Watch the New Nick Mulvey Video “Unconditional”

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The amazing English indie-folk singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey has just released his highly anticipated new single and video “Unconditional”. The track is Mulvey’s first since his incredible debut album First Mind and is the first taster for an as yet unnamed new album due later this year.

Check out “Unconditional” below:

Watch the New Fleet Foxes Video “Fool’s Errand”

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With their new album Crack-Up due next month (on the 16th June for those of you playing at home) it makes sense that Fleet Foxes would start releasing some new music.

Their latest video is for the track “Fool’s Errand” and was directed by Sean Pecknold – check it out below:

At the moment Fleet Foxes only have Sydney dates announced for the Australian leg of their international tour and this close to the tour we’re not holding out much hope for more shows. The full list of dates is here:

Friday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Husky Announces National Tour and Releases New Video “Ghost”

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Following the announcement of their upcoming album Punchbuzz indie duo Husky have announced plans for a national tour this June and July.

Husky have also given us a taster of Punchbuzz with their new single and video “Ghost”. Check out the full list of tour dates and the video for “Ghost” below:

Saturday 17th June – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 23rd June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 24th June – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 29th June – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 30th June – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 6th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 7th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 15th July – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 22nd July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 23rd July – The Rosemount, Perth, WA

Watch the New Conor Oberst Video “Barbary Coast (Later)”

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The latest video from indie-folk singer Conor Oberst is the track “Barbary Coast (Later)”.

Taken from Oberst’s latest album Salutations which hit stores back in March, the video was directed by Cris Gris. Check it out below:

Husky Announce Details of New Album Punchbuzz

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Melbourne based alt-folk duo Husky have just announced plans to release their highly anticipated new album Punchbuzz on the 2nd June this year.

Following the success of their single “Late Night Store” and a sold out east coast tour, Husky have said to expect a more indie-rock feel from their third album.

The duo offered up their new single “Ghost” as a taste of what to expect from Punchbuzz:

Check out the full track listing for Punchbuzz here:

1. Ghost
2. Shark Fin
3. Punchbuzz
4. Late Night Store
5. Cut The Air
6. Splinters In The Fire
7. Walking In Your Sleep
8. Cracks In The Pavement
9. Flower Drum
10. Spaces Between Heartbeats

National Folk Festival Interview: Charm of Finches

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Melbourne based dream-folk sister duo Charm of Finches have had a massive year so far, launching their album Staring at the Starry Ceiling and picking up some high profile support slots around the country. We sat down with one half of the band, Mabel Windred-Wornes, before they head to Canberra this weekend for The National Folk Festival.

Gareth Hugh Evans: You describe your music as “dream folk” – what can audiences at The National expect from your shows?

Mabel Windred-Wornes: Well, it’s dreamy sounding music I guess – it’s full of harmonies. My sister Ivy creates beautiful and sometimes surprising vocal harmonies. We’ve been told our voices together sound like one voice singing two notes, yet our voices individually are quite different. Also, our album has a lot of cello and violin, which we played ourselves, which gives it a bit of a chamber sound. We are bringing Alice Hurwood up to The National with us to play cello. She’s 14 and she’s an amazing cellist.

GHE: You’ve been playing a lot of shows lately – how do festival audiences differ from audiences at a regular gig ?

MW-W: We love festival audiences. Really, they are there for the music and respect musicians. They are there to listen, and they pay attention to the lyrics and love hearing the stories about the songs. Also, a festival audience is usually really relaxed – why wouldn’t they be. They are spending a whole weekend listening to music.

GHE: To those outside of the folk scene, folk music is not considered a “young persons” genre. What is it about this music that’s attracted you at such a young age?

MW-W: It’s common for people to wonder why we are attracted to folk music in the traditional sense, but we know heaps of young bands and singer songwriters you would classify as folk – like The Mae Trio, who we have always loved a lot, and Rowena Wise. They are writing songs about their lives, playing instruments usually associated with folk music like guitar, uke, banjo and fiddle. The definition of folk music as you would hear it at a folk festival today is very very broad. Our influences definitely include traditional folk music, old-time Appalachian songs, Old English and Celtic folk songs and Celtic fiddle music (we love going to Celtic fiddle camps) as well as classical music which we have been playing on our cello and violin since we were little. Our Dad filled our home with Bob Dylan from an early age, but we are also influenced by Americana artists like Gillian Welch and we love Sufjan Stevens so much, who is essentially a folk artist who uses unconventional instruments (even electronic sounds) on his albums.

GHE: You released your debut album Staring at the Starry Ceiling in the middle of last year. How was the reception when it first came out? And are you feeling about it six months on?

MW-W: We were thrilled people really loved our album when it was released last year. People were contacting us after hearing a song on Radio National. Words like “unique” and “beguiling harmonies” were used, which of course made us feel very pleased. We had an amazing experience working with producer Nick Huggins. It was quite a magical experience and being by the ocean in Point Lonsdale (Victoria) really influenced the album. We felt expansive, a bit spellbound and open to ideas. We couldn’t listen to it after we finished it for a while- we needed some distance after recording. Not long ago we were driving home from Port Fairy Folk Festival listening to the new albums we had gathered from the various artists we had seen. We got curious to listen to our own album, and we felt really proud and kind of amazing at what we had created. It felt really good.

GHE: What’s next for Charm of Finches after The National?

MW-W: Well, to be honest, I’m quite keen to take some time to get some homework done! I’m in Year 11 now and love the subjects I’ve chosen – theatre, music, art and sound production! Of course, we will be playing shows in and around Melbourne, as well as house concerts, which we love as much as playing festivals. We also have a whole bunch of half-finished songs that are begging to be finished. We love writing new songs so we’ll be making time for that! And then, I guess we’ll record a new album some time!

Charm of Finches are performing at The National Folk Festival this weekend. Check out their dates below:

Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
– Friday 1:30pm – Central Park
– Saturday 12:40pm – Flute ‘n’ Fiddle
– Sunday 10:00am – Borderland
– Monday 12:40pm – Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Lisa Mitchell and Dustin Tebbutt Announce Distant Call Joint National Tour

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This June two of our favourite indie artists – Lisa Mitchell and Dustin Tebbutt – are joining forces for a national tour. Mitchell and Tebbutt will be sharing the same band and combining their performance for a carefully curated, hour and a half set.

“Lisa and I have know each other for a few years, and we’d started looking at doing a tour together,” Dustin Tebbutt explained. “I was in Amsterdam doing some shows and happened to be talking through it all with my keys player who also plays for Lisa. I think at one point we were joking that they could just stay on stage for both of our sets, and then the Idea to share a band started making more sense. It kind of grew from there. What we’re looking at now is a really collaborative show, where we share the stage, songs, and musicians; weaving our songs together. I’ll be playing some of Lisa’s music with her and she’ll be adding her magic to some of my songs. I think its going to be a really special run of shows.”

“I’m so looking forward to these shows with Dustin!” Lisa Mitchell added. “I’ve never done anything like this. It already feels like the show is going to be something totally different! I’ve been a fan of Dustin’s music for a long time. We seem to inhabit the edges of a similar world, both musically and in our visual worlds. When Dustin and I were brainstorming the name of the tour, I suggested, ‘New Phone, Who Dis?’ Don’t know why he didn’t go for it [laughs].”

Joining them in the support slot will be up and coming folktronica artist Alex the Astronaut. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 10th June – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th June – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 15th June – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th June – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 17th June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 23rd June – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 24th June – Badlands, Perth, WA
Friday 30th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA


Watch the New Elbury Video “Past Life Memories”

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Brisbane alt-folk four-piece Elbury today released their brand new video “Past Life Memories”.

The track is taken from Elbury’s upcoming debut album Haunting Ground, due for release on the 1st May this year.

Check out “Past Life Memories” below:

Watch the New Johnny Flynn Video “Wandering Aengus”

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Another week, another new track from Johnny Flynn. With his new album Sillion due for release next Friday we’ve been gifted with another new single, this time the quirky ballad “Wandering Aengus”.

The track has a brand new video directed by Simon Ryninks – check it out below:

Radical Face Announces Australian Tour Dates

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US based indie-folk artists Radical Face has been a firm favourite of Timber and Steel‘s since the very beginning so we’re over the moon to hear that he’s heading to Australia for the first time this May and June.

Ben Cooper, AKA Radical Face, finished up his The Family Tree album trilogy last year and has already started releasing new material, releasing his visual EP SunnMoonnEclippse in February.

Radical Face will has announced shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth – check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 26th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 31st May – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 1st June – Badlands, Perth, WA

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