Based in Orlando Florida TK Lawrence is a rock songwriter with a big sound and a lot of experience. His new album with band Rosemary Station is titled ‘Last Human’, stacked full of rock anthems with a vocal and style that recalls Bowie and impactful guitar lines reminiscent of early U2.
For a taster of the album, check out one of the lead tracks above, ‘All To You’.
Kicking in immediately with the looping guitar lines and powerful drums that set the scene for a song full of momentum, ‘All To You’ is a perfect introduction to a truly rocking album. The soaring chorus on this one is just a taste of things to come.
Having played with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and ‘the fifth Beatle’ Billy Preston, TK Lawrence is a veteran songwriter with plenty of life experience to share through his music. His songs reflect a life of genuine rock and roll, and this album – written and based around title track ‘Last Human’ – is the most recent culmination of that career.
But don’t be fooled – there’s plenty more to come from Rosemary Station. ‘Last Human’ is out now.
Currently available on iTunes and Amazon, last year’s album from Miss FD – ‘Comfort for the Desolate’ – was an alternative pop lover’s dream, full of off kilter tunes and gothic lyrics. The latest single from the project is album closer ‘The Grand Version’, a hypnotising combination of melodies and haunting vocal:
It’s a track with plenty to recommend it, not least the refusal to simply throw together a few verses and a chorus but instead employ a structure that weaves and plays with some beautiful piano work. If you’re looking for pop music that doesn’t conform to the norm, this is for you.
A strummed, acoustic and impactful opening and an understated charm are the main weapons in the arsenal of the new single from songwriter Chris Hornsby. There’s a folky tinge to the track, making ‘I Was Hoping I’d Run Into You’ into something more than the usual singer-songwriter acoustic fare, while Hornsby’s vocal is simple, pure somehow in its lack of histrionics. This is a single that shows a great deal of promise from an under the radar artist who may be able to capitalise on the UK’s current love for contemporary folk.
The drums and rhythms serve the track well, keeping it rolling as the nice, looping chord pattern plays out in the standard verse-chorus structure, but there are enough neat touches to stop this straying into bland territory. Really good stuff.
As the lyrics say, ‘Inanna’ sees Norwegian singer-songwriter NuBorg ‘exploring the dark side’. The construction of the staccato vocal melody over the humming, simple chord pattern makes for an excellent combination, creating a deliciously dark atmosphere which is easy to enjoy.
The single, the latest in NuBorg’s monthly single release schedule which will see a new song born on the 15th of each month, is another about turn to the realm of ambient pop after last month’s ‘You You’ was more commercial. The previous month’s ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’ shares more DNA with this latest, and it will once again be very interesting to see where NuBorg goes from here, with only two months of this excellent project left.
‘The death of John Mouse’ is John MOuse’s fourth album and first long player since 2010’s acclaimed ‘Humber Dogger Forties,’ and it finally sees the light of day this summer, a remarkable feat of endurance and persistence: four years in the making and funded by an ingenious Kickstarter campaign.
‘The death of John Mouse’ is John MOuse’s finest work to date, crafting his unique quirk-pop songs into a grander whole, thus the instrumentals are more muscular, the hooks catchier, the vocals more emphatically delivered. While each song is rooted in John’s brutally personal lyrics that are laced with his witty South Walian slant on life.
The album is preceded by the excellent single “I Was A Goalkeeper” #IWAGK available to download July 7th via itunes is a sparky indie-pop duet between John and Gareth David, lead singer from LOS CAMPESINOS. It’s an anthem to child-parents and childhoods past, urging Steve Lamacq to recently admit ‘Possibly our favourite new football record’. It also features previous single Robbie Savage, a song that Mary Anne Hobbs recently described as ‘an extraordinary piece of poetry’ on BBC 6 Music. John MOuse will perform at GreenMan 2014 Festival alongside BEIRUT, Neutral Milk Hotel and First Aid Kit.
John MOuse, real name John Davies has been described as ‘A Welsh Beck,’ and ‘A Less Funny Half Man Half Biscuit’. Under his previous incarnation JT Mouse he worked with Sweet Baboo (aka Steven Black) while in 2010 he scored as cult hit with a song about a gay romance with another duet, this time with TV presenter Steve Jones. Airplay support for John MOuse includes Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio, Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and Adam Walton & Bethan Elfyn on BBC Radio Wales.
In the 15 years since its release, American Football’s self-titled debut full-length has quietly become one of the most fiercely beloved titles in the US indie Polyvinyl catalogue. Though the trio — Mike Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz, Owen, Owls), Steve Lamos, and Steve Holmes — only played a few shows and released just one other record (a three-song EP that preceded this full-length), their influence and legacy has steadily continued to grow in the time after they disbanded.
From its now iconic artwork to the band’s unique songwriting approach (highlighted by an emphasis on shifting time signatures and sincere lyrics), American Football proves a record doesn’t become a true classic through flashiness or catering to trends, but rather the deep emotional connection it forges between the music and the listener.
After guitarist Steve Holmes discovered a set of cassette tapes containing a variety of unreleased recordings, the band curated an album’s worth of these rare live recordings, demos, and practice sessions (in which the group rehearsed material they never recorded elsewhere) to complement the original record.
Now available as a limited edition 2xLP of 2,000 copies on 180-Gram Green/Yellow Vinyl exclusive to the Polyvinyl webstore, unlimited 180-Gram red vinyl, 2xCD and on cassette, American Football is being re-issued with beautifully expanded packaging that incorporates new photographs from Chris Strong along with lyrics, detailed liner notes written by the band, and never-before-seen band pictures.