Monday, 28 March 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: VODUN - POSSESSION

ARTIST: VODUN
ALBUM: POSSESSION

Possession is the debut record from Vodun, a heavy psychedelic rock soul three-piece from London. We tipped the band at the start of the year as one of our Future Sounds Of 2016 so we've been eagerly waiting for the release date to arrive. The group is composed of Oya (vocals), Marassa (guitars), and Ogoun (drums) and have been together for a couple of years. The album is the first full release from the London based Riff Rock Records.

Possession has been mixed by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood) and has already received high praise from the likes of Kerrang, and Classic Rock. The 11-track album comes in at 39 minutes and is available on CD as 6 panel digipak and on limited edition orange vinyl through Cargo Records.

The album contains much variation, with the distinctive vocals from Oya being soulful and otherworldly, whilst Ogoun and Marassa lay down a loud and frenetic bedrock of drums and guitars. It's difficult to not get drawn into the 'world of Vodun' as the band put it themselves, with the fact they don't take things too seriously meaning you can easily lose yourself amongst the songs and alternative dimension that Possession takes you into.

Vodun will be heading out on a UK tour with Limb in April, whilst you can catch them at The Lexington for the album release show on the 7th April, we'll see you there!

Monday, 21 March 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: DELTA WILL - WEATHERING

ARTIST: DELTA WILL
ALBUM: WEATHERING
Delta Will are a self proclaimed 'existential pop' group from Toronto, Canada. The band are made up of Brandon Johns (keys, synth), Charles Tilden (vocals, guitars, samples), Milan Schramek (bass), and Lowell Whitty (drums). They began in 2011, since when they've put out two EPs with Transcendental Visits (2012) and It All Glows (2013), and this year sees the release of their debut full length record through Only Constant Records.

Titled Weathering the album has 11 tracks and comes in at the 36 minute mark, which is a great length for a pop record - take note other bands! It was recorded and mixed by Chris Stringer in Toronto, and the artwork is by Corey Isenor. There's a great range of styles and influences going on throughout the album, with psych rock, electronica, and folk all coming through, but if pushed you would still put Delta Will in the pop category.

Of course this is no bad thing at all, in fact its refreshing to hear a group being able to put together a wide range of styles into a cohesive body of work. Similarities could be drawn with the UK's Alt-J, or looking stateside there's Alabama Shakes, but others have also mentioned Radiohead and Gang Gang Dance that also have related sounds and we would tend to agree. Our favourite tracks would be 'We Were Born', 'Bugarach', 'A Dream', and the closing track 'I Will Receive It'.

Weathering is a beautiful patchwork of well thought out and purposeful pop songs.

Monday, 14 March 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: IS TROPICAL - BLACK ANYTHING

ARTIST: IS TROPICAL
ALBUM: BLACK ANYTHING
'Black Anything' is the new album from London 4-piece Is Tropical. This is the third record the band have released, with this one coming out through Axis Mundi Records. They were previously signed to Kitsune, who put out their debut 'Native To' (2011) and the follow up 'I'm Leaving' (2013).

The new record was produced by Luke Smith, who helped the band with an ambitious project of recording the album across 5 different continents and released on 5 separate 10" vinyl picture discs. The music traverses the travels the band experienced across the recording process, with each of the vinyl's containing two tracks which are influenced by their particular surroundings; Part 1 is from North America , Part 2 is Europe, Part 3 is Africa, Part 4 is Asia, and Part 5 is South America.

The music found on Black Anything is a mix between electronica and rock, and as you might expect from an album with such a different recording process there is much variation to be found. It's a record which sounds wholly positive and upbeat but always seems to maintain a darker edge, flirting between gorgeous pop melodies and deep basslines with grittier guitars and off rhythm beats.

Friday, 11 March 2016

INTERVIEW: COQUIN MIGALE


We recently caught up with Coquin Migale, one of the artists we nominated for this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, for a quick chat to find out more about them and to see how they feel about making the 2016 longlist.

ML: Congratulations on making it onto the longlist for this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, how does it feel to make the list?

COQUIN MIGALE: We're genuinely buzzing about it. It feels ridiculous. We couldn't really believe it, you guys snook up on us! Thank you.

ML: We saw Huw Stephens made you tip of the week, seems like you're having the best week ever?

COQUIN MIGALE: Pretty ridiculous isn't it, this week has been absolutely off it. You could probably say, yeah, we are having the best week ever as a band. It's really great to see Huw & lots of other industry folk behind us, giving us the platforms we need. Huw's actually made us his discovery of the week TWICE now as he had us up there for our debut single 'GOLD', appy days.

ML: Have you been to Glastonbury before, and what would it mean to you to play there?

COQUIN MIGALE: I can't believe that between the four of us, not a single one of us has been. We're probably gonna get some right grief for that.
 
ML: What made you decide to enter this years ETC? Have you entered before?

COQUIN MIGALE: We've never entered ETC before however we're extremely glad we did this year. Fortunately, we have management that likes to keep us nicely organised, occasionally anyway. 

ML: Lets say you make it to the main stage at Glastonbury, what's the three things you have on your tour rider?

COQUIN MIGALE: Rum, good coffee & plenty of delicious treats.

ML: For those who don't know you, how would you describe your sound/style, and what are you influences?

COQUIN MIGALE: We're a loud, guitar driven, energetic alternative rock band, although I've dithered over this question a bit in the past because you can sometimes get rather caught up in what you THINK you sound like, so I'm gonna let the listeners decide; NME said "Gale force guitars and soaring vocals" Itsallindie said "Mysterious yet gripping" 

Our influences are incredibly varied between the four of us, we all have our own favoured preferences, however all share the same passion for the sound we're currently creating which is helpful.  

ML: What does 2016 have in store for Coquin Migale?

COQUIN MIGALE: Our 2016 range consists of; singles, tour, EP & merchandise. 

ML: Where can we find out more about you?

Thursday, 10 March 2016

INTERVIEW: COME ON LIVE LONG


We recently caught up with Come On Live Long, one of the artists we nominated for this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, for a quick chat to find out more about them and to see how they feel about making the 2016 longlist.

ML: Congratulations on making it onto the longlist for this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, how does it feel to make the list?

COME ON LIVE LONG: It feels fantastic especially when you begin to imagine the amount of bands that probably applied. We are delighted to make the longest list indeed.

ML: Have you been to Glastonbury before, and what would it mean to you to play there? 

COME ON LIVE LONG: We have never been to Glastonbury but we usually get together in someone's house and watch all the coverage of it. If we were to play there I can safely say we probably wouldn’t come back from it, we would hide under the stage and play eye spy until next years festival comes back around! 

ML: What made you decide to enter this years ETC? Have you entered before? 

COME ON LIVE LONG: Eh…it’s a chance to play at Glastonbury no?…nuff said! 

ML: Have you played at festivals before? Do you like that setting?

COME ON LIVE LONG: Yeah we have done the festival circuit in Ireland. We love the festival buzz especially when you don’t over do it the night before the show! 

ML: Lets say you make it to the main stage at Glastonbury, what's the three things you have on your tour rider? 

COME ON LIVE LONG: Special features edition DVD of Point Break, a chessboard and several dogs of varying shapes and sizes. 

ML: For those who don't know you, how would you describe your sound/style, and what are you influences? 

COME ON LIVE LONG: We describe our sound as ‘seriously amazing’ core and our influences can mostly be traced back to the Goonies. 

ML: What does 2016 have in store for Come on live long?

COME ON LIVE LONG: We will be releasing our second album in Autumn 2016. After that some touring and we hope to come to London again and also do some touring in Europe. 

ML: Where can we find out more about you?

COME ON LIVE LONG: https://soundcloud.com/comeonlivelong
 

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

INTERVIEW: CLAWS


We recently caught up with Claws, one of the artists we nominated for this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, for a quick chat to find out more about them and to see how they feel about making the 2016 longlist.

ML: Congratulations on making it onto the longlist for this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, how does it feel to make the list?

CLAWS: Thankyou! It feels great! – to be picked out of thousands of entrants makes us feel pretty special & lucky. I've had a listen to a lot of the other acts on the list & there is so much good stuff coming out of the UK at the moment.

ML: Seems that you guys are definitely into your gigs from the amount of live shows you've been playing recently, what do you like about playing live?

CLAWS: Playing to completely different people & getting different reactions from different crowds. It's always fun getting to travel & see different places. Also, getting to properly interact with people who like your music & meet other bands in the same situations as you.

ML: Have you been to Glastonbury before, and what would it mean to you to play there?

CLAWS: We haven't, but I think we have collectively been to almost every other UK festival. Glastonbury is a huge deal & to be able to play it would be a dream come true. We all love going to festivals – it’s the highlight of our year.
 
ML: What made you decide to enter this years ETC? Have you entered before?

CLAWS: I saw it advertised on the Glastonbury website and thought I would give it a shot. We have never entered before & feel very lucky to be chosen for the longlist.

ML: Lets say you make it to the main stage at Glastonbury, what's the three things you have on your tour rider?

CLAWS: Pizza, Beer & Simpsons Lego Figures

ML: For those who don't know you, how would you describe your sound/style, and what are you influences?

CLAWS: We are a mixture of sounds all rolled into one. I would describe us as surf-punk with a sprinkle of pop. We all have different musical influences but my Top 3 personal influences would have to be Weezer, The Cribs & Best Coast.

ML: What does 2016 have in store for Claws?

CLAWS: We are going to be releasing a new 4 track EP in the summer & hopefully touring around the UK & Europe towards the end of the year.

ML: Where can we find out more about you?

Twitter: @ClawsUK
Instagram: @clawsband
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/clawsband

Monday, 7 March 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BIG UPS - BEFORE A MILLION UNIVERSES

ARTIST: BIG UPS
ALBUM: BEFORE A MILLION UNIVERSES
https://open.spotify.com/album/713qw84UnB0kc6Zzab0p7k
A little over two years ago we reviewed the debut album from New York City punk 4-piece Big Ups, and later that year placed 'Eighteen Hours Of Static' at number 1 in our top 10 albums of 2014. They return this year with their new record - 'Before A Million Universes' - through Tough Love and Brace Yourself Records in the UK, and Exploding In Sound out in the States.

The new album has 13 tracks and comes in at 42 minutes, with songs ranging from between 2 and 5 minutes in length. The band are made up of Joe Galarrage (vocals), Amar Lal (guitar), Carlos Salguero Jr. (bass), and Brendan Finn (drums), who all met whilst studying at NYC University.

The city of New York has served as a rich feeding ground for the band in putting together this album. Lyrical content ranges from political corruption and social injustice, to the impact of wealth and the process of degeneration. Heavy subject matters are met head on with the bands threatening music, with a combination of straight forward hardcore punk mixed up with bits of grunge and psyche rock.

Before A Million Universes is an uncompromising and at times difficult record to get your ears around, but it's a vital listen and statement of intent from a band that keep kicking down doors, pushing boundaries, and daring to confront today's issues and problems through their music.

Friday, 4 March 2016

GLASTONBURY EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION 2016


The longlist for this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition has been announced, and with that we can reveal the 3 acts that Music Liberation has put forward this year.

Subtle but meaningful, a clever arrangement of gorgeous vocals, and lush guitars

  Claws 
Energetic, surfer punk, fantastically sharp vocals with punchy riffs and fills

Volatile Newcastle quartet breathing new life into post-rock, resonant and noisey

We are really excited about all three acts that we've put forward for this years ETC 2016, hopefully you'll read more about each on Music Liberation in the weeks to come, and indeed one, if not all will play at this years Glastonbury Festival!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

MUSIC LIBERATION PODCAST - FEBRUARY 2016

The world of podcasting is an ever exciting and buoyant place to be right now, with anyone and everyone getting involved and putting their content out there.

Music Liberation had our first podcast back in 2008 when we put out 3 episodes, we returned for a couple more in 2011, and we thought that 2016 seems like the right time to give it another go!

This episode looks back at the month of February, and is certainly a work in progress!



Tracklist:

1. Emily Wells - 'Pack Of Nobodies'
2. Fall Seattle - 'Wanda Johnson'
3. Deep Sea Diver - 'Notice Me'
4. Snoskred - 'Preparations'
5. Burlap - 'Heavy Breather'