WATCH: LUCIA – ‘Blueheart’

Glasgow’s answer to Wolf Alice, LUCIA return with their Galentine anthem ‘Blueheart’. The single is accompanied by a stunning Kubrick-esque video which pulls you in to frontwoman Lucia Fairfull’s uncompromising vision – a mix of Bonnie Tyler meets Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base.

Self-directed by Fairfull, the video is set in a vast estate which mirrors the hugeness of the band’s sound. Talking about the video, the band describe it as “what happens when you feel trapped in a toxic bubble”. The sinister imagery hints at what happens when that bubble pops, with Lucia lopping the heads off flowers and dragging a spade seemingly to a grave site. Taking no prisoners, this song is for anyone who’s endured, suffered and survived a shitty relationship.

Expertly produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele) and mixed by Charlie Holmes and Mark “Spike” Stent (Beyonce, Arcade Fire, Florence, Lady Gaga) LUCIA are tipped for greatness in 2019 and ‘Blueheart’ is a fantastic place to start.

LUCIA UK Tour Dates 2019
02/04/2019 Good Karma Club, Rough Trade, Bristol
03/04/2019 Good Karma Club, Mama Roux’s, Birmingham, UK
04/04/2019 Good Karma Club, Joiners, Southampton, UK
05/04/2019 Good Karma Club, Dingwalls, London, UK
06/04/2019 – 07/04/2019 Brewdog, Aberdeen, UK
11/04/2019 Good Karma Club, Stereo, Glasgow, UK
12/04/2019 Good Karma Club, Think Tank, Newcastle, UK
13/04/2019 Good Karma Club, Rock City Basement, Nottingham, UK
05/05/2019 Hit the North, Newcastle, UK (LUCIA)
10/05/2019 The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
21/05/2019 Hopscotch, Sebright Arms, London, UK
26/05/2019 Bearded Theory Festival, Derbyshire, UK

Mark Docherty

WATCH: Mesadorm – ‘The Joy It Joins Us Up’

Understated visuals and assured yet patient vocals blend together on Mesadorm‘s new video for ‘The Joy It Joins Us Up’. The band have shared the footage – which is taken from a longer piece of documentary film about the group – which was shot and directed by collaborator Tom Jacob at a live show in Eype Church.

Formed in Bristol in 2015, Mesadorm create beautiful left-field electronica, and this latest release is another shining example of their work. The band shared their debut album Heterogaster last year via Babylegs Records, and have been busy touring the UK since the release.

The visuals for their new single show front-woman Blythe Pepino (formerly of Vaults) standing tall in her smart blue suit, with the camera fixed on her for the duration of the track. Watch the footage for ‘The Joy It Joins Us Up’ below, and keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming documentary about the band which is set for release later this year.

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Photo Credit: Sarah Cresswell

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

WATCH: Northwest – ‘London’

Although duo Northwest physically released their debut album – simply titled I – in June 2018, they only recently decided to publish it online. Why? well, it was part of the band’s manifesto (which they published on their website) where they decided to give away the digital version of their record to who anybody who personally requested it.

Since then, Northwest have sent 460 hand-written postcards all over the world, each one with an individual code to access the record online. It’s a bold approach to take for a DIY band in the age of the internet, but it’s one that has clearly paid off for the pair. They’ve now shared a music video for ‘London’ their “favourite” track on the album as a celebration of their efforts.

Directed by Ignacio Simón (one half of Northwest) and featuring images from photographer & artist Álvaro Gómez-Pidal, ‘London’ is a beautifully executed, intriguing set of visuals. “This is probably the hardest we’ve ever worked on a song and in a video, and we hope you like it as much as we do” explain the duo, and we’re sure their fans certainly will. Watch the video below…

Photo Credit: Ignacio Hergueta

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

WATCH: Mags On Earth – ‘Tulip Stone’

Influenced by her constantly changing surroundings and by the pressures associated with youth and living in the moment; Mags On Earth has shared her beautifully dreamy single ‘Tulip Stone’.

Born in Sweden, raised in Germany, and now living between London and Paris; Mags On Earth combines her love of these numerous city-scapes with the melancholic lyrical sensibilities of artists like Lana Del Rey and Bat For Lashes. ’Tulip Stone’ was recorded with producer Jose Manuel Cubides in London, and deals with “wondering what else life could be looking like right now, and the pressure of spending your youth in a certain way and how time keeps passing”.

The single is accompanied by a delicately shot video that Mags On Earth directed herself. Speaking about the footage, she explains: “I spent a month in Paris last October and was so inspired by the atmosphere. Paris has that authentic beauty and elegance that I strive for in my visuals, even in its less pretty parts. Paris is always Paris. And to me it feels kind of faded in the colours which really works well with the theme behind ‘Tulip Stone’”.

The new single is taken from Mags On Earth’s debut EP Girl in the City (available online now), which laments the “mundane in-between-feeling-stuck state of longing for something more, thinking nothing is ever enough”. Enter the dreamy world of Mags On Earth by watching the video for ‘Tulip Stone’ below, and catch her live on 4th March at Sebright Arms.

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

WATCH: Noise Noir – ‘I Don’t Need You’

Garage rockers Noise Noir have shared Jessica Jones style vigilante visuals to accompany their debut single ‘I Don’t Need You’. The footage – shot and directed by Sergio Angot – shows band members actively taking down those who think it’s okay to harass women in public or private places.

Speaking about the video, vocalist Kelly Chard explains: “I wanted the video for ‘I Don’t Need You’ to be a hyperbole of the feelings I felt when writing the song. Sexual harassment is very present in London, and I wanted to play a Jessica Jones type character in the video. So instead of feeling emotionally strong, I felt physically strong enough to fight off bad guys. Reaching equality is very close to our hearts, so I wanted to highlight sexual harassment and domestic abuse. The video is set in various locations in London throughout the day to show how harassment and violence can happen on the streets in broad daylight, behind closed doors, and in a public busy surrounding.”

Recorded by Margo Broom (Big Joanie, Yassassin), mixed by Greg Burns of Sit Down, and released through Kelly’s independent record label We Can Do It, ‘I Don’t Need You’ is a seething attempt to shout back and empower those who have felt vulnerable or victimised by street harassment. Together; Kelly, guitarist Anthony, bassist Elis & drummer Davide are here to set the record straight through vicious riffs and powerful vocals. Watch the video for ‘I Don’t Need You’ below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Jessie Morgan

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Video Premiere: Hilma Nikolaisen – ‘Only Me’

Following 2016’s debut Puzzler, Norwegian artist Hilma Nikolaisen has announced her upcoming new album Mjusic will be released next month, and has now graced our ears with an infectious new single.

Flowing with scuzzy hooks alongside Nikolaisen’s swooning, languid vocals, ‘Only Me’ oozes shades of the mellow alt-rock of the likes of Courtney Barnett or Pip Blom. Fuelled with impressive riffs and jangly, lo-fi melodies, it’s propelled by a paradoxical visceral energy whilst at the same time emanating all the dreamy, laid-back feels before it speeds to a final, whirring climax. Accompanied by a psychedelic new video, featuring artwork from Vanessa Baird, ‘Only Me’ is an uplifting slice of rock ‘n’ roll with a contemporary edge.

Of the video, Nikolaisen expands:

“I am a big fan of the artist Vanessa Baird. In 2016 I was fortunate to feature her work on the cover art for my debut album ‘Puzzler’. Baird’s breathtaking exhibition ‘You Are Something Else’ was really something else. I’m proud and grateful to have ‘Only Me’ and ‘You Are Something Else’ connected in this video.”

Mjusic, the upcoming new album from Hilma Nikolaisen, is out 30th November.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Eliza Shaddad – ‘Just Goes To Show’

Hazy, nostalgic Prom visuals form the video for Eliza Shaddad‘s latest single ‘Just Goes To Show’, which is taken from her upcoming album Future, released on 26th October via Beatnik Creative. Directed by Patrick Taylor and shot in one of Eliza’s favourite venues in London, the video was a bit of a dream come true scenario for Eliza: “the song has always felt like the kind of thing that would be playing in one of those terrible but incredible 90’s movie’s prom scenes, and so I was dying to make a video that played on that.”

Eliza’s shimmering new tune is actually about the heart-cracking, desperate feeling you have just as you’re being broken up with. “Like many songs on the album [‘Just Goes To Show’] deals with themes of escape and regret, but in a rare case here it’s from the perspective of the person being left behind” explains Eliza. It’s these personal, melancholy touches and Eliza’s wonderful reverb-strewn, melodic guitar sounds that make listening to her music so enjoyable.

Eliza will be heading out on a European tour in support of her new album release this November, so make sure you catch her on one of the dates listed below. Watch the video for ‘Just Goes To Show’ and follow Eliza on Facebook for more updates.

Pre-order your copy of Future here.

Eliza Shaddad European Tour Dates 2018
November 26th – London, OSLO
November 29th – Glasgow, The ATTIC
December 10th – Hamburg – Nochtwache
December 11th – Berlin – Privatclub
December 13th – Baden – Zum Alten Hasen
December 14th – Nyon – La Parenthese
December 15th – Paris – Le 1999

Photo Credit: Mel Tjeong

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut