Back in July last year we brought King Ropes to the attention of EP readers. The group, who describe themselves as a “psychedelic, hard country garage roots rock band” (what a mouthful!) will be releasing their latest album, ‘Go Back Where They Came From’, on May 22. The album comprises 12 songs, all tracks by legendary artists, some well known, others less so. The first single from the record is the Ray Charles track, ‘The Danger Zone’ – a timely song if ever there was one.
Lucinda Williams unabashedly takes on some of the human, social and political issues of our day with her boldest and most direct album to date, Good Souls Better Angels out April 24th on Highway20/Thirty Tigers. Following the release of ‘Man Without A Soul’, the first powerful track to be taken from the forthcoming album, Lucinda has this week released raw album opener, ‘You Can’t Rule Me’, which can be listened to here.
Richard Marx has released total of 12 studio albums, with his most recent, ‘Limitless’, his debut with BMG. The eleven track album is Marx’s first since 2014’s ‘Beautiful Goodbye’, and it stands up with the best of anything else released this year. Marx’s music still falls into the “adult contemporary” genre, but what does that even mean these days? His sound is rocky, radio ready, and limitlessly re-playable.
Song’. The classic song was originally released by British singing legend Matt Monro, and written by Don Black. Ray’s rendition sees him accompanied by a phenomenal orchestra and was recorded in his hometown at Liverpool, at Parr Street Studios. Undeniable is out on 29th May and available to pre-order here.
Fleur East today unveils her highly anticipated second album ‘Fearless’. Tracks include the rhythmic and pulsating current single ‘Lucky’, the smooth electro pop of future single ‘Mine’, the sweet funk of ‘Easy To Love, last year’s Radio 2 play listed tune ‘Favourite Thing’, and the soundtrack to Debenhams Christmas ad campaign, the kick ass ‘Size’.
As is evident by the number of concerts Janet has already performed on the online concert platform StageIt, she is ahead of the curve with the oncoming trend of artists performing concerts online. For a number of years Janet has been treating her most supportive fans, often referred to as the ‘Do-Crew’, to live performances from her studio, with two streams on each designated day enabling fans in Europe and America to catch concerts convenient to their time zones.
Following on from our post about Icelandic post-rock band VAR, and their latest single, ‘Moments’, from the upcoming release, ‘The Never-Ending Year’, Lisa had the chance to speak with bassist Egill Björgvinsson, and drummer Sigurður Ingi Einarsson, and asked them about VAR, their music, and the Icelandic sound.
‘All That I Am’ is Sunny Ozell’s second album, ‘Overnight Lows’, and the first that features her original songs. It examines relationships and the perils of putting your whole heart on the line, sharing with another person all of your life – and the accompanying anxieties. You may have heard her name before – Sunny is the wife of none other than actor and Knight Of The Realm, Sir Patrick Stewart; the fact makes the song all the more pertinent.