Divus Julius presents: Orlando Weeks

Orlando Weeks’s first outing as a solo artist is not so much an album as a song cycle. Inspired by the months leading up to the birth of his first child, it coheres as a single piece of work, both lyrically and sonically, creating a dreamy, magical soundworld in which, although each track is distinct and discrete, the songs seem to drift into each other.

Weeks’s former band, The Maccabees, broke up in 2016-17; although essentially a guitar-based indie outfit, they were among the more inventive exponents of the genre. But here, Weeks virtually abandons the guitar using a sonic palette that combines warm pulsing electronica with acoustic instruments: piano, trumpet, woodwind. The former Maccabees frontman combines pulsing electronica with acoustic instruments in his first solo release ‘A Quickening.’

Hit of the week: Glass Animals “It’s All So Incredibly Loud”

Glass Animals has shared a new song called “It’s All So Incredibly Loud,” which will appear on the band’s forthcoming album, Dreamland.

The track, which is available now for digital download, is accompanied by a video starring frontman Dave Bayley as he stands on a diving board, contemplating whether or not to jump into the pool. “The entire song is only about three seconds of life,” Bayley explains. “I think most people have been in a position where they have had to tell someone something that they knew was going to devastate them. Something that would change their life.”

Music by Bergman: A Blaze of Feather

A Blaze of Feather is a British band from Cornwall. The band features guitarist Mickey Smith, aided by a six-piece that includes Nat Wason (formerly of Cornish band Haven).

A Blaze of Feather was initially a source of speculation since they cropped up alongside established names like Michael Kiwanuka and Glass Animals on the lineups for Citadel and Latitude – despite having no music to their name. Music fans on reddit have been trying to work out who was behind the project (and getting pretty damn close). It turns out that A Blaze of Feather is the new project from artist Mickey Smith and co: artists who were out on the road touring with Ben Howard (who is one of the six). Also involved are India Bourne, Nat Wason, Rich Thomas, and former Hiss Golden Messenger drummer Kyle Keegan.

After retuning with ‘Clock Hands’ earlier this month, his first release since 2017, A Blaze Of Feather has confirmed that his new album ‘Labyrinth’ will be released on 14th August and has just unveiled new cut ‘Magpie.’

4Ever Songs: Stevie Wonder “Superstition”

“Superstition,” the song that returned Stevie Wonder to chart supremacy, could’ve been a Jeff Beck song. Beck, the UK blues-rock guitar wizard, admired Wonder’s music, and he wanted to work with him. So they came up with a deal: Beck would come in and play some guitar on Wonder’s album if Wonder would write a song for him. One day, Wonder and Beck were fooling around in the studio, and Beck started playing a beat on the drums. Wonder told him to keep doing it, and then he began improvising on a Hohner Clavinet, a sort of electronic harpsichord that would let you phase back and forth. That’s when Wonder came up with the “Superstition” riff and some of the song’s lyrics. That day, Wonder and Beck recorded a demo of “Superstition,” and Beck was all set to cover it and release it as a single. But Berry Gordy was not going to let that happen.

The muses of La Musa: Jessie Ware

On her fourth studio album, Jessie Ware looked to tap into the club sounds that inspired her. The result is What’s Your Pleasure?, a musical time capsule of sorts that chronicles decades of house. This ode to the ’70s-, ’80s- and ’90s-era club sounds fuses together under the watch of collaborator James Ford to create a cohesive collection of dance-inspired tracks.

 

Divus Julius presents: Yves Jarvis

Montreal’s Yves Jarvis has announced his third album, titled Sundry Rock Song Stock. The album will be released digitally on September 25 and on vinyl on November 13. Alongside the announcement, he’s also sharing new track ‘For Props’ with its accompanying video.

On Sundry Rock Song Stock, Yves Jarvis continues to refine his creative approach to the core of his being, where music and life intertwine in harmonious fashion. His latest album fuses genre elements into a symbiotic relationship where wistful folk, tender R&B, pastoral prog, and musique concrète experiments feed into one another to grow lush new forms. Though he maintains an air of mystery with his lyrics, Jarvis’s whisper-soft words can be interpreted as both deeply personal and politically motivated in ways we haven’t heard from him before.

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