This September Bowers & Wilkins is celebrating the 100th Society of Sound release with a special record to mark the occasion - Passion, by Peter Gabriel.
Passion, an extension of the score that Peter had created for Martin Scorsese's film The Last Temptation Of Christ, was also the very first release for the newly formed Real World Records in June 1989.
Passion is a quietly persuasive record, with music that unpeels itself slowly, of unquantifiable depth and spirituality, music that matches the tension and power of the film itself.
Nearly 30 years after its release, Passion is now being made available to subscribers of Bower & Wilkins' Society of Sound as a high-resolution download, the first time it has been available in such sparkling definition.
Repeater, a new anthology from Spiro is available to pre-order today.
The album is a collection of Spiro's music pressed onto vinyl for the first time, due for release on 21 October. The album will also be available digitally.
The first 50 copies of Repeater when ordered from the Real World shop will be signed by the band, so pre-order yours today be in with a chance of receiving an exclusive signed version.
With tracks selected from all four of their Real World albums Pole Star (1997), Lightbox (2009), Kaleidophonica (2012) and Welcome Joy And Welcome Sorrow (2015) Repeater will showcase the exquisite sound of these four brilliant musicians ahead of several UK tour dates later this month.
This month's Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release is from Bell X1. The Irish band is: Dominic Philips, Paul Noonan and David Geraghty.
ARMS is the seventh studio album from the trio, due for full commercial release on 14 October. Society of Sound members can enjoy an early preview of the album, available to download today (18 August).
The new album is the follow up to Bell X1's critically acclaimed album Chop Chop from 2013, which became their third number one album on the Irish Album Charts and their fourth consecutive album to be nominated for a Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year.
Produced by the band and recorded in Dublin and Donegal by Tommy McLoughlin (Villagers) and Glenn Keating (Jape), ARMS was mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Jónsi) with Ross Dowling mixing the song Out of Love.
"The title ARMS is about the idea that, as the world feels like it's becoming a harsher place (maybe there's just more damn noise?)" says singer Paul Noonan. "We seek out the comfort of the familiar and familial… arms."
Following their five sold out nights at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and their also sold out performance at the Union Chapel in London earlier this year, The Gloaming will be touring at a variety of UK venues this September.
The dates and venues are as follows:
21 September - Colston Hall, Bristol
22 September - Royal Festival Hall, London
23 September - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
24 September - Usher Hall, Edinburgh
25 September - Symphony Hall, Birmingham
The tour will then continue in Europe next year.
Click here for a full list of dates and links to buy tickets.
"In the centenary year of 1916, The Gloaming are continuing their stunning musical revolution. They deserve to be celebrated and cherished." - Review from the National Concert Hall performance by The Irish Independent.
"They astonished with the space, dexterity, lightness and sureness of their group interplay" - Review from the Union Chapel performance by The Arts Desk.
What a fantastic WOMAD weekend that was! We had plenty of sunshine, delicious food and of course music from every corner of the globe.
We hope you had a chance to experience some of the Real World Records artists and music too. The Grit Orchestra kicked things off to a fantastic start on the Open Air Stage on Friday afternoon, with an incredible orchestral version of the late Martyn Bennett's album.
Sidestepper got everyone grooving on Saturday afternoon on the Siam Stage, with a great set featuring tracks from their latest album, Supernatural Love.
The Breath wowed the packed crowd at the Ecotricity Stage on Sunday night, with a beautiful performance of tracks from their debut album Carry Your Kin.
The Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2016 was also a popular location throughout the weekend, with the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system providing impressive sound quality for performances from Stuart McCallum, Hollie Stephenson, Dawn Penn, The Anchoress and more.
Hope to see you next year for WOMAD 2017!
Earlier this week we enjoyed a special live performance from the Colombian band Sidestepper.
The group are currently touring in the UK performing at different festivals, including WOMAD on Saturday.
The performance, which took place in the Big Room recording studio, was also live streamed via the band's Facebook page, which you can watch here.
The Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for July comes from singer-songwriter Ben Taylor.
Though born into a musical world (his parents are James Taylor and Carly Simon) it wasn't really in Taylor's mind to become a singer until he was into his twenties. His first album release Famous Among the Barns was released in 2003 but it took until Another Run Around the Sun , in 2005, for Taylor to feel he'd started to create something which represented his true musical nature.
" My music is a huge amalgamation of things and influence and styles, but it's very much made up of music that my parents made that I heard growing up, it's ingrained in me. I have a hard time separating between the two."
The Another Run… album was co-produced by Kevin Bacon and Bacon is again the producer for this month's B&W release Naked. A live performance in a stripped back format.
With less than a week to go until WOMAD (28 - 31 July), the final line up for the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2016 is now confirmed.
Bowers & Wilkins developed the Sound System to bring studio-quality sound to the festival environment and the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system is making an exclusive UK festival appearance at this year's WOMAD.
Saturday and Sunday will kick off with vinyl listening sessions of two of Peter Gabriel's iconic albums, Passion and US and throughout the weekend you can expect a highly curated line up of sound pioneers, DJs, listening sessions and live acts intended to showcase the system's versatility.
> Jah Shaka - 11pm
> Dawn Penn - 8.15pm
> Akala - 6pm
> Native Dancer - 4pm
> A Guy Called Gerald - 2pm
> Francois K - 11pm
> Black Devil Disco Club - 8.30pm
> Cats Eyes - 6pm
> Hollie Stephenson - 4pm
> Gwilym Gold - 2pm
> Paddy Steer - 12pm
> Classic Album Playback - A Vinyl Listening Session: Peter Gabriel's Passion
> Optimo - 11pm
> The Invisible - 8.30pm
> The Anchoress - 6.15pm
> Vessel and Immix Ensemble present 'Transition' - 4pm
> Stuart McCallum - 2pm
> Nick Luscombe & Steve Hellier - 12pm
> Classic Album Playback - A Vinyl Listening Session: Peter Gabriel's US
With less than a fortnight to go until this year's WOMAD Festival, here's a reminder of the Real World Records artists and music that you'll be able to experience live over the weekend (28 - 31 July 2016):
The Grit Orchestra
The late Scottish musician Martyn Bennett's fifth album, Grit, brilliantly fuses together traditional Celtic and modern music. Over 10 years on since it's release, The Grit Orchestra will be performing a full orchestral version of the album at WOMAD on Friday afternoon, an extraordinary show from the opening ceremony of the 2015 Celtic Connections Festival.
Currently touring the UK this summer, Sidestepper will be bringing a slice of Colombian sunshine to WOMAD this year, with their rootsy Latin beats and tracks from the new album Supernatural Love.
This is the latest signing to Real World Records, consisting of Stuart McCallum (former guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly and McCallum's fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers. This is a great opportunity to see the band perform songs from their brand new album, Carry Your Kin. Stuart McCallum will also be performing solo at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2016.
Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2016
To add to the excitement for this year's festival, Sound System, the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system from Bowers & Wilkins will be making an exclusive UK appearance at WOMAD. Each day features special live performances, electronic live sessions and a closing DJ set. View the full line up here.
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:
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.