Monday, 18 May 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : TORRES - SPRINTER

ARTIST : TORRES
ALBUM : SPRINTER
LABEL : PARTISAN RECORDS

This week sees the release of 'Sprinter', the 2nd album from Brooklyn's Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott). We rated her first album so much that we made it our top album of 2013, so we're expecting big things from this new record which is released through Partisan Records.

Has she delivered? Of course she has! The new album is bolder, louder, and delivered with such a confidence that belies her 23 years of age. Testament to her clear talents is that 'Sprinter' was recorded over this side of the pond at Portishead's Adrian Utley's studio in Bristol. That's a pretty big deal.

There's 9 tracks coming in at over 45 minutes so that gives you an indication that the songs have time and space to breath and envelope you, with much to be had on repeated listens. The album is heavy and tender in equal measure, basically Torres has yet again wowed us!
  
Buy 'Sprinter' / Torres / Partisan Records

https://open.spotify.com/album/4Uq7Rw4cUuSWrdQgfksMOl

Monday, 11 May 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : WATERS - WHAT'S REAL

ARTIST : WATERS
ALBUM : WHAT'S REAL

Van Pierszalowski and his WATERS band are back with their 2nd full length album following 2011's 'Out In The Light', it's titled 'What's Real' and available right now through Vagrant Records. The new record has a slightly more pop orientated edge but the guitars are still there, and there's reward to be had on multiple listens for sure. It's feel good tunes for those moments when a pick me up is needed! // WATERS

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4KKQvsAWZWMkS1QCuPnajG

Monday, 27 April 2015

EVENT : 2000TREES FESTIVAL 2015


Music Liberation is pleased to once again be supporting this year's 2000trees Festival. Last year was our first visit to wholly independent event situated on Upcote Farm in Gloucestershire, and it was easily the best 3 days we had all year! You can check out our full review over here.

We'll be returning again in 2015 and after seeing the full line announced last week it's safe to say we're pretty excited to be heading back again! Something else that's getting us hyped is that this year we have 2 tickets to give away to two very lucky people!

There'll be more on that competition during May, but for now check out the full line below, and if you feel like you just have to be there head over to the 2000trees site and grab yourself a ticket!

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

Monday, 13 April 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : TURBOWOLF - TWO HANDS

ARTIST : TURBOWOLF
ALBUM : TWO HANDS

Last week Bristol's finest - Turbowolf - unleashed their 2nd studio album 'Two Hands' through Spinefarm Records and Search And Destroy. The band first appeared on Music Liberation back in 2009 when we covered their 'Ancient Snakes' single, and we've been following their progress ever since. In recent times things have really started moving for them, with a high profile tour supports with Royal Blood and Death From Above 1979 as well as Radio 1 daytime airplay.

'Two Hands', produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Band Of Skulls, Opeth), comes full loaded with riffs aplenty, delivered with a real swagger and enthusiasm from a band that have clearly always had the talent but finally also now have the platform to deliver and showcase to the world! // Turbowolf

https://open.spotify.com/album/2vFLwwSRjuQ2fr2JgV0PCA

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

EP OF THE WEEK : MATHS - THE FIRES COURTING THE SEA

ARTIST : MATHS
ALBUM : THE FIRES COURTING THE SEA
LABEL : TANGLED TALK

It's been 4 long years since we last saw Norwich hardcore screamo 3-piece Maths, when they released 'Descent' and 'Ascent', however they make a triumphant return in 2015 with a new EP, titled 'The Fires Courting The Sea' which is out now through Tangled Talk.

The record is 6 tracks long but comes in around 10 minutes, so there's plenty on offer and no filler. It's an intense listen, with chaotic fast bits and slower placid parts, but all delivered with a maturity and understanding that their time away has clearly given them.

'The Fires Courting The Sea' is available as a limited edition 12" and download over at Tangled Talk, whilst make sure you catch the band playing the Unicorn in London on May 23rd. // Maths

https://open.spotify.com/album/3RmJrnNe1atXKJ7QH1lNWl

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