Posts Tagged ‘Richard Walters’

Audioscope Compilation to Benefit Shelter

Audioscope is an organisation committed to raising money through music for the national homelessness charity Shelter. Since 2001, they have raised more than £23,000 for the charity, presenting the best in local, national and international independent music in the process.

Chicago experimental folk legends Califone will headline this year’s Audioscope charity festival in Oxford on Saturday 23rd November.

The day-long festival at The Jericho in Oxford also has Brighton’s nightmare pop outfit Esben and the Witch, fresh from the release of their new record Wash The Sins Not Only The Face; Thrill Jockey experimental duo Grumbling Fur and stars of the forthcoming ATP festival Thought Forms. The bill also features some of Oxford’s best new music in the form of Blessing Force founders Pet Moon, alt-folk from Salvation Bill, and nautical post-krautrock from Listing Ships. Tickets are available here.

Also available is  the Audioscope album release Music for a Good Home 2 – a compilation made by Audioscope of new and exclusive tracks by 40 artists. Available via Bandcamp for a minimum purchase of £5, every penny you pay goes directly to Shelter’s work.

It features many MM faves including Wire, Ride, The Telescopes, Sennen, and Gunning for Tamar and we’ve picked out three of our favourites from The Victorian English Gentlemens Club, Beak>, and Richard Walters to stream below.

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New EP From Richard WaltersTwo Birds is the new EP from songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Richard Walters, originally from our neck of the woods in Oxford, and now settled in London having packed up his life in both Brighton and Paris over the last few years.

The EP opens with The Letter, which details the relationship between a father and his lost son – a haunting call and response between the two. Musically it finds us in truly golden Walters-territory, with beautifully sorrowful strings performed by Vulcan Strings (best known for their recent work with Bill Fay) and Walters’ plaintive acoustic strum gently backing his wearily defiant vocal.

Listen to it below. The EP will be released as a download and limited edition CD on August 26th via Walters’ own imprint, Beard Museum Records, alternatively you can order yourself a limited edition signed EP from his Bandcamp page here.

 

Video of the Day

Today’s offerings are a blistering live version of The Desert She Screams from Kansas Bible Company’s American Songwriter session, a folky, ethereal offering from Bo Bruce, one of the best ‘festive’ tunes we’ve heard so far this year from Foxtails Brigade, and the first single from Regret Less, the latest album from Richard Walters.

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Download for free here.

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Streaming Round Up: New Releases.

Here are a stack more of cracking new releases that you need to hear!

Marching Church is another new project from Iceage’s Elias Bender Rønnenfelt – this time the music is nothing short of spectral – glacial goth anyone?

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Flock of Dimes is the solo project of Wye Oaks Jenn Wasner, (This Is Why) I Can’t Wear White is the new single and pretty good it is sounding too.

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King Tuff are releasing a new 7″ of staccato garage rock on Sub Pop, Screaming Skull is a club-ready, guitar-driven dance hit that doesn’t feature on the much heralded recent self-titled album.

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Those Darlins deliver a new song just in time to celebrate the end of summer fun. The backyard barbecues, swimming holes, and bikini lined lovers are gone and they’re not coming back. Carrying on the grand tradition and spirit of the recently passed Charlie Louvin, Summer’s Dead is Those Darlins’ offering to the pantheon of the American murder ballad. Summer’s Dead is a rock n roll ride through an unruly banquet of deadly seduction.

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The Beardy Durfs create their unique brand of somehow pleasant cacophonic noise through modified guitar pedals, homemade amplifiers, broken guitars and a seriously trashed drum kit built in the former East Germany. On their latest release Lunch Box / Ponce they continue their quest for lo-fi perfection, stripping back the psychedelic chaos that characterized their first release by taking an even more sparse approach.

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Eddi Front sees her self-titled EP get a release early next month, and among the five tracks are a cover of Nick Cave’s Into My Arms as well as this beguiling new song Superhero Style.

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We caught this beauty on Steve Lamacq’s Radio 6 show yesterday, the Tall Ships have echoes of the Smiths in the lyrics and back it up with a propulsive guitar riff. Gallop comes from the forthcoming album Everything Touching which is out next week.

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Oxford born singer-songwriter Richard Walters has announced the first single to be taken from his forthcoming album as Walk Softly Stranger. Released on the 8th October it is, perhaps aptly, a song about beginnings and the natural trepidation that people feel at the start of something new.

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Finally, Beach Arabs single, On The Beach, is all high tension wire treble guitar twangs on a surf wave, while tempos start and stop in a quirky cadence all their own – it comes from the Brooklyn trio’s scheduled sophomore album Wild Movement, tentatively due out this autumn.

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