SAM GELLAITRY ANNOUNCES ESCAPISM III EP
Sam Gellaitry is ready to present the third chapter in his Escapism saga: a coming-of-age trilogy that demonstrates the young prodigy’s unique, filmic musical productions.
Hot off the heels of the previous two Escapism instalments, Escapism III sees Sam Gellaitry’s sound transcending, invoking a cinematic feel of technicolour-esque scope to his experimental production.
Gellaitry, now 20, started producing at the age of 12. Growing up in central Scotland and being influenced by a wide range of musical genres, Gellaitry used his imagination and love of nature to create eclectic soundscapes. The Escapism series in turn weaves a progressive sound throughout with each instalment evolving from the other.
As Sam says of the project:
“I always liked when people would compare my tracks to a story or a journey. It is something I’ve always strived for and I love imagining my fans getting lost in my tracks just as you would with a book or when exploring. I also feel that having an escape and something that takes your mind off the negativity in life is essential. When I realised that my escape would turn into what I do as a living, naming the project Escapism only felt right.”
In 2016 Sam Gellaitry toured in Europe and widely in the US playing his first headline shows in Paris, Los Angeles and New York. With more dates to be confirmed, Sam is taking in SXSW in March, Coachella in April, Lightning in a Bottle in May and Vancouver’s Seasons Festival also in April
PIXX Announces Long-Awaited Debut Album
Hannah Rodgers, the 21 year old musician behind Pixx, has announced details of her long-awaited debut album, The Age Of Anxiety and previews its opening salvo, ‘I Bow Down’. Following the singles Baboo and Grip, its technicolour video was created by Natasha Lawes
A deeply personal document of heartbreak, those four folk-infused torch songs drew early critical praise, with the Sunday Times hailing it “one of the most arresting debuts of the year,” and let to tours with the likes of Daughter, Lush and Glass Animals.
Instead of tales of loss and affairs of the heart, The Age Of Anxiety finds Rodgers ostensibly place herself outside looking in. Her twelve-song collection seeks to address a generation increasingly isolated by an unprecedented new world order, from the pressures of social media to ever-changing political turbulence. This bold debut borrows its title from W.H. Auden’s final poem, charting one man’s quest to find substance and identity in a shifting and increasingly industrialised world. Published in 1947, Auden’s six-part rumination on human isolation in the modern age parallels the overarching themes of Pixx’s work some 70 years later.
Originally from Chipstead, just beyond the fringes of south London where suburban sprawl start to break into countryside, Rodgers experienced a year-long period of insomnia caused by recurring nightmares at age 9 – her first awareness of anxiety. It left a lasting impression, inspiring a fascination with different states of consciousness, and is one of many somnolent events she draws upon for The Age Of Anxiety
The Age Of Anxiety is released on June 2nd digitally and on CD and limited coloured vinyl formats.
INTRODUCING: ALDOUS HARDING
4AD welcomes Aldous Harding, a remarkable talent from New Zealand.
Today, she presents a powerful opening statement with a new song Horizon and startling companion video.
Aldous Harding’s music is not for the faint of heart. Disarming in its desolate imagery and stark instrumentation, her songs draw from the core facets of life: death, birth, grief and love. There are few happy endings, but the power is in how Harding enters into battle; with a dancer’s grace and a boxer’s stance.
Harding initially ignited interest with her eponymous debut album released just two years ago. With echoes of folk luminary Linda Perhacs, Harding’s work is one step removed from the modern world, lying in the more savage and dramatic terrain where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside, wrought with a wry wit and tenacious gall.
For her 4AD debut, Aldous – real name Hannah – Harding has been working with award-winning producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse), and ‘Horizon’ offers an enticing preview of that collaboration. Hardin wraps her effortless voice around a simple three-chord skeleton with poise and, at times, near violent intensity. The confrontational accompanying video, directed by Charlotte Evans, and produced by Evie Mackay, features Harding’s own mother performing a transfixing blend of Aikido and physical theatre in the New Zealand hinterland.
Merchandise Watch ‘Right Back To The Start’ video
The fifth song to be given a visual treatment by Carson Cox, the Merchandise frontman says ‘Right Back From The Start’ is about finding yourself repeating old scenarios. Filmed in Washington, DC over a weekend in December, the video’s storyline was heavily influenced by the film Vertigo and eminent American screenwriter Rod Serling.
‘Right Back To The Start’ is a modern take on a classical Greek tragedy. As Cox explains, “The Spider (the three different women who all bear striking resemblance) is the magnetic antagonist to the Tragic Protagonist (the man following the Spider), who can’t understand what’s going on, following the Spider over and over. The narrator (Lindsey Jordan) sings along, as a Greek chorus would. The faces may change but the story stays the same.”
Brought together nearly a decade ago in Tampa, Florida, A Corpse Wired For Sound signals a new chapter for Merchandise.
After 2014’s After The End – a full band effort recorded in a closet – the band stripped back to its core of Carson Cox (vocals, electronics), Dave Vassalotti (guitar, electronics) and Pat Brady (bass). The nine-song nocturnal record was recorded half in the studio (in Rosà, Italy with Maurizio Baggio) and half at home, in Tampa as well as Cox’s newly adopted bases of New York and Berlin – the culmination of a long-distance collaboration between Cox and Vassalotti.
Merchandise head back on the road this Spring after an enforced break (Cox sustained a fractured jaw on tour late last year), with the trio joined by drummer Leo Suarez. Tour includes a stop on June 2nd at Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club
NINES FEAT. J HUS ‘HIGH ROLLER’
Co-directed by Nines and starring Nines and J Hus, High Roller is another step towards cementing Nines as one of the most exciting names in British rap music.
For those not familiar with with the most authentic name in London’s exploding underground scene, Nines hails from the Church Road Estate in North West London. His charismatic, laid back flow was first showcased on his ‘Church Road to Hollywood’ mixtape in 2011. Now 4 mixtapes deep and with his latest ‘One Foot In’ released back in August 2015, XL Recordings are stepping up to release his eagerly awaited debut album ‘One Foot Out’, a title informed by the desire to move away from street activity and towards the industry recognition he deserves.
With no commercial backing, Nines’ four previous music videos have amassed over 30.6 million views on YouTube, and his debut single ‘Yay’ has so far sold over 30,000 copies – staggering figures that fully justify the hysteria surrounding Nines’ rap pedigree.
Nines’ debut album ‘One Foot Out’ will be released soon.