NEWS: Alanis Morissette Announces November UK Tour

Multi-platinum, Grammy winning artist Alanis Morissette has just released her highly anticipated seventh studio album, HAVOC AND BRIGHT LIGHTS, on 27th August with Columbia UK and will return to the UK this November starting with a huge show at London The O2.

Produced by Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Madonna, Seal) and Joe Chiccarelli (Tori Amos, Elton John, My Morning Jacket, U2) and recorded in Los Angeles, the new album marks the songstress’ first release in four years.  Fans will be able to purchase the album’s first single, “Guardian,” on 26th August.

“This record, as always, is a snapshot of what I currently obsess about, care about, and what strikes me at 4 in the morning in my most introspective moments,” says Morissette. “It is my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary through song. I can’t wait to share it with this fun and funny planet, and to tour, and can’t WAIT to have the lively, engaging and challenging conversations that these songs may invite.”

Following a string of sold out shows in June Alanis will return to the UK this November:

Weds 28th            London                         The O2                                                0844 856 0202
Thurs 29th             Nottingham             Capital FM Arena                         0843 373 3000
Fri 30th             Liverpool             Echo Arena                                     0844 8000 400

Tickets available from 9.00am on Friday 31st August from<http://www.gigsandtours.comand from 24hr CC Hotline: 0844 811 0051

ALBUM REVIEW: Hilary Hahn & Hauschka “Silfra”

Acclaimed German prepared-pianist Volker Bertelmann (better known professionally as Hauschka) first met Grammy Award winning American violinist Hilary Hahn through the celebrated American singer/songwriter Tom Brousseau back in 2009, but a recorded professional collaboration has taken its time to reach fruition. However, some three years later, Hahn and Hauschka have finally unleashed the truly incredible “Silfra. Far from being just another piano meets violin record, Hahn and Hauschka have managed to collaborate without impeding on their own instrumental experimentation.

The resulting improvised twelve track LP is cohesive effort created under the guidance of Björk’s producer Valgeir Sigurõsson. Journeying through a mixture of emotions, the clarity of the melodies reflects Hauschka’s earlier improvisations, notably “Morgenrot”, which charts a colourful journey through its emotional peaks and troughs. Within three short numbers, Hahn and Hauschka have introduced their listener to their diverse combined approach.

For her part, Hahn, who has been celebrated for her exploration of lesser known compositions-from Schoenberg’s concertos to Ives’ sonatas-fully embraces the improvised form, often leaning towards a  tender contrast to Hauschka’s heavier piano. Yet for all his clunks and tumbles, it is the scratches in Hahn’s otherwise songbird styled violin that make the emotional impact.

“Silfra” is both soothing and alarming, with the record undergoing a fill spectrum of emotions. Engaging and entertaining, Hahn and Hauschka make a strong case with “Silfra” for the collaboration to continue. Though the meeting offers echoes of their earlier outings, their combined presence is powerful enough to leave its own mark.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

ALBUM REVIEW: Jesca Hoop “The House That Jack Built”

Three years is a long time in terms of musical trends, and many an artist returns to the fold after time out to find that their sound is deemed no longer relevant. However, Californian born, Manchester based singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop is an act that defies trends. While her sound has a distinct folk-pop base, it easily surfs between genres and is all the more relevant for its diversity.

As Hoop returns with “The House That Jack Built”, her third album and the follow-up to 2009’s “Hunting My Dress”, it is clear that Hoop has a bit more bite in her belly as she mixes attitude and openness in equal measure. The delicate “Pack Animal” epitomises the mix, with a pretty melody matched by strong, forthright lyrics.

While her earlier releases more than showcased Hoop’s abilities to pen a pretty ditty, “The House That Jack Built” suggests that Hoop has been paying attention the some of Scandinavia’s finest, with Bjork’s eccentricity channelled for the romp “Peacemaker”, Kate Havnevik’s verve for “Hospital (Win Your Love)”, Ane Brun’s heartfelt storytelling for “The House That Jack Built” and Olof Arnald’s ponderings on “D.N.R”. All these points of reference are delivered with panache and individuality, those comparisons can be drawn, Hoop is in a league of her very own.

While all the aforementioned help to form the near perfect ten track “The House That Jack Built”, Hoop really shines on the more playful numbers. While “Ode To Banksy” is a proper earworm, its sugary sweet delivery never nears the irritating. Equally noteworthy is the soulfully direct “Dig This Record”, which should it ever be released to radio, would be a strong contendor for the number 1 spot.

“The House That Jack Built” may not be Hoop’s most original effort, but that is far from a detracting factor. A tender, touching beautiful record which mixes colours to paint a perfect picture. Hoop is hot property right now, and if “The House That Jack Built” is a taster of what is still to come from Miss Hoop, then album number 4 excites me already…

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Björk Unleashes ‘Biophilia Remix Series VI’

The sixth part of the series of track remixes from Björk’s Biophilia. Available on 12” vinyl as well as CD and digital download, this entry in the series features Matthew Herberts remixes of Mutal Core, Sacrifice and Virus.

The Biophilia 10-track album, out now on One Little Indian/Nonesuch Records, is available digitally, in CD format and on vinyl. Additionally, each of the 10 songs also is available as a special feature of the Biophilia App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. App tutorials have been created and can be viewed on youtube at: LINK

Björk has collaborated with app developers, scientists, writers, inventors, musicians, and instrument makers to create a unique multimedia exploration of the universe and its physical forces—particularly those where music, nature, and technology meet.

Stream remix series 6 on SoundCloud:

To buy:

NEWS: Bon Iver Announce Wembley As Part Of UK Tour

Headlining Latitude this summer, Bon Iver have now announced the remaining dates to be added to their European touring this year alongside the release of a special seven-track iTunes Session EP.

As anyone who’s witnessed them will attest, hearing Bon Iver live is, quite simply, all consuming. A vivid and powerful display, they bring a new complexion to the records which bears repeating. Having toured consistently since their second album’s release, the band are next in Europe this July and August for a long run of mostly festival shows with their headline performance at Latitude their only UK summer show (July 13th). They will also be returning for a two week tour of arenas in November and today can confirm that there will be three headline shows in the UK, taking place at Wembley Arena (8th), Manchester Arena (9th) and Glasgow SECC (10th).

With tickets for Glasgow already on sale, Wembley and Manchester will both be made available this Friday (22nd) at 9AM. A pre-sale allocation will be available from 9AM on Wednesday (20th) via CrowdSurge. Check this link for further information –

Shortly after the release of second album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, Justin and band stopped into East West Studios in West Hollywood on the invitation of iTunes to spend a day in a room together putting the many-layered dynamism of the live show to tape. The result is a subtle re-imagination and invigoration of a collection of timeless songs, performed by a band made up of singularly distinguished musicians, encapsulating but one epoch of the Bon Iver life cycle. With seven tracks recorded including a cover of Björk’s ‘Who Is It?’, it’s great news that The iTunes Session EP is finally available to buy – please click here. For full details of this release, please click here –

November 10th – GLASGOW SECC
1. Beth/Rest
2. Michicant
3. Holocene
4. Minnesota, WI
5. Hinnom, TX
6. Wash.
7. Who Is It? (Björk cover)
Bon Iver, Bon Iver out now on 4AD / Jagjaguwar /
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