To celebrate 10 years since the release of their first album, ‘The Bright Carvings’, Monkey Swallows the Universe present new versions of ‘Sheffield Shanty’ and ‘The Secret Word is Groucho’. The full folk-pop five-piece will also be performing a one-off Easter Sunday resurrection gig at Queens Social Club, Sheffield, on 27 March, where they will play all the songs from The Bright Carvings.
The official video for Sheffield Shanty II, starring Nat Johnson as Chevy Chase and Kevin Gori as Paul Simon.
Sheffield singer-songwriter Nat Johnson has released her debut album, well mini-album or EP is more accurate as the recording is but seven tracks long, seven tracks of the highest quality – writing, playing and production coming together to create a rather wonderful offering of understated melodic melancholia.
Sometimes albums seem to perfectly to their release dates, from a purely personally perspective this one fits that modus operandi dropping into that transitional time, as the days ebb towards the winter solstice my thoughts and feelings err towards introspection and this is the kind of album that I can happily spend the evening with in thoughtful contemplation, the words and music encouraging the process, definitely Nat’s best work to date and highly recommended – take a trip over to the Mouth Magazine to hear all about the album in Nat’s own words.
Jan 29th Manchester, Takk
Jan 30th Nottingham, Lee Rosy’s Tea Shop
Feb 3rd Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Cafe
Feb 4th Cardiff, Gwdihw
Feb 5th London, The Finsbury
Feb 6th Sheffield, The Greystones