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April 11, 2024 Burr Island unveil a haunting new single, ‘Later’

Burr Island unveil a haunting new single, ‘Later’

London-based folk duo Burr Island released their latest single, ‘Later’, on March 29th, 2024 via Left Foot Records, following their fifth single ‘Our Home’. Comprising best friends Tom England & Oskar Porter, the duo has garnered praise from industry heavyweights like Robert Plant and Noel Gallagher. Their first four releases amassed 250,000 streams across platforms, with their debut album slated for 2024. Recorded at Kundalini Studios in Devon with Steve Cradock, their singles gained traction on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, and Radio X. They’ve toured as support for acts like Ocean Colour Scene, playing iconic venues such as Hammersmith Eventim Apollo & Barrowlands Ballroom and a sold-out show at Union Chapel supporting Paul Weller, along with two sell-out London headline gigs. Drawing inspiration from artists like Lennon/McCartney, Paul Simon, Crosby Stills & Nash, Nick Drake, The Beach Boys, and Cat Stevens, Burr Island has been likened to indie folk contemporaries like Fleet Foxes, Flyte, and Kings of Convenience.

‘Later’ is a tender composition overflowing with vivid imagery. Sung in ethereal harmony by the duo, its lyrics delicately delve into the poignant clarity that life’s end brings, contemplating the essence of our existence in this fleeting time. The gentle strumming of the guitar gracefully meanders through the song like a tranquil brook, while Jess Cox‘s strings—sweet, intricate, and emotive—immerse the tender track in profound emotion.

Burr Island shared: “‘Later, you will understand how truly good these times have been’ is faintly scrawled at the bottom corner of a large abstract piece of art hanging up in the building that Oskar used to live in. So faint, you could easily miss it. We’re glad Oskar didn’t, as those words unravelled into the song you hear today. ’Later’ is about being in the last moments of one’s life, when ‘twilight is paper thin’, and to look back at a life unlived.”

Oskar elaborated: “Around the same time I stumbled upon the hidden lyrics in the artwork, a friend of mine told me a personal story which I was incredibly struck by and that inspired us to write the rest of the song. When he was just eleven, his father had come home early from work, complaining of having chest pains. Hours later he had tragically died of a heart attack. What did he do in the last moments of his life? He started to confess. He confessed he had acted harshly and been cruel to people. I’ve often heard when one is at the end of their life, they can experience moments of true clarity, as if they are truly seeing for the first time. Hopefully this little song can be a reminder to us all to not wait until the moment of death to realise ‘how truly good these times have been’.”

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October 18, 2021 Rising avant-pop duo ÄTNA share delightfully weird music video

Rising avant-pop duo ÄTNA share delightfully weird music video

Rising German avant-pop duo ÄTNA are poised to announce a brand new release with the arrival of ‘Smile‘ this October through Humming Records.

Following on from their recent acclaimed collaborations on Solomun’s ‘Tuk Tuk’, championed by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 and ‘Weirdo’ with 11-piece techno marching band Meute, ‘Smile’ is a scintillatingly bizarre and sumptuous track moulded in ÄTNA’s fresh inimitable style.

The accompanying video clip is visually striking, minimalist statement. They say: “In the music video for ‘Smile’, we go new ways this time and escape to a place between dream and disturbance, where a fleeting smile distorts space and time. Echoes from the future become déjà vu. Hypnotic and intangible. Unsurprisingly, our new song comes as a surprise; dry yet dubby, ballad-esque yet beat driven – a strive for acceptance of dark passengers who will always be a part of the whole.”

ÄTNA are creating groundbreaking avant-garde pop from scratch, hitting a career milestone of over 1 million Spotify listeners a month, with over 40 million Spotify streams across their catalogue and NMF features in Germany, Switzerland, UK, Mexico, Türkiye, CZ, Greece, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

They create a completely unique sound that is free of any stylistic conventions. Their style is indefinable, their stage presence immense, their creativity boundless: ÄTNA have achieved what many consider impossible in these times. From the underground to one of the most sought-after live acts in Europe and, at the same time, one of the most innovative new electronic music projects. The mission statement was as steep as it was hard for the duo, and yet, at least since their impressive debut “Made By Desire” (2020), Inéz and Demian know only one direction: up.

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September 29, 2021 Electropop duo Let’s Eat Grandma share new song in the last three years

Electropop duo Let’s Eat Grandma share new song in the last three years

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Let’s Eat Grandma, the duo composed of songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, are today excited to share their first single in three years. 

Hall Of Mirrors”, out now via Transgressive, is an ethereal, glistening pop song about a beautiful, intense moment remembered, and a welcome return for the acclaimed Norwich pair. The track comes with a hazy, dreamlike video directed by El Hardwick.

Rosa Walton said the following about the song and video: “I wanted to use the setting of a fairground at night to describe the dizziness, intensity and excitement of being with a woman I had strong feelings for, and the hall of mirrors as a metaphor for discovering and exploring parts of myself that I was bringing to life. In some ways it’s reflective and almost secretive, journeying through confusing and difficult emotions, but I also wanted Hall of Mirrors to be a euphoric song that conveys clarity, confidence, and ultimately joy.”

The single received its first radio plays last night on Jack Saunders’ BBC Radio 1 show as his Power Play and this morning on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 Music show as her While You Were Sleeping track. Stream / watch Hall Of Mirrors” below. News of more music from Let’s Eat Grandma is to come.

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September 2, 2021 Sparkling alt-pop duo Palmaria share gripping song ‘Ocean’

Sparkling alt-pop duo Palmaria share gripping song ‘Ocean’

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Palmaria are an Alt Pop duo from a small town in Italy, currently residing in London. Members Giulia and Francesco have been making a name for their distinctive sound, poetically transporting listeners on a journey of dreamy landscapes and uplifting experiences. Think The xx meets Sylvan Esso, meets Little Dragon on a field trip to the Italian coast. 

Their latest single “Ocean” is off of their upcoming EP, Crystallize. Co-written and produced with B-CROMA (Yendry, Fia Moon), the single stays true to their sound of delicate, hypnotizing vocals with a mix of organic sounds and utopian guitars. Taking sonic inspiration from the drums on James Blakes“You’re Too Precious”, the duo re-interpreted the sound through Francesco’s classical guitar. 

The song is inspired by the legend of Colapesce, the magical story of a man that sacrifices his life on earth, turning into a fish to save his island, but also highlights the problem of the pollution of the ocean. “Ocean” is a call for help. The duo confides, “We wanted to give voice to our frustration; it’s been hurtful to see what is happening, especially growing up in a town almost surrounded by the sea. The ocean has always been such an important element in our lives, inspiring and healing us everytime we were in need, so it’s now our turn, we have to protect it.”  

“Ocean” takes you to a surreal, idyllic, safe place, where you can feel free and you can be yourself, inspiring creativity and kindness. In this particular case, kindness towards nature, in a time where it’s pivotal that we stop ignoring the dangers we are already facing and start taking action. The single release sees the duo partnering with OGYRE – an environmental organization that protects oceans and collects plastic waste from the shores, turning it into products. 

Palmaria have garnered acclaim from publications such as Complex, The Line of Best Fit and CLASH and have been playlisted by numerous official Spotify and Apple playlists including New Music Friday, Fresh Finds and many more, amassing over 3 million streams across DSPs to date.

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