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The muses of La Musa: Gretel Hänlyn

Gretel Hänlyn is a singer from London. Having been raised on a diet of Nick Cave she picked up a guitar & started writing her own gothic stories and songs at age 11. As she grew as a musician, started going to gigs & fell in love with Tim Buckley, Nirvana and then Wolf Alice, her songwriting began to morph into what it is today; a mix of hi-fi grunge, goth-pop and alt/indie ballads. 

Following on from the release of her highly-praised debut EP ‘Slugeye’ and subsequent follow-up outing ‘Drive’ earlier this year, Gretel Hänlyn is now looking to see out her 2022 with a brand new single.

Divus Julius presents: The Veils

It’s been seven strange years since New Zealand-based indie legends Veils’ last and sixth studio album Total Depravity, and Finn Andrews has a new double LP to show for it. …And Out Of The Void Came Love is the result of this tumultuous period of injury, isolation and new life…

The single is a rich, luxurious delight – delivered with a preacher-like intensity that recalls Nick Cave on the pulpit, and cloaked in an anthemic statuesque finery with sweeping strings and shimmering, sparkling instrumentation. This is a grand presentation: an ebbing and flowing sonic embrace with an endless horizon and a celestial glory.

Best Covers: Patti Smith ‘Red Right Hand’

US rock legend and ‘Because The Night’ star Patti Smith has recorded an “extraordinary” cover version of the song which got Peaky Blinders off to a flying start right at the very beginning of its city-based gangster odyssey.

The beginning of Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand literally chimed perfectly with the first Peaky Blinders episode screened in September 2013 when Cillian Murphy’s character Tommy Shelby imposed himself perfectly onto the set of an industrial scene brought thrillingly to life with flames and the sound of people making things.

The muses of La Musa: Joy Crookes

Born and raised in Elephant and Castle, Joy Crookes musical journey has garnered Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill comparisons. The daughter of a Bengali mother and an Irish father, she grew up listening to an eclectic mix of genres – everything from Nick Cave, to King Tubby, Kendrick Lamar and and as a result she’s curious, passionate and music obsessed – traits that creep into her own creations at every opportunity. Joy’s universally appealing sound and knack for smart, modern storytelling and her candid, fearless attitude has seen grow ever amassing fanbase waiting avidly for her next move.

Now, the 22-year-old British-Irish-Bangladeshi musician is releasing a debut album that makes a strong statement about her identity. Joy Crookes’s Introspective Soul Digs Deep Beneath Her ‘Skin’

Best Covers: Nick Cave ‘Cosmic Dancer’

Nick Cave has shared a cover of T. Rex’s classic glam rock jam ‘Cosmic Dancer’ ahead of a brand new all-star Marc Bolan tribute album titled AngelHeaded Hipster which will arrive this year.

The tribute record is out in commemoration of the glam rock icon as he is inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, marking 50 years since T. Rex’s first record with aplomb.

 

The muses of La Musa: Nadine Shah

Having flown the nest at 17 to pursue a career as a jazz singer in London, Nadine Shah is well known for her formidably individual tone and fearless approach to songwriting, as she holds nothing back with her politically infused lyrics. Influenced by artists such as Nina Simone, The Beach Boys, Dolly Parton, Frida Kahlo and Arthur Russel, her sound has often been described as a blend between PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, with her brooding, intensely atmospheric cocktail of stylish gothic pop and jazz-kissed indie rock nodding to the likes of Anna Calvi and Richard Hawley. 

Following 2017’s ‘Holiday Destination’, Nadine Shah’s fourth album ‘Kitchen Sink’ is set for release on 5th June via Infectious Music, and she’s now sharing a new track.

4Ever Songs: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “Red Right Hand”

“It’s a song that has fairly humble beginnings,” remembers Mick Harvey, guitarist and co-founder of the Bad Seeds, (who is also credited as co-writer of “Red Right Hand” along with Cave and drummer Thomas Wydler). “Much of it came from a jam we were working on when we writing songs for our album ‘Let Love In’ (released in 1994).”

Nick Cave didn’t think much of the song’s repeating groove at first, but was persuaded to reconsider by his band, and eventually wrote lyrics about a shadowy, alluring, and manipulative figure, stalking the land and striking a combination of fear and awe everywhere he goes. He’s seemingly part deity, part demon. Aside from alluding to the phrase “red right hand,” taken from John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost,” Cave has never revealed who this figure is.

“Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight tells that original idea was to use “Red Right Hand” in the show’s first episode, but he installed it as the theme because it fit the characters, settings, and subplots perfectly.