Having performed on Australia’s number 1 breakfast show ‘The Morning Show’ as well as performing for Rugby League team The South Sydney Rabbitohs during half-time, Sydney singer/songwriter is superseding her previous brilliant single 'Touch the Sky' with 'Wildfire' and Cavo's remix of 'Wildfire'.


Giving the likes of Jess Glynne and Katie Perry a run for their money Jo Cooper's high energy and uplifting 'Wildfire' sports glorious house pads and a deep harmonious piano underpinning the chords.


‘You cannot help but fall in love with Jo, one of those personalities that makes you smile when she’s around. Jo’s voice is beautiful and full of energy and her talent is only that of a star in the making’ – Carmelo Pizzino (Dancing With The Stars)


To get a taste for the new track listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vUOqYBr8MY


Announcing "Elevation" - The immense new album scheduled for take-off on the 2nd of September

"10 / 10 Mind-blowing vocals..... the most exciting prospect to emerge out of the Nordic nation in the last few years" - GMA

"We Are The Catalyst have set the benchmark for modern metal bands" - Matt Seddon UK Promoter

"I literally cannot get over Cat’s vocals…..Incredible"- www.getyourrockout.co.uk
"13 Addictive Tracks…..Phenomenal"- www.new-reviews.co.uk
"Stretching the boundaries of the rock music genre"- Johnny Main - MetalTalk.net
"A huge avalanche....Genius"- Kronus Mortus Magazine
"Simply Stunning, move over Evanescence"- Ozzy Osbourne (ex) Bass player Terry Nails

Open Door Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYGef7am2Ig

Swedish Alternative Metal band 'We Are The Catalyst' and their new album 'Elevation' are most definitely set to stun the industry on the 2nd of September. The most striking elements of the album are, first and foremost, Cat Fey's immense voice that is supported by one of the thickest and heaviest guitar sounds you will ever hear. The combination of these and the overall mixing across the album creates a hugely empowering aura with a gravitas paralleled by none. It is clearly a fitting follow up to the bands first album Monuments; released in 2014.

'Elevation' covers themes ranging from depression, personal strife, world conflict and helping to see the glimmer of light in the dark, perfectly in support of their name: "'We Are The Catalyst' is meant as encouragement to overcome and challenge the darker parts of ourselves and others, to invite the listeners to keep fighting in a rough and dark world, and try to encourage them to be their best self, even when it might seem hopeless."
The first single “Open Door” is a worthy and powerful successor to the bands previous chart success which they scored with a cover of Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” which the band released in aid of The Fostering Network.

Everything about We Are The Catalyst screams uniqueness. How many bands are so driven that their second ever show ends up being performed on the other side of the planet in Beijing China. Everything from their album production to video direction is done by the bands members themselves. The pinnacle of their combined love for music has to be that lead singer Cat and guitarist Kenny have a daughter together called Decibelle, who they raise in their hometown of Varberg, Sweden.

The bands amazing rise and critical acclaim in the last 12 months alone have seen the stunning 4 piece We Are The Catalyst complete a 10 day tour of china playing various shows and festivals, playing Bloodstock alongside bands such as Trivium, Sabaton and Within Temptation. The band also had their first UK headline tour following a support slot for Delain. Adding to their early and extremely impressive accolades they performed at Planet Rockstock as well as The Darkness and FM and Rival Sons where WATC headlined the second stage on the Saturday evening.

Elevation is available for Pre-Order / Purchase at

https://watcofficial.bandcamp.com/album/elevation
and
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/elevation/id1093021553

The track listing for “Elevation” is:
01. Delusion
02. A Million Claws
03. Our Dark World
04. Open Door
05. Without Fear
06. One More Day
07. Alive
08. Askja
09. Home
10. Never Ending Night
11. Life Equals Pain

We Are The Catalyst are:
Cat Fey (vocals)
Kenny Boufadene (guitar / vocals)
Håkan Strind (drums)
Joni Kaartinen (bass)

Links:
http://www.wearethecatalystofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/WATCofficial
https://twitter.com/officialWATC
https://soundcloud.com/watcofficial

NEW ALBUM ‘GOING, GOING…’ RELEASED 2ND SEPTEMBER ON SCOPITONES




After the announcement of ‘Going Going…’, indie darlings The Wedding Present have shared ‘Sprague’; the instrumental new track and its accompanying short film. On top of this, we also take a look inside Gedge’s studio whilst recording the impressive new single ‘Bear’.

Always challenging and experimental, the idea to release the new project in a multi-media format is something that has been marinating with bandleader David Gedge for some time. As he points out, work began soon after the unveiling of The Wedding Present’s 2012 critically acclaimed album ‘Valentina’. “I’d already decided by then that I didn’t want to make the next release just ‘another album’ and so I came up with the idea of twenty ‘interconnected’ pieces of music. Then, in the summer of 2014 I travelled across the USA with photographer Jessica McMillan and we made some atmospheric short films to accompany the tracks. Since then it’s been a case of progressing through the music, trying all sorts of ideas, seeing how they work set against the visuals.

Uncharacteristically, the album opens with four hauntingly beautiful instrumental songs, including the cinematic ‘Sprague’ and the absolutely captivating ‘Marblehead’. ‘Going, Going...’ then takes a headlong dash through tracks such as ‘Two Bridges’, ‘Birdsnest’, ‘Kill Devil Hills’ and ‘Broken Bow’... all perfectly executed in classic Wedding Present fashion; a jangle of clanging guitars, a squeal of feedback and a rush of adrenaline.

Few come as close to articulating the trials and pitfalls of a relationship in ways so instantly recognisable to the listener as David Gedge; his lyrics' naturalism and truthfulness accentuated by his earthy accent. With ‘Little Silver’, ‘Bear’, ‘Lead’ and ‘Rachel’ he proves yet again that he is a virtuoso when it comes to the bittersweet love song; his knack for a simple turn of phrase perfectly articulating the banalities and ecstasies of a relationship.
Watch 'Bear' here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6DQyF-AflI&feature=youtu.be


Whilst they are the undoubted masters of frenetic indie-pop, The Wedding Present re-route momentarily on ‘Emporia’ and ‘Wales’ before ultimately immersing us in an epic album finale with ‘Santa Monica’. Throughout this enchanting album ambient soundscapes and orchestral pop arrangements jostle for position with layers of feedback drenched guitars, pummelling drums and a truly massive bass sound as we hear some of the heaviest material that the band have ever recorded.

The films that accompany each track are a mesmerising collection of moving photographs. The rippling water in ‘Marblehead’ delicately draws us into the melody while ‘Two Bridges’ takes us onto a Manhattan street corner and exudes New York City in the summertime. The feeling of a road trip is present throughout as we see the rivers and lakes of the Mid-West and the deserts of the South-West before the album ends in a beautifully fitting way with the sun setting over the Santa Monica mountains.

The Wedding Present’s impact on independent music is infinitely present. Their uncomplicated approach to the disillusionment of love is salient in the sound of many of the subsequent bands of their ilk since the band’s inception and an influence on everyone from British Sea Power to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart among countless others.


Pre-order ‘Going, Going’ - https://theweddingpresent.pmstores.co/


THE ‘GOING, GOING...’ AUDIO-VISUAL TOUR

The Wedding Present play their forthcoming album in its entirety in front of films.

07/09 : Cardiff - TramShed
09/09 : Gateshead - Sage
10/09 : Glasgow - School Of Art
11/09 : Salford - Lowry
12/09 : Stowmarket - John Peel Centre

THE WEDDING PRESENT’S 2016 UK TOUR
20/11 : Colchester, UK - Arts Centre
21/11 : Chatham, UK - Britannia Theatre
22/11 : Portsmouth, UK - Wedgwood Rooms
23/11 : Exeter, UK - Cavern Club
24/11 : Bristol, UK - Fleece
26/11 : Belfast, UK - Limelight
30/11 : Aberdeen, UK - Tunnels
01/12 : Edinburgh, UK - La Belle Angele
02/12 : Sunderland, UK - The Point
03/12 : Kendal, UK - Brewery Arts Centre
04/12 : Holmfirth, UK - Picturedrome
06/12 : Liverpool, UK - Arts Club
07/12 : Derby, UK - The Venue
08/12 : Oxford, UK - O2 Academy,
09/12 : Lowestoft, UK - Aquarium
10/12 : London, UK – O2 Academy Islington

Ahead of the impending release of their third album, North Carolina doom agitators, MAKE, are streaming Pilgrimage Of Loathing in its entirety.


The record streets on July 15 via Accident Prone Records.


Listen now at: stereogum.com

Listen to ‘Pilgrimage Of Loathing’:
https://accidentpronerecords.bandcamp.com/album/pilgrimage-of-loathing

Make no mistake, Pilgrimage Of Loathing is not an album for the weak. It's massive slab of doom-fueled vengeance and furious anger aimed squarely at the establishment and the politicians who strike fear into the lives of ordinary people by passing discriminatory laws that take aim at basic human rights and freedoms.

Says Spencer Lee (vocals / bass): "It really looks like things are sprinting towards hell right now. There have rarely been times in America's history, if ever, when using your voice and amplifying it as loudly as possible was so important. This is our voice. We want an absolute hard-stop to the spectre of conservative politics in this country and the platitudes that have kept that politicking alive. Conservatism, in an era like this, is transgression. It is a violation of people's humanities."

Recorded by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Sunn0))), Phantomsmasher), the album will be released by Portland, OR, based Accident Prone Records (Cattle Decapitation, Nadja).

Pilgrimage Of Loathing is available now for a special pre-order discount on Vinyl and digital formats here.

Catch MAKE live when they hit the road this month with Dragged Into Sunlight and Primitive Man. They will also be appearing at this year's Hopscotch Festival.


JULY
w/ Dragged Into Sunlight and Primitive Man
17 BIRMINGHAM, AL, The Firehouse (MAKE only)
19 SAN ANTONIO, TX, Paper Tiger
20 DALLAS, TX, Three Links
21 NEW ORLEANS, LA, Siberia
22 ATLANTA, GA, The Earl
23 RALEIGH, NC, Kings

SEPTEMBER
09 HOPSCOTCH Festival, NC, with Yob, Cobalt and Occultist


Everything that made The Golden Veil great is now both amplified and refined, and MAKE are angrier — and better — than ever.
Stereogum


www.facebook.com/thebandmake
twitter.com/thebandmake
thebandmake.blogspot.com
http://accidentprone.com/make


SOUNDGARDEN 2016

SOUNDGARDEN'S LOUDER THAN LOVE LP AND 20TH ANNIVERSARY DOUBLE LP VINYL EDITION OF DOWN ON THE UPSIDE TO BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 26



Two seminal albums to be released on 180-gram vinyl, with original artwork

Grammy® Award-winning Seattle group Soundgarden launched a musical transformation that inspired a generation while permanently redefining alternative and hard rock music. Coming on the heels of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of their chart-topping, five-times-platinum 1994 album, Superunknown, and a three-CD rarities collection, Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, Soundgarden will re-release a standard single LP vinyl of their second full-length studio album, 1989's Louder Than Love as well as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl 20th anniversary reissue of their seminal 1996 album, Down on the Upside, both with download cards to include 320kbps MP4 AACs, to be released by UMe on August 26.

Formed by vocalist Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto (later replaced by Ben Shepherd) in Seattle in 1984, and soon joined by drummer Matt Cameron, Soundgarden remain one of the most influential bands to emerge from that era of rock, their chart-topping 1994 album, Superunknown, featuring the Grammy® Award-winning singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman."

Louder Than Love, Soundgarden's second full-length studio album and major label debut (after the independently released, Grammy®-nominated Ultramega OK), was originally released by A&M Records on September 5, 1989, and was the last to include bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Recorded with producer Terry Date at Seattle's London Bridge Studios, it announced the arrival of a major force on the emerging Pacific Northwest rock scene, later to include Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The album peaked on the Billboard chart at #108, yielding the singles, "Loud Love," "Hands All Over" and the radio-only promo "Get on the Snake," the latter of which was featured in the 1989 movie Lost Angels. Guns N' Roses later paid tribute to the band by covering "Big Dumb Sex" on their 1993 album, The Spaghetti Incident? as part of a medley with T. Rex's "Buick MacKane." Q magazine named the album one of the "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time" in 2001. UMe is now releasing Louder Than Love in a single-LP 180-gram vinyl edition on August 26, newly remastered from the original analog tapes.

Down on the Upside, Soundgarden's fifth full-length studio album, released on May 21, 1996, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200, represented a significant stylistic departure away from alternative metal into a more experimental sound with an emphasis on vocals, melody and more diverse instrumentation. Entertainment Weekly compared the results favorably to Led Zeppelin in the way the album "so crisply mixed instruments both acoustic and electric." At the time Cornell described several of the songs as "self-affirming" and "autobiographical" while the singles, "Pretty Noose," "Burden in My Hand" and "Blow Up the Outside World," all scored high on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart, the latter two going #1, with "Pretty Noose" nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. All three singles also scored on the Modern Rock chart, with "Pretty Noose" and "Burden in My Hand" peaking at #2 and "Blow Up the Outside World" at #8. Down on the Upside went to #1 in Australia and New Zealand and #7 in the U.K., sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S. and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It would be the last new Soundgarden album for 16 years until 2012's comeback King Animal. Now, UMe has made Down on the Upside available for the first time as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl set, newly remastered from the original analog tapes.

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CAMBRIDGE LIVE TEAMS UP WITH CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL FOR FILM PREMIERE AS PART OF SYD BARRETT CELEBRATIONS



Cambridge Live has announced that it is teaming up with the Cambridge Film Trust to premiere a series of films about both Syd Barrett and the Swinging Sixties at the 2016 Cambridge Film Festival, as part of its celebrations of the life and work of Syd Barrett who passed away on the 7th July 2006.

The centrepiece will be a film, entitled ‘Get All That Ant?’, a free form documentary filmed by a former school friend and fellow art student of Syd Barrett’s, Anthony Stern.

The documentary feature is made up of film footage, stills and archive footage taken during the 1960s and filmed in Cambridge, London and San Francisco. With the majority of footage having never been seen before, the film includes live performance footage and stills from The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd and Donovan as well as footage of friends and colleagues of Syd Barrett including Iggy Rose, the girl on The Madcap Laughs album sleeve and former girlfriends Libby Gausden and Jenny Spires.

The film will premiere as part of a series of film screenings about Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd on Friday 21st October at the Cambridge Guildhall as part of the 36th Cambridge Film Festival which runs from 20th – 27th October.

In addition to the film premiere, Cambridge Live has teamed up with ISpySydinCambridge.com who are offering Syd Barrett-themed walking tours of Cambridge on the weekend of the concert. Led by former school friends of Syd Barrett, Stephen Pyle and Warren Dosanjh, the tours trace some of the key places in the city relevant to the life of the former Pink Floyd guitarist including his former family home, his school, as well as David Gilmour and Roger Water’s ’s family homes.

The film premiere and walking tours are part of a series of previously announced celebratory events about former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett centered around the unveiling of a piece of public art, commissioned in collaboration with Syd Barrett’s family, on Thursday 27 October inside the Cambridge Corn Exchange (the location of his final ever live performances). Following the art unveiling is a live concert entitled ‘Syd Barrett – A Celebration’ featuring Swedish group Men on the Border backed by the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra, with lighting from original Pink Floyd lighting designer Peter Wynne-Wilson.

Tickets for the film screenings and the walking tours will be available from

https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/

Speaking about the premiere of ‘Get All That Ant? Filmmaker Anthony Stern said “The film came about after a diagnosis of Parkinsons encouraged me to make sense of the last fifty years of my life. Delving through my cellar, I found suitcases full of Nagra tapes, film reels and over 7000 still photographs from the period 1963 – 1970. This film is a homage to that time, capturing the dreams, memories and reflections that sprung from a moment when we really thought we could change the world. Fifty years on, I’m starting to think these values are starting to reemerge”.

Cambridge Live Operations Director Neil Jones said “It’s great to link the world premiere of Anthony Stern’s film to this year’s Cambridge Film Festival. The footage in the film has locked away for over 4 decades and makes for an incredible documentary of the Swinging Sixties by a man who was at the very heart of the scene and captured it all first hand. Along with other films about Syd Barrett it should make for a fantastic evening”.

Forever a Day
London-based Alternative Rock/Pop singer-songwriter Sir. O is marking his debut LP release, 'Forever + a Day', alongside the release of a new single, ‘Lost’, taken from the album.

'Lost'is an alternative rock duet, performed alongside singer-songwriter Lir Shilton, who is also Sir. O’s other half.As hinted in the track’s title, the song is about getting lost in the world, a well-known feeling we all share.The melancholic lyrics come across in perfect harmony with the vocals and peaks with the powerful line “On the outside I’m alive, on the inside I’m dead”. ‘Forever + a Day’is a 12-track LP perfectly combining alternative rock hymns and pop ballads. Sir.O’s reflective songwriting is marked exceptionally throughout the album, blending with a refreshing yet familiar 90s britpop sound.With vibrant drums and guitars, the songs are beautifully shaped by a layered production that grants‘Forever + a Day’ its distinct atmosphere.

Having shown great promise with his previous EP and single releases, Sir. O has already been highlighted as one of the most interesting emerging artists in the UK.His debut single ‘Please Stop Talking’ was played on BBC London and was added to SubTV playlist, alongside singles from Noel Gallagher, The Prodigy and more.With headline sets at stunning venues such as O2 Academy Islington and Birmingham, as well as support for the likes The Subways, it is no wonder his songs were played on over 100 radio stations worldwide.

Sir. O has received public recognition from Britpop legend Rick Witter (Shed Seven) who played him on his radio show. He recently supported Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) live at Surya, London. His ‘GoPro Sessions’ project was praised by GoPro Company, band A-ha and featured on the American ‘Acoustic Guitar’ magazine.

http://www.mishmishrecords.com
http://www.sir-o.com
http://tour.sir-o.com/
http://soundcloud.com/sir-o



Forever A Day

John Otway joins line-up at Chichester’s Priory Park Festival




John Otway, the self-styled British legend who has made a very successful career out of being Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Failure, joins the line-up at this year’s Priory Park Festival Chichester.

A man renowned for glorious deeds of derring do, improbable schemes, taking on the mighty WEA record label, never letting failure get in the way AND having two hits, John Otway brings his own unique show to Chichester on Saturday July 9th.

Otway is currently working on being the next artist to record at the famed studios in Montserrat – he’s just mounted a Kickstarter campaign to prevent having to record in Harlow (the alternative).

Obviously I would prefer it to be Montserrat,” he says. “I wondered why, after all those great albums were recorded there, no-one had been back for years. Then I discovered that the island had been hit first by a hurricane and then by a volcano. But, although the old Air Studios are now derelict, the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin’s house is sound – it just needs rebuilding.

If the campaign is successful – and it’s certainly looking to be that way - John Otway will be the first international act to record on Montserrat since the Rolling Stones recorded Steel Wheels.

The new album follows the release of two autobiographies, Cor Baby That’s Really Me and I Did It Otway, and the documentary on Otway’s life – Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Failure: Otway The Movie.

Screened at both Leicester Square and at the Cannes Film Festival, the film proved a surprise hit with screenings across the country and much critical acclaim. The Guardian gave it a four star review while their readers’ Best Film poll voted it No 2, second only to Gravity.

John Otway’s addition to the bill confirms this eclectic new festival’s place as a must-go-to-event. He joins other music stars playing across the three days including Seth Lakeman, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Feeling, the Manfreds, PP Arnold and Zoe Rahman and Courtenay Pine.

The second, Guildhall, stage at the Chichester weekend also holds gems of its own. With a series of famous speakers it should prove a unique literary event in its own right.

Featuring music, poetry and talks, some of the star attractions include Dame Esther Rantzen talking about 30 years of Childline, Glyn Johns being interviewed about his star studded production career and Pink Floyd aficionado Glen Povey discussing that famous band.

It also features the Sussex Alphabet, a unique collaboration between the South Downs Authority, young people from schools throughout Sussex and experienced writers such as Dr June Goodfield.

Various ticket prices apply and the second stage sessions at the Guildhall can be purchased separately. As a special educational offer, on a first come, first seated basis, school children will be able to attend these Guildhall sessions for £1 each.

All tickets are available on line at www.chichesterlive.co.uk or in person from the Festival Box Office Cloisters Shop, Cathedral Cloisters, Chichester, PO18 1PX (open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm). 01243 813595.


Supporting the LGBTQ community

STAY WILD RELEASE SINGLE "BLOSSOM" FOR CAUSE



Apple Valley, CA (June 13th, 2016) - Panic State Records was founded on the ideals that music can make a change in the world. In two weeks, Panic State Records is releasing one of the most important records in the labels history by the California Punk/Hardcore band Stay Wild.

Stay Wild are outspoken proponents to all of the ideals that Panic State Records were founded on. In response to the disgusting and pointless loss of life in Orlando, Florida, we have decided to make their song "Blossom" available for download as a "Pay-What-You-Want" option. Panic State Records and Stay Wild will be donating 100% of all sales of "Blossom" to the families affected in Sunday's shooting. On top of that, Panic State Records will be donating 10$ from every Stay Wild - "Feminist" shirt sold for the month of June (https://panicstaterecords.bandcamp.com/m…/stay-wild-feminist)

Listen here:



Here is what Nick Riggs (Vox/Guitar) of Stay Wild had to say:
"We're releasing this brand new song early (name-your-price) in order to donate proceeds to those affected by the mass shooting in Orlando, FL on June 12th.
Our other songs will be available along with this one on our new EP livelearnlove on June 24th, via Panic State Records.
Homophobia just caused America's deadliest mass shooting. This was an attack on love and the freedom to love another human being. We were devastated. Our queer brothers and sisters are constantly the target of discrimination and violence. This happened on such a large scale, but smaller instances take place consistently around the world, in your state, in your city and in your community. Whether someone is ostracizing another for having a same-sex partner, threatening a woman entering a bathroom because she may have identified as a man in the past, or calling someone a faggot, its all f***ing disgusting.
It all comes from the same place that helped produce this massacre. This song was not written to urge anyone to change their beliefs, but rather as a statement of solidarity with the LGBTQ community. People choose to be on the wrong side of history quite frequently. Those who can acknowledge human progress and wish to associate themselves with the ideology that gay folk are people too, they will come around.

In the meantime, we'd rather voice our support for an empowered community of our beautiful, smart, loving brothers and sisters. While writing the lyrics for this song, I (Nick), was seeing my best friend and our bass player Jehiah struggle with coming to terms with his bisexuality. This is one if the strongest people I know who was battling with something that should be so simple. Unfortunately, due to our society, social stigmas, and some intense lingering religious brainwashing, it wasn't the easiest task for him, and It was very hard to see him fight with it. That definitely came out in the song. I don't think there's too much to say about why we decided to release this song early for this cause.

The three of us that make up Stay Wild experience social privileges. We are young, white, male, and mostly cis. We will most likely never go through the types of hardships that most of the LGBTQ community regularly endures. We know that these donations will never help repair the damage that has been done, but we hope to at the very least financially alleviate those affected in any way that we can.

To the victims of this tragedy, to the families who had their beautiful wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons taken away from them so abruptly for no reason, to the LGBTQ community, we admire you deeply. And we will forever be by your side."


**Panic State Records is a Vinyl-only record label from New Jersey supporting rad music from all over, and most proceeds go to charity. Visit panicstaterecords.com for more info.**

Artist – Carina Round
Album Title – Deranged to Divine
Release date – July 19th 2016
Label: Do Yourself In

This self curated collection from Wolverhampton born Carina Round, brings together, for the first time, material spanning from 2001 to 2015 taken from her first four critically acclaimed albums: ‘The First Blood Mystery’, ‘The Disconnection’, 'Slow Motion Addict’, ‘Tigermending’, as well as the EP 'Things You Should Know’, home to the included track ‘For Everything a Reason’ which featured on the TV series ’American Horror Story: Murder House’. Complimented with two previously unreleased recordings, the bewitching ‘Gunshot’ and an alternate version of the track ‘Want More’, this collection perfectly illustrates the uniqueness of Round’s voice, barbed wire lyrics and a catalogue of haunting and beautiful songs. As one of the UK’s most enigmatic songstresses and extraordinary performers, Round’s music has also won her fans and collaborators amongst highly regarded musicians including Maynard James Keenan, Lou Reed, Ryan Adams, Billy Corgan, Dave Stewart and Brian Eno, amongst many others. ‘Deranged to Divine’ is a retrospective not only for Carina's passionate fan base, who have avidly supported her musical output and extensive touring, celebrating her as one of Britain’s most evocative, diverse and restless artists. For Carina, now based in California and currently working on a new solo record, ‘Deranged to Divine’ also serves as the ideal introduction to her work as a solo artist to fans of Puscifer, the electro-industrial alterna-sunstrokers founded by Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, of which Round is also a member. Puscifer are currently enjoying international success with their recent album 'Money Shot’ and it’s accompanying sold out tour. Beautifully packaged, with career spanning imagery by acclaimed photographers and a complete set of lyrics selected and compiled by Carina, 'Deranged to Divine' is a terrific addition to anyone’s record collection, and an essential one to any fan of Carina Round.

Tracklisting

01. You Will Be Loved
02. Into My Blood
03. Backseat
04. Girl and the Ghost
05. Elegy (US Version)
06. Gunshot
07. Come to You
08. You and Me
09. Downslow
10. Message to Apollo
11. Slow Motion Addict
12. Overcome
13. Want More (Alternate Version)
14. How I See It
15. For Everything a Reason
16. Lacuna (Radio Version)
17. Mother’s Pride
18. The Secret of Drowning / Previously Unreleased / Vinyl Debut

Pre-Order on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/deranged-to-divine-itunes/id1119504638?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Links –
Website: http://www.carinaround.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carinaround
Twitter: https://twitter.com/carinaround
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carinaround/

Set to play WOMAD this year, multi-award winning Afro-pop songstress Wiyaala has come a long way since her humble background growing up in the small Ghanaian village of Funsi.



“She’s the only woman in the world singing in Sissala – and she will mesmerize you” CNN Africa

“Wiyaala is a feisty young woman from northern Ghana, bursting with attitude and drive” BBC News – World – Africa

‘Sweet-soft-traditional-piggy-tailed-girl-gone-BAD-and-sexy-secularly-fierce-looking-rock-chick’ – Africa on the Blog


The last few years have seen Wiyaala rise from rags to riches. Now on the cusp of becoming a worldwide star, the singer hopes to inspire others by spreading her message of love and peace, whilst also raising awareness of the injustices still taking place to this day in third-world countries all over the world.

Her new self-titled album Wiyaala has already received nationwide success in Ghana. She now hopes to establish a global audience.

Stream the single ‘Peace’ from the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/peace


The record is a selection of vibrant Afro-pop anthems sung largely in Sissala, but with a poppy catchiness inspired by Western Culture.

As the singer explains: ‘My album is the product of my environment as a young girl growing up in a West African Village at a time when the influences of Western TV and video first impacted on the African villager …You are hearing my African heritage fusing with the sounds and techniques of western production.’

Wiyaala rose to recognition after coming first place in a 2012 Vodafone Icons reality show as part of the group Black n Peach, a year earlier emerging as the second runner-up in Ghana’s Stars of the Future talent show. She has become famous despite little radio airplay, rejecting the music industry’s ruthless commercialist side and becoming famous as a result of her live performances and what she stands for. Grace Jones, Tina Turner and Angelique Kidjo are artists that she is sometimes compared to.

Often referred to as the ‘Young Lioness of Africa’, she has become renowned for her activism, working to abolish child marriage and abuse in her home continent as well as campaigning for women’s right to education – freedoms that we take for granted here in the Western world.

Her fierce ideals are a result of her impoverished upbringing and being a first-hand witness to social injustice. ‘At school, I have seen young teenage girls pulled out of the classroom to be married off. The next time you see them they are pregnant and selling pepper in the market… When I was small, we were often hungry. Sometimes we would catch a mouse, roast it and share it amongst 3 or 4 children.’
She is currently working on projects with The Ministry of Gender and Child Protection and UNCEF in Ghana.

Her debut album ‘Wiyaala’ is out now

Stream the single ‘Timbanayi’ from the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/tinambanyi-here-we-come


Watch the video for ‘Leno’ from the album here:


Links:

https://www.facebook.com/wiyaala
https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala
https://twitter.com/Wiyaala
http://wiyaala.com/


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