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Posts Tagged ‘Simon Mclaren’

Perfect Storm: An interview with Swedish singer songwriter Vanbot

Wonderful electro pop from Sweden's newest musical maestro. If you love Robyn and Lykke Li you'll adore Vanbot.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Stockholm based melody maestro Vanbot is set to release the wonderful electro pop album Perfect Storm, a much anticipated follow-up to her 2011 debut. The record has been produced and mixed by Johannes Berglund of The Knife and I Break Horses fame and showcases a darker and more evocative spectrum than previous outings. Vanbot (real name Ester Ideskog) has created an immaculate and moreish pop album that will find her many new fans this year.

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What was the best bit about growing up in Smaland? And how often do you return?
The best thing about growing up in Småland was the closeness to nature. I grew up on a very idyllic small farm, hung out with the calfs, climbed the trees, got lost in the forest. I wasn't very proud of it when I was a child, but looking in… read more

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When Shadows Return to the Sea: An interview with Martha Bean

Martha Bean is a Leicester based singer songwriter with a unique approach to music.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Martha Bean by Simon McLaren. Martha Bean is a hotly tipped singer songwriter with a classical training. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, she has already played alongside some well known names such […]

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Paul Costelloe AW15: London Fashion Week Catwalk Review

Paul Costelloe presented the Jewels in the Mist collection at the Waldorf Hotel on Friday 20th February 2015.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Paul Costelloe put on a stunning show at the suitably glamorous Waldorf Hotel, showcasing a silhouette that seems to grow bolder by the season. I was seated next to the […]

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Éthologie by Jasper Garvida: London Fashion Week S/S 2015 Catwalk Review

Jasper Garvida's new Éthologie brand showcased its second season collection at the ME Hotel London during London Fashion Week September 2014.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jasper Garvida by Simon McLaren. Jasper Garvida is known for his glamorous tailoring, which was all present and correct for the second outing of his new Éthologie brand. The SS15 […]

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Dora Abodi: London Fashion Week S/S 2015 Catwalk Review

The Transylvanian designer showed her new collection at Freemasons Hall during London Fashion Week September 2014.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Dora Abodi by Simon McLaren. Dora Abodi was a new name to me. She founded her label in 2009 in Hungary and currently divides her time between Milan and Budapest. […]

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Mirage: Cloud Seeding with Alexa Wilding

An evocative video accompanies this beautiful song by Cloud Seeding in collaboration with Alexa Wilding, who describes candidly the inspiration behind her lyrics.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Alexa Wilding by Simon McLaren. New York based singer songwriter Alexa Wilding introduces her beautiful collaboration with Cloud Seeding, an ode to a lost pregnancy. I was extremely touched when […]

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Kawakawa: Universe Shifting – Video Premiere

Paloma Faith collaborator Sam Taylor introduces the superb new video for first single Universe Shifting from debut album Island Species.

Written by Amelia Gregory

KawaKawa by Simon McLaren. Kawakawa is Hidden Cameras and Paloma Faith collaborator Sam Taylor, and he has just launched his solo project. Sam was born on the island of Kawakawa […]

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Aftermath: An interview with Hundreds

This German sibling duo creates emotional songs that are equally at home on the car stereo or the dance floor. I caught up with Eva to find out more.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Hundreds by Florence Zealey. This summer I fell in love with Aftermath, the new album from Hundreds, comprised of German sibling duo Eva and Phillip Milner. Aftermath is a soaring […]

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The Silent Well: an interview with Douga

An interview with Johnny Winbolt-Lewis, the man behind the new record from Manchester based band Douga.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Douga by David Tolu Graham. Former member of Keith and Plank! drummer Johnny Winbolt-Lewis has released The Silent Well with his new band Douga. Much of the record was made […]

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Becky Becky: Good Morning, Midnight

Introducing the astonishing debut album from Becky Becky, based on the story of an ageing drunk and inspired by a book by Jean Rhys.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Becky Becky by Gareth A Hopkins. I often listen to the music that I am sent when I am driving, and only a very few albums make a big impression: […]

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Tom Vek introduces new album Luck: interview and review

Tom Vek returns with a brilliant new album that takes an upbeat and idiosyncratic look at modern life. Out now on Moshi Moshi records.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Tom Vek by Gianluca Floris. I was super excited to discover that Tom Vek has completed his third album Luck, which came out a few weeks ago on Moshi Moshi […]

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Waking Aida release debut album Eschaton and a video for Glow Coin

Southampton based experimental rock band Waking Aida release their debut album Eschaton this week. We caught up with them to find out more about their new video Glow Coin.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Waking Aida, Glow Coin by Simon McLaren. Waking Aida are an experimental rock band from Southampton who combine the soundscapes of Explosions In The Sky with the hooks of Minus […]

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First Aid Kit: My Silver Lining Video

Watch the video for new single My Silver Lining right here. It's a taster of the brand new album Stay Gold, out in June!

Written by Amelia Gregory

First Aid Kit by Carie Martyn. I am super excited that the third First Aid Kit album is due for release in June 2014. Stay Gold is preceded by the […]

My favourite finds from the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition 2014

The Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition winner for 2014 has been announced, but there were many more brilliant tunes submitted. Here are my favourites which did not quite make my final top three.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ellie Ford by Daria Hlazatova. A few weeks ago the final showdown between 8 finalists was held at Pilton Working Men’s Club, with the ultimate winner of the 2014 Glastonbury […]

Slo Light: an interview with Neil Davidge

Acclaimed Bristol based producer Neil Davidge talks about the making of his debut album, featuring many wonderful collaborations.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Neil Davidge by Gemma Cotterell. Bristol based producer Neil Davidge has worked with the likes of Sandie Shaw, Cate Le Bon, Karima Francis and many others to produce a stunning […]

Chrome Hoof introduce the video for new single Knopheria

Chrome Hoof return with a brand new album and a new front woman in the form of Noisettes singer Shingai Shoniwa.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Chrome Hoof by Rachael Horner. Disco-Doom-Funk pioneers Chrome Hoof have been busy bees of late what with releasing a fourth LP and re-shuffling their lineup. Now fronted by Shingai Shoniwa […]

Best Christmas Indie Tunes for 2013

This year there have been plenty of Christmas albums from mainstream artists, but here I bring you a selection of the best from indie musicians across the world.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Joe Innes & the Cavalcade by Katie Edwards. This year, despite a flurry of releases from mainstream musicians, there seems to be a dearth of Christmas tunes from indie artists. […]

Nancy Elizabeth introduces the video for Simon Says Dance

The super talented Nancy Elizabeth returns with a new album and the single Simon Says Dance. Here she describes the making of the accompanying video.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Nancy Elizabeth by Simon McLaren. Simon Says Dance is the second single to be taken from Nancy Elizabeth’s new album, Dancing, which was released on The Leaf Label in May […]

Introducing Tiny Dancer: Who Am I?

There's a new pop star on the scene: Kate Bush has been rebooted for the 21st century in the form of Sheffield's Tiny Dancer. Step this way...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Tiny Dancer by Jo Ley. It’s not often that I get over-excited about a music artist on the basis of one video, but that is exactly what happened after hearing […]

An interview with Annie Dressner and review of EP East Twenties

Annie Dressner has swapped the East Twenties district of New York for the UK. As she prepares to embark on a nationwide tour I caught up with her to discuss inspiration, lyrics and cups of tea.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Annie Dressner by Karina Järv. American songstrel Annie Dressner crafts beautiful tunes that deal with love and loss, melodic folk that lovers of the likes of First Aid Kit are […]