Monday, 30 March 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : FRED THOMAS - ALL ARE SAVED

ARTIST : FRED THOMAS
ALBUM : ALL ARE SAVED

'All Are Saved' is the eighth studio album from Fred Thomas, but it's the first we've heard of him at Music Liberation and it seems that theme of obscurity resonates with others too. After some digging we discovered he's been making music for the past 15 years and is perhaps most known for being the front man of Saturday Looks Good To Me, which didn't enlighten us much either but still his latest record is ace.

Released through Polyvinyl Records on the 7th April, the album's 11 tracks are a result of a years worth of recording/producing from Thomas in Detroit, Michigan, and Athens, Georgia, with some additional help from Drew Vandenburg (Of Montreal, Deerhunter), and guest additions from amongst others Andrew W.K!

'All Are Saved' is a heavy record, not sonically, but emotionally. With the vocals often spoken not sung, Thomas engages his listener with heartfelt words that draw upon nostalgia, pain, suffering, and anger. All of which is played out upon a bed of samples, guitar, synths, and dreamy pop beats. BUY 'ALL ARE SAVED'

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

EP OF THE WEEK : GROAN - HIGHROSPLIFFICS

ARTIST : GROAN
ALBUM : HIGHROSPLIFFICS

Out through Superhot Records is 'Highrospliffics', the new EP from self proclaimed party doom band Groan. The London four-piece recorded their latest material with Sam Thredder (of Slabdragger fame), and release it this week as a free digital download through their Bandcamp page.

Including tracks such as the opening 'Run Out Of Fucks' and the lead track 'Witchfinder General Finder', the 4 track record is 'doom metal to pump your fists and bang your head to' according to bassist Leigh Jones. Jones is joined by new guitarist Lindsay Hamilton (guitar), alongside long term drummer Zel Kaute, as well as founding member Mazzereth (vocals).

You can catch them next playing at The Underworld in Camden on May 23rd, we'll see you there!

https://open.spotify.com/album/0DV93r0VffdOHSqUZJBiFp

Monday, 23 March 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : COURTNEY BARNETT - SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK, AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT

ARTIST : COURTNEY BARNETT
ALBUM : SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK, AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT

Out this week through House Anxiety / Marathon Artists is 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit', the debut album from Courtney Barnett. The Australian has previously come to our attention with the release of 'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas' back in 2013, which as you probably tell was a combination of her first two EPs.

The new record spans 11 tracks and includes the single 'Pedestrian At Best'. Barnett has an interesting vocal style, half spoken word, half sung, but always delivered with a clear sincerity. Her lyrics tell stories and are full of life anecdotes and humorous one liners. Aside from the humour though there's humility and honesty to her work, revealing intimate sides to her character which are hard to not get swept up by. The music itself is also varied, from fast paced guitar driven attacks, to softer more singer songwriter like tracks, interspersed with pop rock noise.

'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit' is an absolute delight and showcases an artist in Courtney Barnett who is clearly making the strides and sounds that refreshingly she wants.

Catch Courtney on tour throughout March/April, and buy the record in various formats here.

https://open.spotify.com/album/4xRrnbv5WmQp6CJXksbF1t

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

EP OF THE WEEK : ELEL - ELEL


ARTIST : ELEL
ALBUM : ELEL

ELEL are an 8 piece (yeah 8!) pop band from Nashville, who earlier this month released their debut EP through Mom + Pop Music. The band have two horns, two drums, three keys, guitar, bass, and a multitude of vocals, all of which lead to music which is bright, energetic, and wholly positive.

The lead single from the record is '40 Watt', which front man Ben describes as "a big loud dance song about dancing with one other person in a little bitty house". Sounds fun right?! Check it below! // ELEL

https://open.spotify.com/album/1gZeqsR1JzFyAyujtnyXbS

Monday, 16 March 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : AWOLNATION - RUN


ARTIST : AWOLNATION
ALBUM : RUN

Out this week through Red Bull Records is 'Run', the 2nd album from AWOLNATION, the one-man electro rock extravaganza that is the creation of Aaron Bruno. It is the follow up to his universally acclaimed debut record 'Megalithic Symphony', which culminated in Bruno travelling the world on a 2 year long tour.

AW returns with Run, a 14 track album that he has written, performed and produced entirely on his own. We featured the lead single 'Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)' a few weeks ago, which also had a cool one shot video to go with it. Run is a powerful album from start to finish, from the heavy rock guitars and electronic beats, to the softer mellow pop moments.

We'll be catching AWOLNATION at the Electric Ballroom on April 1st. // AWOLNATION

https://open.spotify.com/album/6yGp5e6Puhx155c8dQ8e6P

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

EVENT: GLASTONBURY EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION 2015 LONGLIST


The longlist for this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition has been announced and Music Liberation is pleased to reveal the three acts that we put forward - Noiiises, Otherkin, and The Pearl Harts. You can check out the full list of 120 acts over here, whilst below we've got some info on the excellent bands we chose this time around.
Noiiises

Noiiises are clearly on the zeitgeist point, following in the footsteps of contempories Years & Years and Peace, taking inspiration from 80's icons Depeche Mode and New Order, creating music which expertly fuses electronica and rock to great effect. // Noiiises



Otherkin

Otherkin are a 4 piece grunge pop band from Dublin, full of soaring melodies, intricate guitars, and most importantly they have a clear intent and togetherness which gives clarity to both their ideas and music. // Otherkin


The Pearl Harts

Channelling their inner Sabbath/Zeppelin spirit, Kirsty and Sara aka The Pearl Harts reel off their blues filled guitar riffs and drum fills with aplomb. They are noisey and brash, and coming straight at ya! // The Pearl Harts

Monday, 2 March 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS - TRANSFIXATION


ALBUM : TRANSFIXATION
LABEL : DEAD OCEANS

Available through Dead Oceans, 'Transfixation' is the fourth album from Brooklyn's A Place To Bury Strangers, the follow up to 2012's 'Worship'. The new record is an uncompromising listen that is certainly not for those with sensitive ears, as the band (Oliver Ackermann, Dion Lunadon, and Robi Gonzalez) tear through 11 tracks of distorted guitars, grumbling basslines and eerie vocals.

The band will be touring the UK in April, whilst you can stream the album over on the Quietus, if you like.

http://open.spotify.com/album/0nU1aHZstSzF9IlMxvALMO

Friday, 27 February 2015

TRACK OF THE WEEK : HEYROCCO - ELSEWHERE


ARTIST : HEYROCCO
TRACK : ELSEWHERE
LABEL : VITAL MUSIC GROUP

This week South Carolina three-piece Heyrocco release their latest single 'Elsewhere', the first song to be taken from the band's forthcoming album 'Teenage Movie Soundtrack'. The track continues the fine grunge-pop formula that served them so well on their 'Mom Jeans' EP; massive guitar riffs and melodic sing-along vocals, which may be simple to some, but you can't tell me it's not so incredibly addictive!