Northern Ireland's Jealous of the Birds shares new single 'Russian Doll'; taken from new EP out July 13th
Following on from her recent single 'Plastic Skeletons' - and its accompanying video - today Northern Ireland's Jealous of the Birds - aka Naomi Hamilton - returns once more with 'Russian Doll', the closing track of her forthcoming new EP, The Moths Of What I Want Will Eat Me In My Sleep, which arrives July 13th via her new homes Hand In Hive (UK & Europe) and Canvasback Music (US).
'Russian Doll' - which originally appeared on Hamilton's 2016 debut album, Parma Violets, in a slightly more subdued form - makes a return on the new EP retooled, re-mixed by Ben Baptie (Young Fathers, Daughter, Lianne La Havas, London Grammar) and sounding the best it's ever done. A meandering, driving number replete with punchy guitars, syncopated wordplay and well-travelled imagery, it sits comfortably in the middle of a Venn diagram between Elastica, Speedy Ortiz and Cat Power.
Hamilton, speaking of the song's central metaphor, says:-
"It’s about when you’re in a relationship and you’re having someone else projecting certain things on you and a lot of the time you don’t have any control over that. It’s matching up the person you want to become and what someone else sees you as... I was thinking about the Freudian iceberg and it’s a comparison: you’ve got the sense of self and your ego and it’s all very multi-layered."
Watch the lyric video for 'Russian Doll' here: https://youtu.be/AJ6DUrb1okk
And revisit the raucous recent video for 'Plastic Skeletons', directed by Libby Burke Wilde, here: https://youtu.be/EmYfPMDJoQs
Hamilton has been making waves in the indie music scene since her debut EP Capricorn, which she recorded while studying English and Creative Writing at Queen’s University, Belfast. Then, following the 2016 release of her aforementioned debut album proper, Parma Violets, came a serendipitous SXSW performance that same year that would ultimately lead to her signing with Canvasback (alt-J, The War on Drugs) and subsequently Hand In Hive (Saltwater Sun, Dama Scout).
Recent single 'Plastic Skeletons' was debuted by NPR, who write "[It] takes the singer's gift for evocative, concisely crafted, seemingly free-associated wordcraft and sets it against a swirling and forceful psych-rock arrangement." Since its launch, the track has seen UK radio support across BBC Radio1 (where it was recently awarded Huw Stephens' Tune of the Week), 6Music, Amazing Radio and more.
See further below for where you can catch Jealous of the Birds live in the coming months and keep your eyes peeled for more dates on both sides of the Atlantic to be announced soon.
Sept 27 | Dublin, Ireland - The Workman's Club
Oct 14 | Dublin, Ireland - Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Pre-order The Moths of What I Want Will Eat Me in My Sleep on 12" white vinyl here.
One of the country’s most exhilarating new live acts, Louis Berry has announced 10 European dates this May including two intimate album launch shows at Sebright Arms and in his home-town of Liverpool at District.
Louis released his first new music of 2018 in the shape of ‘Stumbling’ last month written and produced by Louis, Marcus Foster and Koz, the Grammy winning Canadian producer (Dua Lipa, Kendrick Lamar) and showcases Louis’s tremendous vocals. Stumbling is the first taste to be taken from his forthcoming debut album which will be released on Ministry of Sound.. He will also support Liam Gallagher for two shows (Belfast & Dublin) this June, as well as appearing at Live At Leeds in May.
Listen to Stumbling here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poLS-gWqarc
With over 10 million streams and 270 plays on Radio 1, Louis has been tipped by the likes of Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Mistajam and Huw Stephens as well as The Sunday Times Culture, Evening Standard and Music Week.
Louis and his band spent much of last year on the road honing their craft, playing festivals all over Europe and headline tours throughout the UK. Anyone who has witnessed him live knows his performances are as joyful as they are explosive, breathing an infectious intensity into his passionate songs. Louis and his band play the following dates:
Sat 12th Amsterdam, Upstairs at Paradiso
Mon 14th Belgium, Upstairs at AB Club
Tues 15th Cologne, Blue Shell
Weds 16th Hamburg, Nochtwache
Fri 18th Berlin, Maze
Sat 19th Munich, Kranhalle
Mon 21st Zurich, Werk 21 at Dynamo
Tues 22nd Milan, Dude
Mon 11th London, Sebright Arms
Weds 13th Liverpool, District
Big news as the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is taking shape. During a press conference in Lisbon, where the upcoming contest will take place, the list of participating countries was released and the slogan and theme artwork was officially unveiled. Drum roll..!
All aboard! for Eurovision 2018
Portugal as a country has always connected Europe to the rest of the world through the ocean, and 500 years ago Lisbon was the centre of many of the world’s most important sea routes. Today, Lisbon is using the ocean’s connectivity as inspiration with the slogan All Aboard!, inviting you and the international community to come together for this year’s competition.
More about theme and artwork for Lisbon 2018
Lisbon 2018: These countries will participate!
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will see 42 countries participate:
Xtra Mile Recordings has signed Brand New Friend, an exhilarating indie pop brother-and-sister-fronted foursome from Castlerock, Northern Ireland, as announced exclusively by Stuart Baillie on BBC Radio Ulster's Across the Line.
The band – Taylor Johnson, vocals and guitar, Lauren Johnson, vocals and keyboard, Aaron Milligan, bass, and Luke Harris, drums – have been gathering steam since their first Irish tour in January wowing crowds in Dublin, Galway, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. Since then, they fired up the BBC Introducing Stage at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull; played at all the key Irish summer festivals including Indiependence and Electric Picnic; stole the show at Whelan's 'Ones To Watch' Festival in Dublin, and have sold out headline shows in Belfast. They've gained radio play from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and BBC 6 Music by Tom Robinson Show as well as consistent, solid support from BBC Radio Ulster's Across the Line.
Their third single 'Hate It When You Have To Go' was catapulted into the world in September, a two minute thrust of fuzz guitars and po-going keyboard melodies. Watch the video here. This perfectly surmised the same frantic melancholy-dipped rush of previous singles 'I Was An Astronaut' and 'Your Friends Hate Me', as well as the accomplished pure pop sting throughout the five-track American Wives EP highlighted by the thrashing title track and the delightful 'I Love You, Goodbye'.
With hints of Ash and Los Campesinos! but with an even more infectious blend of joy and sad, Brand New Friend only need a few minutes of your time to have you joining in on handclaps and harmonies.
Taylor Johnson said about the signing:
“We’re incredibly excited to have signed to Xtra Mile, a label who right from the off shared our huge ambition and the passion that we’ve poured into everything up until now. More than anything we can’t wait to start working even harder for them! We’re well aware of their great reputation and want to repay them for the faith they’ve shown in us by delivering a brilliant album and getting out on the road. The hard work starts now and we can’t wait!”
Charlie Caplowe, from Xtra Mile Recordings says:
“The first time we heard Brand New Friend we knew we wanted to be involved. It was immediate. They are a great and exciting new young band with huge potential. Instead of pausing for thought and restricting their momentum, passion and enthusiasm, Xtra Mile wants to jump on board and be with them from the beginning onwards. Really excited to be working with them. Onwards into 2018 and a cracking debut album.”
The band will headline the legendary Duke Of York venue in Belfast on 19th January 2018 where the likes of Snow Patrol started their careers.
Tickets will be on sale from 9th November 2017 here:
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