Monday, 15 August 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: RIVAL CONSOLES - NIGHT MELODY

ALBUM: NIGHT MELODY
Available through Erased Tapes Records, 'Night Melody' is a new mini album from Rival Consoles. There's six tracks and over 30 minutes of thoughtful, organic, and warm electronica.

The album is out now as a 12" vinyl in a special die-cut sleeve as well as a download option.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ASYLUMS - KILLER BRAIN WAVES

ARTIST: ASYLUMS
ALBUM: KILLER BRAIN WAVES
https://open.spotify.com/album/6QyIFCPTWT333KkFTXqBdF
 
'Killer Brain Waves' is the debut album from Southend's Asylums, a band we featured last year when we reviewed their EP 'Wet Dream Fanzine'. Like that record this LP is available though the band's own Cool Thing Records. There are 12 tracks on the album, some we've heard before, some not, but as a body of work it all pulls together really well. It's nostalgic as anything, darting around from diy punk pop, indie rock, and britpop, with cleverly written and on point lyrics.

Monday, 11 July 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SHURA - NOTHING'S REAL

ARTIST: SHURA
ALBUM: NOTHING'S REAL
https://open.spotify.com/album/7DgEWu4RRhwZAGydliLWOt

Shura is Aleksandra Denton, a 23 year old singer-songwriter-producer from London, who grew up in Manchester and has Russian heritage. Two years in the making, her debut album 'Nothing's Real' has just been released through Interscope/Polydor.

The 13 track album is a lush, full bodied, wholesome indie pop record that spans times gone by, the current zeitgeist and a whole other future world that only Shura seems to know about. Influences and reference points can be found with the likes of Grimes, Bat For Lashes, Goldfrapp, as well as a whole spectrum of 80's and 90's pop. Whilst some may think the album is a little long as it comes in at just under the hour mark, but in truth it doesn't feel like things go for too long and it actually allows the songs to breathe a little and envelope the listener.

Such is our fondness for this album we're happy and confident to say right now that Nothing's Real will be 2016's most complete pop record. The gentle airing on the right side of uniqueness and integrity is a key component of the album's success. Oh and she's great live too. Yep!


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BIG DEAL - SAY YES

ARTIST: BIG DEAL
ALBUM: SAY YES
Based in London, Big Deal are principally formed by Alice Costelloe and Kacey Underwood. The band have recently released their third album 'Say Yes', which follows up 2011's 'Lights Out' and 2013's 'June Gloom'. The new record is their first through FatCat Records and sees the band embracing a bigger, better, more wholesome sound.

The album was recorded over a 10 day period during the Summer last year and features 11 tracks which come in around the 48 minutes mark. The album lurches and sways from rock to pop, with a sense of genuine honesty felt throughout.

The band themselves have recently spoke about this new found openness and how it helped the album saying "We’ve always been pretty private about our relationship within the band, but feel more comfortable talking about it for this record, as it’s pivotal in the placement of our career.” they explain. “It’s about taking all kinds of heartbreak and defeat, and just looking at it dead in the eye and going for it". Repeated listens are a must on this one but be warned you'll get hooked!

Monday, 6 June 2016

EVENT: 2000TREES FESTIVAL 2016

http://www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk/
2016 sees our favourite UK independent festival - 2000trees - celebrating it's 10th birthday. The recently announced full line up is headed up by The Bronx, Twin Atlantic, and Refused, and is taking place over the weekend of the 7th/8th/9th July, with this year is set to be the events biggest yet!

3-day, 2-day, and day tickets are still available but if you're planning on attending you'd better get involved sharpish as the festival organisers are expecting a sell-out pretty soon. The complete line up and day splits are below (note the TBA on Thursday night, wink wink!), with our tips for new bands this year being Black Peaks, Counterfeit, John Coffey, Palm Reader, Kagoule, and Heck.

We'll have more in the run up to the festival, during, and of course our review when its all over!

http://www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk/ 

http://www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/clashfinder2016.2No-times.pdf

Monday, 16 May 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: UNITED FRUIT - ETERNAL RETURN

ARTIST: UNITED FRUIT
LABEL: UNITED FRUIT
https://open.spotify.com/album/3VKsK5wuKQjjpXpm9KCSlB

'Eternal Return' is the new album from Glasgow based four-piece United Fruit, following up there 2011 debut 'Fault Lines'. Whilst that first record brought the band a strong loyal set of followers, the new album is set to propel them onto bigger stages (literally!). The 11-track album is a mixture of their alternative rock upbringing and a maturer melodic pop sound, a combination that many have tried to master but few succeed with, but for my ears United Fruit have wholeheartedly done it on this record.

Friday, 13 May 2016

EVENT: 1-2-3-4 FESTIVAL

http://the1234festival.com/
**UPDATE - 02.08.2016 - THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED**

A few years ago the 1-2-3-4 Festival was one of the main London events to look out for during the Summer months. Having re-charged their batteries the festival is back for 2016 on Saturday 3rd September, with this years event taking place at Three Mills Island in Bow.

We at Music Liberation are particularly excited about the festival's return since the line-up features a slew of acts we've favourably covered over the past few months.

LOVE BUZZARD
Alongside headliners The Cribs and The Jesus And Mary Chain, we'll be looking to see our fave's Love Buzzard, Crows, USA Nails, and Pins. There's also Gang Of Four, Telegram, Spector, Toy, and The Wytches who we're looking forward to checking out.

Alongside the music there's also going to be a special 'pit party' stage, interesting street food outlets and bars, as well as secret sessions and guests during the day. 

The line-up so far is below, whilst tickets are available to purchase now. We'll be covering the festival in the lead up to the event and during it, so stay tuned for more info!

http://the1234festival.com/

Thursday, 28 April 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: VICTORIA+JEAN - DIVINE LOVE

ARTIST: VICTORIA+JEAN
ALBUM: DIVINE LOVE
LABEL: FY RECORDS

'Divine Love' is the debut album from Victoria+Jean, an experimental pop duo from Stockholm, Sweden. The 12 track record is being released through FY Records and features the work of a host of well respected contributors.

The real life couple sent the album to their favourite producers and amazingly each one chose to work on the track the duo had hoped they would. Among those chosen were John Parish (PJ Harvey), Rob Kirwan (The Horrors), Ian Caple (Tricky), Joe Hirst (Stone Roses), and Lucas Chauviere (De La Soul).

The diversity between those names should tell you how varied Victoria+Jean and indeed this album are, with different styles and influences found throughout. Reference points could be artists such as St Vincent, Tune-Yards, or PJ Harvey, but really the album manages to traverse between those artists with it's own unique sound.

The vocals from Victoria are boundless, showing a great range and this is the driving force behind most of the tracks, however the guitars from Jean are riff heavy and this provides a nice base for the music, with our stand out track for this being 'Your Baby Don't Know Me'.