August 27th, 2020

Album Review: Cut Copy – Freeze, Melt

Posted on 27 Aug 2020 at 9:47am

Of all the noughties genre crossovers which crept up on everybody, the indie/EDM mash-up seemed to be the least likely to survive into the new decade.

Sure, the likes of Foster The People and Portugal. The Man have been racking up streampiles the size of mountains from this sort-of-club, sort-of-bedroom ready music, but it often felt like it was made deliberately not to have a lasting impression.

Formed in Australia almost twenty years ago, Cut Copy have been successful for the most part domestically: 2008’s In Ghost Colours and Zonoscope, released three years later, both reached the upper reaches of their home charts, while the latter also gave them some forward motion in the northern hemisphere.

Freeze, Melt arrives with the quartet, led by the only ever present member Dan Whitford, spread around the globe, Whitford himself writing what became the new material after moving to Copenhagen. As part of the process, a not unprecedented thing happened: having released a batch of down-tempo, ambient tracks in 2016, the singer returned to these kind of soundscapes as a base, unravelling in the process some of the more complicated and less radio-centric aspects of the band’s sound.

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Ghostpoet shares video for I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep title-track

Posted on 27 Aug 2020 at 8:50am

Ghostpoet has shared a disorientating video for I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep, directed by Thomas James, and which he doesn’t want us taking literally.

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Live4ever Interview: James Walsh on new Starsailor material, Love Is Here anniversary and latest solo EP

Posted on 27 Aug 2020 at 7:49am

We’re now at the stage where the fruits of artists’ labours are coming to pass.

Fortunately for us music lovers, we’ve had many options for entertainment to keep us going during lockdown. Like live-streamed gigs; the good eggs that they are, musicians have often provided their services for charity, and Starsailor frontman James Walsh went straight for the jugular recently, performing a full acoustic version of the band’s debut album Love Is Here to raise funds for the NHS. Even he was surprised by the reaction.

“I think it raised nearly £10,000,” he tells Live4ever during an exclusive interview. “Considering it was just, ‘I’m going to do this and tweet about it and set up a Just Giving page’, I’m really pleased about how that grew through word of mouth. I think because the NHS was under a lot of strain there was a real groundswell of support for it, to do something. To make sure they got a few quid from our bands as well.”

When it’s put it to him that it shouldn’t really have been necessary, Walsh makes a compelling argument in response: “I completely understand the argument, but you can still hold that viewpoint and ethos while campaigning for more government money for the NHS, while also accepting they aren’t getting enough. It doesn’t necessarily let the government off the hook.”

War Child’s HELP album, feat. Oasis, Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, to be reissued on 25th anniversary

Posted on 27 Aug 2020 at 7:06am

25 years since its original release, the star-studded album which went a long way in cementing the close bond between music and War Child is getting a reissue on September 9th.

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Liam Gallagher reschedules free NHS concert at London’s O2 Arena

Posted on 27 Aug 2020 at 6:50am

Liam Gallagher will now play his free London concert for NHS and care workers next year.

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Idles add more dates to 2021 UK and Ireland tour

Posted on 27 Aug 2020 at 6:42am

Idles will stop for extra dates in Manchester and London during their UK and Ireland tour next year after it went on sale earlier this week.

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