Temples

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We could not be more stoked to invite Temples to Sea Change to headline the Heavenly Recordings stage on Saturday night.

Looking like a West Coast psych band, Temples bear all the hallmarks of cosmic travellers. There’s the band name, for starters, there are track titles that sound like JG Ballard novels (Prisms, The Golden Throne, Sun Structures) and there’s the fact that they take incense sticks on the road with them. But if all of the above suggests Temples are backwards-lookin, think again. The Kettering four-piece’s music is a mix of scuzzy glam stomp, dreamy, 12-string-drenched folk-rock, droning psych and more – all given a 2013 spin. Retro is a dirty word.

Britain’s premier retro-futurists, with influences ranging from ‘60s psychedelia to Motown, glam, Krautrock and baggy, all viewed through a very modern kaleidoscope

 

Blanck Mass

Harrison Reid

 
At its peak, the song evokes the feeling of a dance floor freak-out, pleasure suddenly giving way to existential fear.
— Pitchfork

Blanck Mass is the solo project of Benjamin John Power, one-half of the mighty Fuck Buttons. Across three studio albums he has produced some of the most intense, challenging, euphoric and primal music we've ever had the pleasure to stock and we are hugely excited to welcome him to Sea Change as part of The Quietus' weekend takeover.

It will be a late, loud and full body experiance. Do not dare miss.

 
Where so much space/kraut/psych rock quickly disappears into a formulaic miasma, referencing everything but signifying nothing, Weaver’s strong melodic sensibilities and incisive songwriting powers here alchemise raw genre material and turn it into, well, silver.
— The Quietus
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Jane Weaver

Abusing, evading and obliterating 20 years of whimsical pop trends, Jane Weaver’s experience as a truly independent and resilient female experimental songwriter / sound-carrier commands respect and inspiration in equal measures.

2017 is going to be a busy one for Jane and we're thrilled to have her at Sea Change... she was supposed to be on holiday...
 

We are delighted to welcome Jane Weaver to Sea Change 2017 as part of the Fire Records showcase.

Jambinai

 
 

Jambinai sound less like a band than a force of nature, fusing the full dramatic range of post-rock dynamics to Korean folk roots to create an exhilarating, vivid and unique fusion. Last years 'a Hermitage' LP on Bella Union was one of our most played of the year and we are absolutely thrilled that Bella have invited them to Totnes to headline their Friday take over at the Civic Hall.

Their instrumental music is coloured by Kim’s fiddle-like haegum, Ilwoo Lee’s guitar and piri (a Korean flute made of bamboo) and Eun Youg Sim’s geomungo, a Korean zither. They met studying traditional music at Korea’s National University of Arts, and found they were united by a desire to present such music in a new way, “to communicate with the ordinary person who doesn’t listen to Korean traditional music,” says Lee, the band’s principal writer. This makeover, however, eschews previous Korean modernists, who Lee says have used western classical music or jazz, for a molten fusion of metal, rock and experimental sound. “We’re darker than other Korean traditional bands,” Lee adds, with considerable understatement.

 
 

Gold Panda

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One of the most consistent and pioneering musicians the UK has produced in the last decade. A good friend of the shop, we could not be more thrilled to have Gold Panda play live at Sea Change 2017.

Gold Panda will be playing as the special guest headliner on our Thursday night launch. Entry is FREE with your weekend wristband, but you will need to register now as space is limited. It will be at Unit 23 in Totnes, Thursday 24th August 2017, 8pm till late. It will be full and you will only get in if you RSVP in advance.

RSVP HERE > www.seachangefestival.co.uk/launch-party

Read the Five days in Japan with Gold Panda feature in Loud and Quiet here.

Taken from the album 'Good Luck And Do Your Best'. Directed by Rob Brandon

 

Aldous Harding

 
Soft chanting and singing saws add mystery to a beguiling debut ★ ★ ★ ★
— Mojo

Harriet Were

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.

Directed & edited by Charlotte Evans and produced by Evie Mackay.

 

Ryley Walker

Photo: Tom Sheehan

Photo: Tom Sheehan

 

Ryley Walker is a very modern type of troubadour. Across his four studio albums he has incorporated elements of finger picked guitar, free flowing folk-psychedelia and proved adept at the highest levels of improv, jazz and experimentalism. Both 2015's Primrose Green and 2016's Golden Sings That Have Been Sung ranked high in Drift's albums of the year magazines... and you know those guys don't get it wrong.

We've been lucky enough to see him play a few times and we can't wait to welcome him to Sea Change. Both in terms of his instrumentation, his band and ever more so his vocals, it's going to be a very special show.

A masterpiece of nuanced, almost spiritual, jazz-tinged folk rock… A beautiful album.
— The Times ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
 
Here is something special ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— The Times

American wanderer Julie Byrne's second album 'Not Even Happiness' vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road - bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, as well as the irresolvable mysteries of love. A more confident beast than her 2014 debut 'Rooms With Walls And Windows', adding atmospheric instrumentation and electronic flourishes to Byrne's unusual guitar tunings and fingerpicked melodies, moving the songs from the front-porch into subtle anthemia. In the live arena she enchants, leaving rooms and festival crowds mesmerised by her voice and warm presence, who find a real connection with Byrne's intimate songs. This feeling is often shared: “When the show has that magical spirit every person has contributed, even unknowingly, in creating a space of responsiveness to each other through vulnerability, through our unified experience and honesty about our sorrow and our emergence.”

One of this years most eagerly anticipated shows for sure.

JULIE BYRNE

It’s only January... but one of the finest albums of the year
★ ★ ★ ★
— NME

Pixx

Signed to venerable indie label 4AD at just 19, Pixx released her first collection of music, Fall In, in 2015. An EP of four folk-infused torch songs, it is, by Rodgers’ own admission, a deeply personal collection writ of heartbreak and introspection. 

Still only 21, Hannah Rodgers (for she is Pixx) has released one of 2017's most assured and arresting debut albums. The Age Of The Anxiety will be all over the end of year lists, and damn right too... it is complex, smart and hugely satisfying pop music. This will be your one and only chance to see her in an intimate setting like this.

Don't miss out.

riveting, cliche-free electropop joy ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— The Guardian

Nadia Reid

Meek Zuiderwyk

 
Reid is a remarkably talent, assured, clever and confident singer-songwriter….. a devastating youthful wisdom that gives her songs a feeling of lasting profundity.
— The Guardian

 

 

Nadia Reid's 2015 album Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs was one of the latest greatest moments of the year. We're very excited to welcome her to Sea Change to play from her superb new Preservation album.

A richness of voice; a depth of emotion; and wise beyond her years; with Listen To Formation, Look For the Signs, 23-year-old New Zealand native Nadia Reid has claimed her place as one of the country’s most evocative and profound young songwriters. Her music traces the sharp mountain peaks, azure coastline, and mirrored images of the land and sky that pinpoint her home country’s vast open landscapes.

 
 
 

LOWLY

Michell Boysen

 

LOWLY appeared out of nowhere in April 2014 with the release of the bewitching ‘Daydreamers’. The sound, already so rich and full, was like being put under a magical spell. Initially brought together - in hindsight I’d suggest by a visionary alchemist - purely to fulfil part of a short music project at the school they all attended, Nanna, Thomas, Steffen, Kasper and Soffie immediately found the chemistry so many musicians search years to find.

Their debut album Heba received huge critical praise and 6Music have been hammering it... rightfully so! Very excited to have LOWLY travel all the way from Denmark to play for us as part of Bella Unions party at Sea Change.

 
It’s often not until album two or three that a band discovers their true voice, but with Heba, Lowly have found a unique aesthetic at the first time of asking.
— The Line of Best Fit
 
 

Daniel Brandt & Eternal Something

Andreas Waldschuetz

Andreas Waldschuetz

 

Daniel Brandt, co-founder of Germany’s electro-acoustic ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, joins the Erased Tapes family with his solo debut album.

What started off as a more simplistic idea soon evolved into something a lot more complex as the London and Berlin base music producer travelled across the world, experimenting with various other artists and different instruments. From his father’s cabin based in the German countryside with access to nothing but cymbals, to being surrounded by guitars in Joshua Tree, his unexpected journey soon progressed into what became his first solo album.

Classically trained, dancefloor-literate sound scientists ★ ★ ★ ★
— The Guardian

Daniel Brandt joins Masayoshi Fujita and Douglas Dare as part of Erased Tapes 10th anniversary showcase at Sea Change '17.


Amber Arcades

Amber Arcades is the band-de-plume of Annelotte De Graaf, a woman inspired by “time, continuity, coincidence and magic”. That may all sound pretty dreamy, and these songs do have wonderful ethereal qualities, but De Graaf’s dreams are not the whimsical kind. De Graaf’s dreams have led to her working as a legal aide on UN war crime tribunals, to inviting skint strangers to share her Utrecht squat, and to spending her life savings on a flight to New York because that’s where she wanted to record her first album.

That debut album - Fading Lines - was on of Drift's 2016 albums of the year and we are hugely excited for what 2017 might bring. We were lucky enough to see the band play live a few times over the last 12 months and they have grown and grown... expect to gaze at your shoes whilst your soul gets high.

We're hyped.

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Stereolab-like dream-pop from the one-to-watch Dutch singer
— The Sunday Times

The Proper Ornaments

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Proper Ornaments is the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy,Pink Flames). The band germinated slowly from their friendship, which began when Max distracted James from shop-keeping, as his then girlfriend attempted to steal shoes. Max was freshly arrived in London from Buenos Aires; helped out by Andrew Loog Oldham as it happens, to escape a drug-lead implosion of a previous band and a family member's plan to have him sectioned.

a warm blanket of analog guitar and woolly harmony.
— Pitchfork

Proper Ornaments hold the attraction of seeming to not try very hard at all and achieve something outstanding nonetheless. It just comes easy... mellow jams, exactly what we love.

 

Hey Colossus

José Ramón Caamaño

José Ramón Caamaño

 
 

Forging a completely idiosyncratic combination of power, control, tenderness, miscontrol and more power, these six piece band active since 2003 acutely channel the best of your record collections and spit them back out into some quite astonishing shows and releases.

2015 saw two long players hit the people square on. "In Black and Gold" and "Radio Static High" (both out on Rocket Recordings) topped many end of year lists as must hear records and were both  in  WIRE Magazine 2015's end of year Top 10 Avant Rock chart . The live events that followed only cemented a growing appreciation of what Hey Colossus have achieved over the years.

Standard-bearers for post-millennial British music which is au fait with punk and hardcore while not being punk or hardcore
— The Quietus
 

Masayoshi Fujita

Volker Langholz

 

Masayoshi Fujita is a Japanese vibraphonist and composer based in Berlin. Masa first learned how to play the drums, followed by extensive vibraphone training to craft and play his own, mostly jazz and electronic-influenced compositions.

Melodic constellations so impeccably gorgeous that they ache
— Pitchfork

Determined not to stick to traditional vibraphone styles or techniques, Masayoshi started to prepare his instrument with pieces of metal, strips of foil and other objects in the search for new possibilities with the instrument. The resulting new sounds help to expand the vibraphone spectrum without eroding the instrument’s intrinsic character. 

 

A solo vibraphone version of 'Tears of Unicorn' shot live in a Berlin flat.

Camera: Volker Langholz
Sound Recording: Tobin J. Stewart

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Chapman’s guitar slices and stabs, unsettling the listener as he ponders a harsh world and wonders if he’s lucky to still be alive: “Sometimes you live, and sometimes you just drive.” Chapman is still doing plenty of both.
— Pitchfork

Michael Chapman

Now this one we're thrilled about.

After five decades of recording and touring, veteran British songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman has finally made what he calls his “American record,” and the aptly titled 50 now stands as his late career masterwork, a moving legacy statement by a legend. Backed by a collaborative group of friends and acolytes—Steve Gunn (who also produced), Nathan Bowles (Pelt), James Elkington (Jeff Tweedy), Jason Meagher (No-Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Rhyton), and fellow UK songwriting luminary Bridget St John—Chapman tears into both bold renderings of new songs and radical reinterpretations of material from his revered catalog, the crack band adeptly scaling the same rarefied sonic heights of classic Harvest albums like Fully Qualified Survivor, guided by a true survivor’s instinct, wit, and wisdom.

The result is a sublime chiaroscuro self-portrait, more shadow than light, as an invigorated Chapman wrestles with weighty themes of travel, memory, mortality, and redemption, his world-weary whispers assuming the incandescent power of prophecy.

Grumbling Fur

Somewhere, in the still-remaining quiet places of London, Grumbling Fur is at work.

Kerry O'Sullivan

This being is the joint manifestation of Alexander Tucker and Daniel O’Sullivan which, since 2011, has birthed a series of increasingly focussed albums of psychedelic pop. Their new album, Furfour, is a record that’s the sum of a dizzying array of creative projects by two key figures in an esoteric underground still thriving despite the pressures and pains of modern London.

Furfour gradually emerged over three years of writing and recording at 147 Tower Gardens, the strange ivy-shrouded house that Tucker and O’Sullivan once called home. It’s an album whose warm heart is shaped, say Grumbling Fur, by birth, loss, friendship, death, those things that happen to us all. Yet as ever with this duo, it’s altered through fantasy and sci-fi, Carlos Castenada, shamanic mind warp, house ghosts and meditation.

We're extremely proud to invite Grumbling Fur to Sea Change as part of The Quietus curated shows.

the music they make together is remarkably coherent. Crowded as it is with instruments and ideas, Grumbling Fur doesn’t sound like a collision of sensibilities.
— Pitchfork
 


Video by Stephen Dunne and Mark Titchner

H Hawkline

H.Hawkline is the musical activity of a man, born 1985.

Following a hugely busy few years, he is currently putting the final touches to his new album in Los Angeles with Samur Khouja, who worked with Huw on his last album, In The Pink Of Condition. The first glimpse 'Last Thing On Your Mind' features guests Cate Le Bon and Josiah Steinbrick. Thrilled to have him in town as part of the Heavenly showcase at Sea Change 2017.

A rarefied quality of inherent other-ness that makes his music timeless
— The Guardian
 

VENN

Ben Leverock and Stuart Gardham met in 2013 whilst auditioning for a band they were involved in for six months, and subsequently sacked from, with no musical output of consequence. This time together did, however, nurture a friendship and musical affinity (in that order), that serves as the basis for the initial sessions that would become VENN. The line-up was finalised in late 2014 when they found a perfect fit in John Petrie via a well timed Gumtree ad. Their debut album was recorded at the Total Refreshment Centre in London, by Kristian Craig Robinson (AKA Capitol K) of The Archie Bronson Outfit.
 

Directed by Emma Gibney, shot and edited by Mark Norgate. Movement by Eleesha Young-Drennan and Mathieu Geffre.

 

Virginia Wing

 

Forming in early 2012, Manchester (via London) based duo Virginia Wing take their name from Grace Slick’s mother.
With many groups, a reduction in their personnel is often mirrored in a simplification of their sound. In Virginia Wing’s case, their reconfiguration from a trio to a two-piece sees them blossoming from the previously cold, Kosmische palette found on their debut LP ‘Measures of Joy’ into the wider-reaching, fully focused psychedelic pop sound of their new record for 2016: ‘Forward Constant Motion’.

The album expands the deep and varied sonic palette displayed on debut album ‘Measures Of Joy’, giving way to a sprawling amalgamation of experimental pop tracks with texture, depth and nuance; daring and progressive and drawing as much from the compressed thump of Homework-era Daft Punk as the languid new age-isms of Laurie Anderson to create a bold and inventive modern pop record.

Virginia Wing is Alice Merida Richards (Vocals, Synths, Organ) and Samuel Pillay (Synths, guitar, noises, bass).

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We are delighted to welcome Virginia Wing to Sea Change 2017 as part of the Fire Records showcase.

 

Maisie Cousins / Penny Mills

Virginia Wing are not from the sedate school of dream-pop escapism…a hazy subversion of the traditional monochrome evocations of post-punk, a photo negative of an established form
— The Quietus
 
 

Death and Vanilla

Simon Fernandez

 
 

Formed in Malmö, Sweden by Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson, Death and Vanilla utilise vintage musical equipment such as vibraphone, organ, mellotron, tremolo guitar and moog, to emulate the sounds of 60s/70s soundtracks, library music, German Krautrock, French Ye-ye pop and 60s psych. They revel in the warmth of older analogue instruments to create a more organic sound, each loose wire and off-kilter noise adding to the rich atmosphere.

We are delighted to welcome Death and Vanilla to Sea Change 2017 as part of the Fire Records showcase.

Their music variously recalls the eerie, haunted ambience of Angelo Badalamenti/Julee Cruise’s Twin Peaks soundtrack, Stereolab/Broadcast’s experimental vision of 50s lounge muzak/exotica and French 60s pop, or the narcotic country-noir of Mazzy Star.
— The Guardian

Holly Macve

 
 

A heavenly voice couched in spellbinding country & western ballads, with a devastating emotional delivery: Holly Macve is a fantastic addition to the Bella Union family, and her album Golden Eagle is one of the most remarkably assured debuts of this or any other year, especially given she’s though only 21 years old.

Despite her youth, Golden Eagle reveals she’s experienced enough strife to last a lifetime: parental splits, heartbreak, early career pitfalls…. Born in Galway in western Ireland, Macve and her sister were whisked away “in the night” by her mother from their errant father, to live with her grandparents in Yorkshire. Once in their own house, near the town of Holmfirth, Holly quickly responded to music: “My Grandad was a classical composer, and my mum sang, and she said I was singing before I was talking,” she recalls. Her mother’s record collection - lots of old blues and Bob Dylan – shaped Holly’s impressionable mind, before she herself discovered the likes of Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash and Gillian Welch.

We are thrilled to invite Holly back to Totnes and Sea Change, this time with her band to play this quite wonderful new album.

Holly Macve’s voice stood out among the thousands of songs we heard before heading to SXSW...
— NPR
 
 

Douglas Dare

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London-based singer-songwriter and pianist Douglas Dare grew up in the small coastal town of Bridport in South West England.

In a digital age where memories are mimicked by pixels and identity is as malleable as static, Douglas Dare’s most recent album Aforger questions the boundaries between reality and fiction. Inspired by recent events and revelations encountered in his life these songs depict Dare at his most vulnerable, whilst simultaneously reflecting our own obsession with reality and technology back at us. Aforger was produced by long-time collaborator Fabian Prynn, mixed by Paul Gregory of Lanterns On The Lake and mastered at the iconic Abbey Road Studios. In the following conversation Douglas strips back the personal journeys and realisations which preceded its recording.
 

 

Directed and animated by Dan Jacobs.

 

Will Stratton

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Born in California, mostly raised in New Jersey and currently an upstate New Yorker, Will Stratton is a finger picked guitar player with a beautiful voice.

Earlier this year, Bella Union released his new album Rosewood Almanac, his debut for the label. It’s a work of fragile magic, a hypnotic combination of beautifully breathy voice and exquisite lyrical imagery, gorgeous melodies and similarly soft-spun instrumentation, centred on his thrumming acoustic guitar and the verdant presence of velvet strings.

Will plays as part of the Bella Union birthday take over at Sea Change. Friday 25th August.

GULP

Mary Wycherley

Gulp are a Cardiff-based, garage space-pop band fronted by Guto Pryce (Super Furry Animals) & Lindsey Leven.The pair are joined by Gid Goundrey on guitar and various friends on drums including Stuart Kidd (Euros Child/Norman Blake), Kliph Scurlock (Flaming Lips/ Gruff Rhys), Gwion Lleweyln (Meilir Jones) & others.

Originally from Scotland, vocalist Lindsey moved to Cardiff to where she met Guto Pryce at a Christmas psych party– a joining of kindred spirits in a city with an ever-evolving arts scene. It was there that the foundations of Gulp came to be as they joined forces to create this musical venture.

Gulp make warm, fuzzy, luscious pop by combining ethereal sounds of both acoustic and electric drums, synths and guitars. Their music is like a road trip; the landscape and events along the way, filmic scenes and melodies – from the sun-squinting, flickering saturation and lens flare of the Californian desert, to the gloamin of rural Scottish and Welsh homescapes.

Recorded on a farm in mid Wales, new single ‘Search For Your Love’ follows on from the band’s last album release ‘Season Sun’ in 2014, which received praise from The Guardian, The Quietus, NME & a variety of other publications. The duo brought the recordings home to construct before finishing with Luke Abbott in Norwich.

 
 

SEX SWING

 
 

Sex Swing are the British underground supergroup that shouldn’t even exist.

One member has survived a plane crash. One has survived (and won) a chess/boxing match against an opponent with the (entirely deserved) nickname ‘The Finnish Hammer’. Another has survived being struck by lightning. 

Dealing in sweaty groove and physical menace Sex Swing are musically tied to an England both squalid and hallucinatory: rain-soaked and rat-bitten but also (genuinely) psychedelic. Because while psych - a contentious phrase at the best of times - is often thought of in terms of beatific hypercolour and can readily encompass everything from jangling 60’s revivalists to bedroom laptop alchemists, Sex Swing operate at the brutal end: a greyscale dockland in a warped hive mind screwed by lack of sleep and haunted by the twisted waking dreams that inevitably ensue: waves of cranial discomfort tempered by the pure physical release of the music.

 

 
The space/kraut/noise/psych rock group churn out grinding, gnarly sounds spliced with the almighty squall of a saxophone
— The Guardian


Orielles

The Orielles are a three-piece from Halifax. Teenagers Esmé Dee-Hand, Henry Carlyle Wade & Sidonie B Hand. 

Neelam Khan Vela

 
We got to hear about them by word of month — initially from some of my older pals, namely Joe McKechnie up in Liverpool and Phil Wilson — of June Brides fame — guys that know their stuff — then more recently from some of our bands namely Hooton Tennis Club and The Parrots who The Orielles recently supported on UK tour which is when we all fell in love with them
— Jeff Barrett, Heavenly.

The first sight of The Orielles is crammed into the back of a Ford galaxy people carrier, the “tour van” that’s taken them up and down Britian in search of crowds, pubs and good vibes. Sid, the oldest member, is at the wheel, a white-knuckled ball of efficiency, while bassist Esme (Sid’s younger sister) and guitarist Henry, are crammed in the back next to drums, amps, and overflowing sacks of “gear”. All decked out in baggy tops, highwaisted jeans and well-worn rubber soled sneakers, they look like they’ve escaped from a Wes Anderson short.

... Read the full introducing piece in So Young magazine.

 
 

Rats On Rafts

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Rats on Rafts swear spiritual allegiance to the Rotterdam’s New Wave, Pop and Punk scenes with one provison, the weirder the better. Rats have been together for a few years and, after boring themselves into finally getting good, they embarked on a phase which is slowly seeing them recognized as something a bit special.

So excited to have the band join us as part of the Fire Records party.
Unit 23 - Saturday.

 
Solar Motel Band leader Chris Forsyth strikes a near-perfect balance between ’70s rock tradition and present-day experimentation with his signature guitar tone.
— Pitchfork

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band

Philadelphia’s Chris Forsyth has long proven himself a skillful and inventive modern guitarist, one whose combination of hard-won chops and dazzling natural ability can easily awe the sort of people who maintain Tumblr pages devoted to photos of pedal boards. It’s always been pretty clear that the guy, to borrow a phrase, knows the literature.

Few modern groups would sound equally at home onstage at the Fillmore East circa ‘69, CBGB’s circa ‘77, and Lounge Axe circa ‘96, but the Solar Motel Band of The Rarity Of Experience is such a band. It unequivocally places Forsyth at the top of a very short list of modern bandleaders worthy of carrying the torch of the masters.

 
 
 

Trembling Bells

 
 

Trembling Bells are a psych folk phenomenon. The Glasgow based quintet have released five albums since 2008, all to unanimous critical acclaim. Their debut album "Carbeth" received album of the month nominations in Uncut, Observer and Rolling Stone magazines and the group have earned praise from artists as diverse as Paul Weller, Stewart Lee and Joe Boyd.

They have been the backing band of choice for some of the most influential and innovative musicians of the last 50 years. Some of these include Incredible String Band, Kaleidoscope and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, with whom the band recorded the 2012 collaborative album "The Marble Downs".

Since their inception Trembling Bells have toured extensively around UK, Europe, North and South America including shows in New York, Sao Paolo and SXSW. 2015 has been a particularly bumper year, with a slew of summer festivals under their belts in support of their fifth album, The Sovereign Self, including a stellar performance at Glastonbury which gained them "Album of the Week" by Alexis Petridis of The Guardian. The Sovereign Self shows the band at their most adventurous and dynamic, fusing dark psychedelic expansiveness with some joyous folk salutations

 

Mai Mai Mai

 

Born on a little island of the Aegean Sea around 30 years ago. 
Since childhood, he followed his parents around Europe and the Near East, assimilating the different cultures, atmospheres and sonorities of the places he was involuntarily taken to.

Short periods of time which were intense enough to leave indelible traces. This project is the transposition of those experiences into music and sounds: a mix of drone and ambient, steamy rhythmics, field recordings and sound-scapes which lead us to ancient and arcane ages, on the border between east and west.

After wandering for so long, he's now living in a little village on the Ionic Coast, in the South of Italy.

Do not miss this show, it promises to be spectacular. 

 
 

Girl Ray

From school rock clubs and canteen ladies to mature indie pop and a possible impending prog opus, get to know your new favourite gang.
— DIY
 
 
 

A hundred memories flood through you when Girl Ray start to play. The happier the surface of their songs appear to be, the more profound you feel when the sadness kicks in underneath it all. On their debut single ‘Trouble’, Girl Ray boldly and breathlessly introduced their sound as an essential voice in these modern times of love, life and physical disconnect. To give their music your attention for a split second, is enough to marvel at how excellently they have crafted their warm Nico-tinged pop.

They have been writing demos since their mid-teens about wanting to skateboard, how much they hate Mick Jagger and the school dinner ladies. Living only one street away from each other, best friends Poppy Hankin and Iris McConnell have been nurturing each other’s songwriting and musicianship for a number of years. However, it wasn’t until Harkin and McConnell were taking their A-levels, that they went in search for a bass player, and chose to invite Sophie Moss – on their Mum’s advice – to come and practice with them.

Their debut LP ‘Earl Grey’ is released in May via Moshi Moshi Records.
 

 
 
 

ILL is a genre-evading band which believes in the power of disobedient noise. With a repertoire of precarious pop songs and frequent improvised departures, ILL revel in the right to be weird, exploring the borders between the funny and the sinister, the personal and the political, the mundane and the surreal.
Formed in Manchester in early 2012, the all-female four-piece has released three EPs along with DIY artwork and music videos.

There is an intoxicating energy about ILL. Their riveting post-punk sound pulses with wrath and defiance…a set list buzzing with kinetic force
— The Quietus

W. H. Lung

 

W. H. Lung is a recording project founded in Manchester in mid-2016. Its first release, recorded at The Nave in Leeds and produced by Matt Peel, is double A-side single ‘Inspiration!’ / ‘Nothing Is’.

We are very excited to have the band joinign us so young in thier career. Late, loud and krauty. Perfect.

The Hundredth Anniversary

 
 

Brighton three-piece The Hundredth Anniversary were formed in January 2012. Their atmospheric and precisely structured songs marry bright guitar lines, rigorous percussion and clear, honest vocals. 

The band have played shows across the UK, supporting and sharing bills with Lower Dens, Waxahatchee, Wolf Alice, Fear of Men, Esben and The Witch and many more. They have been twice named in NME’s ‘Ones to Watch’, and have recorded a Daytrotter session which made it into their end of year ‘Best of’ list.

Their debut LP Sea State, Pictures on Faking Jazz Together Records has been a real go to for us this year... hyped to see them play it live for us.

 
 

Teleplasmiste

Teleplasmiste is the duo of Mark O Pilkington (Strange Attractor, Raagnagrok, Urthona) and Michael J York (Coil, Cyclobe).

The pair explore electricity and nature, through the use of two identical, extremely rare Fenix II semi-modular synthesisers, as well as acoustic drone instrumentation, including bagpipes, with the intention that the ear finds it hard to distinguish between electronic and acoustic elements. 

 
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Seamus Fogarty

One of our best friends in this Sea Change endeavour has been Kilkenny Roots Festival, specifically the main man Willie Meighan. He told us a long time back that we needed to book Irish alt-folk and electronica alchemist Seamus Fogarty.... so we did!

Originally from County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, Fogarty now resides in London, and the capital provides the canvas forThe Curious Hand. Fogarty’s method of lifting sounds wholesale from his environment and tucking them into the folds of his songs like keepsakes, renders himself at once, artist and archivist as well as twisting the notion of the folk singer’s role as collector and custodian of stories, traditions and cultural curio. 
 
His new LP The Curious Hand was produced by Seamus and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Wild Beasts) who also plays on the album. Other notable players include Emma Smith on a plethora of instruments (violin, clarinet, bass to name a few), Rozi Plain (backing vocals), Aram Zarikian (drums) and Seamus’ brother John Fogarty (accordion). 

 
 

Tasseomancy

 

A big welcome to Sea Change for Tasseomancy, aka Canadian twin sisters Sari and Romy Lightman, whose album Do Easy on Bella Union was one of our winter bangers last year.

Sisters Sari and Romy Lightman are former members of queer cold-wave band, Austra. For the seasoned loners, stoners, and lackadaisically laid, Do Easy was written as a dead-beat anthem for a generation who was told that anything is possible after the possibility slows. Written in both Toronto and Montreal, Do Easy was created as a lamp shade of hope; of soft survivalism. Serene, strange and magnetically sung, it’s an album that honours its free-thinking forebears without being weighed down by them, creating immersive worlds of loving allusion.

 
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Tinnedfruit

Tinnedfruit are A three-piece garage rock band from Falmouth in Cornwall. They were unanimously the winners of our first ever Sea Change rising talent competition and they are VERY loud.

They have the deeply fun job of kicking things off at Sea Change 2017 on Friday at the Civic Hall. You ain't heard nothing yet man.

 
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Wovoka Gentle are Imogen Mason, Ellie Mason and William J. Stokes.

We've been following them through their EP series (Yellow in July '15, Blue in November '15 and Red in October '16) and we're hugely looking forward to having them line in Totnes this summer.

Wovoka Gentle is a constantly evolving project. Our roots are in traditional soil - we love the structure and soundscape in folk songs - but we wanted to work from those foundations to develop a new vocabulary, a new kind of songwriting.