Fascinating Things : Issue 14

An eclectic melange of new stuff this time around with everything from intense death metal to shoegaze pop. Well they do say variety is the spice of life.

Black Breath release a new album “Slaves Beyond Death” on 25th September via Southern Lord

Photo Credit : Invisible Hour
Photo Credit : Invisible Hour

Gillian Glover was born in England in 1976. Circa 1981, she wandered on stage from the side of a Deep Purple concert, watching her father Roger play bass. Mesmerised by the audience before her. She was promptly removed.

A few years after moving to the United States in 1984, she completed her first known recording, produced by her father in his basement studio; It was a rap song written with a friend, featuring synthesizers, silly sound effects and samples and has thankfully since been lost. She attended New York University 1994-1998, with a brief stint in Florence, Italy. She studied painting and got her hands very dirty.

Having a musician for a father strangely made her shy away from performing until this point in her life. But perhaps it was just in her blood? She was 22 and was far, far away when she first sang in front of other people. In 1998 Gillian bought a one-way ticket to Egypt to become a professional divemaster. Though she spent her days scuba diving, music crept up and bit her at night. She joined her first band there in 1999. After oscillating between Egypt, New York and London, she settled in the latter in 2001.

Red Handed: Gillian’s debut solo album, Red Handed, was recorded in 2005. The album was completed and released in 2006 and in France in 2007. In 2009 Gillian and bass player, Travis, had a son. So far, his drumming skills look quite promising. The couple had a daughter, Aranea, in late 2011.  She appears to have a good set of vocal chords…A trilogy!

Roger Glover released another solo album If Life Was Easy in 2012, on which Gillian has co-written and sung two tracks.

Gillian also designs jewellery using recycled guitar strings.

She releases her double A single Fitful Night / Heart on my Sleeve in September.

Influenced by everything from vaudeville, visual art, early Hollywood movies, Nordicana, wine, trip-hop, music boxes, speakeasy’s, Paris and whiskey bars, Liverpool based 8 piece The Science Of The Lamps will be sharing the stage with Alt-folk heroes Moulettes this summer in a short run of UK dates concluding at Ramsbottom Festival in Bury.

The bands new release is the backdrop to feature film ‘My Lonely Me’ a vaudevillesque musical mystery movie, “filmed with adventure, uncertainty and isolation”.

Richard Citroen & Stephanie B., better known as Lola  Dutronic are pleased to announce the release of their new album, “Lost In Translation” . The follow-up to their well-received “Everyone’s A Star” album, which featured the All-Star supported single “Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead” and their Peruvian Top 10 radio hit, “Happy Birthday”, this is their best work to date, often transcending their Saint Etienne & Ladytron influences.

Nadia Nair’s way of blending genres, experimenting with styles and mixing sonic fields together runs in her veins… literally… This multi-cultural, half Swedish half Malaysian- Indian songstress, combines the many sides of herself and richly pours them into her music.

In the era of “It’s all been done before” Nadia comfortably manages to achieve a level of distinctiveness by utterly remaining truthful to her vision. She’s neither Swedish nor Asian. She’s neither pop nor psychedelic. She’s neither world nor electronic. In fact, she’s ALL those things at once, as they are being merged immaculately into her latest single Hardships.

Hardships begins with a bang… Nadia’s powerful vocal instantly demands attention, whilst building a steady sonic structure, influenced by the likes of Ravi Shankar, Björk, and M.I.A. Taking the minimalistic, almost Lorde-like approach in the production, the voice and the lyrics take the stand and remain in the fore-front from start to finish, as the track keeps growing and cultivating tension with every bar.

Backed by the courageous harmonies and unique arrangement, Hardships is a track worth listening to, and it will be available for sale and download 28th August.

And finally…..

Pure Phase Ensemble is an international music collective, created especially for the SpaceFest festival in Gdansk, which takes place annually in December and is organised by the Nasiono Association. The city of Gdansk plays host to this blossoming music festival each year in the first week of December, at which time numerous select musicians from Poland and abroad gather to take part in a special workshop series. They collectively compose a concert’s worth of music, which they then present live to the festival-goers. Each year, this unique performance is recorded live and subsequently released as an LP.

The programme for each workshop is jointly curated by Ray Dickaty, a British saxophonist improviser and former member of Spiritualized (1997-2002), and Karol Schwarz (KSAS), who also manages Nasiono Records. Along with these two key figures, every festival involves a new musical director – a legendary, internationally recognised musician, who is invited to co-curate the workshop.

During the latest SpaceFest, Mark Gardener, the frontman of celebrated shoegaze pioneers RIDE who also recently released an LP with Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), occupied this seat of honour. Past participants include Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), Steve Hewitt (ex Placebo), and Jaime Harding (Marion).

Pure Phase Ensemble 4 ‘Live at SpaceFest!’ is currently available on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify and the CD is also available on the Nasiono Records website.

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