Monday, 17 November 2014

SINGLE: SOPHIE JAMIESON - TAKE


Released through Luv Luv Luv Records on December 8th, 'Take' is the latest single from Sophie Jamieson. A Music Liberation favourite since we first listened to her debut EP 'Where' last year, we've been eager to keep a close eye on her movements in 2014, which culminates with this new track, as well as a showcase show for it at the Sebright Arms on December 9th.

'Take' is easily the most complex and full bodied track that Sophie has put out to date, hinting that her sound is naturally developing from the delicate instrumentation and softly delivered vocals of her early work, to a more wholesome, mature arrangement which only goes to further enhance her blossoming reputation as one of the most talented singer-songwriters out there.

Sophie explained to us how the song is about "being overwhelmingly aware that you mean nothing to a person, and that you are fast being, or soon to be, forgotten. It explores the irrational, angry unacceptance of realising your insignificance. Beneath the unacceptance is an awareness of giving in at last. The song is about all the hurt that has bottled up, being released fully and finally and aggressively."

You can pre-order 'Take' via iTunes. // Sophie Jamieson // Luv Luv Luv Records

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

EVENT: UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2014 - THE WINNERS!



Last night we went to the UK Music Video Awards, it was much fun, see below for all the details!
 
The 7th annual UK Music Video Awards were held in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre, where a throng of British and International filmmakers assembled to celebrate creative and technical excellence in music videos.

Video of the Year went to American directing duo DANIELS, who received a total of five nominations and also picked up Best Dance Video - International for DJ Snake ft Lil Jon’s ‘Turn Down For What’. And the UK Jury selected LA-based director Hiro Murai as the Best Director of the past year for his body of work, which include Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Smooth Sailing’ which also won him the Best Rock/Indie Video – International.

One of the big British winners of the night was Daniel Wolfe for his 8 minute epic for Paolo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’, which picked up five nominations and rewarded him with the Best Pop Video title as well as the coveted Best Cinematography prize for Robbie Ryan. Wolfe, who was named the MVAs Best Director in 2010, has just released his first feature, ‘Catch Me Daddy’ which itself picked up an award at the recent BFI London Film Festival Awards.

Also picking up two honours at the ceremony hosted by comedian Adam Buxton, was Mercury Prize-nominated FKA Twigs’ who won the brand new Best Video Artist category for her body of video work in the past year, as well as the Best Alternative Video – Budget for ‘Papi Pacify’, co-directed by twigs with Tom Beard. Meanwhile other British women gracing the stage on the night included Agile Films producer, Amber Millington who beat off competition from the UK and France to win the Best Producer award, and Caroline Clayton who took home the Best Commissioner trophy.

In the non-video categories, Kate Moross collected the Best Music Ad – TV or Online for her direction of ‘Settle’ by Disclosure, and relative newcomer, Bartleberry Logan picked up the coveted Best Live Music Coverage title for his direction of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Live in Paris.

Grammy-award winning video director Joseph Kahn was presented with the Icon Award. He is celebrated for his iconic work with a generation of music artists, including Beyonce, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Katy Perry, Wu-Tang Clan, Justin Timberlake and U2. Heartfelt tributes on the night came from Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.

Earlier on saw the successful launch of MusicVidFest, a conference on the business of music video creativity held at BFI Southbank, which gave professionals a chance to discuss the issues and advances driving music video production here and abroad.

The full list of winners can be found here // UK Music Video Awards

Thursday, 6 November 2014

EVENT: UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2014

Next week sees the return of the UK Music Video Awards, and Music Liberation is pleased to see some of our favourite acts getting nominations. The likes of Drenge, Pearls Negras, London Grammar, Jungle, PUP, and Lonely The Brave are among the acts to be nominated for the awards, which are an annual celebration of creative and technical excellence in music videos made in the UK and beyond.

The event takes places at the Southbank Centre in London on Monday November 10th, with this year seeing the launch of Music Vid Fest, a conference on the business of music video creativity to run at the BFI Southbank on the same day as the Awards.

Music Vid Fest will give professionals a chance to discuss the issues and advances driving music video production here and abroad, and will include panel discussions with leading lights of music video creativity, from producers and directors, to independent and label commissioners, managers and artists.

For more information ---> UK Music Video Awards 2014.

Monday, 3 November 2014

ALBUM: SAINT SAVIOUR - IN THE SEAMS



'In The Seams' is the 2nd album from Saint Saviour, aka Becky Jones, a talented singer-songwriter from Teeside. Having been in the RGB's and Groove Armada, Saint Saviour went solo in 2010, and has since released two EP's - 'Anatomy' and 'Suukei', with her debut record 'Union' coming out in 2012.

The new album was produced by Bill Ryder Jones (The Coral) and recorded at Parr Street Studios with the Manchester Camerata.

It is a beautiful body of work, taking the listener on a personal journey they can equally relate to, observe, and learn from. The record is led by Saint Saviour's delicate vocals, which are the main focus in a sparse and honest musical landscape under which are gentle guitars, piano, and gorgeous string sections.

The brave fragility of 'In The Seams' is it's true quality, drawing your mind and heart to singular thoughts, and ultimately it's success is capturing your attention from start to finish without you even realising.


Monday, 27 October 2014

LIVE: LAURA DOGGETT at O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON (supporting John Newman)


Laura Doggett is a 20 year old from Bath who recently signed with RCA Records, toured with SOHN, and this week sees the release of her debut single 'Moonshine'. As if that wasn't enough excitement for one week she's also currently supporting Yorkshire's finest - Mr John Newman, on his UK tour, the highlight of which came at a sold out show at Brixton's O2 Academy.

For someone of such tender years Laura Doggett certainly displayed a clear confidence not only in her ability, but also through the strength of her song-writing. The half a dozen songs that populated her set-list demonstrated her deep, powerful vocals that are refreshingly unique, which alongside the sultry stage presence leaves you feeling like you've witnessed not just a normal concert but a theatrical event.

The between song chit chat clearly revealed someone who appreciated the opportunity given to her by John Newman (who incidentally put on a fantastic show), with the honest thank you mentions to those who've been supportive endearing her to the crowd which swelled in numbers as her set reached a conclusion.

With a debut album to look forward to in 2015, no doubt we'll be seeing Laura Doggett on the live scene again in the near future, I'd recommend you do so too!


 

Monday, 20 October 2014

ALBUM: YES I'M LEAVING - SLOW RELEASE


Out now through Homeless Records, 'Slow Release' is the fourth album from Aussie three-piece Yes I'm Leaving, following up from last years well received 'Mission Bulb' LP.

'Slow Release' is a blistering garage-punk-rock assault taking place over the record's 11 songs, full of angsty, grungy vocals and bass heavy guitars which never let up throughout the duration. It's a bleak yet strangely uplifting listening experience, leaving you with ears that feel abused but a brain that feels energised...strange!


Sunday, 12 October 2014

ALBUM: USA NAILS - SONIC MOIST


London based 4-piece USA Nails release their debut album next month. Titled 'Sonic Moist' it will be available through Smalltown America on a delicious sounding mint green swirling 12" vinyl, alongside a less appetising digital download.

I'll level with you, 'Sonic Moist' is not an easy listen. However for those who like the current wave of post-punk-noise that seems to have surfaced over the past 12 months, it's an essential listen. In a nutshell it's abrasive, obnoxious, relentless, and at times damn right brutal, comparable with contemporaries Big Ups, and Pissed Jeans, and inspired by Sonic Youth and Swans.

The album is available on the 17th November, head over the Smalltown America for pre-order, meanwhile the band's next London show is on 17th October at the Unicorn, with a full tour to follow - full details here. // USA NAILS

Monday, 29 September 2014

ALBUM: GYMNAST - WILD FLEET


Last week Manchester based duo Gymnast independently released their debut album 'Wild Fleet'. In an attempt to appease the culture of streaming and also build support ahead of the release, the band have made a different track available to stream from the album for the last 10 weeks. The band (Cathy Wilcock and Chris Lyon) have support from 6 Music's Tom Robinson and have also toured with Music Liberation favourite Torres.

'Wild Fleet' showcases the groups penchant for melodic pop songs but there's much greater depth than just that, with careful song-writing and a clear knowledge of musical arrangement present throughout. Drawing comparisons with London Grammar, Wild Beasts, and Alt-J, Gymnast take the listener on an interesting journey during the album's 10 tracks, with dark themes often intertwined with upbeat sounds.