May 13th, 2020

Album Review: Ghostpoet – I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep

Posted on 13 May 2020 at 10:08am

You don’t have to be from a foreign country to be a refugee: Obaro Ejimiwe, the man who’s worn the Ghostpoet name for almost a decade, moved from London a couple of years ago to rustic Margate on the coast. Wanting more space and time to draw a moat around both his performing and real lives, he set up a multi-purpose shop, café and radio station, part of an arts renaissance which the seaside town has either enjoyed or suffered recently, dependent on your outlook.

Since coming to prominence in 2011 with the Mercury-nominated Peanut Butter Blues And Melancholy Jam, Ejimiwe has spent more time than is reasonable grappling with constant references to his production envelope as trip hop (incorrect) and/or being a bit gloomy (the cap fits better here). The debut was a largely electronic take on glitchy, post-club comedowns, but by his last release, Dark Days & Canapés, the instrumentation was real, even if the angst remained.

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Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp premiere video for cover of John Lennon’s Isolation

Posted on 13 May 2020 at 8:53am

The video for Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp‘s cover of John Lennon‘s Plastic Ono Band track Isolation has been premiered.

Live4ever Interview: Lockdown with Tim Burgess – Twitter Listening Parties and new album I Love The New Sky

Posted on 13 May 2020 at 8:06am

Some people are gluttons for punishment.

Whilst a great number of us have been making the most of this free time, the world still turns in our absence, and musicians still have work to present. Tim Burgess is one such soul, and while his Twitter Listening Parties are taking up most of his time (more on those later, inevitably), his fifth solo album I Love The New Sky is released at the end of the month too.

It’s ostensibly a follow-up to 2018’s As I Was Now, but the two records couldn’t be more different. For one thing, their gestations had completely different lifespans; Burgess sat on the previous album for the best part of a decade, whereas the new one was recorded in just a year. “As I Was Now only took about five days and I released it unmixed,” Burgess tells Live4ever in an exclusive interview. “And some of it was unfinished, but I just felt it was a really nice release. It was a good story and a nice archival release for Record Store Day.”

Tim is talking to us after a couple of false starts; “I was going to speak with Live4ever at South By Southwest. That was the first thing that disappeared. It’s amazing though, we would have been talking about completely different things.”

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Run The Jewels confirm RTJ4 for release in June

Posted on 13 May 2020 at 7:03am

Run The Jewels have confirmed RTJ4 for release on June 5th.

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Reading/Leeds 2020 cancelled

Posted on 13 May 2020 at 6:48am

Another day, another UK festival has waved goodbye to 2020.

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Tim Burgess named ambassador for next month’s Love Record Stores Day

Posted on 13 May 2020 at 6:04am

Tim Burgess has been at the epicentre of music’s online osmosis since lockdown, and so there’s no-one better placed to be named ambassador for next month’s Love Record Stores Day.

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