New Kyla La Grange Song “Cold Favours”

Kyla La Grange
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With very little warning (other than a lyric sheet shared via her facebook page – see the bottom of the page) UK artist Kyla La Grange has delivered a brand new track “Cold Favours”. Landing somewhere between 70s British folk, 80s Stevie Nicks and the modern orchestral pop of Florence and the Machine, “Cold Favours” is well worth a listen – and you’re in luck because we’ve embedded it below:

Cold Favours

Kyla La Grange Does Daytrotter

Kyla La Grange
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Daytrotter Sessions, the wonderful online live music resource, recently teamed up with Communion Records to start recording out of London and provide its subscribers with an even more diverse range of music. One of the first sessions to be recorded by Communion gurus Ian Grimble and Richard Matthews was this wonderful set from Kyla La Grange.

Despite the electric guitars La Grange definitely has a folk sensibility surrounding her music which you can easily see come through on her tracks for Daytrotter: “Been Better”, “Courage”, “Sympathy” and “Vampire Smile”. If you’re a Daytrotter member you can listen to and download the session here.

New Kyla La Grange Video “Vampire Smile”

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No sooner do we announce the new single “Vampire Smile” from Kyla La Grange does she trump us with the release of it’s awesome new video. Directed by Debbie Scanlan the video is more than a little creepy – pretty much in keeping with the song’s title. Check it out below:

New Kyla La Grange Single “Vampire Smile”

Kyla La Grange
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Communion UK favourite Kyla La Grange has just revealed her forth single “Vampire Smile” and it’s pretty special. The single is due for release on the 12th March but it debut on DIY this morning.

Apparently “Vampire Smile” was written six years ago when Kyla La Grange was only 19 showing just how talented this singer-songwriter was at such a young age. There is reportedly a video on the way but for now you’ll just have to make do with the stream below:

Kyla La Grange Releases New Video for “Heavy Stone”

Kyla La Grange
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<a href="http://www.myspace.com/kylalagrange&quot; title="Kyla La Grange" target="_blank">Kyla La Grange is the latest artist to come up through the Communion ranks and is already causing a stir in her native UK. La Grange is due to release her double A-side single “Heavy Stone”/”Lamb” on the 17th October which showcases her unique pop-with-a-folk-sensibility sound. The first track from the single, “Heavy Stone”, as been given the music video treatment which you can watch below:

Communion Features on Bands in Transit

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It seems like everybody with a camera and an interest in live music is starting a one-take-acoustic-outdoor-performance video series and posting it online. We’re pretty sure La Blogothèque were the instigators of the craze (if they weren’t the first, they’re definitely the most influential) which has seen video series popping up all over the world, including Australia. And we’re loving all the fantastic content that is being produced

While many of these film projects are simple point and shoot exercises (like the wonderful Your Take Sessions out of Adelaide), many have opted for a gimmick to capture our imaginations (Music in a Cab! Music on a Balcony!). One such project is Bands In Transit out of the UK who film bands performing out the back of a Ford Transit van (which also seems to be a sponsor for the videos). The series is pretty new but they’ve already managed to score some pretty amazing artists and the videos are really well produced.

Bands In Transit have teamed up with record label/club night/music community Communion to produce a series of videos featuring artists connected to the group all filmed at Hackney City Farm east of London. In an introduction video Bands In Transit interviews Communion founders Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons) and Kevin Jones (Cherbourg) about the record label/club night/music community interweaved with snippits of the performances captured on the farm. Oh, and there’s pigs as well.

Kyla La Grange, the first Communion-connected artist to get the full Bands In Transit treatment has a a really unique voice and manages to deliver an electric performance which still maintains a folk sensibility. La Grange is definitely an artist we’re going to be keeping an eye on.

Andrew Davie’s new band Bear’s Den is pretty much his old band Cherbourg playing pretty much the same type of music, which makes one wonder why they bothered with the change at all. Not that we’re complaining – anything from these guys is welcomed regardless of how it’s packaged. Bands In Transit caught this lovely performance of “Stubborn Beast” featuring Ben Lovett on guest ukulele.

Bands In Transit also captured songs from Alessi’s Ark and Monument Valley on the day but their videos are still waiting to go up on the official web site. If you like what you have seen/heard above ensure you check back in with Bands In Transit for more product placement inducing live music.

Review: Communion, “The Flowerpot Sessions”

Flowerpot Sessions
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In July last year Communion, the UK based nu-folk club night and burgeoning record label started by Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), Kevin Jones (Cherbourg, The Bear’s Den) and producer Ian Grimble took over London venue The Flowerpot for a series of very special shows. The shows, featuring the likes of Pete Roe, Passenger, The Staves, Mt. Desolation, Damien Rice, Marcus Foster, Matthew and the Atlas plus Australians Angus and Julia Stone and Sarah Blasko, saw the performers not only play their usual live sets but also had Communion encouraging them to collaborate with each other and write brand new material.

The result is the two or three (depending which version you buy) disc album The Flowerpot Sessions bursting with awesome folky goodness. The copy I managed to get my hot little hands was the standard, two CD edition but I’m not complaining – that’s over two hours of music from some of my favourtie up and coming bands.

Beginning with Kill it Kid and The Joker and the Thief collaborating on the awesome blues number “Something Funny”, you know that The Flowerpot Sessions is going to be something special. For a live recording I’m surprised at how crystal clear the production is on the album and how little audience noise has been captured. The skills of the performers combined with the outstanding mixing/production means a very polished album that could well have been put together in a studio.

It’s almost impossible to do justice to just how many standout tracks there are on The Flowerpot Sessions. Almost every single song is a masterpiece but a few do need a special mention:

The Treetop Flyers, a group that hasn’t been featured on Timber and Steel yet but really should be, contribute their track “It’s About Time” to the first CD and it’s an absolute gem. The opening guitar riff is almost Celtic in the way it dances over the guitar but Reid Morrison’s lead vocals drag the song straight into the twenty first century with a sense of pain and longing.

The two contributions from Angus and Julia Stone, “To Let Go” performed with Sarah Blasko and the Grease cover “You’re The One That I Want” performed with Damien Rice, are at the standard you’d expect from the brother/sister duo. I’ve heard “You’re The One That I Want” so many times from the Stones so this version is almost passe (even with the inclusion of Rice) but “To Let go”, which was written for the performance, is just mesmerising.

Probably my favourite track off the entire compilation is the brand new Passenger song “Patient Love”. Mike Rosenberg’s ability to craft a seemingly simple song with the lyrical depth and maturity of “Patient Love” is a true gift – I really hope this one makes his next album.

Other highlights include “Mexico” by The Staves, “Bellina” by Pete Roe, “Movement” by Marcus Foster, “For Birds” by James Moss (featuring harmonies from The Staves), “All I Want” by Sarah Blasko, “Beneath The Sea” by Matthew and the Atlas, “Little Eyes” by Crowns and the awesome Blind-Boys-Of-Alabama-esque “Old Fashioned Morphine” by Tom McKean & The Emperors.

Overall a stunning album from start to finish – and I’ve only heard two of the possible three discs. If this is an example of the talent that Communion is able to muster it’s no wonder that they’re one of the hottest labels in the UK right now.

The Flowerpot Sessions currently has no Australian release date (despite the inclusion of the Stones and Sarah Blasko). If you’re keen to have a listen to tracks from The Treetop Flyers, Kyla La Grange, Passenger and Matthew and the Atlas head over to this I-D Magazine article and scroll down to the end for a link to some free downloads. Other than that you have to scour the interwebs for a download or hard copy site that delivers to Australia. If we hear anything about a local release you’ll be the first to know.

Watch the “trailer” to The Flowerpot Sessions below:

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