Georgia Fields Announces Mini-Album Afloat, Adrift with The Andromeda String Quartet

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Melbourne based alt-pop singer Georgia Fields has just announced a very special chamber-folk project and mini-album Afloat, Adrift.

Fields collabortaed with The Andromeda String Quartet – made up of Natasha Conrau (violin), Ruby Paskas (violin), Susanna Ling (viola) and Charlotte Jacke (cello) – to record Afloat, Adrift live at the Newmarket Studios in just five hours. The result is a stunning, sumptuous and emotional work.

“It was such a thrill to record live,” Georgia Fields explains. “There is that added pressure to get it right… but inversely there is a special kind of magic that materialises when you have a group of people assembled in the one place, listening and reacting and resonating together in real time, dancing ever so gently within the notes.”

To give you a taste of Afloat, Adrift Georgia Fields and The Andromeda String Quartet performed “From This Height” at Sofar Melbourne – watch the live video here:

Afloat, Adrift is due for release on the 10th November. Georgia Fields and The Andromeda String Quartet will be launching Afloat, Adrift at Kew Courthouse in Melbourne, High Tea in Sydney and then at the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine – the full list of dates are below:

Saturday 11th November – Kew Court House, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th November – High Tea, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th November – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Timberwolf Announces Debut Album Íkaros

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Adelaide based, electro-folk singer-songwriter Timberwolf has announced plans to finally release his debut album Íkaros on the 27th October.

Recorded between the NSW Central Coast, L.A. and Adelaide, Íkaros has been a long time coming. Despite his prolific output and touring schedule in recent years, recent hospital trips for vocal surgeries have delayed the release. But now Timberwolf is fully recovered and the record is not far away.

Íkaros sees Timberwolf exploring his Greek heritage.

“The record follows the journey of this one character – Íkaros – (a character re-interpreted from ancient Greek mythology) – from a life of self-preservation and fear of connection, to embracing vulnerability and trust in new connections with fellow humans, especially in romance,” Timberwolf explains. “It can be a pretty dull and lonely survival if you’re living for self-preservation, and as humans we build and expand into emotional connection and company”

Listen to the title track (and latest single) “Íkaros” here:

To celebrate the release of Íkaros Timberwolf will be performing an intimate, secret listening party in Melbourne on the 19th October which will be live streamed on Facebook – check out the official Facebook event for the live stream here.

Karine Polwart Announces New Album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance

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Celebrated Scottish folk singer-songwriter Karine Polwart has announced plans to release her new album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance on the 17th November.

The album is the musical accompaniment to Polwart’s self-written, directed and performed theatre production Wind Resistance from last year’s Edinburgh Festival and is inspired by her close-hand view of thousands of geese migrating to Fala Flow, a small peat bog by her home.

“It’s a meditation on the ways in which we, as humans, protect and care for one another, and for all life, by stepping up, falling back, labouring and resting in our own fashion,” Karine Polwart explained. “In particular, it’s a hymn to mothers and birthing, to the proffering of sanctuary, to the miracle of medicine, and a reminder, a warning, about the consequences of isolating and forgetting.”

The first single from A Pocket Of Wind Resistance is the spoken word “Labouring And Resting” – take a listen below:

Glen Hansard Announces New Album Between Two Shores

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Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has announced plans to release his highly anticipated third solo album Between Two Shores on the 19th January, 2018.

Between Two Shores is a culmination of more than six years of writing and recording, with the final album coming together in a matter of weeks at Black Box Studios in France.

The first single from the album is “Time Will Be The Healer” – take a listen to it below:

The full track listing for Between Two Shores is as follows:

1. Roll On Slow
2. Why Woman
3. Wheels on Fire
4. Wreckless Heart
5. Movin’ On
6. Setting Forth
7. Lucky Man
8. One of Us Must Lose
9. Your Heart’s Not in It
10. Time Will Be the Healer

Ralway Bell Announce National Tour

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Perth alt-country band Ralway Bell have announced they’re hitting the road for a national tour to celebrate the release of their debut album Dear Friends, due on the 5th October.

Ralway Bell will be hitting the road from October with shows planned in Victoria, New South Wales, The ACT and of course their home state of Western Australia. The tour will include festival slots at the Wingham Akoostik Festival, WAMFest Live Saturday and Blues at Bridgetown.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 6th October – Western Port Hotel, Phillip Island, VIC
Saturday 7th October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 8th October – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 10th October – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 12th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 13th October – The Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 14th October – Wingham Akoostik Festival, Wingham, NSW
Sunday 15th October – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th October – Riverside Hotel, Northam, WA
Saturday 21st October – North Perth Town Hall, Perth, WA
Thursday 26th October – Quindanning Inne, Quindanning, WA
Friday 27th October – Harvey Dickson’s Rodeo, Boyup Brook, WA
Saturday 4th November – WAMFest Live, Perth, WA
Saturday 11th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA

Nahko (Nahko and Medicine for the People) Announces Debut Solo Album

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American roots singer Nahko (of Nahko and Medicine for the People fame) has just announced plans to release his debut solo album.

Titled My Name Is Bear Nahko’s album is informed by a time his life that he spent searching for his birth mother who had given him up at the age of 15 after being thrust into unthinkable circumstances. At the age of 21 he did find her, and remarkably she lived just 15 minutes from his home.

“I drove to her house and there she was,” said Nahko. “She was crying, I was crying and consequently, as most of these songs were written between the age of 18 and 21, much of the spirit of My Name Is Bear is informed by this time in my life.”

My Name Is Bear is due for release on the 20th October. The full track listing for the album is below:

1. Dragonfly
2. The Vow (Interlude)
3. Be Here Now
4. Goodnight, Sun
5. Too Much Kerouac (Interlude)
6. Kirby, Joe
7. Susanna
8. Bearly Thoughts (Interlude)
9. Sing Him of My Revelations
10. Hamakua
11. Call Him By His Name
12. Early February
13. Stoned On a Stone (Interlude)
14. Creation’s Daughter
15. Alice
16. Die Like Dinoz

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Announce New Album The Way You Leave

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Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have announced plans to release their second full length album The Way You Leave on the 18th October this year.

Written between Nashville and Melbourne, The Way You Leave features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and Tobias Hengeveld as well as covers of JD Souther and Tom Waits.

The second single from The Way You Leave is “Take A Little Time”, following on from “Loose Change” released back in June – take a listen below:

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds will be launching The Way You Leave at The Spotted Mallard in Melbourne on the 21st October with Xani and Cookie Baker in support. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Alex The Astronaut Announces New EP and National Tour

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Indie-folk singer-songwriter and current triple j darling Alex The Astronaut is everywhere at the moment, and with a new single, an EP on the way and a tour in the works her star is only set to continue rising.

The new single is the queer positive “Not Worth Hiding” and is taken from Alex The Astronaut’s upcoming EP See You Soon, due on the 6th October. The track has become somewhat of an anthem of the Marriage Equality movement – take a listen to “Not Worth Hiding” here:

To celebrate the release of See You Soon Alex The Astronaut will be heading out on tour through October and November – check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 1st October – Wildwood Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 19th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st October – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th October – Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 28th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd November – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth, WA
Saturday 18th November – The Plot, Parramatta Park, NSW
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lost Paradise, Glenworth Valley, NSW

Listen to the New Phia Single “Oxide”

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Melbourne based singer-songwriter Phia debuted her new sound this month with the release of her new single “Oxide”. Gone are the looped mbira tracks, replaced with distorted drums and intergalactic juno synths.

The track is inspired by an interview Phia read with Björk late last year.

“Late last year Björk released a viral Facebook post about the criticism she and other female artists face when their subject matter departs from boyfriends and love songs, and encompasses atoms, galaxies or activism,” Phia explained. “I was enraged but also inspired, and the songs just started to come.”

Take a listen to “Oxide” below:

“Oxide” is taken from Phia’s upcoming EP The Woman Who Counted The Stars which is due on the 29th September. Phia is also heading out on tour from the end of November – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 30th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd December – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th December – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th December – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Watch the New Mitch Power Video “Do It Till I Die”

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Back at the start of August Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Mitch Power released his live album That Live and Lonesome Sound.

The album was recorded at the Amelia Shaw in Melbourne and was produced and engineered by Damian Cafarella and Lachlan Bryan. Mitch Power has been touring pretty solidly throughout 2017 and this album captures an artist at the top of his live game.

Some video was also captured on the night by Agostino Soldati Films including this clip of the track “Do It Till I Die”, featuring a classic Mitch Power longer-than-the-actual-song introduction – check it out here:

If you like what you here That Live and Lonesome Sound is available on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp.

Mitch Power is currently on tour with Jen Mize – the full list of remaining dates are below:

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Two Goats, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – Janes, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW

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