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Martha Ffion

Sunday Best

    Irish-born, and now Glasgow based singer-songwriter Martha Ffion announces new album entitled 'Sunday Best’ which will be released on Turnstile in early 2018. To celebrate the news Martha Ffion has also released a track from the album - the wonderful ‘We Make Do’. Initially breaking through with a ‘postcard single’ on Scotland’s flourishing Lost Map label, Ffion’s reputation soared with last year’s ‘Trip’ EP, that was released by Turnstile Music (Cate Le Bon, Gruff Rhys, Charlotte Church, Emmy the Great etc.) and championed by GoldFlakePaint for its “beautifully melodic sway”. Written entirely in Glasgow since her move from a distinct Catholic upbringing in smalltown Ireland, and recorded with her full live band by Jamie Savage at Glasgow’s Chem 19 Studio (King Creosote, The Twilight Sad, Emma Pollock), Ffion’s debut album spans the first songs she properly wrote to her most recent compositions, and is by far her most adventurous and accomplished work to-date, the lush instrumentation bringing her detailed lyrical vision to life through a series of gleaming guitar-pop songs that drift between soft-centred balladry and something altogether more cutting and forceful. Recalling the work of Sharon Van Etten and Jenny Lewis, while still sounding thrillingly distinct, ‘Sunday Best’ is a formidable coming-of-age record, and one that stands as a truly accomplished debut.

    Cate Le Bon releases her fourth album Crab Day via Turnstile on LP, CD. Recorded at Panoramic House studio, West Marin, California last spring, Crab Day was produced by Noah Georgson and Josiah Steinbrick.

    According to Cate: “Crab Day was lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude. It’s the sound of the ‘accidentally on purpose’ coming together of the right people at precisely the right time in an environment that furnished and fuelled the abandonment we felt effortlessly. It’s a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up.Crab Day is an old holiday. Crab Day is a new holiday. Crab Day isn’t a holiday at all.”

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: As Cate Le Bon said herself, the album ‘Crab Day’ is a tribute to the absurdity of modern life. The mixture of jaunty guitars which travel on a continuous loop and outlandish and obscure lyrics are a perfect match. Le Bon’s vocals climb into several different pitches of her low profound vocals which then contrast with fluctuating high notes with a lovely prominent Welsh twang. The song “Wonderful” has a jolting surge of energy, the guitars glitch into a whirlwind of experimental heights. The album is filled with the brilliance of nonsensical dada-esque song-writing, it doesn’t require an explanation; you just need to fully embrace the eccentric and unconventional ways. The originality of Le Bon’s magnificent metaphoric lyrics creates a striking and refreshingly different approach to music, nobody else can quite write a song like “I’m a Dirty Attic” reaching the realms of the unusual yet completely wonderful.

    Originating from the pine coned hills of Peniel, North Wales. R.Seiliog is the alias of skewed musician/producer Robin Edwards. Following the warm analog psychedelia of 2012's Shuffles EP, and 2013's Doppler - a wide-eyed homage to Krautrock, prolific outsider Seiliog presents In Hz, an interconnected work of convoluted drone, pulses and Kosmische electronics that tap into woozy flashbacks of ’90s house, minimal techno and avant-garde.

    Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they are uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutalised, yet ultimately, slowly but surely reclaimed.

    Gruff Rhys (ex- Super Furry Animals) releases his 4th solo album.

    American Interior is a unique project that firmly establishes Gruff Rhys as a captivating storyteller, blurring the boundaries and possibilities of songwriting, music, literature, film and technology to create a multisensory experience telling the incredible true story of John Evans. In 1792, John Evans, a twenty-two-year-old farmhand from Snowdonia, Wales, travelled to America to discover whether there was, as widely believed, a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe - The Madogwys - still walking the Great Plains.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: More memorable melodicness from the Gruff-meister. Pop with an Americana twist.

    After disbanding Girls earlier this year, frontman Christopher Owens returns with his highly anticipated solo album ‘Lysandre’.

    Owens describes the record as “A coming of age story, a road trip story, a love story.”

    Written almost entirely in one creative outpouring and recorded with former Girls producer Doug Boehm, ‘Lysandre’ follows Owens from San Francisco - where he’s filled with excitement after writing his band’s ‘Album’ - to New York City and on to the French Riviera - where he falls in love with the record’s namesake.

    Perfectly framed by intricate instrumentation, gorgeous backing vocals and pristine production, Owens’ enthralling, personal songwriting takes centre stage and delivers a heartbreaking rumination on love, longing, friendship, adventure and the thrill of finding an audience for your art.

    Hip hop pioneer El-P returns with ‘Cancer4Cure’, his first full solo album in five years.

    The album features Interpol’s Paul Banks, Outkast associate and Atlanta native Killer Mike, Nick Diamond of Canadian indie band Islands, and eccentric rappers Mr Muthaf*ckin’ eXquire and Danny Brown.

    Musically, the record takes another leap forward from El-P’s 2010 instrumental workout ‘Weareallgoingtoburninhellmeggamixxx3’, deploying menacing synths, fist-pumping beats, bottomless bass, live instrumentation and earworming melody, and generally setting the standard for hip hop production higher than ever.

    Cate Le Bon, the Cardiff-based singer who popped up on Gruff Rhys’s ‘Neon Neon’ album before issuing her own debut album, ‘My Oh My’, in 2010, returns with her second album, ‘CYRK’.

    The completed album is a 35-minute blast of colour, ever-changing as it whizzes from the garage pop opener ‘Falcon Eyed’ to the piano-led ‘Puts Me To Work’ and the psychedelic title track.

    It follows Le Bon’s extensive tour with St Vincent in the USA, where the album has already received much critical acclaim.

    Recorded with producer Krissie Jenkins in Cardiff and set for release on Gruff Rhys’s Ovni imprint, CYRK found Le Bon raiding Super Furry Animals’ collection of synths, pedals and guitars.

    Players include H Hawkline and Meilyr and Gwion from Racehorses, and, “If you listen very carefully,” says Le Bon, “you can hear Gruff Rhys wailing backing vocals on ‘Falcon Eyed’ too.”


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