US musician, author and activist Amanda Palmer has announced Forty-Five Degrees: A Bushfire Charity Flash Record set for release on Friday, February 21. Recorded in just five days, the album is an immediate response to the ongoing bushfire crisis plaguing Australia with all proceeds going to Firesticks Alliance; an Indigenous led network re-invigorating and teaching cultural burning and land management.
Since the release of her debut album ‘Philharmonics’ in 2010, Agnes Obel has been one of the most independent and original artists in contemporary music. ‘Myopia’ is her fourth studio release. Following the same principles as with her previous albums, which she completed as a one-woman project in her own Berlin home studio, Obel has been under self-imposed creative isolation with the removal of all outside influences and distraction in the writing, recording and mixing process.
London-based duo Peggy Sue, made up of Katy Young & Rosa Slade, are back with their new album Vices. It has taken Peggy Sue four years to work through all of their Vices.
Letitia VanSant’s luminous voice mirrors the rich emotional quotient of her themes, breathing life into songs that balance contemplative compassion with righteous fury. With lyrics as personal as they are political. “You Can’t Put My Fire Out” is a smoldering reflection on her experience of sexual violence, while “Tin Man” is a subtle character study on cultural notions of masculinity. VanSant’s songs are fortified by lush, inviting arrangements that never lose their down-to-earth intimacy and organic grooves the skillful work of Nashville-based producer Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier, Caroline Spence), who assembled an all-star cast of musicians including Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris).
Steve Harley (born Stephen Malcolm Ronald Nice; 27 February 1951) is an English singer and songwriter, best known as frontman of the rock group Cockney Rebel, with whom he still tours.
London-based folk-psych-country band The Hanging Stars return with their eclectic third studio album, A New Kind Of Sky. Carrying on their exploration of transatlantic psychedelic folk and cosmic country, the new album blends twelve-string, harmony-laden lullabies with soft rock anthems to create a guilded box of bucolic folk-rock. As well as the band’s signature wistful pastoral escapism, there are lyrical concerns about the recent past; the systematic division of people, values, facts and humanity in The West in general – and the UK in particular. The band weave the same thread they have always woven but this time with a more unified vision, creating a kaleidoscopic poncho for these times.
Are You Gone – the first new album in a decade from platinum-selling Canadian artist Sarah Harmer – is a deeply personal and momentous collection of songs motivated by the beauty of life, the urgency of the climate crisis, and the question of loss. Twenty years from her breakout album You Were Here, its spiritual bookend Are You Gone is rousing artistic statement, rich in detail and emotion, from the heart and for the spirit. Releasing February 2020 via Arts & Crafts.
Moses Sumney evades definition as an act of duty: technicolor videos and monochrome clothes; Art Rock and Black Classical; blowing into Fashion Week from a small town in North Carolina; seemingly infinite collaborators, but only one staggering voice. A young life spent betwixt Southern California and Accra, Ghana — not so much rootless as an epyphite, an air plant. The scale is cinematic but the moves are precise deeds of art and stewardship. Sumney’s new, generous album, græ, is an assertion that the undefinable still exists and dwelling in it is an act of resistance.