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Upcoming shows: Old Sea Brigade... Rachael Dadd... The Happy Soul... James Yorkston & Nina Persson... Stars... Siv Jakobsen... Weyes Blood... Jesse Malin... Coruja Jones... Rozi Plain... Sweet Baboo... Kerala Dust... Sophie Jamieson... Will Sheff / Okkervil River... SLUG... Beans on Toast... Honey Harper... The Dream Syndicate... Rachel Baiman... Anna B Savage... Joshua Burnside... His Lordship... The Courettes... Unthank : Smith... William Crighton... Ailbhe Reddy... Shannon Lay... Neil Cowley... Cindy... Sounds From The Other City 2023... Roddy Woomble... Freya Beer... SBT (Sarabeth Tucek)... Eric Bibb... The Beths... The Burning Hell... Andy Shauf... Holy Moly & The Crackers...

When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 January 2023
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: This show has now sold out! Watch this space for details of future Old Sea Brigade shows in Manchester.

We’re excited to be working with Old Sea Brigade for the first time!

Ben Cramer describes 5 AM Paradise, his vivid and moving third album as Old Sea Brigade, as a coming-of-age record: ten songs that balance youthful abandon with maturity and restraint, full of imaginative flourishes, evocative textures, and graceful melodies that lend magnitude to mundane moments.

Cramer first introduced Old Sea Brigade with his debut EP Love Brought Weight followed by his 2019 debut album, Ode To A Friend. He toured with artists like Passenger, Tall Heights, WildRivers, Joseph, Lewis Watson, and Luke Sital-Singh, developing an undeniable chemistry with Luke that carried over to the studio on the collaborative All the Ways You Sing in the Dark EP. At the same time, Cramer was establishing himself as a sought-after producer to artists from around the world who stopped by his Nashville home studio, including Australians Angie McMahon and Lawson Hull, London’s John Joseph Brill, Montreal’s The Franklin Electric, and rising talent from his local community like Braison Cyrus and Paul McDonald.

His 2021 sophomore album, Motivational Speaking, was called ‘some of the best quarantine art’ (Consequence) and ‘sharply written and infectiously propulsive’ (Uncut).

5 AM Paradise builds on those successes, as he revels in new sounds and ideas and explores the textures of everyday life in songs that make space for doubt and worry alongside joy and pleasure. He leaves his songs unresolved — posing more questions than he answers — so that they reveal more and more of themselves each time you hear them.

‘A warm, lovely dose of Americana’ – Brooklyn Vegan

‘A delightful slice of folk pop just perfect for a spring day, rain or shine’ – The East Nashvillian

Tour support comes from Joni. Rosy, amp-coloured vocals reverberate from a small green house tucked deep in the hills of Laurel Canyon. Joni, the project of singer-songwriter Joni Fatora, spent the last year holed up in her home studio writing and recording songs for her 2020 EP, Orchid Room. The result is a haze of intimate songs — daydreamy and feminine, classic yet modern. With a patchwork of influences ranging from 60s Tropicália to early 2000s indie rock, Joni evokes the feeling of indie darlings Cat Power, Feist and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 1 February 2023
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LW 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show has been cancelled. Refunds are available from the point of purchase – and watch this space for details of Rachael Dadd shows in the future.

We’re excited to be bringing Rachael Dadd back to Gullivers!

On 14 October 2022 wildly creative free-form songwriter Rachael Dadd is to release her brand new studio album Kaleidoscope. The record is her second album for Memphis Industries and follows 2019’s Flux, which was released to much acclaim and which she was touring when the pandemic struck.

Like so many people disconnected from their communities and struggling through the lockdowns, Rachael turned inwards, seeking escape through music and connection through songwriting, and her hope is that when people listen to Kaleidoscope ‘they will feel held and find space to breathe, grieve and celebrate’.

‘This album is a lot more honest and personal than Flux,’ she shares, ‘but I feel the songs are universal as they are largely rooted in truth and love. If I had to pick a favourite album it would be this one because of the magical rekindling of human connection when me and my band got back in a room together again. All that magic went into these songs.’

‘Music for me usually comes from a place where I’m in a state of flow and free-child: playful and explorative and sparked by the infinite possibilities that creating it can bring,’ she continues, ‘so kaleidoscope, a toy with infinite possibilities of shape, colour and pattern, seemed like a really good title.’

Following on from taking part in the Super Cool Drawing Machine touring art exhibition, which raised money for small venues during lockdown, Rachael developed the album artwork by embroidering on her sewing machine. She created colourful geometric organisms, possibly depicting the patterns of a kaleidoscope, or musical sounds spread across a huge blue sky.

‘The image of the sky appears many times on the album, representing boundless freedom from the mundanity and struggles of being human,’ says Rachael. ‘Music, too, provides escapism and freedom, and I like that while both music and the sky can be boundless, they are also containers to preserve all the very best things. Here on Kaleidoscope they are vessels for truth and love.’

Having been kissed on the cheek and told to pursue music at the age of 14 by Tori Amos, who along with Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell lit up a new universe of possibility and magic for her, showing Rachael a way to translate her own inner world into words and music, she went on to discover John Cage, Steve Reich and John Tavner. Creating avant-garde feedback loop experiments at Alton College also left a big impression on her, as did WARP artists such as Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Plaid and Broadcast, and more recently Elsa Hewitt. ‘I love synth worlds and it’s been really great to explore this more deeply on Kaleidoscope,’ says Rachael, who also draws inspiration for the new record from Bristol’s contemporary jazz scene and artists like Ishmael Ensemble and Waldo’s Gift.

Co-produced ‘intuitively, boldly, and playfully’ by Rachael and Rob Pemberton (The Staves, Emily Barker, Maja Lena), Kaleidoscope includes musical collaborators such as Maja Lena (Low Chimes), long-time collaborator Emma Gatrill (Willy Mason), Alex Heane (bass), Charlotte West (synths), Alex Garden (strings) and Flux producer Marcus Hamblett (Villagers, James Holden, The Staves), giving the record ‘just the right colour combination, just the right pattern of shapes, plenty of space where needed and finally landing in a sound world that feels fresh and open and true,’ reflects Rachael.

Japanese aesthetics absorbed from her time spent living there are subconsciously woven into Rachael’s songs. ‘I first stepped foot in Tokyo in 2008, sparked by the adventure of such a rich and different culture and later on I lived on a small island and experienced an appealing and balanced way of life: the aesthetics, the art and the traditions,’ she recalls. ‘There was a lot of caring for each other, a lot of gentleness, and a lot of simple living in harmony with nature. Japan left its cultural mark on me and is now part of my inner world and I’m sure this comes out with the words and music I write.’

‘But overall,’ Rachael explains, ‘this is an album of homecoming and reconnecting to my own truth, to my community here, to the earthy land that I love and to the sky that I know.’

Over the years Rachael has toured across Europe and Asia including appearances at Green Man, Cambridge Folk and Glastonbury festivals. She has performed alongside Rozi Plain, This is The Kit, Alabaster DePlume, Francois and the Atlas Mountains and Michael Kiwanuka. ‘Many of my musical heroes are my best pals. I feel so lucky to have so many inspiring people close by and even luckier to be able to share music and stages together, particularly with all my band members and with Kate and Rozi of This Is The Kit, and Maja Lena who I am excited to be touring with this autumn.’

Kaleidoscope, including a limited edition DINKED vinyl with a bonus EP of non-album tracks featuring This is the Kit and Rozi Plain, follows Rachael’s critically acclaimed Flux album, which gained a coveted 6 Music’s Album of the Day and live sessions for Radio 4’s Loose Ends and The Roddy Hart Show on BBC Scotland.

This show is part of Independent Venue Week 2023find out more.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 4 February 2023
Where:
Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: Due to band members having several jobs and children, this show has moved to Saturday 4 February, and now takes place at Gullivers. Original tickets remain valid.

We’re pleased to be helping The Happy Soul launch their new single!

Join The Happy Soul as they launch their new double A-side, I Am Pulling My Eyes Out / Palindrome. Leading on from their critically lauded third LP, Golden Wander, the melodic four-piece begin a new journey which will reach completion with their fourth LP due for 2023, Everything is Horrible.

The Happy Soul have a curious blend of influences. At one moment soft and hushed, much like Nina Simone at her most blue, the next frantic and angular like the twin guitars of Television. Their understanding of the subversion of pop music is writ large across their back catalogue in bold, garish colours.

Support comes from Rodney.

This show is part of Independent Venue Week 2023 – find out more

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 February 2023
Where: 
YES Basement, 38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB

We’re pleased to be welcoming James Yorkston and Nina Persson to YES – with guest Amy May Ellis!

On 13 January, James Yorkston, Nina Persson and The Second Hand Orchestra will release The Great White Sea Eagle, the follow up to James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra’s The Wide, Wide River – a Guardian Top 10 Folk Album of 2021.

The record didn’t start life as a follow up; in early 2021, Yorkston began visiting his studio in Cellardyke, Fife and for the first time, starting writing songs on the piano as opposed to his usual guitar as he gazed upon the sea outside his window.

After sending the first five or six songs to Karl-Jonas Winqvist (the ringleader/conductor of TSHO), they began to discuss working on the music together. With Yorkston’s shift from guitar to piano, they thought about what other changes they could make to their process which led to the involvement of a guest singer and the legendary Nina Persson (The Cardigans) was brought into the fold.

They followed the same methodology as The Wide, Wide River – apart from James, Nina and KJ, none of The Second Hand Orchestra had heard the music prior to entering the studio – and the arrangements were made up on the spot. Yorkston summarises: ‘Everyone who was playing in The Second Hand Orchestra, in their own way they are all unique and colourful players. There was no-one there who didn’t know what to do. I would bring them the songs, we would start one – I would play it, and second time round people would start singing and playing, and by the time we had done it three or four times we would hit record and we would be ready to go. And the thing that they all had was the ability to give each other space and to come up with their parts based on what other people were playing naturally was a very quick process, and they were all so open, nobody was egotistical. Everything was just happy. I love the wildness in it.’

Ahead of its release, they unveil the first song from the forthcoming album, Hold Out For Love, a kind of Fife-gospel anthem with Yorkston and Persson’s vocals interwoven together over the lyrics: ‘You’ll have no regrets / If you hold out for love / Don’t sell yourself short / For the sake of a moment.’

James Yorkston, Nina Persson and The Second Hand Orchestra were joined by Philip Selway (Radiohead) to record a live version of the song, directed by Dah Dah Dit.

Whilst there is a lightness in sound to The Great White Sea Eagle, there is a dark humour throughout and the album conveys a rich message about life and grief, family and nature. James’ song for Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, A Sweetness In You, being one such moment.

The Great White Sea Eagle follows the release of Yorkston’s second novel The Book of the Gaels, recently declared Book of the Month in The Times.

Tour support comes from Amy May Ellis. Amy May Ellis grew up in the middle of the North York Moors. It was there, in a small venue called the Band Room, that she played her first shows, guesting for artists such as Michael Chapman, Alessi’s Ark, Hiss Golden Messenger, Tiny Ruins, Ryley Walker and Willy Mason.

Since 2018, Ellis has released a series of four EPs, each exploring an element; Weathered by Waves, We got Fire, Where my Garden Lies, and When in the Wind have all received support from BBC 6 Music, BBC introducing, Uncut Magazine and Rough Trade. They have also fuelled headline tours around the UK and Ireland and landed Ellis a spot at Brighton’s Great Escape festival.

Now based in Bristol, Ellis is recording her debut album, which is set for release on Lost Map Records in 2023.

‘There is a timelessness in the music of singer-songwriter Amy May Ellis, something she effortlessly entwines with a dreamy, almost otherworldly quality’ – God Is In The TV

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When: 7pm on Friday 10 February 2023
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE 

We’re delighted to be working with Stars for the first time – with special guest Murray A. Lightburn!

For the members of Canadian band Stars, Capelton Hill is a place where things don’t change. From Capelton Hill, the new record from the band, is about this place, the relationships formed there, the inevitable decay of it all, and the joy and life that happens in between. More than ever, From Capelton Hill feels like a direct channeling of Stars’ decades-long pursuit: ‘This band has always been us trying to navigate what it means to be inside a life that is going to end,’ says vocalist Amy Millan. ‘And we’re getting closer.’

‘I guess what From Capelton Hill means to me is from memory, from the past, from a place that seems permanent but isn’t, and I think that that sense of impermanence is a big part of what’s in the record,’ says vocalist Torquil Campbell. ‘Capelton Hill is a place where things in my mind, in my life, they’ve never changed. And yet it will go.’

Musically, the record feels like walking into Stars’ familiar teenage bedroom. Campbell says it cuts to the band’s ‘founding principles’: it’s brimming with gothic, dazzling ‘80s and ‘90s Britpop arrangements, but rendered with intimacy and warmth rather than with cold, digital remove. A wealth of horn and string arrangements unfold across the record in true Stars fashion, romantic and macabre. The fretwork and key strokes feel closer than ever before; Millan’s and Campbell’s vocals are tender and undressed, as if they cut all their takes together.

The music for From Capelton Hill was composed between Seligman and Cranley over the first half of 2020, and after a first attempt to assemble the record from afar with mixed results, the band convened in Montreal to record with Marcus Paquin and Jace Lasek at Studio MixArts, Lasek’s Breakglass Studio, and the band’s own space, Zoomer.

Lead single Pretenders follows a triumphant, romantic, Thelma and Louise-level commitment to seeing things through, even as the walls close in: ‘We laid our bets, we made our beds on staying young forever,’ Millan and Campbell sing in harmony on the soaring indie-anthem chorus. Millan wrote the song’s lyrics as a ‘love letter’ to Campbell and her memories of the band’s origins.

The record closes on the tender, acoustic Snowy Owl, the final chapter in the long, winding book that the two have been writing for decades, about two characters that continue to try to be together but keep destroying one another. Campbell says the song is the epilogue to their stories. ‘I don’t know what comes after,’ he says. ‘I just make records about other people and in the end, they turn out to be about me.’

From Capelton Hill is about a group of people who have spent more than 20 years together, and who have now started to face the awful, necessary calculus each human eventually must do: when will all of this end? The lyrics of Capelton Hill, in its bittersweet, end-of-season farewell to the ramshackle house in North Hatley, offer a useful equation: ‘Close up the house for one more year, wave to the lake and drive away/That feeling in your chest, it isn’t fear, it’s just the passing of the day.’

Special guest is Murray A. Lightburn. Murray A. Lightburn is the founder, lead vocalist and principal songwriter for Canadian indie-rock veterans the Dears. Lightburn is a trailblazer of the Canadian scene with a distinguished catalogue of work that includes two highly regarded solo albums and eight critically acclaimed albums leading the Dears alongside his wife, Natalia Yanchak.  Lightburn’s music is rooted in a dark, orchestral pop sound built around lushly produced lamentations on the melodrama of modern life.

This is 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 11 February 2023
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Siv Jakobsen for the first time!

Norwegian singer-songwriter Siv Jakobsen quickly became a favourite of the indie-folk world with her first EP The Lingering. Tours supporting Bear’s Den, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Damien Jurado followed before Jakobsen then truly delivered on that early promise with the arrival of her debut album The Nordic Mellow.  The 10-song collection was a testament to Siv’s bold lyricism and stunning vocal ability, transporting the listener into her world from the very first note.

In 2020 she released her widely-acclaimed sophomore album, A Temporary Soothing, which as well as receiving incredible reviews from the likes of Line of Best Fit, Clash Magazine and Under The Radar, was also nominated for a Norwegian grammy, a Spellemann. The vulnerability of her work has gained her many listeners across the world with Jakobsen having accrued 35 million streams to date. She’s spent the last few months supporting the likes of José González, The Lumineers and Susanne Sundfør, and is now preparing to share her latest body of work with the world.

Special guest is Sara Wolff – a Liverpool-based songwriter and musician from Bergen, Norway, writing lyrically focused alt-folk.

Sara Wolff · WHEN YOU LEFT THE ROOM

This show is a co-promotion with ICYMI.

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When: 7pm on Monday 13 February 2023
Where: O2 Ritz Manchester, Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5NQ

PLEASE NOTE: This show has now sold out! Watch this space for details of future Weyes Blood shows in Manchester.

We’re delighted to be presenting Weyes Blood’s biggest Manchester show to date!

Transcendent and sometimes wistful, the folk-pop of Weyes Blood (a.k.a. LA-based Natalie Mering) explores everything that drives us, divides us, and destroys us. This sounds like heavy stuff, but Mering is an effortless guide. Though burdened by doubt, she is also buoyed by hope — her music unfurling with stunning nuance and ease.

‘Bob Seger meets Enya’ is how she once described her work. When you consider Weyes Blood’s otherworldly expansiveness and hook-laden melodies, you realise that she isn’t exaggerating.

Weyes Blood’s breakout album on Sub Pop, Titanic Rising (named one of 2019’s best by Pitchfork, NPR, the Guardian), was an observation of doom to come. Its follow up, And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow, finds her in the thick of it, searching for an escape hatch, away from algorithms and ideological chaos. After five albums and years of touring, Mering has a lot on her mind.

Mering grew up singing in gospel and madrigal choirs, before prodigiously picking up guitar at age eight. That — mingled with her love of jazz, filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, and scholar Joseph Campbell — has shaped her music, which tells stories of both ancient and modern myths. Why, you ask? Because, she says, ‘Shared myths are part of our psychology and survival.’

And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow is out 18 November 2022.

Tour support comes from Sam Burton. It’s hard to think of a single musician from the state of Utah – a lamentable statistic that has recently been disproved by the emergence of Sam Burton, an idiosyncratic young voice that flowered in the land of salt flats, beehives and bigamy, and is now flourishing in Los Angeles, where he has quickly made a name for himself.

Burton is the natural heir to a long line of unsung singer-songwriters – such ‘downer folk’ troubadours as Bob Desper, Dana Westover and Tucker Zimmerman – whose recordings he weaned himself on at an impressionable age. Following in the footsteps of the forgotten, and having keenly absorbed the music of the ages,  Burton has honed his talent with passionate discipline. With his shadowy baritone and subtly intricate picking, his carefully crafted songs ooze rock hard resignation and melancholy conviction, and he has arrived at a style that is both timeless and deeply personal.

This show is for ages 8+ only. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult, 18+.

This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave.

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When: 7pm on Thursday 16 February 2023
Where: YES Pink Room, 38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB

We’re pleased to be hosting Jesse Malin for the 20th anniversary concert of his album The Fine Art of Self Destruction – with special guest Trapper Schoepp.

Jesse Malin will be marking his 20th anniversary as a solo artist with a UK and European tour celebrating his acclaimed 2003 debut album, The Fine Art of Self Destruction. Jesse and his band will perform the album in its entirety, plus music from his latest album Sad and Beautiful World, and beyond.

Following his teenage years in the pioneering hardcore band Heart Attack and his 20s fronting the wild and beloved D Generation, Malin took a cue from his songwriting heroes and was ready for a chance to stand alone. The record was recorded over six days in New York City, live and raw. It ‘wasn’t named for drug or alcohol abuse,’ says Malin. ‘It was more about a personal wreckage when I looked back on my life, from my parents’ divorce to failed relationships, broken up bands, dropping out of school, crashing cars, breaking things. It was more of a spiritual journey in some sense.’

‘I was still learning how to sing and tell stories. I had started out stripped down, just me and a piano player, but when Ryan Adams came in to produce, he added some instrumentation that really lent itself to a more open, wider feel. These songs were written in a little apartment downtown, without a record deal, a manager, or any expectation of anything coming of it – just a need to write them.’

The Fine Art of Self Destruction will be reissued in early 2023 with a bonus disc of the entire album re-recorded and reimagined. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

‘Malin writes vivid songs with killer tunes and sings them with scary conviction. There is simply nothing more you can demand from a great rock record.’ – The Times

Special guest is Trapper Schoepp. ‘What’s most important to me is to be a link in the chain of folks singers before and after my time,’ Trapper Schoepp says in light of his forthcoming album, Siren Songs. Recorded at Johnny Cash’s Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, TN, Trapper continues down the trail trod by his musical heroes. In 2019, the Milwaukee singer-songwriter published a long-lost song with Bob Dylan called On, Wisconsin – making him the youngest musician to share a co-writing credit with the Nobel Prize laureate. The song led to a #1 trending article in Rolling Stone and over a hundred tour dates worldwide.

Most recently, Trapper is featured on the Siren Songs album cover posing in the same pond where Johnny Cash would read and dispose of letters sent to him by Bob Dylan, protecting a private correspondence and kinship that started in the sixties. At these storied grounds, Trapper recorded his strongest collection of songs steeped in traditional American and Irish folk music – aided by producers John Jackson (Jayhawks, Ray Davies) and Patrick Sansone (Wilco).

‘I was instantly captured. Trapper steps right up and delivers his story like few can’ – Jody Stephens, Big Star

Please note Tommy Stinson can no longer play due to a hip replacement.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 17 February 2023
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

PLEASE NOTE: Due to illness, this show has been postponed until February, and now takes place at the Castle Hotel. Original tickets remain valid.

We’re pleased to be promoting Coruja Jones’ upcoming show – with guest Run Remedy!

Dreamy, melancholic, indie-folk. Expect beautiful songs with soaring high notes, combined with intricate, delicate guitar work into cavernous reverbs, plus killer grooves, which take aim at your heart. Coruja Jones has gained acclaim from the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, and is fresh from touring with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Joe Jackson.

Coruja Jones is a songwriting project from Manchester-based musician and songwriter Dan Jones. Originally hailing from the West Midlands, he has become embedded in Manchester’s eclectic musical landscape. His debut The Crossing was released in April 2020 and he is now on the road in 2022 finally sharing it live, along with songs from his upcoming 2023 EP Undo, working with producer Sam Vicary (The Cinematic Orchestra).

Support comes from Run Remedy. Run Remedy is the brainchild of Robin Koob: a New Jersey-born indie rock operative with a penchant for candour and wisecracks. Raised on classic rock suburban radio stations by recovering church leaders, Robin started hymn-singing and violin’ing from an early age. Now an openly queer defector, her songs show a reluctant love for her yesteryears, as she dabbles with influences of Americana, early 90s indie, grunge, post rock, and snippets of evangelical worship.

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When: 7pm on Tuesday 28 February 2023
Where: YES Pink Room, 38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB

We’re pleased to be welcoming Rozi Plain back to YES!

Rozi Plain returns with new album PRIZE on 13 January 2023 on Memphis Industries. Out now is the first single Agreeing for Two, featuring contemporary jazz titan Alabaster dePlume on saxophone. Rozi says of Agreeing for Two: ‘This song was started when I spent a week on the Isle of Eigg writing new music. Mainly it’s thinking about how easy it can be to unknowingly make decisions on behalf of other people, thinking you might know what’s best or right for a situation where as maybe it’s just what was easiest for you… I love the saxophone line that Alabaster Deplume added – brings a bit of his trademark heart and hopefulness.’

Over the course of four albums, Rozi Plain’s hypnotic, gently askew songs have steadily sauntered their way from her birthplace of Winchester, reverberated through the bustling Bristol DIY scene, to where they now emanate from London’s creative epicentre. Acquiring a worldliness that’s reflected in her travels as a touring musician, each consecutive release has broached new sonic territory, whilst retaining a home-grown intimacy and a familial warmth of spirit. On Prize, her upcoming fifth long-player, Rozi’s unique, heart-felt approach continues to prevail, marking her as one of our most innovative and engaging songwriters.

Support comes from Crake. Crake’s distinctive arrangement of Autumnal alt-folk has received increasing attention, including a personal invitation to support Big Thief’s European tour and a 7” on the acclaimed Saddle Creek’s Document series. This was followed by the release of their debut album Humans’ Worst Habits on Fika Recordings, placing within the official top 40 folk album charts. The album centres on singer Sandle’s curious worldview, believing that life isn’t as black and white as we’ve been taught, and that queer nature may hold the key to revealing the true nature of human experience. That’s why things like slime mould – single-celled organisms that form a single body when in search of food – and brittle starfish – a type of starfish whose awareness isn’t concentrated in one place – emerge over and over on Humans’ Worst Habits and furnish it with a folklore all of its own.

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