Highlights is the debut full-length album released in January 2020, featuring upcoming single/focus track “Ghost Town (feat. ROZES).
The album is released on the back of a European support run with AJR and showcases key features with ROZES and sad alex, as well as co-writes from notable writers like Wendy Wang. Focus track “Ghost Town (feat. ROZES)” will be accompanied by a music video that was filmed in Philadelphia and stars both JC from flawes and ROZES.
The two time award-winning singer song-writer Gill Landry returns with his fifth studio album ‘Skeletons at The Banquet’ due for release on the 24th January 2020 ‘Skeletons at The Banquet’ is a beautifully haunting album that is well worth your time.
Landry himself has described this album as ‘a series of reflections and thoughts on the collective hallucination that is America’. Given the current social and political climate in America with the rise of the alt-right movement and the less said about US politics the better you could hardly expect this to be an upbeat joyful album.
The tone of the record is set from the beginning with ‘I Love You Too’. Despite this title the track is not a happy one. It tells the story of saying I love you too to a person that you do not feel this way about as it is the only acceptable response to them saying I love you.
Unless of course you are Han Solo in which case ‘I Know’ is also perfectly acceptable. Despite this however this is a beautifully haunting and echoing track and sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the album.
The message of this album does not really get any more hopeful with lyrics such as ‘Nobody’s coming we’re on our own’ which is one of the first lines from ‘Nobody’s Coming’, ‘Where’s the living in this future’ from ‘The Wolf’ or ‘victims of our own divides’ from ‘The Refuge of Your Arms’.
Despite this general message of negativity Landry manages to create something truly wonderful with each track on the album having its own distinctive feeling of beautiful melancholy.
‘Skeleton at The Banquet’ is certainly not the most upbeat joyful album you will listen to this year however with a release date of the 24th January 2020 this is a stunning album that is worth a listen.
Beans on Toast release their eleventh studio album ‘The Inevitable Train Wreck’ on the 1st December 2019 and it is an upbeat rock and roll inspired commentary on the bleak future of humanity and our planet.
‘The Inevitable Train Wreck’ opens with ‘Wold Gone Crazy’ which has a classic upbeat rock and roll feel.
However with lyrics such as ‘the ship is sinking’ and ‘fingers in our ears whilst society collapses’ this track sets out a bleaker message than you would expect on a rock and roll track and this contrasting theme of classic rock and roll music with doom laden lyrics persists throughout the album.
Beans on Toast are clearly not afraid of tackling current global issues through their music whether it be climate change on ‘Extinction No.6’ the wealth divide on ‘Rich vs Poor’ or the loss of manual labour jobs to automated machines on ‘Saying Thank You to Robots’.
Whilst the message of the album is one of overwhelming negativity there are some bright spots of hope such as on ‘Truth Be Told’ which is a message about the trust we put in family and building a life of peace.
Another Bright spot can be heard on ‘On and On’ which shows a message of hope in the next generation with lyrics such as ‘there’s children marching in the streets they give me hope’ and ‘I believe the worlds worth saving’.
This shows that whilst the album is full of doom and gloom about that current state of affairs there is still hope for the future.
Beans on Toast recorded, mixed and mastered this album with out the use of a single computer and this seems fitting for a record that delivers such a stark commentary on modern day life.
This is an album that is not afraid to tackle todays big issues and does so with a fantastic rock and roll style sound to it. This is a great album and is one you should definitely pick up when it is released on December 1st.
World Gone Crazy
England I Love You
Saying Thank You to Robots
Rich vs Poor
Lost Poetry Department
Take Your Shit Home With You
Truth be Told
On & On
Twisted Wheel are set to release their third studio album ‘Satisfying the Ritual’ on the 20th March 2020 and the band continue their build up to the date with the release of their new single ‘Black and Blue’.
Twisted Wheel are known for their indi/punk infused sound and Black and Blue is exactly that, with its thrashing guitars and driving drums Black and blue has an anthemic feel and will be a single that will sound brilliant when played live. ‘Black and Blue’ is a perfect example for new fans of what this band is all about and it is sure to get existing fans excited for Twisted Wheels forthcoming album.
With the band motoring towards the release of their new album and having already released singles ‘Nomad Hat’, ‘DNA’ and ‘Rebel’ earlier this year, ‘Black and Blue’ shows again that Twisted Wheel are in fine form, creating some fantastic new music and that fans should be excited for March 20th 2020 when the bands new album ‘Satisfying the Ritual’ is released.
Pre-order link here: https://pinkfloyd.lnk.to/TheLaterYears
On 29 November 2019, Pink Floyd Records will release ‘Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987 - 2019’, a 12 track highlights package taken from the extensive Pink Floyd The Later Years box set.
Released on this album for the first time, the double vinyl / 1-CD packages include 3 new mixes (updated and remixed by David Gilmour and Andy Jackson featuring additional drums and keyboards from Nick Mason and Richard Wright respectively) from A Momentary Lapse of Reason, 3 new mixes from the Delicate Sound of Thunder live album (recorded in 1988 in Long Island, New York) and 2 unreleased studio recordings from The Division Bell sessions.
Further live tracks include the recently unearthed Lost For Words taken from the 1994 Division Bell tour rehearsal and rounded off with 3 tracks from the legendary Silver Clef Winners concert at Knebworth (Wish You Were Here, Shone On You Crazy Diamond Pts 1-5 and Comfortably Numb) that Pink Floyd played at alongside the likes of Genesis, Elton John, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Cliff Richard and Paul McCartney.
‘Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019’ package comes in a gatefold sleeve (for both 1-CD and 2-LP), and each will contain a 24-page booklet containing previously unseen and rare photos.
‘Pink Floyd The Later Years Highlights 1987-2019’ will be released on November 29th. ‘Pink Floyd The Later Years ‘Box Set is released on 13thDecember. Both are available to pre-order here:
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pts. 1-5) [Live at Knebworth 1990] [2019 Mix]
2. Marooned Jam (1994 Recording)
3. One Slip (2019 Remix)
4. Lost For Words (Tour Rehearsal 1994)
5. Us And Them (Live, Delicate Sound Of Thunder) [2019 Remix]
6. Comfortably Numb (Live at Knebworth 1990) [2019 Mix]
7. Sorrow (2019 Remix)
8. Learning To Fly (Live, Delicate Sound Of Thunder) [2019 Remix]
9. High Hopes (Early Version) [1994 Recording]
10. On The Turning Away (2019 Remix)
11. Wish You Were Here (Live at Knebworth 1990) [2019 Mix]
12. Run Like Hell (Live, Delicate Sound Of Thunder) [2019 Remix]
REVEALS VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE:
“I LOVE YOU MOST WHEN I’M HUNGOVER”
AS FEATURED ON THE NEW EP RELEASE: ‘THREE LOVE SONGS, DEATH & KINDNESS’
Released 13th December
RALPH PELLEYMOUNTER has revealed a new video for “I Love You Most When I’m Hungover”. Watch here: https://youtu.be/x8E-cH7qERs
The track features on his new EP: ‘Three Love Songs, Death & Kindness’, which is also out now. Listen HERE.
Directly following his acclaimed debut solo album earlier this year, the To Kill A King singer has unveiled the new EP as something of an early surprise for fans to tuck into in the run up to Christmas break.
Set for release through Tequila King Records (via Ditto Music), the new collection features 5 brand new solo compositions penned by Pelleymounter, including a song that will surely resonate with those who have found themselves in the boozy mulled-wine-and-mince-pie haze that descends this time of year: “I Love You Most When I’m Hungover”.
Speaking about the new track, Ralph says:
“The last of my 3 love songs from this EP, and possibly my most honest love song to date, 'I love you most when I'm hungover' is the polar opposite to the last single from my album, 'get drunk get high' and could pick up where that left off. While that was about heartbreak and getting drunk this is as the title would suggest is about being hungover and in love.”
“I Love You Most When I’m Hungover” is one of three frank, funny and honest love songs that make up part of Ralph’s new EP. It follows previous single release “Hush Hush My Heart It Speaks” and equally idiosyncratic love song “AWOL”, which both also appear on the new record.
Featuring contributions from Eliza Shaddad throughout (whose sumptuous backing vocals are recognisable on the aforementioned singles), upcoming EP ‘Three Love Songs, Death & Kindness’ was recorded at the infamous One Eyed Jack’s studios in London.
With all songs written and performed by Pelleymounter, additional production, programming and mixing duties came courtesy of Mr B J Jackson (aka Ralph’s To Kill A King compadre Ben Jackson). Lifting the lid on what to expect from the five songs that comprise the new release, Ralph says:
“The EP is 3 honest love songs about hangovers, introverts and escaping the office and one song about death and kindness.”
From the alt-blues bluster of ‘AWOL’ to the short-lived progresssive skitter of ‘A-B’ to the sparse and spindled folk of comically-titled numbers ‘Death & Kindness (Some Issues With The Record Industry)’ and ‘I Love You Most When I’m Hungover’; this latest collection is brimful of ideas and energy, and stamped with Pellymounter’s trademark sense of humour.
Earlier this year, Ralph Pelleymounter released his debut solo album ‘Dead Debutante’s Ball’. Recorded by rising production talent Gethin Pearson (Kele Okereke, JAWS, Orla Gartland), the album featured guest players including Jonny Abraham (now of Public Service Broadcasting ) playing the trumpet, to Dan Smith ( Bastille ) on piano, Ian Dudfield on trombone (the now lead singer of Childcare and ex To Kill a King guitarist) to Joe Clark.
A record about social anxieties and panic attacks, how not to deal with break-ups and feelings of powerlessness, to tracks about line dancing and lobsters, the album was hailed by Clash Magazine as a “finely hewn piece of songwriting, something with real depth”. Ralph toured the album across the UK earlier in the Autumn with his first ever solo headline tour.
Seeing out 2019 with one last hurrah, Ralph Pelleymounter releases his new EP: ‘Three Love Songs, Death & Kindness’ (13th December 2019), through Tequila King Records (via Ditto Music).
FULL EP TRACKLISTING:1 I Love You Most When I’m Hungover2 A to B3 AWOL4 Hush Hush My Heart It Speaks5 Death and Kindness (some issues with the record industry)
Listen Here: https://ditto.fm/RalphPelleymounter3EP
A Beginners Guide to Bravery was released on the 10th January 2020 and is David Keenan’s debut album. Keenan who is a singer songwriter hailing from Dundalk, Ireland shows in A Beginners Guide to Bravery just how talented he truly is.
From the moment the album begins it is evident that Keenan’s greatest talent aside from his fantastic song writing ability is his unique and distinctive vocals which captures the listener from the outset and does not let go until the album ends.
Keenan’s vocals truly are the driving force behind this record and nowhere is this more apparent than on “Tin Pan Alley”. Keenan puts down his acoustic guitar on this track and is accompanied by nothing more than a piano which lets the power of Keenan’s vocals really shine.
It is clear that whilst Keenan is a talented singer song-writer he has also been heavily influenced by traditional Irish Folk music as fiddles can be heard throughout the album on tracks such as ‘Good Old Days’, ‘The Healing’ and the final track the epic eight minute long ‘Subliminal Dublinia’.
‘A Beginners Guide to Bravery’ was released on the 10th January 2020 and is a fantastic example of a singer songwriter who has really mastered their craft. If you have not already checked out this album you definitely should. This is also the first album release of the year and if this is anything to go by the 2020 should be a great year for new music.
1. James Dean
2. Unholy Ghosts
3. Altar Wine
4. Love in a Snug
5. Tin Pan Alley
6. Good Old Days
7. The Healing
8. Origin of The World
9. Eastern Nights
10. Evidence of Living
11. Evidence of Living
12. Subliminal Dublinia
HMLTD are set to release their debut album ‘West of Eden’ on the 7th February 2020. This is a band that has had some very well documented problems with record labels in the past and for the London based five piece consisting of frontman Henry Spychalski, guitarists Duke and James, drummer Achilles and basest Nico this album has been long in the making.
The album opens with ‘The West is Dead’ one of the many stand out tracks from the album and with its driving bass, echoing guitars and pulsing synthesizers this track perfectly captures HMLTD’s signature sound and really sets the tone for the rest of the album.
It is clear however that despite this signature style which is present throughout the album on tracks such as ‘LOADED’ and ‘Death Drive’ HMLTD have drawn inspiration from a range of styles. ‘The Ballard of Calamity James’ could be the soundtrack to any Spaghetti Western film and ‘Joanna’ has a classic honky-tonk piano sound.
‘West of Eden’ truly is an album that showcases HMLTD at their best keeping their unique signature sound a constant thread throughout the record holding it together whilst the band break out on certain tracks and show just how versatile they can be. HMLTD’s debut album is set for release on the 7th February 2020 and with a UK and European tour following closely behind there is plenty for fans of HMLTD to get excited about.
1. The West is Dead
3. The Ballard of Calamity James
4. To The Door
5. Satan, Luella & I
6. Mikey’s Song
8. 149 (feat. Tallulah Eden)
10. Where’s Joanna?
11. Death Drive
12. Nobody Stays in Love
13. MMXX A.D.
14. Blank Slate
15. War is Looming
Joe Gideon returns with his second solo album ‘Armagideon’ the follow up to 2015s ‘Vice Versa’. ‘Armagideon’ releases on the 31st January 2020 and is a fantastic follow up album full of richly complex tracks that are well worth your time.
Armagideon kicks off with ‘Expandable Mandible’ the single released in 2019 and if you enjoyed the complex many layered track, then you will not be disappointed with the rest of the album.
Each track is its own small masterpiece, with more instruments than it is possible to mention here used in the creation of each song on the album. This is truly an album that you have to actively listen to in order to fully appreciate the complexity of each track.
Armagideon itself does not have the feel of a conventional album as it did not flow from track to track as a convention album does. This is not however a bad thing as the album feels more like a collection of individual songs, each with its own unique message ranging from the end of the world due to a comet strike in ‘Comet Coming Down’ to a Dr Who style character traversing space and time in ‘Ancient Space Mariner. The fact that each song has its own distinctly different sound and story makes this album a fantastically interesting listen.
The album is set for release on the 31st January 2020 and Gideon is embarking on a UK tour staring on the 31st and ending on the 19th February 2020. This record is an album that requires you to actively listen to it in order to properly appreciate how complex and deep each track is, however if you put the effort into this it is a truly rewarding experience.
If you enjoyed this album, I would urge you to get a ticket and go see Gideon on his tour.
1. Expandable Mandible
2. The Gaping Yawn
3. Comet Coming Down
4. Liquid Sky
5. Somewhere South
6. Scaredy Cat
7. Rule Roost!
9. Quack No Duck
10. Berit’s Cliff House
11. Ancient Space Mariner
Psycho Comedy are set to release their debut album ‘Performance Space Number One’ on the 14th February 2020 and it is a thrashing storm of guitars that begs to be played at maximum volume.
Performance Space Number One kicks off with Psycho Comedy’ with its wailing guitars and driving drums this sets out the bands stall from the first and shows exactly what this band is about, thrashing punk sounds that need to be played loud. Amongst the standout tracks on this album the newest single ‘Standin’ is perhaps the best. This is a track full of storming guitars hammering drums and a driving bass line which is a signature sound of Psycho Comedy.
Performance Space Number One is an album that starts at 100 miles per hour and ends in exactly the same fashion with ‘One’. This again is a track full of shredding guitars and pounding drums and is fitting end to an album that throughout begs to be played at full volume.
The album is due for release on the 14th February 2020 and is certainly one for all the punk fans out there. Also, if you enjoy your music turned up to eleven then this is an album for you.
1. Psycho Comedy
2. First Cousin Once Removed
3. We Adore You
8. Pick Me Up
9. The Hangman
10. The Theatre Came Crashing Down
11. Performance Space Number One
12. I Am the Silver Screen