Oxford-based singer/songwriter Lewis Watson recently returned with latest song ‘Little Light’ taken from his second album Midnight, released earlier this month through Cooking Vinyl. The 360-degree video, made in partnership with MelodyVR, shows Lewis and his band performing the track on an East London rooftop.
The dramatic new track is a beautiful return from the hugely acclaimed 25 year old. Rich with emotion, Lewis wears his heart on his sleeve in this gorgeous love song. The gleaming guitar lines, crystalline melodies and captivating vocals showcase Lewis at his best.
With Midnight Lewis has developed his much-adored acoustic-pop sound into something altogether more ambitious, yet even more affecting. Drawing upon inspiration from a disparate range of influences including Death Cab For Cutie, Coldplay and Bon Iver, the album expands Lewis Watson’s musical world far beyond his debut. It also features a duet with Lucy Rose on the achingly emotional ‘slumber’.
Coming up in Birmingham this week we have The Head and the Heart at the O2 Institute on Monday, following the release of their album Signs of Light. Wednesday sees singer-songwriter Tom Walker play a sold out show at The Sunflower Lounge. And after supporting the likes of Ryan Adams, Father John Misty and Beck, Kieran Leonard returns with his new band Saint Leonard’s Horses on Saturday at The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full details below:
The Head And The Heart‘s new release Signs Of Light,recorded in Nashville, crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of the the band’s finest work. Throughout, the colors are brighter, the electric guitars are louder and the musical touchstones more universal, with nods to classic Fleetwood Mac. Support comes from Cattle & Cane with their finely crafted indie-pop and mesmerising harmonies.
Watch the video for ‘All We Ever Knew’ below:
WEDNESDAY 1ST FEBRUARY
Tom Walker + Grafton Ash + Ryan Sparrow @ The Sunflower Lounge MORE INFO • SOLD OUT
Recently signed to Sony’s Relentless Records, Tom Walker was born in Scotland and raised in Manchester on his father’s extensive record collection – drawn to artists like Ray Charles, The Police and Bob Marley. His song ‘Play Dead’ immediately conjures comparisons with some of the UK’s brightest crossover singer-songwriters such as Finley Quaye, Hozier, and Paulo Nutini. Support comes from 4 piece pop/folk band Grafton Ash and Birmingham singer-songwriter Ryan Sparrow.
Listen to ‘Play Dead’ below:
SATURDAY 4TH FEBRUARY
Saint Leonard’s Horses + Joseph Hicklin + Jack Cooper And The Offshore @ The Sunflower Lounge MORE INFO • BUY TICKETS
After supporting the likes of Ryan Adams, Father John Misty and Beck, Kieran Leonard returns with his new band Saint Leonard’s Horses. Born out of a visit to Stanley Kubrick’s family estate in St Albans, Hertfordshire, the intention was to harness the creative forces at work in the Kubrick house and record new material as ‘live’ as possible with the five-piece band playing together in the same room, and even lead vocals being laid down live with each track. Support comes from singer-songwriter Joseph Hicklin, and Bob Dylan and Ben Howard inspired Jack Cooper And The Offshore.
The Jesus And Mary Chain are set to release their long-awaited new album Damage and Joy on March 24th on ADA/ Warner Music. The album is their first since Munki was released backed in the summer of 1998.
Fronted by the Reid brothers Jim and William, The Jesus And Mary Chain first reformed to play the Coachella festival back in 2007. Despite regular touring – most notably a 2015 world tour which revisited their landmark album Psychocandy – it took some time before they could agree on a plan to record a much-mooted seventh album.
The album commences with ‘Amputation’, in which waves of distorted guitar and Jim’s insouciant vocal delivery collide to create a hypnotic track which addresses his feelings of “being edited out of the whole music business… I felt like a rock ‘n’ roll amputation.”
Other highlights include a refined and re-energised new version of ‘All Things Must Pass’ which previously featured in the TV show Heroes and then on ‘Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain’; the raw garage-rock of ‘Facing Up To The Facts’ which offers the revealing lyric: “I hate my brother and he hates me / That’s the way it’s supposed to be”’; and the jagged power-pop that simmers in ‘The Two of Us’.
In a particularly exciting time for West Midlands’ music, it’s rather hard to make yourself stand out. Step forward: Paper Buoys.
Having already been championed by BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, Paper Buoys have played shows with the likes of Beach Baby and Big Deal in their relatively short career so far – and there are no plans to slow down any time soon.
Their latest offering, ‘Sharp As Razors’ is a politically-fuelled, anger-driven track and is quite fittingly their heaviest track yet. The animated video, directed by Prodigy video director Oliver Jones (Better Feeling Films) portrays the recent hate shown towards the government and mainstream propaganda on social media.
As a result, the video features animations of David Cameron and Boris Johnson flying on pigs, Nigel Farage depicted as a liar, Rupert Murdoch’s animated newspaper “The Scum” and even George Osborne holding a bleeding red budget box. It’s well worth a watch.
Buckle up, as these Paper Buoys show no signs of sinking just yet.
Bry is an Irish singer/songwriter with a unique approach to life. Using social media as his vice, the young Irish man’s life goal is to travel to (and perform in) every single country in the world. Thus far, 59 countries have graciously been ticked off the list in just a few years.
Emboldened by the growth of his followers online, Bry (or BriBry as he was known until this year) saw the opportunity to take his music out of the online sphere and into the physical world. Operating without a manager, booking agent, or record label for 3 years, he booked trips overseas, tweeting his intention to be in a certain city at a set time, and then waiting with his guitar in tow to see who might show up.
In late 2014, a word-of-mouth recommendation from a friend led Jonny Quinn, Snow Patrol drummer and co-founder of Polar Patrol Publishing, to check out the singer-songwriter’s YouTube channel. In early 2015, Bry duly joined Belle and Sebastian, Johnny McDaid and more as the newest addition to the Polar Patrol stable. Bry is currently at work on his debut album.
“Effortlessly switching form sultry, hypnotic sounds to more upbeat jazz melodies, Gabrielle Aplin’s second album is exactly what we wanted to hear.” – 5/5, Glamour
Following the positive reception that greeted her new album Light Up The Dark, Gabrielle Aplin approaches a major UK and Ireland headline tour that includes a Birmingham show at O2 Institute!
Light Up The Dark adds a new chapter to a career that has already delivered 80 million Spotify streams, 90 million YouTube views, 1.5 million sales of single, and #1 chart positions in the UK and Australia over the course of her debut album English Rain. Her second album has already received extensive Radio 1 support with a playlist for the title track as well as Huw Stephens’ Hottest Record followed by a second playlist for the recent single ‘Sweet Nothing’.
The new album was inspired by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’sThe Reminder. “Her voice is just here, right at the front, and everything sits around it perfectly,” says Aplin. “I’ve also become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”
Gabrielle’s recent underplay show at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall sold-out in less than 24 hours. The Evening Standard’s review drew comparisons with Florence + The Machine and Feist, and concluded that it was “A mini-triumph; greater ones will come.”
Following a remarkable sold out show back in November, Matt Corby has announced he’ll return to the O2 Institute Birmingham this spring, to headline the main room on Tues 8th March 2016.
The Sydney native grew up steeped in gospel; his passion for music fed first by renditions of ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’ and later by a love for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Along the way his talents were shaped by experiences both mundane and quite remarkable: touring with a church band, a stint working in Subway, music scholarships, support slots and talent shows; until by his late teens he found himself burned out, bewildered and unsure just where to take his music next.
It took a trip to London, shortly after his 18th birthday, to begin his path back to creative contentment. Playing low-key shows and falling in love with music again, it was there that he would meet with label Communion (home to the likes of Ben Howard, Marcus Foster and The Staves) and find himself encouraged to learn the craft of songwriting, to understand the marriage between the force of his voice and the words it carries…