Danny & The Champions Of The World – Brilliant Light pre-order



The new single from Danny & The Champions Of The World, out 28 April 2017. Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Brilliant Light’, out 23 June 2017.
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Here come Danny & The Champions Of The World writing themselves large, giving themselves the space, and taking the time, to deliver a magnum opus. With Brilliant Light Danny Wilson has made his All Things Must Pass – a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore, experiment, and collaborate, and they’ve grabbed it with both hands.

Hidden away somewhere on this wide-ranging new Danny & The Champions Of The World album you’ll find the question “can we release ourselves back into the brilliant light?”. For Danny Wilson the brilliant light is creativity, but more than that it’s collaborative creativity, and the process of birthing these songs, both by design and serendipity, has been about maximising the creative potential of all the Champs. The two previous Champs collections Stay True (2013) and What Kind Of Love (2015) were each recorded over intensive ten day stints. The songs written and rehearsed, the musicians gathered in North London at bassist Chris Clarke’s Reservoir Studios and tracked everything at one fell swoop. This time around Danny wanted something different allowing an all-encompassing view of what the band was capable of. They started going into Reservoir once a month, recording what they had live, without too much reflection or correction, and then putting those results in a box and leaving them be. Every month saw a scramble to find songs to record requiring an encouragement to every band member to bring something to the table. Writing with guitarist Paul Lush for What Kind Of Love had proved liberating to Danny who’d rarely co-composed since writing with brother Julian for his previous band Grand Drive. It was exciting and rejuvenating. Scary too but reawakening, and so he’d repeatedly be asking, “have you got an idea for a song?”, and as the months passed and the cache grew more things were tried; different configurations, other collaborators, and along the way a cluster of instrumentals arrived too. So “Brilliant Light” came slowly but steadily to life, a double album of 18 songs, with a bonus album of instrumentals entitled “Photogene

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September 2017 UK dates
12 – LEEDS Brudenell
13 – NOTTINGHAM Maze
14 – SHEFFIELD Plug
15 – MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
16 – GATESHEAD Caedmon Hall
18 – BRISTOL Lantern
19 – CAMBRIDGE Junction 2
20 – LONDON Scala
21 – CARDIFF Globe
22 – OXFORD Bullingdon
23 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS Forum

Vinyl Love – When Nalda Became Punk “Those Words Broke Our Hearts”

Those words broke our hearts..

Shelflife (USA) and Discos de Kirlian (Spain) present the new six track mini-LP from Spain’s When Nalda Became Punk entitled Those Words Broke Our Hearts coming March 10th on limited edition on a yellow transparent 10″ vinyl and digital formats. 

Those Words Broke Our Hearts was recorded and produced in Vigo (Spain) by Bruno Murmura. “Hanging Out With Imogen”, the first single from the mini-LP, is a pure-pop song filled with energetic jangly guitars and bittersweet synths. “Long before” takes us into that kind of sadness and melancholy that impregnates the albums from Sarah Records. On the other hand, “Big Whoop” and its uplifting guitar lines and vocal harmonies, is full of light and hope. “New Year’s Day”, with its catchy synth chorus, brings back the nostalgic feeling that sometimes hits you at the end and start of another year. “Angela” is a direct, immediate pop song, about the teenage anxiety of trying to live for the moment and don’t spoil any second of life. “A Midnight Run” closes the mini-LP, a spoken word song with hypnotic music and a story narrated by the deep voice of Edward Forth from the English indiepop band Finmark. 

Shelflife Records (USA) y Discos de Kirlian presentan “Those Words Broke Our Hearts”, el nuevo mini-LP de seis canciones de When Nalda Became Punk, que se publicará el 10 de marzo, en un vinilo 10” de color amarillo transparente de edición limitada y en formato digital. 

Vinyl Love – Townes van Zandt

January 1st 2017 marked the twentieth anniversary of the death of the great Texan troubadour, Townes Van Zandt. The acclaimed ongoing Charly Records reissue campaign of the Townes catalogue reaches a new milestone with the FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th release of two of his finest albums – TEXAS RAIN and FLYIN’ SHOES.

TEXAS RAIN: At the turn of the ’90s, Townes Van Zandt began recording a series of duets in Texas with a bunch of long-time admirers that included Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Jeff Walker, Freddy Fender and Doug Sahm. The full-band sessions sought to breathe fresh air into the lungs of some of his best-known songs. Initially given a limited release in America on CD only in 2001, ‘Texas Rain’ has now been newly remastered to all physical and digital formats and repackaged with a full-colour 20-page booklet, in-depth sleeve notes and revealing interview with original producer and manager Kevin Eggers. The vinyl version has been pressed as a double LP limited audiophile edition, mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy Studios. It serves as one of Van Zandt’s defining works. All formats feature a bonus track – ‘No Place To Fall’, a duet with close friend Willie Nelson.

“This was the cream of the cream. Texas Rain is a timeless record. We really felt that we’d made a huge breakthrough in terms of our creative collaboration, the level of musicianship, the quality of the tracks and the energy we had. It was a golden time in our lives.” Kevin Eggers

FLYIN’ SHOES, from 1978, is one of Van Zandt’s most profoundly moving and introspective sets – spare arrangements providing the simplest of backdrops for his melodic and lyrical predilections to soar. Recorded in Nashville under the production auspices of Chips Moman, the title track is a rich, evocative opus showcasing Van Zandt at his most profound – the chilly, wintry imagery presenting a vista of emotional desolation that has a deeply affecting resonance. ‘No Place To Fall’ is a song of lovelorn reflection that lingers long in the memory, but there is also a lightness of touch and moments of playfulness (his version of Bo Diddley’s ‘Who Do You Love’, for example) which also add light to the dark ruminations displayed here.

Charly Records are to release Townes Van Zandt’s High, Low and In Between and Delta Momma Blues later in 2017.

Townes Van Zandt – Definitive Edition Remasters!

All original Poppy and Tomato albums which Townes Van Zandt recorded at the peak of his career are being restored, newly remastered and lavishly repackaged and released as Definitive Edition Remasters on gatefold SleevePac CD’s, limited edition 180g heavyweight coloured vinyl, digital download and Mastered For iTunes formats as part of Charly’s ongoing reissue programme celebrating the legacy of Townes Van Zandt.

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