Artist of the week

Friday, February 21, 2014

#NEWS - Coronation Ball's debut track "You Had My Heart" -



‘You Had My Heart’ is the first track from Tunbridge Wells based quintet Coronation Ball.

A slice of fiercely intelligent pop from youthful minds, frontman Dominic Scott cites "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes as an inspiration for the interplay for the lead vocal and the backing vocals, and Bill Medley's delivery on The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" as an influence on the middle section. Along with the titans of 60's pop, the band take equal influence from modern hip-hop production and leftfield indie-rock, and you can feel that in the brooding swells and twists that underpin the track.

The group are the perfect example of dilligent patience, working on their material in the studio and in rehearsal until it felt complete enough, mature enough for a wider audience. "You Had My Heart", recorded with Hugh Worksett, is an opening of those vaults, if you will, and a perfect introduction to the band's ambitious, eclectic melodicism.




Thursday, February 20, 2014

#NEWS - King of the Mountains announces new album on Melodic Records -



King of the Mountains - Zoetrope

The new album  released 14/04/14 on Melodic Records


Phil Kay, formerly of WORKING FOR A NUCLEAR FREE CITY announces first solo project as KING OF THE MOUNTAINS with title track "Zoetrope" lifted from the album out 14/04/14 on MELODIC RECORDS


Pre-Order 12" / CD / Digital:  http://www.melodic.co.uk/zoetrope/


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#NEWS - Paper Aeroplanes announce Circus EP, new video and more UK tour dates -



Still riding high after the release of 2013’s Little Letters full length, as well as a continually sold-out touring schedule, Paper Aeroplanes return with the Circus EP on Feb 10th, again through Navigator Records. Comprising of 5 songs, including a brand new track Ribbons, the Circus EP also features Bristolian friends and collaborators Ersatz who here contribute a couple of great remixes. A beautiful video accompanies the track Circus. View it in full here:

http://youtu.be/46Zd708Vgg4


TOUR DATES

February 2014

Tues 18th February – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
Weds 19th February – Cafe Drummond, Aberdeen
Thursday 20th February –  Ironworks, Inverness
Friday 21st February – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow
Sat 22nd February – Old Cinema Launderette, Durham
Sunday 23rd February –Adelphi, Hull
Monday 24th February – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Tuesday 25th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester
Wednesday 26th February – Kazimier, Liverpool
Thursday 27th February – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Friday 28th February –Bodega, Nottingham

March 2014

Saturday 1st March – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
Sunday 2nd March - Arts Bar, Oxford
Monday 3rd March – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Tuesday 4th March – Thekla, Bristol
Wednesday 5th March – Green Door, Brighton
Thursday 6th March – St Pancras Old Church, London. SOLD OUT
Friday 7th March – South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes
Thursday 20th March – Strom, München
Friday 21st March – Keller Klub, Stuttgart
Saturday 22nd March – FZW Club, Dortmund
Sunday 23rd March – Studio 672, Köln
Tuesday 25th March – Capitol, Mannheim
Thursday 27th March – Feuerwache, Magdeburg
Friday 28th March – Hansa Kultur-Club, Braunschweig
Saturday 29th March – Cafe Erlesenes, Bremen
Sunday 30th March – Prinzenbar, Hamburg

April 2014

Weds 2nd April – Lux, Hannover
Friday 4th April – Comma, Gera
Saturday 5th April – Crystal, Berlin
Monday 7th April – Brasserie Hermann, Greifswald
Wednesday 9th April – Sputnik Café, Münster
Thurday 10th April – Sankt Peter Café, Frankfurt

May 2014

Sunday 4th May – Bristol Folk Festival
Friday 16th May – Queen’s Hall, Narberth

For more information on Paper Aeroplanes please visit:

www.paperaeroplanesmusic.com
www.facebook.com/paperaeroplanesmusic
www.twitter.com/sarahaeroplane



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Iggy Azalea - Fancy ft. Charli XCX

IGGY AZALEA
NEW SINGLE ‘FANCY’ FT. CHARLI XCX

RELEASE DATE: 6TH APRIL



Sunday 6th April brings the release of Iggy Azalea’s new single, ‘Fancy’ feat. Charli XCX. The Australian rap siren exploded onto the airwaves last year with her killer underground smash, ‘Work’.  Almost 12 months on, Ms Azalea has made her mark across the globe, from London to Atlanta, Paris to Sydney, Milan to LA, cementing herself as a sure-fire pop sensation with a grand master plan, world domination.
‘Fancy’ feat. Charli XCX brings a new sound to Iggy’s repertoire, with stripped back production driven by an infectious retro-induced synth leaving the floor open for Iggy’s impeccable double time flow and Charlie XCX’s contagious chorus. Having previously produced ‘Work’ for Iggy, The Invisible Men (Katy B, DJ Fresh, Ellie Goulding) once again work their magic on the track while infamous Anthony Kilhoffer (2 Chainz, Kanye West, Beyonce) was enlisted to provide the final mix.  
Powering back onto the scene following her first UK Top 10 hit with ‘Change Your Life feat. T.I’ accompanied by Australian support dates on the ‘Mrs Carter World Tour’ with Beyoncé and European tour support with hip-hop royalty, Nas earlier in 2013, Iggy is armed and ready to take her electrifying live show on the road again with new material from her forthcoming debut album, ‘The New Classic’,due to release later this year.
Following her biggest performance to date on US prime time TV, ’The Late Show, with David Letterman, Iggy was invited to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards Friends ‘N’ Family party, where she was joined on stage with fellow rapper, T.I. to perform their UK hit single, ‘Change Your Life’ together.
Last year Iggy ignited dance floors and festival fields across the UK with performances at GlastonburyWirelessRadio 1’s Big Weekend, The Great Escape and London’s O2 Arena to name a few; this summer will see Iggy return to the festival circuit as she joins the likes of Kanye WestPharrell Williams and Basement Jaxx at London’s Wireless Festival, with further festival appearances to be announced.




Monday, February 17, 2014

#NEWS - Bipolar Sunshine - 'Where Did The Love Go' -




Following on from an impressive 2013, Manchester’s Bipolar Sunshine has announced his new single ‘Where Did The Love Go’, which is available to download now.
A modern day love song, ‘Where Did The Love Go’ is trademark Bipolar Sunshine combining heartfelt, candid lyrics with an uplifting melody. The result is a track that begins understatedly modest, yet builds into something overwhelmingly compelling. 
Bipolar Sunshine is the solo project of Adio Marchant, who over the past year has beguiled fans and critics with his unique sound. Refusing to be constrained by genres, his two introductory EPs immerse the listener in dense, lush soundscapes, uncompromising subject matter and conversational vocals. The diverse collection of songs is a testament to Adio’s open-minded approach to creativity and includes first single ‘Love More Worry Less’, the soulful, reggae tinged ‘Drowning Butterflies’, upbeat ‘Rivers’ and live favourite ‘Fire’.
Bipolar Sunshine has been working with Kid Harpoon (Rihanna, Jessie Ware) and close producer Jazz Purple to put the finishing touches to his debut record, which will be released in 2014.
2013 saw Bipolar Sunshine play sold-out shows at Electrowerkz and Gorilla in London and Manchester respectively, as well as support slots with Bastille and HAIM. This year he will be supporting Rudimental and Phoenix in February and performing withLondon Grammar in March for three European dates. Adio will also make his US debut at SXSW in March with shows already confirmed at Hype Hotel and Fadar Fort and follow this with his biggest UK headline tour in March and April. Full live dates are as follows:



March/April 2014 Headline Tour:
Thurs  27th     Southampton                        Joiners                                  
Fri       28th     Sheffield                    Leadmill                    
Sat      29th     Oxford                        Art Bar                                   
Sun    30th     Birmingham              Institute                     
Tues   1st        London                      XOYO                       
Thurs  3rd        Newcastle                 Think Tanks             
Fri       4th        Glasgow                    King Tuts                  
Sat      5th        Manchester               Academy 2               



Tickets to all headline shows: http://bipo.la/TourPresale.



Sunday, February 16, 2014

#NEWS - ERIK HASSLE ANNOUNCES NEW EP - 'SOMEBODY'S PARTY'





Swedish soul-pop singer/songwriter Erik Hassle announces today the release date of his debut EP entitled 'Somebody's Party' dueMarch 4th on Record Company Ten/RCA Records.
Featuring guests such as Chicago hip-hop artist Vic Mensa and label-mate up-and-comer Tinashe, the EP is an astounding collection of six tracks offering an exciting glimpse of what's to come from this young and talented artist. Click here to listen to "Talk About It" featuring Vic Mensa.
Currently working on his album, Erik Hassle plans to announce some North American tour dates later this year.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

#NEWS - AbrAx & Ben Benecke | Across The Pond EP [Basslight Records]



Basslight Records is proud to present the highly anticipated 3 track 'Across The Pond' EP from UK based producer AbrAx and his US based counterpart Ben Benecke.
‘Across The Pond’ features a definite and individual style, with crossovers of Future Garage and Chillstep / Post-Dubstep. The EP carries a subtle chill-out vibe throughout, focussing more on musicality and ambience rather than creating ‘club tracks’. 

The aptly titled ‘Across The Pond’ EP represents both sides of the atlantic with UK based AbrAx and US based Ben Benecke both delivering A game production and their signature sounds on the mix. Ben Benecke brings his production knowledge and glitchy sounds whilst AbrAx demonstrates his ability with rhythms and drums, and together it makes for something quite special.

'Across The Pond' is available now for just £1.49 via the Basslight Records Bandcamp page: http://basslightrecords.bandcamp.com/album/across-the-pond-ep-blr019



Friday, February 14, 2014

#NEWS - DOMINIQUE YOUNG UNIQUE - Announces debut single 'THROW IT DOWN'




From rapping in the courts of the Robles Park projects to playing the worldwide stage and gracing the pages of Vogue alongside Cara Delavigne and Tali Lennox, 21-year-old Tampa Bay rapper and model Dominique Young Unique prepares to release her debut single ‘Throw It Down’ through her new label home Epic on 6th April 2014.
Dominique’s now infamous mixtapes dropped when she was just 19 years old and have seen her go up against the likes of N.E.R.D, Big Boi, Die Antwoord and Gucci Mane and gain notoriety working with long-time collaborator, Yo Majesty producer, David Alexander.   Known for her rapid-fire raps and high-speed electro club beats, Miami bass sounds and 80s flavour, this 21 year-old is crashing onto dancefloors with her militaristic mash-up of club and hip-hop. 
Last year saw her collaborate with production giants Diplo and DJ Fresh on the smash hit ‘Earthquake’ which was also the feature song on the Kick Ass 2 soundtrack.  Heading into 2014 the airwaves were set ablaze with another feature this time working with hot LA based 90s house and R&B alchemist Le Youth on new single ‘Dance With Me’.
Now Dominique is owning it with her own debut single ‘Throw It Down’, teaming up once again with hitmaker DJ Fresh, she has also enlisted the help of dubstep master Benga and the powerhouse that are The Invisible Men, the result being an explosive concoction of tribal beats, an atomic bass line and razor sharp flows; Dominique has landed and ‘Throw It Down’ will take no prisoners.
‘Throw It Down’ is the first release from Dominique’s highly anticipated album due for release later in the year which will see her collaborate with a crew to be reckoned with of some of the hottest names in the International music scene. 
Mistajam gave ‘Throw It Down’ its first national play on radio on BBC Radio 1Xtra last night closely followed by BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe. 


Pre-order here: THROW IT DOWN



Thursday, February 13, 2014

#NEWTRACK - SAM SMITH - MONEY ON MY MIND [LE YOUTH REMIX]



Sam Smith's debut single 'Money On My Mind' (released through Capitol Records on 16th Feb) has been reworked by fresh faced producer Le Youth.  
Watch the official video for 'Money On My Mind' now - http://po.st/UZhGhH



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

#NEWS - PALOMA FAITH -




PALOMA FAITH announced pre-orders of her new album ‘A Perfect Contradiction ’on Amazon and iTunes.
She also revealed ‘Instant Grat’ track ‘Love Only Leaves You Lonely’ which is available instantly on pre-ordering the album from iTunes; clip available here: http://bit.ly/PFloveonly

‘A Perfect Contradiction’ is out March 10th via RCA.
Brand new single ‘Can’t Rely on You’ is out February 24th; check out the video here: http://youtu.be/imi9Smkt_cI



Pre-order ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ here: http://smarturl.it/APC_iTunesD  

Monday, January 27, 2014

#NEWS - FAKE CLUB ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM 'FUCKABLE' -





FAKE CLUB. The raucous and brash London guitar band whose do-it-yourself-because-we-do-it-better-anyway attitude has finally brought them to the release of their debut album, FUCKABLE’, set to release on March 24th.

This balls to the wall, diamond in the rough is a must-listen record for 2014. Anagrammatically self-titled, written and released by the band themselves, it’s an impressive 10 track onslaught of honest rock & roll music that flashes between pounding drums, screaming guitars and killer-chorus’ perfectly entwined with unforgettable riffs. The record is produced by FAKE CLUB and Oliver Son, mixed by Kevin Killen (Tori Amos, Elvis Costella, Kate Bush) and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig (Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Nirvana, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Daft Punk).

FAKE CLUB boast a genre-defying ethos, sound and line-up that transcends them into a realm of their very own; their musicianship, writing prowess, mind blowing live force and admirable spirit set them apart from all of their counterparts. Opener and live favourite, ‘Do What You Got To Do’ sets the tone emphatically with a heavy groove and a riff that just gets you. ‘Do It Like Me’ and ‘Generation’ are songs to walk the streets & grow up to while ‘Midnight At Koko’ shows off the band’s delicate attention to melody that can sometimes get overlooked. (As seen in the Universal Pictures release ‘Powder Room’ late 2013).

Continuously wowing crowds with their stellar live shows, the band have garnered an army of dedicated fans in the UK and Europe following an Italian tour and sell-out headline show in Berlin in 2013 along with an electric support show for Kate Nash. Following this the band made their silver screen debut in December appearing in the Vertigo Films release, Powder Room, starring Sheridan SmithJaime WinstoneOona Chaplin and Kate Nash. FAKE CLUB, who play the in-house band throughout the film, curated the entire soundtrack alongside the film’s director MJ Delaney and producer Damien Jones (The Iron Lady, Kidulthood).

Last year the band hosted a string of FAKE CLUB-NIGHTS in their Holloway Road club-house, the nights paying homage to some of London’s most creative artistic and musical talent. With the launch of FAKE TV, the bands online TV channel (think Wayne’s World meets TGI Friday) and their very own zine, FKR, the band have proven that their endless creativity and DIY approach is a force to be reckoned with. 

‘FUCKABLE’ sets the tone of a new rock inspired musical landscape, representing the imminent wave of accomplished girl bands that ditch the ‘girl’ tag and make honest, fun music for a new generation.

Fake Club will be supporting The Answer on their UK tour this February and ‘FUCKABLE’ will be available on iTunes from March 24th.

UPCOMING SUPPORT TOUR DATES:

FEBRUARY w/ THE ANSWER
WED 19ABERDEENTHE LEMON TREE
THU 20EDINBURGHLIQUID ROOMS
FRI 21MIDDLESBROUGHEMPIRE
SAT 22YORKDUCHESS
SUN 23HULLWELLY
TUE 25LEICESTERO2 ACADEMY 2
WED 26NORWICHWATERFRONT
THU 27TUNBRIDGE WELLSTHE FORUM
FRI 28SOUTHEND-ON-SEACHINNERYS

Sunday, January 26, 2014

#NEWTRACK -Tanika - Finally Found It






Last night saw one of London’s most exciting emerging urban-pop artists this year, Tanika, drop an incredible new song on her SoundCloud.  Teasing her fans with new material, Tanika shared ‘Finally Found It’ on her social networks late last night as something to whet the appetite for the coming weeks.
‘Finally Found It’ was produced by west London electronic outfit, Horror Stories, with the garage influenced beats paying homage to one of Tanika’s many influences.  The track is brooding with emotion and as ever, Tanika’s stunning vocals soar above the beat effortlessly.
Stay tuned for more new music in the next couple of weeks.  Until then enjoy this little teaser, courtesy of Tanika.


Links

Saturday, January 25, 2014

#NEWS - REPTILE YOUTH Announce new track -




Danish indie pop anti-heroes REPTILE YOUTH announce their brand new track ‘JJ’ is to be released February 10th, followed by the brand new album ‘Rivers That Run For A Sea That Is Gone’, out March 10th. Founding members Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen and Esben Valløe, known for their explosive live shows and punk attitude will debut this new material at the Shacklewell Arms in London on April 4th,  showing London again exactly what Denmark and the rest of Europe have been privy to for the past 2 years.




JJ is just under 5 minutes of guitar-drenched sun-soaked melodies hinting at a synth underbelly and combining to create a wonderful hippy soundtrack; a soon-to-be festival staple that will light up any room/tent/field it comes across. ‘Rivers That Run For A Sea That Is Gone’ is a record full to bursting with beautiful melodies, inspiring lyrics and massive songs to lose your mind to; RTRFASTIG will knock you off your feet (River That Run For A Sea That Is Gone), hit you straight in the heart (Where You End I Begin) and sometimes even blow your mind (All The Noise).





Friday, January 24, 2014

#NEWTRACK - WE ARE SHINING X ELIZA DOOLITTLE - KILLING





WE ARE SHINING is a project comprised of two London based music makers, who together have created a hypnotic blend of vocal led beats.
Meeting in London, the duo Acyde and Morgan discovered an affinity for making music combining Morgan's innovative production technique with Acyde's unique vocal style.
Their music exhibits an outright lack of restraint - intense ups and downs, instinctive outbursts, raw beats and random noise - what holds their music together is what should in fact tear it apart. It adheres to no single style or genre but stands out for its unique and forward thinking approach.
WE ARE SHINING have been working on their debut album which features a host of surprise collaborations.


LISTEN: WE ARE SHINING

Thursday, January 23, 2014

#NEWS - Carrie Tree reveals video for new single -




For Brighton’s Carrie Tree, 2013 was a landmark year, capped by a performance on the new 2000+ capacity William’s Green stage at Glastonbury Festival (along with bands like Alt-J and The Vaccines). In 2014, Carrie will release her new album Home To The Invisible on March 17th through Wild Cedar Records, preceded by new single Mama Kita.

Mama Kita was recorded Sussex UK, and in Durban, South Africa, at Headroom Studios and features the vocal talents of Albert Mazibuko from Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The track benefits from some traditional African instruments like Kora (African harp), Nyatiti, Djembe, Endingidi (traditional Ugandan tube fiddle) and also cello, fretless bass, guitar and percussion.

Watch the video in full here:

http://youtu.be/sOnYPIaxmiQ




Carrie will also be on tour. Full details are below:

Jan 2014

29th  The Jenny Lind, Hastings

Feb 2014

2nd  The Grey Lady, Tunbridge
4th  Ronnie Scotts, London
6th  Komedia, Brighton
7th  Farnham Maltings Café, Farnham
8th  Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable
9th  Lewis Con Club, Lewis
12th  Prince Albert, Stroud
13th  South Devon Arts, Totness
20th  The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

March

2nd  Slaughtered Lamb, London





Wednesday, January 22, 2014

#NEWS - SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR - NEW ALBUM 'WANDERLUST' -





 Sophie Ellis-Bextor has announced she will release her new album ‘Wanderlust’ on the 20th January preceded by the single ‘Young Blood’. To follow the release of her new album, Sophie has also announced a 10-date UK tour this April.



The April tour will kick off in Birmingham on the 7th and commence on the 19th in Glasgow and a second London show at Union Chapel on 11th April has been announced due to demand.
‘Wanderlust’ will be Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s fifth studio album. Co-written, produced and arranged by acclaimed singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt, Wanderlust was recorded in a London studio in just two weeks with a tightly-knit group of musicians and friends.
First single ‘Young Blood’ is a life affirming testament to true love, beautifully accompanied by Ed Harcourt’s plaintive piano and soaring string arrangement.
 "The album is about roaming and your sense of where you come from, and how you take home with you but you also have this desire to get out there and see the world. I found making this album really empowering. I felt like after ten years of making records, this is like the biggest present to myself. I’m really proud of it and I feel really excited.”
Sophie’s new album sees the 34 year old star blossoming into an accomplished singer -songwriter with its 11 powerfully understated songs showcasing a newfound maturity, both lyrically and musically.


Tickets are available from Live Nation

January:
Tues 21st          London                       Bush Hall (sold out)

April:
Mon 7th            Birmingham                Institute
Tues 8th            Oxford                        Academy
Thurs 10th        London                       Union Chapel
Fri 11th             London                       Union Chapel (extra date added due to demand)
Sun 13th           Bournemouth              Academy
Mon 14th          Brighton                      Concorde 2
Tues 15th          Bristol                         Academy
Thurs 17th        Gateshead                 Sage (Hall 2)
Fri 18th             Manchester                  Ritz
Sat 19th            Glasgow                      Oran Mor

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

#NEWS - Example releases new single 'Kids Again' on 16th March -






Hotfooting his way straight onto the airwaves this January in true Example style is the UK’s biggest dance anthem hit-maker, returning with his latest single, ‘Kids Again’ which will release on 16th March. 

One of the UK’s biggest male artists following on from his #1 platinum album ‘Playing in the Shadows’, and most recent gold selling album, ‘The Evolution of Man’Example has notched up two huge Top 5 albums, six Top 10 singles including two No.1’s. The release of ‘Kids Again’ marks the start of yet another massive year for him as he’s poised and ready to release his fifth studio album via his new label home, Sony Music’s Epic UK.

Having hung up his rapping boots for good, last year Example showcased both his vocal and undeniable production skills on the first monster single, ‘All The Wrong Places’, from the new album. True to form, ‘Kids Again’ offers no respite from the high-octane, synth driven anthems Example repeatedly tears up the charts with. Adored by his ever-growing army of fans who notoriously shatter dance floors and festivals fields to pieces during his live sets, this new single pays homage to his signature main stage festival and stadium sound.
The live arena is where Example is a true master, his critically acclaimed live sets have seen him sell out a mammoth UK arena tour, projected him to main stage headline slots at two of the UK’s biggest dance music festivals, Global Gathering and SW4, while he’s effortlessly stolen the show on line-ups including Rockness and Parklife along with clinching one of the biggest televised BBC broadcasts to millions from Glastonbury 2013 of his Other 
Stage performance ahead of co-headliners Chase & Status. Always a regular favourite on the White Isle, Example sound tracked last summer with his season residency at Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks alongside his assault on the worldwide festival circuit playing to huge crowds everywhere from Sydney to Switzerland, Bali, Budapest, Auckland and Azerbaijan.
Following huge support and spins from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Danny Howard and 1Xtra’s MistaJam of the massive Zed Bias, MOTi and Dimension remixesthe ‘Kids Again’ original mix will receive its first national plays on the 31st January.


‘Kids Again’ will be available to pre-order from iTunes on 19th January.




For more information go to http://www.trythisforexample.com/

Monday, January 20, 2014

#CLOSEUP: CLEO T




Cleo T, a young french songwriter with a great passion for Italy and lover of the Arts and Beauty. We met before her live @2PeriodicoCafè in Rome. 
With she we enter in a world built with the sound of imagies, harmonies and dark romanticism. 
Are you ready to see the best cabaret?


Let's start talking about your connection with Italy, which is peculiar. You are French, from Paris, but your tour began a short time ago from Turin and you've already been in Italy several times. Where does all this tie with Italy come from?

It 'a mixture of several things. First of all, my family comes from Corsica, my grandfather moved to Genoa, but was born in Corsica, and for me it felt always kind of magical to hear him speak in this strange Italian, because in fact it is a very strange dialect. I have this sort of southern roots, that I have some 'forgotten when i was young. But at some point of my life i realized that Italy was calling me. Every time i came here for the holidays I felt at home, and so i started getting interested in Italian culture, literature, painting and Italy is a country that you can not miss when you talk about the history of art and cinema, of which i am also a big fan.

There's a song in your album, “Triste Stella”, which is sung in Italian indeed.

I've written this shortly before recording it... I think you can hear it when i sing it! For me it was a bit 'like a game, even a dream, to achieve my Italian dream. The song is the story of a dancer who expects her boyfriend who perhaps may never come..

Your album was released on December 6, but it was ready exactly a year before, in 2012, what's happened in the meantime?

In music it is hard to break when you do not make that “electro-pop” music. I realized that i could not find a nice way to work as I wanted in France even though I had this label of the nicest people (Macaco Record). So I created my own label, and although it is a lot of work, in this way I was able to find partners in each country: in Germany, England, Spain. For me it was nice to work with people who know their territory, even if it was up to me coordinate everything to publis this record a little 'everywhere, to manage the tour and coordinate the production. It was very hard but it is a somewhat “modern music making”, because now you have to find alternatives to the usual production. It took a long time and now we want to do a second album, maybe next summer! It was important for me to release this album in a nice way, totally independent. I must admit, however, the help of great people like John Parish.

So how did this collaboration with John Parish began?

Well i wanted John Parish from a long time: I fell in love with "To Bring You My Love" and the album he recorded for 16 Horsepower, "Low Estate". I'm not good with technical stuff, you can say that I hate them, I don't care much about them. But with him it was the first time I heard the sound of an emotion, because he is very good at recreating intimate atmospheres, while maintaining a great power of sound.

Can we say that there has been a great empathy between you two?

Yes, for me he was already in the project: the album could not exist without him.
We met in Paris and I started to send him all the demos of the first things I did by myself. It all had a terrible sound, but i sent him anyway. He then became interested in the project and so i asked him to redo some of the songs i had sent him but he didn't have the time, he was overwhelmed because he was recording "Let England Shake" by PJ Harvey, and so on. Then one night I met him completely by chance in Milan, it was around midnight. It was definitely a sign of destiny! He must have thought I was stalking him! (laughs) And a couple days after that day we said ok, let's find a way to do it.

And so "Songs of Gold and Shadow" was born. There is a little 'of Italy, a bit' of France... what can you say about this album?

This album was very important for me because I decided to try to do something by myself, of my own. It is not easy because you have to open and try everything and can be very hard. But for me it was like a trip. I had no idea about the type or genre of music that would have come out because I listen to so many things, I did not want to do things specifically rock or folk, and as a result there is no genre to describe this album. I think I've only wanted to listen to myself and see what came out, without a precise idea. For me it was the most important thing, to be close to me. It is not easy to find yourself!

Behind the imagery that your figure came to recreate there's this sort of Paris cabaret, the Moulin Rouge... Would you say that this is true? The cover of the album is a re-enactment of Klimt, the writing style of the title that is very reminiscent Mucha... Is this a “retro” disc?

I do not know if I can call it retro, but it is a way to give tribute to the artists of the past that have done, said, designed and promoted the Beauty. I tried to incorporate their message and pass it. I don't want just to be retro, i'm trying to find the voices of today and tomorrow. There are artists from the past that inspire me a lot. Today in France arts are very separate: music, painting, literature... for me it's the opposite. This year I have not heard many cd for example but I've seen many shows! These are things that inspire me, and allow me to translate a certain kind of art to another.

This concept also emerges from the video you released, "We All". It 's very artistic, very heavy, well-researched… Are you inspired by something or someone in particular?

There are so many people in this album... there Fellini, Nina Simone, Franz Schubert, there is Elvis Presley, even if you can't hear him but he is a God (laughs), Klimt like you said, there is symbolism, there is the music I hear in Gustave Moreau, one of my favorite painters... It is a very personal journey and, although maybe i should, i'm not trying to make a “beautiful song”.

Why did you choose to cover "Someday My Prince Will Come"?

(laughs) It is not about "Snow White," I do not remember the movie, but it was the song itself, which I find beautiful in all its versions, from Miles Davis to many others. I feel very inspired by the world of fairy tales, the album is one of those, like "Alice In Wonderland". In the forest, seeking the light in the darkness... For me it's a perfect fairy tale. And with these two aspects of light and dark, to whom refer the terms “Golden” and “Shadow”, i offer this incredible hope, because without hope of finding the great beauty, love, the Prince, you can not continue to live but ... at the same time, in this song for me you can feel the total despair. Will never come, of course, the Prince, because it is not real! The reality for me is in the middle between the ideal and the absolute terrible sadness. The beauty has a delicate balance, so I decided to sing it.

So are you a big romantic?

(laughs) Yes it's true, and love is very beautiful and very tough at the same time.



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