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Debut album from The Breath out today

The latest band to be signed to Real World Records, The Breath, have released their first album today.

Carry Your Kin is now available on CD, vinyl and download from:

Real World Records | iTunes | Amazon

The album mixes Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly's lyrics pour forth from her own life in a torrent of meaning. She sings songs of birth and death, woman's rights, first love, the call of motherhood, the death of men at sea and post-colonial wrongs, all interwoven with the electronic fabric of guitarist Stuart McCallum's distinctive soundworld.

In turns hypnotic, lush, powerfully raw and raucously punchy, their songs entrance, uplift and break your heart as The Breath conjure a kaleidoscope of sound that perfectly frames Connolly's raw songs and soul cleansing vocals.

All delivered with compelling emotional honesty and a raw urgency as McCallum, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers delve deeply into the spaces between rock, ambient, folk and jazz to deliver a powerfully hypnotic accompaniment that moves from chilled soundscapes to rocking anthems.

The album was recorded in Manchester and at Real World Studios and mixed by sound guru Tchad Blake.

Published 8th Jul, 9:35am »

Bowers & Wilkins Sound System returns to WOMAD 2016

Sound System, the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system designed by British speaker brand Bowers & Wilkins will be making an exclusive UK festival appearance at WOMAD (28 - 31 July) this year.

Each day features a progressive and ambitious line up, including acoustic acts, special live performances, electronic live sessions and finally a closing DJ set - all from artists that are passionate about sound.

The line up is as follows:

> Jah Shaka
> Dawn Penn
> Native Dancer
> A Guy Called Gerald

> Francois K
> Black Devil Disco Club
> Cats Eyes
> Hollie Stephenson
> Gwilym Gold
> Paddy Steer

> Optimo
> The Invisible
> The Anchoress
> Stuart McCallum
> Nick Luscombe & Steve Hellier

Published 5th Jul, 11:20am »

Joseph Arthur's November Tour

Joseph Arthur has announced nine live dates in November 2016 in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK and Ireland:

3 November - Botanic Rotonde, Brussels
4 November - De Amstelkerk, Amsterdam
6 November - Blue Shell, Cologne
7 November - Point Ephemere, Paris
8 November - Oslo, London
9 November - Deaf Institute, Manchester
10 November - Bodega, Nottingham
11 November - King Tuts, Glasgow
13 November - Whelan's, Dublin

Click here for links to buy tickets.

The announcement follows the recent release of Joseph's fifth album on Real World Records, The Family, which is available now.

Published 30th Jun, 10:08am »

Society of Sound: June

The June release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound relives performances from the diverse range of artist that performed at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage at WOMAD 2015.

The compilation features a truly eclectic mix of music from singer/songwriters to leftfield bluesmen, Moog synth players to trance pop maestros, experimental pianists to composers/sound manipulators.

The music that flowed through the genre-defining speakers - and features on this month's release - inevitably sounded crisp and clean, powerful and detailed. 135,000-watts of wrap-around sound delivering a truly special festival experience.

Bowers & Wilkins Live - WOMAD 2015, is available now and features performances from:

John Metcalfe
Cara Dillon
Hannah Peel
Richard Norris and Finlay Shakespeare
The Lake Poets
The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble
Son of Dave
The Apples

Published 24th Jun, 3:20pm »

New music from The Breath out today

The latest band to be signed to Real World Records, The Breath, have released a new track from their forthcoming album today.

This Dance is Over is taken from the debut album Carry Your Kin, which will be released on CD, LP and download on 8 July.

The track is also available as an instant download if you pre-order the album from iTunes.

It's also available to stream on Spotify.

Watch the video below:

Published 17th Jun, 5:15pm »

Listen to the Gloaming's performance from The National Concert Hall online

The Gloaming's sell-out performance at The National Concert Hall in Dublin earlier this year is now available to listen to online.

The show was broadcast on The Rolling Wave show on Ireland's national radio RTE1, over two evenings.

The programme features a selection of tracks from The Gloaming's first and second albums, both out now on Real World Records.

Published 7th Jun, 5:21pm »

The Breath's new website now live

As well as keeping up to date on all things The Breath here, why not check out the band's recently launched website too?

It features all the need to know information about the latest band to be signed to Real World Records, whose debut album Carry Your Kin is due for release on 8 July.

You can also follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify to stay up to date with all the latest news and releases.

Published 6th Jun, 2:50pm »

New album from Joseph Arthur, The Family, released today

The new album from Joseph Arthur is available from today on CD and download. The Family will also be available on LP from 17 June.

The whole album was written at a piano, a Steinway Vertegrande from 1912, that Joseph had recently acquired. The instrument was so full of character and history, and owned by just one family until it ended up in his industrial studio space in Red Hook, Brooklyn, it became a potent source of inspiration.

The album was mixed by Tchad Blake, whose previous collaborations with Joseph include the well-loved songs Honey and the Moon and In the Sun, the latter which has been covered by Michael Stipe and Peter Gabriel.

Find out more about The Family here.

Published 31st May, 11:10am »

Making 'Carry Your Kin'

The debut album from The Breath entitled Carry Your Kin will be released on Real World Records on 8 July 2016 and is now available to pre-order.

As an early preview the album is also available now as the Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for May.

The album was recorded at Real World Studios, as well as Rosehill Studios in Manchester and guitarist Stuart McCallum's home studio.

In a blog post for Society of Sound McCallum gives some insight into the making of the album and the production techniques used during the recording.

"The album is essentially an acoustic recording," says McCallum, "some of the acoustic instruments were modulated through electronic processors to closely integrate the electronic and acoustic sounds."

You can read the full blog post here.

View the Society of Sound release page here.

Carry Your Kin will have a full commercial release on Real World Records on 8 July 2016.

Published 20th May, 12:47pm »

Wrapped EP from John Metcalfe released today

The EP features four tracks, including the soulful voice of Rosie Doonan (Birdy, Peter Gabriel) on the title track:

Wrapped (feat. Rosie Doonan) Radio Edit
Flood, Tide
Wrapped (feat. Rosie Doonan) Full Length

Find out more about Wrapped and watch the video here.

John Metcalfe's UK tour begins this Sunday 8 May in Bristol, where tracks from the latest album, The Appearance of Colour, as well as Wrapped, will be performed.

Published 6th May, 9:22am »

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