Listen to three new tracks from Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are set to release a self-titled new album on the 25th of August via Fantasy Records.

Ahead of the release the band have shared three new tracks that you can stream below. Lady Gaga provides backing vocals on “Find Yourself” alongside indie-pop artist Lucius on gospel-tinged ballad “Set Me Down on a Cloud.” The two songs are joined by a slow-burn rock ballad, “Forget About Georgia.”

Frontman and guitarist Nelson (son of country legend Willie Nelson) says of the new album: “I knew I had a lot of good songs that transcended the cultural boundaries between rock & roll and country. We owe a lot to Neil [Young].

Nelson adds: “We made this record after coming off the road with him for two years. Neil’s been mentoring us, and we’ve been absorbing that energy, and I think it shows. We got acclimated to a different level of artistic expression. I wanted to get the songs as pure as they could be. We’ve grown.”

You can pre-order the new album bundles now via PledgeMusic.

The track list for Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real is as follows:

01. “Set Me Down On A Cloud”
02. “Die Alone”
03. “Fool Me Once”
04. “Just Outside Of Austin”
05. “Carolina”
06. “Runnin’ Shine”
07. “Find Yourself”
08. “Four Letter Word”
09. “High Times”
10. “Breath Of My Baby”
11. “Forget About Georgia”
12. “If I Started Over”

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Hands Off Gretel gear up for UK tour with Skating Polly

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Hands Off Gretel, the alternative grunge band from South Yorkshire, will be supporting US rock outfit Skating Polly on six of their UK headline tour dates this summer.

The two bands, both heavily influenced by the riot grrrl bands of the 90’s, first met when Lauren Tate from Hands off Gretel watched Skating Polly supporting Babes in Toyland in 2015 in Manchester. Following an exchange of Cd’s at the gig, Hands off Gretel were invited to support Skating Polly in London in 2016 and played a sold out gig at the Lock Tavern.

Skating Polly return to the UK in July to support Kate Nash on her European tour. In between these dates they will play a series of headline shows and have invited Hands Off Gretel to join them as special guests.

Catch Skating Polly and Hands Off Gretel on the following dates:

Jul 27th: The Moon Club – Cardiff
Jul 28th: The Cavern – Exeter
Jul 30th: Yardbirds – Grimsby
Jul 31st: Broadcast – Glasgow
Aug 02nd: Thunderbolt – Bristol
Aug 11th: Sebright Arms – London

You can watch Hands Off Gretel’s video for their track “Plasters” below.

Hands Off Gretel’s album “Burn The Beauty Queen” is out now.

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Moses Boyd announces new EP ‘Absolute Zero’

UK jazz musician Moses Boyd has shared details of his new EP.

Absolute Zero is scheduled for release on Friday the 4th of August via Exodus Records / The Vinyl Factory.

The EP will be Boyd’s second solo release and is described as “…a thrilling fusion of cosmic mind-flight above the London grime.”

Moses grew up in Catford but his roots lie in Jamaica and Dominica. While soul, reggae and classical was played at home, school was filled with the sound of the grime pirates. A drum teacher introduced him to the jazz canon; from Buddy Rich to Elvin Jones. Moses and his small band of revolutionaries started devouring and immersing themselves in the music, jamming four or five times a week, going to Ronnie Scott’s to watch legends like Wynton Marsalis, James Moody and Roy Haynes from the cheap seats behind the bar. They were injecting new blood into the form. As Moses says “when’s the last time anyone saw ten young black kids from South London watching Wynton Marsalis?”

Absolute Zero will feature four brand new compositions and is available to pre-order now in a 180gm heavyweight vinyl limited edition.

Absolute Zero tracklist:

A1. “After Tomorrow”
A2. “Square Up”
B1. “Sirens”
B2. “Absolute Zero”

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Basement Revolver share emotive new single ‘Tree Trunks’

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Ontario 3-piece Basement Revolver have shared their new single.

“Tree Trunks” is lifted from the band’s forthcoming EP, Agatha, scheduled for release on the 21st of July via Yellow K Records in the U.S. and fear of missing out records in the UK.

Emotionally vulnerable, plaintive and authentic, “Tree Trunks” is fuzzy and heartbreaking yet staggeringly beautiful. “Really starting to feel like I need someone to talk to,” sings songwriter and guitarist Chrisy Hurn in a wistful lyric that reflects on dual themes of mental health and the environment. “I’m really tired of this fight,” she cedes in a moment of surrender.

Recalls Hurn: “‘Tree trunks’ was written when I started experiencing panic attacks for the first time and my increasing need to find a professional who could help me to find better ways to cope.

“It also tries to mirror how I imagine the environment feels sometimes – and how the environment is tied to many people’s mental health. I was very fortunate to find the help that I needed and I would encourage everyone to go after the mental health resources that are available to them.”

You can listen to “Tree Trunks” via the stream below.

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Man Woman Friend Computer collaborates with Yuliya Tsukerman on new video ‘Exordium/Outgrown’

Ambient pop artist Man Woman Friend Computer, a.k.a Thomas Echols, has collaborated with Brooklyn-based filmmaker and marionette artist Yuliya Tsukerman to create a new video, “Exordium/Outgrown.”

Set to the opening and closing pieces from Man Woman Friend Computer’s new self-titled album, the film tells the story of a spaceman who comes to terms with isolation and loss as he cares for an injured alien creature. It combines centuries-old Czech marionette techniques with modern materials and found objects, creating an analog re-imagining of the space age that points to the the loneliness of the digital world, and to the new distances we create as we try to conquer the old.

“There’s always a moment,” says Tsukerman, “when you’ve put the marionette together, but it doesn’t feel alive yet. The spaceman was stuck in that lifeless zone,” she says half-jokingly, “until I cut my thumb carving his face and got blood all over him!”

An exquisitely crafted wonder, “Exordium/Outgrown” is beautiful and sparse, yet full of intimate detail that points to the rich inner life of its characters. You can watch the film – a four month labour of love – in full via the stream below.

You can listen to and buy Man Woman Friend Computer’s new album via Bandcamp and connect via Instagram.

Keep up to date with Yuliya Tsukerman’s latest work via her website or via Instagram.

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