driving and soothing varieties”
BRAND NEW ‘SHADOW OF AN EMPIRE VINYL LP RELEASE! …
Fionn Regan — The Shadow of an Empire
The Shadow of an Empire was initially released on CD in February 2010 and has now, a year later been released on vinyl. The album was picked up by Diverse Records, an independent ‘vinyl only’ record label, who have re-mastered it after being handed over the hard disk containing the original high resolution studio files.
Fionn produced the album himself (as was the case with the 2007 Mecury Prize nominated ‘The End of History’). Fionn bought himself a trident desk and a tape machine, set up in a small disused factory space in Co. Wicklow, Ireland and set about making the album without interference. “There were no airs or graces about it, we cut live in the room, live vocals. As far as production goes I’m very much into keeping mistakes — a crack in the voice, the natural ebb and flow of live drums, so that there’s sort of evidence of the process. I think it’s that atmosphere which makes me want to revisit my favourite albums again and again.”
**** The Guardian
**** Irish Times
Fionn is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to his 3rd album.
THE HEAVENLY EMPORIUM …
it’s always worth checking out what we’ve got for sale in the Heavenly Emporium. Latest releases & unearthed classics from the back of our cupboard going for a song.
We also have some cracking 7″ vinyl for sale from Doug Paisley, The Edwyn Collins 7″ singles, Fionn Regan, The Head & The Heart & Carl & Danny’s Fitzrovian Phonographic label.
THE HEAVENLY SOUNDCLOUD …
Check out our new Soundcloud page for loads of free (as a bird) downloads & remixes!http://soundcloud.com/heavenlyrecordings
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HEAVENLY TWITTER …
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Onwards & upwards
Spring 2011 x