Owlle premieres new track ‘Fog’ at Wonderland Magazine
Debut album ‘France’ out on November 17th
The debut album ‘France’
Released November 17th in the UK via Sony Music – Jive/Epic – Aztec Records Ltd
Features the forthcoming single ‘Fog’
“Her breakout single, the sparkly synth-laden “Ticky Ticky,” tiptoes across your eardrums and practically forces you out onto the dance floor.” – Nylon
“Darkly danceable electro-pop… all tinged with sadness. You can hear the subtle influences of Bronksi Beat, Madonna and the subtle hints of Frank Ocean.” – Notion
“French electro-pop chanteuse Owlle is set to take the world by storm with her unique fusing of 80s era melody, super danceable beats and a pop-art aesthetic.” – Amelia’s
For French 20-something, Owlle, music is a way to tell stories, a way to embrace freedom and other worlds, and very much expose two sides of the same coin. In Owlle’s world, the things that initially seem quite different from one another can often reveal themselves to be quite closely interlinked. As an arts graduate, on her debut album France, she continually demonstrates that visual art can be as much an influence over recorded output as other sounds themselves can. Having experienced her own light bulb moment at one of Brian Eno’s audio-visual installations, the effects were apparently long lasting; “I’m not sure if I’d ever have dared to start a musical career if it wasn’t for the rush I got when I discovered one of Eno’s audio-visual installations at an art fair. It was called Quiet Club and the way sound and visuals interacted truly fascinated me.”
An atmosphere of contradiction within music is never far from Owlle’s mindset either (“I like mixing different or even antagonistic atmospheres”) and it’s these more mercurial traits that have earned her comparisons to others such as, Chairlift, Lykke Li, Bat For Lashes and Grimes. The signposts can be followed on tracks like Ticky Ticky, with its toe-tapping melancholia and fizzing electronics. or on forthcoming single, and album opener Fog, which somehow manages to feel both claustrophobic and free at the same time. Of the record, Owlle has said that often “there’s the notion of someone running incessantly after something”, and it’s perhaps the pace of Fog that sets this tone for the rest of the album. Whatever her motives, France bursts with ideas, leads the listener through darkened corridors, and manages to capture that most illusive of pop virtues; Style and Substance. Owlle has both to spare.
Leading into the UK release of France, Owlle has bothered the top of Hype Machine with remixed versions of her own tracks (most notably cuts by St Pepsi and Maelstrom, Moonlight Matters), while Owlle herself has remixed the likes of Sia and Depeche Mode. Further tracks have featured on mixtapes for i-D, Under Your Sun was featured as one of Daytrotter’s Best Songs of 2013 and she has gone on to support artists like Sebastian Tellier and Phoenix on tour. 2013 saw her play at Lovebox and feature at various discovery festivals in Europe, including The Great Escape, Eurosonic, Reeperbahn and China’s own Strawberry Festival.
‘On The Rocks’ is built around strident, muscular songwriting. Staring life’s problems straight in the eye, The Rural Alberta Advantage pour their folk inflections into something engaging and probing. – Clash
BAND TO TOUR UK IN NOVEMBER
The Rural Alberta Advantage have unveiled another song from their upcoming third album Mended With Gold. Listen to “On The Rocks” here. Mended With Gold, will be released on September 29th. The twelve-track album was recorded at Toronto’s Candle Recording with the band’s long-time live engineer Matt Lederman (Hayden, !!!, Besnard Lakes) alongside co-producer Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Austra, F*cked Up). Pre-order the albumhere from Paper Bag Records or here from iTunes. UK live dates can be found below.
“One of the events which inspired ‘On the Rocks’ is related to my first trip out to Newfoundland well over a decade ago,” says the band’s Nils Edenloff. “So I’m also pretty happy with the double entendre as it relates to the song. We may be the Rural Alberta Advantage, but anyone who knows northern Alberta (i.e. Fort McMurray) will understand that Newfoundland isn’t too far out of my wheelhouse.”
In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008’s Hometowns and 2011’s Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, among others), two Juno Award nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), the Polaris Music Prize Long List, and a hard earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA’s latest album, Mended With Gold, took shape.
November Live Dates (UK):
21 Birmingham, The Hair and Hounds
22 Glasgow, Broadcast
24 Leeds, Brundenell Social Club
25 Manchester, Soup Kitchen
26 London, Islington Assembly
ELECTRIC WIZARD REVEAL BRAND NEW TRACK, ‘SADIOWITCH’
HEADLINE UK SHOW ANNOUNCED FOR OCTOBER 23RD IN MANCHESTER
ELECTRIC FUCKIN’ WIZARD have revealed a second track from their forthcoming full-length album, ‘TIME TO DIE’, set for release via Spinefarm Records on September 29th.
Titled ‘SadioWitch’ and featuring the line ‘the black drug took my soul away’, the song will be accompanied by a video, currently being edited. Little is known about the clip, although it is believed to feature (encouragingly) both ‘nudity’ & ‘explosions’.
“Sadiowitch is about death by lust and indulgence. As life becomes disillusioning it is reassuring to turn to ‘lifes luxuries’…sex and drugs. But, of course, over indulgence leads to emaciation, weakness and death. The song is short and sweet just like this particular form of death. There are many choices but only one outcome. Choose wisely…” – Jus Oborn
A limited edition 7” version of ‘SadioWitch’ is also being planned, with a previously unreleased piece of music on the B-side.
‘TIME TO DIE’ is the eighth full-length offering from the masters of aural punishment, and their first album release since signing a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.
Listen to ‘Sadiowitch’ here: https://soundcloud.com/spinefarmrecords/electric-wizard-sadiowitch
A UK headline show has been announced for October 23rd at The Ritz in Manchester.
Tickets are available here: http://www.seetickets.com/event/electric-wizard/the-ritz/808239
A full supporting bill will be announced in due course.
All official Electric Wizard pre-order bundles are now live at www.ElectricFuckinWizard.com, featuring limited numbers of vinyl, CD, T-shirt, back-patch & pin badge packages.
Electric Wizard, who have recently played headline slots at a number of major European festivals, including Hellfest (France), Roskilde (Denmark) and Sonisphere (UK), have the following appearances lined up for 2014, with more shows to be added:-
Sep 12th Reverence Valada, Portugal (headline with Hawkwind)
Oct 10th Desertfest, Antwerp, Belgium
Oct 23rd The Ritz, Manchester, UK (headline show)
ELECTRIC WIZARD are here for REVENGE…..BE AFRAID…..