The HQ is buzzing with pre-Issue-5-launch excitement. The fifth issue of After Nyne Magazine launches on the website http://www.afternynemagazine.co.uk on Nov 22nd. It’s the Art Issue, and it has an awesome line-up of features.
Speaking of awesome line-ups it’s music edit time again. These are the tracks we’ve been loving most in the past month. Don’t forget to tweet your thoughts on our choices at @AfterNyneHQ.
The Rentals – 1000 Seasons
The Rentals have signed to Polyvinyl Records and released their first full-length album in fifteen years, Lost In Alphaville, on August 25th (US) and September 21st (UK)
The album, which was recorded in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York City, features Matt Sharp (ex-weezer), Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig (Lucius), Ryen Slegr (Ozma), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys). The album is produced by Matt Sharp & The Rentals and has been mixed by D. Sardy (LCD Soundsystem, Jay-Z.)
Founded in 1995 by then weezer bassist Matt Sharp, The Rentals released their debut album, Return Of The Rentals, on Maverick Records and reached #6 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart with “Friends Of P.” The single’s stark, Eastern Bloc style, paired with its black and white video, embodied the group’s originality and independent spirit and became an instant MTV favourite.
The album’s unique approach of layering vintage synthesizers, distorted guitars, violins, violas and primal drums all saturated around male-female vocals singing simple pop melodies left its fingerprints all over the future of independent music.
Stream 1000 Seasons here
Kate in the Kettle – Grow Down
Kate in the Kettle embraces old customs with new ideas, merging sounds from different places and weaving them into their own tune. Whilst drawing upon past folk music traditions, the songs written by Scottish singer and instrumentalist Kate Young are driven by her passion to cultivate public awareness connected to many environmental issues. After their latest single ‘Green and Gold’ was released in May this year, Kate now turns her attention to releasing a new album called Swimmings Of The Head, on the 10th of October this year. The album title comes from a quote from the 16th century British herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper.
Kate Young combines her voice with her fiddle to make tapestries; music woven from different folk traditions with a base in Scottish fiddle playing and a strong environmental viewpoint that reflects a creative fire within this captivating and inspiring artist. Growing up near Edinburgh, her passion for her music has taken her to tour Europe and Australia as part of world music group ‘Ethno in Transit’; to performing alongside Mercury Award-nominee Eliza Carthy in the all-female fiddle-singers band ‘Carthy, Hardy, Farrell and Young’. She is now also a member of eclectic Brighton-based band, ‘Moulettes’.
Stream the beautiful single ‘Grown Down’ here
Kate’s official website, with tour date information
Son Little – The River
Little turned heads earlier in the year with the slowburn single “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches.” That single put Little on a lot of people’s radar, with NME calling the track “pure, heart-spilled-over-the-road soul”, and BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe putting Little in his top tracks of the month.
In light of the release of his EP Things I Forgot, Son Little takes his music to the streets of Europe. He will be supporting singer-songwriter Selah Sue and newly ANTI- signed soul artist Curtis Harding on a selection of their dates in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK.
Son Little (as Aaron Livingston) was born in Los Angeles to a preacher and a teacher. He absorbed songs from dusty family records and learned saxophone and piano. A move to New York introduced him to hip-hop, basketball, art, and recreational substances. A move to Philly introduced him to the legendary Roots crew, he played music with them and they put his voice on an album. He also collaborated with renowned producer-musician RJD2.
He says he writes everywhere, every day, finding inspiration on the train, in a car, on the street, in the supermarket, with his children. Sometimes the ideas are fresh. Sometimes a tune comes from his past, a single spark. Nothing is off limits.
And now he has a chance to display the range and vision of his artistry, expertly demonstrating the threads that tie together the many strains of what we think of as “pop music.” From a Prince-like driving rock to a Curtis Mayfield sly groove, Son Little is an artist filled with all the internal mash-ups and contradictions that make American pop music great.
Stream The River here
Upcoming Tour Dates here
Cambio Sun – Mad As They Come
We think is truly awesome. The track is lifted from the mini-album ‘Retisent’ and has been getting some wicked feedback. Ambient beat with a touch of guitar.
There’s nothing quite like it.
Hear it for yourselves - Stream Mad As They Come here
Cambio Sun on Facebook
Raglans – White Lightning
‘White Lightning’ is the latest single taken from their debut album, which rocketed straight into No.5 in the Irish National Charts.
The single also follows a hectic summer of sell out appearances and packing out festival tents to capacity at the likes of Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions, British Summer Time with The Libertines, Latitude, Independence, Redfest, Deershed, Camden Rocks to name but a few.
Since forming in 2010, the four-piece have undergone a meteoric rise in popularity, rising from a crowd pleasing, gig-opening favourite at Dublin’s Whelan’s hotspot to garnering widespread recognition across the UK, supporting the likes of The Courteeners and HAIM, and The Strypes.
Stream the video for White Lightning here
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