Tiny Desk: Holly Macve

Whilst in the USA a few months back, Holly taped a session for NPR as part of their Tiny Desk series. The production - as ever - is just amazing from NPR and Holly is given all the room she needs to sparkle. Pretty amazing stuff this. 

Watch it online here: www.npr.org/event/music/533794725/holly-macve-tiny-desk-concert

HollyMacve's voice seems to hover from era to era, coming to rest somewhere between the lonesome twang of Patsy Cline and the moodily modern slur of Lana Del Rey. Macve's songs lope and shimmer at a lazy pace, but they never lack drama, even as she holds herself motionless.

The Brighton-based singer-songwriter recently stopped by the Tiny Desk to perform three songs from Golden Eagle, her debut album. Whether performing on acoustic guitar (for "No One Has The Answers" and "The Corner Of My Mind") or piano (for Golden Eagle's epic title track), Macve remained in complete command. Backed by a suitably low-key band, she'd sound subtly radiant just about anywhere, from your nearest country bar to the most dreamily lit stage in Twin Peaks.

Holly Macve (vocals, guitar, piano); Tommy Ashby (guitar); Michael Blackwell (bass); David Dyson (drums)

Producers: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Morgan Noelle Smith, Beck Harlan; PA: CJ Riculan; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR.

Songs we Love: Dreaming In The Non-Dream

Our bud Laura Snapes wrote about and premiered the new Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band LP Dreaming In The Non-Dream over on NPR. Great read and some cool insight from Chris about the record and where it came from.

The album is released on 25th August... yep, the very day the band come to town to play Sea Change.

It’s concise and lean, almost speeding on an empty tank through a tireless groove that solders dusty Ohio punk to krautrock’s soothing repetitions, dipping from warped boogie into jittery synths, pausing for a brief, mellow reprieve and then gasping towards an arid and exhilarating conclusion
— Laura Snapes, NPR

A Take Away Show | The Proper Ornaments - Memories

La Blogothèque remains one of the leading lights in video sessions, always so well composed and presented. They have this week released a live Take Away Show session with The Proper Ornaments that we're really feeling.

Shot in February 2017 at Brasserie BAPBAP, Paris.
Directed by Sébastien Dehesdin Sound direction by Henri D'Armancourt.
Produced by Ondine Benetier for La Blogothèque

Amber Arcades - Wouldn’t Even Know ft. Bill Ryder-Jones

Amber Arcades have today released a video for the song Wouldn’t Even Know from the excellent new Cannonball EP. Both song and video feature Bill Ryder-Jones.

Getting all the right elements together really worked for this video. An old Mercedes, two amazing characters, a dreamy band and the Dutch countryside. It’s a journey in which Annelotte and Bill find each other in the music, something that connects us even though we all have our differences.
— Director, Wander Andringa